Monday, February 28, 2005

I'm pretty excited to have finally finished these. I have so many ideas for others socks from seeing what you all are working on.
The pattern is "Friday Harbor" from Knitting on the Road. The yarn is KPPM. I loved knitting with this yarn. One of the socks was knit poolside in Puerto Vallerta. Kppm is smooth as butta... Posted by Hello

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Fugly Opal

Sometime ago I got a ball of Opal silk blend in what I immediately thought of as really ugly colors, maybe not so much the colors but the combinations they knit into. I tried I really did, did 6 inches before realizing there was no way I would ever finish it, so frogged. Then let Opal sit in stash until night before last when I got thinking about using it for the base color of a pair of Monstersockens, bingo, took off and now really like what I am getting. Have the waste yarn in for afterthought heel, now working down the foot, have top stitches on 2.5 mm needles and bottom on 2 mm, thinking that a slightly firmer knit might last longer. Will be looking at odd balls of sock yarn with new eyes.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Late for Valentine's Day

I finished my Sweet Valentine socks yesterday, but had to get off the 'net due to thunder and lightening. I have lost 4-5 modems already. We usually have a spare around. Anyway, they posed willingly with a houseplant, while the downpour went on outside, instead of the plum or Bradford Pear blossoms I had envisioned. On to the Celtic cables on O'Socks.
Paula (pknit)

Monday, February 21, 2005

Pair 2 Finito!

I've finished another pair of socks... these are a simple rib over 64 stitches. Size 1 DPN's and Trekking XXL color #100. These are for my Sockapalooza pal!

I've already cast on another pair...

These are the Unst Socks from Nancy Bush's fabulous book Knitting on the Road. Knit on size 1 DPN's and Lang Jawoll wool/cotton yarn.

Happy Socking!


Sock It To Me KAL socks knit in Cherry Tree Hill yarn in Birches. I cast on 72 stitches and knit in 2x2 ribbing from the cuff down on a 12" size 2 circular needle. These socks turned out a little bit big, but because they are the first pair of socks I knit for myself, I didn't want to give them away or start over. Instead, I wear them to bed or when I knit on the couch. I love this sock yarn, as it is so soft, but next time I will cast on with fewer stitches as the socks seem much bigger after the initial washing.

I am halfway done with my second pair of Sock It To Me socks. They are intended for my husband and are knit in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport yarn in Blackwatch.

Jen S. at

Sunday, February 20, 2005


I joined forever ago, but I have finally gotten started. You can see the one toe I have completed so far here. I'm using the two toe up socks at the same time method and will start the second toe any moment now. I'm pretty excited.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Bubblegum Anyone?

Presenting my third pair for your viewing pleasure. Seriously, they remind me of being a little girl chomping away at bubblegum. The yarn was Fancy Free from Patons Kroy and I used the same formula as my last pair. I promise, the next pair WILL be for my sock pal.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Halfway there

I finished one sock for my husband, and now, having started the second sock, he has asked me to reinforce the toes. These are toe up socks, both toes are already knitted so I cannot even reinforce at least the other sock the usual way (carrying reinforcing thread along with the main yarn). Has anyone reinforced a toe after knitting the sock?

Finished my first pair!

Hi all! I have been enjoying all of your posts and pictures! I have a post, but I can't figure out how the picture thing works...maybe I can get one up this weekend. I finished a pair of Fluted Banister socks in yarn from lotusblossom on ebay. The colorway is KoralSea and the socks are very green! The fit is good and the yarn was nice to knit with. I had started the Crusoe pattern from Knitty in Koigu. I ended up frogging it. The pattern allows for very little stretch and even with 8 more cast-on stitches than the pattern calls for the cuff was still WAY too tight on me.

I started a second pair of socks yesterday. I'm using Opal Southwestern and a generic pattern. This is my first experience with self-patterning sock yarn and I'm really enjoying watching the yarn!

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

I scream for icecream!

I've finally finished the second pair of Sock It To Me Socks. Here they are, the Icecream Socks.


..and deep breath.... "I am OK that the toes don't match".

These are fun to wear, the baby cable ribbing means they stay up on the leg nice and firmly. These were the first completed socks of my own design (such as it is) and by far the best Kitchener Stitch action that has ever been seen here by the bay. I fair whizzed across the second toe - it's like magic! Thank you goddesses of knitting past who sat down and unravelled and worked this out. Was it you Mrs Kitchener? Thanks also to the wonderfully generous Amy for her excellent video on the technique. Knitters so rock with their sharing and generosity.

