Saturday, July 4, 2009


so far

Socks finished in July

I started these June 26, so they don't count for TdS. They're for my son's July 5 birthday. I finished them today and used 384 yards of yarn.

The pattern is my own. The main yarn is Patons Kroy Sock 4 ply. the contrast was added so that I wouldn't run out at the end. Size man's medium.

52-week for June

Hi, finally had time to post finished pictures for June. I used Happy Feet yarn and the Barcelona pattern (on the SockWarsIV ravelry site.) I wish the zig/zags would show up better in the pictures. I did one even tried one outside. The color is actually closer to the two inside pictures. Deep shades of red and burgundy. I loved the pattern, totally not boring. I am also entering it in our local fair. Do not think it will win but I thought it would be fun. So, with this any the cotton chenille dishcloth pair I have the required amount of yardage! I hope everyone has a great Fourth of July weekend!


Friday, July 3, 2009

tour de France on July 4th in Oz

This is the Thuja sock by Bobby Ziegler. I made the cuff ribbing 1 1/2" instead of 1" and the cuff is 8" instead of the 6" in the pattern. The sole is 11". This was a very fast and enjoyable sock to knit. I will definitely make more of these.

I made larger socks and used a lot less than the yarn requirements for much smaller socks. I weighed the finished socks and got 106 gms. This is Merino Magic 8 ply which is DK wt and 105 m in a 50 gm ball. I mention this in case someone thought they needed more yarn than they had in their stash. This pattern in a keeper and great for last minute gift socks. My hope is to find some DK wt merino wool with some nylon in it so they will last longer, but they knit up so quickly it is still worth making even in the 100% wool.

Cathy's 52 Week Challenge

I've started a new project for the 52 Week Challenge! This is the July SKA Mystery Sock.

Cast on: 7/1/09
Yarns: Panda Soy - natural ecru
Panda Soy - poppy red
Maizy - cactus

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To all you CPY yarn experts out there, do you think I'm going to have trouble mixing Panda Soy and Maizy in a colorwork project? I seem to normally knit Maizy on smaller needles than Panda Soy or Panda Cotton, but I needed green and Maizy was the only green sock yarn I had on hand. My only other option (short of trying to buy some green Panda Soy somewhere and waiting for it to arrive) is to rip back and knit the leaves in Panda Superwash Joyful, but that seems more blue than green to me:
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Or, I have some leftover Panda Cotton in Fall Herbs, but I'm not sure I have enough for what the pattern calls for.

The Maizy seemed to work ok with the Panda Soy so far, but if anyone thinks this is going to end up being a bad idea, please advise! Thanks!

I may just stick with the Maizy and see how it goes! It's always fun to try new things in knitting!

Tour de France KAL Grandma07

I have cast on :) The pattern is Cookie A.'s Eunice and the yarn is Tempted Glam Grrl in Secret Garden. It is actually greener than this in real life. I will say that this pattern is really making me think! It is not a sock that can be knit while watching TV or chatting...luckily the yarn holds up quite well to tinking :P

Anything Goes

I finally have some finished socks out of Maizy. But not quite enough yardage for 52 week challenge.
It took three tries and over a year before I settled on a pattern.

color: turf (real color is greener than pics)
62g = 253 yds, cuff about 6 1/2" high when worn.
2.75mm dpns
Toe up, made up pattern. Inspiration from stitch pattern in "Sensational Knitted Socks" by Charlene Schurch.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

tour de france KAL

I got started right on time & have been doing a little bit each day - I really may get them done.

a photo of the start,

& what I am using: Apple Laine Apple Pie yarn, colorway Sunny Days; 50% wool, 20% mohair, 20% silk, 10% nylon (from; the pattern is "Sweet Peas socks" by Melissa Morgan-Oakers.
I plan to post more photos (maybe not daily, but timely) as I progress.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


we have several new members who are joining us for the tour de france kal! please welcome akbeth, bee, roberta, and sara. if i've missed someone, please let me know!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

52 Week Challenge

2nd attempt, as the first one was "errored" out, dunno why. Felted slipper socks, my own pattern, which I will need to adjust if I try them again. I think they must have used 325 yds, I hope so!

Tour de France Kal - Brenda (Owlsrook)

Here is my Tour de France Entry - in progress photo. I decided to do the Red & White - Mountain Winner Colours as Red & White is also the Canadian Flag colours. I have no pattern for these, just making it up as I knit, so the final version will be a surprise even to me.



First of all I have a wonderful honery fur-baby named Norman. Norman sleeps in the bed with dh and me. Night before last Norman kept getting out of bed and getting into something and we didn't know what. Unfortunately we were too lazy to get up and turn the light to see what he was getting into. He had gotten into my knitting bag and taken the dbl pt needles out of my KAL sock and unraveled a good portion of, getting his favorite toy tangled in the yarn.

I started over againg yesturday.

I was about to start the gussett just now and found a dropped stitch way back in the toe of the sock. Yup, gotta frog and start over again!

Why do I keep getting knocked off my "bike"?

Jan Miraglio

Tour de France starts

Here is a start for "Bergtrikot 09" -best climber. Trekking Tweed in undyed and red. There will be a surprise in the cuff if I manage to do what I plan, LOL.

A second start is "Sunflower" for overall lead - yellow jersey. This is the yellow dyed yarn from the last post. My husband wants to get the socks. I wonder if he actually wants to wear yellow socks?
For a national flag I will be proud to go with ours. It´s black, red and gold, so at least must not be fluorescent yellow, but perhaps dark old golden shimmer. One has to accept a challenge, or?

Monday, June 29, 2009

help with colors for TdF

Kala Patterson found this link!

1st tour de France started

I am having trouble getting the food dyes to make red and blue that won't run, so looked for a pattern that would use Merino Magic and found Thuja by Bobby Ziegler on ravelry. I started this yesterday. The hope is that I will make another pair in nicer colors and Patonyle sock yarn. Oh how I miss access to yarn stores!

anything goes

co-worker is having a baby next month so i made these little booties for the baby.

i modified the sole by knitting it as for blue steps as i didn't want to knit it back and forth and then have to pick up stitches. this worked ok but would probably be cuter if i had actually followed the pattern.

also finished hubby's big boy booties. here are all three pairs together for comparison of size.

My last anything goes-post

This pair was started on Friday and finished yesterday evening... my last entry in the Anything Goes Kal...

Another pair in Trekking Tweed... the second pair in an order of six. I love how this yarn works up. LOL! And I have to be honest... I did not have something better to do this weekend than knit. Sometimes it is so relaxing :-)

Now I have to dig out my yarns for the Tour de France Kal...:-)
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Sunday, June 28, 2009

52 week KAL progress


Here's a progress photo of my current progress. I think these are going to end up being my July entries for the 52 week KAL, as I don't think I'll finish them before Wednesday!

Anything Goes

My Storm Cloud Shawl was knit with hand spun and dyed wool given to me by a good friend. Completed on June 25.

Jane's June 52 Week Challenge Finished

Wavy is completed! It does still need to be blocked, but I made the deadline for June!
2 skeins of Galway wool @ 220 each.