Socktoberfest

…whether it was tennis, horseback riding (did you know there’s a follow-through element when you’re jumping? Yeah, well, there is and I suck at it.), gymnastics (same with gymnastics, here I was thinking that landing on your FEET was the follow-through but noooooo…) or homework (no comment), I always had issues with the follow-through. Now I’ve managed to bring that to my knitting and knitalongs.

Hey, at least I’m consistent, right? ;o)

In the month of October I managed to start a sweater, a shawl (it’s called a scarf, but it’s a shawl), and three pairs of socks.

I finished the sweater – and one sock. Yes, one. At least it’s knit out of my handspun so it has an element of ‘coolness’, however, a pair it is not.

Personally, I like it. It’s the first thing that I’ve completed (okay, HALF completed) out of my own yarn. MY yarn :o) Did I mention this is my yarn? That I made it? (you can’t see it, but I’m grinning like an idiot every time I say that, hehe)

Wanna see where I’m at with the other two pairs of socks?

Bayerische on the Left – Elfine on the Right

Yeah. I suck.

On the Ene’s Scarf front…we’ve had a bit of a hiccup.

While I may have an issue with my Socktoberfest follow-through, my an*l-retentiveness knows no bounds. (there are those who will attest to this). I made it most of the way through the first chart and noticed a slight ‘issue’ in the last three diamonds on the Left side of the shawl. While it might not have been slap-you-in-the-face noticeable to the general public, every time I looked at it….*sigh*

So I ripped. Then I picked up stitches. Did I mention that I didn’t put in a lifeline? um…yeah. There was much swearing, but I am very proud to say that I am now done with Chart 1 and onto Chart 2 and my diamonds are distinctly diamond-like ;o)

You may want to avert your eyes…the carnage in this next photo is a little…startling…

…did somebody order spaghetti? ;o) (btw, those are DARK chocolate M&M’s, thankyouverymuch!)

I hope everyone is having a happy and somewhat uneventful Samhain :o)

(I don’t want to over-load the blog entry, so my ‘roses’ handspun will be up next…)

Yesterday I decided to have a little self-control. Yes, it hurt, but it was necessary…

You see, I bought all that lovely fiber on Saturday that I just can’t wait to start spinning (and I have started with the cashmere/silk and YES I can spin it. Too difficult – bah.)…but I already have a pile of fiber in the corner of my living room that is just as beautiful. SO I decided to grab some of that and spin it BEFORE I start the BFL from Foxfire.

This is roving I bought on Ebay from I-can’t-remember-where in the colorway ‘Roses’ (okay I made that up, I can’t remember what colorway they named it but it had something to do with roses…):

…and when I wasn’t spinning, I was knitting. I started a pair of socks from my handspun last week so I’d have something nice and vanilla to knit while at Rhinebeck (they never saw the light of day but hey, I was prepared for any eventuality):

This is the Spunky Eclectic that I got in my Yarn Aboard package – it’s knitting up nicely and I’m very happy with the color changes ;o) (happier than with the first hank-o-handspun which I still think looks like ass – even more so when knit up)

I’ve been slowly working on the Bayerische socks, but they’re not exactly car knitting so they’re moving along veeeerrrryyyy sllllloooowwwlllyyy and I doubt they’ll be done by the end of Socktoberfest. In my defense, I took 11 days to knit a sweater to wear to Rhinebeck…that kind of cut into my sock knitting time ;o) Oh and the Grey’s Anatomy knitting? I decided that I don’t like Falling Leaves so much and have switched to Elfine – which is also a leaf pattern. At least, I will switch as soon as I take the time to rip out the 2″ of Falling Leaves I already did…*sigh*



…all rolled into one ;o)

ETA: *ahem* I found more…see photo below…

You know, some knitters say that sock yarn is like potato chips – you can’t have just one skein. I used to scoff at that…until I started knitting socks ;o) Now, if I go into a yarn shop that doesn’t quite impress or it does impress and I can’t find anything that I truly love – odds are that I’ll walk out with a skein or two of fingering weight or DK weight just so I don’t walk out empty handed.

This habit has led to a little bit of a collection…

(No, your eyes are not deceiving you. That is 20 skeins of Lorna’s Laces up there)

Amazing what you find when you start going through bags in the corner of your Living Room…

It’s not as impressive as it once was because since I’ve started spinning I’ve been buying roving instead of sock yarn – so I can make my own sock yarn ;o) There are a few skeins of my handspun in there – can you spot them?

