Sunday, January 24, 2016

Year of Projects 5: Week 30

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

By mid-week my second Dither sock was done. They're in the laundry hamper now; maybe a soak will help smooth out the scar on the leg of the first sock from my snipping and grafting? And with any luck that soak will also help even out the tension in my colourwork as well :) Not that it matters really; these will just be headed to my sock drawer.

Even though they're not 100% perfect, I'm still very pleased with them. My modifications to condense the chart worked out perfectly. I ended up with 2 grams of the light blue leftover, plus 5 grams of the medium blue and 7 grams of the grey. That's close enough for me. Almost immediately after posting the FO photo to the finished thread in the Cookie A group I started getting all kinds of nice comments and messages. Seems I wasn't the only one who didn't care for the December patterns and who was looking for a pattern that might work with the three mini-skeins of yarn!

The base is from Lorna's Laces - it's their Shepherd Sock base - and it's just too lovely to sit unknit. And I like the colours too, although I'd have rather had a full skein of any of them rather than a third skein of each. But no matter, the socks knit up beautifully and I'll enjoy them for many years to come. So that's the last word on the sock club.

I had fully intended to return to my second Clandestine sock immediately after finishing Dither, but although I brought the WIP along to work, I forgot the pattern. Doh. So instead I started Thelonius with the gradient yarn I bought over the holidays in Savannah. Silly me - I thought it'd be a nice, simple and mindless knit, but that's certainly not the case. Honestly if it were properly charted I think it would be a lot simpler, but instead it's a mishmash of written directions and bits and pieces of charts. Gah. I'm too lazy to chart it for my own use though, so I'll just soldier on.

In lieu of the expected mindlessness of that pattern, I decided to knit up yarn leftover from the Preemie Cardis I made in November into hats for 25 000 Tuques Toronto. And what could be more mindless than a garter stitch tuque like Rikke? It really was super simple and knit up from start to finish in a day and a half. I like it though, and I think I may have enough yarn for one more.

I thought I might be too late for this charity drive, but the organizers are carrying on (and so is the war, and so is the stream of refugees fleeing the war) so I'll knit another hat or two instead of Vanilla Charity Socks for January. Besides how can you resist this?


Renee Anne said...

I'm still debating what to do with my Lorna's Laces from that particular club shipment. I might just make some stripey socks and be done. I'm kind of lazy that way......though the allure of learning colorwork to make Dither..........::sigh::

Becki said...

Truth... While I love that green Thelonius sock you've begun, I think might just love those "peppermint candy" stitch markers more. :^)

Anonymous said...

The socks turned out great. That's a pretty mix of colors.

The mitts look like a nice pattern too.

Good luck with the hats. There is a lot of charity knitting going on around blogland.

Stefanie said...

Great beanie. Warm noggins are a must this winter. It's a bonus to be able to use up scrap yarn like that. I love you first pair of socks. That was smart to use that pattern to use mini skeins. Do you think colorwork will make a sock tighter since there are floats?

Annie said...

Those socks are fantastic! Talk about making what you have available work for you--well, you've done that in spades!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Love Dither!
And great stitch markers!

Lucy Bowen said...

Dither are gorgeous and I can't tell where the mods are from here, I'm so glad you have a great pair of socks from the yarn. Thank you for letting me see what is possible. Love the hat - sometimes simple is best.

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

I thought I had posted a comment...guess the first socks...and I think Canada and Canadians are being amazing in the face of this crisis....I will say my state governor has pledged to welcome refugees....and I'm not a fan of yeah

Delusional Knitter said...

I love those dither socks! You did fabulous!