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....