Sock decisions on a Sunday morning.

I made up my mind about the cashmere sock blend: it should not be socks with textured stitches. This is not sock yarn. It should never have been in the bag of sock yarn. I will frog. But first I looked to see whether they might be wrist warmers:

Love the leaf but no. Those holes of the lace stitch are too big, I like my wristwarmers to warm my wrists.

While I was making up my mind I had started the cuff of the second sock, from the inside of the ball, and of course the ball went all tantrum on me:

Yarn barf at both ends!

But here’s where we are now: the ball is balled up again, hiding all it’s little drama inside. Looking a bit unkept on the outside, just like Lillepoes. I will soak the yarn and reskein.

Lillepoes will get a brushing and will wash herself.

Right. Next sock. Chance sock.

I had a whole datyto knit on it yesterday and I finished one sock and started the toe of the second. At home I realized I forgot to put in the little cat marker. And that the cuff was too tight and that the leg is not quite long enough. So I frogged the cuff and now I can lengthen the leg, put in the marker ànd give it a better cuff.

As soon as I finish the second sock which got a toe yesterday afternoon.

Let’s talk Lentesokken. I ripped out the ugly leaf tips and gave the second sock a heel flap:

As I was knitting better tips on the leafs I realized I am knitting these socks out of sense of duty rather than out of joy. I hate knitting the reverse stockinette stitch on this sock. Which is weird because I don’t mind purling much at all, because I knit Continental Combined which makes purling a breeze. I think only Portugese style knitting gives a faster purl technique.
There’s just something about knitting it on a sock…

For a while I knitted this sock inside out but that didn’t give me joy either.

Then I thought about putting in only a small band of reverse st.st. rather than a whole heel and half a foot and do the rest in plain st. st. Originally I wanted so much rev. st. st. because I had designed some leafs on the foot, growing towards the leg. They would look better in a back ground of rev. st. st. Which I do not enjoy knitting…

Going round in circles I though about abandoning leaf and lace all together and frogging the sock back to the cuff. Put in Prickly Pear (which I really want to knit right naow miaow!) but these Spring cuffs really look better with leafs and around I went again.

As I am writing all this my wrist got cold. Turns out I am only wearing one wrist warmer today. I don’t know where the other went, I think I started out this morning with two but somehow one got away? By now my wrist got REALLY cold and the cat is on my lap so I cannot go grab another one from the closet. If only I had some knitting lying around me… wait, I do:

Hey! That’s a good idea! I can make these socks into wrist warmers!

No need for much reverse stockinette stitch. Just rip out the heel flaps and attach a bottom. Hey! Yay!

I can use the rest of the skein to make some Prickly Pear socks…. this yarn has good stitch definitions and fantastic wear! (It’s Wolop Basis Sok plantaardig plant dyed fingering yarn)

So many wholesome decisions early this morning, things are looking up for sock knitting in my life 😀

And I got this!

It’s a Wolop Sock Shake Blank Eco printed. Beautiful! 425 m of fine merino with 25% nylon.

A friend was making socks from it, as a surprise, for me! It was taking too long to her liking and she thought I might enjoy the blank myself – she must have caught my greedy looks when she was knitting with it –  and offered me the project to finish. Yes please!

I love looking at this blank. Pretty soon I’ll love knitting from it.

 

PS oh duh. I took off my second wristwarmer when I took the picture with the dark green cashmere yarn. I was sitting on it.

Well a good thing it happened, I wouldn’t have thought of putting on the Lentesok as a wristwarmer otherwise.

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sock trouble on king’s day

Today I’m doubting the socks…

I gave Lentesokken some nice leafs to end the lace part. A princess heel and foot are on the way:

But the two leafs on the front look ugly. And there’s some tension problems there.

I cannot continue. I won’t enjoy wearing these. They don’t sit well. The leafs are really ugly. And I don’t enjoy knitting this. So I must rip. But I don’t want to. So I took this pictures and stuffed them in a drawer.

Safe Harbour Socks look nice with Prickly Pear stitches:

Love the colour and stitch definition! I was really putting in an effort to knit neatly.

Here too a leaf appeared to transition lace into regular knitting:

Ah yes, a leaf on the heel flap. The part that needs to withstand rigorous handling because I slip into my sneakers without loosening the laces. Also I walk vigorously, nearly springing off the ground with each step.

That’s when I realized that this yarn only has 10% Nylon/ polyamide.
80 % wool, 10% Cashmere and 10% Nylon. Only 10%? It won’t withstand my use of socks! And the cashmere will make it loose the clear stitch definition!

