Monday, September 22, 2008
• I will definitely have to find some gold sock yarn (other than the koigu from my cowl because, since making some socks from jitterbug that more or less felted on my feet on the first wearing with shoes, I'm paranoid about my sock yarn choices)
• Beautiful cashmere yarn for socks (and beautiful socks from the yarn)
• One more from knitty
• Vintage sock patterns!
And a quick note on heels as concerns the Debbie Bliss pattern:
I had never had a sock pattern before that called for heels made exclusively from short rows, I'd always had patterns using a heel flap. So, on attempting the Debbie Bliss sock as written and winding up with a diagonal row of holes from the heel to the ankle, I've rewritten the pattern and decided that these short row heels are for the birds. If anyone is interested in the new stitch counts, please let me know.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
It is proving exceedingly difficult to find garters that are meant to hold socks up. They all seem to be mostly decorative. Does any one have any other suggestions for keeping over-the-knee-socks from becoming slouch socks or places to get plain garter-type contraptions? Especially as I am working on another pair of tall socks at the moment!
P. S. Just in time for sock week, look what was posted on the purlbee yesterday! I may just have to do a few pairs of these too. I may never want to knit a sock after a few weeks of this mania!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
For Sock Week Day 1 I have to share my current obsession with the new Debbie Bliss Magazine. I'm not much of a magazine reader but occasionally find one that strikes my fancy and this one seems like it will be one of those. I can't stop looking through it! I has bags and a knitting needle case and men's patterns and even a recipe for scones. And it has TWO pairs of socks that I love. I have started on the tall ones as the magazine came out when I was looking for a pattern for tall socks anyway (I even had yarn already picked out!) and I may just make the short ones for my next project.
The other photos, in case you're wondering are:
top row: 2 random prints whose matting I like very much (from Target, purchased when I got my first apartment) and then an antique portrait, in a convex-glass frame, of P's great aunt and grandfather as babies
center: a reproduction engraving of Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome, which I bought at a bookstore when I was there for school in 2003, an antique print of Rome, looking from above the Piazza del Popolo, purchased on the same trip as the one above, and a Blackbird Designs cross-stitch that I did in 2003 at the height of my Blackbird Designs / cross-stitch mania.
bottom: another antique family portrait with convex glass, this one of P's other grandfather, an antique photograph of lumberjacks, including P's great-great grandfather and great-great-great uncle, and then the photo from Bath.
Friday, September 5, 2008
There are also a few things in the package from the West 78th Street Greenflea which I had never been to before. This was a Bonus Outcome of this swap since I went there expressly to get some paper. And did I ever find vintage paper! There is a whole booth with nothing but vintage postcards and 2 of the most knowledgeable and friendly flea market vendors I've ever run across. I'll have to be really careful about how often I venture back over there!
I also put to good use a lot of the cute little envelopes that I have from my stationery store days (they were samples, destined for the trash, so what choice did I have but to take them home and hoarde them until I now begin to feel that I may someday put all of my mismatched envelopes (all sans cards, of course) together in one place and die when they fall and crush me!?)
Monday, September 1, 2008
I decided to use the idea of the pattern running all the way to the top that I liked so much in the Foliage pattern along with the different lace rib pattern from the Rebecca hat and this is what I came up with.
Repeat 11-16 once more
Start repeat again but this time, on the 4th row, p2tog rather than p2 ea time (so the rib pattern reads: *p2tog, k3*, repeat between *)
*p1, k3* rib repeat for one row
*p1, yo, sl 1 knitwise, k2tog, psso, yo* repeat
*p1, k3* rib repeat for one row
*p1, k3, p1, place next 3 stitches on a cable needle and hold in front, k2tog, k2tog, knit 3 stitches from cable needle, p1, k3* repeat 3 more times
*p1, k3, p1, ssk, k3, p1, k3* repeat 3 more times
*p1, k3, p1, ssk, k2, p1, k3* repeat 3 more times
*p1, k3* around
*p1, yo, sl1 knitwise, k2tog, psso, yo, p1, sl1 knitwise, k2tog, psso, p1, yo, sl 1 knitwise, k2tog, psso, yo* repeat 3 more times
*p1, k3, p3tog, k3* repeat 3 more times
*p1, place next 3 stitches on a cable needle and hold in front, k2tog, k2tog, knit 2 stitches from cable needle* repeat 3 more times
*p1, ssk, k3* repeat 3 more times
*p1, ssk, k2* repeat 3 more times
*p1, p3tog* repeat 3 more times
8 stitches remaining – draw tail through all 8 stitches and pull tight
work in loose ends