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( Feb. 24th, 2016 04:07 pm)
The second of the four sock UFOs is now a pair. This is leftovers of two colourways of schoppel wolle crazy zauberball, knitted in alternating rows. I so enjoy knitting this wool! The black contrast is BWM sock yarn. I knitted almost all the first sock during the recent CF/NZ trip. The other was finished but minutes ago.

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( Feb. 4th, 2016 11:11 am)
Are all done, yay. It's only taken me 5 months to get around to sewing them all.


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( Jan. 25th, 2016 01:24 pm)
This is the current state of my sock knitting. None of these socks have partners and two are unfinished. Rather more UFOness than I prefer. Normally I finish things that I start. With socks, I will sometimes work on two pairs alternately so as to not die of boredom. Four pairs on the go at once is really unusual.  I have other things I want to knit but I think I'd better get these dealt with first.

-the blue one is a 'bethan long sock based on "the Gunnister" sock. I knitted this on my previous trip to NZ, then stalled after I stuffed up the shaping on the heel. It needs pulling back a bit before resuming. Then to knit the other, I'd have to figure out what I did on the first one. I did make notes but I'm not sure how useful they will be. I'm actually doubting the wisdom of continuing with these. They will be VERY warm. Also, the yarn alone is worth about $75 and there is a lot of knitting needed to finish them. I need to decide whether to continue, or pull this one back and use the yarn for other things.

-  I didn't knit the partner of the bluish striped one straight away because the heel is complicated and I can't do it without quiet and a pattern. Sock knitting for me is usually a brainless travel project.might be a bit tight in the ankle.

-the pink cabled one was started to be a portable project instead, but stopped because it needs the slippery steel needles for me to manage the cables, and airline security doesn't like those.

-the tweedy one on the left is just finished, knitted almost entirely on the recent NZ trip.


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I feel like making the second tweedy sock. I think I ought work on finishing the pink one first instead. I'll try on the blue striped on to assess the ankle. I'm really not sure what to do with the long blue one, wrap it back up into the drawer for now I suppose.

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( Sep. 12th, 2013 07:42 pm)
I have this beautiful yarn I've been looking forward to working up. Alpaca/merino/silk/nylon. But one gets a better product if one chooses a stitch that works with the yarn.

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It looks fine in plain knitting. This was the sole portion of attempt #1. But if I knit the whole thing in stocking stitch, I'd risk dying of boredom given that the other pair underway are also simple stocking stitch. I'm also concerned that the sock would end up too baggy in stocking stitch. Only 30% of the fibre (the merino portion) has any spring in it.
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This basket stitch was a mistake. It would be a nice design for plainer yarn but doesn't work with these intricate colour shifts.
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So I decided to try a herringbone stitch, which keeps the smooth knit stitch and adds angled interest.. But I mucked up my first try in multiple ways, enough that I ripped it AGAIN back to the toe . Thankfully I'm pretty pleased with my third attempt at this sock. I'm looking forward to getting far enough to be knitting with yarn that hasn't already been tortured twice.

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It is a challenge to remember which of the two pattern rows I need to work next. I've just had the minor brainwave that I can cleverly position the fifth needle as an indicator in between knitting sessions. Then the challenge will be proving I can expand the pattern past the ankle. I still love the yarn though.
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( Jul. 24th, 2013 06:02 pm)
Posting these here for the longer term searchableness. They are FINALLY finished. Oh these were boring to knit. I usually knit something different between the first and second socks of a pair. This time I had a trip and thus a pressing need for a portable, plane friendly project immediately post sock#1. I didn't have time to start a new thing so I embarked on the second sock, bad move.  But now I get to knit a different thingy :-)  Probably yet more socks.


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Except given other news today, I feel shamefully frivolous to be posting about such unimportant things.


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( Jan. 19th, 2013 01:39 pm)
These flame coloured promises of winter comfort* were started back in July. Finally there are two. I think I ought next start something other than sockses, that cardigan maybe?

