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A long time coming…Seafoam Socks Pattern

I just can’t stop knitting this pattern. It makes me really happy! The pattern is so logical, so easily memorized, so easy to track. I had to make another…

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The Fly Designs Monarch sport on top is my favorite yarn so far. The colors are even more vibrant than in the picture. The yarn is really springy and fun to knit with.

The pattern has been written for a while, but I wasn’t happy with my pictures! Pictures that looked good on the screen didn’t look good coming out of the printer. It’s been a frustrating couple days, but I think I have what I want now.

The pattern is available as a pdf download for $5 US through Ravelry. See the pattern page for more information.

Are we there yet? Seafoam Socks

I love how these turned out. Just the way I wanted…after much trial and error!

seafoam sky

Seafoam Socks
2 skeins Mirasol Hacho, size 2 Lantern Moon ebony Sox Stix

See the waves? The bubbles? And the sea foam at the rippling edges? I like how the pattern doesn’t fight with the variegated yarn. I’m playing with different yarns and gauges to finish writing the pattern; it will be along soon. By the way, I’ve started a sock with the Butternut Woolens sock yarn. Gorgeous! But it’s pretty heavy for a fingering weight yarn. It actually feels heftier than the Hacho, which is listed as dk weight. Funny how fingering can feel thin, thick, or in-between!

One more contortionist picture:

seafoam bamboo

Beach souvenir, and a Lantern Moon event

I bought two skeins of Mirasol Hacho at Coastal Yarns in Cannon Beach, Oregon last year during Crafty Moms Weekend. It’s been sitting in my tiny stash, waiting to become socks. I love dk weight socks; they knit up so quickly.

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When I first started swatching, I tried some lacy patterns, but the lace got lost in the variegated yarn. I thought about my entrelac socks like the ones Anna test knit for me with some Hacho last year (same yarn expedition).

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But I wanted something different. This yarn definitely needs some stockinette to have an opportunity to sing. Here’s what I finally settled on:

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I love the way this is knitting up. The ripples remind me of waves at the beach. Very fitting for a yarn from the coast!

ridge detail

I’m having a lot of fun making this up as I go, and I’m planning to write up the pattern when I’m done.

In local news, Lantern Moon is having an event at their warehouse next Thursday, March 5, 6:30 pm. There will be an opportunity to view January’s TNNA fashion show, local yarn shops showing what’s new and hot in the stores, Leigh Radford signing copies of her new book, AlterKNITS Felts, and refreshments. It’s also an opportunity to purchase Lantern Moon products at 20% off retail prices. Reservations are required; RSVP to diana@lanternmoon.com to let them know you’re coming. It’s no secret that I’m a big Lantern Moon fan; I’ll be there!

Leyburns, encore

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The next thing I did at Crafty Mom weekend: I gave away my Socks that Rock Eggplanted Leyburns. They were just a bit too big for me, but they were perfect for Carole! And after she gave me the fabulously fun needle felting supplies, how could I not give her something wonderful?

But how could I go through life without my own Leyburns?

I can’t. I’m using the Marisol Hacho that I won in Elizabeth’s blogoversary contest. The colorway is Peacock. I wasn’t sure I’d like this colorway in a “normal” pattern because of the red and green together, but I was pretty sure I’d like it with the Leyburn’s slip stitch pattern. And I do.

hacho leyburn

Like the Eggplanted Leyburns, these are knit from the cuff down. These are on 48 stitches; the last ones were on 54. This is a much snugger fit. Perfect! I used the same twisted edge as the last ones, except I knit 6 rows of garter instead of 4 before twisting. I like the oomphier rolled edge.

hacho leyburn top

The only thing I didn’t love is how the red pooled at the top of the ankle while I was decreasing my gusset stitches. (The bottom of the gusset pooled blue and green, which looks great.) I know this is a function of my round heel (flap and gusset), but I like the fit of this heel better than the short row heel I used last time. I’ll live with it; it’s a sock! One down, one to go.

Oh, I made my first Leyburns with Lantern Moon Sox Stix, ebony size 2, 5 inches long. These were nice to work with, but just a bit too short for the way I hold my needles. I rest the far end of the needle against the pinky side of my hand, and these were poking me there. As a research project, I bought some 6 inch long Sox Stix, and I like them much better! I’m pleased that there’s a choice offered. I don’t mind knitting on my old 7 inch birch needles, but this keeps me from having to slide stitches as far to the working end of the needle. And I love working with ebony. The 6 inch needles will be my go-to needles for socks, since most of my socks are on dk or sport weight.

sox stix

Would you like to try the 5 inch Sox Stix? Leave a comment on this post, and I’ll have a drawing for them on Monday, February 16. Good luck!

Wash day…

is inventory day.

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These are all my wool socks. For a true sockaholic, it’s not many. But for me, it’s a lot! Four out of the five pairs were knit within the last year. I don’t love knitting socks, but sport or dk weight yarn makes it palatable.

I just remembered, I have 2 pairs of cotton socks from way back, too. And two pairs of dk weight socks planned for knitting this weekend. (It’s Crafty Mom Weekend at the beach.) I guess I should stop saying that I’m not a sock knitter. I’m just not a skinny yarn, toothpick needles sock knitter!

moment of truth

I finished the single entrelac sock with the Sheep Shop Yarn Company’s Sheep Feet DK. (Shop model)

sheep feet entrelac

It’s a riot of color! The sun came out today, so I had to shoot outside to make the most of it.

entrelac close

This is fun yarn to knit with, very springy and smooth. What I really wanted to know: Could I get two socks out of one skein? At 100 grams/218 yards, it looked iffy. And the answer is…

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No. At least, not two socks in this size, this pattern. My scale tells me that there were really only 92 grams in this hank of yarn, not sure where the other 8 went. The sock weighs 53 grams. The leftover yarn weighs 39. Even if there were the reported 100 grams, the sock still takes more than half. ‘Tis a pity, because it’s so lovely. Good thing I only needed one. I’m guessing I could get a pair of plain stockinette anklets out of one ball.

