October 2007


1. Leftover sock yarn makes tiny, kewt things.

Not-So-Polka-Dot Socks

2. I forgot to mention something in my previous post on the Widdershins pattern. At one point, due to my brilliance I misunderstood the pattern and went searching for help on the interwebs. I came across a blog post describing the Generic Version of Widdershins. As the author states, Widdershins is written for about a size 8 foot. Then it goes on to describe how to customize your ‘shins for your very own! (And the regular pattern is fine, as you can tell, I did figure out where I was messing up and got back on track.)

3. Hubs and I attended our first Prepared Childbirth class last night, and I’m noticing a trend. Is it just me, or do many men seem to have this preconceived notion that childbirth is an out of control, scary chaotic thing?

4. I began collecting my sock yarn minions into one locale for easy monitoring.

playtime

This picture in no way shows how rainy, gloomy, and wonderful the weather (and lighting) is right now.

5. I am enjoying the new series Pushing Daisies (Bionic Woman, not so much). Despite the mildly familiar plot (Tru Calling, k), the characters really shine and we are enjoying Chi McBride’s performance as a less scary P.I. than the intimidating Principal Harper. Since Bones has been moved to Tuesdays, I got something new to watch on Wednesday.

6. I got no more shiny pictures to distract you with. As mentioned before, we’re getting some much needed rain and it is very very cloudy outside.Yay!

7. GO SOX!

That is all.

I don’t know what I thought the widdershins pattern was all about, but I was incorrect in my assumptions. Firstly, Widdershins is a toe up pattern, complete with slip stitch heel flap.

Widdershins

Secondly, I was compelled to knit it.
Is this not what the spirit of Socktober entails? That we try new things? These electric, lemon green super socks were knit in Socks that Rock medium weight, colorway Lemongrass. And they were something new, indeed.

Widdershins

Do you see the striping? I heart the striping.

Widdershins

I had planned to post and discuss these guys among other things last week. However, plans change. I think this will be the best thing to remember and take into parenthood. So, I plan to add photos of my sock yarn stash to Ravelry. I wasn’t going to participate with that previously, but I stood in a yarn store for 45 minutes yesterday trying to find a skein of sock yarn I didn’t think I already had at home, and found it most difficult. Because sock yarn is pretty much the only thing I stash, it will be mildly time consuming but should prevent me from coming home with the same colorway I lurve twice.

Now, to finish that other conwy.

KNITTERS OF THE INTERTUBES
DO NOT BE ALARMED
WE ARE IN CONTROL
YOU ARE SAFE

For too long this sector of knit participation has gone without contemplating the advantages of other ways to accomplish projects. The very idea of a “toe up” sock has been rejected as “unnecessary” and “alarming”. We are here to change these perceptions with the truth.

Toes CAN come first. Heels CAN be done comfortably BEFORE the cuff. Our work is to educate and rehabilitate those that dismiss our efforts as “okay” and reinterpret them to “super great”.

DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THE IMAGES TO FOLLOW
WE ARE IN CONTROL
YOU ARE SAFE
LONG LIVE THE KNITTED SOCK

Toe Up Socks

1. widdershins, 2. Honey Butter Socks, 3. sock candy socks, 4. Missoni Socks, 5. DSCF0043, 6. Widdershins, 7. First pair of finished socks!, 8. IMG_0746, 9. Widdershins, 10. Vesper Socks, 11. LornaOnLeg, 12. another view of widdershins, 13. wendy’s toe up, 14. widdershins, 15. Toe Up Socks, 16. bikini bottom socks done, 17. Toe Up Feather and Fan Socks, 18. Grandmas sock, 19. Toe-up socks, 20. P7180008.jpg, 21. Custom Socks, 22. Regia_stretch_socks_2, 23. Barfetta (Finished and going to Cashyie), 24. sagesocks2, 25. new striped socks, 26. Cable rib socks, 27. Stripey Beach Socks, 28. P1030580, 29. Aug-29-07-071, 30. The most boring socks, 31. Mom’s Socks, 32. DSC00772, 33. Basic Socks, 34. Sock in Devon, 35. DSC04397, 36. Blue stripeys – done

Previously, on the blog, I was hinting at a new sock I was knitting. Meet Conwy, from Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush.

Conwy, Sock 1

I cast on Friday and had no intention of completing the first sock so quickly, as the last Nancy Bush pattern I knit took me a week per sock. Yes, for serious. It was the second pair I knit, ever (and I didn’t even think twice about knitting Lorna’s Laces on size 0 needles, and they were a gift. For my father-in-law). But surprise, once you get past the calf shaping on Conwy, the real work is over and it’s a relaxing ride around and around until you cast off with a star toe. This star toe has 4 points. I previously knit a sock with a 3 point star toe. I surprised myself by actually liking this version. Not better than my flat toes. But pretty close.

