Sunday, September 2, 2018

Year of Projects 8 - Week 10

As planned on the first of September I pulled a paper bag for my 2018 Paper Bag Project and tore it open to find a caked skein of variegated red yarn - no surprise there.

Without delay I cast on a test knit for a designer through The Testing Pool group on Ravelry. I've knit the cuff, the colour work/cable section that tops the leg and made a start on the waffle rib that comprises the balance of the sock. I had worried that the red would be too busy for the pattern, but I think it looks fine. The waffle rib is very simple making these socks ideal travel knitting for our road trip to New Hampshire next week. With any luck I'll have them completed by the end of next week. 10 hours there and 10 hours back in the car should give me plenty of knitting time. And nowadays the GPS takes care of the directions; I don't have to watch road signs and follow along with the map book.

On the spur of the moment I also signed up for an Instagram KAL #monstersockkal2018. I've cast on and made a start using a bunch of yellow/beige/brown/orange scraps from stash but I'm finding the combination very meh. So much for my vision of a subtle shifting autumn colour feel! Now I'm trying to decide what to do about it. This morning I pulled out some really bright orange, bright red and light natural scraps from stash with the idea that they will brighten it all up and break up the same-same yellowy-brown-ness. I'll knit another inch to introduce the new colours and then make a decision after that. If I still hate it then I'll rip it out and go with brightly coloured stripes instead. The KAL runs until Halloween (October 31st) so there's no rush.

If you're on instagram you're welcome to join up. Just pick your scraps or minis and post with the hashtag #monstersockkal2018. That's all there is to it!

My Nain socks weren't completely ignored either. I hope to finish sock one before we leave for our road trip on Tuesday morning. With a forecast of unending rain punctuated by the occasional thunderstorm I expect that lots of knitting will get done through the rest of this long weekend. Whatever happens Nain won't be coming along on the trip - it requires constant attention to the chart, and with all those yarn overs and twisted stitches I don't think it'd be very forgiving of any dropped stitches or errors from inattention. I'd better just leave that in my knitting basket until I get back!

2018 Paper Bag Project - 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
      Test Knit Socks - using unknown variegated red yarn
      Diamondback Socks - using Songbird Fibers Sock in Ruby Throated Hummingbird

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


    Wanderingcatstudio said...

    That first sock is very interesting!

    Leftycrafter said...

    Lovi g the red yarn fir the September socks

    Anonymous said...

    That test knit is really interesting. I love the detailing after the ribbing. So pretty and unique.

    I'd give those scrappy socks a bit more time. I think they look pretty nice.

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

    Love how the test knit sock is knitting on, the red really doesn't take away from the design. I can see what your saying about the monstersockkal sock and perhaps the brighter colours will do the trick, but you're right, if it's still just meh, rip it out!

    Becki said...

    The variegated red yarn in the first sock is really pretty! Seeing the skein (or ball?) in the background I wouldn't have thought the color variations to be so subtle, but knitted up, it's perfect.

    Lucy Bowen said...

    Lovely, lovely, lovely! As always!

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

    I love the test knit but mostly because of the yarn you've chosen, I think. What is wrong with your scrappy sock colors? I love them but they're your socks and you have to be happy with what you're knitting. Have a great trip! I always wanted to visit or live in New Hampshire....since I was a kid....don't know why as I've never been there and don't know anyone there. Have a safe trip!

    Iris said...

    That waffle pattern looks pretty, and the white really accentuates it. It really complicated though!

    The colour for yoru 2nd sock really appeals to me, it's lovely.

    Stefanie said...

    I like that yellow toe you've completed.

    Breathing Life said...

    I like the crisscross on that first sock - interesting effect.
    All your socks are lovely and I think I might get into this paper bag idea for some upcoming projects - it is nice to be surprised by your own purchases.

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

    I love that first sock! And yes been following the monster socks on many socks..and I can barely complete vanilla socks..