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Check out the way the colors pooled/flashed on the foot. This is the sole.

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And this is the instep.

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I like the way the color zigzags; it echoes the zigzag of the entrelac. I don’t know if it would do it again, and I guess I won’t find out, but it’s sweet!

Sock rescue mission

One of my original entrelac socks has been working as a shop model over at Twisted since last summer. This week I realized that I’d really like to be *wearing* that sock. I brought it home yesterday, and it has been reunited with its mate.

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It’s a little stretched out from being on the foot mannequin, but a trip through the wash should even things out.

I still do want a model in the shop, so I’m making one with Sheep Feet from Sheep Shop Yarn Company. It’s a dk weight yarn, very similar in weight and feel to the Yarntini that I used before. And the colors are glorious! This colorway is called spring. I love how vibrant it is.

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I’m a little worried about the put up, though. It’s 100 grams, 218 yards (199 meters). I’m only making one sock, but I’m not sure if there’s enough yarn for two, because entrelac takes a bit more yarn. I’ll weigh the sock and leftover yarn when I’m done. I’m so pleased to have a new digital kitchen (yarn) scale for that. Thanks, Sis!

Knitting around in circles

Pippi 3 is off the needles.

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It looks just like Pippi the first, right?

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Almost! The Cashmerino Aran colors are really rich and and seem to glow. I wouldn’t call it Aran weight, though. It’s a very nice worsted. Note the slightly shorter earflaps. And now that I’m looking at the picture, I see that I used double crochet instead of half double crochet on the edging! Oops. I’m not a crocheter, really, and I mis-remembered how to do it. I like the way it looks, though. I love this pattern, but after three hats, I’m definitely ready to move on.

What next? I started my Athena for me.

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Lest you think that I am in a rut (three of the same thing, and three of the same thing?), I have another thing in the queue after Athena:

eggplanted

My friend Susan gave me these Lantern Moon Sox Stix for Christmas. Size 2! I guess that means I need to knit some somewhat skinny yarn socks. I bought some Socks That Rock Mediumweight (still not ready for the really skinny stuff); this color is “Eggplanted.” There’s a KAL on Ravelry for the Leyburn Socks, so I’ll start with that idea and see if it flies.

Sock it to me

I know that I’ve said that I’m not a sock knitter. Tiny needles, skinny yarn, ugh. Especially bad because I tend to knit loosely, which means I have to use even tinier needles for sock yarn. I have been known to dabble in the land of sport, dk, worsted, and chunky weight socks, but for socks to really fit well in shoes, skinnier yarn is preferable.

The Yarn Harlot posted an interesting challenge yesterday for sock knitters. Apparently, Tracy at Stringativity managed to get a picture of Barack Obama with her knitting, and the Yarn Harlot would like to see more of this kind of activity. She is offering an incentive. This made me want to cast on a sock, just to be ready. I pulled out some gorgeous sock yarn that had been in the stash for an awfully long time, 10 years, I think. I cast on to size zero needles, knit ribbing and 12 rows of Spring Forward. The fabric was too tight. Woohoo, I could move up to size 1 needles! But as I began to rip out my knitting, I came to a part where the yarn was frayed. Hmmm, I must have split it while knitting. I started knitting on the size 1 needles, new yarn from the ball. Another frayed spot, 3 rounds into the ribbing. And then another. I rewound the entire ball, and there were several bad spots in the yarn. I’m not blaming the yarn; I didn’t take especially good care of it while it was in my stash (just hanging out in a dusty basket in the previously un-air conditioned upstairs). But I really don’t think it would be wise to knit a pair of socks with it and expect them to put up with hard wear. Too bad; the colors were glowingly gorgeous jewel tones. I now have several small balls of it, because I started winding a new ball each time I came to a break or frayed spot.

The only other fingering yarn in my stash (gave up on those socks, too) may end up being Endpaper Mitts because I only have one 50 gram ball of each color.

In the meantime, what’s this?

blue string

I believe it’s going to be a Monteagle String Bag from Mason-Dixon Knitting. It’s 2nd Time Cotton from Knit One Crochet Two, and it’s not expensive. 75% recycled cotton (new, from the garment industry) and 25% acrylic, 100 grams in the skein.

I’m feeling like I want to start several projects, which is strange for me, because I’m fairly monogamous when it comes to projects. The Central Park Hoodie is coming along nicely; do I really want to start some distractions? Monteagle bag, socks, Endpaper Mitts…I sense trouble ahead!

You can’t make me knit socks…

but I seem to have knit a lot of them.

One of the cool things about living in Portland is having Powell’s City of Books right here. It’s the largest used and new bookstore in the United States, covering a full city block. The kids and I went there yesterday to sell several years’ accumulation of excess bookage. We came out with $190. Only $42 of it was mine. I restrained myself in the very well-stocked knitting section, and bought one book. It’s Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch.

I still don’t consider myself a sock knitter, but I seem to have knit a lot of socks, and designed some, too! So I thought I’d learn about some alternate construction techniques. I really want to try a toe-up sock with a heel stitch flap *under* the heel, because that’s where my socks wear out. But you can’t make me give up my dpns. No magic loop or two circulars for me; I’m big on that knitting with sticks, Little House on the Prairie experience.

My other favorite sock book is Folk Socks by Nancy Bush. I love all the heel and toe options and explanations, along with the beautiful patterns.

I won’t tell you how many other sock books I have. Because I’m not a sock knitter. Really.