Oh my!!!! The sock knitting….Ohhh, the sock knitting! Just wait until you check out the links below. You will, indeed, be astounded. Our Blog Readers have done a terrific job this week summarizing all those sock-tacular successes out there. Sure, it’s a lengthy post, but I’ve listed everyone by blog groups according to the Blog Reader’s name. If you don’t find your blog linked, remember…this summer, it’s your job to email your Blog Reader about your sock progress. If you’ve found a bum link, please speak up, either to your Blog Reader or me (Beth a/k/a Bossygirl). We’ll get it fixed up, pronto. (As for typos…we all tried to catch them, so if we missed one, please give me the high sign and I’ll take care of it as well.)
Until next week, Sock On!
- Weekly Sock Update, CaroleKnits group
I have only one wee update for this first week of the Summer of Socks. Bookwoman is discovering the joy (and speed!) of knitting socks with sport weight yarn. And they’re being modeled by a Santa in a Hawaiian shirt. Go on over and check it out.
- Melinda’s Group:
Noricum is finishing up her crochet socks that were started before SOS began. She is almost done and they are looking great.
Not That Kat has finished her sockopolooza socks that were started before SOS began. Kat immediately casted on for her first pair of SOS socks-Embossed Leaves-which she’s had to frog once when she found two extra stitches.
Obsidian Knitter has finished sock A of her first pair for Summer of Socks. Once sock b is finished she plans to wear them with fancy flip flops.
Omly is the second in our group to have completed a pair of SOS socks. They are her very own pattern called “7 of Hearts” and she is looking for test knitters for the pattern. Congrats Omly!!
Opal has also finished sock A of her first pair of SOS socks. The pattern is Baby Cable Rib from Sensational Knitted Socks. Sock A of the Gothic Spire socks pair is not going as well. She’s had to frog it once already.
Orghlaith has 12 sock patterns on her list for this summer. She is starting off with the Denmark pattern from Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush. The yarn is Posh Cashmere that she over-dyed into a deep forest green.
P-la is currently finishing up her Lemon Wedge socks that were started before SOS began.
Pam, I am happy to report, is the first in our group to have finished a pair of SOS socks!!!!!! She made anklet socks using Jojoland Kaleidoscope, color HM22. She also has two more pairs on the needles. Way to go Pam!
Pat has three of the 16 pairs of socks she plans to knit this summer on her
needles already. She’s currently working on the Solstice Slip pattern, and Breeze Anklets.
Patti is also working on her first sock using the Solstice Slip Pattern. She has some very interesting pooling action happening and is doing her socks from the toe up.
Petunia is knitting her first pair of socks from the Lorna’s Laces colourway Flamingo Stripe. A portion of each sale of this colourway is donated to Breast Cancer Research. She’s doing this in honor of her friend who was recently diagnosed.
Rachel has finished a pair of lovely purple socks using the Diamante pattern from Knitty.com, which were started before SOS began.
Rasa too has finished a pair of socks. The pattern is Menehune Cobblestone, which were they were started before SOS began.
Rebecca has 7 pairs of socks on her list to knit this summer. She has started the
first Nightshade sock and it’s almost done. The yarn is her first hand-spun.
Arlene is working on a pair in pretty Fleece Artist.
AuntieAnn has finished Waving Lace in gorgeous Fleece Artist, color Marine.
Ayumi is working on 2 pairs, Breeze from Knitty and Seduction from IK both knit with KnitPicks Palette.
BabblingStacey is making a pair from STR Little Bunny Foo Foo, go check out her STR haul, gorgeous!!
Badly Shorn Sheep had to re-start he socks, hopefully they are a perfect fit now!
Barb (me) has the first of a pair of Jaywalkers just past the heel, made in Lorna’s Laces Icehouse.
Barbp plans on making some Monkeys, can’t wait to see pics!!
Baseball Knitter has 1 Embossed Leaves sock finished and the second started.
Becca is knitting Go with The Flow in Reynolds Sea Wool, very pretty
Becky is knitting a pair of very colorful Jaywalkers.
Becky has finished her very first pair of socks in a gorgeous blue/green colorway, and already started a 2nd pair.
Becky is also knitting Jaywalkers, a very popular pattern
Bee is making her Sockapalooza pal’s socks as her first SOS pair.
Beth has finished sock #1 in Cider Moon color Baked Alaska, very pretty!!
Beth is making Broadripple from Knitty in Cascade Fixation.
Beth @ Stuck on Socks is also knitting a very pretty rainbow colored Jaywalkers.
Beth C has finished a pair in TOFUtsies WTG!!
