Rainbow socks

My latest set of socks, simply named after the sockyarns I’ve used. I’m now taking a break from knitting socks except for the odd pair or two I’m going to donate. A couple of weeks ago I’ve joined a group of creative people and apart from individual projects, we’re making things for an upcoming market.

Jackpot 1, Jackpot 2, Jackpot 3

Etude 1, Etude 2, Etude 3, Etude 4

Sorbet, Viva 1, Viva 2, Rico, Digipix

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New Socks

Well, kind of new. Made in March and April, I finally got to weave in the ends. Lots of them, because I made the socks from leftovers. You may recognise the odd yarn.

From left to right: Vulcano and Tierra del Fuego, Cortina and Marathon, Sneaker Socks (6-ply), Cubist and Moss

From left to right: Lapland and Fresco, Blue Sargasso, Granite 2, Vulcano 4

Added to the Sockmania page where you can find them all. 🙂

And a bunch of new ones in rainbow colours are on their way – four done, eight to go. Maybe nine.

Finally the ones I made for Mum – they’ve found their way back to me.

Socks galore

Between August 2018 and January 2019 knitting socks has become one of my ‘keeping my hands busy while watching tv’ projects. I ended up with 27 new pairs (I forgot to take a picture of # 27, they’re plain dark blue and were given to my mum).

With a total of 50 pairs to date, I’m still not fully through my stash – there were a few additional balls that fell into my shopping basket. Happens to me a lot. 😉 The next couple of designs from my booklet are on their way now.

Italia (from left to right: Cortina, Vulcano 1, Vulcano 2, Garda, Vulcano 3)

Trip around the world(s) (from left to right: Caribbean, Tierra del Fuego, Lapland, Discworld, Sahara)

Red & Grey (from left to right: Strawberry, Autumn Dreams, Autumn Sun, Agate, December)

From my design booklet (from left to right: Olivine 1, Olivine 2, Winter, Cubist 3, Petrol)

Tutti Frutti (from left to right: Papaya, Watermelon, Kiwi) (72 % cotton, 18 % polyamide, 10 % polyester)

Night & Day (from left to right: Night & Day 1, 2, and 3)

Sockyarn destash – Pt. 3

The Art Lab is now my new main blog, but the Boudoir will be your destination when you follow back my comments. Anyway, if you click my gravatar picture, both blogs appear there as well. Each of the blogs also has a link in the header menu that leads you to the other one.- That’s the plan, I hope it works.

The sockyarn destash continues with pairs 12 to 18. To make the Flower Power socks a little more interesting, I’ve purled every tenth row. And the yarn with the Traces of turquoise socks knit up to a different pattern than I expected.

I’ve got two sock knitting magazines with more demanding designs, but my poor old brain can’t deal with the complicated patterns. So it’s just eye candy or the odd inspiration. There are so many beautiful yarns out there, if only I had the time and money. (Reminder to myself: It says destash, not hoard more!) I’ll give knitting a little break now because of other things on my list, but a couple of new designs are already waiting in the wings.

Flower Power
Regia Flower Power Color, # 09388

A passion for purple
Gründl, Hot Socks Garda, # 2

Sargasso
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 203.111 (mustard)
Lang, Super Soxx Color, # 901.0104 (aqua/multi)

Colours of the Baltic Sea
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 201.159 (blue gray)
Gründl, Hot Socks Madeira, # 008 (multi)

Traces of turquoise
Pro Lana, Meine Wolle, # 401 (white)
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle color, # 215.07 (white/multi)

Summer Garden
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 201.195 (charcoal)
Gründl, Hot Socks Madeira, # 005 (multi)

Sockyarn Destash – Pt. 2

More work for my handmade cardboard model foot. 🙂

At first I was a little reluctant about wearing hand-knit socks as I didn’t like the touch of sockyarn. But this has changed and I can’t get enough of the wonderful colours they sell nowadays.

As I can’t wear them all I’m going to put some away for my sister to choose from in case she needs a new pair or maybe, just maybe, to sell the odd pair. I’m not sure about that yet.

There’s also been a new Socks page added to the Gallery in the sidebar.

Another half dozen from the Spring 2018 destash – as usual, I’ve given brand, yarn and colour number, although it’s quite unlikely you’ll find them to make your own pair, most of them were bargains.

