11/03/2006

Socktoberbless

I have to admit that Socktober sucked for me. I still have yarns I want to post about and oh, a few bazillion socks to knit, but Socktober ended up being the month of my Central Nervous System (which seems to be making a prolonged appearance into November...). I was actually quite impressed with myself, whenever it was there way back in early October, that I could actually get three posts out and visit and comment on a few blogs. Of course that wasn't to last (the vibrating/oscillating of my cells and the CNS related sensitivities make even simple concentration almost impossible, as well as totally shutting me down). My frustration at my ongoing health concerns is for another day, but suffice it to say, that I am working at accepting where I am at, and trying to rest, without my A type personality screaming at me all the time (I think that is the harder part). In sock news, I am sadly behind on my Toasty Toes socks. I apologize most sincerely to my pal, and appreciate your understanding (it seems given the small size of this group, that like in the game Clue, my intended sock recipient will become clear in no time). Have no fear you will get them soon, my lovely and gracious (and totally adorable) pal!

They are progressing well. This photo is actually a little old. Both socks are at the heel turn. My goal is to do a yarn over short row heel because I fucking love it so much (seriously fucking love it) and while it is a serious time saver, the few brain cells I appear to have left need to be in the right place to do it (it is amazing what you take forgranted when you are well - I never had any idea how taxing simple things could be).

A detail shot. I admit that while I am using a vintage pattern, I have made a few (okay, maybe more than a few) modifications and I am very pleased with the outcome to date. It gives me an idea for some more variations which I am hoping to try very soon on another sock. I have to say that I LOVE knitting with the Lorna's Laces. They just have such a lovely 'springyness' and such a forgiving nature. Wonderful stuff.

Another yarn I am totally in love with is the Sock Hop Socks yarn from Crown Mountain Farms. And Teyani is seriously the sweetest of enablers!!! I have to say I love my little p*rn shot above. Gorgeous!!!!!

And I did finish my American Pie socks. Yeah!!! They are totally scrumptious; the colours are so vibrant, the tweeding effect is truly unique and the feel of the socks are cool yet very comforting. I knit these in a knit2, purl2 rib (I admit that I don't like the distraction of a lot of pattern on a variegating yarn) on a 2.5mm needle and I am proud to say that they are my first pair of two socks at the same time on two circs - woohoo!

I completely loved the technique although I was worried, because I was so relaxed while knitting them I wasn't sure I would ever get them done (given that they are exactly the same, I could put them done for like a year and not worry about any differences in anything between sock one and sock two - very good and at the same time very, very baaaaaaaaddd!!!).

I also want to show off my yarn over short row heel a la Priscilla Gibson-Roberts from her book Simply Socks. I loved the technique completely although to be honest I had trouble following her written instructions. I think at the best of times I am a very visual learner. So, after attempting to follow her directions 3 times and pulling it out (but not to be deterred), I used this fabulous tutorial from Purlwise. I think I did okay.

I still see minute holes but I think I am (k)nitpicking..LOL. I know I will use the technique again because it really is great and well each yarn is different and it will be great trying with a variety of sock yarns...I have some other techniques I want to try as well. Socks really are great aren't they????????

17 comments:

Teyani said...

I hope that your CNS decides to quiet down again SOON. it is completely understandable that you did not finish yet. I think you get a big hurrah for even attempting to join a swap. I'm sure that your pal will understand.
mean while, the socks you've been kntting are divine! Wanna drive down for a visit and teach me the short row thing? (he he) I haven't been brave enough to try those yet.

Leah said...

Both pair are just beautiful! I have got to get the courage to try short row heels again. My first attempt was such a disaster that I have been hesitant to try again.
Are you sold on the two socks on two circs method? As much as I love my dpn's, I love finishing two socks and having them be exactly the same size just as much. Rocks, don't it?
Feel better Cynthia. You know my thoughts are with you!

Ramona said...

I hope your feeling a bit better. I love the pattern on the lavender socks.

aija said...

I am such a fan of PGR's toe/heel too-- although it took me several tries to "get" her directions, its definitely my favorite. The Sock Hop yarns, and the socks!! I love socks too, esp. seeing such beautiful ones :)

amanda cathleen said...

Love your American Pie socks! Fab colors. Hope you feel better soon, my thoughts are with you : )

Wannietta said...

That's right - share a link to gorgeous yarn that I can't buy! It's probably for the best ... I shouldn't be buying more yarn anyway. I will live vicariously through your Sock Hops.

Gingersnaps with Tea... said...

what beautiful socks… and sock yarns! I bought my first Lorna's Laces for the toe up class I am taking, it is lovely yarn. Sock Hop looks equally awesome. Hope you are feeling more on top of things soon--Hugs, Marnie

Lucia said...

If I were your pal (which I am not, since I'm not in the KAL), I'd consider those socks well worth waiting for.

As usual, I'll be thinking of you. Feel better.

(My verification letters are MOOSMA -- sounds like something my daughter yelled on vacation in Maine last summer.)

Dorothy said...

Your short rows look great. You knit such pretty socks.

Allison said...

Wow, so many nice pics in this post! I love the Sock Hop yarn too. And your socks you received from Carola are lovely.

Carole said...

I'm sorry that you've been feeling so poorly. It sounds so frustrating for you. And yet you got me out a wonderful Yarn Aboard package! Hugs.

amanda said...

Feel better! Both pair of socks look fantabulous :o)

Rhonda said...

Look at those socks ... you still acomplish a lot even when sick ... so don't be hard on yourself.

I need more time to knit more socks!

Jasmine said...

That sock hop is gorgous. I need some of that but I have to find a place for my new aquisitions from Stitches first so that I am not living in a yarn storage box.

Cathy said...

Goodness! The socks are gorgeous! :) The yarn is gorgeous, makes you want to put it in a bowl on the table and just look at it!

Erin said...

Ms. Scarlet, with the candlestick, in the library! Hehehe...I am so funny. If these socks are mine then...YES!!!!! They are gorgeous...the yarn, the pattern, everything. And seriously, you should take your time. I am sure your pal doesn't mind. I hope you start feeling better very soon.

margene said...

Ooo....it's Utah Grrl Erin! She's so lucky to get that gorgeous pair of socks from you no matter when they show up.
I'm so gonzo for the Sock Hop yarn. My idea is to spin a pair of my own but maybe I should just buy the yarn!