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11 September 2007

Pair #8: Complete!

Filed under: FOs, socks, yarns i love — risknit @ 3:40 pm

Vesper Broadripples aka the fastest socks I ever knit
Yarn: Vesper Sock in Crew
Needles: 2.25 mm Inox, magic loop
Pattern: Broadripple from Knitty, modified to fit my gigantor feet.
Started: August 16, 2007
Finished: August 31, 2007

Absolutely love the Vesper sock yarn. I see a lot more of this in my future! I could make much taller socks for my enormous (womens US10.5/EU41) feet with just one skein, maybe even knee socks. I have a LOT of yarn left.


27 July 2007

Finished Pairs #3 and #4

Filed under: FOs, socks — risknit @ 2:35 pm

Finally, photos!

Carol Green Striped Socks
Pattern: My own – the ones for me have a flap heel, the little ones (sized for a 3 year old with teensy feet) have a short row heel and solid cuff, heel, and toe
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Carol Green Stripe purchased at Purl Soho
Needles: 2.25mm Inox – magic loop method
Started/Finished: I don’t know, I knit both pairs this spring. April/May, I believe.

3 July 2007

Finished Pair #5

Filed under: FOs, socks — risknit @ 8:48 am


They haven’t had a bath yet so there is still a bit of unevenness.

Completed Cable Twist/Diagonal Cross Rib Socks by Hello Yarn/Ann Budd for me
Pattern: Based on Hello Yarn’s Cable Twist socks. Also the same as Diagonal Cross Rib Socks from Favorite Socks.
Yarn: Louet Gems Pearl
Needles: 2.0mm
Started: sometime in May
Finished: June 27, 2007
Verdict: I like them. The knitting was not so fun (Pearl is a bit splitty for fiddly cables) but I love the finished product.

In other news, the flap has been started on the second sock of the next pair. Moving right along!

27 June 2007

The year of socks

Filed under: on deck, socks, WIPs — risknit @ 12:32 pm

I kind of had a loose goal for myself for this year to knit a pair of socks per month in addition to any other knitting. For me this is a lot since I do not have as much time to knit as a lot of other people who seem to knit a pair of socks in just a few days. I love knitting socks – in fact it is probably my favorite knitting until I see a sweater I must have (Dollar and a Half, I’m looking at you) or get a request for another something.

As of now I have completed 5.5 pairs of socks. Not too bad, not too off-schedule. The reason though, that I am off schedule, is that I started the Hello Yarn/Ann Budd socks about a million years ago, and while I love the pattern, and the end result, I despise knitting them. Which is my own damn fault, really. They are kind of fiddly, the yarn is a little too splitty for teensy cables, and they take a lot of attention. Originally I was not allowing myself to cast-on any more socks until these were complete (because I knew I would NEVER finish them if I did so), but they are making me absolutely insane. So I made a deal with myself. I would knit one pattern repeat per day until they are complete, which means they ought to be done… tonight. Only the toe remains! I was not allowed to knit anything else until that one pattern repeat per day is complete. I made this bargain with myself on a fiddly lace scarf which was just to the point of being insanely repetitive and it worked, in fact most days I ended up doing more than the one repeat because as I got close to the finish line I was anxious to FINISH IT UP. In the meantime I started a new pair, in STR which I am one complete sock + one cuff into the pair.

So, the status update on the year goal is:
1. Completed – Yarn Pirate socks for M
2. Completed – Mom Socks
3. Completed – Carol Green Stripe Socks for me (yet un-photographed. Maybe tonight)
4. Completed – Carol Green Stripe Socks for E (okay, so they are toddler socks – they are knit over 60 sts, they count!! also unphotographed.)
5. Incomplete until tonight (0.95 complete) – HY/AB socks
6. Incomplete (0.55 complete) – STR socks in turquoise

If I finish the HY/AB socks and the STRs by the end of this month I will be back on track. Three days… not going to happen… but I think I can get myself caught up at the beginning of July.

Also, ideas in the pipeline… not like I have yarn purchased or anything… *snort*

I scored some Vesper sock yarn in Crew. FOR ME.
M requested more socks. He picked out yarn.
I have some stripey yarn in my alma mater’s colors, which need to be ready for FOOTBALL SEASON!
Want to make my mum more socks since she adores the first pair so much.
E requested more socks. RED ONES this time, please.

I guess the rest of my year of socks is all planned out, haha.

2 June 2007


Filed under: socks — risknit @ 10:34 am

Favorite Socks from Interweave is really great!! I was so excited to get it in the mail…. there are what, 25 patterns in the book and I think I love 90% of them.