Lolly has posed a couple of questions to those who are participating in Socktoberfest:

  • Do you have certain patterns planned for some of the yarns? Do you buy yarn and then choose a pattern?

    Well…yes and yes. Like I said, I have a tendency to purchase a skein of sock yarn if I’m in a shop and can’t find anything else, so alot of times I end up searching for a sock pattern that fits the yarn. There have been a couple of times where I’ve purchased yarn after finding a pattern, but that happens less often.

  • Does a certain sock yarn you have in your stash take
    you back to a certain event? (where you were when you bought/received
    it? what was going on in your life at the time!)

    Yes – I have a skein of ‘JessaLu Knits’ yarn that was dyed by Mama-E which will always remind me of her; The ‘Purple Club’ LL that I bought at The Point in NYC; The skein of Cherry Tree Hill that I bought at a fiber festival in upstate NY with Abi; The skein of CTH and the skein of Anne that I bought at Flying Fingers with Bev…I can pretty much remember where I bought every skein of sock yarn so it’s kind of like a photo album, only fuzzy ;o)

So there you have it – my sock stash. Now I need to hide it again before RR decides to stop here on his way to a jobsite ;o)

…and a little non-eye-candy ;o)

First, the questions:

When did you start making socks? Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?

  • Uhmmmm….last spring, I think. Maybe winter, before I had a blog. I taught myself – I googled ‘knit socks’ and went with the set of directions that popped up and made the most sense. (I have a tendency to teach myself things – I learn well from books and it’s hard for me to sit through a class. I tend to get bored easily) ;o)

What was your first pair? How have they “held up” over time?

  • My first pair were made from some kind of nubby cotton yarn that I found in Michael’s. They were knit on size 7 needles and I still wear them from time to time, but they’re pretty much slipper socks. They’re also ugly as sin…

What would you have done differently?

  • Not used ugly-ass nubby cotton yarn…

What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?

  • Lorna’s Laces and Socks that Rock are my two top favorites. I also like my own handpainted ;o) OH and my absolute favorite pair of socks are knit from Mountain Colors Bearfoot – LOVE that stuff ;o)

Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?

  • Magic Loop all the way, baybee! (I also don’t crochet – actually, I don’t like to crochet and avoid it at all cost)

Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)

  • Short row – you use way less yarn and you’re done WAY faster than that annoying PITA the heel flap ;o)

How many pairs have you made?

  • I’ve gone and lost count…I think 11 or 12…

Now, remember how RR went to a fire call the other night? I wanted to share with everyone just how absolutely filthy he is when he gets home from a structure fire:

…and he smells, too ;o)

…there is something to be said about knitting socks on size 5 needles with worsted weight yarn – even if it is only, “Dang! This stuff knits up fast!” ;o)

I cast on for these socks on Wednesday and finished them Saturday:


Yesterday kicked off Socktoberfest – I’ve never participated in this knitalong before, last year at this time I wasn’t knitting socks yet…no wait, I was. Okay I have no idea why I didn’t sign up last year but I did this year. I picked two socks to be my Socktoberfest sockage, the first being Eunny’s Bayerische socks:

…and the second being Falling Leaves:

I cast on for Bayerische this morning and spent most of the day telling RR to quit talking to me, I didn’t care WHO was winning the race! (he actually lied to me at one point and told me Michael W. was in the lead, just to see if I’d look up. I did. Sneaky bastard.) These socks are just a tad complicated to start out, but they get easier after the 2nd repeat (at least, that’s what Eunny says on her site and I’m inclined to believe her because if I don’t I’m going to wind up curled in a ball on the floor surrounded by a tattered skein of periwinkle Lorna’s Laces threatening to stab my own eyes out with my size 0 circs. And whimpering, don’t forget the whimpering. Trust me, it won’t be pretty.)

I haven’t cast on for Falling Leaves yet…if I live through Bayerische those are up next ;o) I lied – Falling Leaves will be my Grey’s knitting – and there’s even a little bit of grey mixed in there with the autumnal colors, bonus!

Oh and the bronchitis is WAY better – I’m on my 2nd round of antibiotics but the cough is finally starting to leave the building. Thank God. Thanks again for all your well-wishes, they helped alot! :o)

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