Howdy, Howdy, Howdy! (Do you know that movie reference?*) Welcome to Week 4. As Sarah said, “Has it been a month already?” Yup. And, as you’ll read below, some of us are in a sock-knitting frenzy, and some of us are hustling to catch up. Regardless of your own progress, read on and be inspired! Do think of Blog Reader Cecilie this week–she’s in the middle of a move! (Good luck, Cecilie…be sure to mark the knitting boxes loud and clear with “Open Me First.” A little knitting goes a long way to ease the vortex of insanity that is A Major Move. I’m just sayin’. :-D)
FYI: I’m leaving town myself this afternoon until Thursday (taking the 17-year-old son on out-of-state college visits). I’ll have Internet access, but not until tomorrow night, at earliest. I went ahead and published a little early. Jody’s blog updates will appear asap.
Have a great week…Sock On!
Beth a/k/a Bossygirl
*”Toy Story”–that’s the shark in the toy box. That’s a favorite reference here at our house…and using the appropriate shark voice is imperative, naturally.
From Dee’s group:
Emily is in love. Say what??? Yep, it’s true. She’s in love with her marigold toe up socks. Head over to see them. I say you’ll fall in love with her socks too. Very pretty, Emily. Oh yum! these peppermint mocha socks from Dawn sound good enough to eat. I’m sure the recipient will just love them! Eleanor has a beautiful pair of Embossed Leaves up on her blog and is getting ready to start some Cider Moon socks.
To my bloggers, I apologize. I experienced a little computer-operator glitch this week that caused my original post to be lost in the innernets. If I missed anyone, please write and I’ll be sure to get you up next week. (This is what happens when you tell hubby to “clean-up” the unused files.) :::embarrassed:::
From Worsted Knitt’s group:
Worsted Knitt has had a very rough week and has only finished one sock.
Tina has gorgeous Eleonoras on her needles this week, as well as a pretty sock for her husband.
Zuleika keeps up ker crocheting/knitting even though she had a very busy week.
Whitney has made sock progress, but has also had a “bad knitting day” with the Tailored Scallops cardigan.
From Jen’s group:
Even with all the Mystery Stole 3 knitting going on, we’ve got a lot of nice FOs in my group this week.
Jo Ann of Shamrock’s Gloves knocked some Monkeys off her back, and is quickly knitting up two pair of Cat Bordhi basic socks: one knit with magic loop and the other with 2 circs. She’s using Regia Crazy Color, which knits into really cool stripes. Maybe I am crazy, but those seem pretty normal to me.
Even though JessaLu has a new puppy to train, she managed to crank out her second pair of Monkeys in a really pretty Great Adirondack Yarns colorway. Check out the “painted desert,” and while you’re over there wish her a Happy Birthday!
Another birthday girl, Joanna in Ottawa, shares her day with France’s Bastille Day! Vivent les chaussettes! Excellent job matching the stripes on your freshly completed Gull Wings!
Perhaps it’s the Summer of Monkey Socks. We have another amazing pair from Jen. She knit these toe-up in Cherry Tree Hill in the Wild Cherries colorway, a great gift from her Knitter’s Tea Swap pal.
I think I need to join a swap. The Esoteric Knitter has almost finished her first pair of Monkeys that she’s making for her Sockapalooza pal. Lucky pal! Not only is the Lorna’s Laces colorway heart-stopping, but they pooled around the gusset in the same way on both socks.
Traveling Jeanie has more stunning “Socks on Vacation” photos. Her photo of Monkeys enjoying the mountain air in the Canadian Rockies is a sight to behold. And her cute anklets in a flowery meadow in Horseshoe Lakes, Indiana are totally zen.
Jessica Zarzuela also hit the road recently. Destination: historic Philadelphia where she loads up on sock yarn and finishes a shimmery pair of socks in Opal Handpaint. The founding fathers would be proud.
Marathon knitter, Jeannie, has finished an additional 3 pair of socks since I last checked in. She’s decided to start pushing into new pattern/technique territory as her Q3 challenge. She’s considering argyle, while meanwhile she cast off a gorgeous pair of Cookie A.’s Thelonius socks.
