FO: Groovy Socks

Pattern: Groovy Socks by Caroline Hegwer

Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in Building Blocks

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My Groovy socks were actually finished in December I could just not get the right lighting to snap some pics of these. Turns out my bro has tons of natural light at his house so I took advantage the last time we visited and got pics of a couple of pairs of socks. My Smokestack pics were taken there too, looove that shaggy rug!

I knit these on 2.25mm’s but the pattern yields a pretty tight sock. I’m sure they will stretch with time but I would definitely knit another pair with 2.5mm’s so they aren’t so hard to get on.

This pattern was one of those addictive patterns. A two row repeat and one of those rows is plain knitting…. can’t get easier than that. Perfect socks for on the go and the self striping makes you never want to stop.

I learned this week that Knit Picks is discontinuing Knit Picks Felici.Here I was excitedly waiting for their new colours to arrive. Insert sad panda face here! This is such a hard wearing yarn and really held up perfectly with my hardwood and tile floors. I wears socks to bed, heck i’ve even walked around on my rock driveway with these. Basically if I can’t do what I would in a pair of store bought socks, they just won’t last in my house. There are still and handful of colourways available before they are gone for good so if you want some I’d suggest you get it now! I may have some on the way.

I’m kicking myself that I didn’t get some of the older colourways before they were gone too. Maybe someone will decide to destash and I will be able to get them.

This was the last Felici colourway I had in stash and I’m going to have to make the ones coming last all the longer.

At least a have a handful of beautiful felici socks to keep me going for a while.

If you have older Felici colourways in your stash that you’d like to sell lets talk.

If you need me I’ll be groovin’ in my new socks!

Smokestack Socks

Pattern: Smokestack Socks by Tanis Lavallee

Yarn: Tanis Fiber Arts Purple Label Cashmere Sock in the Dove colourway

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I recently had the pleasure of testing another pattern for Tanis Fiber Arts.

The Smokestack Socks pattern is another timeless classic, a unisex pattern that will suit absolutely anyone!

Smokestack is the sock version of her Brixter hat, genius and works perfectly in sock form. I love the simple mix of purl stitches and cables.

I got to try out Tanis Purple Label Cashmere Sock for the first time with these socks.            Merino/Cashmere/Nylon…. need I say more??

It was like knitting with fluffy kittens, so soft and scrumptious!.

The Dove colourway is a popular pick when it comes to Tanis yarn and rightfully so. A beautiful mix of light and dark grey paired with the perfect purples. Not only a unisex pattern but a unisex colourway too!

More of the varigations in the colourway show up when a bit more natural light is used. I love seeing those little strips of colour.

My favourite part of these and Tanis’ Patina socks that I’m currently knitting is that she carries the pattern down the heel. While knitting my Smokestack heels I just kept thinking “that is such a pretty heel” while stopping to admire them. In my opinion this little design feature adds so much.

 I don’t know how Tanis always manages to create those “potato chip” sock patterns. Betcha can’t knit just one??

I’ll be knitting another pair of these for sure because I ended up gifting them to my mum yesterday. I just keep thinking “It’s ok that I gave away the cashmere socks, It’s ok that I gave away the cashmere socks”…. hehe

I have been promising her a pair of socks for over a year now so it was time and they will be all that more special in cashmere.

FO: Carolina Socks

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!

Patina Party

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!

Carolina Progress

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….

Getting Down

Pattern: Partying Up and Getting Down Socks by Megan Williams

Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in High Tide

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 I finished my Getting Down Socks. The pattern for these socks is actually one toe up sock *thats the partying up part* and one top down sock. *the getting down part* A genius idea of Megan’s!  She very kindly gifted me the pattern which I had been eyeing for a while and I cast on right away. I really wanted to do these top down, still not in love with the fit of toe up, so I did both socks in the same pattern.

 The design itself was very easy to follow and once you do the set up rows it is smooth sailing. This was one of those patterns that is very easy to memorize and so enjoyable to knit. A great way to use self striping that isn’t plain vanilla socks.

I used Felici once again. I really love this yarn, it wears extremely well and comes in fantastic colours that make sock knitting a little more fun.

I can’t wait to see the new Felici colour line this year!

I was a bit worried when I tried these on after finishing the second sock.

They seemed tight, a bit too tight I thought, but I’m happy to say that wearing them around the house and taking them on and off a few times has loosed them up to fit perfectly.

Getting Down in these socks is definitely going to help me get through the rest of winter!

Happy 2014!

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?

Sock Ninja!

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?

Socktober

Its Socktober and I have been working on… you guessed it socks.

Before I get into the socks I know you are all looking at the picture above and saying “Socks? What socks? All I see is that adorable face!”

This is Loki. It’s true he is adorable, he loves the bones off T. He is my mum and dad’s baby. How could I take him out of the picture when he sat down and posed so perfectly?

Soooo back to the socks….

Pattern: Crooked Wheels by Jeannie Cartmel

Yarn: Araucania Ranco Solid colourway 121

Needles: 2.5mm

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These were a test knit I did for Jeannie in the summer. I had to complete one sock for the test and the other lingered on a bit as I caught a case of startitis.

They were the only project I took to work on at Knit East so I could just focus and get the second sock finished. My plan worked and only a day or two after Knit East I had cast off.

The yarn has been in my stash for a couple of years. I won it on Siga’s Blog and I’m glad I was finally able to knit it up. This was my first time using Araucania Ranco and seeing it in a solid. I really enjoyed working with it and would definitely pick up some more for cabled socks if I come across it.

The pattern is well written and unique as all Jeannie’s patterns are. The cables were fun to knit and kept my interest without getting monotonous.

I really love the mix of ribbing and cables on the leg. I find socks with cables all the way around just don’t stretch enough and are hard to get on using 2.25mm needles. The ribbing is a perfect solution!

Knit toe up with a heel flap, the only way I will knit toe ups. I’m still not convinced that the toe up heel flap fits as well as the top down flap but they are definitely much better than any short row forms I have tried.

One pair down but I’ve got more up my sleeve.

There are still a few days left of Socktober….

Socks Ahoy

 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?