Sunday, November 30, 2008

Finally some photos!!

I finished my toe-up Panda Soy socks in cocoa mint!

And I have one fingerless mitt done for my Dad:

This is Lion Brand Wool-Ease in "Forest Green Heather".

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all who read this blog!

I hope to finish knitting my toe-up socks today and I also started a pair of fingerless mitts for my Dad.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

not much new!

Sorry, no new pics today. I'm still working on the toe-up socks and some Christmas knitting projects. I actually bought yarn for another Christmas gift project that I hope to start soon. I'll blog about all the gift knitting after Christmas! Although at the rate I've been knitting, there won't be too much to blog about. But, I'm hoping to complete at least a few projects that I have in mind.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Two toe-up socks in progress

Each sock is patterning very differently! Oh well... keeps it interesting. They will be a very unique pair of socks! The 2nd sock's contrast colors are lining up into zigzags! With the light blue on one side and mint green on the other side.

Here's the top of the socks:
And here's the bottom of the socks:
As you can see, I finished the heel of the first sock, but I was getting quite a hole when I was trying to resume the rounds for the leg, so I want to take it to class and see if our teacher can help me fix that before I go any further. Meanwhile, I am trying to finish the foot, gusset increases and heel of the other sock so that I have both socks at that point before the next class.

Here's a close-up of the 2nd sock:
Sorry, for the bad lighting. It's a cloudy, rainy day this afternoon.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Toe-up progress

Shelby would like to point out the progress I have made on my toe-up sock. I actually cast on another toe and tried increasing by knitting into the front and back of the stitch instead of using the M1 (make 1) increase that we were using in our class. I had much better results with this (less holes). The sock in these photos is the new and improved toe-up sock. I am probably going to frog my other toe and re-knit it. I think it may be because I'm a bit of a loose knitter; I just can't seem to avoid holes when trying to knit an M1 increase.

Here is a close-up of my first toe-up sock:
The yarn is Panda Soy in cocoa mint. This is my first Panda Soy project and I love it! It's knitting up into a very nice, soft fabric.

Shelby is bored with all this talk of toe-up sock knitting:
He's sleeping by my feet now. Have a great Saturday everyone!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Toe-up sock class

Last night, I started my toe-up sock class at yarn-love. It was a lot of fun! I decided to knit fingering weight toe-up socks as soon as I saw this pretty Panda Soy:
There were 6 people in my class, plus the instructor, so it was a little hectic at times with us all asking questions and trying to learn something new and tricky at once, but our teacher was great at answering everyone's questions and helping us all get through our first sock toe!

Here's what I knit during class:
and another view:
I really love this yarn! It was a bit splitty and the first row knitting into the backwards loop cast-on was tricky, but once I got past that it was fine. I've knit with non-wool Crystal Palace Yarns enough that I'm used to working with it. It's so soft and the colorway is beautiful! This colorway is called "cocoa mint".

Our "homework" is to knit the foot up to the ankle before the next class. Basically, we should knit up to the point where we will begin our gusset increases.

I am also working on some Christmas gifts, but I won't post pictures or blog about those here until after Christmas once the gifts are given!!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Mystery Socks are finished!

I started these on October 1st and finished them on October 31st.

The yarn is fuchsia Panda Cotton and this seems to be the best-fitting pair of Panda Cotton socks I have ever knit! I'll know for sure after I wear them the first time. It seems that the cable pattern gives them a nice, snug fit.


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