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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

I present to you my big surprise. TA-DA!! I finished my Lacey Socks in Worsted Weight just in time. I realized that I should have knitted up a swatch before beginning the whole project because Schaeffer's Helene yarn is comparable to Lorna's Laces' Lion & Lamb. The black yarn on the top, heel, and toe is the discontinued Berroco's Softwist Bulky. I think I know why the yarn is not being made anymore; it splits A LOT. Besides the yarn color changes, the only tweaks I did to this pattern was using twisted stockinette on the heel flap and on the bottom of the toe. Bad news on this pair, though. I need to re-knit the first sock I did because it is 1) waaaay too big, and 2) I need to put the black ribbing on the top of the sock. Otherwise, I am happy with the results from what was originally this shot from last week in the yarn shown below. =:8

Monday, October 30, 2006

I finished my Mystery socks this weekend. I used the Leaves of Grass Anklet pattern (modified for a longer leg) and yarn I purchased at this year's Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival from Spirt Trail Fiberworks. Pictures can be found here.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Well, I am bummed about two of the patterns I have attempted. The first is the "Lacy Sock in Worsted-Weight Wool" found on Woolworks. At first I used 2 strands of fingering weight with size US2 as suggested. The sock leg looked so thick, it was like cardboard! After reading other patterns which used size US4 needles, my second attempt with my Schaeffer's Helene (half silk and half wool) looks so baggy. Before I threw the yarn and needles down in disgust, I decided to try something smaller and simpler.

When I starting knitting up the "Cable and Lace Baby Booties" I found on the Knit List website, again I was disappointed. This time, the pattern did not make sense after row 8!

HELP!!! I wanted my first real pair of (adult) socks to be Mystery Socks. I have knitted up baby socks without issue, but I may be over my head. :(

I will get the pictures of what I have done so far on my site so you can see the (lack of) progress. =:8

I know a few of you have already knit the Ocean Sock pattern, but I just finished mine and love them! You can check them out on my blog. I enjoyed the knit, and will be knitting more socks that don't have a picture. The surprise is fun!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

BOO! Seems like the KAL has been pretty quiet lately. . . Just wanted to throw a little teaser your way. To go along with the Mystery theme, anyone who finishes her mystery socks by 11:59pm (PST) on Halloween will be entered into a prize drawing for some spooky good stuff! :) Katrina has generously donated some yarn for prizes and I have been stocking up on little goodies, too. There will, of course, also be the "end-of-the-KAL" drawing for all those who finish by Thanksgiving.

If you've already finished your socks, please check the sidebar to make sure you have an asterisk(*) by your name. If not, email me at amandawoodruff AT gmail DOT com and I'll get it taken care of right away.

Have a spoooooky week! :)

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Hey everyone! This was such a fun KAL! I've really enjoyed seeing everyone's mystery socks take shape!
Check out my Ocean socks! They were really fun and fast to make. The stitch pattern came out really well I think and was easy to memorize. If you're still trying to decide (and if you haven't peeked! ;) ) on a pattern I highly recommend this one!
Happy Mystery Sock knitting!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

I finally finished my aran braid socks. They are pictured on my blog. They turned out nicely, and I would make these again. The only thing I may try differently next time is to make the transition from the braid on the leg to the cable running down the foot a little more smooth.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Well after a month and a half wait between knitting the first and the second sock- I give you my finished Mystery socks.! I am really glad to have finished them, as they were not my favourite knit, but i like them now they are done. They are in Koigu and use the mini cabled sock pattern available here. A picture is on my blog here.

thanks for having me-


Tuesday, October 17, 2006

hello all! i signed up back in august, and then promptly got very busy with other things. BUT! all is good, as i have finally picked a pattern, and will be working on the socks over the next couple of weeks.

i've selected the smocked socks (aka "sock pattern, sort of") pattern. so far i think only one other participant, costume chick has selected it, and i was very good and didn't look at her photos. =] not sure what yarn i'll be using yet, i'll post more details soon!


Sunday, October 15, 2006

Halfway there!

I finished the first Knitlist Get-together Cable Sock a few days ago. Turned out pretty well. I'm going to cast on the second sock any day now. Promise.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Wilde Feet!

I've completed my Mystery Socks. I knit the lacysocks by jp, using Brown Sheep Wildfoote in solid Lilac. The yarn was a gift from Joan (included in my box of birthday swap swag), and was a delight to knit! Pictures of the completed socks here.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

I finished my first Mystery sock over the weekend. Pictures are on my blog. I've already cast on sock #2. I'm hoping this one will go quicker for me than the first.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

My Toe-Up Socks are done!

My venture into the Mystery Sock KAL involved two knitting desires: 1.) I wanted to make socks for my boyfriend, and 2.) I wanted to try my first toe-up sock.

After searching through all those patterns-without-pics, I happened upon this pattern, the Toe Up Sock by Mary Sherman Lycan. The sock uses a Sherman toe and Sherman heel. Mary Sherman Lycan explains that she named this type of short row after her "late father, Rallston Sherman, an inventor. He always said an inventor is someone who is too lazy to do things the right way." And thus Mary came up with the Sherman short row as an alternative to the short rows that use yarnovers or wraps.

My boyfriend loves his socks! They fit him nicely, and I have a feeling that I'll be making many more socks for him and many more socks using Mary's pattern.

If you want to see a picture, please visit my blog, The Lone Knitter.

This was my first KAL, and I had so much fun. For those of you who have already finished your Mystery Socks: Congrats! For those of you still knitting your Mystery Socks: I can't wait to see what you'll knit up!

a.k.a. the Lone Knitter