Still Knittin’

These socks took longer than usual to knit – I found the emerging pattern rather boring even though the socks are colourful; I was caught up with other stuff – nothing outstanding but the days slipped away and I didn’t end the evening by knitting as I would normally do. Maybe it was just Covid-19 getting through although my life has been minimally affected by the virus – I’ve been able to carry on as usual. The only disruption has been the absence of my three times a week exercise at the pool which I miss a lot.

Regia Blue Socks

These blue socks are my standard size – for a person wearing a size 7 1/2 – 8 1/2 shoe. They’ve gone into the give-away stash which is growing quite large. I definitely must give these socks away! Likely in the fall when the weather starts getting colder.

Opal “Butterfly” Socks

Another pair of socks finished. Not sure whether to put them in my sock drawer to in the “give-away” pile. I just enjoyed knitting this yarn (Opal “Butterfly”) – the colours were strong and cheery. Had I had either a ball of the golden or red colours to use for cuffs, heels, toes, they would have been even brighter. But I didn’t – I used what I had in my yarn stash. The charcoal makes a somewhat more “sedate” sock.

Opal “Butterfly”

Started the next pair last evening as soon as my needles were free.

I’ve actually gone back to the Knitters Pride wooden “Cubics” needles (6″ double pointed 2.5mm) after having used Knitters Pride “Zing” metal ones for several months. The Zing are lightweight, very smooth, and they hold the yarn but I found I had still had more slipping than with wood. By that I mean when you hold up and shake the sock in progress the Zing do sometimes slip out – the Cubics – never. It was like returning home when I switched back to the Cubics mid way through this pair of socks. They slip through the yarn smoothly; they just don’t fall out – ever. I enjoy the feel of them in my hand. Mine are actually getting smooth on the edges from use, the points have also worn a bit but I’m sure they’re still good for many more pairs of socks.

Mountains & Fjords

Finished this pair of socks last evening. A Regia sock yarn from their Arne & Carlos collection – Mountains & Fjords.

Regia – Mountains & Fjords

I found this spread out pattern calming to knit with. I have another ball in the series in shades of blue and I’ve just ordered three more in brighter shades.

Two Pairs Of Socks Completed

In the last month I have completed two pairs of socks.

First was the pair for my Chiropractor – I started knitting and the colours kinda looked like him so I made the foot a bit longer to accommodate his foot length.

Socks For Brian

The very day I was  planning to take them to him everything shut down. No appointments in the foreseeable future. So the socks are sitting on my kitchen counter waiting for a chance to drop them off at his office. No idea when that might be.

The second pair had no name on them. Just yarn to be turned into a pair of socks. Not the most interesting of socks, I must say. But there was just enough pattern to keep me moving on them. Slow going though – these socks took more than three weeks to knit.

Just Finished

In the stash with several other pairs. And on to the next.

Sparkle Socks

The photograph is misleading because it doesn’t show the sparkle! However, the sock yarn has a fine mylar thread included in the 4 ply which produces a lovely sparkle in the socks!

Sparkle Socks

Some lucky friend will be gifted these socks. I don’t need any more right now in my sock drawer so these are in the give-away pile.

I’ve moved on to socks for my chiropractor who enjoys receiving them. He’s been a great help to me not only maintaining my back mobility but in advising on a wide range of other health related issues. A pair of socks is a small token of my appreciation. They’ll be done by my next appointment.

Blue / Rust Socks

Finished these socks a couple of days ago. I have a couple of sweaters they’ll go with nicely so I decided they should live into my sock drawer.

Blue/Rust Socks

When I went to put them on they were just a bit on the long side in the foot so I threw them into the wash with the other socks I’d worn last week. (BTW, I put all my socks into a mesh bag so they don’t get beaten about in the washing machine; and I DON’T put them in the dryer. I hang them over a rack to dry.)

The important thing to remember is to change the water temperature of the load you include them in to COOL, otherwise you run the risk of matting and shrinking the yarn if the water is too warm.

