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My first pair of socks finally came off the needles the other day, and I love them.  They are a little big on me, even though my gauge was spot-on at 8 stitches per inch.  I can only guess that they are sized for a woman with a slightly larger foot than my 6 1/2 foot feet.  Next time I knit these, I’ll switch to a size 0 set of needles. Actually, they fit my brother-in-law perfectly, and he is a size 8 1/2 men’s:

So now he is the proud owner of a new pair of socks, which I made him model for me…

Although, there is something about the coziness of a slouchy sock, so I may be borrowing them from time to time.  They would be perfect for wearing inside a pair of winter boots, or while lounging around in leggings and a t-shirt.

The pattern was very simple and straight-forward to follow – most of it is mindless stockinette, with the exception of the heel, gusset, and toe shaping.  It was a standard 64 stitch sock, and the trickiest part of the whole thing was picking up the 16 heel-flap stitches without creating a gusset hole.  They tell you to pick up an extra stitch in each corner to avoid the hole, but I picked up 2 and then just decreased the extra stitch on the next full stockinette round.  It worked!

The only modification I made to the pattern was to decrease the ribbing at the top to 1″ instead of 2″ – the rest of the pattern was knit as written.  It was definitely a fun experience watching the sock take shape; I can’t wait to knit another (striped!) pair with my new Palette and Imagination yarn from Knit Picks.

Here are the details:

  • Pattern: Super-Simple Sock Pattern by Allison Sarnoff (free knitting pattern!)
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll in Basalt Heather, 1.3 skeins
  • Needles: Size US 2 dpns.
  • Helpful Hints: For a smaller foot, I suggest going down a needle size or two.

Have a great weekend! ~J

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One of my favorite things in the world is when a new shipment of fiber arrives at my door.  A few days ago, this lovely little package from Knit Picks was found waiting on my doorstep!

Would you like to see what I bought?

Four skeins of worsted-weight Simply Organic Cotton:

{colors: ginger & toffee}

6 skeins of DK weight Cotlin yarn:

{colors: linen & moroccan red}

Two balls of fingering weight Palette:

{colors: mulberry & lipstick}

And last, but certainly the funniest, a hank of fingering weight Imagination yarn:

{color: evil stepmother.}

The Palette and Imagination yarns will be turned into socks and a beret; all of the other yarn is for a top secret project I am working on…

I can’t wait to start playing! ~J

{P.S. Thanks for the birthday gift certificate, Dad & Pam!}

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Knitters, I hope you are doing your arm and wrist stretches, because tomorrow marks the start of the 2010 Ravelympics!  From February 12-28th, Ravelry knitters can compete in quirky events such as the Single Skein Speed Skate (projects of just one skein/hank), the Giant Slalom-Ghan (afghans, blankets, throws), and the Hat Half Pipe (all things hats and heads).  I am entering the Montauk Throw into the WIP-Dancing Event – works in progress not touched since January 12th. It is about time this project came off the needles, and the Ravelympics is just the motivation I need…

So here’s the challenge: 7 balls of yarn, 861 yards of fiber.  Finish knitting the blanket, weave in all ends and photograph the finished object before the end of the Ravelympics on February 28th.

This means, during the next two weeks, there will be no new casting on, no more working on other knitting projects – just knitting rows and rows of gray garter-stitch.  Wish me luck!

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…is a scarf for my step-sister Allyson.  Ally is such a sweetheart – she is the kind of person you just can’t help but smile around.   Last time she came down for a visit, I noticed that her gray and purple fleece perfectly matched some Knit Picks yarn I had sitting in my stash. Inspired by her color choices (and anxious to use up some of my stash) I offered to knit her a scarf.  She happily accepted.

The scarf is named Streifen, which is the German word for stripes, and here I am modeling it in my fanciest blue sweatshirt.  The gray works well as a neutral with the purple, don’t you think?  I used 1 ball each of Knit Picks Swish Worsted in the colors Wisteria and Coast Gray, knitting them on size US 10.5 straight needles.

It started out as plain stockinette with seed-stitch ends, but in true stockinette form, the sides kept curling under.  So I whipped out my size 10 crochet hook and worked single crochet stitches up one side of the scarf, being sure to work it into the very end stitch of each color change row (and into the seed stitch rows as well). Then I doubled back down, this time working a double crochet stitch into each sc.  I repeated this on the other side, which gave the scarf a pretty, delicate edge:

Then I gave it a good blocking, and not only was the curling issue resolved, but the yarn took on a beautiful drape and became extra light and soft.   This will definitely be a great winter-to-spring transition piece for her.

Next time I’ll forgo the seed stitch ends and just do the sc/dc around the entire perimeter of the scarf in order to give it a more cohesive look.  But despite its quirkiness, I still love it.  Hopefully Ally will too…

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