socks

April 30, 2007

gentleman's fancy socks

gentleman's fancy socks
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knit project: gentleman's fancy socks by nancy bush
difficulty (1-5): 1.5
size: modified (64 stitches cast on)
yarn: blue moon fiber arts' socks that rock in cobblestone county
knitting specs: US 1 cir.

another pair of handknit socks. but i have to say, they are the best fitting pair so far. all of my previous socks did not fit as well as they should. kind of disappointing! but this one, with some slight modifications, i found my kind of socks to wear in this coming winter!

i casted on 64 stitches, then with a little bit of maths, i centered the decreases and worked the rest of the socks with 56 stitches (i think, will check notes). it fits beautifully. i still have a lot of yarns left over. one of these days, i need to think of something to make for all those bits and pieces of left over sock yarns in my stash.

some thoughts on "socks that rock" yarn: nicely spun, beautifully variegated and very easy to knit using my addi turbo. i do prefer solid colors though. i like every single color in this variegation but it would be nicer if all of them are in a single, solid color skein! currently my sock yarns are mostly variegated and i have had a hard time matching my yarns with patterns available. i really want to make a pair of cabled or lace socks, with solid colors.

i haven't put them through the wash yet, but i suspect they would be fine with my washer and dryer.

next pair, i think it might either be knee-highs, or continue the fair-isle saga of my norwegian stockings (must conquer fear for fair isle knitting...).

however, i'm a bit itching to start a new sweater project. more specifically, kate gilbert's sunrise circle jacket, with yarns swapped from di (hey di, how's your sunrise circle jacket coming along?!). i'm just a little concerned with the sizing, not sure if i should make it closer to my fit, or with a bit of room. i found that most of my knits were pretty close fitting and sometimes, they are not the most comfortable to wear. i wear my cobalt blue cardi all the time, because it's so roomy and cuddly. my handknit sweaters tend to shrink a bit (with my way of caring, which was less than optimal), so i'm thinking size 37.

April 11, 2007

where in montreal?

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just wondering, if any of my readers are from montreal, canada. i'm going there for a conference this saturday, and i want to see if there's any yarn shops downtown i can get to easily. it's foolish not to get some handmaiden or fleece artist yarns while in the neighborhood, right?! along with a gigantic bottle of maple syrup. i also take any advice or tips for food. that's just as important to me as yarn (and fabric).

the weather has been cold, even in atlanta. sigh! i am digging out my packed sweaters and jackets. cold weather has also inspired me to knit up this skein of sock that rocks yarn. i am almost done with the first sock, it'll be great if i can finish the second one in montreal. that way i will get an extra pair of socks to wear. i never pack enough socks when i travel.

this isnancy bush's gentleman's fancy sock pattern, but it looks more like bubble gums to me.

February 08, 2007

madder ribbed socks

madder ribbed socks
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knit project: madder ribbed socks by nancy bush in vintage socks
difficulty (1-5): 1.5
size: women's small (follow the pattern)
yarn: mountain colors bearfoot in redtail hawk
knitting specs: US 1 circ.


when it comes to socks, i value practicality over aesthetic. and i never really wash my socks by hand. they are normally treated just like any other commercially made socks. so far, most of my hand knit socks have been holding up really well with this treatment. i don't mind they felt a little even, they are a lot warmer that way, especially during the cold weather.

this sock pattern has been on my list to knit for very long time, especially after seeing purly's. i finished one sock while in china, which was kind of pointless since i couldn't wear just one sock. anyway, i finished the second one last weekend. and have worn it once already!

dutch heel (or whatever this type of heel calls) and my heel don't sit well together. a bit too loose for my taste. i do like the look of it, though. i decided to knit the toes as regular round toes because the pointedness of the original pattern looks a little scary for me. i do love the ribbed pattern though. especially with this sock yarn.

so the sock yarn... it is just pure divine! it holds up really well in my washer and dryer, too. i was hoping it'd felt a little, but it didn't. which kind of sucks because i knitted it a bit longer than needed.

now perhaps i can focus on my neglected norwegian stockings!

November 27, 2006

a long trip to fair isle

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fair isle knitting is still a slow process for me. these pictures where taken couple weeks ago, i just started decreasing for calf yesterday.

norwegian stocking is definitely a great learning pattern but not so sure if it is a good beginner's pattern for fair isle. i first had struggle with knitting with two hands. it was so awkward. i think i am getting better using left hand to knit the contrast color but getting the tension consistent is still pretty sad. one of the reasons i knit so slow was i had to manually adjust stitches by pulling yarns stitch by stitch. it was very tiring and non-productive. i had tried to knit with just right hand, but my stranding looks better when knitting with two hands. plus, it would look so cool when and if i master two hand knitting.

anyway, i can't wait to knit the heels and gusset. that's like the coolest part of this pattern.

still in the thanksgiving mood. i cooked a huge turkey this year and we had so much leftovers. i had to cook a new batch of stuffings to go with the turkey last night. a friend was having a birthday bash saturday night, he made some gl├╝hwein (he's german), and we even went this bar for some authentic german beer. i love this place, it is like walking into a bar in europe, so small but cozy.

waiting for christmas and our january trip to china. i am on a quest to hunt down some cashmere yarn and silk fabric. but let's save it for another post.

November 21, 2006

railway socks

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then, he takes off his shoes to show the handknit railway socks...

wait for it...

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November 07, 2006

0.25mm of difference

while we were taking the halloween pictures last weekend, we also took pictures of the finished railway socks (my socktoberfest socks)- they look even more beautiful on feet. the sun was so lovely that afternoon, i also had some progress of my butterfly documented. but why they are not posted, you ask? well, my camera/computer interface screwed up, and one of them ate the pictures.

since then the sun was gone, the rain had started... the winter is approaching.

i started the norwegian stockings last week and was making great progress. until of course when i tried the sock on, it was way to tight. my stitches were so tight and ugly that it was shameful to even show you the pictures (hence no pictures). then i realized that i had been knitting this thing on a size 1 needle all along.

stocking was ripped! the second (or third, if you count the first one) attempt seemed to be better, or much looser. fairisle is a tricky business.

it would be unbearable to write off fair isle for it is the art of knitting. i can't not be good at fair isle, especially after seeing hege's recently finished sweater, and those gorgeous solveig hisdal sweaters she was showing on her blog. and eunny's gorgeous design. gosh, that was a true work of art!

let's hope the weather gets better soon in atlanta.

October 23, 2006

still grey

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but i'm making significant progress. husband is eagerly waiting to wear this pair of socks.

also, i can't wait to start a new pair of socks for myself. how about the long neglected norwegian stockings? i think so, too.