I’ve put a label on my washing machine “Remember To Change Water Temperature” in large letters to remind me to set the water temp to cool when I do a load that includes socks.

If all you have is a couple of pair of wool socks then I’d recommend washing them by hand, wringing them in a towel, and hanging them to air dry somewhere. They’ll last a lot longer that way.

Mauve Socks

These socks were completed last night. The mauve for the cuffs, heels and toes came from another 100g ball of variegated yarn with a very subtle tonal graduation – this mauve was the first colour in each of the two repeats (the second repeat signalled with a length of white yarn – remember how I missed that detail on an earlier pair of socks?)

Mauve Socks

This time I knew the repeat would be marked so I looked for it – unwinding and balling the yarn until I reached the white segment, then cutting the yarn and setting up a second ball. The remaining ombre yarn is very dull – I think I’ll probably use the remains from this pair of socks to liven up the pair I’ll make from it.

In the meantime I’m on to a new pair of socks – this time using a much brighter variegated yarn – while I find knitting relaxing, I much prefer working on lively colours rather than yarns without much contrast. The knitting seems to go faster when the pattern is strong and the colour changes are frequent.

A Pair Of Men’s Socks

I got a phone call from my sister Donna not quite two weeks ago – “You don’t happen to have a pair of men’s socks in your stash, do you?” I didn’t. However, I had just started another pair – was at the heel on the first sock so it was no problem making the foot long enough to fit a man’s foot. “What size shoe?” “The same as Ian’s (her husband).” So a man’s size 9 shoe – 60 rows from the end of the heel gusset to toe-off.

They’re a gift for a friend of hers so I’m charging. “My socks are $50 a pair….”

No pause – “Not a problem.”

I knit a longer foot – 10 rows longer than I do for my generic women’s socks that fit size 7 1/2 – 8.

A Pair Of Men’s Socks

And now I’m knitting under pressure.

Donna is going away on the 18th so I have to have the socks done before that. There’s no putting my knitting aside in the evening to do anything else – the socks have to be finished before the 16th which is fast approaching.

Got the second toe completed last night – whew! I’ll deliver the socks tomorrow in time for them to be gifted before Donna leaves town.

That’s a relief and now I am on to more relaxed knitting and sewing and baking and whatever.

I hate working to deadlines – I have little trouble setting them for myself, but when they are external ones it sends my blood pressure up (probably not literally – I haven’t checked, though); I certainly feel the stress.

Ombre Socks

A month ago when I had shopped at Have A Yarn in Mahone Bay, I came home with a ball of Lang “Happy Stripes” Twin Soxx ombre sock yarn. You can see the colour gradation in the finished socks but it wasn’t really visible as I was working on them since the colour change is so gradual. The single repeat actually gets a lot lighter but the sock foot stops at 50 rows past the gusset because that’s all the socks need to fit someone wearing a size 7 1/2 – size 8 shoe.

Ombre Socks

Decided to use the striped yarn to complete the toe in order to get the lightest pattern repeat possible.

I have enough yarn left over to make a pair of legs – just have to find a complementary yarn so I can knit a full pair of socks!

A Pair Of Bright Socks

A change from that last pair of unmatched socks . I enjoyed working on this pair – the pattern was interesting as it unfolded and while not a fan of green, in this context, I thought the colours were lovely.

Bright Socks

The yellow cuff and heel contribute to the feeling of bright. I chose to just work the toe in the variegated pattern because I thought a yellow toe would have overpowered the rest of the sock.

And, as usual, I started a next pair as soon as the needles were empty.

Talking about needles – I happened to pick up a pair of Knitters Pride “Zing” aluminum double pointed knitting needles (2.5mm) a couple of weeks ago. I was leery of working with metal needles. But these are as light as the rose wood Knitters Pride “Cubics” I’ve been using for the past several years. Unlike metal needles of old, they  slip stitches easily but don’t fall out! They’ve been very nice to knit with.