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Just off the needles, a Double Heelix double feature!

Double Heelix socks, first pair

  • Pattern: Double Heelix by Jeny Staiman (from Knitty, First Fall 2011)
  • Yarn: Alpaca with a Twist Socrates, color #1019 & #3018
  • Needles: U.S. 1.5 (2.5mm), used magic loop technique
  • Size made: Medium (64-stitch circumference after instep decreases)
  • Started 7/9/11, finished 7/22/11
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

As you can tell by looking at the photo, these came out too loose. Not surprised, since 64-stitch socks on 2.5mm needles always come out too big for me. But I took a chance since the heel is a unique construction and I was expecting these to be tighter around the ankle (but for me, they weren’t). I alternated the two colors in single-row stripes on the toes, and the last inch before the cuff. Each cuff is a different color. Also switched up the foot and leg colors from one sock to the other. (Yeah, it will look like I’m wearing mis-matched socks. Heh.)

Double Heelix Socks, second pair

  • Pattern, yarn, needles same as above.
  • Size made: Small (60-stitch circumference after instep decreases)
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

Even though I scaled down to the small size for the second pair, these are still a little too loose. But not unwearable by any means. Hard to tell in the photo, but I alternated each color in single-row stripes on the foot and leg. Each cuff is a different color.

I really enjoyed knitting this pattern (obviously, since I did it twice). It can get a bit fiddly at the beginning when you’re working the heel, since there are 4 strands of yarn going. But just pause once in a while to detangle, and you’ll be fine.

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So, my camera hadn’t been cooperating very well lately. Rather, it wasn’t cooperating at all. But now that we have a new camera, I can catch up with some FOs that needed photographing.

Mad Color Weave Socks in Araucania Ranco

  • Pattern: Mad Color Weave by Tina Lorin
  • Yarn: Araucania Ranco, color #303
  • Needles: Crystal Palace bamboo DPNs, size U.S. 1 (2.25mm)
  • Started 7/5/10, finished 8/15/10
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

I lovelovelove these socks. First of all, the pattern is gorgeous – looks way more complicated than it really is. The slip-stitch pattern works really well with handpainted, hand-dyed, and variegated yarns. I also really love this yarn. My former LYS (when I lived in PA) carried lots of this yarn for a while. It was all so beautiful, so I ended up buying several hanks in multiple colors (and even bought the same colorway twice, unintentionally). The yarn is especially beautiful with this pattern.

Hermione’s Everyday Socks – in Kollage Sock-A-Licious

  • Pattern: Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder
  • Yarn: Kollage Sock-A-Licious, colorway Blue Mist
  • Needles: Addi Turbo 40″ Circular, size U.S. 1.5 (2.5mm) – magic loop 2-at-a-time
  • Started 9/3/10, finished 10/23/10
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

This was the second time I knit socks using this pattern. However, this time I switched to knitting them toe-up instead of cuff-down (I followed Wendy D. Johnson’s Toe-Up Socks with Slip-Stitch Heel pattern for the sole and heel). And, since I knit them 2-at-a-time on magic loop, I used my Addi circs, which are exactly .25mm larger than the size U.S. 1 DPNs I used the first time. Which means these came out huuuuuge. Plus, the yarn is part silk. Makes it feel really, really nice… but the socks stretch out and don’t snap back as well after washing as wool socks with no silk in them. But they’re great for winter when I need to wear two pairs of socks to shovel snow. I still love them, though.

Seeded Rib Socks – in Zitron Trekking Maxima

  • Pattern: Toe-up Socks with Slip-Stitch Heel by Wendy D. Johnson; added my own seeded rib pattern made up on the fly.
  • Yarn: Zitron Trekking Maxima, color #902
  • Needles: Addi Turbo 40″ Circular, size U.S. 0 (2.0mm) – magic loop but one at a time
  • Started 10/27/10, finished 2/12/11
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

After finishing up the second pair of Hermione socks, I needed a new pair on the needles for a travel project. I wasn’t sure which socks I wanted to knit next from my Ravelry queue, so I just started something plain and winged it. Ended up with a very nice seeded rib. This pattern would be great for men’s socks – actually, this yarn would be great for men’s socks as well. Like other Trekking yarns, it’s a good workhorse yarn with some nylon content for sturdiness. Very comfortable, and the seeded ribbing is very stretchy.

I’m knitting on several other things right now, but nothing I can share yet since they’re gifts.

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First off, I finished 2 pairs of socks recently.