Mathgirl is off to a conference in Vancouver with a colleague. Will he think her crazy when she pulls out her stripey Duets sock to snap holiday photos?
Jeri is just about finished with her second Loksin, but has declared that she hates knitting gussets on a top-down socks. She doesn’t hate them enough to leave them at home when she travels, though. Check out her Loksins snuggling up to gorgeous fiber at Heritage Arts in Grandview, Texas.
Itchy Fingers Jess set her Undulating Ribs aside for some “mindless” stockinette in a stripey Vesper Sock Yarn. Love the greens and blues! But the summer sun has sent her chasing after the ice cream man, and now she has a scrumptious Summer Fun sock from Knitspot on the needles. She calls them “peaches and cream.” I call them “yummmmmmy!”
Jean of the Golden Purl is teaching her Mom to knit socks, and she says that plain stockinette is the perfect knit for chatting, shopping and a summer matinee. I love the soothing melony colors of her Zarina yarn. Jean is also working through her second Loksin, and she has cast on a Spiral Boot sock.
Jen’s been Jaywalking. She’s got one completed sock in a stunning, semi-solid purple color and another that dove into the deep end of the pool. Like me, Jen’s knitting has been a bit interrupted by unsightly black blotches on her latest pair. Do you like to swim in the hand-dyed pool, or do you prefer neat and orderly color variegation? Take Jen’s color-pooling survey.
In more sock introspection, Jessica ponders our perceptions of color and patterns and wonders about yarn that looks pretty in the skein and not so much in the fabric. And what about those colors that grow on you?
And finally, beautiful, lavender Zokni’s are still simmering in the Knitting Kitchen.
Till next week… Happy Socking!
From Carole’s group:
From the CaroleKnits Group:
Amy is working on her second pair of summer socks this week and learning some new cabling techniques. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself craving calamari and ice cream by the time you finish reading her post.
Carole finished two pairs of socks this week. One is a beautiful lace pattern and one is a basic stockinette sock made special because the yarn is handspun.
From April’s group:
Mystery Stole 3 doesn’t seem to have stolen the show this week! I present to you our group’s sock progress:
Alexis just got some new sock yarrrrrn: Cascade Fixation and Panda Cotton. I’ve been dying to try out the Panda Cotton and she says it’s just so soft and lovely. She also recently purchased Annie’s Attic “Stocking Feet,” with 10 crochet sock patterns. Unfortunately, a lot of the patterns use worsted weight yarns. Hello, doesn’t anyone know that socks like that don’t fit in shoes very well? Sigh. She’s almost finished with sock #2, and we’re all anxious to see how it comes out.
Poor Jen had to frog back her Mom’s socks because the gussets were just way too big. She’s having a hard time with this pair and is on the fence about scrapping the project altogether and just making Mom some Monkeys. But her spirits are probably raised a little after the wonderful sock-related book purchases she just made. In fact, she’s feeling so good that she’s got a really cool contest running on her blog between now and the end of July. Do check it out!
Deb finished her Walk in the Woods socks and the colorway is amazing.
Our other Deb had a chance to lounge pool-side while working on her newest pair of socks. I won’t lie…I’m uber jealous.
As Amanda pointed out, we’re just about a third of the way done with Summer of Socks. Can you believe it? She’s right on schedule with her Smokey Joe socks, despite taking some time off from knitting to get married. Congratulations, Amanda!
Adrienne completed one of her peonies in Tofutsies #733. I think this is one of the few pretty pastel socks I’ve seen from our group, as many of them seem to be in screaming bright colors. The peony is luscious, like a fresh flower.
Amy of Knitting in Public has finished some sock knitting this week, but unfortunately was pulled away by two funerals and a road trip. You must be exhausted, Amy. Take it easy.
Aside from all the eye candy and great photos on her blog, Amber also shows off the first of her man socks, which look fantastic. Oh, and sock yarn for her trip to Kenya. No biggie, just knitting in Africa! Yeah, no bitter jealousy here or anything.
