Saturday, July 25, 2009

Finished Tour de France Socks

I finished a pair of socks for the Tour de France. I don't think I will get another pair in before the deadline.

TdF Nation´s category

Then there are the socks in our nation´s colours black, red and gold. I used a tweed yarn for black and spun some additional (but tiny:-)) golden flecks into it. They can be seen at the heel which I like so much because of the pin stripes that follow the construction throughout the sock. May I say that I had to fight knitting to and fro with two colours (under the heel, attaching the sole)? I was so happy when that was over!
That´s it for today.

TdF KAL Green Jersey

These are the socks made of the olive green yarn I dyed for this KAL. They are pretty easy and will be for a family member who likes that colour very much to go with a khaki pair of trousers.
Category is the green jersey category (for the one who managed to win the most points for sprinters (Hushovd?)).


Oh boy, oh boy! I just saw in the header to this blog that there is a mystery sock KAL planned for September! Can't wait!!


Cathy's July 52 week update

I finished the Flora hat so this can be added to my July projects for the 52 week challenge!
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Pattern: Flora
Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Worsted - Sailor and Grass
Cast on: 7/7/09
Finished: 7/24/09
Yardage estimate: 100 yards

Cast on post for this project (and the rest of my July projects) is here.

I also started a new project which has been a lot of fun to knit (once I got to the fair isle part):

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This is the Fair Isle Vest from the Fall 2007 issue of Knit Simple magazine. The yarn is Tatamy Tweed DK.

I need to get moving on the mystery sock pattern because I want to finish those for August!!

TdF KAL - Bergtrikot

Here are my socks for the mountain winner category: They are striped throughout, knit toe-up and I did not succeed in embroidering a bike on the bigger red stripe. I tried several but was not satisfied with the results. No nerves left to try it again. As they are for me there might be another attempt one day.

Friday, July 24, 2009

The finished products

Thanks again for a fun kept my interest, refueled my knitting interest AND kept me moving on that bike when I thought I just couldn't ride it one more mile. You guys are the best.

I am loving the socks I'm seeing riding across the finish line!

I've lost my mind...but that really isn't a shocker.

I lost my ever living bear with me, the explanation is coming. It still may not make sense, but it's mine, it made sense to me at the time and I will defend my insanity until the very end. I decided not only to participate in the Tour KAL, but I thought I'd make as many pairs representing the different jerseys as possible. Now, not every pair met qualification. The green pair meet regulations (and anti-doping says that it tested clean as well) Meets all criteria. It's my entry for the Tour de France Kal.....I'm not sure if it's going to be named Mark Cavendish or Thor Hershov (I just killed his name, sorry Thor, but I'm tired and I am NOT surfing the answer tonight. Maybe Monday.)

The rest of the socks are collectively my entry for the July Kal. In there is the We are the World flag socks (and yes, I started those right after MJ died - I really thought I was clever there for a moment, now I find it cheesy, but it is what it is) The plain white pair apperar to be the Andy Schleck socks, the white with red beads are Pilotti (again, name massacare) and the teal pair with gold beads are Team Astana Rolling Thunder (rolling thunder being the name of the pattern). The shades aren't quite right, but that was my intent as I knit them along. There will be no yellow. I frankly ran out of time. I am spending all weekend at an outdoor swim meet, and I'm not going to mess up some great yarn I ordered just to finish in time. Meanwhile, most of the knitting was, in face, in front of Versus' coverage of the Tour. I also challenged my slim and trim challenged body to ride my exercise bike 10% of the race distance....on level 1 (little resistance). I'm pretty sure I have my mileage done as well, so what can I say, this is a great weekend.
The finished photo is to follow.

Night all!
the crazy one :D

52 Week Challenge - Brenda (Owlsrook)

Completed July project - Catherine Socks Pattern in Knit Picks Golden Yarn. Knitted these on magic loop method. 5 inch cuffs in Pattern with plain foot. 342 yards.

Brenda in Alberta

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Vote for your favorite CPY Project #2

here are the entries for favorite cpy projects for the months of april-june. we have combined the projects from the "anything goes" kal and the "52 week challenge" kal. i know that it will be hard to select just one favorite, so i have decided to let you select TWO favorites.

in addition to the honor of being the crafter of the favorite project with all the bragging rights and privileges thereto pertaining, the winner will receive 4 skeins of crystal palace yarn (winner's choice of yarn and colors, subject to availability).

email your TWO favorites to:

carefreekal at gmail dot com

by tuesday, july 21st. you must be a member of the carefree kal family to vote. (and if your name is anywhere on the side bar, then you are a member!).

clicking on the picture will enlarge the image.

1. Toddler Socks #1
Mini Mochi

2. "Tokena" from Sock Madness 3
Panda Silk

3. "Glynis"
Panda Silk #3010

4. Washcloth Set #1
Cotton Chenille in "Strawberries and Limes" & "Fern"

5. "Kiila"
Panda Soy in "Poppy Red"

6. "Finally Socks"
Panda Silk

7. Toddler Socks #2
Panda Superwash

8. Washcloth Set #2
Cotton Chenille

9. June Mystery Sock (Solid Socks Group)
Panda Silk

10. " Luxor" Socks
Panda Wool in "Neptune"

11. Socks inspired by "Sensational Knitted Socks"
Maizy in "Turf"

if i've missed your project, please let me know so i can add it to the "competition."

Monday, July 20, 2009

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Update on tour sock

Here is an update on my second sock, I just finished the heal turn.

Tour de France Kal - Brenda (Owlsrook)

Completed Tour de France - Red & White entry. Approximately 330 yards total yarn, cuffs are 5 inches, Ladies medium size. No pattern, just made it up as I knit it.
Represents the Tour de France Mountain Entry and Canada's flag colours.

Brenda in Alberta