Saturday, December 4, 2010

Holiday Craziness

Yes, I do realize that it's been quite a while since I last updated my blog... there's been lots of yarny goodness going on here on my end of things.... sweaters, mittens, socks, contributing squares to a blanket, knit night once a week... and of course, the craziness that are the fall/winter holidays.


First up, the socks that have already been gifted... Made with Paton's Kroy FX sock yarn in color way "clover".
I found the yarn to be rather splitty while working with it and despite the dye lots being the same, as you can see in the picture they're obviously NOT identical in dye lot. Yes, I do realize that the unique patterning is part of the FX effect, but I'm talking about even the base colors NOT being the same.

 I don't plan on buying more, but my 10 yo ds found a color way that he likes so let's see if he ends up staying on my knit-worthy list after he receives the socks that I knit for him using the Paton's Kroy Socks Stripes in Cyan Stripes.

The pattern I used for both of these pairs is from the Yarn Harlot's book Knitting Rules! although I did modify the pattern slightly for the Cyan Stripes socks... I ended up knitting for 6 inches on the foot part instead of 5 so that they would last him a bit longer as he is, after all, only 10 and still growing like a weed.

I have also been working on a couple of sweaters using Elizabeth Zimmerman's pattern for the baby surprise jacket. I highly recommend that you check out the helpful videos on YouTube. The only thing I would not do, however, if at all avoidable unless you're not easily bored, is to use one solid color with which to knit the sweater. The sweaters were made with Red Heart Baby yarn that I bought years ago at some big box store.
The purple one came out slightly bigger than the verigated, I don't have exact measurements yet but since I still need to go and buy some sort of button for the verigated, I'll do the measurements and post them.

At present time I don't have any babies in mind for either one, but the one thing about spring is there's always someone having a baby.




I may also go and use the leftover yarn (limited as though it was) to make either hats, booties, or both to go with them and complete the set.... kind of like the two pink sweaters. I have yet to cast on the booties for the dark pink one with the heart buttons.




I haven't just been making things for babies either. I made my youngest son mittens using red heart super saver yarn and I'm also making some for my nephews as well. the ones for my son are in NY Giants colors (his favorite football team) and the ones for my nephews will be in Buffalo Bills.







The knitting group I attend on Thursday nights also made squares for a blanket for another member. The squares with words on them say "Faith, Hope, Love".



Until next time, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!







Sunday, September 12, 2010

Maybe this knitting thing is getting out of hand..... or not....

So last night I decided to cast on Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Jacket before I went to bed.... and proceeded to dream about having given birth to twin girls and was dressing them in matching twin outfits..... both of them wearing Bernat's Baby Booties (one pair pink, the other yellow), along with the Bernat Overall Dress and EZ's baby Surprise Jacket.



So this morning I wake up to a cold and rainy sunday.... so proceeded to work on the BSJ....

I truly can't think of a better way to spend the day.... the minions are playing relatively quietly together... there just might be a chance for me to go and get it done before I end up going to bed at some point tonight....

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Let's make life easy people

I've been working on the Baby Booties by Bernat this week and have had more than a little fun (and yes, I'm dripping sarcasm there). I am an English Knitter (as in, I hold the yarn in my right hand). The pattern is written for someone who is a Continental knitter (yarn held in left hand). I think that there should be a standard passed where the designer goes and puts WHAT type of knitter they are on the pattern so that those of us who go "OHHHH! CUTE!!! Must make even though I'm not having kids anytime soon nor do I know anyone having kids anytime soon!" can spend more time knitting and less time frogging and/or throwing the yarn and needles across the room in frustration.


My other gripe with the pattern is that it seems a bit lacy while it's being knit... the YO's (written as yf) in the pattern leave holes... not just little ones that can be ignored but BIG ones.... and despite the many many many times I frogged back and started over, I still kept ending up with more stitches than the stitch count gave finishing with the toe shaping.....  and that's AFTER a week spent with pen and paper and many internet resources trying to figure it out then having to write the pattern out so a moron like myself could go and happily knit away (note: this also requires being left alone to knit... I tried to work on the second bootie at knit night... it wasn't pretty!)