Hopped Up On Catnip Socks

  • Pattern: Catnip Socks by Wendy D. Johnson
  • Yarn: Cascade Heritage Paints #9824
  • Needles: U.S. 0 (2.0mm) Addi Turbo 40″ circular (magic loop 2-at-a-time)
  • Started 5/27/10, finished 6/13/10
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

I had been waiting a while to make these! They were part of the Socks from the Toe Up KAL on Ravelry; since it’s one of Wendy’s free patterns, it took more than a year for it to get enough votes to be the free pattern of the month for the KAL. (And yes, I voted for it EVERY. FREAKIN’. MONTH.) And they worked up pretty quickly, too — just a little over two weeks. Not too shabby. I chose an all-too-appropriate green yarn… and it reminds me that I miss the catnip plant I had when we lived in PA. Hopefully our former neighbors’ cat is enjoying it (or maybe their dogs have eaten it by now?!).

Everyday Gecko Socks

(Well, look at that… more green socks.) I spotted this pattern several months ago, right around the same time Carin of Round the Twist started knitting it. I was looking for something simple, but with just a little bit of texture. Some of the handknit socks in my drawer are a little too “3-D” and I needed something a bit flatter. The yarn is one of my purchases from the 2010 NH Sheep & Wool Festival. The photo on the Holiday Yarns website appears to be slightly different than the skein I got — on the website, it seems to have more contrast between a darker green and a yellow shade. Mine appears to have some more subtle shading and an overall lime-green tone — which I like better than Holiday Yarns’ photo. Since this pattern is worked cuff-down, I broke from my usual 2-at-a-time method and knitted these one at a time on double points. These were so quick to knit (less than 2 weeks! woohoo!) that there was no risk of second sock syndrome (which is something I don’t normally have a problem with anyway). I’m very happy with how they turned out.

Also recently finished is the Firefly fringed scarf… but I really need to wash and block it first before taking photos. Right now it’s just a hot mess with the whole unraveled fringe thing going on.

So, those are the socks (and mention of the scarf). What about the secrets? Well, I also recently finished test-knitting 2 hats. “And that’s all I have to say about that” (for now). Pictures and info to come later this fall. Oh, and the other secret is gift knitting for a friend… which I really need to pick back up and work on once I finish the other pair of socks I’m a little more than 75% done with.

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I finished these back on October 7th, but didn’t get around to taking a picture until today, when I wore them for the first time. These are the Diamond Gansey socks from Wendy D. Johnson’s book, Socks from the Toe Up, and I started them as part of the Socks from the Toe Up KAL on Ravelry (they were the KAL sock for August – sheesh, took me a while!). I love the yarn — Aussi Sock from Oasis Yarn (there’s a koala on the label, how can you not love that?). The only drawback to the yarn is that I chose the charcoal gray color… so I had a bit of a time trying to see what the heck I was doing with the crappy lighting in our house. It’s a beautiful gray, though.

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Diamond Gansey Socks

  • Pattern: Diamond Gansey Socks by Wendy D. Johnson
  • Needles: US 0 (2mm), 40″ circular needle (magic loop technique, 2 at a time)
  • Yarn: Oasis Yarn Aussi Sock, WS05 Charcoal colorway
  • Started 8/4/09, finished 10/7/09
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

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Wow, it’s been nearly 3 months since my last update! Well, I do have some FOs to report. Here’s what I’ve been up to…

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Dad’s Socks (Birthday Gift)

First up… I made my Dad a pair of socks for his birthday. I never know what to get him for gifts, and I have even less of a clue when it comes to thinking of what to knit for him. So I figured I’d take a stab at knitting him a pair of socks. They’re too thick for him to wear with his dress shoes, so they’ll be “around the house” socks for him.

  • Pattern: Gentleman Socks by Kristi Schueler
  • Size: Men’s Large
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm), Magic Loop one at a time (didn’t do 2 at a time because of the number of stitches)
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy, Flax colorway
  • Modification: I didn’t do the eye of partridge stitch on part of the sole as the pattern directed… mostly because I totally missed that instruction
  • Started 7/22/09, finished 8/4/09
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

I also made another pair of footies for my Mom for her birthday — same as the first pair I made, but in solid purple (sorry, no FO pic). For those on Ravelry, here’s a link to my project page.

Just last week, I finished a new project I started as car-knitting in September: my Clown Barf Scarf.

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Clown Barf Scarf

When we took a trip to Pennsylvania the weekend after Labor Day, I needed a simple project to work on in the car. I’ve had this yarn in my stash for quite a few months now, earmarked for this particular scarf. So I cast on and worked a few inches to get started a couple days before we left. It’s finally finished — I used 3 skeins of yarn, but wish I’d bought a fourth. It’s just barely long enough, and I would have preferred it a little longer. But it’ll work.

  • Pattern: My So-Called Scarf by Allison Isaacs
  • Needles: US 8 (5.0mm)
  • Yarn: Mirasol Hacho, colorway #300 (muted rainbow hues)
  • Modification: The pattern calls for a worsted weight yarn and US 11 needles; the yarn I used is more of a DK weight, so I used smaller needles and cast on more stitches (45, I think).
  • Started 9/9/09, finished 10/6/09
  • Link to my Ravelry project page

I’m calling it clown barf because I admired the yarn on several trips to the yarn shop, but held off buying it because I wasn’t sure if the colors were too bright and “clowny”. Turns out the colors look a bit more muted, especially when knitted up, but I already had the name in my head so that’s what it is!

