Blinded by the socks

I’d really like to be showing off a finished picture of Smithfield right now, and I’m so close (3 inches of sleeve ribbing) to being done. When the 70 degree weather hit last weekend I was somehow less motivated to work on a giant winter tunic. Instead, I thought I’d show some crazy bright socks that have been on my needles since September that I totally forgot about putting on the blog or Ravelry. It happens. regia socksThe yarn is Regia Fluormania in color 7188 Neon Rainbow. I had to get this yarn the moment I saw it at my LYS. I’ve heard through the grapevine, aka The Knitmore Girls, that this particular Regia yarn has a reputation for losing some color in the wash. They recommend using citric acid to fix the dye. I’ve never had a problem with Regia socks not handing a hearty amount of washing and drying, but I’m going to follow through with the dye fixing advice.

I got distracted by several other projects and left these bright babies in my WIP basket. I will probably continue to ignore them until the larger winter projects are finished, but the colors make me happy when I see them peeking out of the basket.

Let the selfish knitting begin

selfish socksRemember that sock yarn I was coveting? This is what it looks like with some knitting put into it. It’s ONLine Supersocke 100-Emotion III in the colorway number 1217. I’m making some plain stockinette socks and I’m up to the heel flap. This is where I sometimes get distracted and cast on another project. And I did. The other projects are sweaters so these socks will win out again as soon as the sweaters become too big to cart around.

I’ll have more details on selfish knitting projects 2 and 3 soon…

Hermione’s Everyday Fall Socks

hermione-2I finished these a few days ago and felt like I should get them up on the blog before I hand them off to my friend, Susan.  The pattern is Hermione’s Everyday Socks, a free and fairly ubiquitous sock favorite on Ravelry.  It’s an easy pattern repeat that works well with variegated sock yarn.  The yarn is Pagewood Farms Chugiak in Army Girl.  It reminds me of fall apples. I did it toe-up with a heel flap, rather than top-down as the pattern specifies.

hermioneThese are hasty kid-just-went-down-for-a-nap photos, so you can see the line from the hand knit socks I was wearing all morning above the cuff of these.  I’ve got a few other projects hanging out on the needles.  One is a secret birthday project, one is Linum Tee (which I can’t seem to make myself want to finish though I am maybe 2 inches from doing so), then I have Simple Skyp socks, a pair of Regia Flourmania socks that I haven’t photographed yet, and a Like Sleeves for Kids.  I’m thinking of casting on a Vitamin D any second, because it seems like a great summer to fall transition piece.

Socks of many colors

I began a pair of Simple Skyp Socks the other night when I realized I’d left my other sock project in my office.   It’s hard for me not to have a pair of socks around for knitting.  As my friend Jane Foster aptly puts it, “Socks are comforting.”  skyp-2I’ve seen Angela knit this pattern a couple of times, so they have been in my mind to use with heavily variegated yarn.  The yarn is Manos Alegria in the colorway Pindo.  I wasn’t sure I was completely fond of the color shifts until I hit the skyp part of the pattern.  If you’ve ever made Charade socks, the interesting part of the pattern will be familiar to you.  This is Charade with the addition of some purling.  I think both patterns are brilliant with lots of shifting colors and the rhythm of the knitting is focused enough to engage you lightly, but I also find it to be a wine and knit night friendly project.

skypAh, the colors.

Socks for everyday

I’ve started a pair of the ubiquitous Hermione’s Everyday Socks.  It’s a free pattern on Ravelry and the repeats are autopilot enough to work on during meetings at work, or possibly during a movie in the theater.  That’s an important part of choosing a sock pattern for me.  I have to have at least one small project that takes very little of my attention so it’s unobtrusive enough for me to work on it when I have to put the majority of my focus elsewhere, yet I want to keep my hands busy.  hermioneThis pattern is extremely simple, but makes a nice texture.  The yarn is Pagewood Farms Chugiak in Army Girl.  There is some odd pooling that looks a bit like tiger stripes, but I’m just going to go with it.  hermione-2The yarn is nice, but has a ton of twist in it.  I suppose that might help the socks last longer in a 100% merino yarn, but it’s occasionally annoying while knitting.  I’m altering these to go toe-up, and I’ll do my usual heel flap.

I am super excited to be on Ravelry’s front page for my Kit Camisole the past couple of days!

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My Waterlily is on the blocking board!  I finally had some quiet time to sit down and think about the kitchener and neck.  Pictures soon.

Ribbed for his pleasure

fiddlehead-3These socks have been languishing on the needles since mid-February, but they are now finished!  The yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in the colorway Fiddlehead.  I used most of the ball, but I have about 17.5 grams left–enough to make Z some matching socks if I choose.  Matt would prefer I use the entire ball, each time, to have the tallest socks possible, but I get bored with the yarn and the socks sometimes and I’d rather just move on to something else.  I’m comfortable calling it good when I hit at least a 6 inch cuff or taller when working toe-up.  fiddlehead-2

I went with my usual recipe, toe-up with a heel flap, two-at-a-time, using magic loop.  Check out my sock patterns for the general recipe.  I did a 1×1 rib on this version, because Matt often has problems with sock sag.  I love doing mostly stockinette for the speed, but I like the look of the 1×1 rib as well.  fiddleheadShepherd Sock is moderately durable.  I made him another pair of socks out of this yarn and they’re holding up pretty well, but we don’t machine wash and dry them.  I’ve also found that this yarn has some odd pooling at smaller sock circumferences.  The first pair I made for him out of this yarn was going to be mine until I discovered the pooling was bad at 64 sts, but disappeared at 72, so they became socks for Matt.  Lucky guy.

Socks on Sunday

It’s been a glorious Sunday.  This morning I got to have breakfast with two treasured friends, then I saw Maleficent and finished these socks in the theater: sunday socks-2The yarn is Julianna”s Lucky Star Sock Yarn in Truly Outrageous.  It has a hint of sparkle, but isn’t over the top with it.

sunday socks-3I lucked out with the self-striping and my heel flap.  The stripes were barely disturbed.  Even though I know an afterthought heel would always allow uninterrupted self-striping, I just love the feel of a heel flap.

sunday socksThey’re just another pair of toe-up two-at-a-time socks done on magic loop with a heel flap. That’s my go-to vanilla sock format.  I have enough left to make Z some socks, though I think I’m going to start making her socks as tube socks (no heels) so she can grow into them for a longer time.  I’ll add this to the Operation Sock Drawer list.

I also got some super bright Regia Fluormania sock yarn from my LYS last week.  I can’t wait to make socks out of this!! It’s colorway 7188.  Happy Sunday! fluromania