Working on the Summer 2018 collection already with more beautiful colours to come.

Bougainvillea
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 201.192 (ivory)
Gründl, Hot Socks Madeira, # 007 (emerald/magenta)

Soap Bubbles
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 201.192 (ivory)
Gründl, Hot Socks Madeira, # 001 (rainbow)

Any Colour
Pro Lana Meine Wolle, # 401 (white)
Gründl, Hot Socks Fresco, # 05 (multi)

I’m in a very berry mood
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 203.111 (mustard)
Regia Mood Color, # 04992 (purple)

Spring Forest
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 203.111 (charcoal)
Gründl, Hot Socks Madeira, # 002 (green multi)

Granite & Lava
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 203.118 (rust)
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle color, # 1117b.06 (granite)
Lang, Super Soxx Jubilee Denim, # 630.0424 (lava)

Sockyarn Destash – Pt. 1

After knitting three pairs of socks for my sister I made two pairs for myself. I didn’t know it at that time, but I was already hooked. There were a couple of sockyarn balls left over from my Hexie blanket project and some irresistible bargains – how could I not buy a couple more at half the price? At some point I had no choice – start using the stuff or get buried under a collapsing pile of wool. So I got industrious.

And I learned to knit another two types of heels, one of them with a diagonal seam which has become my new favorite – easy and quick to knit. The second type is knit after you have completed the sock, to fiddly for me as you have to remove a provisional piece of yarn and pick up the stitches again. I only used this method with the Granite socks.

Here are the first six designs. I’m currently working on pair #12 and have got a dozen more drafts in my Ye Olde Sock Designer sketchbook.

Lava
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 203.118 (rust)
Lang, Super Soxx Jubilee Denim, # 630.0424 (lava)

Granite
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 203.118 (rust)
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle color, # 1117b.06 (granite)

Cubist 1
unknown found yarn, (beige)
Gründl, Hot Socks Cubist, # 46 (multi/red)

Cubist 2
unknown found yarn, (beige)
Gründl, Hot Socks Cubist, # 45 (multi/blue)

November Forest
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 203.128 (kiwi)
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle color, # 217.05 (gray/green)

Brass
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 203.111 (mustard)
unknown maker, Marathon 100, # 3196 (multi)

 

Scarves by the baker’s dozen (13) – 504 King West (UL 22)

Two birds with one stone – a finished triangular scarf from the UFO Lottery’s second round. This is the last scarf I’m bothering you with. 🙂

Knit with 3 mm needles following a pattern I found on Ravelry, great for using up those leftover yarns from other projects. This one was almost finished except for the pistacchio border. I wanted to use a contrasting yarn but didn’t have anything in my stash I could use. Until I knit the socks for my sister.

Very bad lighting conditions yesterday noon, so I had to use a flash. Blue wooden hanger hand painted by me.

Yarns used:
– Lang Jawoll Magic Superwash in red/orange/rust (#84.0063), 25 grams
– Pro Lana Meine Wolle Pro Socks Smaragd in cream/beige/gray (#161), 49 grams (I doubt if it was the proper band the ball came with – ‘Smaragd’ meaning ’emerald’ in English)
– H&W Comfort Sockenwolle uni in pistacchio green (#203.128), a scrap

Scarves by the dozen (12) – Wedges

The Wedges scarf was knit for my former Low German blog and came together with my original pattern. Unfortunately I haven’t had the time to translate it into English yet. For the last ten days there has been a little problem that required my attention (read: recurrent flooding of the basement, I’m glad it was only the drain 💧and not the sewers 💩).


Yarn is Red Heart Sport Socks Color (#00001) in beige and Gründl Hot Socks Country (#35) in blue and green, 100 grams each, 2.5 mm needles.

Scarves by the dozen (7) – Times Square

Times Square was knit using this pattern by Nicole Nehrig (Ravelry free download) as a guide with two balls of Gründl Hot Socks New York (#86), alternating after two rows.

Detail shots of front (left) and back (right)

I do admit I don’t like the result as much as I thought I would. My first test sample with the yarns I later used in the Caterpillar scarf was more promising. Maybe because the sample was knit in the round which gives a slightly different result.

This is one of the balls I used. The red looks a little like tomato in the shot but it’s actually more a cherry red (see first picture above).

The leftovers went into a ripple blanket for my little friend Pauli ❤️