Archive | February, 2012

Too bright!

27 Feb

Last week I finished a pair of socks for my 8-year-old stepdaughter, and although I wanted to blog about it, I ran into a little problem.

These socks – which I call Sophia’s Rugby Socks because of the stripes – are impossible to photograph, at least with my dinky camera. They are bright raspberry pink and royal purple in color, and although my eye can process this vibrant pairing, nearly every photo I took of the socks is an absolute mess.

Here are a couple that sort of turned out:

One of these photos is taken in natural light, and the other with artificial night in the evening. They both totally blew out the sensor of my camera. You’ll just have to take my word for it on the color. It actually looks pretty cool, and Sophia really likes them.

One other thing you might notice about these socks is that they don’t match. This is because if I’ve learned one thing about my stepdaughter it’s that she doesn’t like to wear matching socks. It’s a constant battle to get her to keep her socks in pairs, and then follow through with actually wearing them as pairs.

I’ve decided to temporarily roll with this quirk and rather than make her a matching pair of socks, she has a new pair that is coordinating. She really brightened up when she saw that they socks don’t match, so I think I made the right call.

These are knit with a DK-weight yarn (nice and thick for kid activities) and feature short-row heels. This is the first time I’ve used short-row heels (not pictured, unfortunately) but I think in the future I will spread them out across more of the stitches. The heels seem a bit short compared to my usual flap heel, and I only  knit across 50% of the stitches. I’ve read online that 60% of the stitches can be knit for a short-row heel, which seems like it would work much better.

Project Details

Sophia’s Rugby Socks

Pattern: I made it up as I went!

Yarn: Berroco Comfort DK, 185 yds., colorways: Purple and Teaberry

Needles: US 2 32″ circular

Clocks

26 Feb

"Clocks" are a 4-stich cable motif, included down the legs, heels and instep of this sock.

Sock No. 1 of my current project is complete. If I’ve been quiet this week, it’s because I’m having way too much fun knitting these cabled beauties.

Project Details

Clocks Socks

Pattern: Gansey Clock Socks, Ann Budd, Sockupied Fall 2011

Yarn: Berroco Comfort Sock, 50% nylon / 50% acrylic, 447 yds., colorway: Invercargill

Needles: US size 1, DPNs and 32″ circular for some magic-loop. The pattern recommended using US 2 needles for most of the leg, but I have slender ankles and lower legs, so I used US 1 for the whole sock and they fit great.

Versatile Blogger Award

26 Feb

I’m so pleased to say that I have been nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award. I’m thrilled that people read Sockilism at all, and it means so much to me that they enjoy it!

The Versatile Blogger Award – passed on to me by Luminous Vegans (one of my favorite blogs) – is a way for bloggers to recognize each other and recommend quality blogs. If you are nominated you have won the award, and it comes with a few rules, according to the VBA blog, and those rules are:

  •  Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

I must say, I don’t read a lot of WordPress blogs. I have a few that I subscribe to and stay regularly updated on, but for the most part I spend my time knitting, reading books, and trying to be a good wife/mother (note I said “trying” and bought myself some wiggle room there).

I read up on this award a bit after recognizing that it feels a bit like a chain letter. Essentially, it is a chain letter, but one that you use raise awareness of great blogs. The VBA Blog asserts that by selecting excellent blogs for your nominations, you can maintain the quality of the Versatile Blogger Award. With that in mind, I will only be nominating two blogs. I would be nominating three, but as I mentioned above, Luminous Vegans has already been awarded the VBA and passed it on to me.

The two blogs I nominate for the Versatile Blogger award are about things I really love: Libraries and veganism. Both of these blogs do a fantastic job of spreading great information with quality writing. My Versatile Blogger Award nominees are:

  1. Oregon College of Art and Craft Library
  2. Save the Kales!

There are many WordPress blogs that are well-written and can teach me so much, but I just haven’t explored them enough to include on my list of nominees. In the next year, I will try to read more new blogs and develop a better sense of the WordPress community.

On to the seven facts about me:

  1. I’ve practiced a vegan lifestyle for more than four years, and I approach it from the spiritual perspective of ahimsa: To Cause No Harm. Through this I respect the planet, my body, and the other living creatures that belong to the same web of life that I do.
  2. I sometimes will peel an avocado and eat it like an apple. This is messy and strange, and I don’t even care.
  3. When I travel, if I’m not with my family my body begins to shut down from stress. Within three days I’m totally sick and miserable, but within a couple of hours of returning home to my husband and my own bed I am right as rain. This is often inconvenient, but I think it says a lot about the way I love the people in my life.
  4. I have a vegan pet so I don’t have to compromise my values to take care of my companion rabbit.
  5. I met my husband in the comic book store where I worked as a teenager. I love that we have a cute, interesting story to tell people when they ask our history.
  6. In college I was a very controversial sex columnist. I feel this was blown out of proportion.
  7. I hope to become a special collections librarian within the next five years.

As I said, I am so pleased to have been nominated for this award, and I’m sorry I can’t follow through and pass it one to another 15 bloggers. I can only try to improve my knowledge for next year.

Thank you, Luminous Vegans, and thank you to all my other readers!