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Saturday, September 30, 2006

My Aran Braid Socks Are Done!

I finished the other day and am just now getting around to posting pics on my blog. I really liked this pattern, but I didn't think the transition from the braid on the leg to the small cable on the foot was as smooth as it could be. I'm not experienced enough to know how to fix it either, but it still looks okay. These are a gift for my mother for Christmas! They look big on me because I have smaller feet than her. One thing I really liked was the heel flap. I haven't knit too many socks so the woven look (as I'm calling it) was interesting. I used Fortissima Socka for this pair.

Mystery Solved!

Here are my mystery socks--I used Karen’s Sugar-Free Sock pattern, designed by Chrissy: remember I had the pattern without the photo? Well I knit without looking at anyone else’s photo and they turned out terrific. I must admit, although I appear to be successful at knitting without a photo, it was really hard!! Don't forget, if you want to support diabetes research, buy the pattern, and knit them up--it won't be a mystery for you, but you'll love them!

My Mystery Socks are done! Pic on the blog. The pattern was Summer Garden Socks. It has a unique construction by knitting the garter stitch cuff separately, then picking up around the bottom and knitting down. It also alternates one solid skein of yarn with a variegated one. You can tell why I was so intrigued with this pattern! I really enjoyed watching the socks take shape, and they fit like a dream! :)

Ocean Sox!

Zknitter and I knit the same the pair of socks in a KAL duet. Mine are on my blog. I used Lorna's Laces shepherd sock yarn in the Icehouse colorway. This was a fun challenge!

Friday, September 22, 2006

I did it! I finished my Lacy Socks the other day and they turned out pretty well. I am not a big fan of socks in worsted weight or cuff down patterns but these are better than I thought they would be. My toe grafting is terrible which is why they look so bad but overall I like them.
Here is a picture.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

My Mystery Socks are done too!! I really enjoyed choosing a pattern with no picture and seeing what knit up. However, I'm not really in love with how my socks turned out. The pattern called for Wool-Ease, but I used some Hill Country Instant Gratification I had in my stash. In retrospect, I think a solid yarn would have worked much better. You can see the pictures on my blog.

Inadvertently Mystery Socks

These weren't my intended first pair of Mystery Socks, but they truly fit the mystery sock profile. I test knit a pair of socks for Knittin' Mom, without seeing a photo of them, until I had finished them.
You can see mine HERE.
As MissyJoon said, it's a great cause - now I can say, a great pattern!

And boy, you gotta love Cashmerino on the feet - luxurious!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


The Holey Socks were completed Sunday night to much fanfare; you can check out the finished product on my blog here. They were knit on size US1 dpns using the now discontinued KnitPicks Sock Landscape in the Tropical Sunrise colorway. I had to modify the pattern a bit to go with my gauge: I added one pattern repeat, forcing me to do my own math on the heel and whatnot, but I think I'm getting better at this.

I've really enjoyed this KAL. While the pattern wasn't one of my favorites, I've become much more comfortable with picking patterns without photos and on making adjustments if the need arises. The socks themselves go into my holiday gift cache and are earmarked for someone on Boy's side of the family with slightly bigger feet than me.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Just wanted to update that my mystery sock is on hold till I get some different (solid color) yarn. I started Lacy Socks in Claudia's Handpaint but the variegated greens are obscuring the lace pattern. If anyone is looking for a 2nd Mystery pattern and would like something challenging this could be your pattern! It is quite lace intensive. See a picture of my start on my blog GreyhoundKnitter.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Rustic Arrow Sock Finish:
Hi I finished my Mystery Sock KAL, I picked Rustic Arrow Sock and I posted on my Blog here rustic arrow sock I enjoy this KAL and it is a great opportunities to knit a pattern without picture. It gives me more confident to knit some of the older patterns I collected awhile back. Thank you for the KAL.

I've finished the first of my mystery socks!

and I are knitting the same pattern, the Oceansox pattern. I'm using Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in the Icehouse 162 colorway. When we're both finished we'll post the final photos on our blogs!

I finished one of my socks! I have a picture of it on my Blog ( http://ltfightr.blogspot.com/). I really liked it and I would of been finished sooner but I took a couple of weeks off. Hope to finish the other one soon.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Alas, I am going to be frogging my mystery sox tonight. I tried the Californian Wave sox and reallyreally didn't like the heel. I was boxy and loose and just... eugh. I'm think I'm gonna try and do the Rustic Arrow sox next. If you want pix of the pre-RO'd sox, check my blog later this evenning, but I doubt you want to see something so sad ;)

Hi Everyone! I posted progress of my Mystery sock on my blog. I am much happier with the fit this time around. Instead of casting on 64 stitches like the pattern called for, I cast on 72. Since the stitch repeat is 32 stitches, I added 2 knit stitches at the beginning and end of each repeat. It's working out great.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Hi. I got my mistery sock and here's my progress picture. Rustic Arrow I am using the Purple from Wool Ease, with size 2 circular needle. One needle two socks. Looking closely, the color are in different shade. I guess I have make two pairs to make them match!! I will post the complete picture on my blog soon.

