Wednesday, April 30, 2008

More Purl Trax

Yarn: Maizy (82% Corn Fiber, 18% elastic Nylon) Colorway 1208 Suede Tan
Pattern: Purl Trax by me
Needles: #1 (2.25mm)
Comments: The reason I have made three socks in this pattern is threefold. First, I love the way the purl stripes look in a cushy, stretchy, unusual yarn like Maizy. Second, the practice turning corners with the purl stitch has been a good exercise for me. Third, and most importantly, I love the way they feel on my feet.

This is not the best photo of the socks themselves, but it's a good rendition of the actual Suede Tan colorway.

Guess what else sneaked onto my needles in a weak moment...
Oh, and more Noro socks! This time it's not just stockinette...More details about this pattern later.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Oldies But Goodies

The Judge likes books as much as--maybe more than--I do. And he knows a great old booklet when he sees one (or two). Some guys bring flowers, and he occasionally does that. But today he brought me these booklets. What a sweetie.

The sock booklet is from 1948, and it contains quite a few styles, with the completion of the basic sock pattern in detail on the back page. Just think--10 cents ! What do you think a booklet with 18 sock patterns be worth today? White anklets with cables are very pretty, don't you agree?The gloves and mittens booklet is from 1944, but this one costs more (15 cents!). I'm guessing mittens were more popular to knit than socks. Or maybe the cost is more because it's from a different company.
I like the man gloves, although they look a bit large for him. Notice the cigarette prop (don't burn the wool, mister).
And look! Wonderized yarn! It conjures up all sorts of magical perfection in wool yarn, doesn't it?
We've come a long way, baby!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Up North Socks

Yarn: MC: Lana Grossa Meilenweit, colorway Marmi #7008. Colorway for toes, heels and top of leg: Lana Grossa Meilenweit Colorway 1105 (charcoal). Red stripes, Brown Sheep luxury sock yarn.
Pattern: My personal pattern.
Needles: #1 (2.25mm) dpns.
Comments: These socks remind me of socks I wore years ago with Red Wing work boots while clearing the woods to build a lake home "Up North." Goodness no, I didn't clear the woods all by myself. But I learned this much: if a 70 year old tree falls in the woods, you not only hear it--you feel it thud to the ground.

The Ribbing
The Heels
The Toe

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Plain White Socks (Again) - Finished!

Plain white socks can take a long time to finish. It's not that they are difficult and require lots of attention. It's just that they are pretty boring to make. So you pick them up only when you need some bubble gum knitting. Come to think of it, I do a lot of that sort of knitting. Anyhow, it took me longer to make these socks than it should have, and that's my excuse.Yarn: Maizy (82% Corn Fiber, 18% elastic Nylon) - two 50 gr balls at 204 yards each.
Pattern: My own basic sock pattern
Needles: #1 (2.25mm) dpns
Comments: This yarn splits somewhat and it has the added element of elastic, so knitting with it has a little different feel than a wool sock yarn. Very little yarn was left, so if you were going to make a more patterned sock, you might need more yarn.
Here's a closeup of the cushy Maizy socks, unblocked.
Here's a couple things that were distracting me from finishing the above.
I haven't made the recipe yet, but plan to make it soon. It's from an excellent blog that's been a must see on my rss reader for several months now. You will enjoy this.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Tres Trax Socks - Finished!

Yarn: Trekking XXL, colorway #76
Pattern: Tres Trax Socks
Needles: #1 (2.25 mm) dpns

Comments: The subtle striping in this yarn shows up well in the purl stripes (although not in these photos). The yarn feels like sturdy stuff and is not as soft as some.

When I started knitting socks, I made the my first two pair in beginner patterns. The patterns were in detail, on several pages, and were very helpful in learning the basics of sock knitting. Then I looked for patterns that were in between beginner and advanced. There were not very many that would allow me to ease into more difficult patterns. So I decided to write a couple patterns that incorporated simple knit and purl stitches in a pattern that would help ease a knitter into more advanced patterns. This is the second of them, and I plan to have the pdf file added to the sidebar on the right soon.
So now, back to plain old standby stockinette socks for summer.

Out Like a Lion

See the snow falling? It snowed all day yesterday and last night. Here's how it looked yesterday morning.
And here's how it looks this morning.
In like a lamb, out like a lion. Goodbye, March. We thought you were Spring.

Ooops!

For those of you who have written patterns and shared them with others, you might know the embarrassment felt when a mistake is found.

There is a mistake on the number of stitches left when decreasing for the toe in my Purl Trax pattern. The pdf file has been corrected, and I apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. Please download the corrected pattern in the sidebar and let me know if you find any other errors.

I am currently writing another pattern for socks that are suitable for the new sock knitter (interesting to knit, but not too difficult) and I hope to have that ready for download soon.