Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Because it is Socktoberfest, after all

Not stashenhancementfest or Rhinebeckfest. There should be socks.

And there are.

Pattern: Friday Harbor by Nancy Bush from Knitting on the Road.
Yarn: All Things Heather sportweight and I can't find the ballband to tell you the color. Electric Melon maybe?
Needles: Susan Bates DPNs. I had to go up to size US 4 needles to get gauge. Yikes.
Mods: None!
Thoughts: Make sure you check out the errata. I did end up making a booboo on the second sock - I forgot that the two "edge" stitches on the instep are supposed to be knit, instead of purled. Whoops. Not a life ending deal though. I also knit these a bit shorter in the foot - I couldn't make it through the second chart, as my row gauge was way off in my attempt to get stitch gauge. Lucky for me, row gauge is not a huge deal in socks.

I really like these socks! They are very comfy, the pattern was enjoyable, and the colors are great. I can't say enough good things about the yarn - lovely colors, nicely spun and an incredible yardage - I have a TON of yarn left over. Now, I didn't make these very tall and I knit them on 4s, but you should have enough yarn to do most patterns with. A very generous 100 oz skein. And a special shout out to my KSKS pal, Shari for making such a great choice. And I even have my KSKS bag in use right now with my blue/green STR socks inside. (More on those later.) Best part? I'm wearing them right now, as it's finally gotten chilly here at night!

And there's more!
Pattern: Just a simple stockinette sock over 60 stitches.
Yarn: Regia surf
Needles: Brittany DPNs, sz US 1.5
Mods: none
Thoughts: I love this yarn! I'm so glad that I have another ball in the stash. It is very soft (especially compared to Sockotta - the only other cotton blend sock yarn I've used), and the colors are great. And I'm psyched that I got the stripes to match. I will be wearing these a lot.

The things I go through for your entertainment. I took this picture myself, with my pant legs rolled up around my knees, balancing and bent over with my head against the wall so I didn't fall on the camera. Whew.

I'm trying hard not to cast on for any new pairs. But it's still Socktober for another week, and I have all these empty neeedles....what to do.....


  1. Friday Harbor looks great in those colors - so different than all the others I've seen.

  2. Great, great socks!!! And I never would have guessed you took that second picture yourself. WOW, you have a lot of flexibility!! :)

  3. LOL - Jenn the Contortionist! Truly beautiful FH socks, and I love the stripy ones, too. It's a pink fest. Yay pink!

    And come on, can you really resist the allure of empty sock needles?? They are calling you...

  4. You are on a roll! Both pairs are gorgeous!

  5. Oh, I like 'em both!

  6. I love the socks! I'm on a sock-making binge right now, too. I like the pattern of the lacy socks.

  7. I was wondering how you managed to take that great shot - it is fabulous! Thank you for doing that for us. :-)

  8. Yay for SAM2 socks :) They are pretty!! I adore Regia Cotton blends, haven't washed the pair I made yet. If you likey: Lana Grossa Meilenweit cotton blend is truly superwash (one sock secretly sneaked into the washing machine) and is soft as Regia :) I'd been wondering about Plymouth Sockotta's quality for some time, but now I know that it's not as soft as for example Regia, I think I'll leave it aside.

    Happy knitting!

  9. Love both pairs - great colors!