fo: unknown socks

2 12 2014



can you believe this sat in the wip pile for YEARS? i thought i needed to weave in ends. lo and behold, when it came time to finish the job – the weaving was done. i simply snipped off the yarn ends and ….viola! finished.

(shakes head in search of other “wips”)



5 11 2014

there is progress on the owlies!

pardon the fuzzy picture!

it so happened that I had some 6/0 beads in my craft stash (likely for another unnamed lace shawl). in lieu of beaded lace, i used the little purple glass beads as owl eyes. adorbs.

the technique is slightly fiddly; thankfully i chose to only bead the owls on the leg to avoid potential ouchies on the instep and heel. oh…what technique? i used dental floss! perhaps if I have time i will take pictures. using a tiny crochet hook may be slightly less fiddly…but i couldn’t locate my hooks ūüė¶

anyway, looking forward to finishing up the first sock!

wip: autumn owlies

2 11 2014

you know…i have something else on the needles!

this moody picture brought to you on all hallow’s eve…

autumn owlies (ravelry project link)
owlie socks by julie elswick suchomel
yarn: knitpicks stroll tonal in foliage
462 yards : 100 g | 75% merino : 25% nylon
needles: size 1 knitpicks circular needles
started: october 31, 2014
notes: long tail co, did not switch needle sizes

i will be attempting the addition of beads to this project. ¬†keep your fingers cross. ¬†it is actually the 31st tonight…i hope that the rain keeps the beggar’s away so i can keep knitting these socks. ¬†yes, i am the scrooge of halloween. ¬†boo to you! bah humbug!

fo: gift socks

31 10 2014

hooray!  finished object!!

i’ve been trying to finish off gift knitting that has been in the works for a while. ¬†these are for my niece…but butter kinda wants them too. ¬†i think the afterthought heels were a success…i may have to start knitting endless tubes so that i can get through my sock knitting stash.

Gift Socks!

gift socks
pattern: my own (my ravelry link)
in knitpicks felici (color way unknown)
finished: october 29, 2014
needles: US #0 knitpicks nickel plated circs
notes: jmco, tube socks, afterthought heel

random thought: ¬†i want to avoid 100% merino socks. ¬†they just don’t cut it. ¬†a good number of mine eventually fell apart. ¬†i may just ¬†knit in some reinforcement on the heels and toes (because i have so much super wash merino)….OR…use wool/nylon blends for the toes and heels!

well hello there!

22 10 2014

look! knitting!


2×2 ribbed socks
pattern: my own
knitpicks yarn
started: unknown
needles: US #1 2.25 mm knitpicks nickel plated options
notes: jmco 12, increased to 64.¬† basic 2×2 rib.

i love the idea of blogging again. i was finishing up the first sock of this pair and couldn’t remember how to do an invisible bo…so i looked up my tutorial! couldn’t help myself and practically read the entire blog. (sigh).

also my friend becky, aka “momma”, started a blog of her own: endurance epicurean.

see you again soon?

more socks for the hubster

21 01 2011
amazing how quickly one finishes projects if they put their mind to it, no? ¬†too many times i’ve found that i flounder when it comes to producing fo’s. ¬†i just don’t have the staying power when it comes to finishing projects – and let’s attribute that to lack of time because i still drool over all knitting and fiber related things.

i’ve been working on these socks for quite a while. ¬†they were started on a weekend that we visited a friend’s chalet on her property in southern ohio. ¬†i was really creative with the name…are you ready for this?….

chalet socks for aaron
pattern: my own (my ravelry link)
yarn: geez…can’t remember and i can’t find the ballband!!
started: november 2010
needles: US 2.25 knitpicks nickel plated circs
notes: measure twice, knit once.  toe up, co 12, incr to 60, my own
cable pattern,short row heel, 1x1rib cuff with tubular bind-off

cryptic note? ¬†measure twice, knit once. had i been a good blogger i would have chronicled my follies. ¬†long story short, i knit the foot too long. ¬†it was *a pain* picking up stitches and snipping off the toe…i tried to save the yarn at first, but gave up shortly thereafter since it didn’t frog smoothly (think of the agony of pulling the length of theyarn through each loop rather than easy peasy frogging).

lesson? pay attention!! and measure twice before you move on to the next part of the sock, else you create more work for yourself. ¬†by the way…the picture? ¬†courtesy of my phone camera. ¬†amazing what good light will do for a photo!

new wip – socks for my dh

3 01 2011


first 2011 wip – hp socks for dh
looks like more frequent blogging will commence at the expense of picture quality
…look for more “lap pictures”…i’ll try for better photo shoots later ūüôā

my husband’s love for knitted socks has evolved over time.¬† at first he wasn’t too keen on the wild colors and wooly feel. but i slowly added hand knitted socks into his drawer (and he truly appreciated the time i put into my quest to keep HIS feet warm).

anyway, knitting production dropped drastically in 2009-10 and as a result, the wool socks in his rotation were starting to wear out.¬† i pulled a pair with a large hole at the toe and put them in my darning pile…imagine my surprise when he pulled his foot out of his shoe – wearing the offending sock!¬† when asked why he was wearing them, he sheepishly replied, “my feet were cold and i HAD to wear my knitted socks!”

suffice it to say, i’m amping up knitting production on his socks.¬† these are knitted in a special edition harry potter colorway in hedgewig of opal.¬† i’m leaning toward nylon blend yarn these days since the all merino sock yarns tend to wear rather quickly.¬† (don’t you think so too? in fact, i’m knitting in wooly nylon into toes and heels of that yarn since i’ve had so many sock fails…er…holes…recently).

knitting notes: cuff down, co72 using long tail cast on, k2p2 cuff, start cable pattern (my own)