This weekend I went to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck NY with some pretty cool people. A friend of a friend chartered a bus so no one had to make the long drive to out. The festival was super crowed and I mostly forgot to take pictures because I was feeling a little overwhelmed by the crowds and the lines.
Some of the the booths were extremely crowded so I skipped many of them but I still managed to do some shopping:
4 ounces of wool & alpaca roving (80/20) from Foxfire Fiber & Designs, Merino & Tencel Top from Cjkoho desgins, sock pattern book from Cooperative Press, red sock yarn, a small knitty noddy, and a shark week kit. I was initially attracted to the book because the shoes on the front cover are all Fluevogs. The patterns inside all looked like socks I would make and wear and it might help me with my sock yarn problem.
The shark week sock kit looked like a fun challening knit. The Tsarina of Tsocks, the creator of the most insane sock kits and patterns, designed shark socks. The kit even has a velcro remora. I started to read the pattern booklet but I am a little intimidated by it. I fear the kit is going to sink to the bottom of the sock yarn stash, lurking like some terrible predator waiting to strike. Hopefully it won’t eat any of my stash.
The best thing about the bus ride – there was plenty of time to knit. So I started a sock:
I finished three knitting projects and frogged a sock the week.
First project – sport weight socks. They are a little tight in the foot and the cast on edge should be a tad looser, but they are still wearable. I tried to match the stripes, but it didn’t quite work out. These were practice for a few techniques I haven’t tried so I am pretty happy that they are wearable. I was convinced I was going to end up with complicated knitted tangle that did not resemble wearable socks.
Second project – Nightlock Shawl in two of my favorite colors. I bought the pattern here. I am super happy with the finished item and really enjoyed knitting it. I like the designers aesthetic and will be making more of her patterns.
Third project – a scarf. I liked knitting this, but I am probably never going to wear it. If anyone wants it let me know! Otherwise it’s going to goodwill.
I also frogged a sock I started last year. I went to work on it, but couldn’t find my notes. I should really try to be more of a monogamous knitter to avoid situations like that.
I am working on a my first pair of cuff down socks. The Steampunkery Sock kit from Holiday Yarns. I have only ever knit toe up socks. I have made enough toe up socks that I have figured out what my favorite toe (Judy’s magic cast on) and heel (the slip stich heel) are. The Steampunkery socks are not toe up. Holiday Yarns is at almost every fiber fest in my area and after frequent trip to their booth I caved and bought the kit. The pattern looked fun to knit and everyone at the booth is always super nice.
I have been knitting these socks and the cable pattern is also pretty complex. It is the most complex cable pattern I have attempted. I realized that I didn’t want to get to the heel gusset and make a mess of it. So I cast on a cuff down sock in sport weigh yarn.
I cast on Wednesday and I am already working on the instep and gusset. I had to rip out and reknit the heel a couple times but this is a practice sock. If it ends up fitting I might even knit the second one! Pattern is Just Yer Basic Sport Sock by Alyson Johnson. Pattern is well written and easy to follow. The yarn is Knitpicks Felici Sport in my favorite color combination (red and grays).
Knitpicks had a data breach several months ago that was very badly handled. Shortly after they announced that some of their customer data was stolen two of my cards had fraudulent charges on them. The fraudulent charges might not be because of Knitpicks, but I used both of the cards there. I was very, very angry at how they handled the problem and how badly they communicated information to their customers. I decided to not purchase anything from them again.
But they released a cryptozoology pattern set. I really like the Kraken neckwarmer/scarf. I can be an incredibly stubborn person, but this might make me crack. The only thing that is stopping me it the lack of appropriate yarn in my stash.
I made some progress on my sock:
I am now about 25 rows into the chart. The problem was I was over thinking one of the cables. I can see a few mistakes in that photo, but I am going to leave them. I really don’t want to rip it out and reknit any of it. Anyone who is staring at socks close enough to notice mistakes will get kicked in the face.
I got bored with all my current knitting projects, so I cast on socks! I bought the steampunky socks kit at a fiber festival last year. I wanted to try making cabled socks and this one has buttons! Which I promptly lost, but then bought better ones at Windsor Button. I knit the cuff and started the chart. I then got stuck on the 6th row.
The pattern is a combination of bavarian twisted stitches and cables. This is the first time I have attempted to knit cables from a chart so I am finding it a little confusing. This is also my first attempt at a top down sock. I have only made toe up. I got pretty annoyed at the chart, so I put it down and worked on some of my WIPs.
I finished weaving in the ends of a scarf. It now needs to be blocked. I worked a little bit on a blanket. 40 of 100 squares completed! I worked a little bit on a cross stich sampler. Got bored. I looked at a sweater I started a while a go. I organized my fiber. And then I started a new project.
It’s the engineering badge from Star Trek: TOS. I managed to find blue aida cloth, so the science badge will be next.
I am ending this month with another finished project! The first pair of socks I have intentionally knit for someone else. I like knitting socks, but they are very time consuming so I tend to make them only for me. I started knitting this pair for Joe in July 2011 and finished them yesterday.
I spent most of my knitting time the last two weeks working on these socks. It helped that I went to PAX East and spend a lot of time waiting in lines. That’s one of the things I like about sock knitting. Small and portable. They fit in a purse and are easily worked on while waiting. I knit a lot of this pair on the T. Including the day when the train got stuck in the tunnel and my 15 minute commute turned into a 3 hour ordeal.