Sunday, December 8, 2013

Year of Projects 3: 2luvcrew 03


SOCKTOPUS: Totally Vanilla • Kandahar • V Junkie • Kwalia • Farmer McGregor • Shur'tugal • 2luvcrew • Vorticity • Rumpled! • Crowley • Om Shanti • Mince Pie Mayhem • Hundred Acre Wood • De Stijl • Fiori di Zucca • Caretta Caretta • Spring Shoots

You'd think that after a month without blogging that I'd have more to show you. Sadly, not. November was terribly busy - two craft shows and a weekend in New Brunswick for a book launch - so I didn't find much time to knit. I did sneak in a few secret Christmas knits. And honestly, I lost my knitting mojo for a few weeks there. It didn't help that I miscalculated how crazy long the toe section of this sock pattern is. I tried it on just before grafting the toe to find that the foot was much too long. Aargh! RIP!

There's a finished 2luvcrew sock in the photo but that photo is several days old. As of this morning I'm at the heel of the second sock and things seem pretty firmly back on the rails. At least I don't have to guess how far to knit that second foot. More good news? Sock one weighs 46 grams so I've got yarn to spare to finish Sock two.

The jury is still out on the long ribbed toe section. While I was knitting, I was mostly set against it but now that I've had the sock on my foot I'm warming up to it. This is definitely one of those patterns that looks better on your foot than on your needles.

There is one bit of Christmas knitting I can show you - one more (last and final) gnome. I sold out of the half dozen gnomes I'd made previously within just a few minutes at the first craft show. And then took a special order for one more. If I do more craft shows next year I'd best make a bunch more of these. They're a pretty quick and easy knit especially now that I've converted the pattern to knit in the round.

My plan for this week includes one final secret Christmas knit and then to finish these socks. I've already wound the yarn for the next pattern of the Socktopus KAL - Mince Pie Mayhem. They'll be the perfect gift for a friend with a birthday just before the New Year!


15 comments:

Gracey is not my name.... said...

The gnome!!! Too cute!!!! I'd have bought one too! I've got a thing for gnomes though..it's kinda recent...

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

That gnome is cute, so I can see why it was a hot seller! I'm glad to hear things are slowing down a bit for you. Love the socks!

Ylva said...

Interesting toe pattern! I can see how it would look weird on the needles, but it looks great in the pic.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

I was starting to wonder where you'd gotten too!
I'm not surprised the gnomes sold out - they are too cute!

Caffeine Girl said...

The gnome is adorable, but I really love that sock. Now there are two patterns I must make from that book. The yarn is amazing. I made the mistake of following the link -- and am now trying to justify buying more sock yarn!

aknitwithacake said...

I love the sock and the colour is gorgeous - I see what you mean about the toe, but it looks great on. Can see why the gnome sold out, he is adorable!

Kepanie said...

Great sock. It's texture is awesome. Congrats on selling out. How awesome.

Christine said...

i think i would be slow to warm up to that toe style as well... but it looks great!

Dee said...

I can see why the gnomes are so popular! He's ADORABLE!

Sarah Ronchetti said...

Your sock looks gorgeous! and I'm not at all surprised your gnomes sell fast, they are awesome!

Elisabeth Andrée said...

The gnome is soooo cute and the sock looks great. Love the color and stitch pattern (sorry, I repeat myself).
Have a lovely week!

Lily Razz said...

Hihi the gnome makes me giggle, he's so cute :)

Chrisknits said...

Wondered where you'd gone. Love the gnome! I can see why they sold out. Does the pattern on the toe bother you when it's in a shoe?

Faith said...

I Like the sock, the ribbed toe is unusual, but balances with the heel....what a relief to find to you have enough for the other one, although I notice whilst sock shopping for my boys stockings, that there seems to be a thing for buying non matching socks, I find it hard to tell all the socks apart as it is without having non matching ones!

Love your gnome, glad you did so well in your show!

goodpurlgonebad said...

My word, those socks hold no fear for you, do they? The finished one looks terrific, as does the gnome.