Here’s what the blogs in my group have been doing for the first week of SOS
- Stacey has knitted a super cute pair of Monkey socks. I love the bright colors and the picot edge.
- Susanna has started some banana yellow Monkeys.
- Tiennie’s Petticoat Socks really rock in STR Brick.
- Tracey whipped up an adorable pair of lace anklets from Cast On Magazine.
- Theresa has knitted two socks, but they aren’t a pair.
- Like me, Tammany usually doesn’t swatch.
- Suz gotten started–so has Susan–so has Tempe and Terby
- Vera demonstrates what Summer Sock Knitting should be.
My group has been pretty quiet - three people reported in with progress this week:
Kade started her socks, while K2 has already finished a pair! Meanwhile, Kathy has been trying to find the right pattern for her Fleece Artist yarn. I think she’s hit the jackpot with her Giotto sockage :o)
Seems like many of us are trying to clean up our plates before embarking on our SOS! I know that was an issue for me. Kristy at Eleven Stitches has 11 single socks that she’s now starting to complete before setting out on a SOS project! Laura at Affiknitty has cast on a sock with a Giotto cuff out of her own wonderful Kool Aid dyed yarn. I must admit to coveting it and copying it! Leigh at Rock On Knit PrOn finished her first pair for her boss and has started her first Waving Lace from Interweave in Claudia Hand Painted with a bit of a “design change”. As long as the second sock is the same, who’s to know? Lisa S at Peacecat This N That first project will be the Horcrux socks. Looking forward to her pictures! Linda at Boogie Socks is working on the Summer Solstice Pattern By Heartstrings with Sockotta Yarn. Lisa H at Knitting By the Sea is being held hostage by Monkeys in Brooklyn Handspun. Liz K at Crossroads Knits has a pair of Child’s First Socks in Shell Pattern in Tess Supersock & Baby. This is one of those patterns I keep bumping into and say “I have got to knit that!”. Laura at Fiber Dreams is also working on Monkeys (I’ve done 2 of these myself!) And finally, Lara at Trixie’s Stix has cast on with Tofusies a toe up pair of k2, p2 rib socks.
Amy P of Dyed in the Wool has a goal of making 2 pairs of socks this summer. The first pair is for her Mum, using Sock it Too Me Puzzle yarn, and using a slightly modified version of the Tropicana pattern from June 2006 Magknits. She’s also working on Boudica socks by Miriam Fulton.
Amy over at Blue Thing Pie is roaring to go! You really need to peek at the colors she chose for her sock yarns, they’re just lovely. And while you’re there, sit back and get to meet Anastasia, the lovely sock she’s working on. Lime-ish green is awesome!
Hi, my name is April [exploring pandora’s (yarn) box] and I crochet socks. I’ve had a bit of a rocky start this summer, I am sad to say. First off, I started crocheting my first pair of socks ever, only to change my tune, frog them, and start on a totally new pair. That pair also did not make it, and I started on a third pattern. Here I am, crocheting away.
Abby at Ever Decreasing has started her socks. She’s using the Vog On Pattern from the most recent Knitty. You totally have to check out the colorway. Love it!
Amy over at Sticks n Mud cast on the most beautiful Victorian Lace sock. You need to check it out. Really. I mean it. She’s not so sure about the color, but I think it’s pretty dang hot. Don’t you agree?
Ali from Skeins Her Way actually forgot she had signed up for the Summer of Socks 2007. I posted a comment on her blog about it, and it jogged her memory. Yeah! I love when things come full circle like that. I can’t wait to see what she wows us with.
Are you looking for a nice chuckle? This obscenely hilarious tale from knitter Jen at Knitting Sutra will leave you in stitches. Let the Summer Olympics begin. This year it appears they are held in Germany, and you can get some photos of the competition (or should I say “practice competition,” Jen?) here.
Adelle of Girl Is Crafty began her SOS socks with Socks that Rock Yarn. They say crocheting is faster than knitting, but after seeing her progress, I’m starting to second guess that! And kids, let me tell you something about Adelle. This girl is crafty. And thoughtful. Why, you ask? You’ll just need to see for yourselves.
Allison at Odd Ball and Skein is knitting some heelless sleeping socks, using this lovely yarn. I’m really intrigued by the title of the pattern! This is the only pair of socks on Allison’s plate right now.
Deb recently blogged about her sock yarn stash, and I’m glad she did. You totally need to check it out! I think you’ll be just about as jealous as I am.
Speaking of jealousy, the other Deb in our group got to spend the day with the one and only Jessica, our superstar leader behind the Summer of Socks, last weekend. How unfair is that? They look like they had a great time knitting the morning away in Princeton with Deb’s dog, Chappy, and her Mom. Lucky ladies!
