Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Yeah, me again but this is REALLY important!

Every year, Claudia of Claudia's Blog participates in a Ride to Raise $$ for MS

I always make a $$ donation and I usually donate a prize as well (every $10 donated gets an entry into a raffle for some AMAZING prizes)

Well last year, I donated a pair of hand knit socks....I said that I would knit a custom fit pair of socks for whomever won my prize. Well guess who won my prize? One Anne Hanson of Knitspot fame....talk about intimidation! But Anne was completely lovely and gracious AND had never had anyone knit her a pair of socks before !!

Then a few months ago a friend over at SKA, Ms Jenn/ (MePlz over on Ravelry) told me that she "thought lots of people would be willing to buy a raffle ticket to win socks handknit by FKD".... and I thought hey, instead of donating one pair of hand knit socks as a prize, maybe I could raise even more $$ for this VERY worthy cause by raffling off a pair of hand knit socks! So I made Jenn a promise when Claudia's MS ride rolled around again this year, I would raffle off a *Knit by FKD* sock...

So here's my **challenge** to you my sock knitting/blog reading friends....

For every $5 you donate to my PayPal account: JustABitMore8 AT aol DOT com between today June 23 and next Saturday, June 28, you will win a chance to have your very own, pair of custom knit FKD socks!

The pattern/design/color will be a surprise (I promise no orange Monkeys unless that's what you really want!) but I will use your specs and get to know what kind of socks would make you squeeeee and rock your sock wearin' world!

Every penny raised will go to support Claudia and her fight against MS (and this disease SUCKS cause among other things, it stops knitters from knitting!) so let's work together to wipe it out now and forever!

So if you think a pair of FKD socks are worth $5 (or more) put your $$ where it's needed and I'll do the rest! :)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Socks on Parade......

Howdy Strangers!

It's been so long since I've updated Knitbloglandia with the many, many socks I've been knitting I think the time has come!

So as not to innudate my readers (the shock of frequent posting could kill the few that are left, hehe) I'll share them over the next few weeks, 2 at a time....

Then as an added bonus, y'all can look forward to some regular kitteh beefcake too!

And so we begin:

Vinnland Socks


Pattern: Vinnland

Yarn: 2.5 skeins Heirloom Argyle in Burgundy Heather (LOVELY YARN!)

Needles: 32" US #1 (2.25mm) addi turbo for foot, US #1.5 (2.5mm) for last pattern repeat on leg and for tubular bind off, magic loop

Mods/Notes: Used Turkish cast on to start. Changed yo SR heel to flap heel modified from the July SKA Mystery Sock

Even tho these were knit for a man's size 13!! they were a fun knit that went very quickly! The yarn is rugged but soft enough for next to skin wear and very handsome. This pattern had been in my queue forever but for some reason I was intimidated - needlessly so and I'm sorry I waited so long! They were a very enjoyable knit and made a really sharp looking sock!

Disco Elise Socks


Pattern: Elise by Jaimi Allen

Yarn: Tempted Glam Girl in the Concubine colorway :)

Needles: US #1 (2.25mm) KP nickel 32" circ, magic loop
#13 steel crochet hook
32 size 8/0 crystal silver lined seed beads

Notes/Mods: Knit these toe up so I could use every inch of this pretty, pretty yarn! You can't see it from the pics but there is a sterling silver thread running thru the yarn which is why I called them "Disco Elise" :)

Cast on using the Turkish cast on of course!

The pattern is nice and stretchy but hugs the leg nicely.

I again used a modified version of the July Mystery Sock flap heel but added the eye of partridge stitch.

I added a row of silver crystal 8/0 seed beads to the last row before starting the picot edge to bring out the silver in the yarn and make them even more disco-y.

I used a picot hem rather than any ribbing to keep the very feminine look.

Here's a close up of the picot hem, the beads and the silver thread in the yarn:

Very enjoyable socks and the proceeds went to a very good cause so the socks were full of win!

Ok, that ends our sock update portion, now for the kitteh beefcake!!

Even asleep he's so studly, isn't he? See ya next week with sock update part 2!