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I knit some socks.

It seems that entering my ninth month of pregnancy has sapped most of my energy, creativity, and general brain power. J really hopes that pregnancy brain reverses itself shortly after having the kid; he’s starting to worry.

So that explains the decidedly lackluster post title, but it is no way a reflection upon how I feel about these socks. I love them. The purple is so purple, the green is so green and together they make my heart sing.

The colorway is called “Crocuses”, and that’s exactly what they remind me of.

Pattern: Diamonds in the Fluff by Leslie Comstock

Yarn: A Million Stars Oenone in Crocuses

Needles: US1.5/2.5mm

According to my Ravelry project page, these took me exactly three months. I think it’s worth noting, however, that this was the first time I didn’t immediately cast on the second sock after finishing the first. Consequently, it took me almost a month to do so. I think I can count this as my first, albeit mild, bout of second sock syndrome.

I do believe this is the second-longest-to-knit pair of socks I’ve done yet. The winner of that dubious honor, J’s last pair of socks, had nothing to do with SSS and everything to do with first-trimester pregnancy. Ah well, with a little one on the way I feel certain that WIPs will be languishing left and right going forward…

Have I mentioned that I love everything about these socks? The pooling in the feet doesn’t even bother me too much. The pattern was fun and engaging without requiring too much brain power – just what I needed.

Now that I’m thinking about it, another reason these took me so long was because I essentially knit 2.5 of these socks. I originally cast on the smallest size, since the stitch count was close to my usual. I failed to take into account the decreased stretch in slip-stitch patterns, and after I had turned the heel and tried it on I realized it was too tight.

Normally I would have chucked the yarn into the farthest corner of my stash, or at least switched to a different pattern, but I liked the combo of this yarn with this pattern so much that I decided it would be worth starting over. So I did, in the middle size.

I’ve packed these socks to take with me to the hospital. J will be given strict instructions to either remind me to take them off or else take them off himself if I’m not able to when things really get underway.

I want pretty socks to wear while I’m in the hospital, but I don’t want to risk ruining them the first time I’m wearing them!

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Pocketful of Sunshine

More like a shoeful of rainbows.

I did take baby steps, not miniscule ones; these have been finished for almost two weeks. There have just been quite a few things happening these last couple weeks here at Chez Knitastic. Good things. Fantastic things, even. But they mean that I only just got around to snapping some sock pictures this past weekend, in the midst of our first (and hopefully last) real snow of the winter.

Pattern: 72-stitch stockinette sock with Star Toe and (afterthought) Heel

Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in Rainbow

Needles: US1/2.25mm

I was worried about cutting my knitting, but it was really more of a snip than a cut.

Still, I feel like it’s a good first step in the general direction of steeking a sweater. I’ll get there someday.

It was smooth sailing from that point. I’ve done a couple other afterthought heels using a Wedge Heel since that is my go-to toe, but I decided to try a Star Toe with these, and knew I would hate the socks if I didn’t do a matching heel.

I know it looks like it should be uncomfortable, but it fits great on my heel and I don’t feel the decreases at all.

I think I prefer it to the Wedge Heel, actually, plus I like the look better. Initially I felt that the Star Toe was a bit roomy but I’m coming around to it. I may not use it again on “regular” socks, but I definitely will for self-striping ones.

I really wanted to have matching stripes, so I measured out where I started each time so I could get as close as I could. I think I ended up being only a row or two off. I’ll take it.

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Baby Steps

This will be the first time I take scissors to my knitting. I’m taking it slow.

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The Disappearing Sock

It was J’s sock that got ripped out.

I hadn’t gotten to the toe on the first one before I realized I wouldn’t have enough yarn for a full second sock. It was just a simple garter ribbed sock across 80 stitches using US1.5/2.5mm, which I’ve used for a couple other pairs of simple ribbed socks for him, using yarn with similar yardage (and the exact same kind of yarn, Trekking XXL, for one).

Before

But apparently garter rib eats up more yarn than 3×1 rib does. This is good to know.

After

Eventually I’ll restart it, dropping the stitch count and going up a needle size.

After After

I probably should have done that immediately after frogging, instead of heeding the siren call of starting a sweater…But it’s always more fun to ring in the new year with a brand-spanking new project!

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Guessing Games

I’ve got two pairs of socks on the needles – one for me and one for J. Can you guess whose is whose?

Double points for guessing which one has already made a trip to the frog pond since this picture was taken.

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Pattern: Colorful Wristers by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark

Yarn: Knit Picks Imagination Hand Painted Sock Yarn in Mermaid Lagoon

Needles: US1.5/2.5mm

I was pretty close; it took a little over an hour altogether to get both thumbs knit up and the ends woven in. I can’t wait to give them to my best friend. She’s so sweet that she’d oooh and aaaah over anything I gave her, but the whole time I was knitting these I kept thinking how “her” they were and I hope she agrees!

I lengthened the cuffs to 6″ but other than that stuck to the pattern. Also while knitting these, I planned a pair for myself in some purple stash yarn, with a  Sockhead Hat using the 3×2 rib so they’d match. But due to a recent windfall of VISA gift cards, last night I ended up ordering some Shibui sock yarn to make these fingerless mitts instead. Why I think that that precludes the previously planned pair, (Ha! I love you, alliteration!) I do not know…

I’m still knitting on the blanket a bit but progress has significantly slowed. So this week I picked up another languishing WIP, the Noro Striped Scarf.

I’m so close to finishing it, and is my goal for tonight. I have approximately 5 hours before I have to leave to pick J up from the airport (lucky duck got to go to San Antonio for work while it’s been freezing in Omaha this week, and it snowed today. Boo.) and I have no purse project going right now so chances are fairly good I’ll also be casting on a pair of socks.

Speaking of socks, I finished the pair I designed for J. I’m super pleased with how they came out, but less so with my ability to take a decent picture of them.

This has kind of thrown a damper on my excitement to work up the pattern. However, I think it’s a pretty decent pattern for variegated yarn, and I have a skein (only my second ever!) of Socks That Rock that I might use to make myself a pair. I’m a much more willing handknit model than J is, so maybe there will be hope of a decent picture with those.

Pattern: I’ve taken to calling these the Zigzagular Socks

Yarn: Cascade Yarns Heritage 150 in 9876 Olympic Forest

Needles: US2/2.75mm

I’m always on the lookout for a pattern that puts variegated yarn to good use, because although I love it in the skein I don’t generally care for it knitted up. Stockinette socks are good, but get so freaking boring, especially in a man-sized sock (although I’m lucky that J has relatively small feet for a dude). I think this jazzes things up a bit while still letting the yarn shine.

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