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*I did see an episode of Nigella recently.
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( Jul. 8th, 2012 09:29 am)
Finished and given yesterday as a very early birthday present for my dear friend J. Seemed silly to wait until warm weather, this way she has the rest of the winter to get some snuggly use out of them.

As you may have detected, they are made out of leftover yarn, but such appealingly coordinated leftovers. I am loving the way alternating rows of different variagated yarns adds extra complexity to the play of colour. They were very fun to knit.


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( Feb. 14th, 2012 05:27 pm)
Yes, yes. I know I put this pic on FB. Here makes a better record though. I really should pay for an account again 'cause I am rather attached to my journal. LJ or DW? I use both.

Finally my first pair of lace socks are done. The lace pattern was easy and fun- but proved to be impossible to keep track of whilst conversing. So the leg of the first sock was reknitted more than twice, probably close to three times all up. Eventually I called this a home knitting project and started the first of pair #14 to do in company. That tactic worked. I will note though that lace patterns are less stretchy than plain knit. At least this pattern is. Even after adding in extra stitches, there is still more tension in a few places than I prefer, and thus the pattern get distorted.

You haven't seen pair #12 yet. They were for dear Papa and I forgot to take a pic before I packed them off for his birthday. I shall have to beg him to take pics so I have them on record.

#14 is fun and going well. The first sock is 3/4 done. It's perfectly plain knitting but alternating rows of mostly leftover wool. I likes it.


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( May. 25th, 2011 08:27 pm)
Finally! Goodness these have been a long time in the making. Done at last.
The leg of the first one was knitted twice. Once in a lace pattern that didn't work for a whole list of reasons, then plain as you see. Then a knitted a whole other pair before embarking on the second. Well. Now I get to knit something else. A rabbit I think.

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( Mar. 3rd, 2011 08:15 pm)
Using Wendy Johnson's basic toe-up sock method. I fiddle with it a bit for my 4ply socks, but in execution mostly, not stitches, except that for me I like a longer leg and need to increase after the first finger length of leg to accomodate my calves.

http://www.wendyjohnson.net/blog/sockpattern.htm

-Cast on 24 stitches using a crochet waste
-knit to wendy's method
-wrap 6 stitches each side of the toe, resulting in 12 unwrapped in the middle
-after the toe is finished and all 48 stitches picked up, knit until the work from toe fold measures 20cm.
-work heel
-knit as much leg as you want
-knit whatever rib you want
-increase in every 4th stitch (or so)
-cast off very loosely.

This fits Papa who wears about an 8 1/2 shoe and likes a thick sock.

For myself I would have to reduce the number of stitches. I'm happier with a thinner sock anyway so I haven't worked those proportions.


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( Mar. 3rd, 2011 11:58 am)
This is the tenth pair of adult sized socks I have knitted. Finished in January actually for dear Papa's birthday. I didn't post them at thetime 'cause I wanted him to see them for real first. I forgot I never got back to them.

These are done in 8ply sock wool (25% polyamide for the better wearing). It was a challenge to find, most sock wool is 4ply, mayhap it's time to start looking again. Oh, the orange contrast is 100% wool-machine wash crepe.
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It shouldn't be too long until the next sock post. I've half one pair and three quarters of another done.
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( Oct. 12th, 2010 02:00 pm)
sick +couch+ DVD+ knitting = first sock from the Yummy wool.  No I didn't knit it all today.

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Now I get to play in the wool stash and decide on the next pair. I'm still finding that knitting socks from alternating pairs helps with the enthusiasm factor. Right now I have little or no inclination to knit the second of these but I'm keen to do something different.

Thanks again for the wool mousicles.

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does this pic show if I post it?
If it does, it should be a pic of the socks I knitted for Papa. Yeh, they are too big for me, as they should be.

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The orange blend is merino and cashmere, spun and purchased in Orkney.
The grey wool is patons Totem- recycled from a cardigan that Mama knitted for me when I was at school (all those years ago). I do hope they don't shrink too badly.
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