And finally, I was able to knit something for my husband. He’s always warm, so there’s no way I ever need to knit him a sweater. And forget about socks, a scarf, or gloves. But his head is practically shaved, and now that we live in New England he needed a warm hat for winter.

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Transformers (Autobot) Hat

  • Pattern: Transformer Inspired Autobot Symbol Chart by Nancy Fry (not really a hat pattern, just a chart for the graphic); referred to Seaman’s Cap by Brenda Zuk for sizing/stitch count only
  • Size: Mens Large
  • Needles: US 4 (3.5mm) for ribbing and US 6 (4.0mm) for body of hat, Magic Looped
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Worsted, Black and Coast Grey colorways
  • Started 10/7/09, finished 10/12/09
  • Link to my Ravelry project page

In hindsight, I probably should have used smaller needles. The hat fits fine in the circumference, but it’s just a wee bit tall. The motif takes up quite a bit of space. I think you’d have to use a lighter weight yarn to use this motif on a child’s size hat.

I also finished another pair of socks for myself… but haven’t taken pictures of them yet. So that will be a finished object post for another day!

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I decided to kick off my Summer of Socks 2009 knitting with Kaibashira. This sock pattern has been in my Ravelry queue for a year and a half, and I’ve had the TOFUtsies yarn in my stash for just a little over a year. Knitting these socks was certainly long overdue!

They look so very complicated, but once you get past the first couple rows of the cuff, they’re far easier to knit than you would think. There’s really only one “pattern” round in the 12-round pattern repeat, and everything else is just strategically placed rows of all knit or all purl stitches. Kaibashira is a surprisingly quick knit, as well. (Of course, I have had an unusual amount of free time for knitting lately, so YMMV.)

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Kaibashira Socks

  • Pattern: Kaibashira by Chrissy Gardiner
  • Size: 66-stitch circumference (approx. “medium”)
  • Needles: Cast on and worked first few rows using US 1.5 (2.5mm) circular needle, Magic-Loop style; then switched to US 1 (2.25mm) DPNs
  • Yarn: Southwest Trading Co. TOFUtsies, colorway 792 (Feet in the Sand)
  • Techniques: Cable cast-on, slip-stitch heel, kitchener stitch toe
  • Started 6/23/09, finished 7/2/09
  • Link to my Ravelry project page

I’ve already started my next pair of socks that will do double duty for the Socks from the Toe Up KAL as well as Summer of Socks 2009 — On-Hold Socks by Wendy D. Johnson (pattern is from Wendy’s book, Socks from the Toe Up). The yarn I’m using is Cascade Heritage Paints in colorway 9872, which is a dark blue in subtly varying shades from deep slate to navy. I’ll be knitting the On-Hold Socks according to my preferred MO — 2-at-a-time on Magic Loop, from the toe up.

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Wow, finished these in record time!

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Sprucey Lucy Socks

  • Pattern: Sprucey Lucy by Wendy D. Johnson
  • Size: Small (58-stitch circumference)
  • Needles: US 0 (2.0mm), Magic Loop 2-at-a-time
  • Yarn: Schaefer Nichole, Greenjeans colorway
  • Techniques: Judy’s Magic Cast-on toe, slip-stitch heel, Russian bind-off (using US 1.5 (2.5mm) needle)
  • Started 6/17/09, finished 6/22/09
  • Link to my Ravelry project page

I knitted these socks as part of the Socks from the Toe Up KAL I mentioned in an earlier post. I loved working on these — loved the pattern, loved the soft and squishy yarn. For the bind-off, I had first tried tubular bind-off (even used a slightly larger needle, US 1.5 (2.5mm), for the 4 prep rows before the bind-off). It looked great… but it was so tight, I really had to force the sock over my heel. And once I got the cuff over my heel, I couldn’t pull it up past my ankle. And I had already bound off both socks and wove in the ends. So I strung some scrap yarn through the cuff several rows before the bind-off, undid the bind-off and ripped back. I redid a couple more rows of the cuff and then finished up with Russian bind-off using a slightly larger needle. Ta-da… perfect fit! Absolutely, perfectly snug. These are probably the best-fitting socks I have right now.

I can’t start the next KAL sock until July 1, so in the meantime I’ve started a pair of socks for the Summer of Socks KAL I’m also participating in. I’ve chosen the pattern Kaibashira (that I’ve had in my Ravelry queue since January 2008) and a ball of TOFUtsies yarn (that I’ve had in my yarn stash since May 2008).

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