Thursday, June 08, 2006

Let me bring you up to date.....

Whew!! I've been trying to post for days and Blogger was just not cooperating!

Anyway, if my last post had plenty of knothing, this one has plenty of something :)

I finished the teal socks and ain't they a beauty?


Specs:

Child's French Sock from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush

Louet Gems Merino Pearl In Teal, US #1 (2.25mm) DPNs

Mods: My gauge of 8 sts/inch was spot on for the pattern but the suggested cast on of 72 stitches seemed huge so I went down to a cast on of 64. I then did a 2 x 2 rib instead of the 1 x 1/2 x 2 combo suggested by the pattern and increased to 66 stitches for the leg. I made the leg much shorter (6 inches vs. 8 inches) and I added my *patented* mini-flap and gusset yo short row heel.

I ADORE the Gems Pearl!! It's so soft and just dreamy to knit with! I also LOVE the pattern....it was fun, well written (of course!) and produced a really classy sock! If there is a knitter out there that doesn't own this amazing book yet....what the heck are ya waiting for??? :)

Remember this?

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It's the button (and link to the website) for the Red Scarf Project. This very noble charity collects red scarves for foster kids/orphans who are in college and struggling to make their way in this tough world without family support! The Orphan Foundation of America will be collecting scarves again this year so here's the humble beginnings of my first scarf!


It's gonna be a seaman's scarf someday real soon! It's Knitpicks Suri Dreams in "Woodlands" and I'm just doing a seed stitch for the "tails" and will do a 2 x 2 rib for the neck section. Why not go ahead and make a scarf or two for these very worthy kids and get a head start on the JANUARY 2007 deadline? Plenty of time so no excuses, right? :)

Also on the needles (surprise, surprise!) another sock!! Yet another pattern from the prolific and illustrious Ms. Bush! This is the Gentleman's Sock with Lozenge Pattern from, you guessed it, Knitting Vintage Socks! hehe.....


Thanks to a yarn swap with my bud Dorothy, I'm actually making this sock in *exactly* the yarn used in the pattern which is a first for me! It's Sunbeam St. Ives in the Grouse colorway. It's a pretty heathered plum that's pretty soft. The pattern calls for 8.5 sts /inch on a US #0 needle and these socks are gonna be bulletproof when I'm done! I think they'll last longer than the feet that will own them someday but I love how the pattern is knitting up so far!

On Saturday I'll be breaking into my All Seasons Cotton for my Adrienne Vittadini Cabled Shell because it's finally here....Saturday June 10th is WORLD WIDE KNIT IN PUBLIC DAY!!!

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June 10, 2006

So get out there and Show Your Sticks!! Pumpkin will be waiting on his favorite windowsill wishing he could join you!


Enjoy your weekend and your WW KIP DAY!!!

30 comments:

Carole said...

I was getting worried about you! Glad it was just a Blogger problem and not a FKD problem! I love those Gentlemen's Socks and one of these days I'm going to make them for Dale. And that last photo of Pman is great!

Ann C. said...

I too was worried about you! Guess I need to find some red yarn and start my red scarves. Maybe I can combine it with the KNIT IN PUBLIC day on Saturday. Give that big boy a lovey hug from his Aunt Ann in HOTTTTT Dallas.

La Cabeza Grande said...

Lovely NB socks, Miss Debi! And P-Man is sure looking fine.

I'm excited about WWKIP, too. Rain or shine I'm there!

Janine said...

Lovely socks. It's a great book isn't it, I just wish I had time to knit them all :-0

Lolly said...

I am a fellow Vintage Socks fan! Isn't that book fabulous? :) I love the teal socks up top, and the new ones are going to be great too!

Sorry I have been such a delinquent trade partner - I am planning to drop off your package at the PO tomorrow, I promise! So sorry for the delay. I hope you like the colorway I got for you! :)

lllinda said...

Got the book from the library but I'm now going to have to buy it. Can you compare Lornas Laces to the Louet Gems Pearl for me? I do love LL but am hoping the Louet is finer or at least no thicker. Gonna have to enlarge the patterns too. My resident cat is an eleven year old RagDoll. She isn't much of a knitter but does like to grab the yarn sometimes. The beauty of a RagDoll, or at least mine, is that when I tell her NO, well she just doesn't. What a gal!

Carol said...

I was worried about you! Pls tell the P-Man to let Linus know when you're busy knitting! ;) Lovely socks! I may not be able to join the group tomorrow, we're taking the old man out to dine for his b-day, but the knitting goes too.
Maybe we'll speak this weekend...