But what was really funny is that as I was flipping through, I noticed this:

(Click to bigify)

Hello, we are the same. The same everything in fact. My socks are based off of Hello Yarn’s Cable Twist Socks. Stitch pattern is the same but I modified it for my gauge and to fit my foot.

So, these are Cable Twist/Diagonal Cross-Rib Socks by Adrian/Ann Budd. Knit in Louet Gems Pearl.

28 March 2007

knitting for my mom

Filed under: FOs, socks — risknit @ 10:26 am

I completed this scarf for my mum back in January, but didn’t record it because I was hoping for a better shot. This shot shows the stitch pattern, but the color is off. It’s a brighter, more coral color. She loves it! Unfortunately between the time it was blocked and dried and when I gifted it to her, there were no good light opportunities for photos. And I see my mum rarely enough that I didn’t want to make her wait any longer for it.

Coraly Salmony Neon Reddish Scarf for my mummy
Pattern: Germaine Stitch pattern from Barbara Walkers Numero Uno Treasury
Yarn: Cider Moon something or other, color is Apple. I’m not sure what kind of apple they were looking at when they named this!
Needles: Have to check, have it noted but not here.
Started: December 27, 2006
Finished: January 31, 2007
Gifted: February 2, 2007
Verdict: She loves it.


More knitting for my mum.


Can you possibly guess what my mum’s favorite color is socks
Pattern: My own – just a baby cable rib and standard EOP heel flap
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, color is Gold Hill
Needles: 2.25mm Inox Express
Started: February 4, 2007
Finished: February 23, 2007
Gifted: Someday in early March, by mail.
Verdict: She won’t take them off, except to wash them. As soon as they dry she puts them right back on.
Predicition: They’ll have holes from excessive wear within 6 months.

I just finished some socks for me, too. Haven’t shot them yet. I’m well on my way to my goal of a pair of socks each month, as currently I’m three on the year with the fourth pair started already.

13 February 2007

Snow Day!!

Filed under: socks, WIPs, yarns i love — risknit @ 5:08 pm

We got sent home from work early today… so I’ve been listing some items on eBay and working on the latest socks. For my mum… in Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in “Gold Hill”. I was a bit apprehensive about the colorway when it arrived on my doorstep, but after a go from my mum, I got knitting and as it turns out, I love it, and if I can part with these socks my mum will be very pleased :)

Close up:

Also one of the FO’s I promised before…

Piratey Socks for M (arr!)
Yarn: Yarn Pirate in Inferno
Started: shortly after X-mas
Finished: February 4, 2007 (I think)
Needles: Knitpicks 2.0mm

He loves the socks. I love the yarn. I hope some time in the future I’ll be able to get my hands on some more!

And yes, sometimes I knit things other than socks… heh.

7 February 2007

Lots of FOs…

Filed under: favorites, FOs, socks — risknit @ 11:17 pm

But right now my camera batteries are dying (probably dead by now) so I can only show two.

First up, boring plain jane stockinette socks that I kept forgetting to photograph!

Jewel of the Nile Socks
Yarn: STR Lightweight in Jewel of the Nile
Needles: 2.25mm Inox (I think)
Started: No clue
Finished: A while ago. I’ve been wearing these for a couple months now.
These are a leettle beet too big… but I love them anyway.


Lakeside Multi-directional Scarf for the boy’s sister
Yarn: Sundara Yarn dk merino/silk in Lakeside
Needles: 3.75mm Inox
Started: January 10, 2007
Finished: January 17, 2007
Pattern: Multi-directional scarf (here)

I adore this scarf. ADORE. It’s so silky and soft and has this excellent sheen. This was a birthday gift for M’s sister and if it wasn’t already late and we had something else to give her… or even an IDEA of something else to get her there’s no way I would have given this away. It is one of my favorite patterns to knit (this was the second time, after a kid-sized scarf that will go to Dulaan 07) and this is one of my favorite yarns. Now I need to make one for myself!

Next time, more socks, more scarves, and a couple other bits too!

7 January 2007

needle sizes for socks

Filed under: socks — risknit @ 3:50 pm

I keep having to figure this out every time I start a sock… so I thought I’d get smart and write it down somewhere that wouldn’t get LOST!

Yarn Pirate – 2.0mm (US0)
Louet Gems Opal – 2.0mm (US0)
STR Lightweight – 2.25mm (US1)
STR Medium weight – 2.75mm (US2)
Regia – 2.25mm (US1)
Koigu – 2.25mm (US1)
Lorna’s Laces – 2.25mm (US1)

28 June 2006

le jaywalkers

Filed under: problems, socks — risknit @ 3:17 pm

So here’s the thing.

The jaywalkers. I love them. But, they fit around the leg, around the ankle, through the heel, through the foot, etc.

But they’re not stretchy. And it takes me 5 minutes to get them on and off.

What to do.

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