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FO: Sideways Socks

Posted by Andi on July 3, 2011

Sideways Socks
Pattern: Sideways Sock by Judith Durant
Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock in S185
Needles: US 1
Date started: June 6, 2011
Date completed: July 3, 2011

Sideways Socks

I had several problems knitting the second sock (the one with the purple cuff and dark blue toe). I dropped a stitch on the foot of the sock, and didn’t realize it until I went to graft the two sides of the foot together and I was a stitch off. Similarly, I messed up the toe decreases somehow because I ended up with eight toe stitches on one needle and seven on the other. Oh well, I made it work.

Sideways Socks

I didn’t want the socks to look alike, so I knit the first sock from the outside of the skein and the second sock from the inside of the skein. I know most knitters knit from the center of a skein, but I hate it. The few times I’ve tried it the yarn has always come out of the center tangled, and this was no exception. It was really irritating to pull some yarn out of the center, then have to untangle it before I could knit. Ugh!

Sideways Socks


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FO: Big Bang Market Bag

Posted by Andi on June 11, 2011

Big Bang Market Bag
Pattern: Big Bang Market Bag by Naomi Herzfeld from Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders
Yarn: Berroco Sox in colorway 1484, .8 skeins
Needles: US 5
Date started: May 27, 2011
Date completed: June 5, 2011

I was hoping to have this done in time for farmers’ market season, and given that we haven’t been to the farmers’ market yet I would say I was successful. It’s really stretchy, so I’m sure it will hold plenty of produce.

Big Bang Market Bag

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Mismatched socks

Posted by Andi on June 6, 2011

There is a lot of beautiful yarn, and there are a lot of amazing patterns. However, just because you choose a beautiful yarn and an amazing pattern doesn’t mean you will have a fantastic finished object. Or even a remotely attractive one.

Earlier this evening I cast on the first of a pair of Sideways Socks using a self-striping sock yarn in a colorway I love. Like the picture in with the pattern, I thought it would still self-stripe, just up and down instead of around. Right? Not so much. Really, it looked like vomit. Seriously, vomit. I didn’t think this gorgeous yarn in colors I love could look so awful.

I thought I was defeated. I didn’t want to use a regular variegated yarn because I wanted the socks to be stripy, but the vomit yarn was the only self-striping sock yarn I had. Or at least so I thought, until I looked at my stash on Ravelry and remembered that I had some Noro Kureyon Sock. That self stripes. The stripes will be thicker, but still, stripes!

And I think these socks will be awesome. The toe will be a completely different color than any of the colors on the foot, as will the cuff. I think it will take too much thought for the two socks to match, and to be honest, that’s okay. Better even. They will be cutely mismatched and they will be awesome.

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One can never have too many bags. Really.

Posted by Andi on May 31, 2011

For Easter my mom gave me the book Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders. With my stash of sock yarn it was a most perfect gift! Of course I had to cast something on right away, or at least as soon as my last sock yarn project was done. And since it’s now farmers’ market season, and I have three within walking distance from me, I figured a market bag was the perfect next project. I chose one of the yarns I wanted to use as part of my Sock Stash Knitdown and got started.

I chose the Big Bang Market Bag by Naomi Herzfeld. I started by knitting a 6-foot long i-cord and sewing the ends together to make an oval. Stitches are picked up in the middle of the bag, a few more were cast on, and then the knitting in the round starts.

Big Bang Market Bag

The bag is knit inside out, so it will not look like this when we use it. Here is what the fabric will look like when it is turned the right way out.

Big Bang Market Bag

My goal is to complete the bag before our first trip to the farmers’ market this Saturday. It’s not looking likely to happen at this time.

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FO: Ribbed Ribbon Socks

Posted by Andi on May 24, 2011

Ribbed Ribbon Socks
Pattern: Ribbed Ribbon Socks by Wendy D. Johnson
Yarn: Dream In Color Smooshy in Black Parade, 1 skein
Needles: US 0
Date started: March 12, 2011
Date completed: May 22, 2011

Look, I actually finished something!!!

I had intended to finish these socks much sooner, and they really were a quick knit. I just didn’t have a lot of time to work on them. Let’s see. I went to Austin on vacation and didn’t really work on them then. I was dog sitting for a week and didn’t really knit while I was gone. I had been pretty busy at work, so when I got home I was either doing more work or trying to relax. I rediscovered my love of Katamari Damacy, and that took up some of my time. But I finally finished them.

I had fits starting the second sock. I was using a figure eight cast on, and for some reason I kept thinking I had everything backward. I must have taken the cast on apart five or six times before I realized I had it right all along. But even once I knew I had it right, it still looked backwards until I had most of the toe done. I don’t know what my problem was. I was ready to pull my hair out!

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