Course it's just been a frustrating few weeks of knitting anyway.... I had just turned the heel on the socks I'd been knitting for my son for Yule using Patons Kroy Socks Jaquard in Meadow Jaquard.... using the Yarn Harlot's basic sock recipe from Knitting Rules! which is a pattern I've used many times before... I used the same size needles I always do (US size 2.75 mm) and when I went to have my son try it on..... it was so tight he couldn't get the cuff over his heel..... so I had to rip it out and I'm kind of avoiding going back to working on them anytime soon (esp. as my son is currently on my crap list for irritating me many different ways).

Next up is Elizabeth Zimmerman's Baby Surprise Jacket which I'll be casting on later tonight using Caron Simply Soft Baby in the colorway "Baby Powder"  I'm not a huge fan of this yarn as the little color threads in it have hard nubs, but given that the BSJ is all garter stitch, the nubs shouldn't be too rough. I figure if I go and use either a size 7 or size 8 needle not only should I have enough (I have 1 1/2 balls of this yarn left) but it should fit SOME baby, somewhere..... right???? :)

Friday, August 13, 2010

Sometimes the anticipation is better than the finished product

Which is why I've decided I am totally a process knitter.... as soon as I get a good ways into a project I start thinking of other ones I would like to get going... Today I answered the question of "What to do with 12 skeins of LionBrand Stripes sock yarn" when I completed this monstrosity:

It only took a few months, but I also only worked on it on days when his attitude was in check and he wasn't irritating the crud out of me. If he's this bad now, I partially dread the teen years (however, we're also down to 5 1/2 years before he's 18 and graduating high school). Don't get me wrong, I love my kids. I just don't love their attitude and sarcasm.


Anyhow, I wasn't a fan of this blanket when I was working on it... It's extremely heavy and hard on the hands, not to mention the dizzying effect that the color combos have when holding two strands together and trying to prevent the same colors from matching up too often..  The blanket took approximately 11 1/2 to 11 3/4 skeins held double. I have a small ball of it left (enough to go around the blanket halfway and that's it... LionBrand discontinued the yarn a couple of years ago) and to be honest, I would not have picked up this yarn if I were paying full price instead of finding an insane amount of it (all the same dye lot) at the dollar store.


I don't anticipate being done yet with WIP's for the night.... I'm down to the toe decreases on the second incarnation of the clover socks...  Maybe I'll name them "Jason" for the killer in the "Friday the 13th" movies.... It is what's on tv right now anyway (the 9th one....) and it is Friday the 13th....

Monday, August 2, 2010

busy busy bumble bee.....

When it comes to my knitting anyway..... I'm working on taking care of some of my WIP's so that I can get working on some of the other things I wish to make (such as the booga bag) and to continue on my quest to have lots of yummy hand knit wool socks this winter for my easily frozen feet.

So what have I been working on? There's 3 oddball blankets... two of which I have finished my portion on. The green one is "Kermit's Lily Pad" and the second is "Little Bitty Pretty One". These will be passed along to the next knitter this week...




Next up are the three projects I am currently working on.... A top down raglan baby sweater for my new nephew that will keep him warm this fall (made from Caron Simply Soft Shadows in the Merino colorway). I freely admit to having bought a LOT of this yarn and I am now working my way through it. It's just very convienient that my little brother (little as in younger, he's 9 years my junior and a LOT taller than I am!) happened to have a boy. :)




  I'd frogged and am now re-knitting the "Clover socks" from a prior post (I've made more progress than is visible in the pictures.. I just haven't taken new pics today as it's overcast and the lighting stinks. Last but not least, the third oddball blanket, Strawberry Kisses.

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I am still, as usual, working on my 12 year old's never ending blanket, although I am making progress in that I'm down to the last 2 balls of this yarn and it'll make a nice comfortable lapghan for him to curl up under this winter while he reads or watches television. I'm also trying to decide which type of yarn to use for the border as the type of yarn that I'm currently using for it is no longer manufactured by Lion Brand.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

I've come to the decision...

That I have too many projects in progress. I decided to NOT buy anymore yarn until I'd made a serious dent in my stash... that worked.... kind of..... I bought 6 more balls yesterday (4 of them for socks, 2 of them to make a booga bag) and decided that I simply don't have enough yarn in my stash to go and make any kind of project without having to combine a bunch of them.... and I'll use up what's in my stash.... mostly..... probably..... at some point in time :)  Right now I'm trying to sell my dh on me taking up spinning..... he's thinking that I'll end up SAVING money on yarn in the long run..... I don't have the heart to tell him how much it is for start up costs.....