October 12, 2006

knitting grey

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can you see the little beads here? they are glass beads from japan. i found them in this little bead shop in helena, alabama. they matched the smoky kidsilk haze pretty well. the only thing about knitting with beads is that you need to push the beads down to pull the threads constantly. it was a tempting entertainment for my cats, they were totally psyched.

my second attempt to make butterfly was definitely a lot better than the tragic first. my progress is much more advanced than the above photo. still, i think the hem is the best part of this whole garment, and the most time-consuming. i intend to find a midnight blue silk cami to layer with butterfly, with black taxedo pants and skinny heels, it should look appropriately chic for a night out in fall.

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how about this grey wool socks? nancy bush's railway socks for husband. he totally loves this, especially the striped heels. socktoberfest is still happening here.

June 08, 2006

lemon tree sock .5

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this is my lemon tree socks half way to a pair. that was few weeks ago actually. my focus has since been shifted to sewing... thanks for all the suggestions on cotton fabrics. i will embark on a quest for the most appropriate form of cotton for my summer dress. one more thing, if you are also in atlanta and know of a good quilt/fabric store that is not joann nor hancock fabrics, please tell me, m'kay!

lemon tree sock was knit with meilenweit cotton/wool blend yarn. machine washable and actually quite comfortable to wear. i think self striping yarn looks best in stockinette stitches, ribbing sort of takes away the crispness of the stripes. anyway. it is after all just a pair of socks. i will wear it often and i'm sure it is going to be comfortable enough to forget about the boring process this sock pattern has given me.

well, of course i'll need to finish the second sock. i hope my second sock will also give me this tiniest bit of yellow when grafting off. i love having symmetry in my socks. very unnecessarily anal but sadly that's just how things are around here.

May 06, 2006

just a yellow lemon tree

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yesterday you told me 'bout the blue blue sky,
and all that I can see is just a yellow lemon-tree

i love this song - lemon tree by fools garden. in fact, i heard it for the first time as a translated version by a female taiwanese artist. i did not find out who the original artist was until years later when i played this song again on CD, my american friend told me.

anyway... i feel the need to knit something simple, something spring. colors of yellow, blues and green seem to be so appropriate for my current state of mind. i am making a pair of ribbed socks. i am calling it lemon tree.

lemon tree is going to be at least 10 inches long before i make the heels, that is if i can decide what kind of heels to make. nonetheless, i think the cotton is going to be wonderful to wear in summer.

i wore my blue cobalt cardi to work on friday and i totally loved it! it was a cloudy day with a bit of chilly breeze, i wore a pair of very broken in jeans and a very worn out grey t-shirt with the cardi, it felt so perfect and comforting. like having a bowl of beef stew. all day long i was immersed in this wonderful feeling and thinking about the generous comments from all of you. you guys made my day.

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March 20, 2006

if you can't see the patterns...

why should it matter?

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railway socks from nancy bush's "vintage socks"

our house is in a complete mess, i could not even find a calm place to knit, or sew. boxes are on top of each other, cats are in the boxes... where is my shirt? my shoes?

i wanted to use this yarn, sisu superwash wool that was retired from this, to knit my husband another pair of socks and had started this project a few weeks ago. charcoal is his favorite color. it looks really lovely and banana republic-ish. railway pattern is an alternate of knit and purl in various combinations. subtly sophisticated. but, can you see the pattern?

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so subtle, you can't even tell. oh well.

i do love this pattern though, and will continue as is. maybe by the fall, husband will have yet another pair of handknit socks.

January 01, 2006

new year, 2006


elfine feels at home in the woods

knit project: amelia raitte - elfine
difficulty (1-5): 1.7
size: one size (24 stitches, toe up turkish method)
yarn: handspun bluefaced leicester by pesky mac (400 yd)
knitting specs: US 1 magic loop


the year starts off with a finished project completely enabled by knit bloggers, an adorable community that i became a part of; world wide knitters whom have enriched my life and most importantly, my knitting.

elfine, my new socks. a beautiful design by anna in london, an even more precious handspun yarn gifted to me by mac in philadephia. the colors are beautiful, soft against my feet, radiant under the sun.


a ray of sunlight on a beautiful new year's morning


accompanied by the nose of a nosy cat

i tried to capture the first morning ray of 2006, beneath the pile of woods i found my cat whom stealthily had tried to be in (or avoid) the picture. she was totally spooked by last night's fireworks. today, she is trying to find a comfort place in her favorite spot. so cute.


elfine is also comfortable in my room and on my feet

elfine fits wonderfully, i used turkish cast on (best method for toe up socks), yarn over short row heels and cast off very loosely. they probably will not stay on but the sloughy look of elfine is just as pretty.

have a wonderful year, my beloved knitting friends. i have many aspirations for my knitting and life, which i shall share in the coming days. also, it has been almost one year since the inception of whispering pine. soon, you will find out the story behind the name of this knitting blog.

December 27, 2005

fair isle stockings

right before the holidays i found myself almost obsessed over this pair of stockings, after seeing eunny's and jessica's versions. i am now in the process of making one for myself - norwegian stockings from folk socks by nancy bush.

this is my first serious fair isle project and i enjoy it. eunny and jessica both had some extensive pattern notes for this project so i have been learning a lot from their experiences. i am knitting with US2 needles, sisu yarns from norway and am trying fair isle with magic loop. so far, it has been working well for me. the colors i am using are charcoal, lavender and light grey. i envision myself wearing it with black loafer, wool black or charcoal pleated skirt and a fitted lavender (or dusky purple) skirt. preppy but modern. the only problem is that i can not find any skirts. all the major clothing chains are currently showcasing bohemic/vintage fashion, no decent skirts can be found. sigh!!

as this item is seasonal, i have a sense of urgency to finish it before the winter is over. hopefully by then i will find my skirt.

if you are familiar with this pattern, you should notice that i have knitted some extra amount of ribbing. this is for the potential double facing elastic band insertion. i am not sure how this will turn out though i am sure that some form of elastic will be installed. double facing, as described in the "big book of knitting" is a good way of inserting elastic band. however, it adds bulk to the ribbing and i may end up ditching this option and just thread through some thin elastic cords on the wrong side.

i am also not sure if my tension is working. magic loop method presented some problems as the folding edge creates a much shorter distance for the yarn flows. i had to purposely pull the flows loose to create an overall even tension for the sock.

anyway, it is going to be a pretty pair of stockings! i can't wait!!

December 23, 2005

holiday socks

kersti socks for me! me, me, me!!

knit project: kersti socks
difficulty (1-5): 1.2
size: women's small (40 stitches, long tail cast on)
yarn: koigu's kersti in K816 (less than 2 skeins)
knitting specs: US 7 (cast on, ribbing) & US 6 dpn.


my holidays have begun! no more work so i can eat, knit and do all the fun things for the next few days. i have managed to complete a pair of socks out of koigu kersti yarns so my feet will be warm and pretty for the holidays! hurray!

happy holidays, everyone!

