Tag Archives: Berroco

GNP Sock Update

11 Jul

I am using the magic-loop technique rather than four DPNs for the leg portion.

My Wildflower Socks for the Glacier National Park Sock Drive are under way and knitting up beautifully. I truly wish I could keep them, but I’m sure they’ll go to a good home for a good cause.

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.

Cold-Ear Remedies

12 Feb

I made my own Holiday Lights Tam after my mom's was such a success.

I’ve had a sock project on my needles for awhile, but something strange happened in the past month that really threw a wrench in the works: It snowed. A lot.

I’ve lived in Montana for a long time. Long enough that snow in January shouldn’t take me by surprise, but that’s exactly what happened this year. So, while I desperately wanted to work on my bamboo lace socks in preparation of spring, my sad little ears kept asking for hats. And really, who am I to say no to cold ears?

Over the past month four hats have come off my needles, and one didn’t even stay with me.  (My mom loves her Garden Party Lights Tam, by the way).

Just in the past two weeks I supplemented by beautiful Rose Red cabled slouchy hat with my very own Holiday Lights Tam (which I call my Scarlet Beaded Tam) and a simple blue-green beret using yarn leftover from my dad’s Christmas Cobblestone sweater.

My Farmer's Market Beret features a charming vintage button detail.

My Farmer’s Market Beret is made using Hannah Fettig’s Early Morning Beret pattern and features a vintage button from a collection my mom gave me more than a year ago. As a full-sized beret this hat is much slouchier than my tam or my Rose Red hat, but by this summer my hair will have grown out even more and I think this hat will look great and keep my ears warm when I hit the early morning farmer’s market by the river.

Since I finished my Scarlet Beaded Tam yesterday I haven’t looked at a single hat pattern on Ravelry, but I have completed a lace repeat on my socks. I think it’s safe to say that my ears are satisfied, which is good because it started to warm up a bit this week I feel confident that spring will in fact arrive soon. I’d better have some charming lace socks ready to go when it gets here.

My Scent of Lavender Socks.

I am working down the leg of the second sock at the moment, so hopefully I’ll have a completed pair by the end of next weekend. I love the pattern and I love this yarn (courtesy of my brother-in-law). Can’t wait to wear these with some cute shoes!

Project details

Scarlet Beaded Tam

Pattern: Holiday Lights Tam, Catherine Shields, Interweave Knits Winter 2011

Yarn: Cascade Ultra Pima, 220 yards, 100% pima cotton, colorway: 3713, purchased at Loopy Knit/Crochet in Missoula, Mont.

Needles: US 3 40″ circular (magic-loop for brim), US 5 16″ circular, US 5 40″ circular (magic-loop for crown)

Other: 360 size 6/0 Czech glass seed beads, color: black diamond, purchased at Jo-Ann Fabrics

Farmer’s Market Beret

Pattern: Early Morning Beret, Hannah Fettig, knitbot

Yarn: Berroco Comfort, 210 yards, 50% acrylic / 50% nylon, colorway: Honeyberry Heather

Needles: US 7 40″ circular needles (magic loop method)

Other: 1″ vintage button, mother-of-pearl color

Scent of Lavender Socks

Pattern: The Scent of Lavender, Stephanie van der Linden, Around the World in Knitted Socks

Yarn: Quo Vadis Handspun San Bamboo, 328 yards, 75% bamboo / 25% nylon, colorway: The Lost City

Needles: US 1 32″ circular (magic loop method)

Sorry for the short post, but as you can see, I’ve been busy knitting.

Blue Eyes

23 Feb

My father is the only person in my family with blue eyes (with the exception of some of his relatives, whom I never interact with). The rest of us have brown, hazel or green eyes.

Aside from being the object of my mother’s eternal affection, these blue eyes are the standout feature I always think of when I think of my dad. They’re very pale, often gray, and look even better now that his hair and beard are silver.

When I first starting looking for yarns to make Dad a pair of socks, the Hari Hari colorway of Berroco Comfort Sock jumped out at me. The self-striping blend of ocean gray to sky-through-an-icicle blue just screamed “DAD!”

So, I’m now about 1 1/4 ways into the Blue Eyes Socks for my parents’ upcoming visit (10 days and counting…).

As you’ll see, there is a rather small ball of this yarn left to complete this sock in the alloted time and I’m not convinced it will happen. The yardage assures me there will be enough, the weight of the ball and the completed sock continually pass my “hold in separate hands with eyes closed” measurement system – but I’m just not sure. Following the example of the Yarn Harlot, I will knit the rest of the sock very fast and try to outrun the yarn.

IF the socks are finished by the time my parents arrive, I’ll have to decide between holding them to Dad’s eyes or feet first.

 

Beginnings

10 Feb

This heel uses the Eye of the Partridge technique, a bit more feminine, but just as sturdy as the standard flap heel.

I have been, over the years, an unsuccessful blogger. I don’t even know how many blogs I’ve started with the same zeal I begin a new gym routine that will be sure to get my into bikini shape within weeks, only to fall out of posting and caring, along with skipping the gym.

However, this time I think I might make it work. Though I am a knitter of limited resources and can’t buy all the thick, soft sweater yarn or even afford to make scarves very often, a single skein of sock yarn is often within my budget.

After months of wishing and hoping I would someday acquire the knitting skills to take on socks, I launched into my first pair as a gift for my mom. (The fact that they are a gift was sure to keep me knitting, rather than adding another UFO to my already crowded shelves.)

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that – along with some good beer and encouragement from the Yarn Harlot (Stephanie Pearl-McPhee), knitting socks isn’t that hard. Not only is it not very hard, but it’s addictive and rather exciting. Turning a heel seems like a giant accomplishment, though after waving my sock around for awhile explaining to my husband that he should be very impressed, I began to feel more humble about the act. After all, I did use a pattern.

The pattern was chosen after the yarn, and the color after the pattern, which worked out better than could have been expected. I love lace and had access to Berroco Comfort DK (DK/Sport) at my favorite local yarn shop, Loopy Knit/Crochet. After searching Ravelry for appropriate – and free – patterns, I decided a nice purple would work well with the natural, water-type theme of the socks and my mom’s personality. The socks are River Rapids by Sockbug.

I learned several things during my first foray into sock knitting:

  1. My Barnes and Noble Nook stores pattern PDFs wonderfully and paper is so 20th Century.
  2. Magic Loop may not be as elegant as DPNs, but is extremely easy to learn with the help of some YouTube videos and turning a heel on two needles beats the hell out of three or four.
  3. Turning a heel is exciting and gratifying.
  4. Grafting a toe with kitchener stitch is about the only thing more exciting and gratifying than turning a heel.
  5. It is possible to love an acrylic/nylon yarn.
  6. It’s so possible to love than yarn, that you buy more to make yourself a pair of socks next.

Completely done, with Nook light in the background. River Rapids sock pattern by Sockbug