Thursday, August 31, 2006

I'm a sock pimp....

In my quest to overtake the sock world with handknit socks, I taught a friend how to make a teeny tiny sock last night.

I am currently amassing a collection of very small squirrel sized socks in this quest to teach the world the joys of sock making.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

The Latest Socks!


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Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
(Austermann Step Sock Yarn with Aloe and Jojoba added)

This striping pattern is what happened when you start one sock from the middle of the ball and the other from the outside -- I think it looks cute that they are similar but not the same. The white and purple are reversed on the two socks (the other color is a forest green).
The bottoms are also plain stripes as apposed to the the chevron pattern on the top.

Hang on, I'll share a photo:

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Crazy Toes & Heels Socks #2

I started yet another pair of socks last week -- the day after finishing up the previous pair. I tell you socks are my "crack addiction" of the knitting world. With the current pair I used the "no wrap" short row heels, but without the gusset like the previous pair, from the CTH book. One word: wow! The heels have no unsightly gaps along the middle like most of my short rows. Only one hole and that was due to a malfunction of the needles, ok, ok, it was operator error.

These socks are also done with a chevron pattern from the Sensational Socks book. I got both heels turned this afternoon and am making my way up the legs this evening.

I'm going to feed the dogs, open another Heineken and settle down in the sunroom to try to get 1/2 way up the cuffs on these socks.

(And no, I don't have any updated on the Mystery Stole. Still on Clue 3, side 2. It's taken a back seat to my sock obession...maybe I should change the blog name?)

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

08-22-06 Socks


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Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Yay!! The stripes almost match! They are off by one row but wooo-hooo! I love these new socks.

They were knitted two up, toe at a time using the "Crazy Toes & Heels" method which results in NO HOLES on the short row heels. (there are no wraps, so no wrap holes -- just the one small hole where I slipped a stitch that should have been knitted.)

The hair on the floor is because Matilda was laying in the spot prior to me snapping the photos -- however, there is just no way around NOT having hair on the floor in our house.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Crazy Toes & Heels Socks #1


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Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Here are the first socks I made with my new Crazy Toes and Heels book. These were made two at a time with two no.3 circular needles with Fortissima sock yarn (which incidently I love how the stripes worked out!)

The toe cast on for these socks was UBER easy and not nearly as slippery at the Magic Loop figure 8 cast on which I find difficult to get started. The heels are the "crazy heels" that a started by creating large gussets as part of the sole stitches and then use a modified short row WITHOUT wraps -- which means no holes up the side.

I'm only about an inch into the cuff, so if I sit down tonight I'm hoping to be able to knock these out by tomorrow's Knitting Guild meeting.

I am also still working on my Mystery Stole and am starting Clue 3. I am working both sides, so I am done with Clue 1 & 2 on both ends.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Hello, I'm Pixie and I'm a Sock Addict....

I started ANOTHER pair of socks last night. This time I am using the "Aloha Cast On" from the 'Crazy Toes and Heels' book and working two socks on two circulars. When I get to the heels, I will also be using the heel process from the 'Crazy Toes and Heels' book.

Photos to follow on some future day.

:)

Monday, August 14, 2006

Completed Socks: Magic Loop 2 Socks at Once


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Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
I've been dying to try the Magic Loop process to make two socks at once on one long circular. I cast the socks on Friday a week ago, worked on them here and there and finished them up last night!

wooo---hooo!

It seemed to go much faster this way than with the '2 circular/1 sock at a time' method I have used in the past and I'm thrilled at the results. The best part is that the foot sections and leg sections are the same length, unlike my other socks that don't quite match.

Have a full glass of wine, empty needles and sock more yarn in my basket -- life is good!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Henry David Thoreau the Llama with his Alpaca Friends

I had a wonderful day at a local alpaca farm where we were invited out for lunch and to visit with the alpacas!

After the completely crappy and heartwrenching week I've had, getting a kiss from an alpaca was just what I needed.

The owners of the farm (http://www.lavenderfieldsalpacas.com) were *so* generous allowing us to come out there, answer the 10,000 questions I had and providing dessert for our lunches.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

What's up with my Mystery Stole, you ask?

Honestly, nothing.

It's been sitting in it's bag resting.

I got all wrapped up in finishing the Clapotis project for a while there, and then when I stopped in at YarnArts for a beer, erhm, I mean to knit the other day I needed something to work on that did not require 100% concentration, a chart, two colors of highlighters etc., so I figured out the Magic Loop technique to cast on two socks at once on one needle.

The two sock project is going well so far, but I'll a little fuzzy on how I'm going to do the heels. I'll do one and if I'm totally confused, it's easy enough to slide one sock onto stitch holders while I turn the second heel.

I'm off to the Nanci Griffith concert tonight with a friend, and of course my two little socks on one needle are stuffed into the bag with a bottle of wine, some hummus, pita bread and some granola. I'm a hippy girl at heart who can't go anywhere without knitting, granola and a bottle of wine. :)

Monday, August 07, 2006

I've shed the Clap......


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Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Last night I finished up my Clapotis! It was a fairly easy project, just had to watch your markers and pay attention to the pattern. I'd definately make this one again.

I haven't blocked it and am not sure if I will. It's fairly large -- to big to wear like a scarf while I eat crossiants.... but will look great as a light wrap while I drink wine in the park.

I'll get my lovely husband to get a photo of me wearing it later this week.

EDIT: Karen, thanks for the suggestion NOT to block this project!

Friday, August 04, 2006

HandDyed Yard


HandDyed Yard
Originally uploaded by BoxerPixie.
Dry Kool-Aid + a damp white boxer = a giant mess.

I got a BUNCH of natural colored wool that I niddy-noddied up into smaller hanks so that I could experiement with dyeing with Kool-Aid. I got some *great* results! Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures of the gorgeous coral-red skein or the turquoise with maroon-ish bits before I gave them away as a birthday gift.

And because I'm obssesive, I've already planned what part of the front yard I can dig up for a new garden where I can harvest my own plants for making natural dyes.