Archive for September, 2009


Green, green everywhere!

Thankfully, it’s one of my favorite colors, so having green at every turn is a good thing! Not only are my SKA September socks green…

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…but so is my new house, and many of the things within it! I know I talked about finishing these socks, then starting on the second Twisted Tulip sock, but that just really won’t be possible. We are into the second half of September, or moving month, and I would rather have my things tucked safely away at the new place, than be trying to protect my gorgeous WIP from being stepped on, covered in dust, or any number of horrific things that could happen to it. So, the Smooshy and first Tulip are tucked safely in a stash basket in a corner at the new place…which is…GREEN!

The walls are green. A nice neutral sage green color that at night time or in minimal lighting looks almost mocha-y brown-grey. I love it! In the sunlight it is smooth and mellow and calming. With the beige carpet it makes the space airy and breezy, very fresh. But that’s not where the green stops… the towels and shower curtain are green.. there are green plates, bowls, and cups in the kitchen, there is green in a couple of the pictures we are going to hang. And what’s not green is white, black, birch effect (Ikea birch effect to be exact), and cream. The space is light, and airy, and feels like a day at the beach to me. I can’t wait to be all settled in and living there.

And where IS there exactly? Well, I’m staying in the same small city where I currently am, but I am in a completely different neighborhood. I am living in a relative’s basement suite. They bought the house less than a year ago, and it came complete with a finished basement suite and….tenants. Very NOISY tenants. They talked loud, listening to music loud, played video games loudly, slammed the doors when they were coming and going, etc. My aunt and uncle don’t even know we are there half the time..which is surprising because we have been setting up furniture, even hanging stuff on the walls with a nail and hammer, and they had no clue!

Time to go pack some more things, I will be moving even more stuff in a short hour and a half…and I haven’t even started! Happy knitting!

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A Lesson in Sock History

Today, in honor of starting my first toe-up sock, I present to you, a brief lesson in sock history, taken from the Great Nancy Bush’s book, Folk Socks, on page 13.

“Many Islamic stockings and other knitted fragments date from the thirteenth to sixteenth centuries. Like the Coptic socks mentioned earlier, many were worked from the toe upward, hand-knit with needles that may or may not have had hooked points…”

“…Although the old style of of woven hose were still worn, knitted stockings became increasingly popular. Knitted fabric was superior to woven cloth because it retained its shape and fit better and if offered new options in design and color.”

And on page 15:

“An exceptionally beautiful pair of silk stockings were worn by Gustavus II Adolphus, who lived from 1594 to 1632, during his coronation in 1617. They are hand knit of white silk and measure approximately 26” long. There are 25 stitches 32 rows to an inch, indicating craftsmanship of amazing skill.”

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Now, I’m a pretty big fan of history, but not so much a fan of sewing, so when I first began to knit socks, it made a lot more sense to me to learn top-down socks, to minimize the sewing. There would only be a little kitchener stitch on the toe, and weaving in my ends, and that’s it. I could live with that. I saw pictures of toe-up socks and admired from afar, but I didn’t touch them. There was no way I wanted to sew up 15 stitches.

But this month, when I decided to do my first serious Sock Down with Sock Knitters Anonymous on Ravelry, I had a choice between yellow socks, and Wendy Johnson socks, which are pretty much all toe-up. Normally, I would have avoided the toe-ups like the plague and copped out with a nice sunny yellow pattern, but see, I just finished knitting one pair of yellow socks last fall, and I still have one more Twisted Tulip sock to do as well…so yellow seemed pretty much out of the question for me.

The stars must have been aligned for me to try toe-ups, because Mom gifted me a skein of Estelle’s Candenza yarn in a beautiful variegated green, but only one three conditions; I had to do a toe-up sock, a Cookie A. sock, or a sock from her “Socks for Handpainted Yarn” book. When we found out the theme for September, well, the fates were pretty much decided for me. Wendy Johnson it was!

It didn’t take me long to choose either. Only a couple pages in were these gorgeous lacey lavender socks, and I fell in love with them, even from the smaller photograph. And when I saw them up close, wow! I knew I had to make those socks. Riding on the Metro it was, and I must say…I think I am a little addicted, because here’s what I accomplished in a day…and I did a little more after I took this photo too:

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Pictured is the entire 6 inches I was required for the foot, and there are several rows done on the gusset now, enough so that you can begin to see the shape of it. I used Judy’s Magic Cast On, got it wrong the first time and turned it inside out, but then ripped it out, redid it perfectly, and off I went!

My biggest knitting goals for September are to finish these socks, and to at least get partway into the second Twisted Tulip sock, if not finish it, and to wind all of my yarn currently in skeins and pack them for moving. That’s right, moving! My boyfriend and I are moving in together for October, so I have a lot of packing to get done here! All my yarn needs to be properly wound and stored, I don’t want anything bad to happen to it!

And oh yes…in case you’re wondering how I got this new photo of my sock up…I bought batteries. Lots of batteries.

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