Saturday, September 30, 2006

Yellow Basket Socks - Finished!

The yarn used, Regia Cotton, was not as resilient as other yarns I have used. But the color was so appealing that I knit it anyhow.

A trip to a small town yarn shop with a friend yielded more sock yarn, and we were delighted to find that the owner had just opened a new shipment of the stuff! A sock knitter's dream.

On to the Monkey Socks...

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Speaking of Monkey Socks...

They're Out There!

You can't imagine how much information about Monkey Socks that is available for your perusal:
These are just a few web pages devoted to the funny little creatures. Notice that each monkey has his/her own personality. I like that.

Since my socks are merely an adaptation (and even the sock monkeys have been adapted--as well as adopted) and apparently the original socks had only a bit of red at the heel, along with some white at the toe and top of the sock, I still think I will continue with my plan for red rib and red toe. Stubborn as I am in my aesthetic senses. But the sock is not yet finished..tune in tomorrow.

SPCO Concert

Last night a friend and I took in a concert by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Layton James, who is an amazingly talented man, writes about it here. If you haven't seen SPCO live, I highly recommend it.

Monkey Socks

Remember Monkey Socks?

Are those old-fashioned work socks (that crafters used to make monkey dolls) still available? Some years ago, these hand fashioned monkeys were showing up in antiques shops. Remembering the monkey dolls which I really loved, my version of monkey socks was born.

Having planned these a couple socks ago, I ignored my rule for not starting more than one pair of socks and cast on for the monkey socks at the same time as the yellow socks.

They look so "north woods." The red yarn is such a lovely color that I purchased more for a pair of solid red socks.

These will probably end up having just the ribbing and the toe in red, leaving the heel in the tweed. One of my friends thinks I should make the heel in red also. What do you think?

Saturday, September 16, 2006

A Tisket, a Tasket...

Bright Yellow Basket Socks

The photo does not capture the bright crayon yellow that is this yarn. Since it is wool and cotton, I am sure that it will fade, probably to this very color. My other Regia socks faded in the wash. But that's okay. I like faded colors in clothing.

The stitch looks like a basket, but is just a rib stitch, alternating every four rows, with an eight row rolled top.

Those Murkey Stripes - Finished!

Pooling Yarn

The Lorna's Laces yarn was really nice to knit, but the stripes pooled strangely because of the gusset. Perhaps tube socks would have been a better choice for this yarn.

Still, they feel good on my feet, and I am beginning to understand why people get spoiled with handknit socks! I wore a pair of white purchased socks the other day and before evening I couldn't wait to get them off. They just don't have enough give for a size 9 foot.

If I did these again I would add another couple inches to the ribbing. These are shown folded over once, which is not how I usually wear socks.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

First Born Son

Forty-four years ago (September 12, 1962) my first baby boy was born. Rob weighed 9 lbs, 7 oz. and was 20 inches long. He was a big boy, and I loved him right away. He still is and I still do.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

On the Needles

Well, I'm still learning about yarn. The colors in the skeins looked nice. But the actual sock is a muddled blur of stripes. I find it very hard to visualize how the sock will look when using variegated yarn.

My next socks will be brighter than these. I'm also thinking of doing a variation on the classic "monkey socks!" Good grief, this sock business is beginning to scare me.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Those Boring Brown Socks

The Brown Socks are done. They feel good on, but the yarn (KnitPicks Essential Tweed) does not have the bounce and give that I expected. Plus, it splits a bit when knitting. Still, I will use it again, because I like the tweedy look and, as mentioned, they feel good, too.

Now, on to the next pair...

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Next Up on the Needles

After promising myself to not start more socks until the Brown Tweeds were finished, I found myself looking at my next socks. I'm just looking...

Lorna's Laces hand-dyed Shepherd Sock yarn is machine washable, due to 80% Superwash wool and 20% Nylon. This yarn looks like me, me thinks.