September 13, 2007

SOS #33 and #34 or some odd socks

91107aHere's another pair of socks for Dwight. I'm getting discouraged. I wasn't very happy with this pair of socks. I did try knitting the Wool Ease with smaller needles, but the socks are still too loose and they don't stay up very well. I think because of that, Dwight doesn't really like them either. Bleh. No more socks for Dwight for the time being. I might try again in a few months. I think that I'll go back to making socks for me and out of yarn that I actually like knitting.

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease worsted in Oxford Grey and Forest Green Heather
Needle: size 4 Knit Picks Options with a 40 inch cord
Method: magic loop, two at once, toe up with Turkish cast-on, plain stockinette, short row heel
Start: September 10, 2007
Finish: September 11, 2007

91207dAnother pair of odd socks that didn't make me happy. This is yarn is Fleece Artist's Sea Wool sock yarn. I've tried this yarn twice. The last time that I tried the Renaissance colorway, the coloring on the extreme ends of the one skein was very different. One side had bright colors and the other side looked like I had stepped that foot into black dye. I wrote a note to Fleece Artist and they were kind enough to send another skein. Well, it turned out the same. :-( It's very obvious that one sock is much darker than the other. One sock is clearly more colorful than the other.

Let me state that I really like Fleece Artist yarns. I love how the Sea Wool yarn feels and knits. I was very happy with the Origin colorway. So maybe this is something that just happens with the darker colors? Dwight asked if I would buy this yarn again. I would, but not in any of the darker colorways. One suggestion that was given is to alternate between either ends of the skein while knitting one sock. I knit my socks at the same time, so that won't work for me. Plus, who wants to go through that trouble just for socks? ;-)

Yarn: Fleece Artist Sea Wool in Renaissance
Needle: size 1 (2.25mm) Knit Picks Classic Circular
Method: magic loop, two at once, toe-up, Turkish cast-on, short row heel
Pattern: Cross Stitch Block (p. 97) in More Sensational Knitted Socks
Start: September 11, 2007
Finish: September 12, 2007

I've received several comments in the last few days asking how I get my striping socks to match. I'm currently working on another pair of Vesper socks and I'm taking pictures along the way. Hopefully, that will get posted in the next few days.

As part of E's lessons, she does a few drawings a week. She has a book with instructions on how to draw various things. Each time she draws, she just picks what she feels like drawing that day. Here are a few of her drawings.


Jessica said...

Yay, I would LOVE a photo description of the Vesper short-row heel. I turned my heel today, giving it my best shot. It looks okay, but not nearly as slick as yours did. I can live with it, though.

Pam said...

You are one heck of a fast knitter. what method do you use to knit???. I love all your socks. How in the world do you get time with homeschooling???

C. said...

I have a hard time getting decent socks for my husband as well. I am almost done with a pair of Gentleman's Plain Winter Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks (though I didn't convert it to toe up) and they fit great (he even has shapey calves)! Maybe give that pattern a go round?

I love your socks! Especially the Trick or Treat ones!

Jen said...

Oh bummer about the fleece artist! That happened to my Lucy Neatby yarn and I decided not to buy it again. There are enough yarns out there that don't do that, ya know.

smelk-o-matic said...

I had that exact problem with a skein of Fleece Artist Merino...the first sock was much prettier than the second. It wasn't a dark colorway, either (Pinata). It was like they dyed the skein in a circle and the dye didn't soak through to the other side. Weird indeed.