December 12, 2005

excessive deliberation

so i have knitted more than a dozen socks for others, only now i have an open spot to knit one for myself, and have been thinking about what my first pair would be like for a while now. unfortunately it has not happened as my indecisive nature was particularly prominent for this project. i wanted the first pair to be somewhat special but had trapped in this thought too much that nothing seemed special. weird.


elfine's leaves

finally, i picked mac's handspun yarn to knit anna's elfine socks. it is a project completely enabled by knitbloggers, which qualifies as a special pair of socks.


conwy beginning. beautiful yarn with not so suitable pattern

actually, i started off wanting to knit conwy, but somehow the twining cabled pattern just did not show through this particular yarn. moreover, this coral color blue face leicester yarn reminds me of the foliage i never saw this year, elfine's leaf motifs seems to be a better choice than conwy. so far, i like how it looks. the handspun yarn is thick and thin, it is also twisted with a lighter shade of peach. the effect of such nature is really surprising as waves of colors come into life with progress.

searching for yarns and patterns can be blinding and it is hard to look beyond your realm of familiarity. and knitting being a creative hobby, i think it is important to break through this obstacle. how? have others shop for you. give them a criteria of what you are looking for, then see how others interpret such concept. look at other people's work for ideas (like, knitting blogs!), do not let the models on the magazines be your only guidelines to judge a project.

luckily, i have a secret pal who inspires me with gifts of her choices and tastes. thank you, laurie, for being a wonderful better pal.


variegated sock yarn among other knitterly delights

November 28, 2005

wizard's socks

potter, put your feet down!

knit project: gryffindor socks for husband
difficulty (1-5): 1.2
size: men's medium (64 stitches, long tail cast on)
yarn: dani's sunshine yarns in gryffindor
knitting specs: US 2 cir.


we are all fascinated by the world of harry potter; his friends, enemies and the hogwarts school of wizardry and witchcraft. last week, we saw the latest potter film and were totally in love with it. surprisingly, i found myself loving the less important characters more... like, hermione (my absolute favorite) and the weasley twins (totally hilarious)!

as we hogwarts groupies, the only thing we can do to satisfy ourselves is to make some knock-off harry potter costumes and imagine what it would be like to go to the interesting wizard schools than the boring grammar or high schools. so, over the thanksgiving weekend, i made a pair of gryffindor socks out of dani's house special, hand-painted self striping sock yarn for my husband. it turned out just perfect!

to accommodate for the size, i casted on 64 stitches and knitted the 1X1 ribbing using US3 needles, when i hit the first yellow stripes, i switched to US2 and continued on for the rest of the socks. they fit wonderfully. i also cut out the yellow sections for the heel to maintain the stripes. a brilliant slight modification copycated from alison. oh, i asked the husband if he wanted a short-row heel or a slip-stitched heel (not that he really knew what i was talking about), he picked the slip-stitched heel as, he said, he might have to fight dragons one day, a sturdier heel would be better. yeah... whatever.

it took me less than one week to finish this pair of socks. a record success for me. i think it was the magic. or, the magic loop on addi turbo's. whichever one you want to believe in is fine with me!


the feet of an aspiring sock model/wizard wannabe, aka, my husband

November 14, 2005

toasty november

i think november is probably my favorite month of the year. the weather is really starting to get cold and the house is smelling warm and cozy. come second week of the month, my mind is no longer at work anymore, but mentally planning holiday meals. and honestly, i think my working attitude ends right before thanksgiving and it lasts all the way till the new year. how awful is that?

ever since i came to the states i fell in love with thanksgiving almost instantly. coming from a culture rich with culinary arts and fine eats, i was a little disappointed to find that many american families eat processed food on a regular basis. but, during the thanksgiving season, i get to experience the joy of many families preparing a home made meal. i cooked turkey many times already, and usually not just for thanksgiving, but christmas, too! i just love the smell of the cooking turkey in my house.

before i gone totally absorbed in the holiday food, i am showing you this pair of masculine looking footlets i made over the weekend for my husband (as he is now completely in love with handknit footwear!). he loves it, of course, who wouldn't love koigu kersti yarns? i based the construction off alison's ankle socks, it was an easy, gratifying project. also, it is a perfect thing to wear in front of the fireplace while watching movies and having some hot chocolate.

my next sock project will be for me. i know i have been saying that for a while but only now, after knitted for friends, families and husband, i can relaxed and knit a pair completely guilt free. and i'll start off with the handspun yarns from my SP, mac. bet she'd love to see that!

knit project: koigu kersti footlets for husband
difficulty (1-5): 1.2
size: men's medium (44 stitches, long tail cast on)
yarn: koigu's kersti in K315 (less than 2 skeins)
knitting specs: US 7 dpn

November 07, 2005

love for handknit socks

non-matching opal stripes, evidence of true handknit socks
how troubling can it be when making socks for someone you love? quite, i tell you. my husband has grown to appreciate handknit items and when i offered to knit him a pair of socks, he said "oh good!!" and had probably forgot about it and only seldom asked about the progress.

not until the first sock was completed, he tried it on had i realized that making socks can be quite a laborious and patient deflating journey. so he put on the sock, wiggled his toes, he said "hmm... a little tight! can you make it a bit longer, and also, can this toe part be a little wider? i like my toes have rooms to move."

ok, all those modifications can be done. but i was so relieved to have finish one sock and knowing that i had to re-knit the toes was not the most pleasing things to my ear. but i knew that had to be done as what is the point of making a pair of socks if the person is not going to wear them.

the sock making was not the fastest nor the most enjoyable as i was not sure if i would be knitting socks on a regular basis so i just bought some cheap inox US1 needles to start with. these needles are not ideal for sock making, the cable joints are nothing but rough. i thought i could ignored this and kept going, which i did, but the knitting was really not fun.

so this past week, i slaved through the socks, after four (yes, four) modifications on the toes, the socks are done, done and done.

i was so relieved, now i can rest. the best though, a brownie point for listening as here are some words from the recipient (aka husband):


no, they are my husband's feet. not daffy's

"finally!

after much anticipation, i finally received my 100% completely tailor made...foot gloves! i love them! they fit wonderfully! i don't want to take them off! i can't wait to wear them out where they can be noticed and made the subject of conversation. i really didn't realize how poorly other socks fit until i put these on. Hmmmm....i may have to ask for more."


do i hear "harry potter" socks?

