May 11, 2007

Socks In the Air

The wind has changed and I find socks swirling all around me.  I recently received my Sock Pal for Sockapalooza 4 -- sorry cannot tell you who, it's a secret -- and have been contemplating designs and yarn.  But before I begin Sockapalozzing in earnest, I have two delightful sock tasks to attend to.  First, on Sunday -- yep, Mother's Day -- I'm participating in Liz's Sock in a Day Challenge.  And second, I want to finish my Lenten Rose socks from Sundara's Petal Collection sock club.

Sundara's Petal Collection socks have been a joy to knit.  Not only is the yarn a pleasure to both look at and knit with, but Sundara's attention to detail is all too obvious in her well written patterns.  I know, I know that last sentence was filled with generalizations, so here are a few supporting specifics:

The stitch pattern looks complex, but is actually
a simple 8 stitch, 6 row repeat.

Sundara continued the slip-stitch heel flap pattern into the turning of the heel.
I've never seen this before and like it very much.

The gusset shaping is worked on the last (or first) 2 stitches on the needle instead of 1 stitch in.  This is the neatest gusset I've every worked, coincidence?  I think not!

The moral of my story:

The difference between a hand-knit and a hand-crafted item is in the details.

May 11, 2007 in Knit Along - Petals Collection, Project - Socks | Permalink | Comments (13)

October 18, 2006

October Petals Collection

Luckily I only had to wait by the front door for a day and a half for the next Petals Collection installment to arrive -- thank goodness for Priority Mail.  I don't want to be the spoiler for other Petals Collection members who have not yet received their package, so enter at your own risk...

October 18, 2006 in Knit Along - Petals Collection, Project - Socks | Permalink | Comments (8)

October 16, 2006

Waiting for the Mailman

I know, I know, I won't be receiving my next Petals Collection installment for a few days, but a girl can still wait by the door for the mailman can't she? 

Did you notice, observant reader, that I'm wearing my finished Hydrangea socks?  I give these socks an A+.  Not only did the pattern hold my interest through both socks -- no SSS here -- but I love the look and fit of the finished socks.

Started: September 1, 2006
Finished: October 14, 2006
Pattern: Hydrangea Socks from The Petals Collection
Yarn: Sundara Yarn's Sock Yarn; Hydrangea
Needles: US 2; 1st sock on DPNs, 2nd on 2 circulars
Modifications: None!

October 16, 2006 in Knit Along - Petals Collection, Project - Socks | Permalink | Comments (10)

October 14, 2006

Licorice Strings

As I knit my second Hydrangea sock using 2 circular needles I find myself craving red licorice strings.  Could it be the delightfully flexible red cords of my new KnitPicks circular needles?

October 14, 2006 in Knit Along - Petals Collection, Project - Socks | Permalink | Comments (6)

October 12, 2006

One Hydrangea Petal

No second sock syndrome for nona, at least not for my Hydrangea Socks from The Petal Collection.  The first sock is finished and I immediately casted on for the 2nd -- after taking a brief prerequisite MCS break of course. 

My finished Hydrangea sock fits perfectly!

Sundara's pattern is very well written and easy to follow.  Plus she includes instructions for knitting your socks using either double pointed needles, 2 circular needles, or the magic loop -- how cool is that!  I used DPNs for my first sock and am using 2 circulars for the second sock.  Why you ask?  Because I'm an experimenting type of gal, that's why.  The next Petal Collection installment is going out Oct. 16th and I plan to be wearing my Hydrangea Socks when I pickup the mail.

October 12, 2006 in Knit Along - Petals Collection, Project - Socks | Permalink | Comments (4)

September 06, 2006

Empirical Evidence

It's a well documented fact that nona is an avid sock knitter who is extremely happy sitting on her ass watching tennis and knitting.  This is no speculative claim, scientific reader, as I have empirical evidence as proof.  Just look at the Hydrangea sock I've been knitting while watching the U.S. Open...

The hydrangea photo is so beautiful, I keep it next to me when I knit

The leg of this sock is worked in a simple 2 round lace pattern that spirals around and around -- very cleaver and hypnotic.  I'm through the gusset -- don't you love that word -- and am racing toward the toe.  If it weren't for last night's U.S. Open rain-out, I'd be there -- the toe -- by now.  I sure hope it clears today, 'cause my ass needs some sittin' and my sock needs some knittin'.

September 6, 2006 in Knit Along - Petals Collection, Project - Socks | Permalink | Comments (11)

August 30, 2006

Opening Hydrangea

The August edition of the Petals Collection has been sitting unopened on my desk waiting, just waiting, for me to organize my stash.  Well, I'm organized so the heck with the waiting -- I cannot wait to see what's inside.  Care to open it with me? 

Wrapped in Color Coordinated Tissue 
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Thank you to Sundara -- aka Purly Whites -- for putting together such a fine product.  This is truely a treat.  Off to wind the yarn and cast on!

August 30, 2006 in Knit Along - Petals Collection, Project - Socks | Permalink | Comments (7)

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