My last FO for 2018

Yes, I realize there are still six days (including today) left of the year though I’m pretty sure I won’t finish any knitting projects between now and January 1st.  Especially since I only have one on the needles and it’s been in a timeout for a l-o-n-g time.

In fact, I’m desperately trying to find a project I can work on.

But back to the title of this post…

…ta-da!  The latest in the series of Dorothy’s SSSK socks knit in Berroco Comfort Sock yarn.  

I liked the yarn, however, the bluish-grey color was not a continuous ball.  I found four, count ’em, FOUR knots with cut ends and I didn’t even use the entire ball!  Good thing a continuous color was not integral to the pattern.

I was lucky to semi-match the brighter color ball between the pair so the two socks almost match.

Gotta get them ready to mail.

PS  I hope you all had a peaceful, loud, calm, joyful, bright Christmas.

 

I think it’s a winner

Way back in February I started a pair of socks with nylon yarn (Berroco Comfort Sock) for a dear person who can’t wear wool.  Since I was in love with Dorothy’s Slipped Stitch Spiral Knit Sock pattern and knit 7-8 pairs of those socks, I tried it with this yarn but I wasn’t happy with the result.  So I ripped it all out and let it sleep in my knitting basket until I was ready once again to deal with it.  You can read about that February experience here.  Many of you dear readers suggested I step away from it for a day or two.  Several months seemed to work much better for me.

Last week Mr. Aitch and I went to New York City on a bus trip.  I needed a simple, portable knitting project so I cast on the very same yarns for the very same pattern mentioned above and got the ribbing and part of the leg underway before we boarded the bus.

And I was fine with the colors this time.  I used the grey (Hari Hari) as the main/slipped stitch color and heel.  Beach House is the contrast yarn.

Maybe I just needed to take a break from the bright, vivid colors I had been using for that sock pattern to tackle the soft, subdued colors of these two yarns.  And having just finished the grey cardi, I was in the neutral color zone.

It doesn’t really matter what the reason is, I’m just glad to get these socks on the needles.  I turned the heel before we arrived home.  Only eight more rows till I begin the toe shaping then on to the second sock.

Oh, and by the way, these socks are not a Christmas present.  Whew!

You can read about all the socks I’ve knit from this pattern here 1here 2, here 3, here 4, here 5, and here 6+7.

Q and A time

I don’t think I’ve ever snagged a Q and A before but I couldn’t help it when I read this post by Karen from NothingButKnit.

Her knitting mojo (and mine) is on vacation and she thought this Q and A might help find it.  Feel free to answer* regardless of your craft: knitting, crocheting, sewing, painting, photography, or whatever you enjoy…

  1. What technique were you surprised that you enjoyed?
  2. What technique do you want to love but don’t?
  3. What is your favorite item to make?
  4. You’re only allowed to knit with one yarn weight forever. What weight is it and why?
  5. What item that you made is your all time favorite?

My answers:

  1. Colorwork.  My first colorwork project was the Traveler’s Pocket by Nancy Bush.  I LOVED doing colorwork so much that I designed my own pattern based on her design.
  2. Hmmm.  I’m weird in that I’m not a fan of knitting with circular needles but I use them.  In fact I’ll be trying the 2-at-a-time sock technique soon.
  3. Socks.  And shawls are a close second.
  4. Fingering weight as it is so versatile.  It can be held double or triple to make a different weight.
  5. My Dots and Stripes purse is my all time favorite.  My first pair of socks is my second.

*Answer in the comments or link to your blog.  Thanks!

 

Another knitter in the family

Mr. Aitch and I visited with our son and his family while on our vacation

This was the first time that we met our daughter-in-law in person.  She is a delight, very down to earth, generous, super nice and a knitter.

She and I were both pleasantly surprised to learn that we were both knitters.

When my grandmother taught me to knit, it was (what I’ve since discovered) in the “cottage” style of knitting where the knitter would prop the right needle against their hip/waist/underarm for support and move the left needle.  Circular needles don’t offer that type of support.  Dpns don’t really allow for that either as they are usually 5-8 inches long.  Plus they are pretty thin (US 0-2) and very pointy.  Sometimes I stick one end of the dpn into a wine cork so I can still support the sharp point against my body and not poke holes through my clothes (or skin).  I just need to remember to move it as I knit from one needle to the next.

My daughter-in-law has mastered the two-at-a-time socks on circular needles.  I am a double point needle (dpn) sock knitter, however, I want to learn this technique.  During our visit, she gave me two sock knitting books:

The Sock à la Carte (c) 2008 by Jonelle Raffino, Katherine Cade and the SWTC Staff is so unique. 

The book has 17 cuff patterns, 20 body patterns and 18 heel and toe patterns that one can mix and match to create hundreds of different socks.

Part of the book contains flip pages to design your own unique combinations for the cuff, body, heel and toe that refer back to the directions for each section.

The other book 2-at-a-Time Socks (c) 2007 by Melissa Morgan-Oates explains the technique so well that I am going to give it a go. 

With 17 sock patterns included (and the patterns in the other book), I will have many to choose from for my first pair…just as soon as I finish more on my To-Do list.

Are you a sock knitter?  Do you use double point needles, circular needles, 2-at-a-time, or knit flat socks and seam?