October 01, 2005

sockapal-2-za socks

sockapal-2-za socks from kathy
this pair of gorgeous socks is one of the many things i got this week. wow!! these socks are so beautiful, not to mention they fit perfectly! kathy is my sockpal and she did an incredible job!

these socks are not your typical toe-up or top-down socks; they are constructed sideways. thus, the vertical lines of stitches give the variegated colors an interesting presentation. i also love how the heels and toes are knitted. i did not expect such unique pair of socks and the yarn, cherry tree hill, feels wonderful against my feet! thank you so much, kathy!! i love my socks and i will be wearing them a lot this winter for sure!

heel and toe of a sideway sock!
kathy not only just gave me a pair of socks, she also dig through her grandmother's old knitting stash and found a vintage pattern book and gave it to me! i am totally flattered with this kind gesture. she knows i love vintage fashion! and i do!! look at those pictures! not just the knits, but the hair, make-up... they were totally genuine 1960's high fashion! i think the blue lace cardi may be a cute item to knit. hmmm... decisions, decisions!
spinnery pattern book, year 1963

September 25, 2005

short row socks

YO short rows all the way, with zigzag BO

new knitting skills acquired this weekend: YO short row for socks.

after seeing so many knitters trying out toe up socks, i was extremely intrigued to get do it myself. at first i followed purly's tutorial, which is really helpful. then, i looked at wendy's and alison's toe up tutorial from knitty.com. but what really put everything in prospective, was the baby socks instructions from interweave. i made a little baby sock to learn all the techniques, which was the most satisfying thing this weekend, as far as knitting went.

that little red sock will need to have a partner, then they will go to australia to meet mia! i had finished the friday harbor socks for nikkishell, and i think it's only fair to let mia has her own pair of handknit socks too!!


yet another pair of friday harbor

knit project: knitting on the road - friday harbor
difficulty (1-5): 2.1
size: women's medium (50 stitches, long tail cast on)
yarn: mountain colors bearfoot in evergreen
knitting specs: US 3 cir.

September 12, 2005

knit swaps

now that the sockapal-2-za socks are washed and packed away to be sent, i am focused on finishing off yet another "friday harbor" for nikki-shell. we are doing a swap that she would make me an amy butler's covington bag, and in return, i would make her a pair of "friday harbor" socks! since the covington bag is all finished (so pretty!), i need to quickly finish these socks to redeem this lovely bag.
is it blue, or green? or spruce?
who can tell me what color is this yarn? the label said it is "evergreen", so i like to believe this color is meant to be green. my husband thinks it is more blue. i'm just plain confused. i know it is variegated but i'm hoping this is not too rainbowy for nikkishell. i swear this color resembles little of what the color card had shown.

nonetheless, i love working with mountain color's bearfoot. it is really a nice sock yarn and it knits up quite nicely. i can almost memorize this pattern now so the knitting is quite relaxing for the most part.

mountain color's bearfoot is soft and luscious, that is no doubt about that part!

September 05, 2005

presenting sockapal-2-za socks

friday harbor in patons kroy 4ply

knit project: friday harbor socks
difficulty (1-5): 2
size: women's
yarn: paton kroy
knitting specs: US 2 cir.


so unbelievably relieved that the socks are now done. all it needs now is a bath and a bit of blocking! knitting socks for me is both fun and dreadful. i love knitting the first sock, the second one, however, becomes a complete torture! why is that? i need to get over it.

anyway, i found this pattern promotes a bit of sagging. i may try to cast on with needles only one size bigger (instead of three sizes) next time. is there going to be a next time? oh yes! and for a great reason, too! the talented nikkishell and i are undergoing a private swap. i knit her a pair of socks, she makes me a bag (total bliss!).

thanks alison for such a wonderful knitalong, i hope my sock pal will enjoy the friday harbor socks for many winters to come!

now, who is my secret sock pal? what socks am i going to get? can't wait...

August 27, 2005

knit in moderation

sockapal-2-za socks one and a half
in order to preserve the integrity of my hands/arms, i will be de-tox myself from knitting, and related activities for this coming week. that includes knitting (of course), web-surfing (for knitting-related topics), and minimal blogging (this one is hard to stay away from completely).

hopefully, with such occasional voluntary self-restraint, i will be able to knit continously and happily without pain and suffer for a long time to come.

before i go into a short reclusion, here's my latest progress of sockapal-2-za socks. other WIPs, they are waiting in the wing, not forgotten (ie, SYNO scarf).

August 01, 2005

sockapal-2-za (and other WIPs) updates

one complete sockapal-2-za sock

you are looking at a complete sock for the exchange. unfortunately the second sock is still as a ball of yarn. i am going to cast on for the second one in a couple days.

it really did not take that long to knit this pattern. i was overly multi-tasking when this sock was made. so, instead of having a pair of socks done, i finished the sleeves for audrey.


audrey's sleeves

as for butterfly, i'm still clicking away on the hem (therefore no pictures to show). however, after reading the knitalong on craftster, i've decided to knit it in round to avoid seaming the lace.

what else? a new project!! well, i had some linen drape sitting in my stash for a while and i was dying to use it up before the summer ends! so, grumperina's tivoli T became the perfect thing to make! with only less than four balls of linen drape, i'm hoping that it'll be enough to finish this top!! i do not want to buy another ball of yarn! one question, what type of cast on do you tivoli knitters do after the BO for yoke?

and when i'm not knitting, i'm constantly thinking how my self-designed sweater is going to turn out. i want to clear off my WIPs so i can focus on this project with full, undivided attention (adding on a brand new project kind of make this last sentence a bit phony!).

the beginning of tivoli T

July 25, 2005

sockapal-2-za update: turning heel

mid-calf green sock!
so the sock is going to be a mid-calf length. a length that is generally accepted and preferred by most sock knitters and wearers. the only concern of mine at the moment is the quantity of yarn in my possession. i have two balls of these yarns in my stash for a while, and i'm pretty sure that they are no longer available from patons. so, i hope i will be able to make one sock out of each ball. and to tell you the truth, i have been knitting with a bit of fear.

still, i love how the diamonds flowing in the pattern and they will travel all the way to the toes, too! this green is getting prettier by the day. interesting how a color can grow on you. will i have enough will power to part with this pair of socks... oh i hope so.

a little modification was made when i turned the heel. as i had casted on 10 more stitches than specified in the pattern, i had to allocate those extras evenly to the front and the back of the sock. i also had to shuffle the stitches so they fit on two circulars. it's really nothing fancy. so i'm going to stop here.

turning heel with two bamboo circulars!
goal for next week: finish sock #1, start sock #2.

thank you for all the comments on orangina, i was so utterly flattered!

sockapal-2-za update: turning heel

mid-calf green sock!
so the sock is going to be a mid-calf length. a length that is generally accepted and preferred by most sock knitters and wearers. the only concern of mine at the moment is the quantity of yarn in my possession. i have two balls of these yarns in my stash for a while, and i'm pretty sure that they are no longer available from patons. so, i hope i will be able to make one sock out of each ball. and to tell you the truth, i have been knitting with a bit of fear.

still, i love how the diamonds flowing in the pattern and they will travel all the way to the toes, too! this green is getting prettier by the day. interesting how a color can grow on you. will i have enough will power to part with this pair of socks... oh i hope so.

a little modification was made when i turned the heel. as i had casted on 10 more stitches than specified in the pattern, i had to allocate those extras evenly to the front and the back of the sock. i also had to shuffle the stitches so they fit on two circulars. it's really nothing fancy. so i'm going to stop here.

turning heel with two bamboo circulars!
goal for next week: finish sock #1, start sock #2.

thank you for all the comments on orangina, i was so utterly flattered!

