I finally got pictures of my finished Carolina Socks.
Taking self portraits of socks in ‘just the right light’ is incredibly hard and frustrating! After 3 weeks of trying this and that I finally caved and let Moose take these ones for me.
Pattern: Carolina Socks by Monkey Toes
Yarn: Three Ewes Twisted in Fiber Ewephoric Sock in the Wild Thing colourway. **This company is no longer in business but you can still find their yarn on destashes.
I was a little bit anal with these socks….. ok I was a LOT of anal on these socks. They started out perfectly fine. Each repeat included 2 purl rows and everything was matching but then I got to the heel….at first I just kept knitting the skein but it was breaking up my perfect patterning that I had achieved on the leg.I cut out the next couple of black stripes and used those for the heel and the first repeat, hoping I would have enough to do both heels black. I wasn’t exactly getting the foot to pattern like the leg so I started having to chop out a couple of inches once the new colour started so it would all be even. I pushed my luck even farther by knitting the toe in cut out black stripes as well.
With one sock down I knew it would be smooth sailing from there on out but I was soo wrong. On this sock my stripes weren’t playing nicely at all. At every colour change I was having to chop bits out so that it would match sock #1 and line up the pattern properly. I thankfully had just enough black to complete the heel and toe but ended up weaving a lot of ends in before this pair was complete.
They turned out perfectly!
Thank goodness this pattern was really addictive because it definitely took a lot of ripping to achieve these beauties!
I have been oh so patiently waiting for January to come so Tanis could release all her 2013 club patterns into the wild.
Tanis designed this gorgeous sock pattern Patina at the start of the year and I knew right away I wanted to knit them so when it arrived in my inbox upon release I squealed with delight. *Thank you Tanis!*
Of course I couldn’t wait to cast on but I had just cast on for my Carolina socks and needed to get those ones off the needles so I could use them for my Patina’s. *Note I need to get another pair of Karbonz!*
I bound off those socks this weekend and cast on lickety split for Patina.
To say this pattern is addictive would be an understatement, I had to drag my butt to bed before I stayed up insanely late *in my books* working on them. I dug deep into my stash for this yarn. I needed something that wasn’t going to obscure the overall pattern and with the January thaw we’ve been having I thought yellow would be a perfecty warm colour.
This yarn is a Kona base that I dyed myself many years ago. I’m glad that I am finally getting the chance to use it and see what my dyeing efforts produce.
So far I’m really liking it!
Pattern: Rye by Tincanknits
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool in Bright Red
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My Rye socks just flew off the needles!
I forgot how quickly worsted weight socks knit up.
Rye is a simple pattern ranging in size from baby to large adult that would be great for a beginner attempting their first or second pair of socks. The pattern guides you through making your first pair of socks with tips and how to’s along the way. I wish I had a pattern like this available when I first started out.
The garter stitch adds that little bit of interest to the top of the foot while keeping all the stitches very simple and easy to execute.
As I talked about before I’m going to be doing some serious stash busting this year. Sock yarn is high on the list to get used up. I want to fill up my sock drawer this year and get more socks into rotation. I’m pretty hard on my socks with hardwood and tile floors in the house and I’d prefer for them to last as long as possible.
These socks were a great stash buster using only 85 grams for the adult small and just think of the scraps you could use up for the baby and child sizes.
I think there will be another pair or two of worsted socks knit in 2014 but there are other socks I’m crushing on right now that I just MUST knit first.
I think I’ll be investing in another pair of my favourite sock needles this year..
Pattern: Clam Digger by Melissa Schaschwary
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in colour 05 and 001
Mods: I did the same number of rows per stripe througout the whole cardigan.
Just before Christmas I was cleaning out my WIP basket trying to get everything finished up when T happened upon her clam digger cardigan in progress.
She asked me if I could finish it up because she loves it and its “beauty full”. Well that was all it took to light a fire under my butt to finish it off. I only had the sleeves to go and once I started they were on and off the needles in no time.
You may recognize Clam Digger as being the child’s version of Cattails that I knit this summer. I lived in that cardigan all summer and well into the Fall and hopefully she will be the same way. T runs on the hot side 99% of the time so I think this cardigan will get a lot of use even this Winter as it is light and airy.
I love the wide textured trim in a tweedy yarn on this one.
It turns a plain cardigan into something a bit more special.
As you can tell we went from deep freeze temps yesterday to a gorgeous sunny day today that is melting the snow and ice. I took full advantage and did a mini photo shoot. With the winter we have been having it is hard to say when we will get another day like this. There is currently a freezing rain warning for tonight and tomorrow…..
Today we are enjoying the outdoors as much as possible because tomorrow we probably won’t be able to walk on any of it.
Well my Rye socks came off the needles pretty quickly *pics to come shortly* and I immediately cast on for another pair of socks…..
The pattern is called Carolina by Monkey Toes. Its a free pattern and another one of those easy repeats. I’m loving it so far.
The yarn is from stash, (I am going to be seriously using up stash like crazy this year) from a company called Three Ewes Twisted in Fiber. The colourway is Wild Thing and the base is Ewe Look Great in Stripes, 75% sw merino 25% nylon. As far as I can tell the company is no longer in business, I purchased this one from a destash.
I may have an extreme case of startitis so you may see some more new projects very soon….
Happy New Year to you all.
We survived yet another dumping of snow, receiving 12 more inches and thankfully no more power outages. We are now settling into a deep freeze with temps with the wind chill at -39 C. Brrrr!!!