But back to the booga bag and my projects in progress. I realize that the booga bag calls for Noro yarn.... however, after spending a day trying to find some at a LYS (keep in mind local for me = an hour or more away.... downside of living in the middle of nowhere) and not finding any, I decided to use some Paton's classic wool..... which I found on clearance at Joann's. I see it this way.... if this first foray into intentional felting doesn't work out, I'm only out about 4 bucks instead of the $30 the Noro would have cost me..... if it works out well, then I'll see about ordering some Noro online.

Tonight is knit night and I'll be taking a bunch of my WIP's with me..... one son's blanket (crochet, blasphemy to some die hard knitters out there I know.... but I had NO desire to make a full size blanket with some Lion Brand Magic Stripes yarn that I found at the dollar store if I'd have had to knit it!), a preemie blanket i've started for the North Eastern Oddball charity group, a pair of socks, a baby sweater for my new nephew (yes he's already been born, however, given he lives in Maine I'm making this in a 6 month size so he has at least one warm handknit thing this fall... I found some cute little ducky buttons at Joann's yesterday for it too LOL!), and a knitted square (it's measuring about 8 1/2 inches wide.... not much farther to go on the length!) that I'm using to brush up on my Intarsia before getting into any fair isle work.

My knitting que keeps getting longer instead of shorter.... I hope I live to 150 just to be able to tackle half of it!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

It's always interesting to knit in public

I love knitting in public. I'm one of those people who have issues with anxiety (especially in large crowds or when I'm out in a much larger city alone than the city I live in) and I am also one of those who never seemed to have posessed much patience (As the Yarn Harlot says in her book At Knit's End "I do not knit because I am patient. I am patient because I knit.") and knitting helps with all of these. I also enjoy hearing the conversations about me knitting (yes people, it's knitting, NOT crochet... crochet has one hook, knitting has at least 2 needles) that they think I can't hear (my kids know that I have hypersensitive hearing, which generally works against them). For example, at a doctor's office the other day while I was waiting for a nerve test to be done on my back (car accident related) there was just me and an elderly couple in the waiting room.

Man: "Look at that, what is she doing with all those needles?"
Woman: "I think she's knitting."
Man: "Are you sure? I didn't think you used all those needles to knit."

The woman came over and asked me what I was doing, what I was making, etc. It led to a short but pleasant conversation about how she used to crochet for years and her husband's mother used to knit. Ones like that I really don't mind at all.. when I'm working on something simple like a sock (which is what I was making... they're generally my take along projects) but then there are those on the other side of the aisle who seem to think that women knitting in public is pushing feminism back a few decades.  Some people need a life :)

On the knitting front, I seem to be getting very ADD about my projects. I must have started (and frogged) a dozen projects over the past week. I can't seem to be overly pleased with anything... that blanket I was working on in the Caron Simply Soft Shadows I ended up frogging because the pattern wasn't coming out at all... I'm still deciding what I should try to make.... 

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Getting back in the groove, sort of...

I went to knit night (note to the people who do all of the "updates" to the library: AIR CONDITIONING needs to be a priority!) and finally started a new project. I'm using the Serenity Garden yarn from Premiere Yarn to make the baby hoodie from Bernat. The colorway is called roses and trust me, the picture doesn't do it justice. This yarn is so soft that I'm absolutely loving working with it.

What I'm not loving right now is that my gauge is one stitch and one row off.... which means frogging (because you "rip-it, rip-it") about an hour's worth of work and then waiting until I'm home because I don't have the right size needle with me to go down a size on the band (The pattern calls for US sizes 5 and 6 needles, which are what I have with me... I need to get my US size 4 from home to do the bottom band). It figures that the ONE TIME I don't have dpns with me (which is unusual, but I was in a hurry to get going tonight and didn't get to stop home after knit night before meeting dh for his lunch break at work... and yeah, my dpns would have worked wonderfully for this!) is the time that the Knitting Fates decide to mess with me. I could just continue on with the "well, it'll fit SOMEONE" mentality, but honestly, the size 6 needle is just a tad too big for it and the yarn is coming out rather looser than I'd like. I'm seriously considering getting more of this yarn (it feels like the microfiber cloths it's so soft!) and making more baby items with it.

As for more socks, I'm "punishing" myself and forcing myself to knit with the yarn from projects I've previously frogged and making more socks. I'm using that Paton's Kroy FX yarn and I think I'm going to end up getting a bottle of dye and just making them all one color... I will never buy this yarn again after being given the kiss off by their customer service. Whether or not I ban ALL Paton's yarn from my stash remains to be seen....