Alison said...

I love the book, too. I might have to do something from Vintage Socks after I finish my current pair. The teal socks are wonderful!

(And I hope Blogger has got it all straightened out now. I've been having problems posting and commenting for days, too!)

jody said...

the new socks look great! and i'm glad to see the st ives yarn pop up somewhere. it looks so cool and heathery. i'm very interested to hear what you think as you work with them. i might have to order some (cause clearly we all need more sock yarn!)

enjoy ww kip day tomorrow!

Marguerite said...

Blogger has been giving me an excuse to go knit instead of blog. Not all bad, but a bit annoying.

Love the socks - both pair.

Jes said...

Blogger has been such a pain! I'm glad you got a post up ;)

The teal socks are awesome, and I love the start of the gentlemans sock...in the same yarn no less. That's pretty amazing =)

Rebecca said...

Love your teal socks! Let me know if you actually use THREE skeins of the St. Ives yarn...I only have two and have no clue where I ordered this from!

Cathy said...

The socks are Gorgeous Debi! I love the color of the new Gentlemen's Sock! How do you like the 0 needles? I have yet to make adult socks on those :) Have a great weekend, I'll be KIPing at softball this Saturday :)

Anonymous said...

Lovely projects all. I have the book, but haven't yet knitted anything out of it! Just to make you feel jealous - I was Nancy's aide when she taught a class out here many years ago. She is a great teacher and a very lovely person. And the picture of P-man, as usual, is adorable. His little face always makes me smile.
Dorothy (Missouri Star)
dswaite@mac.com

KnitNana said...

You weren't alone, Debi! blogger was a bear this week. But WOW - love those socks, and thank you for the link to the Red Scarf Project, I'll participate this year. (((hugs))) to P'man!

snowballinhell said...

Excellent job on those teal socks. I've been wanting to knit that pattern, and you might just have given me the impetus I needed.

So...if Pman is ever missing, you'll know I kidnapped him, right? He's so adorable.

Agnes said...

Yay! Finally the Blogger comment function is back! That sock pattern is on my list to knit for my husband ... but since it's now summer time, he has no use of wool socks, I can wait. :)
Thanks for offering to help with the armholes. Yesterday I read the post on almost felted (http://almostfelted.knitblog.com/) and she talked about armhole shaping ... that seems simple ... and the result looks nice too. What do you think?

margene said...

After trying several times yesterday to comment it's great to see blogger working again! Love you socks...they are such a fun knit.
Our SnB grrls are knitting at the Farmers Market (first day) but I'll be in the mountains (knitting too!)

KatieLiz said...

Thanks for posting about the Red Scarf Project. I have one scarf finished already because last year my local EinStupid Bros. had NO clue what I was talking about when I went in to drop off my scarf. And, by then it was too late to mail it in. :-(

Kendra said...

I must admit that I'm a knitter who doesn't own Knitting Vintage Socks. Thanks for the recommendation; I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

Hi to P-Man!

La said...

I've been eyeing those Lozenge socks to do for my dad. Thank you so much for that book!

Oh! GRANNY?!?!? I'll give you granny! There's got to be a more dignified name for someone who's a gramma only because she married some old geezer 10 years her senior. Hmmmm.

Snuggle P-man for me!

aija said...

Love the socks, and every pic of your cat just makes me squeal inside-- the face is just too cute. :) Have fun kip'ing, I'm going too :)

Leisel said...

I really want to try out your *pattented* :) heel treatment... would you mind telling me how long you usually make the heel flap or you figured out how long you needed it to make it right for your foot.

I really love doing short row heels, but I'm finding that they usually result in pulled stitches across my instep that are sometimes uncomfortable, but always ugly.

Leisel said...

that should read "how you figured out...". Sorry.

Knittinreed said...

Yup - Blogger was buggy last week!

Your Vintage Socks look wonderful. That pattern is one on my queue of "wanna dos". Thanks for sharing.

I did plenty of knitting this weekend, just not in public - I didn't really go anywhere I could sit and knit.

alltangledup said...

i love those socks .. and teal is such a wonderful colour. Yes, Ms Bush does seem to have lovely patterns. I have never been disappointed by her designs

judy said...

I'm knitting the Gentleman's socks for my father. It's a great pattern! P-man is looking as handsome as ever.

Gracie said...

Love love the socks!

Ruth said...

Beautiful teal socks! And you've reminded me why I liked the Gentleman's Sock pattern so much ... must get back to knitting that one.

Jen said...

Those socks really are beautiful!