Pretty soon T will be walking level with the roof of her play house!
During December I worked hard to finish most of my WIPs. I succeed in finishing all but one! All I need to do is get some pictures so you can expect some FO’s coming shortly.
T had the chance to try out her new snow shoes on a family trek.
She did well and made it all the way around the loop with only a little bit of whining…
Since I was good and finished off my old projects I allowed myself to cast on a new project. While my winter boots are still in good condition on the outside, the insides are getting rather worn down and cold on the tootsies. I am going to try out some felt insoles to see if that helps but I also want some thicker socks.
I forgot just how quickly worsted socks work up!
The pattern is Rye by TinCanKnits and I’m using some Patons Classic Wool that I have had in my stash for a long time. The colourway is Bright Red.
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Rye is a free pattern and would be excellent for a first time sock knitter.
I cast on New Years Eve and cast off the first one New Years Day. I’m hoping to have the pair finished in the next day or two. I can just feel those toasty toes!
Have you started a new project for a new year yet?
I feel like a sock knitting ninja lately. I’m churning socks out one after the other and there is no stopping me!
Pattern: My own
Yarn: Knit Picks Felici Aquarium
I grabbed this colourway to start a mindless pair of socks on the way to the aquarium with T and some family. The fashion show from Knit East was held at the Huntsman’s Aquarium and while Heidi and I opted to get a good meal in instead of attend the reception before the fashion show, we didn’t really get to see much of it while we were there. I knew my little marine lover would enjoy a trip back there and when Grammy suggested it we went on a little road trip.
It wasn’t until I pulled out the ball of yarn on the way that I realized the colourway was actually called Aquarium. Once again Felici’s stripes sucked me in and these worked up quite quickly. No SSS here!
I was already planning my next pair of socks before these ones were finished. It didn’t take long for me to grab the next ball and cast on right away.
More Knit Picks Felici in Building Blocks this time, a colour that is being discontinued. The pattern is Groovy Socks by Caroline Hegwer. The pattern is free and is basically a 2 row repeat that is easily memorized but creates a beautiful pattern. I’m knitting these top down with a heel flap, a bit opposite to how the pattern is written but its working out beautifully!
Are you knitting any fun socks or patterns at the minute?
Over at Luvinthemommyhood the Summer Sweater KAL is in full swing.
I’m a little bit behind in picking a project and starting but I finally cast on something last week.
I will be knitting Clam Digger by Melissa Schaschwary, the kids version of Cattails.
I’m using leftover white from my Cattails and extra purple from my Jill’s Dress *which is almost complete* I just can’t believe I’m knitting a size 6 for T…… how did this happen?
There is a ton of chatter going on in the Luvinthemommyhood group and lots of pattern and yarn pairing to make your queue grow once again!
Will you join us?
Celtic Cast On is now on Facebook so if you would like to get post updates and other fun updates you can find me here.
Pattern: Exploring toe up. Made it up as I went.
Yarn: String Theory Continum Self Striping Sock Yarn in Tachyon
Needles: 2.25mm circs
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I started off using the Spiceman toe up pattern for these socks but once I got to the heel I realized that it just wasn’t going to work to keep the stripes even all the way up the front. I ripped back and made them up as I went.
Afterthough heels are really the way to go for toe up striped socks but they really do not fit my heel well. I don’t know about the rest of you but I have rounded heels not 90 degree angled heels like the afterthought heels produce.
I had a chat with Megan and she asked me if I wanted to try out her new OMG heel pattern as she too doesn’t like the fit of the afterthought heel.
The heel was enjoyable to knit, works perfectly to keep the stripe pattern even and seems to fit well so far. The real test will be what it feels like after a few wears but at this point I’m very hopefully that I may have found a heel solution.
This was my first time using String Theory Yarn and I really enjoyed it. I first came across String Theory when I saw all the socks Jeannie Cartmel was making from the club shipments a few years ago. I always kept the name in the back of my mind and when I saw it available on destash for a great price I just couldn’t resist. I’m so glad I took the plunge, I definitely look forward to using more of this yarn in the future.
Once these socks were off the needles I cast on right away for another striped pair.
I was recently gifted the Partying it UP and Getting DOWN socks by the designer herself, Megan Williams. I’ve had my eye on this pattern for a while and knew they were going to be my next striped pair. I’m using Knit Picks Felici in High Tide, it is a retiring colour so I’m glad I was able to get some before it was discontinued. I’ll also be using the OMG heel again for this pair which you will be to purchase with her soon to be released pattern Blurred Lines.
I’m really enjoying sock knitting right now. It’s the perfect summer take along project..
Do you have any suggestions for patterns to use with self striping yarn?
This summer I’m spending part of everyday poolside.
Its the first year that T is in a swimming lesson that isn’t mom and tot so while she is working on her rocketships and front floats I have idle hands. It hasn’t really been great knitting weather. More like getting drenched when I wasn’t even the one in the pool but I was able to weave in ends on a test knit a few days ago.
Something small and more portable would be a perfect project and seeing all the self striping yarns going around made up my mind pretty quickly.
I let T choose a self striping sock yarn from my stash.
She chose String Theory Colourworks Continuum Self Striping in Tachyon. I have wanted to try String Theory for quite some time and was fortunate enough to find this one on destash for a great price. It comes with a co-ordinating toe/heel colour
So far its working up quite nicely!