Saturday, February 22, 2014

Ravelenic Sock Hockey

I wanted to challenge myself during the "Ravelenic" Olympic Competition by doing Intasrsia.
The Knitabull tutorials were very helpful while knitting the Stitch Surfer Sock.
SO HAPPY TO HAVE FINISHED. SURPRISED HOW HARD IT WAS TO FINISH WHILE BODY SURFING AT THE SAME TIME!

Pattern: Stitch Surfer Socks
Yarn: Cascade Heritage Sock, Knit Picks Stroll Hand-Painted
Colorway: Red, County Fair
Amount: 2 skeins
Needle Size: US Size 0

Enjoyed these socks and will knit them again with my hand-painted yarns!



Monday, February 10, 2014

Drunk Irishmen!

After finishing the Lucky Boy Birthday Socks I found this pattern.
Pattern: Rainbow Socks
Yarn: Patons Kroy Striped Yarn
Colorway: Mean Green
Amount: 2 skeins
Needle Size: US size 1 needles

The Birthday Boy will be given a choice:
  1. A pair of Pin Striped socks:
  2. A pair of Rainbow socks:
  3. One sock of each and call them Half Drunk Irishmen:
     


    These socks are great for our Irish family. My plan is to give them to this month's Birthday Boy and he can choose the combination he wants. Not very secretly I'm hoping he will choose one of each - I love the Half Drunk Irishmen!
Whatever is decided the remaining two socks will go to my youngest brother for St. Patrick’s Day.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Luck Boy, birthday socks

This month I'm making birthday socks for my oldest Brother, Big Daddy. Even though my grandfather didn't talk about his heritage, our surname indicates we're Irish and we like to think we are 100% Irish. However, mathematically large percentages of German and English heritage are in our blood. Big Daddy is going to love these!
Starting these socks at the toe, I was careful to start at just the right spot in the yarn variation but...
 GRRR!!!
Just about to the ribbing of the last sock and see, SEE the knot??? It threw off the whole color sequence. (Knitters know that yarn is considered a "good" skein of yarn if there are two or less knots in a skein BUT really that close to the finish line?) Well, I put my big gurl panties on and started a third skein of yarn at just the right spot to finish a matched pair.

Pattern: Pin Striped Socks by Julia Swart, with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel
Yarn: Patons Kroy Striped Yarn
Colorway: Mean Green
Amount 2 skeins
Needle Size: US size 1 needles

I slightly modified this pattern to suit the 72 stitches on circular needles (36 on each side):
Round 1: k4, slip stitch, k8, slip stitch, k8, slip stitch, k8, slip stitch, k4
Round 2: K

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Surprise, time for a birthday!

Realized that the California Boy was having a birthday soon and I needed to get the sticks out and start a pair of socks! SadieRuin of the Yarnivore Podcast mentioned this pattern and how nice it was when knitting with striped yarn.
Pattern: Jeck by Regina Satta
Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks Ragg Shades
Colorway: Gray/Brown/Red
Amount: 2 skeins
Needle Size: US Size 1
Note: I altered the pattern sequence. (The pattern says to cast on 64 stitches and I needed 68)
K3, P1, Slip1, P1, K5, P1, Slip1, P1, K6, P1, Slip1, P1, K5, P1, Slip1, P1, K3
K 1 round