July 19, 2005

sockapal-2-za update: friday harbor new tricks

green friday harbor sock to be!
so the fun begins for my sockapal-2-za socks adventure. one evening worth of intensive sock knitting, i have the above! not bad, eh?

i knew that when i picked this pattern, i would be in for some new tricks. sure enough, so far i had learned how to cast on using the english method (posh!) so the edge resembling a purl stitch. first attempt: too tight. second attempt: up four needle size, this resulted a stretchy and firm edge. perfect! i am looking foward to using this method more, as stated in the KOTR book, combined the english CO with continental CO method, you can have a nice ribbed edge like K1, P1 or K2, P2.

this pattern used a very small number of CO stithes, 50, to be exact. my instinct told me that 50 stitches are not enough to stretch across the mid calf (my sock pal wants a mid calf length). but, i went with it out of respect for nancy bush. needless to say, when i tried it on, it was blood vessel constricting tight. so, i ripped it off, added 10 more stitches, and now, it can fit anywhere you want on the calf. perfect!

in all honesty, friday harbor did not have the most comprehensive instructions. after the first couple rows, i was utterly confused. then, i remembered that there's a book correction file at interweave's website, so i went a grabbed that. hey, what do you know, there it was, pattern correction notes for this book. it was helpful and allowed me to make the lace looks like lace, not some wonky, holey stitches. and what was the trick? you have to constantly shuffle the stitches every round so all the YOs and K2TOGs are aligned.

i particularly fancy the wavy lacy edge of this sock. it reminds me a bit of the victorian era garter you see in the brothels (is my sock pal going to think that i'm strange?) and i bet if i increase enough stitches to fit around the thigh, it'll be just like the garter stockings. but no! i'm not going down that wild path. still, i wonder why nancy bush named this pattern "friday harbor", i need to re-read her introduction.

front, nice, chevron shaped lace patterns; back, 2x2 ribbing for one size fits all.
so, check back next week, i may have more to show!

July 16, 2005

father's day socks

father's day socks

knit project: ribbed socks for father's day
difficulty (1-5): 1.5
size: man's small (60 stitches, long tail cast on)
yarn: brown sheep's wildfoote luxury sock yarn in zane grey (SY36)
knitting specs: 2 X US 2 cir.

i know the father's day in the states is long gone, but my dad lives in australia, so, i'm actually ahead of the game for this one! oh, i'm actually quite happy with this ribbed socks! i wanted to knit a pair for my dad that is simple, comfortable, that he will actually wear it! so, i opted for a straight forward pattern! since there's nothing exciting about the style, i chose brown sheep's wildfoote sock yarn to add to the attraction.

the result: a pair of every day socks with understated colors, wearable and comfortable. that's why it actually stays on my feet longer than it should.

green self-patterned sock, can this be more interesting?
so, now on to socks for sock pal, but wait! this is not the sock pal's socks!! it's the sock for the husband! well, since i'm knitting socks, might as well knit two pairs at the same time! my husband had watched me stitching out two pairs of socks (for my parents) and had been patiently waiting for his turn. so, with no further delay, i casted on late last night and opal self pattern sock is on the way.

this will be my first try with the self-patterend yarn. i have to say, i quite like it! it keeps the knitting interesting, and the opal yarn is lovely! after seeing the socks for my dad, husband also wanted a ribbed pair (hmm!!), so i am hoping the self-patterned will keep me interested and i'll be able to finish this pair before the winter comes.

ok, now, a depressing and shocking news! i was ready to pack the yoked baby cardigan for friends last night, and guess what i found? a pink stain on the cream color yarn! what is the deal? i was so mad (emotionally and possibly psychologically) and i showed this to my husband, to verify my visual observation. he looked at it and said: yeah, a pink stain, you're not hallucinating!

now, before any knitting begins this weekend, i'm going to attempt the stain removal process. i guess i had used the same tub to wash my red wave skirt, and some residual pink water had sneaked its way onto the baby cardi. so, though i was mad, i knew it had something to do with my goofiness. so it shows.


pink stain. oh it's there!!

father's day socks

father's day socks

knit project: ribbed socks for father's day
difficulty (1-5): 1.5
size: man's small (60 stitches, long tail cast on)
yarn: brown sheep's wildfoote luxury sock yarn in zane grey (SY36)
knitting specs: 2 X US 2 cir.

i know the father's day in the states is long gone, but my dad lives in australia, so, i'm actually ahead of the game for this one! oh, i'm actually quite happy with this ribbed socks! i wanted to knit a pair for my dad that is simple, comfortable, that he will actually wear it! so, i opted for a straight forward pattern! since there's nothing exciting about the style, i chose brown sheep's wildfoote sock yarn to add to the attraction.

the result: a pair of every day socks with understated colors, wearable and comfortable. that's why it actually stays on my feet longer than it should.

green self-patterned sock, can this be more interesting?
so, now on to socks for sock pal, but wait! this is not the sock pal's socks!! it's the sock for the husband! well, since i'm knitting socks, might as well knit two pairs at the same time! my husband had watched me stitching out two pairs of socks (for my parents) and had been patiently waiting for his turn. so, with no further delay, i casted on late last night and opal self pattern sock is on the way.

this will be my first try with the self-patterend yarn. i have to say, i quite like it! it keeps the knitting interesting, and the opal yarn is lovely! after seeing the socks for my dad, husband also wanted a ribbed pair (hmm!!), so i am hoping the self-patterned will keep me interested and i'll be able to finish this pair before the winter comes.

ok, now, a depressing and shocking news! i was ready to pack the yoked baby cardigan for friends last night, and guess what i found? a pink stain on the cream color yarn! what is the deal? i was so mad (emotionally and possibly psychologically) and i showed this to my husband, to verify my visual observation. he looked at it and said: yeah, a pink stain, you're not hallucinating!

now, before any knitting begins this weekend, i'm going to attempt the stain removal process. i guess i had used the same tub to wash my red wave skirt, and some residual pink water had sneaked its way onto the baby cardi. so, though i was mad, i knew it had something to do with my goofiness. so it shows.


pink stain. oh it's there!!

