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sock yarn and playing catch-up January 2, 2007

Filed under: catch-up,Christmas,knitting,news,recap — Ren @ 6:01 pm

first of all, my online friends and readers are the best. you all write such kind and encouraging things! it has been wonderful getting to know each and every one of you through your blogs and comments and i look forward to continuing to do so. happy new year to all of you!! (i’m in a brighter mood today, can you tell?)

i am incredibly excited to present to you my very first ball of kool-aid hand-dyed yarn. this is the sock yarn (knitpicks bare) i got from the dutchicans shower/KAL back in early november from jill. i would have dyed it sooner, but that would have been difficult to do without a kitchen! i’m really quite pleased with it; it turned out very well and i can hardly wait to knit with it (it’s three packets of pink lemonade and a half of strawberry, just so i remember).

this is where i need help, though. i’ve never knit socks before and i’m really looking for a good first sock pattern. it doesn’t have to be “easy,” just clear and simple to understand. any ideas? i know that some of you are avid sock knitters and i know you have favorites! i’d love to hear them! ^^

now, back to my catching up on holiday knits. i need to finish blogging about everything from 2006, so i can get to new things for 2007.

dad’s booties
pattern: http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/maggieslippers.html
yarn: lion brand wool-ease color oxford grey (double stranded, two skeins)
needles: size 9 straights
size: dad’s feet sized! 11in x 4in
modifications: i made them larger than the pattern called for; dad has long, narrow feet so i had to measure and account for that. they fit his feet perfectly, though!
comments: dad had been bugging me for a pair of knitted booties since about august. at the beginning of december i realized that i should probably make sure i could get them done in time for Christmas, so i made one, writing down my modifications and everything. well, then i got caught up knitting other things. come Christmas Eve, i still had only one bootie knit… i knit the entirety of the second bootie (following my now cryptic modifications) on the ride home from my grandparents’ house. dad never knew the difference. and he loves them. what a happy ending! ^^

paola’s scarf
pattern: http://sheepinthecity.prettyposies.com/archives/000079.html
yarn: malabrigo color peach tree (1 skein only)
needles: size 10.5 straights
size: umm, i don’t remember. maybe 4in x 56in?
modifications: none
comments: it took forever to find a perfect yarn for this scarf, but the malabrigo is so soft and very good to work with. i had never wound a hank into a ball before; it was pretty fun. this stitch pattern was really easy once i got going and the finished product was quite warm and cozy. also, paola really liked it. ^^

dishtowel (and dishcloth)
pattern: both from mason dixon knitting
yarn: sugar n’ cream color wine
needles: size 6 straights
size: 20in x 14in or so
modifications: none, just the yarn and needles.
comments: i do like how this turned out, it was just a pain to knit. i’m glad it’s done!

jack’s ensemble
i’m not really going to post stats for this one because i wrote/greatly modified the patterns myself and have them written down in my notebook. maybe one day i’ll post them up here, but i can tell you that it won’t be today! i think jack is adorable in his new clothes, though, and nina sure liked them, too! ^^

i’m getting close to the end, i promise!

church charity hat (#3)
pattern: my own: CO 72 sts, work around for a while, decrease and cinch
yarn: red heart super saver color dark sage (double stranded)
needles: size 10.5 16in circular and DPNs
comments: i don’t really like making hats. i don’t know why, it’s just not that fun for me. but i started this one at a Bible study before Christmas, so i figured i should at least finish it. i may have to knit another one before it’s all said and done so that i can use up the skein. maybe i’ll try the crochet one that everyone else makes…

and last, but certainly not least…

red scarf project scarf
pattern: http://www.sunshineknitdesigns.com/new_page_4.htm
yarn: lion brand wool-ease color black (double stranded) and chunky color red
needles: size 10.5 straights
size: 6in x 61in
modifications: well, i accidently messed up the stripe pattern, so i just ended up doing a random striping and i liked that just as well. ^^
comments: i’ve been wanting to knit a scarf for the red scarf project (KAL here) for quite a while but hadn’t had any red yarn or any time for other projects. now i do! i really like the cause for this one; transitioning to college can be hard for anyone.

i am finally done and ready to start fresh for 2007 knitting! yaaay!

p.s. i just found out i won a prize from the soaring eagles project blog. how exciting!!!!

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5 Responses to “sock yarn and playing catch-up”

  1. Splindarella Says:

    I just checked out the results of the Soaring Eagles drawing and CONGRATULATIONS!! You’re one of the prize winners! :) When I showed my husband, he said “Isn’t that the girl who said she never wins anything?” LOL I hope you enjoy your prize, Ren — what a nice way to start off the new year!

  2. Kelly Says:

    ohhhh you are just a knitting wonder. Can’t wait to see what you make this year.
    As for socks I would suggest just plain stockinette or ribbing for your first pair, so you can get to know the different parts of the sock. I can’t wait for you to become a sock addict!!!

  3. jill Says:

    Try this site for all sorts of sock knitting info: http://www.socknitters.com/directory.htm .

    You know I’ll help via email if I can…socks are among my favorite knits. ;o)

    Congrats on the win! Seems you have a lucky streak going.

  4. hakucho Says:

    Gosh…you have been busy. Everything is so beautiful. I just love jack’s outfit. Paddington bear must be very jealous!

    Your dyed yarn came out wonderful…that’s on my list as well as trying out sock knittng. I’ll be interested in what pattern you pick out to do. Not sure what one I’m going to try yet….

    Keep on knitting and I know you must be enjoying your time off from school.
    Enjoy!!

  5. Nora Says:

    The yarn looks fantastic – well done. My first socks were a k2, p2 rib all the way down to the heel and then a St st foot.
    Also, I found this tutorial very helpful:
    http://www.knitty.com/issuespring05/ FEATsocks101.html
    (remove space between / FEAT)


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