A Jump Start On April

HiyaHiya Diamondoid Lace Socks

HiyaHiya Diamondoid Lace Socks

The March socks are finished so I’m jump-starting April’s socks. April’s gem is the diamond and the flower is the daisy. Things just kinda fell into my lap for the April socks. I’m quite intrigued by brown diamonds and I found the Hiya Hiya Ravelry Group. To kill-to-birds-with-one-stone,  I’m knitting the free, as long as I finish them by April 8, Hiya Hiya Diamondoid Lace Socks using a self-striping On Your Toes yarn. These were originally started as a mystery pattern, so after I finish one clue, I email the moderator and she sends the next clue. I just finished the gusset on Clue 3, and am ready to do the heel. Starting the sock early really isn’t in the spirit of the Sock-It-To-Me 2015 group, so I’ll use this sock and let them know I started it early.

In order to increase my sock knitting skills, every month will be a new challenge. For February’s socks leg pattern down the heel flap, instead of the heel flap I’m used to, and turning the heel was a different technique.  I changed the pattern on the  March socks to include a lace pattern and I’ve never knit anklets. April’s socks are my first go at toe-up knitting! True confessions time…… I grabbed a US 2 needle instead of a US 1.5 the first time I started these socks. Got through the second clue and noticed that the socks would easily fit Andre the Giant! I know, I know, why didn’t I knit a swatch to check my gauge? That would have caught the mistake in needle size immediately. Sigh….. I really am enjoying the toe-up experience. BTW I belong to the Addicted to Knitting Socks on Facebook. What a great group of people! As one member said, she loves the sock “porn”. Such stunning socks! And the yarn…… Yummy! Knitting socks is my latest kick!

 

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Daffodils Are Here

Daffodil-by-Q

My March, Sock-It-To-Me 2015, Ravelry group, Daffodil socks are done! The birthstone for March is aquamarine and it’s flower the daffodil. I had originally planned on knitting a pair of socks evoking the wonders of water, using a beautiful skein of yarn with various shades of aquamarine with just a hint of yellow, which I ordered from an Etsy vendor. However, the Etsy time for my review came in before the skein was even sent. I had to email the person after 5 days to see when it would be sent. Sigh…… I’ve never had this problem before. So on to Plan B – I knit the Worsted Anklet pattern by JoAnne Turcotte for Kraemer Yarns, adding a lace pattern to the top. The original, Elisabeth Lavold wool was putty color, so, after the socks were done, I overdyed the socks into this pretty daffodil color. I’ve never overdyed after a project was finished before so my fingers were crossed. The pattern looks as if those are closed daffodil bud.

Undyed Daffodil Sock showing pattern

Undyed Daffodil Sock showing pattern

The socks were knit using a magic loop. For me, circular knitting is either done on two needles or using the magic loop. With this pattern, there were a total of 40 stitches, 20 on each part. The lace pattern for the instep was based on a 16 st pattern, an 8 stitch repeat. I knit two stitches before beginning the pattern and two stitches at the end of the pattern to give the 20 stitches required. I know I’ve blogged about using graph-lined index cards to make my knitting easier. This is the card I used while knitting the lace pattern on Daffodil. For my foot length (Ladie’s size 8), I repeated the lace pattern 3 times.

Lace Pattern for Daffodil

Lace Pattern for Daffodil

I add the two + on either end of the pattern as a visual reminder to me that I had to knit the first two and last two stitches of the row. Knit the pattern on the odd rows and knit across the even rows.  I’m not sure when I changed from having to read a row of printed lace pattern to being able to read a chart. Hasn’t been that long.

 

FO: Tidal Wave Socks

Tidal Wave_

Tidal Wave Socks by Deby Lake

 

Tidal Wave and Shoes

Tidal Wave and shoes

Love, love, love the way these socks fit! Softer that soft! No judging! But….. I actually blogged about starting these socks on July 15, 2012, This Sock Pattern Is Much Better! Yarn? Debbie Macomber Petals, (merino, angora, and nylon). Pattern? Tidal Wave Socks by Deby Lake. WIP finished = check!

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Nothing Super About Superwash

Mountain Mist Superwash

Mountain Mist Superwash

After much moaning and groaning, I finally finished the 4 oz. roving of Mountain Mist (60% Superwash, 30% Bamboo, 10% Nylon). What made this such a “pain” to spin? I’ve spun wool, bamboo, nylon blends which were a joy to spin, as the fiber flowed beautifully between my fingers. The difference in this roving is the superwash. The wool was not soft and lovely, it wanted to slub, and I was continually battling chunks. Not lovely at all to spin. I will have to say it was the best balanced yarn I’ve ever spun. I chalk that up to getting better and spinning it on my Sidekick Rosie. Another disappointment, was how dull the colors became after it was soaked in Soak and hung to dry. The roving colors were quite brilliant before, now it’s very dull.

There are about 485 yards, so perhaps I’ll knit a cowl. For some reason, I’m on a cowl kick and just keep looking at awesome cowl patterns. One pattern I’m totally in love with is Luna Virdis by Hillary Smith Callis. My superwash is not the right yarn for this pattern. The beautiful stitches would get lost in the variegated, barber pole colors. Isn’t this pattern stunning?

Luna Viridis by Hilary Smith Callis

Luna Viridis by Hilary Smith Callis

 

It’s Weaving Time

Weaving a scarf

Weaving a scarf

Here’s my first attempt at weaving ever! Loving my new Glimakra ridged-heddle loom. I especially love that the turning knobs are a metal crank, much easier from my arthritic, right thumb. Thank you Arlene for bringing your warping board to spinning class and teaching me how to warp my loom. And, thanks to Ashford for the wonderful YouTube tutorials on beginning-to-weave. Woven scarf on the way! I’ll have to watch another tutorial for finishing. Such fun! The yarn is inexpensive yarn from Michael’s, for the first try I didn’t want to use my “precious” handspun.