July 12, 2005

sockapal-2-za and OSW

hurricane dennis had come and went and i was so ready for a complete blow-out of the region but it did not happen. actually, i felt a bit cheated by the earth atmosphere, she had everyone so hyped about it but nothing drastic happened in the end. what drama. and i know it is probably awful for me to express the i-hope-the-disasters-were-here feeling.

just like the hurricane dennis, i was going to work on the sockapal-2-za socks but in the end i never did. however, i thought about this project a great deal, so much that i had actually done something indirectly related to the progression of this project, that is, finish off my dad's socks and free up the US2 needles!

finish this sock already!
so, not sockapal-2-za sock update, but if you still want to see some sock knitting, here is the ribbing sock that i was working on this weekend.

on another note, i had jumped on the OSW bandwagon and made myself one with some blue ribbon yarn. it was such a short project that i wanted to show this one to my husband after it was all finished! he was really anticipated some ingenious knit project from me. so, when i modeled the FO for him, he had such an expression (sort of in amusement and in confusion) and carefully asked: what is that? not a posture correcting device i hope! great... the term PCD had stick in my head more than OSW now. sucks.

it is a one skein wonder in blue!
actually, it's not that bad, it's just a bit too small. so, i'm going to make another one that fits better. and to share my love to you all, i'm offering this to whoever is interested. it should fit the shoulder width about 13.5in. just let me know! i would, however, like you to send me a picture of you modeling it!!

UPDATE: OSW/PCD NO LONGER AVAILABLE - 071205

sockapal-2-za and OSW

hurricane dennis had come and went and i was so ready for a complete blow-out of the region but it did not happen. actually, i felt a bit cheated by the earth atmosphere, she had everyone so hyped about it but nothing drastic happened in the end. what drama. and i know it is probably awful for me to express the i-hope-the-disasters-were-here feeling.

just like the hurricane dennis, i was going to work on the sockapal-2-za socks but in the end i never did. however, i thought about this project a great deal, so much that i had actually done something indirectly related to the progression of this project, that is, finish off my dad's socks and free up the US2 needles!

finish this sock already!
so, not sockapal-2-za sock update, but if you still want to see some sock knitting, here is the ribbing sock that i was working on this weekend.

on another note, i had jumped on the OSW bandwagon and made myself one with some blue ribbon yarn. it was such a short project that i wanted to show this one to my husband after it was all finished! he was really anticipated some ingenious knit project from me. so, when i modeled the FO for him, he had such an expression (sort of in amusement and in confusion) and carefully asked: what is that? not a posture correcting device i hope! great... the term PCD had stick in my head more than OSW now. sucks.

it is a one skein wonder in blue!
actually, it's not that bad, it's just a bit too small. so, i'm going to make another one that fits better. and to share my love to you all, i'm offering this to whoever is interested. it should fit the shoulder width about 13.5in. just let me know! i would, however, like you to send me a picture of you modeling it!!

UPDATE: OSW/PCD NO LONGER AVAILABLE - 071205

June 28, 2005

sockapal-2-za update: making decisions

after going through numerous sock patterns and browsing through various brands of sock yarns- never crossed my mind that socks can be this complicated - i have decided to make the "friday harbor" lace socks in deep forest kroy yarns for my secret sock pal. friday harbor, the pattern from the wonderful "knitting on the road", involves some lace pattern, some ribbing and this knits to a calf length. all these are preferences stated by my sock pal. not to mention that *green* is her favorite color!

friday harbor sock is quite a popular one in the knitblog land, i found deb had made a pair, as well as beatknits! theirs all turned out so lovely.

okay. i think i'm ready to cast on.

friday harbor from "knitting on the road"

sockapal-2-za update: making decisions

after going through numerous sock patterns and browsing through various brands of sock yarns- never crossed my mind that socks can be this complicated - i have decided to make the "friday harbor" lace socks in deep forest kroy yarns for my secret sock pal. friday harbor, the pattern from the wonderful "knitting on the road", involves some lace pattern, some ribbing and this knits to a calf length. all these are preferences stated by my sock pal. not to mention that *green* is her favorite color!

friday harbor sock is quite a popular one in the knitblog land, i found deb had made a pair, as well as beatknits! theirs all turned out so lovely.

okay. i think i'm ready to cast on.

friday harbor from "knitting on the road"

June 21, 2005

sockapal-2-za update: choice of yarn

i'm starting this secret sock exchange by thinking about what kind of yarns i'm going to spoil my sock pal with. tough part of the knitting process, in my mind. my sock pal has a pretty detailed description of what kind of yarns she likes, with color preference, too. and, just so happens that i have two skeins of paton's kroy socks yarn in deep forest green (her favorite color is green)!

so, what is the problem here? well, the problem is that i'm also thinking of some beautiful koigu, lorna's laces and handpainted opal. that's my problem. i have a planned trip to the LYS this thursday so i'm still holding the final verdict in the air until then.

however, i'm also aware that sometimes you can really make a beautiful pair of socks out of some seemingly ordinary looking yarns (ie, paton's kroy socks).

here's my somewhat lame update of the sockapal-2-za this week. i'll try to have a weekly update for this knitalong/secret exchange.

sockapal-2-za update: choice of yarn

i'm starting this secret sock exchange by thinking about what kind of yarns i'm going to spoil my sock pal with. tough part of the knitting process, in my mind. my sock pal has a pretty detailed description of what kind of yarns she likes, with color preference, too. and, just so happens that i have two skeins of paton's kroy socks yarn in deep forest green (her favorite color is green)!

so, what is the problem here? well, the problem is that i'm also thinking of some beautiful koigu, lorna's laces and handpainted opal. that's my problem. i have a planned trip to the LYS this thursday so i'm still holding the final verdict in the air until then.

however, i'm also aware that sometimes you can really make a beautiful pair of socks out of some seemingly ordinary looking yarns (ie, paton's kroy socks).

here's my somewhat lame update of the sockapal-2-za this week. i'll try to have a weekly update for this knitalong/secret exchange.

