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Lenore! October 25, 2007

Posted by lunarawe in knitting, knitting socks, Rockin' Sock Club 2007, socks, Socktoberfest, yarn.
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Be forewarned there are serious Rockin’ Sock Club spoilers below.

I will admit that I have been a bit distanced from the sock club for the past two kits due to what I considered to be a great deal of pink. No complaints, mind you. I fully understand that selecting colors and kits for thousands of people means there will be months when the kit’s destiny is to be gifted to others.

My own lack of faith somehow kept me with with a Socks that Rock warm fuzzy in my heart (because how not?) but without a great deal of breath holding anticipation for this month’s sock club. And of course there was the little sneaky tactic of telling us things were not to be mailed until yesterday, when mine was clearly sent out earlier than that.

So without assaulting the postal carrier, or bouncing with hope, I got the mail today. My mailbox was stuffed with a priority mail envelope that STILL did not set off my clue bells.

Until I opened it and found Lenore!

Holy delicious socks, Batman! I love everything about this kit… the yarn (first release in the Raven series) is stunning and the pattern (provided by none other than the Yarn Harlot) is perfect perfect perfect. And spiders! Who can resist spiders? I cannot wait to get this on my needles.

No sooner had I said that before I realized that my last year’s Jaywalkers in Socktoberfest yarn have been in Second Sock Syndrome hell for a year. Crap. Do I leave them fester for one more year and dive into Lenore? Or do the responsible thing and return to the Jaywalkers first? Blargh. I travel again on Sunday. The truth will soon come out.

EDITED TO ADD: It didn’t even occur to me to share my ball band for the poetic license competition. My apologies! My ball band says “Looking Through Rose Colored Glasses.”

Tidal Wave Socks August 7, 2007

Posted by lunarawe in fo, free knitting patterns, knitting, Knitting - FOs, knitting socks, Rockin' Sock Club 2007, socks.
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Well at least now I can say I am not two yarn kits behind. Just barely. I have been such a scattered knitter these past months.

I decided to make Tidal Wave Socks from the April Rockin’ Sock Club 2007 kit. This is Socks that Rock Silkie in the Walking on the Wild Tide colorway. My apologies for a pic that does not really show the pattern all that well. I really loved how this pattern broke up the stripes and prevented pooling in these socks. Delightful! And the Silkie is so soft. I may make a scarf / shawl type thing with the other skein I have. This is definitely meant to be worn next to the skin!

These poor socks traveled through Cincinnati, Portland, Chicago, Orlando, and St. Louis. They’ve got mileage!

From Head to Toe May 9, 2007

Posted by lunarawe in baby hat, fo, knitting, Knitting - FOs, knitting socks, Rockin' Sock Club 2007, socks.
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Two FOs! Call the press! 

What brings joy like a friend having a baby on the way? So many glorious and adorable things to knit. And fast! I fell in love with this pattern by Ann Norling for a Kid’s Fruit Cap. I went the eggplant route. Of course, the actual hat is eggplantier than this one, but the color did not come out clearly in the photo.

I am also pleased to report that the Inside Out socks were finished last week. One of these days I am going to have to ball the new sock yarn and start on my Grasshoppers. Hooray for the Rockin’ Sock Club! 

I’ve Been Bad May 4, 2007

Posted by lunarawe in knitting, knitting socks, Rockin' Sock Club 2007, socks.
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Don’t ask me why, but I somehow managed to hit a blogging wall. I assume this happens to many bloggers… but I got to the point where I just didn’t feel like writing about knitting anymore. Or spinning for that matter. I love both, mind you… I have just been so tired. Too much work, too much travel, too much drama. You know how it is.

But I feel bad for my socks growing slower than slow… and figured I might as well post the pictures that I have been taking.

My Rockin’ Sock Club ‘Inside Out’ socks are just five rounds from completion. They will be finished on the plane back to Cincinnati this evening. Why? Because my latest sock club package is waiting for me at Eric’s house and I can’t be opening that shipment without finishing this one. Here was my first sock in all its glory:

And here is where the pair is at now:

So close! The cables are much cooler when actually stretched out on my hoofie woofies. Speaking of large feet… you will notice the legs of the socks are not terribly high… this is because I was conserving yarn due to the high number of stitches and the wideness of my feet. They are comfy though, so no complaints.

Then there were the socks that my housemate finally deigned to allow me to make for her. Here is her modelling the first bright monstrosity:

And the current state… not so terribly different than what you see above. These are next on the list. I need to rescue my needles to work on my Silkies!

I still seem to be fascinated by covering feet with yarn. Go figure.

Random Footgear March 28, 2007

Posted by lunarawe in dyeing, knitting, knitting socks, Rockin' Sock Club 2007, socks, yarn.
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Warning, pics of the February Rockin’ Sock Club kit below! 

I seem to have a thing for knitting footwear.

Do my feet have an inherent need to be swathed in soft fluffiness? It seems so. Here are the varied, and often eye wounding, projects I have been working on of late. All in progress, all currently just a single, all intended for footsies.

Let us begin with the eyesore. OK, OK maybe that isn’t entirely fair. This skein of yarn began as a humble length of Knit Picks Bare Essentials. Then it went on a journey with me to Dagmar Klos’ Socks to Dye For class. And then it lingered in the cedar chest for a time before becoming this:

Isn’t that BRIGHT?!?!!? Ye gods. And I dyed it my own self.

I also have so far made one foot of the Fiber Trends felted clogs. In Manos Del Uruguay’s Neptune colorway. I inserted my iPod for size reference. Yeesh this thing is huge:

And finally of course the Blue Moon Fiber Arts’ Rockin’ Sock Club February Kit. For those tracking the needle size craziness… I used size 2 circs for toe and heel, size 1 circs for the foot, and size 3 circs for the leg.

The um… pooling… has been fascinating (above color is truer to life):

Hooray for feet!