Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Squirrel!

My Ekornsokkene are finished, and I'm happy. It's my first FO for the One Sock KAL.

Ekornsokkene FO modeled

This was a fun pattern to knit. The colorwork band on the foot was so interesting, I rotated it on the second sock to show off the entire band on the tops of the socks. Here's the two tops.

Top o' the socks

And here's the two soles. It was interesting how the jog at the end of each round distorted the X motif more than the double-eight pretzel motif.

Sole o' the socks

Curiously, despite the sprightly squirrels on the legs, as the stripes progressed the socks began to remind me of woolly bear caterpillars, in a good way.

Ekornsokkene FO

It's said woolly bear caterpillars can predict the severity of the coming winter. I can never remember precisely how, something about the thickness of their color segments. No matter, this week's weather forecast is for sweltering summer temperatures!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Late to the Party

Somehow I missed the grand blast-off on May 16 of the One Sock Knit-along, which is ongoing through May 31 on Ravelry and on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook (#onesockKAL). How can this be? Perhaps I've been so focused on Sock Madness that an opportunity to reduce the membership of the Singleton Socks of Shame almost slipped by. Or perhaps I'm just fashionably late getting started.

Ekornsokkene singleton

No matter, I'm jumping in with Ekornsokkene by Pinneguri. When last seen in January, the sock was merely a leg; now, after the difficulties of February, it's in danger of joining the SSofS. That will not do! *knitknitknitknit*

Thursday, May 19, 2016

I Got Nuttins

It finally stopped raining roundabout Exit 151, and I finally finished my Sweet Nuttins – ahead of the Sock Madness Round 4 deadline but 35 minutes too late to earn a spot to advance to Round 5. I even had the requisite late night, bad light FO photo.

Late night, bad light

When better light dawned, I took a modestly better photo to show off the socks' ruffled cuff, cables, lace, and patterned gusset. I don't know why the yarn (Lorna's Laces Solemate, colorway 809 Midway) looks so very different under different lighting conditions.

Sweet Nuttins FO

Shortly thereafter the new pattern for Round 5 dropped, and the competition went on without me. Which left me free to modify the pattern and put my stash in order, up next. Edited to add: Squirrel!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Bit O' Everything

Round 4 of Sock Madness started with a bang – the specs announcement and the pattern drop happened in quick succession! The pattern is Sweet Nuttins by Adrienne Fong. It's got a bit o' everything.

There's an interminable German Twisted Cast On, also known as the Old Norwegian CO. I was starting to feel like an Old Norwegian with this one, and so was my yarn. The extra twist in the CO was un-plying the soft yarn I'm using, Lorna's Laces Solemate. I misplaced the band, so don't know the colorway. Edited to add: Ravelry remembers! The colorway is 809 Midway.

Interminable German Twisted CO

The interminable CO in due course turns into a ruffle. As I usually wear handmade socks with pants, I'd rather not have ruffles on my midcalf socks. When this round is over, I plan to remove it. After the ruffle comes beads. I hated the beads I'd selected, so had to rush to the store to find more suitable ones. I like these, which to me are reminiscent of blueberries amid swirling vanilla ice cream.

Beaded leg

Not to mention there's cables and lace, an interminable patterned eye of partridge heel flap, and patterned gussets. But that's for next time. *knitknitknitknit*

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Highway Improvements

Just like some of the interminable highway improvement projects roundabout Exit 151, progress on Lanesplitter first slowed, then stopped. I noticed the edges of knitting, which in due course become the waist and hem of the skirt, were splaying badly. Splay is great for hyperbolic projects, not so great here.

Splay

With provisional cast ons, splay can happen because of mismatch between the gauge of the CO and the gauge of the work. I frogged back, undid Judy's Magic CO, and tried a crochet CO, above. No soap, still splayed. I was about to do the ultimate fix when the next Sock Madness pattern dropped, so that was the end of that. For now, anyway.