Hiya. Thank you for all the birthday wishes to hubs. He had fun reading them. 😀
So remember how at the end of last year I started loving dpns again? The love intensified when I found Lantern Moon Sox Stix. I bought my first two sets from Cristi who was destashing; and, that’s it. I’m officially HOOKED on them. The ones I got from Cristi are ebony wood. I then went and purchased a rosewood set from The Loopy Ewe but I don’t love them as much as I do the ebony. They’re ok, just sharper and I don’t really like sharp needles (as you’ll soon find out). I prefer my needles blunt and rounded. Like me. 😉
As my last FO of 2008, I made a pair of Knotty Gloves on the Sox Stix. These are my first gloves. With fingers, that is. I have always made mittens or fingerless or wristwarmers. Never full-fingered gloves. Can you say LOVE?? And, WARMTH??
I used some gorgeous STR Mediumweight that I got from Cristi a couple of years ago in one of our Bday swaps. The colorway is Backstabber. No, she wasn’t trying to tell me something. I hope. LOL Ain’t it gorgeous though??
- Source: Free pattern on Rav
- Yarn: Socks that Rock, Mediumweight (0.7 of the skein; about 266 yds)
- Color: Backstabber
- Cost: This yarn was a gift but since it usually costs around $21, the gloves come out to about $14.70.
- Needles: US 2.5
- Started: December 10, 2008
- Finished: December 30, 2008
- Mods: I used larger needles and a heavier yarn to fit my large hands.
During my holiday vacay, I cast on for a pair of New England socks (from Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush). I used some Koigu yarn I’d gotten from the Yarn Tree when they had all of their Koigu on sale because they will not be carrying it anymore.
Koigu never has enough yardage for my size 11 feet, so I did the heels and toes in a solid-colored Louet.
I love the star-shaped toe on these socks so much that I’m using it on all of my top-down socks from now on. It’s so easy to do (you just k2tog at 4 even points every other row until you have half the sts left, then dec every row until you have about 8 sts left – no grafting!) plus it fits my feet better than a square toe.
These are my first 2009 FO. I could’ve probably finished them in 2008 but I was too busy reading (yah, I got roped in). 😉
New England Socks
- Source: Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush
- Yarn: Koigu KPPPM (2 skeins) in a speckled blue and Louet Gems Pearl in Neptune (.15 skeins)
- Needles: Used US 1.5 ndls for the leg and US 1 ndls for the heel and foot
- Cost: Koigu = $9.75 * 2 = $19.50; Louet = $8 * .15 = $1.20; Total cost: $20.70
- Started: December 25, 2008
- Finished: January 4, 2009
- Mods: None really except for the two different sized needles.
So it seems I got my holidays confused or something. I knit a pair of halloween socks when it’s almost Christmas!
Mary Ann (knittingleftie) had an extra skein of Wollmeise sock yarn in the Thriller colorway. Since I only had one other skein, I decided to buy it from her.
I was in the mood to cast on for new things with new yarn so I immediately cast on for these Slippery Socks from Knitty. The pattern is well written and easy to follow. I also decided to use dpns instead of magic loop for these (since I was on a roll with my dpns from the last project). AND…..these are knit TOP DOWN!! I hadn’t knit top down socks in quite a while. In fact, I usually turn top-down patterns around and knit them toe-up.
Once, I’d finished these socks and put them on, I said to myself, “Now, really Rosi, are you going to wear these LOUD ASS SOCKS???”
I sold them to my coworker for the cost of the yarn. She said her daughter will love them. I hope she wears them in good health.
BTW, the winners of my Scramble contest are: Karen S. Denise D., and Jen C. Congrats, ladies, and thanks for playing!! 😀
- Source: Knitty
- Size: US 10 – 11 Shoe
- Yarn: Wollmeise Sockenwolle 100% superwash 0.64 of a skein, 368 yds). I have enough yarn left over to make a kids pair of socks or adult anklets. Wollmeise is generous with the yardage!
- Color: Thriller
- Needles: US 1.5 dpns
- Cost: $16
- Started: November 16, 2008
- Finished: December 3, 2008
- Mods: None.
The Sidewinders are FINALLY done!! THANK THE HEAVENS!!! I was sick of these socks taking up room in my knitting basket making me look all unaccomplished!! LOL
These socks are not necessarily difficult but I was quite upset that they didn’t FIT when I finished the first that I waited an entire year to knit the second sock! That’s my one finished Ravelympics WIP.
- Source: Nona Knits
- Size: 9M
- Yarn: Gedifra Socks Color, 345 yds.
- Color: Greens
- Needles: US 1.5
- Cost: $6.56
- Started: August 1, 2007
- Finished: August 11, 2008
- Mods: none.
I have a way more exciting FO for you than these socks tho. And way prettier, IMHO!
The Lace and Cable Top! It’s DONE!! YAAAY! I LOVE IT! I have only one complaint: I think the boat neckline is too wide and it falls off the shoulders (one or the other shoulder, but not both at once). I may have to seam up a bit on each end.
I really like the fit of it. The yarn that I used, Elann Luna, really feels great against the skin. One thing tho, you have to be careful not to snag the top on anything: your bag, the seat on the train, your chair at work, etc. Cuz the yarn is soooo splitty that even knit up if it gets caught, that piece won’t look too pretty!
The lace repeats are very easy to remember so it is a very fast knit (if that’s all you have on your needles, but we all know that I have that KADD!).
Here’s a gratuitous boob shot close-up of the lace:
Right now I’m trying to finish up a quick baby blanket that my cousin asked me to make for her to take the baby out of the hospital with. She asked me last Saturday. She’s due September 1st. Oy. WISH ME LUCK!!!!
Lace and Cable Top
- Source: Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2008
- Size: 40.5″ to fit a 44″ bust
- Yarn: Elann Luna
- Color: Fresh Cream, #5052
- Needles: US 6 & 7
- Cost: $17.56
- Started: July 17, 2008
- Finished: August 17, 2008
- Mods: The neckline is too wide so I had to sew an inch on either side.