Archive | October, 2006

Happy Birthday to me!

12 Oct

At 7:32 am, I turned the big 3-0. I don’t feel too weird. It’s the same as 29, really.

I have big things planned tonight -just kidding – I’m going to watch Lost & do some knitting on my Jaywalker sock, after I get home from work, of course.
I’m making the Jaywalkers with Lorna’s Laces, colorway Bucks Bar. I’ve had this yarn since May and haven’t known what to do with it – it’s so pretty, I almost didn’t want to do anything but admire the hank. But no – it must fulfill its yarn destiny – to be worn on my feet. It’s my first time using LL yarn and I really like it so far. My stitches aren’t as tight as I’d like them to be but I just started the 2×2 cuff. My cuffs never look right until I’m halfway done with the sock – although to fix this problem, I started making the cuff about a quarter or half inch longer than the pattern calls for – it makes them look a little better to me, I have no idea why. The last pair of Jaywalkers didn’t come out nearly as well as I’d have liked – I’m hoping that I learned something & that these will be better.
Ok, I’m off to do some reading.
Book I’m reading: To Feel Stuff by Andrea Seigel
Tea I’m drinking: Republic of Tea’s Earl Greyer Decaf

my sockstory

9 Oct

Last week, Lolly asked these questions – I’m answering them now, after having had time to think about them. Here goes:

When did you start making socks? [paraphrased]: how did you learn, who taught you?
I started last Socktober – 2005. I had wanted to make socks for a few months at that point. I’d tried with fingering weight yarn & size 2 Susan Bates needles but it was like knitting dental floss with slippery toothpicks. I couldn’t get the hang of it. Socktober 2005 inspired me to start fresh.

What was your first pair? How have they held up over time?
I used an Ann Norling pattern, Plymouth Encore & size 5 bamboo dpns. The results were huge! Totally too big for me but only slightly too big for the girl I live with. She still wears them to sleep sometimes. They seem to have held up ok, haven’t shrunk during washing but have pilled a bit.

What would you have done differently?
Nothing, really. Maybe used size 3 or 4 dpns.

What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?
I love Cascade Fixation, so stretchy and fun! I loved using Knit Picks Star Gazer Lily, which seems to be discontinued(at least I haven’t seen it on their site).

Do you like to crochet your socks, knit on dpns, 2 circulars, or the Magic Loop method?
I’ve only used dpns. I don’t want to try crocheting socks, and while I am intrigued by circs and Magic Loop, I am still working on using dpns well.

What kind of heel do you prefer?
Definitely the flap. I couldn’t make any sense of the directions for the SRH. I think I need to see it in person. Plus, I’ve read somewhere that the flap holds up better.

How many pairs have you made?
Only 4 pairs. Working on my fifth pair right now.

sock question

4 Oct

I have always just followed a pattern. I’ve never gotten to modifying the pattern too much, except to make the cuff shorter or longer, depending on how much yarn I have.

So my question is this: how do I make a pattern that’s written for a man’s medium foot larger? I want to make socks for my dad as a Christmas gift and since it’s Socktober, I figured I’d make them this month. I want to use a pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks or from Knit Socks! There are 2 patterns I really love & can’t decide between them.
Any advice?
I’m off to search the blogs for an answer!