Alison over at Alianne Knits started these great looking socks this week. The striping effect is fantastic, and from the sounds of it, these socks will be heaven on the heels.
Amanda may call her blog “a little fuzzy,” but one thing is perfectly clear: her socks are coming out great! All you knitters out there may want to check out flame wave socks from Interweave Knits Favorite Socks.
Anastasia has been co-blogging over on knit-n-gib about the Summer of Socks. She opted to use a simple pattern to highlight her ever-so-delicious handpainted yarn. And wow, you need to check out the color. She very truthfully said that the colorway is “violently green.” It makes me violently happy.
Andrea of Always Knitting has a great new pair of socks on the needles. I seem to see a pattern here of many summer knitters making green socks. They’re looking great, Andrea, and I can’t wait to see how they come out!
Alexis at YARRRRRN is the second sock-crocheter-extraordinaire in the group (hook on, baby!). She’s started working on her sock and ended up finishing it pretty quickly. I am sad to report that she is less than thrilled with her Bernat Sox yarn, though. Anyone have any good suggestions for a cotton sock yarn with absolutely zero wool in it? Check out her blog and give her some suggestions if you have any.
Angeluna over at PurlsBeforeFrogs received her Rockin’ Sock Club yarn (Everyone has this yarn, I love the Firebird colorway!) and is making some gawgeous socks to pass the time in the Texas rain. Check them out!
Well, Anne of Sittin ‘n Knittin was sitting and knitting fo’sho’. She’s working on two pairs right now and, again, one of them is using the Firebird colorway. It is so yummy.
Adrienne is knitting in the bellybutton of California (no, really, I mean it), working diligently on a Sidewinders pattern. She’s even designed her own pattern, and you can read about that in a previous blog entry.
If you want to see something pretty cool, check out Anna’s Summer of Socks Countdown Ticker on her blog, Anna’s Yarn Mansion.
Is that a pineapple, or is Acornbud just happy to see us? And look, amongst the fruit I see a monkey!
Only one pair of socks to report on this week. Becky Annison (all the way over in the U.K.) has been knitting the Mad Colour Weave socks in the Cherry Tree Hill Supersock, “birch” colourway, and is almost finished with this first pair. She says she doesn’t expect to win any speed prizes, but that sounds pretty speedy to me! You can check her progress at http://fraxknits.vox.com/.
The Jaya to Jodie group are aiming high this Summer of Socks.
JenSquared at Café Eclectic has big plans. Not only does she intend to learn to knit socks toe-up, but she’s set her sights on five great Knitty patterns. This Jen means business and has new stash to prove it.
Itchy Fingers Jess has been clearing her plate to focus on socks. Meanwhile,Jennifer who Knits Into Oblivion is fighting the urge to cast on for SOS until she finishes the other projects on her needles. Her temptresses are a new skein from Socks that Rock Club and Duet. Jennifer,Oh Jenny. How do you resist?
Jeanne of Jeanne Knits had socks on the brain. However, the Wii fairy stopped by her house. We may never hear from her again.
In spite of being infected with Monkey fever, Jeri of Soap, Quilt, Knit has cast
on Loksins for SOS. And Joanna of Wool-Crazy in Ottawa is working on a pair of Aran Sandal Socks while honing her skillz with Lucy Neatby videos.
of Alabama Fiber Dreams is also almost finished with her first pair of the season. JessaLu has put away her crazy sock knitting machine, and has finished a mis-matched pair of socks in Socks That Rock and Cherry Tree Hill. The twins are on the needles.
More little monkeys jumping on the bed. Jenny, who Loves to Bike and Knit, is working on a pair of Cookie A Monkey socks and a pair of Mystery Monkeys.
Awe! The Mystery Monkey looks like a sock monkey toy! Who doesn’t
want a pair of those??
Meanwhile, poor Jen of Out of the Baskethas had a rough go. She got cracking on an Antknit pattern on Thursday, only to frog three inches in the wee hours of Saturday morning. That night, Jen’s two year old got a little too interested in her project but Jen managed a harrowing cable rescue in a record-breaking 20 minutes.She’s back in the game with a completed sock on Monday.
Some socks are getting out. Jess of The Bugs’ socks took her on
vacation to Chicago where they posed in front of the
Windy City’s top attractions. True to her blog title, Jennifer of On The Road To Somewhere is traveling a lot this summer. To prepare, she has cast on three pairs of socks in luxury colors.
