Thursday, March 22, 2007

Chain Link Socks

Do these look like they'd take up a bunch of precious brain cells to knit? I sure thought so when I first saw them!! Even after reading the pattern that was presented in December 2006 at the Six Soxs KAL, I thought it was beyond me.
I have been knitting socks for about 20 years and if it's more than two colors I get cold hands and feet! So strange since I can adjust the number cast on to the type of heel and toe I want, etc, without blinking an eye!
Okay, I thought...I'm going to just knit it and not think about fainting or panicking. At least, it was cuff down.
I cast on long-tail using 2 needles, US size 0 in bamboo, held together (so the cuff would get around my heel). I had some lovely Lorna's Laces yarn in Brick and Natural. When the k2, p2 ribbing was finished, I took a deep breath, looked at the pattern and sighed with relief. The pattern, itself, was a slip stitch pattern to make those beautiful chains! Okay, I can do this!
As you can see, they turned out pretty good, even if I DO say so myself. I sure could have saved myself a lot of grief, if I had done more than skimmed over the pattern.
Don't cheat yourself out of a fantastic pattern that you, and/or, your whole family will enjoy. You can even adjust the number of chains you wish to use. The finished socks, from all the other participants, are so much fun to see. It's great to see the choice of colors and yarns used, too.
Once again, it's never too late to join the group (click on link above) for an abundance of excellent patterns.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Thank You

I wish to take this opportunity to thank all the people who ordered my crocheted 4-Leaf Clover with pattern: THANK YOU!!
I hope you can use it for years to come!

On another note: Who is this picture of?'s me about 10 years old on Sweet William (or Old Bill)!
My mother got him for me after she showed me the correct way to ride a horse without hurting his mouth. He was the type where if you dropped the reins, he would stop and stand there all day! He didn't inch away from you as you tried to get on him, either! He taught me well. I will never forget him.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Springtime in Paris

Here is my sock..."inside out". I know, I know. It looks "right side out."
You could actually leave it this way and call the design "Rain drops". I prefer it to look like the Eiffel Towers as was originally designed at Six-Soxs KAL. (the next picture)
I used Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock yarn in the colorway Green Valley and 5 bamboo size US 0 dpn's.
The pattern is toe-up (my second one!) and a delight to knit. I absolutely LOVE to try new ways of knitting socks. Not just patterns but different ways to knit the heel and toe! This one was very, very interesting and I've now added this way of knitting socks as a favorite.
The foot of the sock appears long and lean but it really fits nicely around my 9 inch foot circumference.
If you would like to knit this sock pattern AND be included in the drawing at the end of this month, check out the KAL mentioned above. It would need to be completed by the end of this month! A new sock to knit is introduced the first day of an even-numbered month.
If you would just like to knit it to have in your collection, join the group anyway for a fantastic new way to knit socks! There are other past patterns still available at that site, as well as, others to help who are knitting the SAME sock!!
It's NEVER too late to join!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Almost three-year-old socks

I absolutely love these socks!!!
Everytime I put them on it feels like butter! Even though I made them almost three years ago, they look brand new. There is NO reinforcement in the heels and toes with this merino from Pat Fly's collection of Monarch and none is needed. Not ever! It is 100% pure merino. There isn't any sign of a hole or thinning, even though my big toe usually sticks up (as a shoe repair doctor once told me). I wear them all year round.
I love the striping, the colors and the feel.
Hubby has a pair, too, and likes the way they keep his feet dry.
No need to be hesitant on adding her merino to your collection. Pat is as honest as they come.