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Too hot to knit????

I never thought I'd be saying this but the knitting fates are finally forcing me too...

It's too flipping hot to knit.  My fingers are so swollen that I can't menuver my size 2 dpns (yes, I do own more needles in different sizes, but I have no desire to be under a worsted weight blanket or trying to knit with thicker yarn when it's 99 degrees outside and still 75 inside...) without my ribbing looking like crap.

So I've resorted to surfing the net trying to find patterns that would allow me to use up my odds and ends of sock yarn (yes, the pic is of the bits I have, at most I have about 1/2 a ball of each colorway).... I'm not sure if I want to knit THE blankie using the scraps as I have both cats and kids... not only will I not have enough odds and ends of sock yarn (although I'll GLADLY take donations should anyone be so inclined LOL!)  but I worry that I won't be able to pop it in my washing machine (which does in fact have a "handwash" setting). 

Hopefully the weather will break soon.... I think I'll head out to the craft store after it gets dark (and hopefully cooler... (it's still 90 degrees at 6:30 in the evening in my neck of the woods!) and see about picking up some more yarn....

Friday, July 2, 2010

They're Done!

The socks that I was making with the Deborah Norville yarn are finally done. I know it seems weird to state "finally" when in actuality it was only a couple of days... I cast them on Saturday, took Sunday off, knit on Monday and cast on the second sock (I like doing both socks at once, prevents the second sock syndrome plus makes it MUCH easier when I get to a part I need to concentrate on but am out KIP and need something mindless I just pull out the second sock). Tuesday I had to rip out the heel (a few times) because I completely arsed it up (btw, for those whom are keeping a list of how to annoy a knitter, yell “COME HERE QUICK” with the urgency of a life or death situation to make them completely lose track of where they are on the repeats… also helps if you go and throw a cat in to help scatter the stitch markers that the knitter is using to go and keep track of the number of pattern repeats… and have it over something completely stupid like a video game!) then had a really productive day Wednesday and finished weaving in the ends Thursday night, within an hour of knit night ending (very handy to only have a 15 minute walk to where the knitting group is held!). Their name is still up for debate.... I have one minion saying "trick or treat" and the other "halloween vomit" (yeah, he's 12). The colorway isn't too obvious so I ended up taking a close up (again, "borrowing" my dh's digital camera LOL!)
The colorway is called Thyme (olive green, highlighter orange, white with dark rose and medium blue speckles in it. As for what I think of this yarn, it's not too bad, The main issue I had with it was splitting but that's to be expected I think. I'm not sure just how well it will wear as I'm not about to wear a wool blend sock in 80 degree (approximately 27 degrees celsius) weather. I do, however, have an almost 10 year old who keeps trying to swipe them and run away. 

 So how productive can one be in 3 weeks? Yes, this also includes housework, running errands (although I admit my dh drove!) and sleeping regularly....

Productive enough to make 2 pairs of socks to fit my size 9 feet. I did, on the most recent pair have to extend the foot of the sock to 5 1/2 inches (13.97 cm) with the Deborah Norville yarn.

I also woke up this morning feeling very odd.... as though something was really far off and I couldn't put my finger on it. I rolled over and didn't see my tapestry bag sitting on my nightstand (I use my tapestry bag for sock projects) and realized that I'd finished the sock the night before and hadn't cast another one on yet.... I'm slowly working through my stash so right now I'm down to just TWO skeins of yarn that I like left in my stash that'd work for socks.... two balls of Lorna's Laces in Red Rover and one Cascade Heritage paints. I also have the odd small amounts left over from my assorted sock projects that I think i'm going to go and use to make baby socks... the only other sock yarn that I have is two balls of that godawful Patons Kroy FX that after e-mailing the company about the LACK of dye lots matching (Yes, I DO realize that FX is not going to have the pattern matching up, but I'm talking about the BASE colors in each strand not even matching. The greens were different colors, the oranges were different, etc... the colors from one skein were much duller than the other ones) and was sent an e-mail that basically said "deal with it" and did not address the fact that the base colors were different or the knots in the two balls or even how horribly it splits.  I was so disappointed with it that I frogged the socks that I had mentioned a couple of posts ago.