We have a designer in our midst. Jennifer over at the Knitting Kitchen is working on an argyle sock pattern using her own hand-dyed yarn. Hang out in the kitchen, and she just might give you the pattern.
And some of us could use a little support. Jaya is soldiering on with the knitting in
spite of a nasty illness. Her Chalet socks are stunning in ruby red. Send her your love and well wishes.
And then there’s Jen of Legal Needles who has a nasty case of start-itis. Girlfriend has a pile of single cuffs and half-baked second socks in scrumptious colors taunting her like sirens. In addition to three lovelies that she started last Spring, she cast-on Giotto from the Yarn4socks.com Club for SOS only to be sidetracked last weekend by the Socktopia June Knit-Off. Ladies and gents, this one needs our comments of encouragement.
We have many a Finished Pair in the Jaya to Jodie group!!
Jen of Knitting Interrupted kicked off SOS 2007 a little worried that she didn’t have any sock yarn. An excavation of her stash uncovered some amazing artifacts including Fleece Artist yarn. People, she forgot about the Fleece Artist. A little interruption by a Ravelry invitation didn’t stop her from finishing a pair of baby socks in Artyarns supermerino.
Our hostess Jessica has cranked out her first pair of Cookie A’s Monkey Socks in record time. Welcome to the
cult party, Jessica. She also started a pair using Austermann Step. Feel the
In just a week, Jenneke taught herself to knit toe-up, and then whipped up a pair of Elfines. The beautiful yarn she used was a hand-dyed gift from her secret pal.
Jessica E. of Show Me
Your Knits has unleashed her inner super hero. In only four days she finished a pair of River Rapids socks. Remember
Jessica, with great power comes great responsibility.
Last but really not least, Jeannie of Sewing, Knitting and Beyond is going for the “Most Socks” contest. She’s off to a killer start with not one, not two, but THREE completed pairs of socks. Already!
Summer has begun, and so have socks! Lots of people are on vacation this week, but I have a feeling that’ll mean more socks in weeks to come!
Sue is monkeying along (her words!) on a Monkey sock and enjoying it very much. She predicts a FO for next week. Meanwhile, Sheri R. has been knitting (or at least holding a partially finished sock!) on the beach. Shannon H. is knitting two socks at once on double pointed needles - one sock’s stitches alternate with the other’s on the same needles - a cool technique I’d never seen before! The start of Stephanie’s green sock is posing with a lovely lily before being frogged and restarted for the third time (ah, restarting, I know thee well!). Sue J. is working on some very pretty Jaywalkers and enjoying her first time knitting with 5 dpns instead of just 4. Sharon is knitting socks for soldiers and has finished her first summer pair. They’re worsted weight and cable-y, and look very cozy indeed!
That’s all for this week, and I can’t wait to see what’s happening next week with all these great socks!
We’ve got some busy knitters out there. Nadine has already finished two pairs of socks! She has also tried two new heels from a German sock book with many heel and toe options. Check out her blog for a detailed list of all her sock projects, it’s pretty amazing. Miss Lime started off SOS by knitting a pair of Walking Meditation socks. This was her first time doing contrasting heels and toes and an afterthought heel. Mobishobel finished a cute pair of cable and lace anklets, and Monica finished the first anklet of her pair as well. Poor Mrs. H has had to frog her Pomatomus twice and is comforting herself with a plain vanilla sock instead. After some needle wrangling, I managed to learn a Turkish cast on for toe up socks, which I thought was pretty exciting, but not nearly as exciting as Needles’ visit to Disneyland with her sock-in-progress. They got their picture taken with Captain Jack Sparrow!
Ruth, who recently returned to dry land, is working on a pair of socks in a lovely Lorna’s Laces colorway. They look like they’ll be gorgeous when they’re finished!
Risa is nearly finished with her first Summer of Socks pair — as I write this she’s gotten through 1.5 socks but I bet the pair will be done by the time this report is posted! They’re knitted up in STR Lightweight in the Red Rock Canyon colorway.
Sammie is finishing up her first sock in gray Patons Kroy.
Samantha has three– count ‘em, three! — socks on the needles. I’m glad to seeI’m not the only person who can’t decide what to knit first!
Sally is more than halfway through her pair of Zen String Sock Club socks for June, and they are looking fabulous — she’s also flashed her sock yarn stash for us!
Sarah is working on two socks — a plain pair, and Pomatomus for when she can concentrate. She’s knitting the Pomatomus in the same yarn she hand-dyed as a prize for the Summer of Socks, so check out how it looks knit up!
