Blue Stripes

I had last week off the day job and lots of knitting time, enough time to finish a pair of socks. Critical to this was my husband also having the week off… so I actually got to sit occasionally, and not just run after children all week. Bliss. I read a whole book in 3 days too:)

Last year I knit a pair of socks for my Aunt, the family matriarch. When I saw her in July she was very complimentary of her hand knit socks, and (kindly) asked for more. When I asked what colour she’d like, she said ‘any’.

stripey bluesYarn: Dublin Dye Swing Sock

I think blue qualifies as any, so these are going to her. She’s visiting me this month, and it’ll be nice for her to have a fresh pair of socks before winter really sets in. Pattern is the usual, make it up as I go along. This time toe up, the exact oposite of the traditional top down sock with a slipped stitch heel. I could easily have done these top down, but I thought black toes made more sense than light blue, and that’s as good a reason as any. I’ve probably got enough yarn left for fingerless mitts, she may get some to match if I get around to it.

That is the same wall I took last year’s sock photo against. Apparently the ivy is not so slowly taking over. And here we thought we were winning the battle.

Experiment results

I’d been thinking about this one for a while, but earlier in the week this skein finally went into the dye pot. It looks pretty normal in the before picture.

experimentingBut with a little work, I’ve got some beautiful self striping yarn.

gradientIt goes from dark to light and back again, all in the same skein. And it wasn’t as hard as I worried it might be, although to do it again I’m going to have to work out the winding a bit better. My plan is to make toe up, two at a time socks. One from the outside and one from the middle. That should give me two exactly identical striped socks.

two at a timeBy plan, of course I mean I’ve cast on already. I think I’m in love.

White is boring

I went outside on the back step to take sock photos, because it was too late in the day for inside photos. I brought a white board to put the socks on, while the cat watched. I think her expression tells you all you need to know:

bored catBored cat is bored. I then distracted myself with twitter where I realised it’s ‘Tarmac Tuesday‘. Well, the front of the house does get more light at this time of day.

tarmacAnd it gives a slightly more interesting background.These are for my mother (who’s foot is a good bit smaller than mine) so sock blocker photos are required. I borrowed the blockers from Cathyqtpi for the Yarn Festival in March, and they are quite nice. I must find out where she got them (or if you’ve come to visit Cathy, you can leave a comment!)

tarmac socks2Yarn: Dublin Dye Swing Sock in Clear

I’ve knit a top down heel flap sock so often now that I no longer need a pattern. But I always credit them to Charlene Schurch, since her Sensational Knitted Socks is my go to basic sock resource. I think I got given the book by a friend who was moving back to the US, maybe 7 or 8 years ago? But it’s a really handy resource for sizes and standard patterns. Definitely one of my most frequently used knitting books. These are the Basic top down with a heel flap socks.

In dye news, there’s a new page over there on the left. Now that I’ve got more than one shop stocking my yarn, I can start a list 🙂  Dublin Bay Knitting in Oregon is now stocking Dublin Dye Swing Sock yarn, the first on the other side of the pond… Hopefully the first of many!

Shady Socks

DSC_8619xYarn: Dublin Dye Swing Sock in Old Gold

Shady Socks is a pattern I wrote years ago… Possibly the first pattern I wrote! I wanted a sock with a simple lace pattern that was easy to remember, but looked more complicated. This is a straight forward top down sock, a quick knit and perfect for TV knitting (my main form of knitting, I have to admit). I’ve edited the pattern and formated with my new template, and republished it. The best bit is it is still a free pattern which you can download from Ravelry.  Enjoy!

PS: Have you joined our Mailing List yet? At the end of the month I’ll be giving away a skein of yarn to one lucky subscriber 🙂

I probably shouldn’t steal from a nun

My aunt saw me working on some socks for my daughter while we were visiting a few months ago, and requested a pair. So I showed her some yarn, and let her pick some for a pair of socks as a birthday present for her. I don’t usually knit for people other than immediate family… but who would say no to the head of the family, who just happens to be a 70 year old nun?

Stone wall socksMakey upey graduated rib pattern using basic top down heel flap sock instructions from Sensational Knitted Socks. Yarn is Dublin Dye Swing Sock, colour Stone Wall.

But I really love these socks. I want to keep them, even if they are just a little big on me. But they’re my aunt’s socks, knit in the yarn my aunt chose. Keeping them would be like stealing from a nun, and that’d be wrong, right?  I must get my aunt’s address and get the socks in the post sooner rather than later, or she may never get them.