Should I knit it anyways? I’ll wear through the heel in barely six months! Can’t reinforce the heel because I don’t have reinforcing thread. Use them as fancy socks instead? Not dor vigorous walking? I don’t know what to do!
Better park the stitches onto a life line. Stuff sock into drawer.

And now I have “nothing” to knit.

Chance socks still look good but the tiny cabling is tiring my eyes a bit:

One of these charms will be knit into the cuff:

Inspected by Lillepoes

She has a misformed foot, called a “clog-foot” in this country. Or “hurray! toes”.
It’s because she was bred by an irresponsible breeder.

Talk about hurray… today is King’s day in the Netherlands. We are celebrating the King’s birthday, his name is William-Alexander, Prince of Orange. That’s why orange is our patriotic colour.

Some Dutch SockMadness racers are knitting orange Safe Harbour socks and I drew this for them:

Hurray!

weird wool wednesday: knitting when you can’t see

Yesterday I went to the eye-specialist, to check for glaucoma. There was none. But I got these eyedrops… just like two years ago. So I had to knit blind, just by touch. Which means plain stockinette stitch. Which resulted in finished Fee Dragee socks:


They took 65 grams of sock yarn, on needles 2 mm
I ran out of grey so below the pink band mid foot is a different grey.

Eyes are back to normal but they were like saucers yesterday. Hee hee!

as a matter of fact, I have!

Round 3 sockmadness: Safe Harbour

The pattern was published yesterday late afternoon. And already people show a finished pair! They are sneezing out socks.

                            Atchoo!

The pattern is Safe Harbor by Amy Rapp. It has a wonderful stitch in the centre:
 pic by Amy Rapp

I’m working in dark green:

In a yarn that is well plied and round, so the stitches will be clearly defined. I dyed the yarn myself.

After one pattern repeat I’ve decided to change the cable part and the open lace lattice on both sides of the interesting centre stitch. I’m putting in my favourite faux ribs from Prickly Pear Socks by Thayer Preece Parker. Herring rib and a faux rib.

My love for Prickly Pear shows on the pattern page…

Matching Sock Problem. The sock WIPs.

Some people need two exactly matching socks. I love wearing those too, it feels so organized! So in control of life and limb.

But looking at my sock WIPs I concede that I mostly knit sibling socks… I’d better learn to extract some feeling of control from that.

There’s that one Checkbox sock finished I showed you yesterday. It will surely get a non-identical sibling. I can only hope the next pattern plays nice with my colours so they seem somehow related.

These are my Chance socks Work In Progress (WIP):

The pattern is Chance Socks by Anne Rutgrink. They are steadily progressing. But I’ve got to keep the pattern nearby for the cables and a dice to decide which cable to knit next. Yarn is Cat Sock yarn by Wolbeest and I put a cat marker in. I think I’ll attach a permanent marker to the socks. A cat 🙂

Not this one though, this is my progress keeper:

There was a tiny problem when I turned the heel: my instep is too high and the sock got too tight:

I consulted with Anne and we discussed options. She advised to do whatever works for me. So I winged it:

I ripped out the heel flap and did not decrease. Instead I rounded the heel with 99 stitches on the needles. I put in a second set of shortrows. Then I started to decrease a bit. And then a lot. And now it’s just knitting steadily upward until I need to decrease some more for my skinny ankles.

These will be short socks, just above the ankles. Because they will eventually replace my Wolop Slush Shake Socks. Made from that wonderful sock blank that I dyed with help from Wolop in Anna-grey-purple:

I love these socks!

I wear them A LOT and I’m quite rough on them. Walking in them on the brick floor or even outside. Wrenching them into my sneakers without loosening the laces…

This is them today:

They hold up well! I photographed in raw morning light but the colour is still the same. The yarn pills a bit but doesn’t wear. Plenty of months left to wear these.

One sock was knitting toe-up and this sock is weaker at the heel than it’s top-down sibling. This has to do with me being a loose knitter. Also with me not understanding toe-up heel construction very well thusly focusing on weird decreases instead of tension:

Don’t let me wing a heel on a toe-up sock! I have no idea what I’m doing.

Next sock WIP:

I haven’t knit on the Lente Sokken by Dutch Mama. All clues are out now and there are so much cables! Again I’ll have to knit near a computer with the pattern and have to look at the knitting all the time and I don’t have much knitting time like that. Also I am doubtful about the fit and this makes me knit other, more fun things.

Last sock WIP are the Fee Dragee socks, the qualifying pattern for Sock Madness by Caoua Coffee. They are now my no-need-to-look-at-them/ car knitting project. I save them for mindless moments.