So what to do? I can't NOT knit.... most people have a shrink, I have knitting needles. I pulled out my (two different dye lots) Caron Simply Soft Shadows in the merino colorway to start working on the Baby Blocks blanket by Ann Norling and so far I'm rather pleased with the results.
I'm not sure how well the shading will pop up when I get a ways in and start the body of the blanket but I think it will be pretty and make a nice lap blanket (I'm aware that it's designed to be a crib blanket, but it's acryllic which melts easy and I don't want any babies to get burned while they sleep should (Gods forbid!) there be a fire.

But this will more than likely go to my first grandson whenever he arrives (no, none of my kids are expecting, the only one with kids is my oldest stepson and he has two little girls). Now I just need to either find or build a cedar chest to keep them in. Since I apparently can't have anymore kids (it's not that I don't want them, it's just that there are things going on medically to prevent them despite our efforts at trying) I may as well knit for future grandbabies right?

Thursday, July 1, 2010

you never realize

just how many projects you've done over the years until you go and sort through the photos on your external hard drive. I have been crocheting for just over two decades but didn't start documenting my projects until a couple of years ago.

I have also been knitting for more than a few years..... I got hooked when I made my youngest son a "Weasley Sweater"
I have also been dabbling with sewing and quilting

Seeing all that I've accomplished in the last 3 years makes me wonder what I'll be doing in the next few. I plan to spend more time challenging myself  and trying some of the more difficult cables and such with sweaters as my more complicated projects and hopefully try my hand at designing a few knitting patterns as well :)

and on the socks, I'm down to the toe decreases, I should have them finished by the time knitting group is over with tonight and will be posting pictures tomorrow....

Sunday, June 27, 2010

WOOHOO THEY'RE DONE!!!

WOOHOO! the Joker Socks are done!  I've decided that I really like the Regia sock yarn... it feels a tad itchy on the outside but is uber soft on the inside. I expect that they'll soften up quite nicely once I wash them with some fabric softener later on....  
Yes, these are for me. My wonderful dh stated that he wouldn't buy me any more yarn (blasphemy!) until I made something for myself..... so here they are, my nice wool socks which will be wonderful this winter when we're digging out from another 3-4 feet of snow yet again this upcoming winter....

I realise that the colors don't show up very well So I waited for a nice sunny day and "borrowed" my dh's digital camera for the nice closeup shot. As you can see, there's a nice olive green, light blue, gold, dark green, light green, orchid and raspberry color. I also didn't have to go and trim too much from one skein to have the two line up

So now the question is what I feel like making next. I have quite a few things listed in my ravelry que but I can't decide which, then there's the impatience of either tracking down the yarn in the larger cities about an hour away from my neck of the woods or waiting for the order to be delivered....  So for now I'm working through what's left of my stash and making another pair of socks using the same pattern as the Joker Socks, but this time in the Deborah Norville serenity sock yarn in the color Thyme.

Quite frankly I think they're fairly ugly and hard to look at and watch the colors unfold. I'm doubtful as to whether or not they'll actually stay up but we'll see what's what. I think I'm also going to go and figure out what yarns I need for the projects in my que and then add them to my wish list on knit picks, save myself the grief of trying to track them down again

Friday, June 18, 2010

BUSTED!

Yeah, she's in deep doody.... That blue thread you see on her paw is the tail from the cast on edge of what my son has named "The Joker Socks".

No, she didn't hurt the sock at all (despite getting her claw caught on one of the stitches) but she DID try to steal it!!! I don't know what's gotten into her, but she's being a brat today... she's normally the one who lays beside me and sleeps while I knit, this morning it's like she's been posessed.



Anyway, here are the Joker socks. I'm using the Yarn Harlot's basic sock pattern (yet again). As for why they're called Joker socks.... the colors are a forest green, spring green, olive green, navy blue, sky blue and one that's somewhere between gold and tan.... all of which seem to remind my 12 year old of the Joker from the Batman the Animated Series...  Yes the stripes do match up exactly and I only had to trim the second ball down by about 12" to obtain that (I love companies who adhere to dye lots!). Now on to the heel flap and I'm hoping to have them done by next Thursday when I go back to the knitting group I found last night at the library!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Knitting fates are against me...

So there I was, rocking and rolling along on the socks I wrote about in my last post..... put the first one on (had just finished the decreases in the gusset) and found...

a hole... and some rough spots on the sock.


Now to be fair, this is NOT the fault of the manufacturer for lorna's laces.... The culprit is..

