Friday, January 29, 2010

Sock Names

I have a list of names for socks. With some I've just changed the name of an already available sock pattern. With others, I've found a stitch pattern which reminds me of something and I incorporate it into a generic 64-stitch sock pattern. Sometimes the sock is named after the name of the yarn. I have a list of possible sock names and ideas for the entire year.

I try to focus on the month or season which why this month the sock names are mainly about hearts and valentines. Next month there will be Pineapple Express (I'll explain that name when I get there) and Daffodils. In April there's Lilacs and Spring Fern, in May Leaf Lace and Spring Ahead, and in June, there's Cherry Ripe and Fly Away Home. I don't try to get too far ahead and some months seem to get a longer list than others and, then of course, I keep re-naming them and moving them from one month to another too.

New Year's Day Socks

This is the last pair of socks for January,although I suppose they should have been the first. I'm glad I have a few extra days to work on February's socks as it's an ambitious list and February is a short month to begin with.

Needles: 2.25 mm dpn
Yarn: 100gm, 420 yds of 70/20/10 blend of superwash merino, cashmere and nylon from StrickenSmitten on Etsy in Nighwing colorway
Pattern: Free pattern found here.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Needles Are Flying!

I'm working on the second New Year's Day sock now and it's going fast. I love the pattern and the yarn is yummy; I almost don't want to finish these because I'm enjoying it so much!

I'm working today so they won't be finished until tomorrow and it's unlikely I'll get a photograph up until Saturday. (Alert readers may have noticed that I removed Silver Bells from my January list because I knew I wouldn't have time to do them. I've renamed it Wedding Bells and put it on June's list.)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Flickering Flames Socks

Flickering Flames
Needles: 2.25 mm dpn
Yarn: 435 yd skein of 70% merino wool/30% silk, colorway Ruby Lips, by March Hare (Meg Warren) on Etsy
Pattern: Flickering Flames, a free pattern found here

I liked knitting this pattern, especially the picot cuff.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Orange Sherbet Baby Socks

Most of my baby socks are made of yarn left-over from making adult socks, but sometimes I want to make baby socks in colors I wouldn't use to make adult socks. Lucky for me, CraftsMeow on Etsy sells mini skeins of about 100 yards of beautiful sock yarn and I've bought several of these. This is one.

This is the stitch pattern I used:
Rnd 1: *P3, K1. Repeat from * around
Rnd 2: * P1, YO, P2tog, K1. Repeat from *
Rnds 3, 4, and 5: Knit around

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Deep Winter Socks

Deep Winter
Needles: 2.25 mm dpn
Yarn: 420 yd skein of Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select merino fingering weight yarn, kettle dyed by AlaskanNancy on Etsy
Stitch pattern:
Rnd 1: yo,ssk,k1, k2tog, yo, k1-b
Rnd 2: purl
Rnd 3: k1, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k1, k1-b
Rnd 4: purl

I wasn't pleased with my choice of stitch pattern, called Little Arrowhead Lace, for this yarn as it effectively hides the zig-zag. I hope to use this stitch again, but this time using a plain colored yarn.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Winter Violets Baby Socks

Stitch pattern:
Rnds 1 and 2: k2,p2
Rnds 3 and 4: p

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Dreaming of Hawaii Socks

Dreaming of Hawaii
Needles: 2.25 mm dpn
Yarn: 435 yards 70% merino wool and 30% silk in Glacier Bay colorway from The March Hare on Etsy
Pattern: Jigsaw Socks, free pattern on Ravelry