As soon as I qualified for the Sock Madness I abandoned the half rib from the pattern and gave them plain stockinette stitch feet. Nicer to knit for me and a nicer fit in my shoes. I ran out of the grey yarn and attached a different yarn. I inserted a sneaky pink line to fool the eye. I’ll end up with two similar looking socks except one will have a pink line in the middle of the foot.

Matching Sock Problem? Ain’t no such thing.

round 2 of Sock Madness ends today!

Bake those brioches fast!

I finished my one Checkbox sock just in time:

Its mate will be in the same colours but in the next pattern of the Sock Madness.

Pattern Checkbox Socks by Rachel Leggett, yarns by Wolbeest, Wolop and me.

The brioche sits comfortably on my feet. A bit fluffy but not too much.

I did less blocks of brioche on the foot because I have a wide knobbly foot and do not like noticeable stitches on the sides.

The heel sits a tad under the foot, making me walk on the wrapped stitches. It’s part of the design and I don’t notice it when using this sock.

I like the colours! Forrest berries, yum.

Weird Wool Wednesday: accessorize your knitting experience

I enjoy knitting my Miffy Nijntje pullover 🙂

That’s the front neck, with her collar and button. I’m at the underarm now. Need to separate soon(ish). Think about stranded flowers and their placement.

I got myself a Nijntje pin, for no other reason than to embellish my knitting and make me smile 🙂

It made Lieneke from Wolop.nl smile too and she gave me these two stitch markers for added fun!

Today I realized this face lives in my bag:
Miffy
It’s my pill-tin, the container where I keep my pills for Adrenal Insufficiency.
Such a strong graphic design, Miffy! You can read any expression you want into it. I chose mischief happiness 🙂

Miffy’s resting on my phone badger badger badger.

finished: the “wrong” Madness socks

Yesterday I was out knitting all day but forgot the Checkbox brioche socks on the table at home….
Luckily I brought a back up project:

These are the Dropped Madness socks from last year’s competition. These started out with pattern Dropping Madness Socks by Maria Ekblad. The right one is the competition sock where I went wrong and only did the pattern on the front of the leg. I stopped these socks and casted on another pair of competition socks that got me through the round:

Ooh I remember now, about the mustard grey socks! I was so glad to start Sock Madness with them. I casted on while visiting Utrecht and going to the movies for the first time this century: Trainspotting 2.

Later I visited the gorgeous British shorthair Odin from stitch marker wizard The Woolly Dodo for some colour inspiration:

In the proper competition sock I scared a little hat into existence when my husband saw me starting my first afterthough heel ever.

Later I went back to the mustard grey ones because I’d been longing to own a pair of stripes socks in this colourway ever since I saw Nasti’s beautiful socks.

So last year, after the competition, I casted on a second sock in ochre and grey, changed colour every four rows, and tried to make a sibling to the Dropped Madness but without the cumbersome stitch pattern. I like sibling-socks:

Only the Dropping Madness pattern is knitted toe up and has an afterthought heel and I was knitting the second sock top down and I know nothing about afterthought heels. How and where should the increases go when doing top-down? Over the Summer I put in a round here and there, trying to wrap my brain around the numbers. I copied the Dropping Madness pattern more or less but it was no fun because I could not try them on and had no way of checking of things would work out.

Yesterday was the last day of my struggles: cutting open the waste yarn, try them for fit and putting in afterthought heels. An afterthought heel is a good way to get a striped finish to a striped sock. I didn’t know what I was doing, couldn’t understand the pattern and winged my way and decreased on two sides. Basically I gave the heel a toe. In hind side I could have decreased more evenly and created the shape of a bull’s eye, that would have looked nice on a striped sock like this.

An afterthought heel like this does not sit well on a high instep. Also: that’s an ugly jog when changing colours:

The grey Drops Delight yarn has made me angry from the time I casted on, in Sock Madness 2017. It’s a single ply, it’s not rounded yarn, has not enough twist and it’s fuzzy. A nightmare to tink or pick up live stitches. Now that the socks are finished it’s already giving the socks a grey halo. Bah.

Conclusion: these are not my favourite socks. Too much un-fun things going on. But they are finished and I’m sure they will be well appreciated once the love for ochre/ mustard comes around again. Probably sparked by some garment I sew. A quick T-shirt in a fun mustard print. I can see it.

Today I travel to Utrecht again and I’m bringing this years Sock Madness sock:

It already has a heel and it’s a nice Sunday morning here in the city. The sun is out and the birds too. I already had some yoghurt with forest berry jam for breakfast and there will be some fruit filled pie later in the day.