Sunday, October 15, 2006

Entry 35 - Lazy Day Sunday Report

Yesterday, I decided to heck with the mail and carried over my Second Sock Syndrome Sock to my sock pal, Elspeth. I've been fairly busy with work and can never seem to find the time to make it to the post office to send my package. I'm one of those people that rely on grocery stores to be open till Midnight, drug stores to be open 24 hours a day, and other such conveniences I take for granted. :)

I felt an overwhelming guilt that is now relieved since my sock pal has received my package...and enjoys it! Another gift project brought to successful completion.

I can finally get started on the other projects I've been letting lay around. My Scarf exchange project is going somewhat slowly. I've been having doubts about it, but I've been plugging along, regardless. Only two inches of scarf done so far. I know... terrible! The due date is Nov. 1, but I'm aiming for ASAP so I can get it to the mail in time. I can't exactly hand deliver it this time (the pal is across the ocean).

I haven't even started the sleeves of my Spartan pullover. I've been letting that lay unfinished while I try to get my scarf done. I'm keeping in mind the deadline of Nov. 3.

Meanwhile, you'll notice I've significantly changed my sidebar buttons. I have some rather skimpy output at these KAL's I've joined. I think the only significant progress I've ever made is the Year of the Sweater KAL. Let me reflect...

Year of the Sweater KAL: Two sweaters...and a half
Socktoberfest/SSS: one sock. Ha.
Knitting Nature: None planned for now.
International Scarf Exchange: I've made a scarf in the last exchange. Working on Scarf #2
Fall Cable KAL: none. I can't really count my Zigzag hat since I made that during the summer.

I've also stopped buying yarn (or at least going to yarn stores). I noticed I have a rather large bundle of yarn of a multitude of fibers and colors stuffed in one rather large bag zippered. The kind of plastic zippered bag in which your down comforter came in when you buy it at Target. I'd like to see that halved at some point. Maybe put myself on a yarn diet for one year?

Okay. Starting today. I'm documenting it. 365 days to go. :)

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Entry 34 - Spoilers (You have been warned...)

It's done... My first sock.

I love the color, the feel of the sock, the stitch pattern... Wish I could keep it.

Techie info:

Pattern: Jeannie Townsend's Maple Leaf Socks
Link: - from Issue #2 (winter)
Yarn: Mountain Colors Bearfoot in Rosehips colorway - one half hank?
Needles: Clover Bamboo Double Pointed Needles US#1 (stitch pattern, leg, and heel), US #0 for foot length
Techniques: Kitchener toe, Knit Cuff/leg down, Traditional Heel Flap
Size: For Women's size 8 foot (10 inches length; about 8 inch foot circumference)

Comments: I built some (hopefully) negative ease in the foot length to make it a rather snug fitting sock around the foot because I was somewhat dismayed by how wide the leg was. However, I have only my foot to compare, not my sock pal's so I hope it will fit her. It's my first sock though so I hope she'll forgive me. :) I think I made my Kitchener Toe too tight, but I also ended up with almost not enough yarn to close the toe, so I pulled the yarn really hard (oops!). Still, I think it's tolerable. Ah well, I still think it's not bad for a first try.

I LOVE this sock on my foot. The sock is really comfy even though it's a bit too big for me. Alas. You are meant for another.

Socktoberfest Survey

When did you start making socks?

At the beginning of this Second Sock Syndrome Swap, early September of this year.

Did you teach yourself or were you taught by a friend or relative? or in a class?


What was your first pair? How have they "held up" over time?

I don't know. I haven't even made a 'pair'. You'll have to ask my Second Sock Syndrome swap partner if my sock has held up over time. She has the first sock I have ever made. :)

What would you have done differently?

Used DPN Clover 0's all the way through my sock. I first started with 3's..then 2's..then 1' I'm at 0's. I think it's because I was worried the sock was going to be too big. More attention to sizing is what I'm getting at.

What yarns have you particularly enjoyed?

Regia and Mountain Colors Bearfoot. I think I like the Bearfoot the best so far. It's darn expensive though.

Do you like to crochet your socks? or knit them on DPNs, 2 circulars, or using the Magic Loop method?

I've only done DPN's so far.

Which kind of heel do you prefer? (flap? or short-row?)

I've only done flap so far.

How many pairs have you made?

er... one half? O:)