Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Skew: Pair No. 2

I had so much fun making my Skew Socks that I've cast on another pair.  I have actually had sock #1 done since Memorial Day which means I need to cast on sock #2. For this pair of socks, I am knitting the socks one at a time (obviously), but I am knitting each sock on two pairs of circular needles. 

This is a new-to-me technique, but I really like it. The needles are 24 inches long. When I knit socks two at a time on one 40 inch circular needle (Magic Loop), I found I was always fighting with the long cable. This is not the case with the two shorter circular needles. 

Here is sock #1. I love it! I took this photo at my local knit shop. 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Yarn Shopping in Seattle


I think knitters have a some sort of "Yarn Radar" or rather some sort of "sixth sense" that helps them find yarn.  After our cruise to Alaksa, Marilyn and I spent the day in Seattle, Washington.  We were smack dab in the middle of bustling, crowded Pike Place Market and Marilyn stopped dead in her tracks and said, "Oh, there's a yarn shop near here!"  Truth be told, she had been there before so she already knew of the yarn shop's existence. We stepped out on the street and I used my phone to determine the shop's location.  It was just a one minute walk from where we stood; Marilyn had sensed YARN was near! 

"So Much Yarn" was open on Sunday and we spent a number of hours (and a number of dollars) there. The shop is beautiful and has windows overlooking the Pike Place Market and Elliot Bay.  Here are a few photos from the shop.

There were three ladies working at the shop on Sunday and they were all so nice, friendly, and helpful.  We had shared with them that we were disappointed with the hotel we had booked in Seattle; we paid $200.00 for the room for one night and the place looked worn out and dirty.  We dropped off our suitcases at the hotel when we got off the cruise ship first thing in the morning, but of course our room would not be ready until later in the afternoon.  The good thing about the hotel was that it was a great downtown location and it was nice that they would hold our suit cases so we could enjoy our day in Seattle.  I think the gals at the knit shop were sympathetic and they invited us to bring our knitting to the shop so we could have a place to rest our feet and hang out for a bit. We took them up on that offer after we had a nice lunch at the Pike Place Market.

If you are ever in Seattle, definitely check out this great place called "So Much Yarn".  I did buy two skeins of sock yarn there and I'll certainly knit them up soon and show/tell you more about them.  I should mention that Marilyn and I also went to a yarn shop in Skagway, Alaska, but neglected to take any photos there. But of course... I did buy some yarn.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Alaska or Bust

Well, shoot!  I intended to post this over a week ago but neglected to do so.  I was going to share my big news about going on a cruise to Alaska.  I've been back since the 4th of July and have been very busy since then. 

Of course while on the cruise, I did a little knitting and also visited a few yarn shops.  I went on the cruise with my friend and fabulous travel companion, Marilyn.  I've referred to Marilyn a lot of times on this blog as she is my "Knitting Guru". 

I will also be sharing about my cruise experience on my other blog so you can check it out HERE if you'd like.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Skew Socks Success

Skew Socks (AKA: Jerri's Crazy Socks)

It took me quite awhile to finish up sock #1, but I got sock #2 done in about a week.  

I really recommend this sock pattern. It was challenging but fascinating. If you download the pattern, you can read more about the designer. I always wonder about the folks who create such ingenious designs!  The designer of the Skew pattern is a mathematician. 

The pattern is free on Knitty. The pattern link is HERE.  Also, you might get a kick out of seeing this pattern knit up in a variety of yarns.  As I was finishing sock #2, I was already thinking about other yarns in my stash which might look great in this design. I've already cast on another pair. If you'd like to see this pattern knit up in different yarns, click HERE.  You'll find over 5,000 pairs!  The designer says the pattern looks great in hand dyed yarns, but I love how self- striping yarn shows off the diagonal stripes.  

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Jerri's Crazy Socks

These socks are affectionately known as "Jerri's Crazy Socks" at my local yarn shop. They ARE really crazy. The construction and shaping are incredibly creative!  Jerri is the instructor at the shop who teaches folks how to work up these socks. 

This sock has been on my needles for probably two months?!?  I am not sure. But since I am focusing on finishing WIPs right now, this is the next project I want to focus on. I finished up sock #1 this weekend. It fits pretty darn well. 

It's hard to describe this pattern but I'll try to break it down. 

There is a right sock and a left sock. The pattern calls for knitting on two circular needles but I am using one 40 inch long circular needle (2.25 mm).  Each sock starts at the big toe and the socks grow on the diagional. When the sock is long enough for the foot, a gusset is formed; it kind of reminds me of how a thumb gusset is created in mittens. Several stitch markers must be used to keep track of the increases for the heel shaping. At one point in the heel shaping, some stitches are placed on double pointed needles and grafted together. The grafted area is at the side of the heel on the outside of the foot. The leg portion is made from a series of short rows. The pattern is like a puzzle with one surprise after another: super creative, somewhat challenging, and so much FUN!

Above and below, you can see the heel gusset being formed. 

Above. The pattern calls for right leaning and left leaning increases which were new skills for me (different from "make 1" increases).  The increases look nice and tidy along the inside of the foot. I love the look!

Above and below:  Yay!  One sock is done. 

I took a class to learn how to make these socks, but the pattern is free on Knitty. Here is the link:

Saturday, May 21, 2016

More Socks for Zach

I am focusing on finishing WIPs and it feels good. This is a pair of socks I started for Zach in August before he took off for college. He just came home over Mother's Day weekend for summer break and I still had not finished these!  

Now they are done. Yippee!

The yarn is Plymouth Diversity. The color  way is Stormy Sky. I took these photos at my knit shop today. The backdrop is the tablecloth on the table where we sit and knit. It's cheerful and bright!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

B & B Socks

B&B Socks

Yay!  It feels good to finish something. I've been working on these socks for about a month and I am glad to have them done so that I can focus on something else.  As always, I have too many projects on the needles.  As you can see from the yarn label, this yarn contains some silver bling-y threads, but you can't really see that in the photos. 

The B&B in this pattern title refer to the basket weave and the braided cable design elements.  The braided cable runs from the cuff to the toes along the front of the leg and the top of the foot.  It was a bit labor intensive and you have to keep track of the rows closely of course, but well worth the effort.  As I was knitting these socks, I kept thinking how my friend Mrs. W would love the colors in this yarn so these socks will be a gift for her.

Now I am focusing my attention on some socks I am making for my baby boy. I started them in August when he was about to leave for college. He is back for the summer after completing his first year of college, so I really need to finish these socks!  They will be done soon.  In the mean time, I will try to not cast on any more new projects.