Friday, March 21, 2014

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

FO: Canyon Flower Socks

Consider the subtitle to this post "Ode to Elizabeth Bishop." Or maybe just "One Art: Part 1." The hardest part about moving cross country is that there's always people and places left behind. Let's just say I was especially missing the splendid colors of a New Mexico sunset when I knit these socks for the TFA Holiday KAL.

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Pattern: Fair Isle Flower Sock by Candice DeWitt
Yarn: TFA Blue Label OOAKs (Canyon & Blue Iris)

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They've been finished for nearly two weeks now and even worn and laundered. Just took awhile to document them here. Slowed, no doubt, by my scramble to finish up a pair of KAL mitts by this Friday and some covert holiday knitting.

Don't get me wrong: Minnesota is home and always will be... Yet, January is sure to be good sock knitting weather and I have a pair of Maryland socks in mind. Albuquerque and Baltimore — two lovely cities.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

FO: Second Socks for Izzy

Let the kiddo pick out her own sock yarn at Michaels — the right price-point for a growing teen with a tendency to be extra tough on her clothes. I'll give it to her: Izzy located a skein with cashmere in it.

Pattern: Yarn Harlot's Sock Recipe
Yarn: Loops & Threads Luxury Sock (Ocean)

These socks also mark a first: major surgery. When both pairs were done, Izzy tried them on...only to discover that I'd made the foot too short. So I snipped apart the toes, ripped back to the start of the toe decreases, added a good 1/2", and then finished them up again. Can't tell you how clever it made me feel.

Friday, November 8, 2013

FO: Primavera Socks

It's Friday night and I have a new FO — what better way to kick off the weekend?

No chance of my new love affair with socks waning after this pair. These are now hands-down (feet-down?) my new favorite socks. To start, there's the yarn — isn't it lovely? Not sure how she manages it, but that Tanis continues to outdo herself with each Etsy update.

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Yarn: TFA Blue Label in Yellow Tartan (OOAK)
PatternPrimavera Socks by natalja 

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Then, the pattern: Easy to memorize and with a six-row repeat, it's the definition of potato-chippy. (Just one more repeat...) I also really like the look of the heel flap with the 2-stitch garter edging; tidy and makes picking up stitches easy-peasy.

Since this is a knitting blog, guess I should mention the two mods I made: Changed the p3tog to Sl1, P2 tog, psso (much easier on my hands) and added slip stitches between the garter ridges to make the heel sturdier.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

FO Parade: Blue Iris Rivercats

So that sock pattern that wasn't quite right for the If a Tree Falls colorway I got at Yarnover? It was perfect for this OOAK lovely from Tanis Fiber Arts.

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Pattern: Rivercat Sock by Brenda Patipa
Yarn: TFA Blue Label (Blue Iris)


So success on that front, but I should have gone down a needle size. They're a bit big inside shoes, but they will keep my feet toasty at home. Or be great layered over another pair for January outings. As you can see, they're too pretty not to wear.

And this brings our FO Parade to a close. Hoping to keep up better in October.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

FO Parade: Spiced Cotton Reels

Why, yes. You are correct. I did already knit another pair of fingerless mitts this year. But in my defense, I live in Minnesota.

Plus, I used fingering-weight scraps to create these. So I'm feeling all “virtuous” in a waste-not, want-not way. (What's that, you say? My fingers are in my ears, so no, I can't hear you laughing.)

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Pattern: Cotton Reel Mittens by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: TFA Blue Label (Plum and Spice)

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What do you do with your yarn scraps? I've got lots more itching to become something...

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

FO Parade: If a Nutkin Falls...

Nothing like washing away the taste of an FO Fail with a great pairing of yarn and pattern, is there?

I got this lovely skein at Yarnover last April. My first choice didn't work so well, but I knew to cut my losses early and frog before the heel flap. Love, love, LOVE how these turned out. The pattern is that perfect combination of interesting knitting but easy to memorize. Also, they're clearly too big for Izzy, who's modeling in the photos. Phew, that should keep them safe from sticky fingers.


Pattern: Nutkin by Beth LaPensee
Yarn: Vice Paradigm (If a Tree Falls)

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My current favorite socks. Sure another pair of these is in my future...