June 07, 2005

managing disasters

first, i would like to express my appreciation to all the generous compliments on the fluffy cami! they are precious to me and my blog! so, thank you.

last night, i casted on (for the second time) the sorbet skirt and i'm about 6 or 7 rows from the beginning. it's not dramatic enough to justify a picture so i'm saving that till later. i have been reading and stealthing knitting blogs for a few months and have yet to come across a knitted skirt, when i did, it usually ended up being loathed by the creator. hmm... this makes me worry for i chose this project based on the fact that i'd be able to wear it to work, and the color of the skirt should be quite complementing to an array of tops i own. so, what if the skirt turned out to be a colossal disaster? then, all my expectation and fantasy for this piece will be vanished instantly. do i want to carry on a project bearing such fear? but, if kat coyle can pulled it off, i hope i can, too.

to minimize the risk of creating a disastrous knitwear, i made a couple modifications to the original pattern: given that the smallest size was still too big for me, i will knit in US5 all the way until the fan feather pattern in hope that the upper part of the skirt will at least be fitted to my petite frame. i will use US6 instead of US7 for the lower part of the skirt, and eliminate some repeat sequences so the length of the skirt will be some what appropriate for my height. now, should i make the lace edging? oh, i'll make that decision when i come to that.

and, i will also try on this piece as early and frequently as possible, if at some point i feel that the skirt will invariably be a failure, i will, without any reservation, frog. thank goodness i'm using brown sheep's cotton fleece. i love this yarn. versatile and soft!

whew! what a stressful entry.

aside from the skirt, i made some great progress on my dad's socks! i am on to the second sock now. however, i had just realized that in australia, father's day is not until september 4th. here i'm knitting my hearts out thinking june 19th is the d-day, and had verbally prepped my dad for a surprising gift, oh well, who to blame?

gotta love the one-size-fits-all ribbing sock

May 31, 2005

what are you knitting this week?

last day of may! summer will officially be here tomorrow. what did i do on the memorial weekend? i started a second pair of socks!


long tail cast on, 2X2 ribbing, nice and stretchy!


when i selected this particular yarn, i envisioned that this colorway would be more suitable for men, like my dad. and it did, such pretty blue, beige, grey and hints of purple. even i liked it! so a sequence of rationalization was initiated on my side as to perhaps i need to keep the socks to myself... (very bad)! my husband of course kept reminding me that it is going to be a pair of socks for my father. i am coming to grip of that fact now.


who won't love such beautiful array of colors?

since it will be summer soon (like tomorrow) and i have yet to make any decent progress on the sherbet skirt, i casted on that project last week, too! but after i have knitted a few rows, i was not too happy with the tension... so i ripped it off to start again when i attain a calmer mindset. i don't like to start a project when i'm in a haste.


uneven stitches everywhere. albeit the pretty color, you're going to be frogged!

also, remember the fluffy camisole? it's actually very close to finish! a picture to show you the DMC thread i'll use to crochet the edge. rowan's kid silk haze is really a soft and fluffy yarn. i love it!


DMC cotton perle bathed in the sun!

i'm also making slow progress on the baby cardigan, two more inches till the decrease for yoke! friend's baby won't be here until august, so i still have plenty of time! dale of norway's baby ull is a beauty to work with!


half way there!

so, the secret pal program is starting (so exciting), it feels like christmas! better than christmas actually, as you have no idea when and what the presents will be here! and you know someone else is feeling the same way, awaiting the presents you will be sending.

guess what i also found out this morning? alison at the blue blog is hosting sockapal-2-zers (another sock exchange progam)! you bet i'll be sending her my info tomorrow when the gate opens!

what are you knitting this week?

last day of may! summer will officially be here tomorrow. what did i do on the memorial weekend? i started a second pair of socks!


long tail cast on, 2X2 ribbing, nice and stretchy!


when i selected this particular yarn, i envisioned that this colorway would be more suitable for men, like my dad. and it did, such pretty blue, beige, grey and hints of purple. even i liked it! so a sequence of rationalization was initiated on my side as to perhaps i need to keep the socks to myself... (very bad)! my husband of course kept reminding me that it is going to be a pair of socks for my father. i am coming to grip of that fact now.


who won't love such beautiful array of colors?

since it will be summer soon (like tomorrow) and i have yet to make any decent progress on the sherbet skirt, i casted on that project last week, too! but after i have knitted a few rows, i was not too happy with the tension... so i ripped it off to start again when i attain a calmer mindset. i don't like to start a project when i'm in a haste.


uneven stitches everywhere. albeit the pretty color, you're going to be frogged!

also, remember the fluffy camisole? it's actually very close to finish! a picture to show you the DMC thread i'll use to crochet the edge. rowan's kid silk haze is really a soft and fluffy yarn. i love it!


DMC cotton perle bathed in the sun!

i'm also making slow progress on the baby cardigan, two more inches till the decrease for yoke! friend's baby won't be here until august, so i still have plenty of time! dale of norway's baby ull is a beauty to work with!


half way there!

so, the secret pal program is starting (so exciting), it feels like christmas! better than christmas actually, as you have no idea when and what the presents will be here! and you know someone else is feeling the same way, awaiting the presents you will be sending.

guess what i also found out this morning? alison at the blue blog is hosting sockapal-2-zers (another sock exchange progam)! you bet i'll be sending her my info tomorrow when the gate opens!

May 22, 2005

a pair of socks!

finally, an FO! making this pair of socks is like pulling teeth! especially the motivation to start the second one. but i'm glad it's all done! it'll be on its way to brisbane next week, i hope my mum will like it!

i may want to try my next pair with long-tail cast on. i like the tubular cast on, but one of the socks feels like it's a bit tight so i'm going to experiment with other cast on methods to see which ones i like the best.

so, what next? i am having the urge to finish off all the half down projects (the fluffy camisole and baby sweater), however, i think i need to start the sorbet skirt now!

what to do with the left over yarns? a pair of baby socks?

do you think the right one has more dark shades?

knit project: socks for mother's day
difficulty (1-5): 2
size: woman's medium (64 stitches, tubular cast on)
yarn: brown sheep's wildfoote luxury sock yarn in geranium (08)
knitting specs: 2 X US 2 cir.

May 16, 2005

belated update on my sock adventure

i knew at the the back of my head that i needed to show some evidence that my sock knitting is not just a virtual blah. so, i'm catching the wave of the picture posting madness today to provide pictorial evidence of my sock knitting as of late.


this pile of yarn is my current sock yarn stash. they are enough for four pairs of socks. the variegated red is for my mum, greyish black is for my dad. i will own the red flaky self patterned and husband will have the most beautiful green/grey self patterned.


i started off my first attempt with my mum's socks (reason being i had the wild dream that i would finish the socks in time for mother's day). well, i finished one sock before mother's day. the second sock is still in progress.

sock knitting has been fun. i must say. since i am using two circulars to knit socks, i will cast on two socks at the same time for my next pair to avoid the setbacks.

these yummy looking yarn has been in my possession for two weeks now, they are for the wave skirt of IK spring. since the yarn looks more like delicious sorbet, this project will now be called "the sorbet skirt" in my blog.

i am so eager to start this project! but, due to the number of WIPs is too high for my taste at this moment, i will not start until one of the projects is done. thus, i'm knitting away the socks like mad!