Sure, she LOOKS sweet and innocent... but don't be fooled.

She tried to STEAL the sock when I left it sitting on my craft table while making dinner..... I spent over half an hour picking bits of kitty fur off the sock in addition to a couple random splinters (old wooden floor in here)....

so those socks were frogged..... they'll be cast on again at a later point in time....




Sunday, June 6, 2010

Now I've gone and done it....

I finally got over my "no project is good enough for the yarn I bought for my birthday last year" mentality and decided to use the 5 hanks to make myself some "birthday socks". We live up here in the mountains and with my issues with arthritis once I get cold I have a very hard time getting warm (we're talking 2 comforters required to keep my body temp up with the thermostat around 75 degrees).... I've made many pairs of hand knit socks....


For other people....

and none for myself. Which means I get to go around with cold feet which the cold travels up and causes my arthritis to flare up.

Anyhow... I broke out my Lorna's Laces shepherd sock last night while half watching Doctor Who (note to the writers: last night's sucked.) and did the cuff ( I was spending more time watching television rather than knitting) and about an inch of the leg.  This morning I got up and started knitting while listening to the Yarn Harlot  reading At Knits End  and doing the usual 50,000 things at once that is typical of days my dh goes to work.... that's as of noon today....

I'm currently turning the heel for the second time (yes, on the same sock.... Human Error) The beauty of this yarn is that any screw up I get is my own fault. It works up beautifully, no knots, it doesn't split.... it feels so wonderful and smooth.... I told my dh that this means the rest of the yarn in my stash is pure CRAP and I simply can't buy anymore CRAP yarn.... I can only buy the nice stuff when I'm making things for people who live in our house where I know they'll be properly taken care of (well, what do you expect when I'm the one that does laundry??? LOL!)

Back to knitting.... I just might get to the part where I'm working on the foot of the sock before I crash for the night.... total time spent knitting? Approximately 5 hours total.... time it normally takes me to get to this point using lower end yarns? about a week to a week and a half....

Friday, May 21, 2010

ok, now i'm irritated...


It's not enough that although the ball band clearly stated that the Paton's Kroy FX Sock yarn was the same dye lot and it's not...... which ok, fine, i can deal with that.... i'm aware that they don't match up because i was making them for myself....

but my flipping feet have not only shrunk, but it seems my arches are higher, thus making the socks TOO TIGHT!!!! i've made this pattern many times before.... even used the patons sock yarn.... now i'm more than a tad aggrivated..... a month's worth of work down the tubes....

I wonder if there's anyone who wouldn't mind a pair of handknit socks that don't quite match up out there that is already knitworthy.....

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Second sock syndrome???

I've knit socks before using the Yarn Harlot's basic sock pattern.... probably more times than I care to admit (I think the current count is up to 5 or 6 pairs total 3 of those are using the Yarn Harlot's pattern.... 2 of those in a month and a half which isn't too bad given I also worked on other things!) and no, I didn't block the first pair below (the color didn't come out very well, but I was using the camera on my old cell phone... it's Red Heart heart and sole, don't remember the colorway but I think I might have the wrapper around somewhere)
More with the Yarn Harlot's pattern, these were Yule gifts (yes, that's my nifty homemade blocking board, also known as a cork board with a towel over it LOL!)  The ones on top are the red heart heart and sole in Spring Stripe and the ones on the bottom are Paton's Kroy socks stripes in Bronzed Berry Stripes (pics are better since I "borrowed" my dh's digital for them!)
 Now i'm working on the second sock of another pair, using the Paton's Kroy Sox FX in "clover colors"

My gripe with them (and all self-patterning yarns actually) is that just because they CLAIM to be the same dye lot, doesn't mean they'll all match up exactly. The bronzed berry pair came closest and even those were a row or two off...

next I may just go and get crazy.... I may just have to deviate away from the basic sock pattern and dive in with my Lorna's Laces (red rover, I have yet to find that colorway again!) and my Heritage Paints and make myself a pair of socks (the amusing part here is that although I bought these yarns over a year ago with socks in mind for myself, I seem to have a mental block preventing me from actually knitting SOCKS with them... the old "the yarn is too nice for socks!" but hey, who else is going to appreciate all my hard work as much as me???? and why should I get stuck with the crappy store bought socks freezing my feet off in the winter while others get to have nice toasty toes??? HRMMM??? :)

Yeah, I'm getting in touch with my inner Veruca