Amy has cast on her Bellatrix socks, and they’re so gorgeous and witchy!
Emergency! Help! SOS! Amy P of Dyed in the Wool isn’t sure how she feels about the design she’s been working on. Would y’all hop over and comment on how it’s coming out? My vote is that the socks are a keeper.
Andrea finished her beach socks, and still had time to laze around and watch some movies. I am very jealous and suddenly have massive amounts of couch envy.
In her weekly installment of Sock-It-To-Me-Sunday, Angela Marie shows off two absolutely lovely socks that you simply must take a peek at.
April finally seems to have gotten her act together and has made some progress on her crocheted socks. Only to come to the realization that they’re no match for knitted socks. I’m thinking that the dark side is calling me…I may have to learn to work the needles if I want some gorgeous socks. Maybe photos of the crocheted socks next week.
From Manda’s group:
Lolly finished her Whitby socks, and they’re gorgeous!
Lucia doesn’t send any updates, but I just read that her father had a mild heart attack this past weekend. Please send happy, healthy thoughts and prayers to her and her family!
Lynette finished her Sox uh, socks.
Malia finishes half a pair!
Malin started another pair of socks.. for her FIL this time!
Manda finished her Charade socks and is plugging along on her Sockapalooza socks.
Margaret’s sock comes out of hiding, and she gets back to the sock knitting.
Melinda hasn’t posted any sock progress recently, but I just read that she was recently engaged! Congrats and Best wishes to the happy couple!!
Melissa has finished 2 pairs of socks!
It’s been mentioned previously, but I wanted to post a reminder: our very own MezzoDiva is still taking donations. Sponsor her for the 2007 Weekend to End Breast Cancer, and get a really pretty sock pattern in return (see link for details).
From Vera’s group:
Summertime and the knitting’s easy.
Susan B. has completed her first pair of Monkeys.
Is Suzann giving away UFOs?
Karen is nearing the finish line on her Thujas.
Socks two–Pairs zero!
Like me, Tammany doesn’t have a pair yet, but is working on it.
Terby’s Tiger socks are burning bright even after two years.
I’m so in love with Heddy’s Breeze socks that I had to start a pair myself. Did I say pair?
Tiennie whipped up some cool socks for her hubby.
Stacey adds a mad dash of color.
From Kathy’s group:
Busy summer knitting days!
Lisa J. at The Pick of the Knitter has finished another pair of socks! She cast them on Sunday and posted the completed pictures on Wednesday! Way to go! Lisa calls them her Angelfish Socks, made with a fishscale pattern up the sides, check them out!
Liz at Crossroad Knits completed pair of socks made with Tofutsies just in time to take them on vacation to Maine. What’s she knitting on her vacation? Appropriately, Nancy Bush’s New England Socks!
Kristy at Eleven Stitches has finished one of her single socks (remember she had eleven single socks at the beginning of the summer!), the Merino Lace socks and is finishing up her Loksins now.
Laura at Fiber Dreams had a problem with her socks this week. She’s turned the heel on her Monkey’s and lost one of her 5 dpn’s. Wow. I’ve been there! As I was writing my update, she posted that the wayward needle has been found and the Monkey’s are on their way to be completed!
Limedragon’s working on a wonderful pair of Mosaic socks, now they’re definitely on my list!
Look where LadyLungDoc at Purl This! keeps her yarn when knitting 2 socks on 2 circulars! Cool! I love learning tips like this from fellow knitters!
From Melinda’s Group:
Pat finished two pairs of socks this week.
New England socks by Nancy Bush using Regia Silk Cream Yarn and her Solstice Slip
Not That Kat finished her
Tessellating Lace Socks-her own pattern, and is looking for a test knitter or two. Next on the
needles, toe up Jaywalkers.
PurlyGirl75. finished her
Sockapalooza Socks using Scarlet Fleece yarn in Kiwi and a Twin Rib pattern.
