I Got New Sock Yarn Today!

February 22, 2014

Actually more exciting than saying “I got new socks on,” when you get into the elevator: I got new sock yarn today! Okay, okay, I know, I’m only a half inch into my second sock for this pair, but its never too early to plan for the next pair. Sock yarn doesn’t take up too much space anyways. Actually, I’m normally a little bit on the broke side of life, and sock yarn is still a luxury, especially if I wish to support my local yarn store. I prefer to do so.

So, I took in my cute pink corduroy jacket with a shirt I often wear and another coral button up blouse I often wear to work, and told the proprietor that I wanted to match one or both of them. If I couldn’t match both, I was leaning towards matching the lighter pink corduroy jacket I just love. It ties in with the shirt I wear under it often.Image

Lucky for me she had a nice variegated coral color that will match both. Its also by Wildfoote, called Sonatina. Bonus, I learned the stiffness that you feel when touching this wool will disappear after the first washing.

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In addition, for the socks I’m finishing, I was able to find an exact dye lot on the lavendar desert color I’ve been using. Which means, once I get them knit up, no one but me (and those of you that remember) will know that I will likely run out of yarn at this point. Now I will have enough yarn leftover to use when I attempt the up-down entrelac pattern in this book.

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For now, I plan to use a pattern called Rose Ribs with the Sonatina yarn in pink and coral. Next, I have to go back and spend a Saturday planning a wish list for future yarn gifts so I can get sock yarn without all the questions for birthday and Christmas stocking stuffers. In the meantime, I think I’m going to look for shawls or cowls to make with some blue chunky yarn and crochet some flowers to attach to them, once I finish the doll dresses of course.

To update on the doll dresses, they are coming along. I’ve begun the skirt on the second and need to keep knitting. Monday should be a good day for knitting for me, as I have a high school class that shouldn’t need me (you gotta love art), and they likely have a student teacher for much of the day. Lucky me, socks and doll dresses, here I come;-).

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Sock #1 is done!

February 13, 2014

I did it! I did it! Now I want to do it again so I can wear them;-). I took a high school Math and Business English job yesterday in the hopes that I could rest my voice for much of the day. Lucky me, there wasn’t much presentation, just current work and a Math Terms Puzzle that looked pretty fun. I knit much of the day, and helped with the math terms puzzle when asked. Many days in elementary school, I am far from a “baby-sitter” as substitute teachers are often referred, but that day, for the sake of my hoarse and gravelled voice, I was grateful. So, I knit the toe, and I knit away, remembering, that no matter how long it seemed to take, the toe got smaller every other round in this case.

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The pattern maker went with a simple wedge toe with a decrease of four stitches every other round. It was a simple stockinette stitch pattern for the toe as well, which you may notice in the pictures. Part of me, knit the simple pattern, wondering if I could work the pattern into the end of the toe. If done carefully, I think it could be done, but unless I want to re-knit an entire 2.5 inches of toe in pattern, and delay the second sock, I will not be doing so. Some days, I’m good at complicating matters. Perhaps I will try this as I knit this pattern again in the future.

 

For now, I have begun the second sock, and have realized I need to buy more yarn. Yes, even as I complete this, I realize my mistake. One could argue it shouldn’t have been, but I lacked the foresight to stop into my local yarn shop with my book to show the proprietor what I was attempting. I was hoping at the end of knitting the sock that I would have just enough yarn to make it through, leaving me without any for my stash in order to make a stash-buster pair of entrelac up-down socks in the future.

 

However, I did not have enough yarn, and will need to purchase another skein soon, likely on pay-day, before I have time to decide some other purchase is more important. This one purchase will not be particularly expensive, but it isn’t a small couple dollar purchase for me, either. The trick will be matching up the dye lots. I hope there’s simply one skein of this dye lot left when I get there. I hope the color is still there for that matter. In part, it will simply be the toe I need to knit, but it is such a beautiful yarn, I wouldn’t want to finish with another color.

 

I won’t mind as much with a different dye lot, as these are on my feet, and my toes are often covered. It will hardly be noticed. But, if it is important to you, learn from my mistakes, check with your local yarn shop proprietor first. Otherwise, contact an experienced sock knitter, who may tell you, that 80 stitches with an 8 inch leg, may mean you will run out of yarn and should buy an extra skein you can always knit fingerless mitts with later, or some barbie dresses, or use in Up-Down Entrelac socks after you build up some more stash yarn.

 

In the meantime, enjoy the photos of my socks. Know that I have already begun the cuff of the next pair. For those of you who are curious, the toe is sewn together with a kitchener type grafting stitch meant to give the look of knitting.

 

Enjoy the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi this week, as I am. I love skating, I just wish China had gotten the gold in the pairs the other night.Image

 

Two Rows At A Time

February 7, 2014

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Two rows at a time will get you there, eventually. Your work may be slow to take shape and become what you are hoping it will be, but two rows at a time will bring you close enough to finish. I’m not done, I’ve been approaching the toe. The work is still going two rows at a time, and at some points three or four, but I’m only a few rows from my baby toe disappearing completely.

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The disappeared baby toe means I can begin reducing for the toe. I still need to measure just how many rows I have to go before the toe. This pattern requires a little more planning than others I’ve knit. I’m supposed to finish on row 16 or row 8 of the repeat. I’m really trying to do what I’m supposed to here. I have enough to remember for the second sock. For now, the question is: How many rounds until I can begin reducing for the toe? If I have more than four rounds, I will likely continue working in pattern. If I have less than four rounds, I will simply knit the stockinette stitch until the baby toe vanishes beneath knitted comfort. I believe I only have three or four rows left.

I’m half tempted to continue in stockinette stitch now, because I want to be done, but I wish to get good pictures this evening, so I will have to shift to the doll dress I’ve been working on. I hope to be able to finish and send the doll dresses to my nieces soon. That will come along, a couple of rows at a time, as well.

Two days later, you can see where the toe was at. I knit four more rows during a prep hour for good high school choir and orchestra classes. I stopped them, tried the sock on and found it the right length to end the foot and decrease the toe. I waited until this evening to photograph my foot in the sock so you might see what I mean.Image

So, I am almost finished with this sock, now what? Don’t fret, I still have another sock and lots of doll clothes to knit with yarn I may not use for anything else. Though I am tempted to try a ten stitch blanket. However, I expect the next sock will be knit much like this one, a row or two at a time as I have breaks and time off. But first, I must finish this sock’s toe, sew it up or graft the toe and tell you all about it, as well as my new stitch holders. Those, I’m looking forward to using while I finish the toe of this sock, and it’s mate.

Until we meet again, Happy Knitting!