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At one point in time I think there were over 700 people knitting the Monkey sock pattern on Ravelry, currently there are over 5000 projects. I always thought they were cute, but never had any real desire to knit them and kind of stayed away since they seemed so popular. I have that tendency, to want to be anti-whatever is popular at the moment. Remnant of my rebellious teen years? Maybe, maybe not…

Anyhow, that was how I felt until I saw this Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn in “Tropical Storm“. I saw it and the Monkey immediately sprung to mind as a great pattern to knit with it. It looks lovely so far and it’s heavenly to knit with.

After I finished the first sock I ran into a problem. I had been knitting the socks with my 5” Brittany Birch size 1 dpns. I’ve never been a huge fan of them, as they are bendy and break easily, however I like the 5″ size. Unfortunately, one of them broke when I was about halfway through the foot, so I was left with only 4 needles, doable, but not my favorite way to knit. (Note: I have already written them for replacements once before, and this was my replacement set. Luckily they sent me a full set of 5 needles. Unfortunately, this is the 6th needle I’ve broken.)  At the same time I lost my 7″ Bamboo size 1 dpns AND my friend who borrowed my size 1 circs has not returned them yet. So I sucked it up and knit on 4 needles for the cuff. I couldn’t stand it though so I finally broke down and bought the Lantern Moon Sock Stix. They were $20, but worth every penny. I LOVE them. They are so smooth and sturdy. It’s such fun to knit with them. However, changing needles resulted in a change in gauge. And this is what the result looked like:

monkeys in progress

Do you see how the yarn is pooling and flashing on the second sock? I was not happy with that at all. It was also smaller than the first sock. I tried a couple of different remedies. I frogged and switched back to the Brittany dpns using only one Lantern Moon. Still too small and pooling. I frogged again and tried consciously knitting more loosely. Still more pooling. I frogged and tried knitting tightly on 2s. No pooling, same size as the first sock, but the stitches were visibly bigger. I gave up, frogged for the third fourth time, reskeined it and let the yarn sit for a day. It was bizarre, I’ve never had problems like that before with socks. Sometimes the second sock is a little tighter, but nothing that visible. I was so frustrated. I decided to take a break and started working on a hiking sock from recycled yarn.

Last night I was worried that I would end up with second sock syndrome so I balled the yarn and started knitting again. I decided to just us the Lantern Moons and try just knitting loosely. I don’t want to jinx myself, but so far so good. I’m about one pattern repeat into it and no pooling, flashing, and it’s about the same size. I’m not sure exactly what the difference is, but we shall see with the final product! No more frogging for me!

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I think that the Widdershins now count as my longest WIP. I actually started them in August of 2006! I gave up on them December 23, 2007. It’s too bad because there were several parts of the sock that I liked.

The toe was my first Magic Cast On, which is now my favorite cast-on:
widdershins toe

The short row heel turned out beautifully (because I modified the gauge significantly I had given up on the reverse heel flap in the original pattern).

widdershins heel

And in general I just thought the sock looked nice.
widdershins_edit

Unfortunately, I hated knitting them, I hated it with a passion. The yarn I used, Brown Sheep’s Wildfoote, was just awful for this pattern. It was rough on my hands and extremely splitty. Knitting cables on size 1 needles was not fun at all. Knitting is supposed to be fun-right? After I finished the first sock and sat down and thought to myself “Do I really want to knit a second one?” My reply was an emphatic “No!” So, I frogged it. I’m using the yarn to knit some basic 2×2 rib socks and I’m much happier.

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FO: Chevron Socks

Chevron Socks, originally uploaded by freshgroundknits.

I finished these just in time for Christmas! My mom loved them! Here they are being modeled by their new owner on Christmas Day. Yes, I’m behind. I’ve been so busy, I’ve barely had time to knit. I think this summer will provide me with more knitting time. Until then, I’m going to try to post some projects I’ve completed since I last posted on Halloween.

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Sock toe suggestions?

I rarely do cuff down socks and now I’m at the toe of the Chevron Socks, which I started way back in July and I’m not sure which toe to do. Here are a few pics. I’ve ruled out the French toe and am leaning toward just a standard grafted toe-any suggestions?

(apologies for the camera phone pics, my camera is kaput at the moment)

chevronsocktoe1.jpg

chevronsock.jpg

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some sock work

Is it time to turn the heel?
sockotta sock in chevron pattern

I think I’m about ready to turn the heel on this baby, but a second repeat of the orange just appeared and I feel the need to have more orange on the cuff, so I’m going to sleep on it. Not to mention that my brain currently can’t handle trying to figure out where to put the pattern on the foot of socks with 5 repeats of 11.

Oh, and here’s a little teaser of my most recent FO in SWTC’s Tofutsies. I blogged about it back in May after frogging a first attempt. I am currently in love with these socks, it’s too hot to wear them right now, but they are so soft and the yarn has a lovely drape. I almost bought more on my visit to Asheville, but I ended up with some Koigu instead.
Anyone care to guess what pattern this is? I would have a contest, but I don’t really have a prize for the winner, so we’ll just have to go with my undying awe of your knowledge of sock patterns. (No fair guessing if you’ve seen them IRL!)
FO teaser

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These socks were lots of fun to knit. The pattern is from Nancy Bush’s Knitting Vintage Socks. I borrowed the book from my spinning guild, but I’m seriously considering buying it. The patterns are all very interesting and it has a lot of great information in the front about different kinds of toes and heels.

The yarn is from Miss Bab’s. I won the yarn in a contest she had when her online store first opened. I was so happy that I won because I ended up selling the two skeins of yarn I bought from her at SAFF in the Great Stash Sale for Tigger’s Vet Bills. The colorway is “Garden Rose” and it knit up beautifully, at first I was concerned about all the green, but it goes so well with the red. I am definitely going to stock up on her yarn at SAFF next year!

It took me forever to get photos I was happy with, but I think these will do.

cfs-no shoes

cfs-shoes
I never realized how scuffed my shoes were until this photo!

Now somehow I created this weird effect when editing the photo. I thought it looked kind of cool.

cfs-weird

Details:

Pattern: Child’s First Sock by Nancy Bush
Pattern Source: Knitting Vintage Socks
Materials: Miss Bab’s Superwash Sock Yarn in Garden Rose colorway
Needles: size 1 Crystal Palace bamboo dpns
Start Date: 3/2007
Completion Date: 5/19/2007
Modifications: Knit at a slightly tighter gauge than suggested because I have small feet and like my socks snug.

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It’s so sunny and lovely today! I rode my bike all over town, bought books for my class, and did a little knitting photo shoot. All my expressions are purely the result of me trying not to squint or look super dumb.

Purple Muppet Scarf in Paton’s Allure. My second FO, finished in January of 2005, but I never took photos of it. I updated my FO Gallery for 04-05 and realized I needed a photo.
purple muppet scarf

I have finally finished documenting all my knitting for 2006, here are some previously undocumented ones.

Portland Dew Hat. This pattern is going to be in the Stitch n Bitch Page a Day 2008 Calendar. My first published pattern!

Portland Dew Hat

Convertible Mittens based off of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s 36 stitch mittens.
ez convertible mittens

Vertical Stripe Scarf in Crystal Palace Poof.
Poof Scarf

Blueberry Waffle Socks in Koigu.
I discovered a dropped stitch after I had cast-off and blocked the socks. I undid about a quarter of the bind off back to the stitch, laddered up the dropped stitch and rebound off.
oops!

Both
Blueberry Waffle Socks FO

Tigger tried to help me get a detail shot.
Zoom Kitty

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