delicious yarn for my sorbet skirt!

belated update on my sock adventure

i knew at the the back of my head that i needed to show some evidence that my sock knitting is not just a virtual blah. so, i'm catching the wave of the picture posting madness today to provide pictorial evidence of my sock knitting as of late.


this pile of yarn is my current sock yarn stash. they are enough for four pairs of socks. the variegated red is for my mum, greyish black is for my dad. i will own the red flaky self patterned and husband will have the most beautiful green/grey self patterned.


i started off my first attempt with my mum's socks (reason being i had the wild dream that i would finish the socks in time for mother's day). well, i finished one sock before mother's day. the second sock is still in progress.

sock knitting has been fun. i must say. since i am using two circulars to knit socks, i will cast on two socks at the same time for my next pair to avoid the setbacks.

these yummy looking yarn has been in my possession for two weeks now, they are for the wave skirt of IK spring. since the yarn looks more like delicious sorbet, this project will now be called "the sorbet skirt" in my blog.

i am so eager to start this project! but, due to the number of WIPs is too high for my taste at this moment, i will not start until one of the projects is done. thus, i'm knitting away the socks like mad!


delicious yarn for my sorbet skirt!

knitting in the rain

it is currently sunny outside my office window and i'm feeling kind of weird for creating an entry with this title. but really, it will all make sense with what i am about to share:

this past weekend i spectated the first race of the season - a duathlon at callaway garden, GA. my husband was a participant, me, a former participant, wimped out this year due to lack of training.

last year, the weather was too beautiful to mention. this year, there was nothing but rain, rain, rain!


bikes are soaked in the rain.


husband biking in the rain, too fast for a clear image!

last year, i was regretting for not packing a bathing suit for sunbathing next to the lovely lake after race, this year, i brought my straw hat, bathing suit, sunscreen and even a sarong. well, they never left our car!


this is the would be beautiful lake to sunbath near if there's no rain.

however, last year, i was not possessed by the knitting god. this year, i brought my knitting and i was happily knitted away in the car!


the second sock in working. the towel was actually functional (to wipe the rain off my legs and hands)!

nonetheless, it was a fun weekend. we got to see friends, and my husband got to experience some near-death experience when biking in the rain! and i finally started on the second sock, it's all good!


he's my warrior!

May 05, 2005

mindless knitting into summer

it feels like summer already in the south, and i have entered a phase of mindless knitting.

i have completed a sock as of this wednesday. so far i am pleased with the result but afraid that i will not have enough patience to finish the pair, which conveniently reminds me why i never liked making socks. the whole "have to make a pair" thing just deflates my motivation. funny this does not apply to sleeves.

aside from socks, two other projects, the baby cardigan and fluffy camisole/cowl, are moving along at a steady pace. i had set some reachable daily knitting goals for each project (like 10 rows per day, etc) to comfort myself from the mundane stockinette stitches and the repetitive lace pattern. so far, it works for my easily fooled mind.

last week, i received the yarn for the wave skirt of interweave spring. i am so tempted to start but it really needs to wait until i either finish off the socks (for my mum), or complete all the stockinette stitches for the baby sweater. in the meantime, i'm just trying to see if i need some cute tops to go with this currently non-existent skirt of mine.

so, it's going to be summer soon, what a great time to look forward to!


this is what summer is for me

April 28, 2005

reasons for socks

i was daydreaming on the way to work couple mornings ago, i was thinking that i will not be able to make a shawl for my mum in time for mother's day, though i had promised that i'd make one. so what would be a good and fast project to knit? socks, i thought to myself. and that's how it all started.

not that i have never knitted socks before, i made two pairs of socks few years ago and did not like them. so i stopped pursuing sock knitting. but ever since i owned a blog, i have been prying way too much on others' fabulous blogs and had noticed there are way too many gorgeous looking socks floating around the cyberspace. so, i think i was unconsciously looking for a reason to start making socks again. though you can easily argue that i'm looking for reasons to buying all those too beautiful to mention sock yarns from poshy european countries!

and yes, i now have sock yarns in my stash but i can not show them until this weekend (if you have been a pattern observer of this blog, you should noticed that pictures are only posted on weekends (mostly, that is). nothing mysterious, just that i only have access to my computer then). i also purchased some circular needles so i can avoid using tiny DPNs.

yesterday was a good day as far as sock knitting went, not that i had started anything yet!

this morning, i happily signed up for "six sox knitalong" in hope that i'm going to make some socks that will be the envy of passersby and will be able to whip up a pair for emergency presents, etc.

but i do have questions i'd like to ask:

  1. is tubular cast on a must for socks? what about provisional cast on? and, is tubular only good for 1X1 ribbing?
  2. i notice a lot of the patterns are for leg cir. 8 inches, what if i'm going to make them for someone who has thinner or thicker cir.?
  3. what about the width of the foot? how to be able to read patterns and clearly understand if one should modify?
oh well, i hope i will be able to figure it out as i go. and maybe i'll have a pair ready in time for mother's day!

reasons for socks

i was daydreaming on the way to work couple mornings ago, i was thinking that i will not be able to make a shawl for my mum in time for mother's day, though i had promised that i'd make one. so what would be a good and fast project to knit? socks, i thought to myself. and that's how it all started.

not that i have never knitted socks before, i made two pairs of socks few years ago and did not like them. so i stopped pursuing sock knitting. but ever since i owned a blog, i have been prying way too much on others' fabulous blogs and had noticed there are way too many gorgeous looking socks floating around the cyberspace. so, i think i was unconsciously looking for a reason to start making socks again. though you can easily argue that i'm looking for reasons to buying all those too beautiful to mention sock yarns from poshy european countries!

and yes, i now have sock yarns in my stash but i can not show them until this weekend (if you have been a pattern observer of this blog, you should noticed that pictures are only posted on weekends (mostly, that is). nothing mysterious, just that i only have access to my computer then). i also purchased some circular needles so i can avoid using tiny DPNs.

yesterday was a good day as far as sock knitting went, not that i had started anything yet!

this morning, i happily signed up for "six sox knitalong" in hope that i'm going to make some socks that will be the envy of passersby and will be able to whip up a pair for emergency presents, etc.

but i do have questions i'd like to ask:

  1. is tubular cast on a must for socks? what about provisional cast on? and, is tubular only good for 1X1 ribbing?
  2. i notice a lot of the patterns are for leg cir. 8 inches, what if i'm going to make them for someone who has thinner or thicker cir.?
  3. what about the width of the foot? how to be able to read patterns and clearly understand if one should modify?
oh well, i hope i will be able to figure it out as i go. and maybe i'll have a pair ready in time for mother's day!