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August 07, 2007

Sockapalooza 4: Going Out

Many California homes have neither basement nor attic, making the garage the receptacle for all the junk -- from valuable to ridiculous -- looking for a spot to hangout.  Our garage has been in a constant state of "need to organize" since day one.   That is, my orderly friends, until I returned from London and got the cleaning bug.  Clearly a side effect of empty nesting.  I hereby declare our garage to be organized -- O.R.G.A.N.I.Z.E.D -- fully labeled and replete with mop bouquet.

As for knitting, it's all about the Sockapalooza. My pal's socks are finished and mailed.  Overall I'm really happy with these socks and hope my pal enjoys wearing them! 

Modified Mini-Monkeys for my Sockapalooza Pal

Started: July 21, 2007
Finished: August 7, 2007
Pattern: Monkey
Yarn: Louet's Gems Pearl in Lilac and Baby Lilac.  I really like this yarn and look forward to using it again.
Needles: US 1
Gauge: 9 stitches and 12 rows in 1 inch.
Modifications: Lots!  Since I was working at a smaller gauge, I casted on 80 stitches and worked 5 stitch repeats of the Monkey lace pattern.  I felt ankle socks had more of a summer feel, so I only knit 4 row repeats of the pattern followed by about an inch of stockinette stitch before starting the heel flap.  My pal likes a tight gauge since she always wears shoes over her socks.  Because of this I decided to knit the foot of the sock in stockinette stitch for a closer fit.  Also, since her foot is slightly narrower than her ankle I decreased the foot stitches down to 76.

As for my socks, I received my package today but will wait until tomorrow to open it.  One can only have so much paloozing in a single day.

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Here in Maine we can only keep things in our garage that are ok being frozen all winter and hot all summer. I noticed a large wine rack in your garage - that's one thing that would NOT be in a Maine garage!
Your monkey socks look great.

Posted by: brenda | Aug 7, 2007 5:17:39 PM

Congrats on the cleaning success story! I know first hand that just because you get the cleaning bug, doesn't mean everything gets clean the way you want it. Don't you just feel great now?! Like you can conquer the world!

Posted by: Natalie B | Aug 7, 2007 7:57:35 PM

Very cute!

Posted by: Octopus Knits | Aug 7, 2007 9:35:46 PM

Waiting till tomorrow to open it? That's self control! I usually don't even make it inside before opening packages in the mail.

Posted by: Vicki | Aug 8, 2007 6:32:07 AM

Wow! that's a fantastic organizing job! I like the label for the extra tools* - one can always use 'em. I spy a nice little collection of "bottles" next to the mop bouquet :)

Posted by: Terry | Aug 8, 2007 7:39:51 AM

I like your "Monkey" socks better than regular Monkeys. The heavily textured pattern works really well in anklets. Terrific job!

Posted by: Lynne E. | Aug 8, 2007 8:23:44 AM

Native Californian here- I've NEVER seen a basement or an attic! But thanks for an inspiring garage clean-up story (not that it could happen at my place). We keep our wine in the front living room closet though: more stable temperature.
Oh, and speaking of saving treats for later- will tomorrow be the day for reviewing the yarn shops of London? Just asking!

Posted by: Gretchen | Aug 8, 2007 8:47:52 AM

Oh, talk about self control!!

The anklet monkeys are perfect for Sydney (AU) winters. I think I'll have to copy you... :)

Posted by: Nora | Aug 8, 2007 12:44:44 PM

The anklets are great! I really like the contrasting toe and heel colors.

Posted by: Angie | Aug 10, 2007 8:33:45 PM

I'd love to receive more facts (pattern instructions) about your modified Monkeys (I'm sure we all would to show where you made the change to solid darker colors). Would that be possible sometime in the future?

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