Monday, January 16, 2012

More sock

I have finished about half of the second sock. I wish I had kept better count of the rows, I am sometimes lax in that area, but that is the beauty of these socks, you have your personal footprint.
These socks call for a JSSBO (Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off), the same as the first two pair of socks in this book.
I am knitting these socks with two Addi Lace circulars. I do love these needles.
And, as usual I have my personal helper.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Growing sock

I have reached the point where you insert contrasting yarn in two rows of stitches. These stitches represent the front and back of the sock.
 I have already knitted the heel, but haven't yet closed it.
Now you insert cable needles into the stitches that had the contrasting yarn and remove the yarn. I have put a piece of yarn through the middle stitch of the row between the cable needles. This stitch will be cut.
This is what it looks like before you cut the middle stitch.
After you cut the middle stitch you pull out the stitches to withing two stitches on each side.
I have started knitting my leg portion of the sock.
My sock so far.
And this is the leg pattern. It is really easier than it looks, and my sock fits like a glove. It is really easy to try it on as you knit to make sure everything fits.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Number Three

I started on sock number three yesterday. I am using Dream In Color's Everlasting 8 ply sock yarn, even though Cat used Hand Maiden Casbah for this pair of socks. I am using two circular Addi lace needles number 2. 
I crocheted this shawl for my mother for Christmas. It is on the blocking board.
I also knitted this pair of socks for her for Christmas. I really liked the ribbing on them.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Cat Bordhi

Back in November of 2010 I started a project. I decided to knit my way through Cat Bordhi's book "Persomal Footprints." I managed to knit a few pairs, then I got involved in other things and it fell by the wayside. I have decided to pick it up again and continue. Here is what I posted at the beginning on my Looking Glass Moon blog.  
I was reading Julie Powell's book Julie & Julia, about how she cooked her way through Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" and I decided to try to knit my way through Cat Bordhi's book, "Personal Footprints for Insouciant Sock Knitters."  I gave much thought to whose book I should choose, and finally decided on Cat's because I think she is such an innovative knitter.  So I rushed out and purchased the yarn for the first pair of socks in the book, Purlicue, the yarn is Crystal Palace Mini Mochi (80% merino, 20% nylon, 50 gr/195 yds) 2 balls in color 107, knit on size (2.25mm) needles. I discovered a wonderful yarn shop not far from me, lucky me.  The first pair of socks look fairly easy and since I have already knitted a discovery pair, this one should be a breeze.

I will post my progress as I knit the socks, along with pictures. If anyone would like to join me in this venture, you are most welcome. I thought I would try for a pair of socks a month, but that may be too ambitious, I'll have to see how it goes. I am trying to get back to designing and making my teddy bears and dolls. I am thinking of opening an etsy store, I always sold on e-bay, but maybe it is time for something new.
And here is the first pair of socks I knit
 And this is the finished first pair.
And this is the second pair.

They were knit with Fleece Artist Woolie Silk 2-ply (65% wool, 35% silk) Dandelion, 1 Skein, knit on size 3 needles. So far I have followed Cat's choice of yarn and color. They were easy and quick.  The ribbing was a knit 2, purl 1 pattern.

And this is where I stopped, so I am going to pick up where I left off and see if I can finish what I started.  If you would like to read more about the start of this project, you can go to my Looking glass Moon blog and read about them on the November 2010 postings.

My next pair, number three will be "Inlaid Pennants." I will post my progress as I work my way through the book.