Saturday, September 29, 2007

FO...Stansfield 16 socks in STR

All first pair of socks in Blue Moon Fiber Arts' Socks That Rock. The colourway is Scottish Highlands and it's their medium weight yarn, which is quite thick, I must say. I knit them on a size 2 needle and it knit to 8 sts/inch. I'm sure they will be quite warm. The pattern is from More Sensational Knitted Socks and is Stansfield 16. It's a basket weave that was simple to memorise. I have about 26 grams of yarn left over and I'm considering adding some form of border at the top of the cuff. I made this a bit on the short side as I didn't know if I'd have enough to finish both socks. Given that I wear a size 10 shoe, I'm always worried about that. Yes, I know, I could knit them toe up, but I'm not overly fond of that technique.

The socks-in-progress are in Lorna's Laces Shepard Sock in a colourway called "Cornucopia", which is available from the nicest enabler on eBay, emtnestr. I'm about to cast on the second sock and am using a size 1 needle. The pattern is a simple garter rib. I hope to have the second sock done by tomorrow...we'll see!

I'm starting to appreciate patterns that are quite simple and allow the yarn to be the centre of attention. For more intricate patterns I'll stick to solids, especially after the Country Girl socks I made (see post below). These socks took 4 days to complete.

Friday, September 21, 2007

FO...Tilting at Windmills socks

Here are last week's socks! The pattern is "Tilting at Windmills" designed by Melissa Morgan-Oakes. They were a breeze to make! The yarn is Claudia Handpainted Yarn in Blue Terra Cotta. It's gorgeous yarn; the colours are lovely and it's so very soft. With my rather big feet, I was able to complete the pair with a few yarns leftover from each skein. Oh, and I love my new sock blockers from The Loopy Ewe!

I hope to have another pair finished this weekend and will post them. The new socks are Stansfield 16 (from More Sensational Knitted Socks) in Socks That Rock Scottish Highlands medium weight. Stay tuned!

Monday, September 10, 2007

More FOs...

I've been just a bit busy...

Here's my version of the Classic Elite Interlude Lace Wrap done in their Classic Silk yarn. I made this for the CEY Knit-a-long that goes with their new web letter. The yarn is a blend of cotton, silk, and nylon and is gorgeous stuff! I used 7 full balls of yarn and a size 7 needle. I added repeats to make the shawl wider than what the pattern called for and to compensate for the slightly lighter weight yarn. This shawl, like all the others, was donated to the local cancer centre.

The socks are made in Lorna's Laces "Gelato", which was an exclusive colourway for my favourite eBay enabler, emptnestr. It worked up a bit oddly, as you can see from the various pooling in the photo, but I quite like it! The pattern is Heartstring's Country Girl. Not the best pattern for the yarn, but they're done and I'm not frogging them!