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Resolved!

Taking the results of yesterday’s poll into consideration, here’s what I did today.

With the help of my dear friend Christina Marie, I turned this:

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into this:

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THE OFFENSIVE AZURE SOCKS ARE NO MORE!

I have decided to completely start the pattern over. I’m going to swatch again, and probably go up a needle size. I will definitely update on my progress as I attempt to finally conquer My Knitting Everest.

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July 20, 2009 at 7:28 pm Leave a comment

Azure Sock Dilemma

So, I have this problem.

My Azure Socks have been in Time Out since September 2008, when they offended me greatly by not fitting my foot after I’d put in countless hours of work on them, complete with false starts, ripping out, and tears of frustration.

I have come to the point in my knitting career (I don’t know if that’s the exact word I want, but it’s what we’re gonna go with for now.) where I feel like I can pick them up and deal with them like a Mature, Accomplished Sock Knitter. They have had time to think about what they’ve done, and I’ve had time to deal with the pain associated with them. I feel like I’m ready to try and finish them.

The pattern is literally my favorite sock pattern EVER, and I’ve always said that finishing them would be My Knitting Everest. I think I’m ready to start climbing again.

ALL THAT BEING SAID, I have this dilemma. I want to just pick them up and rip out the heel and go from there. I don’t know how easy that’s going to be, so I have been contemplating ripping them out entirely and starting from scratch.

Here’s a handy-dandy poll:

If you read this and feel strongly either way, please weigh in on this matter. I have NO IDEA what I’m going to do, and I want opinions. THANKS!

July 19, 2009 at 6:46 pm 1 comment

PATTERN: Hexagonal Market Bag

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My version of Knitty’s Everlasting Bagstopper.

MATERIALS:

  • 350-400 yds cotton or hemp yarn (I recommend Lily Sugar N Cream)
  • US 5-7 needles (circular – 24″)
  • US 10.5 needles (circular – 24″)

With smaller needles, CO 19 sts.

Knit 2 rows.
Row 3 (RS): k1, kfb, k to last 2, kfb, k1
Row 4 (WS): knit all sts

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until you have 55 sts.

Begin decreasing.
RS: k1, k2tog, k to last 3, k2tog, k1
WS: knit all sts

Repeat these 2 rows until you are back to 19 sts.

With RS facing, pick up and knit 19 sts along each side of your base. You will have 114 sts total.

You should now be working in the round. Knit 5 rounds.

Change to larger needles and knit 1 round.

Begin mesh pattern:
Row 1: *YO, k2tog* around
Row 2: k all sts

Continue in mesh pattern until back measures 7-8 inches from base.

Knit one round.

Change to smaller needles. Work in garter stitch (k 1 round, p 1 round) for 10 rounds.

Set up for handle:
BO 24
K 9
BO 48
K 9
BO to end

The live stitches will now be worked as the handle. Work 1×1 rib, slipping the first stitch of each row, for 20-22 inches. (Handle will stretch with weight, so make sure it’s not longer than you’re comfortable with!)

Use a 3-needle bind off to attach handle to the other set of live stitches. Weave in ends.

USE WITH PRIDE!

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July 13, 2009 at 11:17 pm 24 comments

FO: Zokni

HOLY LACK-OF-BLOGGING, BATMAN.

Sorry, guys. My last post was on Valentine’s Day. Ridiculous. I am so sorry about that. I hope that I can update this blog more throughout the summer. If you feel so inclined, you can follow me on Twitter, or on tumblr.

Now, let’s get down to it. These past 2 weeks, I was home in Sugar Land, TX, with my family. You may remember the 2 pairs of socks I finished when I was home in December. My parents’ house has the best knitting mojo. When packing for the trip home, I decided to take the Zokni socks that I had let hibernate for a while (until about 3 weeks ago, when I picked them back up and had to rip out the heel. YIKES!) in hopes that I would be able to finish them while at home.

And, sure enough, I did finish them!

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Project: Zokni (Ravelry link)
Pattern: Zonki Socks by pepperknit
Yarn: KnitPicks Essential in “Grass”
Mods/Notes: I did these toe-up, instead of top-down, as the pattern indicates. I was a little worried that the leaf pattern wouldn’t look as nice if I did them toe-up, but I wasn’t ready to take the top-down plunge yet. I didn’t make any changes to the chart, just flipped the direction I knit them in.

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These might be the socks that I am the most proud of. They fit. They are pretty. AND THEY FIT. They are somewhat stretched over my ginormous heel, but it is not so horrible that they rival The Great Azure Sock Breakdown of 08.

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I did 5 repeats of the chart on the leg, and they are just the perfect height. I did a little more ribbing than the pattern calls for.

UPCOMING EVENTS/THINGS: I want to start knitting with my Opal Harry Potter sock yarn. I have 2 balls of the Ron colorway, and one of the Dumbledore colorway. I already have project names picked up for them on Ravelry, but I have no idea what pattern I want to do. One ball of Ron is saved for straight stockinette socks, so that leaves one of each colorway that is completely open to suggestions. If you have any suggestions, leave ’em in the comments!

July 9, 2009 at 3:22 pm Leave a comment


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