The observant will have noticed a well travelled rabbit sneaking in to the sock photo. It's Felix and he has come all the way from the US to visit us here by the bay. We are very lucky and will be taking him on a little tour of Auckland before sending him home again. He brought with him his suitcase and a surprise for me from Jackie.


Thanks Jackie - they are gorgeous! I've never seen stitch markers like this here in NZ but have often admired them on the blog circuit.

Stripey Socks done!

Finally came back from other projects to finish the ribbing on sock #2. Here they are:

I've started a pair of Cascading Leaves in Trekking XXL, and am also about to start the Firefighters Socks from the Wiseneedle pattern page in worsted weight for DH. Gotta finish my Fuzzy Feet too. Startitis, who me?

Monday, February 14, 2005


You are some amazing sock knitters!! I updated names with stars today - PLEASE email me if I missed you (Sorry Erica!!). I had trouble keeping track of who I got and who I didn't. You are all amazing - the socks are beautiful, every single one. I am loving all the different patterns and yarns and stripes going on out there! I must admit that I am completely addicted - I have three differnt socks on my needles right now - my second Koigu sock, my second Lorna's sock, and another worsted sock (so warm!). Keep on knitting!!

Finished "Erin Go Braugh" socks. (I thought I got Julia's babies out of the photo, but, oh well. Hey, she knits, so it's really not off topic, right?) Anyhow, back to the socks. These are definitely "special occasion" little buggers. They will be totally warm for Pittsburgh's St. Patrick's Day parade since they are made with worsted weight wool but they aren't going to win any prize for style or fashion!!! They were fun... now, on to some nice Opal self striping socks that WILL be more fashionable! Posted by Hello

First Pair Finished

I have several socks waiting for mates, but I did manage to finish a pair the other day. Presenting my "Stella D'Oro Socks."

These are so named because the colors remind me of Stella D'Oro cookies.

The yarn is Twinkletoes sock yarn by eBay seller Lotusblossom. The pattern is just my tried and true, stockinette stitch sock.

Now, off to tackle those other lonely single socks.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

I already finished one pair in red worsted for my mom's birthday, but I don't have a pic taken yet and it's about bedtime. Instead feast your eyes on these, which I just started Saturday!


I just finished a second pair of socks. The ones for my father's Birthday. The fact that they were a size 11 made the project go on forever. But they are done and mailed. I hope that he likes them. So I have now finished this knit-along. I want to thank Shelby and Jacq for hosting this and getting us all going. Thank you, I now have a new addiction to knitting....socks.

Happy knitting............

Saturday, February 12, 2005

It fits!



That is my daughter's leg with the sock on it - it fits!

Finished my second pair of socks! The third is currently on the needles- the slouch socks I talked about earlier. I just can't seem to help myself with these quick worsted weight house socks! Posted by Hello

Friday, February 11, 2005

My first sock is complete. I like the graphic positive/negative effect of this pattern. Now if I can just get motivated to cast on sock 2! Posted by Hello

Thursday, February 10, 2005

I am contributing to an online cycling magazine called Pedal Pushers Online for an article on reassigning bike parts for new uses. Some people are making jewelry from bike chains, some people are making things using the rubber from the tires, and I was asked to create a pair of knitting needles from bike spokes. And they are PERFECT size 1's.

Here is my dilemma. I want to knit a pair of socks with them, but don't have a pattern. I have some Koigu PPPM I definitely want to use. Can anyone suggest a pattern for socks done on size 1 straights?


Well I just cast off the ribbing for my first pair of socks. And I have to say that they are the best socks that I have ever owned. I love them. I find myself asking "why did I wait so long to make myself a pair" as I wiggle my toes. WOW!!!! On to the next pair for myself of course. I bought some more Koigu too. Is there anyone that is just in love with their sock yarn that would love to share the info. so I can give them a try? I think I might wear my new socks to class today.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

A Matching Pair

Well, almost. They're about twelve stitches off.

Here's my second pair for this knitalong. I promised myself I wouldn't start another until I finished my sock pal's. Well, as you can see, I couldn't help myself. The yarn is from Elann's Harlequin collection. These were knit using a 8-figure cast-on, no wrap short heel and a grafted bind off. I'm very happy with the results of this pair. It was alot of fun to watch the pattern develop.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

First Toe-Up Sock

I finished my first toe-up sock this morning and it turned out... a little odd. But it works which is what counts, right?

I used's toe-up chevron sock free pattern, afterthought heel, size 1 DPN's and plymouth Sockotta yarn. Normally I'd cast on the second one right away, but it'll have to wait for the completion of my Sockapalooza socks which I'm still hmmmming and hawwwing over. :) Happy knitting!

