eet iz feeeneished.

6 03 2009

it’s nice to have something easy peasey on the needles. since my brain is currently full, partly of school stuff, partly of work stuff and the other part full of snot (i’m having this awful, awful mid-winter allergy thingy), i found myself reaching out for these babies! i like them. 🙂

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double wrapped short row heel

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matchey matchey!!

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simple socks
pattern: my own (my ravelry link)
knitpicks simple stripes in vineyard
2 skeins | 231 yds : 50 g | 75 wool : 25 nylon
started: january 10, 2009
completed: february 25, 2009
needles: US #1 2.25 mm knitpicks nickel plated options
notes: figure 8, toe up cast on 10, increased to 64. basic 2×2 rib. a little baggy on the ankles…but not too bad.

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more progress.

16 02 2009

sometime last year i did a roundup of my unfinished sock projects. (yes, i realize that my last post introduced YET ANOTHER sock).

i counted seven at the time. of the seven (plus another i started later in the year) i finished one. ripped out and remade another. gave up on three not-so-exciting socks. two others are still waiting wips.

i have officially given up the claim that i only work on one project at a time. (including my other non-sock knitting…the grand total of wips is (drum rolllll)……14!  (high hat!)  crazy.  even crazier?  i couldn’t find anything to knit last night.  i ended up spreading out my stash over the living room floor, hoping to find inspiration.  instead, i found a lot of sock yarn.  much more than i thought i had.  so much for keeping an up to date inventory (is it okay that i blame lack of time and lack of decent camera?)

anyway, this morning for my “study break” knitting, i picked up a long forgotten project i started made of this:

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cidermoon ‘flurry’ in jackie o
100% superwash merino | 440 yds: 110 g
note: purchased at kc ‘06

cidermoon is a now defunct business.  what a shame!  their colorways were fun and i really liked the base yarns they chose.  during their heydey i was attempting to be more conservative in my buying habits.  thus, i only have two colorways in their fingering weight yarn.  (sigh).  i should have snatched up a couple other ones.

for those interested, one of the owners opened up shop as tuscan grove fibers.  i’m not sure if it sells online, but i do know she sells through a lys, knitter’s mercantile.

anyway, i had the cuff and the ribbing to go….then i needed to fix the non-stretchy bind-off for the first sock.  it was my first and only attempt at a tubular bo for 2×2 ribbing.  i failed miserably.  i debated if i should i try again or just use a sewn bo a la elizabeth zimmerman.  given my enthusiasm might have waned quickly, i was going to just go for the EZ (pun intended!) way. ha!  i kill me sometimes.  how corny can you get? instead, i just did a loose standard bo cuz i was too lazy to find a yarn needle.

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jackie o! lace socks
pattern: cross hatch lace from more sks (my rav link)
cidermoon flurry in jackie o
1 skein | 440 yds : 50 g | 100 merino wool
started: july 2007
finished: jan 27, 2009
needles: US #1 2.25mm knitpicks nickel plated circs
notes: fig 8 cast on 12, increased to 60, loose traditional bo…and yes, i know, almost two years in the making!!

hooray! i already have 2 fo’s for 2009!! this is probably due more to procrastinating from studying than a propensity for being uber-productive. oh well. i’ll take it.

now…what’s next?





adding to my fo pile…

1 02 2009

i’m still lacking in the camera department.  (my old camera is a bit cumbersome since the manual focus requires at least 100 button pushes and some magic pixie dust to work).  to make matters worse, it uses compact flash for media and my new laptop does not have a built in reader AND i can’t find my card reader.  my mom’s point and shoot that we *cough* aquired this past weekend uses xd for media leading to the same above problem….so, i’m using our old point and shoot.  it works…but one wishes for something a little more flexible, ya know?  plus, the color it captures leaves much to be desired.  not a problem most of the time; alas, there is no photoshop installed on the laptop either.  soon, the technical difficulties will be fixed.  but in the meantime my photo essays will be a bit bland and uneven.

ANYWAY.  meet my new socks.  (hi socks!)…they have made a new friend today  😉

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“baaaaa!” “{insert sock greeting here}”

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they made friends very quickly (but we know how nice wool socks can be, don’t we?

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knaughty or knice socks
pattern: knotty or knice socks by chrissy gardner (my ravelry link)
from interweave knits, autumn ’08  in shibuiknits sock
2 skeins | 191 yds : 50 g | 100 merino superwash
started: december 9, 2008
finished: january 23, 2009
needles: US #1 2.25 mm knitpicks nickel plated circs
notes: the bind off is just meh…if i would do again i would do a tubular bind off.

in the end, the cables got a little fussy.  and i think i would go down another needle size if i were to use the same yarn.  i want the socks to wear well, but the soft yarn feels like it may just wear through rather quickly.  i may weave in some nylon if i get the energy.  all in all good looking socks….i like them.  🙂