Sunday, January 3, 2016

Year of Projects 5: Week 27

KNIT. SOCK. LOVE. : BFF • Clandestine • Cusp • German Stockings • Gothic Spire • Hedera • In and Out • Lissajous • Marilinda • Mona • Monkey • Pointelle • Rhombus  Sake • Stalagmite • Stricken • Thelonious • Twisted Flower • Wedge

COOKIE A SOCK CLUB: June #1 • June #2 • August #1 • August #2 • October #1 • October #2 • December #1 • December #2

VANILLA SOCKS FOR CHARITY: July • August • September • October • November • December • January • February • March • April • May • June

Somehow weeks 22-26 got lost in the shuffle. You know, pre-holiday rush, then holiday craziness, then a vacation and so on. Knitting happened. Blogging didn't. So let's get caught up!

I worked a bit more on Clandestine sock two, but that got put aside for a more pattern suitable for a driving vacation. Just before Christmas I cast on for Monkey socks using The Fiber Seed Sprout yarn that I bought in Cocoa in November. It's a short striping yarn that I thought would work nicely with the Monkey pattern and I couldn't be more pleased with how it has knit up. It's put up in 480 yards skeins - so much yardage that I was able to lengthen the cuff and the leg without any concerns about running short of yarn!

I'm knitting the large size, but narrowing at the beginning of the heel flap and again at the gussets to narrow the foot. Sock one seems to fit pretty well! As well, I'm working the YOs through the back loops to close up the holes. I really like how that's working out too.

In mid-December I received the final shipment of the 2015 Cookie A Sock Club  - another disappointment as far as I'm concerned. I can't even convince myself to cast on either of the December Club patterns - Horatio Herbert and Wavy Entrelac -  as I can't see any way to make either of those patterns fit in a way I'd be happy with, nor do I think either is attractive enough to make them worth the effort. As for the yarn, the base is nice and the colours are nice but ....

Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock (80% superwash merino, 20% nylon; 430 yards; 100g; shown in Winter Waves) Note this yarn is a special set created especially for the sock club. It is split into thirds, with each partial skein dyed a different colour.

Yeah, the skein has been split into three mini skeins which were dyed totally different colours. It's not easy to find a pattern that actually calls for 35 grams of each of three colours. And, perhaps not surprisingly, there's not even a whiff of interest in the destash thread. In the end I've decided to try knitting the partial skeins up as Dither socks. I'm hoping that if I compress the colour work chart I can manage them without running short of colour B. Fingers crossed.

As for the Vanilla Socks for Charity section of my list, for November I knit preemie sweaters instead of socks, but as far as the list goes I think that counts. In December I knit a pair of socks for this challenge from the Canadian War Museum. I used a vintage pattern for the American Red Cross for Men's Socks for Servicemen, although I had to shorten the leg a couple of inches to complete the pair from a single skein of sock yarn. Nice socks though! The socks are donated to charity at the end of the challenge, so that's good enough for me.

Remind me next week to tell you about the awesome yarn I found in my mailbox from lovely Frieda at Restless Needles, as well as the vacation yarn I picked up while visiting Savannah! Happy New Year everyone!


8 comments:

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

I took a break from blogging...not intentional, just got really busy, somewhat sick and was tired all the time....when I started catching up on blogs this past week or so, I realized you had not blogged in several weeks...and missed all the socks...I only did Cookie A's club once.....I did join a KAL on the Facebook page Addicted to Sock Knitting..the patterns are by Yarn Yenta...haven't cast on the first one yet....

Lucy Bowen said...

Love the monkey socks, that's a brilliant colour. I couldn't for the life of me, work out, why thirds when I could only see two colours. But then I looked at the second pattern!

Dee said...

Your Monkey looks great.

I can see why you didn't want to make either of the Cookie A. patterns. I don't care for them either.

Glad you had a good time on vacation. Can't wait to see what you purchased!

Becki said...

I love the purple sock pictured at the top of your post. That yarn is beautiful, and the pattern is too. I'm not a sock knitter, but can I still say... I actually think the Wavy Entrelac socks are pretty cool looking. I realize taste is a an individual thing, though - and I have no idea what colors you got for making them. All that said, best wishes as you figure out what to do with the yarn.

Ruth said...

The monkey sock looks great and I'm with you on both of the cookie A socks, I don't much like either as well. I hope you can stretch the b out enough to get a pair of those dither out of them, they look cool in a pixalted kind of way.

Stefanie said...

That purple, Clandestine sock kicks a**!

Renee Anne said...

You know, I wasn't crazy about the sock patterns, ether. I think they're visually interesting but I don't know that they'd ever fit me correctly and I hate spending time on knitting things to find out they're not fitting correctly :(

I may wind up using the yarn for some sort of colorwork pattern (paired with something else, like black).

Caffeine Girl said...

Yarn clubs are a gamble, which is why I don't do them. I did Yartini some years back and she chose some very odd colorways. Way too much orange. But you seem to find a use for every skein!