After finally finishing all her pre-summer of sock socks
her first pair of anklet socks this week that count towards SOS. The yarn is Marks & Kattens
Clown, colour 1723 (greens and purples) and less than one ball was used.
Obsidan Knitter. started and finished her
first pair of socks knit on two circulars, which makes a total of four pairs since the start of SOS
2007. She started a fifth pair of socks Wednesday the 18th using Marnie’s Wyvern Pattern.
Pam finished her Jaywalkers, which make pair #6. It was slow this week
because she worked 3 12hour shifts in a row. Usually Pam only work 2 so she lost a day.
Since the email she sent me yesterday she has her first sock of pair #7 done.
Rasa finished her Monkey Socks-first
SOS pair-last Sunday the 8th in just under a week. It’s an all time record knitting socks for
Rasa. She has started her second pair, the pattern is Seduction Socks from Interweave
Paula has a few inches done on her second
Carolina sock. For her next sock, which she has already started, she volunteered to try out
K1C2’s Soxx Appeal yarn.
Noricum has finished a pair of SOS socks that
she can’t show because they haven’t been given to the recipient, and has started her
Pat K has finished her pair of Trekking
Socks. Soon, news of a new pair on the needles!
Orghlaith finished the second Spring Garden
sock. She started the Tidal Wave sock earlier in the week as part of her ‘I can’t quit starting
new projects’ illness. So it has been ribbed and the cuff pattern started. It is in (surprise)
Posh Cashmere/Merino in a lovely sea green. She has another pattern for her next pair in
Patti has finished one of a pair and will cast on
for the mate this weekend. These will be her first SOS socks.
Petunia is still working on sock #2
of the first pair. She wishes life would stop getting in the way-the laundry would do itself,
and floors would stay clean. Forever.
From Barb’s group:
Ayumi has finished a pair of Breeze from Knitty WTG!! they’re beautiful
Bee has finished her green stripey knee-high socks, WTG!!
Barb has finished a pair in Lorna’s Laces colorway Flame, WTG!! very pretty
From Tina’s group:
Some finished (and halfway finished) pairs this week:
Shannan has finished up a really lovely pair of Waving Lace socks this week. She’s also posted her latest sock yarn purchases, so check out her blog if you want to be seduced!
Shannon H. finished her Insanity socks. They’re very cute and stripey!
Sheri Roy has one of her Sockapalooza socks done, and it’s looking amazing. I think the Belle-Maman pattern has to go in the queue!
Finally, Sockergirl has been away for a while, but this week she has 3 finished pairs on show!
From Jeanie’s group:
Four weeks into SOS2007 and LOTS of socks completed!
Janelle Fine finished her Monkeys and is working on a pair of manly socks for her hubby with some challenging calf shaping. Let’s just say there was a whole lotta frogging going on, but after four tries, she is heading down the leg to the heel. In between all this sock knitting, she’s cranked out a chemo hat for a friend as well as started a baby sweater without a pattern! Brave woman.
Heather #1 on the list started a pair of ankle socks with yarn that she dyed herself. A beautiful self-striping colorway that she calls “Cantadew” because it looks like cantaloupe and honeydew!
Becky Annison was at the heel of her first Retro Rib sock earlier this week and almost down to the toe of her Bellatrix socks in Fleece Artist Seawool. She’s taking her knitting on a short holiday this week and hopes to have both pairs of these socks finished next week. She likes knitting with the Fleece Artist so much that she’s had to institute knitting rules: If she knits with the Fleece Artist, she must spend an equal amount of time knitting the Retro Rib socks, and finish the Retro’s first!
Heather McCoy went on a knitting frenzy and got all of her WIPs out last week. It took her a few days, but she finally realized that you don’t get very far knitting a little of this and a little of that. So she got focused and finished a beautiful pair of Elaan Toe-Up Chevron Socks. Then she rushed to sign into Ravelry so she could move them from the WIP to the Finished category!
Another Heather heard from! This is Heather Knits on the sidebar. She finished a beautiful pair of hiking socks in the Three Waters Farm Lilac colorway. She already gave them a test drive out in the Colorado mountains! Her advice: Don’t wear hand dyed socks before washing them or your feet will match your socks!