It occurred to me that taking photos of socks on my feet are going to become more difficult in the coming weeks. Getting this craptastic picture was probably pretty funny to watch what with the bending over, and the being outdoors in this weather that screams “Hi! It’s July!” as if the world has become confused and suddenly Virginia’s Fall season has been stolen and replaced with a new, horrible one. The forecast is for the 90′s tomorrow, people. THE NINETIES. IN OCTOBER. The planet has gone crazy.

Anyhow, that’s what is going on in knit news around here. All other projects have been cast aside as I devote this month to socks. After that, I’ll be back on a couple of baby projects. All too soon I’ll be home full time and preparing for the arrival of the babysaurus. Again, more craziness. I might believe the holidays are creeping closer, but like I mentioned previously, some people on this planet have been busy driving their Hum-scalades around, spraying baby seals with Aquanet and heating up the climate. In the name of the pregnant people that are already carrying around their own personal blast furnaces and need no further help staying warm, I humbly request you cease these actions until next summer. At least then, I’ll know what to expect.

It’s Friday, and in the name of Socktober, I’m sharing some of the awesome sock projects I have seen in Ravelry lately.
Because Ravelry relies on Flickr for photo uploading, I can share some of the eye catching photos that have jumped out at me while perusing the site!

flickr favorites sock mosaic

1. Another Monkey, 2. fancy monkey :: corded rib cuff, 3. Widdershins, 4. Widdershins Toes, 5. Child’s First Sock, 6. Child’s First Sock, 7. finished Charade Socks, 8. Charade Socks, 9. RPMs, 10. RPMs, 11. Spring Fling Inside Out Socks 4, 12. InsideOut, 13. Inside Out socks, 14. Ankh socks –Finished!, 15. Baudelaire Socks, 16. waving lace toes, 17. Wave Lace Socks, 18. Waving Lace Socks, 19. Broadripple Socks, 20. Broadripple socks, 21. Thuja Socks, 22. Thujas, 23. sean’s socks, 24. profile, 25. Criss Cross Applesauce, 26. Colors by Kaffe Fassett, 27. Hedera Socks, 28. hedera, 29. socks, 30. sock, 31. JW close up, 32. Monkeys detail, 33. monkey leg, 34. pomatomus, 35. embossed leaves finished, 36. Jaywalking Flamingos

These photos were collected while browsing the top twenty socks rated on the Ravelry site at the moment. Because I love a good list, I thought I might share it here with others who may still be waiting for their golden email ticket. The current top twenty are:

1. Monkey by Cookie A. from Knitty, Winter 2006
2. Jaywalker by Grumperina from MagKnits, September 2005
3. Pomatomus by Cookie A. from Knitty, Winter 2005
4. Embossed Leaves by Mona Schmidt from Favorite Socks
5. Basic Sock Recipe by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee from Knitting Rules!
6. Wendy’s Generic Toe-Up Sock by Wendy Johnson from Wendy Knits!
7. Hedera by Cookie A. from Knitty, Spring 2006
8. Basic Sock Pattern by Ann Budd from The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns
9. Garter Rib by Charlene Schurch from Sensational Knitted Socks
10. Thuja by Bobby Ziegler from Knitty, Winter 2005
11. Broadripple by Rob Matyska from Knitty, Summer 2003
12. Universal Toe-Up Sock Formula by Amy Swenson from Knitty, Summer 2006
13. Baudelaire by Cookie A. from Knitty, Summer 2006
14. Waving Lace Socks by Evelyn A. Clark from Favorite Socks
15. Roza’s Socks by Grumperina from Interweave Knits, Spring 2007
16. Inside Out by Kaci Kyler Hays from Blue Moon Fiber Arts
17. rpm by Aija Goto from Knitty, Summer 2006
18. Widdershins by Brooke Chenoweth Creel from Knitty, Summer 2006
19. Child’s First Sock in Shell Pattern by Nancy Bush from Knitting Vintage Socks
20. Charade by Sandra Park from I May Be Knitting A Ranch House

Whew. Felt like an Emmy nomination list there for a moment. Also, if none of these patterns satisfy you, there are over 2100 others to browse in the site database.

I think it will be most interesting to look back at this in a year and see what is still popular, and what isn’t. Or even in a few weeks when more people are able to upload their project information to Ravelry. At least I know why the Monkey sock photos have been popular around here lately-the madness is not just my imagination! According to the stats, 1813 projects have been started on this pattern. And I may or may not have added to that with the *ahem* ninth pair I cast on last night! This list has also convinced me to revisit the Pomatomus pattern with some new yarn I picked up the other day. Oh, the inspiration!

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