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!

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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

FO: IRK

IRK Hat

IRK Hat

Project: IRK (Ravelry link)

Pattern: Hurricane Hat by Andrea Goutier

Yarn: Wisdom Poems (Ravelry link) – less than 1 ball

Notes: OMG I LOVE THIS HAT. It is so freaking awesome. Started Friday night, and finished Saturday night. The yarn makes me think of the ocean, and, combined with the pattern, makes it a really, really special hat. The project title comes from the three most significant hurricanes in my life: Ike (2008), Rita (2005), and Katrina (2005).

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Poems continues to be one of my favorite yarns. It’s not as scratchy as some other wools, which makes me super happy.

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I bought 2 balls of this colorway at the yarn store, just in case. I might make some mittens out of the second ball. Or a little scarflette. Maybe. Some sort of matching set would be cool.

Also.

♥ HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!! ♥

February 14, 2009 at 11:41 pm 3 comments

FO: holding up my end of the deal

My sister Kathryn and I had a deal.

The story is: we were on the phone, and I was being secretive about what was inside her Valentine’s Day package I had just put in the mail. THEN, she was being secretive about something “bad” she had done while we were on the phone, so we made a deal:
She would tell me what “bad” thing she did, and I would post a picture of something that is inside the Valentine’s package that she is getting soon.

SO HERE IS MY END OF THE DEAL.

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KK's Purple Earwarmer

AAAAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAAHAHAHAHAA. The above picture is not her actual surprise, but rather something she comissioned, which IS inside the Valentine’s package. She said, “Just knit me the brim of a hat!”

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I wanted to keep it for myself! I like the the rib-cable-rib pattern. I want to use it on the ribbing of the next sweater I make.

So, Kathryn Elise, there you go. I have held up my end of the deal.

(It turns out her “bad” thing was that she had gone on this blog, looking for a picture of what was inside her Valentine’s package, but didn’t find anything. For the record, the idea to show her something inside but not the actual surprise was my plan FROM THE START.)

February 10, 2009 at 8:35 pm Leave a comment

FO: Serenity Now!

THE BLANKET IS FINISHED.

In time to turn in for Charms homework.

It is blocking on 2 towels in my living room.

All in all, it’s smaller than I anticipated, but it will be displayed on my bed until it disintegrates into nothingness.

I have no idea how to block, guys. I just pin, spray, and hope for the best.

What the hell do I knit now??

January 26, 2009 at 9:09 pm 3 comments

FOs, WIPs, and PIMPs

I have more things to share!

First is a scarf that was actually meant to be a WIP in this post. But! I finished and blocked it last night.

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Purple Fan Scarf using leftoever Palette I had from KK’s Phineas socks. CO 36, 2 repeats of fan stitch pattern. Very good mindless knitting.

It is going to be sent to Jessica’s sister Jonnie (whose favorite color is purple) for her 19th birthday.

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Next is my project for the Harry Potter Knitting/Crochet House Cup over on Ravelry.

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This is my project for Charms class. Our assingment is the Patronus charm: either as a messenger, or as a comfort/depression treatment (the explicit directions were to “make something that would make us happy”); I chose the “comfort” aspect.

The pattern is Serenity, by Laura Wilson-Martos. I have been wanting to knit this blanket for about 8 months, ever since I first discovered the pattern. But then I had to do Christmas knitting, and I had a dye lot fiasco, but when the HPKCHC Charms class came along, I KNEW that this would be my project. The pattern is simply glorious, and Laura was kind enough to help me out when I accidentally misread a line, messaged her on Ravelry, and then felt like an idiot when I realized my simple mistake.

I’m about 1/5 of the way done, I think. (I’m inclined to underestimate my progress, so that when it takes longer than I think it will, I won’t be disappointed.) I bought 6 balls of yarn for it and just broke out the 2nd ball last night.

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Also, this project is now MUCH farther along than the picture would lead you to believe. I took the pictures after the first day of knitting this project, which was Jan 4th, I think. It is getting more and more difficult to photograph because it just keeps growing. I am almost to the point of needing to switch circulars because the one I am currently using is too short.

I. LOVE. THIS. PROJECT.

Finally, I need to advertise. My dear friend Dani is hosting a little contest. Her sock club, Rock Your Socks Off (link to etsy), is about to get underway, and she wants YOUR ideas for bands/artists/colorways/etc that YOU (yeah, YOU!) would want to see in a sock club. The winner gets a choice of an existing colorway from Dani’s etsy shop, or they can have their suggested colorway dyed especially for them by Dani! What a sweet deal!!

As a frequent recipient of Dyed by DaniDo yarn, I can tell you that this sock club is going to be a lot of fun. So, get going, knitters! Reserve yourself a spot in the club using the esty link above, and go email Dani about your colorway ideas!

January 13, 2009 at 8:12 am 1 comment

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