From Cecilie’s group:
Courtney’s baby booties are finished, and the heel has been turned on the embossed leaves.
Chris can’t find her first pair for SOS (she hid them in a safe place, never a good idea..) but got working on a new pair on a long train ride.
Chihiro finished lace socks, an intricate and pretty pattern.
Chewyknits needs to post pictures of her finished “Whiskers and Paw Prints” socks and how her own design socks.
Dawn obsesses over socks, even taking them to the poolside. She finished her first pair in a woosh, and promptly started two new ones. If you want to see pretty crocheted socks, go to her blog.
CJ1S battles second sock syndrome.
Clare repaired the broken needle with some glue (good luck finding a new set of Clover Size 2 16″ circulars) and started a new pair on some other needles.
From Jess’ group:
Week four has four of my ‘peeps’ checking in with progress:
Karin says: I finished my first official SOS pair (on our flickr group & my blog) and have another half pair done today. A stash dive turned up lots of Fleece Artist yarn, and remembering some of the group discussions at the beginning of SOS ‘07, where some people were considering “theming” their SOS socks, I thought maybe I would do all of my socks in the FA yarn. We’ll see how my attention span holds up :).
Kathy says: I only knit one of my Giotto / River Rapids socks in Fleece Artist Pinata - the yarn is delicious! And then knitting ADD hit and I jumped into Nancy Bush’s Child’s First Sock in Shell Pattern using Posh Yarn’s Lucia. What a great pattern for summer knitting, easy to remember! I’ve finished sock 1, and have cast on for the second. I hope to have BOTH second socks well on their way by next week!
Judy is checking in for the first time: I have finished one sock in my second pair of socks, and am closing in on the second. Maybe I’ll finish up this weekend; maybe not. The rain is helping.
This pair of ankle socks are my first stab at designing socks. I may enter it in the design contest, but I have another pair I’m thinking about, and we’ll see if I get to that one & if it comes out okay. Considering this is just my fourth pair of socks I’ve ever knit, I’m mostly pleased with how the design on my ankle socks came out.
Last but definitely not least, Katie says: I finished my first pair of SOS socks a week ago…and I’ve started my second pair. Clearly I’m not going for the “most socks” contest. Enjoy the post, and thanks for reading.
From Sarah’s group:
Here’s what Sarah’s group has been up to!
Renee finished her Shimmer Socks. They’re just gorgeous — these socks are guaranteed to make you smile. She says she’s quite pleased with how the pattern (from Magknits) and the yarn (Lorna’s Laces) worked together, and I have to agree. She also reports that she started a pair of cabled socks — can’t wait to see them!
Heather’s socks got to see some amazing scenery. I may have just gotten back from a vacation, but these pictures gave me the travel bug again!
Samantha has four (!) pairs of socks on the needles, and finished a pair of footies. I’m glad to see I’m not the only person who can’t be monogamous to a single pair. Her Gryffindor socks sure are timely, what with the Book Release of the Century this weekend…
Sally finished a super-cool sock — it’s a landscape scene! You’ve gotta check this one out. I can’t begin to tell you how much I like the colors that she used.
Sarah is somehow managing to knit socks AND care for a newborn at the same time. I can hardly remember to feed my cats in a timely manner, so I find this to be extraordinary. I love the blue sock yarn she’s using — it’s such a rich, deep color.
Robin finished her husband’s socks — they look great, and he is one lucky guy! And just in time for the aforementioned Book Release of the Century, she finished her
Horcrux Socks too. Yep — you read that right, TWO finished pairs in one week. She’s already started her next two pairs, too!
Sammie has all kinds of sock news — she finished her turquoise anklets (yay!) and also made it through a blue self-patterning sock. She’s now working on a pair of blue-orange-yellow striped socks as well as some green eyelet rib socks. I love to see all this variety!
I finished my second SoS sock — too bad it’s not a match for the first one I finished. I hope I’ll manage to get a couple of actual finished pairs soon!