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Falling Leaves

Pattern: TTL Mystery Sock 2010 by Kristen Kapur

Yarn: Cascade Heritage Paints in Fall Foliage (9801) approx. 63 grams

Needles: 2.75 mm / US 1 1/2

I finished these socks ages ago and it’s taken me until today to actually get pictures of them. These took a embarrassingly long time to knit, mainly because they got hit by two rather large assignments which curtailed most of my knitting.

I knit these magic loop two at a time so I could keep up with the pattern as it was released. The method is surprisingly easy once you have about a inch, the first few rows are a bit difficult. The other great upside is that once you’re done you’ve actually got two wearable socks and there’s no second sock syndrome.

Overall I think I sort of enjoyed knitting these, this was one of my very very few spontaneous knits where I saw the pattern, thought I have yarn and decided to knit it. Most of my projects are meticulously planned months, if not years in advance. The never ending cabling was a little hard not to mention the fact that these languished on the needles for way too long. But they’re done, they’re pretty and they keep my feet warm so I can’t really complain.

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Suse Socks

Pattern: Arch-shaped socks by Jen Showalter

Yarn: Araucania Itata Multi in Green and Gold approx. 61 grams

Needles: 2.5 mm / US 1 1/2

These socks took entirely too long to knit but the finished project is really very nice, though the pictures here really don’t give them justice. Adding it the ribbing on the foot was a bit tricky as the pattern wasn’t written this way bit if you just for it it seems to work out fine. The main reason I picked this pattern is that the recipient, while having a similar foot length as me has slightly narrower feet and I thought that the ribbing would make up for that.

The yarn is very pretty, a wool/bamboo/silk blend. The silk and bamboo give it a beautiful sheen but I found the bamboo makes it a bit crunchy as it knits up and doesn’t move on the needles very well. The final fabric, especially after a wash in Eucalan is very soft and overall I’m very pleased with the outcome.

These socks where #8 in my 10 for 2010 list. I will probably knit another pair at some point for myself, perhaps using some of the mods other people have posted on ravelry.

Some good quality knitting time has been going on the past few days since I started again on Friday. I finished the first clue on the mystery socks on Sunday night. Two at a time definitely becomes easier as you go along, it still takes a little juggling with multiple balls of yarn and cable and so forth but easier than those first awkward rows. I shudder to think about heels though. I also learnt how to do the cables without a cable needle, it helped tremendously and they’re looking good. The yarn is beautiful, really really soft and the colours remind me of fall leaves, a perfect combination for October sock knitting.

The arch socks are coming along nicely as well. I’ve finished the shaping and am now have about an inch before I begin decreasing for the two. I’m very pleased with how they have turned out.

I’m skipping along with the arch shaped socks, I managed 30 rows yesterday which I think is almost halfway done with the foot. I think I might be able to manage to finish them by the end of the week. But I said that two times before and woefully and spectacularly didn’t make it in under the deadline. They are being knit for my boss who since she asked me has left the organization so I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to connect with her to get the socks to her. I made one attempt which didn’t work out but I have plan.

I cast on the mystery socks. Oh god two at a time on magic loop! It looks like a tangled mess. I’ve only done the first row so I have faith it will straighten out and not be so tangled. The first row is always a bit wonky to begin with.

On the other hand, masters news. We were supposed to go out on the research vessel today to do some benthic grabs and essentially have geeky science fun. I was quite looking forward to it until I heard that it has been canceled today.  At first I thought it was because of the weather as there are heavy rain/flash flood warnings for the area but the hearsay seems to be that our course director had some words with the captain and the captain wouldn’t sail. Seems really childish and unfortunate for us students as the opportunity to use the vessel for a design of our own is a really big part of the course and now we’ll only get to go out the once in two weeks times. Sucks much.

My first week as a Masters student went very well, with a lot of work but quite a lot of fun along the way. It helps when you’re a complete science geek and the people around you are too.

