Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tour de Sock, November

I finished!  On time!  I completed Tour de Sock!

Stage Four Pattern: Technical, by Jeannie Cartmel
Knitted 11/1-11/9

This pattern really built on the skills introduced in the first three stages: traveling stitches, cables everywhere, patterned heel flap.  Because this was a toe-up sock, there was some very specific calculation necessary to make sure the back of the cuff pattern matched up with the front.  This is perhaps the most complicated sock chart I will ever knit!

Stage Five Pattern: Calpurnia, by Chrissy Gardiner
Knitted 11/10-11/16

I decided pretty early on that these socks would be for my mother.  I wanted a nice light color to show off the lace pattern on the front, but lavender isn't so much my color.  This sock had a few firsts for me: first picot edge, first bobbles, and first time doing a chart that had a little "exploded view" to chart the leaves, where several stitches were inserted into the space of one stitch.

The lace pattern on the front of the socks is supposed to be angels, but my husband and daughter decided they look more like butterflies.

Stage Six Pattern: Mudslides, by Debbie O'Neill
Knitted 11/19-11/22

Ahhh, what a relief.  Six-row cable repeat pattern, easy to memorize, a quick knit.  I learned something important from this pair: there are things that can knit up even faster than plain stockinette socks, if they are just complicated enough to keep my interest.  These socks are very thick and cozy, and they are yarn-eaters.  I finished with about eleven yards left over.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Tour de Sock, October

My friend Sarah hatched this grand plan to have a knitting competition to benefit Doctors Without Borders.  Well, actually, she hatched plans for two knitting competitions: Sock Sniper (like Sock Wars, only this time I got killed off first!) and Tour de Sock, a six-stage race covering two months.

My goal is to complete all six stages on time and get six new pairs of socks out of it.  Also work down stash.  I am learning tons.

Stage One Pattern: Calable, by Regina Satta
Knitted 10/1-10/8
Stuff I learned / significant firsts: how to repair a miscrossed cable, how to cable without a cable needle, first traveling stitches, first braided cables

Stage Two Pattern: Phellogen by Glenna C.
Knitted: 10/10-10/13
Stuff I learned / significant firsts: ktbl has many advantages, even if it is hard on the hands.  Also always double-check that the skein is actually tied before you throw it in the salad spinner to dry it.

Stage Three Pattern: Chain Reaction by Tobi Beck
Knitted: 10/19-10/22
Stuff I learned / significant firsts: first colorwork heel flap/gusset pattern - have always wanted to learn how to make cool gusset patterns.  Need to be more careful about laddering in colorwork socks.

This pattern puts gusset decreases in the center of the sole, which makes a really neat sort of tree pattern on the sole of the foot.

The contrast color here is Ty-Dy Sock - it is very soft and smooshy!

I am knitting away on Stage Four, and will post photos in the end of November when I have finished the race!