Sachahad a little bit of a problem when she ran out of yarn for her Pomatomus, but it appears that a good Samaritan has come to her rescue via Ravelry. Hooray for the online knitting community! She also had some sugar-induced fun one night, in a post that made me laugh out loud, if only because I’m a huge Doctor Who fan too.
Rosemary and her Monkey socks are visiting Atlanta…and it sounds like she had some stash enhancement in preparation for the Summer of Socks.
It sounds like Sarah was doing
quite the multitasking job as she worked on her socks!
Sarah (yes, my group has a lot of Sarahs!) has put a lot of thought into the Summer of Socks, and got a chance to get a good jump on her goals for the summer with some car-knitting time.
Robin finished a Horcrux sock (in an awesome colorway, I might add!) and has
some other goodies on the needles as well…not to mention some yummy recent sock yarn acquisitions.
Heather had some Issues-with-a-capital-I with the fit of her Sidewinders and had to rip it out. She says she’s in a knitting slump — here’s hoping it doesn’t last too long!
Saisquoi finished a pre-SoS Conwy sock and cast on for a Jaywalker, her first”official”
SoS project. And while it’s not related to socks, she just bought two of the most wonderful bags I’ve ever seen — check them
AndRochelle is working on some beautiful chevron socks — I can’t wait to see how they turn out!
As for me (aka, yet another Sarah!), I’m nearing completion on my first Monkey sock and am looking forward to starting on the second, hopefully this weekend!
In no particular order, I give you my blogger updates. Starting with myself - I’ve been getting into the swing of things at my new work, and knitting time (or energy for knitting time) has been scarce. I did get my Rockin’ Sock Club kit for June, and I did wind the yarn and start the pattern included this month, though, but I don’t even have a repeat to show. Lyndsey-Jane finished her first pair of socks: the Haiku Flower Socks! After a little bit of trouble, Lynette is working her way to a pair of anklets for her daughter. LynnK also got a bit of a late start, but she’s making some great progress! Madelyn is making some nice progress on her socks from a sock class. Maia is knitting enough for all of us - she has some Merlin socks, knit some Sidewinders, and is also knitting on the Coriolis socks. Malin has finished some gorgeous Embossed Leaves socks in the Apple Laine yarn, and has started some Mata Hari socks with Claudia Handpaints, and some pretty Cable Rib socks. Our Weekly Link Contest Winner #1, Megan, finished a Monkey sock! Margene finished her second pair of Monkeys and started another pair of socks! Margie has started and ripped and re-started her Solstice Slip socks from the Rockin Sock Club. Marisol is working on some really pretty Boudoir Booties. Lolly has finished a Whitby sock. Lucinda has started a Regia Bamboo sock. Malia has 2 pairs of socks in progress. Margaret is traveling, but she cast on a sock before she left! Meghann has almost finished a sock, and she’s already wound up yarn for her 2nd pair!
Courtney is multitasking, with a pair of embossed leaves and two pairs of baby booties (cute!).
Daisy found an old UFO, a single crochet sock, but is in the proses of getting it a mate. She also finished a knit pair of socks all ready. Chihiro finished a sock and ponders over how many more she can knit this summer.
Tekopp wonders why she’s not receiving updates about socks from people, and wasting her time on ravelry instead of knitting much.
Kathy started two pairs. She’s on her second Clementine in a pretty old gold shade, as well as the start of a pair of Giottos. Katie is working on a pair of Latvian Socks in Yarn Pirate. Katy has a pair of Jaywalkers in Claudia’s OTN. Kellie finished her first Diamondback. Kelly started a pair in a Crest of the Wave pattern. Kendra finished a pair out of Sockotta that she knit during rehearsals and backstage. Kim finished a pair out of STR. Knit&Run finished her first Embossed Leaves. KnitandPurlGurl finished her first Baudelaire. KnittingHawkeye is making good progress on her Genevieve socks in Fearless Fibers. Knotty Daisy has two pairs OTNs and just got yarn for another 8 pairs in the mail! Krafty1 frogged a half a sock and started over in a more manly
pattern. Kristi has been busy and released two new sock patterns this week. Coyote Ridge Anklets — a textured anklet with eyelets, done with a contrasting heel and toe, and Mashup Madness — another textured sock with a pretty scalloped edge.
Worsted Knitt’s group:
Have I got news for you! Worsted Knitt’s group is knitting hard:
Zuleika’s crocheted a pair of lovely-coloured socks and planning on the next pair.
Whitknits has a lot going on – four different pairs of socks on the needles at the same time!
Trish is making Eleanors, and has several blog entries to prove her quick progress.
Worsted_knitt is working on the second Rainbow sock and got some serious knitting done while on holidays.