Started, at last!

I've gotten a lot of sock knitting done over the last few days, including casting on for my lacysocks. I'm using Wildfoote Luxury Sock Yarn in a delicious shade of lavender, yarn I received from Joan in my August Birthday Swap package. At first the k2togethers gave me fits, but since I switched to my aluminum dpns it's been a breeze. Guess the bamboo points just weren't sharp enough.

Anyhow, I really like the way this simple pattern is shaping up. These are going to be pretty socks! For a picture of the first sock in progress, check out my blog. They're at the end of the Sept 11 entry.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

After careful swatching and a complete leg, I've decided to frog my Mystery sock. I'm loving the design (Leaves of Grass Anklet) but I fear it is too small. I am planning to start over though, this time I'm going to add a few more stitches when I cast on.

A pic before frogging can be found at my blog.

Friday, September 08, 2006

I finally cast on last weekend and am making some progress on my Summer Garden socks. Picture of the (sideways-knit garter stitch) cuff and a few inches of the leg on my blog.

Okay, I decided what to do. I have been noodling around on what pattern to knit for the Mystery Sock KAL, and now I know. I am part of Chrissy’s clan of test knitters, and she had a pattern for testing, without a photo. On top of this, it involves cables, which, can you imagine, I have never even worked?!?!! So, this cashmerino (well, some of it) will become a pair of mystery socks--

But here’s another twist--Chrissy has named these socks "Karen's Sugar-Free Diabetes Walk Socks", and for $5 a copy, you can purchase the pattern (it does include a photo!!) with all the proceeds from the sales going towards Karen'spledge drive for diabetes. Marvelous, huh? Hurry, and get it because the sale ends the day of the walk, October 15th. Doing this will allow you to make a marvelous contribution, and knit a marvelous pair of socks! For me, I will be using the test pattern, without the photo (I promise!)--

I finished my Second Pair of Mystery Socks!

They are Smocked Socks,http://www.woolworks.org/patterns/ruthsocks.txt

I worked them toe up, to get the maximum leg length from my yarn, as the giftee likes really long socks. Come on over and take a peek!


The previous posts have some better images of the smocking - if you want to reveal the mystery!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

I have been working on the Elizabethan stockings, and while I still have a long way to go, I am enjoying the pattern so far. I haven't gotten to the "clocks" yet, and that'll be the real test as to whether or not I like these stockings. There is a pic on my blog. pixie-purl.blogspot.com. ( I don't know how to do those nifty link things...sorry!). So far, I enjoy the pattern and the yarn is wonderful (knit Picks Gloss in color dusk). Is anyone else doing this pattern? I know stockings are a bit much to take on as a mystery pattern, but I am enjoying them so far anyway!

Monday, September 04, 2006

The first Holey Sock is done!

[pictures omitted, check out my blog here]

The pattern was not nearly as complicated as it looked once I got started. I did it with some KnitPicks merino sock yarn and size 1's, so I had to increase on pattern repeat. The sock reminds me a lot of that bible story about Jerico; the holes in the columns look like the tower windows in the picture book our religious-nut landlord gave us when I was 8.

Now onto sock #2!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

I, uh, almost started. I cast on for some cable socks (one of the knitlist patterns, I think, but am too lazy to check.) Thought I was being so clever using leftover yarn. Until I realized I didn't actually have enough. Worsted weight ankle socks are just not for me.

So, I'll have to get some more yarn and start over. At least they knit up really fast....

Saturday, September 02, 2006

I found a good old fashioned sock mystery last night. Woot! It's a waffle rib pattern and it's new to me. I will be using Knitpics sock yarn in chocolate. Sadly, I can't seem to find the link at this time. My computer crashed right after I printed the pattern due to a lightning strike. The good news is I have a pattern now!

Abigail 1870pearl

Friday, September 01, 2006

I finished my socks! I used the Koigu Ruffles pattern. There's a picture of them here. They were a pretty easy knit, although the p3tog was a bit tough.

Overall I liked the pattern OK, but my mom just LOVED them, so I gave the socks to her.

Hello everyone,

I finished my mystery socks over a week ago. I'm very picky about my socks so I did my favorite toe and heel but kept the Leaves of Grass lace pattern.

The yarn is Spunky Eclectic Super Sock yarn in Green Gables.

All my posts about the socks can be found here.

There is also a photo gallery.

I'm interested to see everyone else's Leaves of Grass.

Hey everyone! I finished my Mystery Socks last night. I used the Shell Sock pattern from Knitaddicted for these. I'm happy with the results, and how easy this pattern was to work. I'm a newbie to sock knitting. (Ok, these were my third pair!) I like the end result, and wouldn't mind doing these again. Next time I think I'll do them in a solid color, instead. You can check out a picture Here.