Archive for December, 2010

Mom’s Birthday Socks

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Another secret project that can now be revealed. I loved knitting these because of the colors. It reminds me that I should do contrasting heels and toes more often, even though there are more ends to weave in.

Trekking Socks

Trekking Socks

Trekking Socks

Pattern: Simple Ribbed Socks, no real pattern. 75 stitches around. Cuff is K3, P2. Leg is K4, P1.
Yarn: Trekking XXL and Opal Uni-Solid, used 397 yards.
Needles: US #1 (2.25 mm) Knit Picks circulars
Notes: I don’t know how it happened, but I’m now knitting socks in 2 weeks instead of 3. Of course, Trekking socks always go fast because you want to see how the colors will progress as you knit.

Fingerless Mitts

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Secret gift knitting can now be revealed. Two pair of fingerless mitts in the same yarn: Porphyria and Cuppa Joe.

Cuppa Joe Mitts

Cuppa Joe Mitts

Cuppa Joe Mitts

Pattern: Cuppa Joe Mitts by Anne Podlesak, available through the Ennea Collective.
Yarn: < 0.5 skein of Mountain Colors Crazyfoot sock yarn, used about 172 yards. Needles: US #1 (2.25 mm) Knit Picks circulars
Notes: Anne’s pattern is for sport weight yarn and I knit these in sock weight. Needless to say I added stitches around and also knit more rows due to my gauge in sock yarn. I knit these for a woman, but they really are a great pattern for a manly pair of mitts as well.

Porphyria Mitts

Porphyria Mitts

Porphyria Mitts

Pattern: Porphyria by Cissy Black. Available free on Ravelry.
Yarn: < 0.5 skein of Mountain Colors Crazyfoot sock yarn, used about 159 yards. Needles: US #1 (2.25 mm) Knit Picks circulars
Notes: Wonderful pattern even though I had a total brain fart and it took me half an hour to figure out how to execute K3into3. I knit these snug on purpose, but as it is, I probably could have added a repeat for a better fit.

Edited to add:
Maybe this will help you if you’re having trouble with K3into3:

– K3TOG(just like K2TOG, but you’re knitting 3 stitches together into 1
stitch)
– keep these 3 stitches on your left hand needle
– yarnover
– now K through the original 3 stitches again

When you are finished you should still have 3 stitches.

Both of these pairs have been gifted. Now I’m thinking about starting a pair for myself using the Cuppa Joe pattern.

Porifera Socks

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

It’s a finished object I can show on my blog! It’s been so long I’ve almost forgotten how I usually do this.

Porifera Socks

Porifera Socks

Pattern: Porifera Socks by Miriam Felton.
Yarn: 1 skein of Opal Uni Solid 4 ply, used about 325 yards.
Needles: US #1 (2.25 mm) Knit Picks circulars
Notes: This is really a lovely pattern. It has a detailed pattern for interest, but then is super easy ribbing for the majority of the sock. I like having that extra stretchy factor when knitting socks that are to be gifted, as these are.

I did make a couple minor modifications. The main one is that I was mentally pre-occupied so rather than knitting these toe up, I knit them top down which requires no thinking on my part. Then I knit them 72 stitches around by adding a column of K2 in between the pattern repeats for the front and back of the leg. The only reason I did this is because 68 stitches would have been too tight and going up 1 pattern repeat would have been an odd number, not too mention too loose around.

It feels good to finish something! 😉 This morning we woke up to this…

Snow

…so I promptly cast on something new because who wants to go outside in a wet mess? It’s barely freezing which means it’ll be a muddy mess up at the barn.

WIP Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

I am DONE with my classes for this quarter! WOOHOO!! I’m pretty sure I know what my grades are, but I’ll keep them to myself until they are official. I am really looking forward to the next 3 weeks with no homework or exam stress.

Now it’s time to make a dent in my lengthy WIP list:

1. Blue Flowered Table Runner – really should try to finish it by Christmas.

2. Wakefield Scarf/Cowl (to become Icing) – excited to get going on this one.

3. Waves of Grain – hoping to pick it up soon.

4. Porifera Socks – a Christmas gift I can safely show here! Started these a couple days ago. Pretty happy with my progress so far, though it did take me a few rounds to get back in the swing of things.

Porifera Socks

That’s it for now!