I even managed to fit in a little bit of exercise. I went swimming last night with one of my housemates. It was good fun and good exercise but hard work, especially as I’m not that used to it. I’ll definitely go again. I hope I’ll be able to fit a run in this weekend.

In knitting news, the arch shaped socks are languishing on my desk, I haven’t done any knitting on those since I was waiting at London Euston two weeks ago. I will get cracking on those. I’ve also decided to knit Kristen Kapur’s mystery sock because it is fun and I have some sock yarn that doesn’t have a specific destination. I’m going to knit those two at a time so that I can stay abreast of the clues.

Now dinner and the pub.

Flowers of Edinburgh

Pattern: Leyburn Socks by MintyFresh

Yarn: Regia Color 4-ply in Papillion (5025) approx. 74 grams

Needles: 2.75 mm / US 2

I bought the yarn for these socks way back in October of last year, one of the first sock yarns I had bought after completing my first pair. I’m not a huge fan of variegated yarns but an example on Ravelry proved that this would be the perfect yarn for the pattern. I have always eyed this pattern and wanted to knit it, the fact that it is toe up was troubling at first as I’d never done it before. This pattern was a series of firsts for me; first toe up, first short row shaping and first magic loop. All of the firsts are amazing. Being able to try on your socks as you knit them is great; short rows aren’t as hard as they seem at first though I’m still getting to grips with the purl side row (they ended up inside out on my second sock) and magic loop is actually quite simple and there are no dpns to lose or pull out. I’m not sure how you would knit a heel flap on magic loop though so I might stick with my trusty dpns for that.

The pattern itself is written well though can be confusing if you don’t read it carefully. I loved the provisional cast on that is recommended. The lattice pattern is very visually appealing and yet very easy to do, I enjoyed knitting it. The small number of stitches on the foot, at first seemed to be too few but fit my foot wonderfully, I didn’t go all the increases for the leg as it was way too loose so only increased up to 66 stitches for the leg which seems to fit.

Overall I really enjoyed this pattern though it took entirely too long to knit (my fault, not the pattern). I would love to knit again with a more subtly variegated yarn. This was also a 10 in 2010 project so I’m very glad to knock another one off the list.

I have been horribly lazy lately about taking pictures of my completed projects. I’ve got my Leyburns (finished over a month ago no less), my Ishbel (unblocked as well), and a newly completed Icing Swirl Hat all languishing waiting to be prepped and prettied for photo fun. I also hit Webs today (amazing amazing amazing) so I have a ton of yarn to photograph as well, not to mention some other new yarn which didn’t get very good pictures in the last round. It hasn’t helped that it’s been raining since Sunday so I haven’t been able to get outside for any pictures.

In other knitting news, apart from the load of yarn I got at Webs I’m ploughing ahead on the Arch Shaped socks for my boss. I opted for the ribbed foot and am slightly winging it based on pictures of other people’s socks as the pattern isn’t written for it. It’s sort of fun and I really like the pattern, I’ll definitely knit myself a pair in the future.

However in other news, since my last post about laziness I have been swimming twice and went running. Unfortunately the running came right before the rain so I haven’t been able to go since. So a little less laziness on that front for once.

My boss asked me to knit her a pair of socks after she saw the Leyburns I knitted last month (pictures and info soon), she said she’d pay for the yarn and as she is my boss I took the deal. As I finished my Ishbel last night I started to brainstorm a pattern and yarn for her. She’s sort of funky but also a very conservative dresser and outdoorsy person. I settled on the Arch-shaped socks that I’ve looked at for a while, I’ll probably knit it with the mods for more ribbing. I thought it would look nice in some Malabrigo Sock with that subtle variation in colour that I love. So I go to the Webs site and find some really nice Araucania Wool/Silk/Bamboo for about the same price. Then I found some other really beautiful yarns discounted (I love Webs) but I managed to restrain myself as I am going to go to the brick and mortar store once I get home. I did get some Rancho discounted in green as I don’t have a green pair of socks yet.