Sunday, February 06, 2005

1st Pair

I finally finished my first pair of socks!!
You can see them here on my blog.
I made the bulky sock pattern from Jil Eaton's book Simple Chic. They were made out of Lamb's Pride Bulky on size 8 DPN's. The pattern was very straightforward and easy to read, but I had a hard time turning the heels. So far I have not really been bitten by the sock bug. Actually, I hated these and really had to force myself to finish them.
I have two other pairs working right now. One for me and one for my husband, both with regular sock yarn and smaller DPN's. I am still not in love with the process, but I will keep going!!!

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Socks, socks, socks

I have to say that I love knitting socks. I finished my son's pair (primary colors), am so close to finishing my fathers socks (LB magic stripes), am finished my first socks for me and am so close to finishing the ribbing at the top of the second. But I know I'll have these done this Sunday while all the men watch the superbowl. Their wives and I will be in the next room knitting away. My camera won't connect with Hello, so you'll just have to believe me that I finished them. If not maybe I can try to email a pic to you. Happy Knitting....

Friday, February 04, 2005

So many socks!!

I updated the list with a whole bunch of stars today - but I'm not sure of gotten everyone or all the socks you've completed (Tracy!). Please let me know if I missed you or even missed just a pair or two of socks you've completed. We are so happy that you all are having such a great time with the socks - I know I am completely hooked!!

I noticed a question yesterday about Kitchener - I've seen it referred to as a grafting technique and a way to finish sock toes (which is really just grafting) - I think they're the same thing. I've also seen the term Kitchener cast on (you can read about it here - scroll way down.) which is another term for a tubular cast on.

Have fun!

Milwaukee Sockers Update

Left to right: Shannon's glossy new pre-Florida pedicure, self-striping gray beauties by Shannon (her 1st socks) and completed Earth Girl's by Anne.

Can anyone out there clear up our group's confusion about the "Kitchener" stitch? I learned it as a seaming method. It's Judy's name for grafting, such as sock toes. Kris read about a kitchener stitch used as a cast-on method.

The Milwaukee Sockers just have to know, which is it?

Year of the Sock

This KAL can go on all year and we can make lotsa socks! Knitting socks is always a joy as they are small (however, not necessarily fast), portable, magical, colorful (usually) and fun. I plan to make many more pair and have some ready for next winter wearing. Knit well and often!


I know these aren't the socks I said I was making for the knitalong. But, they did come off the needles last night so they count, right? These are a gift for a dear, sweet co-worker so I had to get them finished. The yarn is Lana Grossa (85080 Gaimarsheim) purchased from a trunk sale at my LYS. I used size 2 needles and the basic sock pattern from Regia (beware the free printed version on the website has a mistake on the instructions) I sent them an email telling them that but they never did revise it. Anyhow, I like these colors. I'm glad I was able to get them out of the house before my daughter saw them. She wants everything! Posted by Hello

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Yay! FO

I have finally finished my Hugs and Kisses socks, after redoing the top of the one I messed up. I also redid the casting off about four times to get it loose enough. I had a lot of moral support from Susan, the designer. I also ran out of the rose yarn, so had to start the blue a little earlier than normal for the toe. This is the first time I have used reinforcing thread in the heel and toe, and I ran out of that, too. I cast on for another sock right away.

Holey Socks

This pair is finito! Holey Socks, size 2 DPN's, encore colorspun DK. Fuzzy, comfy, warm.

Next up... toe up socks using's basic toe-up pattern with a few ribs thrown in.

Trekking XXL yarn, size 1 DPNs, pattern found here.

Happy socking!

Next on the list...

Is the brown opals. What no pink? I know I said I was going to knit using the Crusoe pattern, but I've had a few emails saying to be careful as they are very tight! I'm still trying to figure out how 48 stitches could be comfy when I'm finding 60 is just right for me. If anyone has done them already, I'd be really interested anyway. I'm hoping that by the magic of Hello and Picasa there may be a photo by the time I've finished this post. Whenever I've tried during the day (UK time) the network isn't available, so here goes, pair number 5.

Cherry Tree Hill Posted by Hello

Brown opals, hey where's the pink? Posted by Hello

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

I've finished my fourth and favourite pair!

Yep, I may just be slightly addicted now. I've done these in Cherry Tree Hill supersock merino and they are so soft and warm. I cast on for them whilst stirring spaghetti bolognaise Friday night and had them finished Sunday evening! I think that's called multi-tasking. Anyway, I've just had some gorgeous yarn delivered from Over the Rainbow which is just crying out to be used, so may have to use that next. I can't post a photo at the moment, Hello and Picasa aren't playing, but I do have one on my blog. I've just found some more sock wool in the cupboard too, that I'd completely forgotten about. How wonderful is that?