Sunday, August 5, 2018

Year of Projects 8 - Week 06

I'm very late in posting today. What can I say; the day got away from me! Maybe because it's a holiday weekend here in Ontario, I'm all off schedule?

My knitting, on the other hand, is right on schedule! I finished my July Paper Bag Project: Gladys in Painted Fleece Merino/Silk/Cashmere. It's a very nice looking sock but all that seed stitch is a slog. Seriously, I had to really push myself to finish it.

The only thing that got me through was the urge to cast on the next pair of socks. On Wednesday I opened a new Paper Bag for August to discover two 50 gram skeins of Shelridge Yarns 80/20 Merino. SURPRISE. That wasn't on the list; I didn't even remember them! Of course it makes sense in retrospect that there couldn't be one bag with Lang Jawoll Superwash and a second with leftovers of the same! Where's my brain?! I amended my lists below.

But what pattern to knit? Colourwork for sure. And opposite socks to use it all up. Toe-up would help too! Time to dive into an advanced pattern search in Ravelry. And there it is... Venetian Blinds socks. All the boxes checked! I'll cast those on tomorrow.

As well, I've been pondering what to do about 150 grams or so of Stretch Bamboo leftovers, and I think I have a plan. The lion share of that is a similar shade of blue (90 grams or so) so I'll use that to knit Nain in the smallest size written. Seems to me that pattern would benefit from stretchy yarn. And then I'll use up the leftovers knitting ankle socks - Jelly Rolls, maybe? BUST ALL THE STASH!

So yeah, I finished a pair of socks and despite that my lists got longer. SIGH.

2018 Paper Bag Project - August, September, October, November and December

      Twisted Flower Socks - using Hikoo CoBaSi yarn in Egyptian Blue
      Feny Socks - using Lang Jawoll Superwash in turquoise and chocolate
      Pattern TBD - using unknown variegated red yarn
      Diamondback Socks - using Songbird Fibers Sock in Ruby Throated Hummingbird
      Venetian Blinds Socks - using Shelridge Yarns 80/20 Merino in Mint and Linen

Full Skeins from stash

      Somewhere Socks - using Mountain Colour mini set
      Pairfect Socks - using Regia Pairfect
      Mood - using unknown variegated blue yarn
      Kazak - using unknown tonal purple yarn
      Harris Tweed Socks - using Wollemeise self-striping green/gold/red yarn

    Large (more than 50 grams) and Small (less than 50 grams) scraps from stash

          Salor - in various tan, orange and brown small scraps
          Vanilla Bean Striped Socks - in various colourful small scraps
          Squircle Socks  -  in various colourful scraps plus something neutral from large scraps
          Escape Reality Socks - in various colourful scraps plus something neutral from large scraps
          Bill Huggins - in various scraps
          Mosaic Marbles socks - using Langwoll Magic Dégradé scraps with black (or white)
          Checkbox Socks - using large scraps
          Stash Buster Spiral Socks - using various scraps in green?
          Hearty Stripey Socks - using various scraps
          Double Heelix Socks - using leftovers from Feny Socks
          Nain - using large scraps of Stretch Bamboo in light blue
          Jelly Rolls - using all the leftover Stretch Bamboo in various colours


    Becki said...

    That seed stitch provides a wonderful contrast to other more decorative designs. Glad you slogged through it. They are beautiful socks. :)

    Sharon said...

    The socks are gorgeous, both the pattern and the colour!

    Anonymous said...

    Gladys turned out very nicely.

    I gave up on all that seed stitch and just used the bits of the pattern I enjoyed. Yep ... I'm a cheater.

    Ruth (the-habitual-creative) said...

    Gladys looks great and constant seed stitch can be a bore. It's on my Fintry cardigan but thankfully only on the edges and in short bursts because I've found it easier to make mistakes doing it! I love the Venetian Blinds pattern and I can't wait to see those done, the advanced search on Ravlery is great isn't it for your bags and finding just the right pattern for what you've got.

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

    Love, love the color of those....and seed stitch looks so cool, but takes so long....

    Wanderingcatstudio said...

    The Gladys socks look wonderful. I totally get the seed stitch thing though. I love how it looks, but such a pain!

    Breathing Life said...

    The colour of those socks is awesome - I am GREEN with envy! lol.

    Sam I Am...... said...

    Your Gladys socks are stand out! I have yet to try the seed stitch but I love the looks of it. But too much of a good thing can be......too much. Glad you finished and are on to the next!

    Lucy Bowen said...

    Gladys are gorgeous, such a fab colour. And I love Venetian blinds, I can't wait to see your version.

    Leftycrafter said...

    Gladys socks are very pretty. The seed stitch really sets them off.

    I look forward to seeing the Venetian blind socks progress.

    Iris said...

    I really really dislike knitting seeds titch, so I hear you, but I have to say, it's paid off that you've persevered - the Gladys socks look beautiful!

    Stefanie said...

    Great pair of socks!