WIP Wednesday: Must-Knit-Faster

•July 9, 2014 • 10 Comments

Or I will not have this pair done by the end of the month. I always thought knee socks were just long regular socks. They aren’t. They are like knitting two pair of socks! I knit for hours and then try them on and I have only got another inch done. The pattern is Little Cable Knee Highs by Purl Soho. The yarn is Sweet Georgia tough love sock in Riptide. The socks are my second Camp Loopy project which is to be knit during the month of July. So far the alterations I have made to the pattern are working out. I am knitting these on 64sts for the main part of the foot and ankle. I am following the prescribed increases for the calf and will adjust the stitch count as needed for the ribbing. As of right now I’m very happy with everything about this sock, except maybe the speed with which I am knitting it. That said, I better get back to it.

If you’d like to read more WIP Wednesday posts be sure to visit Tami’s Amis blog.

WIP Wednesday: On Not Leaving Well Enough Alone

•July 2, 2014 • 7 Comments

imageYesterday I spent a couple of hours reading over the pattern, knitting and tinking. Of course I have changed things because I know what I like/want and will get there one way or another. ¬†First I changed the needle size to US size1, my preferred size. I like my sock fabric to be somewhat dense. Then I changed the cast on to the Turkish cast on I used with the Stitch Surfer socks. I’m sure this will be my go to cast on for toe up socks. I knew as I read through the pattern that the size options might be an issue. I like a 64 stitch sock on size US 1 needle and the available pattern sizes were 60 or 68. I tried the 68 because the 60 looked way too narrow. 68 was too wide so I ripped back to 64 sts and figure I’ll just make it work.

I was very tempted to rip the whole thing out and change the cast on to 16 sts but decided that rewriting the entire pattern was insane. Hopefully today I will just knit and not spend my knitting time reinventing the pattern.

If you’d like to read more WIP Wednesday posts be sure to visit Tami’s Amis blog.

* I wrote this post on my phone. Sorry there are no links. My post from yesterday has the pattern and yarn info and the link to Tami’s WIP Wednesday posts is over on the right.

On Your Mark, Get Set…

•July 1, 2014 • 8 Comments

Cast on!

Yarn: Sweet Georgia tough love sock in Riptide

Pattern: Little Cable Knee Highs by Purl Soho

FO Friday: Surfing

•June 27, 2014 • 8 Comments

I am so pleased to say that I have completed my first Camp Loopy project! The pattern is Stitch Surfer by Louise Robert. The yarn is Biscotte & Cie in Paturage purchased as a kit from The Loopy Ewe. I totally enjoyed knitting these socks BUT I have to give credit to Diane of the Knitabulls podcast. She has made a fantastic 3-part video tutorial walking, well, knitting, ¬†through the pattern that has many tips that she figured out knitting this pattern a dozen times! I found the tutorial so helpful. Not only was I able to knit socks that I love but she demystified magic loop and knitting socks from the toe up. I found her choice of the Turkish cast on to be perfect for the pattern and for me to use for other toe up socks. I feel like I can give toe up patterns a more serious look now that I have knit these. In the past I avoided toe up patterns unless I could flip them to cuff down. Thank you Diane for being so generous with your time and sharing your knitting knowledge. I highly recommend this pattern and the tutorial for anyone looking for a fun pattern that isn’t nearly as difficult as it looks.

If you’d like to read more FO Friday posts be sure to visit Tami’s Amis blog.

WIP Wednesday: Something New This Way Comes

•June 25, 2014 • 7 Comments

I needed something to knit while I wait for July 1st when I can cast on my second Camp Loopy project so I went for a shallow dive in the stash. I found nestled among the sock yarn a couple of skeins of Patons Kroy Socks in Grey Brown Marl. I have cast on 64 sts for a plain stockinette sock. I did fancy it up a bit with twisted rib for the cuff. I’m hoping I can get these socks done lickety-split before July 1.

Ellen and Helen asked what size needles I use to knit my socks. Normally I use my most favorite Skacel size 1US (2.5mm) double pointed steel needles. They are my go to needles for most fingering weight yarn. I knit the Stitch Surfer socks (which you’ll see Friday because they are done) on Addi Turbo 32 inch size 1US (2.5mm) circular needles. I am knitting the above socks on the same Addi Turbos because I wanted to leave my double pointed needles free for my next Camp Loopy project.

If you’d like to read more WIP Wednesday posts be sure to visit Tami’s Amis blog.

FO Friday: Mystery Yarn

•June 20, 2014 • 10 Comments

I still have no idea what this yarn is but the socks are done. I know it is some sort of sock yarn but I misplaced the label so these will forever be known as the mystery socks. The patten is the usual one I keep in my head over 64 sts. I did an inch of twisted rib at the cuff just to make things a little different than usual.

If you’d like to read more FO Friday posts be sure to visit Tami’s Amis blog.

Highlights Of The Week

•June 19, 2014 • 6 Comments

After years of waiting patiently for the Clematis to look like it’s thriving, we are finally there. The plant is covered in blooms with many buds. I am so pleased. It makes me smile every time I look at it. Now I suppose it’s time to do something about the lawn.

The other thing that has me really excited is the announcement of the next project for Camp Loopy. The requirement for the second project is to choose a project or yarn that reminds you of a favorite place to vacation or relax. I knew right away I had to find something that has to do with the ocean. For me there is no place more relaxing. I like to watch the waves, feel my toes in the sand and enjoy the fresh salt air. When taking into consideration the requirements for the project I decided it was finally time to knit the knee socks I have wanted to knit for years. I haven’t decided on a pattern for sure yet but I’m considering a few. Picking out the yarn was a no brainer. I knew I wanted something mostly solid and the yarn had to have nylon. After just a short time of looking at choices I decided on Sweet Georgia tough love sock in riptide. The color in the link is more accurate than in my photo. My camera wants it to be blue when it is more green in real life. Now I just have to wait until July 1st to cast on. I better get the Stitch Surfer socks done too.


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