Pattern: Swedish Fish Socks by Spilly Jane
Yarn: Knit Picks Chroma in Black and Guppy (Approxmently 1/2 skein of each color)
Needles: 2.75mm DPNs
My project page: WeezieKnit’s Swedish Fish
- 1 additional repeat of chart A for the leg to make it longer
- Instead of a plain stockinette stitch heel, I did a S1, K1 repeat across all 32 stitches on the RS and S1, P to end of row heel for better durability as I tend to go through heels that aren’t reinforced.
- Did two rounds of stockinette in MC before beginning decreases for the toe.
If I knit this pattern again:
- Do more than 4 repeats of pattern for the leg. The sock is still a bit short for my liking
- Do a longer heel flap.
Photo by SpillyJane via Ravelry
I haven’t done challenges for a long time in the Sock Knitters Anonymous group on Ravelry. One year I knit 19 pairs of socks for my sister, my grandmother and myself. I burned myself out on them to say the least. But after lots of big projects last year, I want more small projects. I need things that are portable and easy hospital knitting. Thankfully my sister is home now but Hubbs grandfather isn’t doing well and we’ve had to make the hour and a half drive to the bay area to visit him in the hospital. Hubbs family is very loud and boisterous so I don’t really knit but I’d rather have it and not need it then need it and not have it.
The Sock Down Challenge for January is Flora and Fauna as well as a couple of designers and a mystery sock. I did Hootenanny already for this challenge but you can have as many projects as you want as long as they are cast on between 01/01 and 01/31. And you have to bind off your project before the end of February. It’s fun and a good way to work on new skills. Or try something you’ve never tried before. Or work with a designer that you’ve always want to try. And of course mystery socks are always fun.
I’ve been a bit obsessed with colorwork for a while but didn’t want to try to work on my skills while knitting a sweater. Hootenanny was a good way to break into a bit of colorwork but after finishing those I really wanted to cast on for Swedish Fish Socks by SpillyJane. My mom asked me to order a couple of books from Knit Picks for her so I ordered myself a couple of skeins of Chroma to cast on for Swedish Fish Socks while I was at it.
I ordered Chroma Fingering in Black and Guppy. I figured Guppy was fitting for Swedish Fish Socks. The box came on Tuesday afternoon, much sooner than I expected it. Chroma is a single ply yarn that is a bit thick and thin, a bit like hand spun. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it because it’s a bit fuzzy and I generally like yarns with a good twist to them. But I’m about two repeats in on the leg for sock one and I’m really loving the way that the sock is turning out.
I think I’m going to add one more repeat to the pattern to make the leg a bit longer. But otherwise, the pattern is really fun and I love watching each new round of fish come off the needles.
With my sister in the hospital for the last week, I’ve had plenty of time to knit. Well that and I’ve been sick twice since the new year began. I think I ran myself ragged trying to help my mom.
Cast On: 01/07/2013
Cast Off: 01/13/2013
Pattern: Effervesce by Purrlescent
My Project Page: WeezieKnit’s Grape Soda with Lime
Yarn: Malabrigo Sock in Rayon Vert Colorway
Notes: Just added a bit of length before I started the toe since my feet are larger then average. Otherwise it was a nice knit. Still can’t believe that I knit a pair of socks in less then a week. But I’ve been out of work for most of that time so I guess it’s not really that hard to believe.
Now I have to figure out what to knit next. I guess I could work on one of my many WIP’s but I think I’ll cast on another pair of socks in case I need a small portable project (in other words, hospital knitting). Fingers crossed I won’t need it.
Cast on: 01/01/2013
Cast off: 01/13/2013
Pattern: Hootenanny by Amy Herzog
My Project Page: Hootenanny
Needles 2.5mm DPNs
Yarn: Fiesta Baby Boom in Great Horned Owl Premier Yarns Serenity Sock in Charcoal
Notes: Knit as written…for once.
I’ve been back and forth between my home in Sacramento and my mom’s home in the Bay Area a lot over the last week. My older sister has had some medical issues and my mom needed help caring for her and looking after my 91-year-old grandmother. I was lucky enough to be able to find the time to make a pit stop in Napa and check out Yarns on First. This is my mom’s LYS, even though it’s about 30 minutes from her home it’s the closest one to her.
Yarns on first is a cute shop with lots of high-end yarns. The staff was very friendly and they even let me bring Maggie in to the shop as long as I didn’t set her down and she didn’t touch anything. I purchased 4 skeins of ShiBui Sock yarn while I was there. And later I went back with my mom and purchased a Lo-Lo Bar by the Bar Maids from them. The Lo-Lo Bar is awesome and I know I will be purchasing more of them in the future.
I’d heard about Lo-Lo Bars from the Knitmore Girls Podcast but I’d never seen them locally and I hesitate to order something like that on-line due to my large number of allergies. I choose the Passion Fruit scent and it’s lovely. It’s not overwhelming in any way and the bar is amazing on my dry hands. A plus for me is that it’s all natural, no petroleum products which make my skin go crazy. I love my Lo-Lo Bar. Defiantly a good purchase.
ShiBui Knits Sock in the Midnight Colorway
ShiBui Knits Staccato in the Ash Colorway
The picture of the ShiBui Sock in Midnight is true to what it looks like in real life but the staccato in Ash doesn’t show how beautiful this yarn really is. The Stratton is 70% Merino and 30% Silk. It has a really lovely sheen to it. Both yarns are Fingering Weight. Now the hard part is deciding what to make with them.
Pattern: Dream Stripes by Cailliau Berangere
My Ravelry Project Page: WeezieKnits Dream Stripes
Needles: US4 Harmony
Yarn: Cascade 220 Fingering in Colorways 8400 (Grey) & 7815 (Blue)
Notes: This was a fun knit. Loved the no brainer of the stripes but really loved the lace pattern that followed. By the time I finished the stripes, I was ready for something that involved a bit more than just stockinette. Blocked out the points on the lace. This yarn is a bit scratchy on my neck but it’s very warm. I wore it yesterday to get my hair done and it was perfect for adding color by my otherwise black and white out fit. This pattern might have to go on my list for gift knitting.
Hubbs and I were down in Manteca on Saturday at Bass Pro Shop. Now granted this isn’t my favorite place to visit but since I drag Hubbs to all kinds of quilting and yarn shops that I know he doesn’t really want to go to, I figured I could suck it up and go to his type of store. Manteca is about 40 minutes from our house so it’s a trip but not so far that you can’t go on a regular basis if you want to.
Once he was done wandering about their enormous store, he made the mistake of asking me if there was any where I wanted to go. I jumped on my smart phone and googled yarn shops Manteca. Manteca didn’t have any but about 20 minutes down the road in Modesto there was a shop. So off we went to The Urban Sheep.
The shop isn’t huge but they did have a very nice selection of yarns. And the people, oh the people were very nice and not just the shop staff but the ladies that were there having a “knit night” were lovely too. It was a very friendly group that made me wish this shop wasn’t an hour away from home.
I did pick up three skeins of sock yarn…I can always hoard, I mean use more sock yarn…
Zitron Unisono in a purple, black and grey
Fiesta Baby Boom in the Fire Walker colorway
Fiesta Baby Boom in the Great Horned Owl colorway…this one I’m planning on using for the January KAL on the Sock Knitters Anonymous board on Ravelry. I’ve chosen Hootenanny by Amy Herzog to meet the flora and fauna part of the challenge. How perfect is knitting a sock with colorwork owls on it when the main color of the sock is done in Great Horned Owl…and to think I would never have found this awesome colorway if we hadn’t gone to Manteca and then on to Modesto on a spur of the moment kind of thing.