FO: TOFUtsies Trilobite Trainer (t)Socks

FO: TOFUtsies Trilobite Trainer (t)Socks

Sorry about the title, but I wanted to keep the alliteration going!

Wearing black socks to show off the pattern better.
Wearing black socks to show off the pattern better.

Well once I’d rediscovered these socks in my UFO (UnFinished Object) pile it didn’t take me long to finish these bad boys.
Pattern and project: Trilobite Socks by Wendy D Johnson from the book “Socks from the Toe Up”. My Ravelry Project Link.

Fits perfectly with these cotton tennis shoes!
Fits perfectly with these cotton tennis shoes!

Yarn and needles: South West Trading Company TOFUtsies (50% Wool, 25% Soy, 22% Cotton, 3% Other) in colour 723. Light Fingering/sock weight. Approx. 37 g used (172 yds/157 m). 2 x 2 mm short circular needles. Set of five 2 mm bamboo dpns.
Dates and dimensions: May 10 2010 – February 17 2014 (well that’s embarrassing). To fit UK 6.5/Eur 40 foot, size M made.

Close up showing the lace trilobite pattern
Close up showing the lace trilobite pattern

Notes and modifications:

  • Obviously, I omitted the leg!
  • Short row heel, no gusset increases.
  • Set of short rows worked on back of leg, immediately above the heel. This was done to raise the back of the sock up to help keep it on the foot.
  • A few rounds of 1/1 rib worked at the top.
  • Russian cast off method used.
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FO: Van Dyke Knee Socks

FO: Van Dyke Knee Socks

Van Dyke Knee-high Socks
Van Dyke Knee-high Socks

Pattern: Van Dyke socks [Ravelry link] by Wendy Johnson from Socks from the Toe Up

Yarn/needles: Zauberball 6-ply (DK weight) 150 g used (purchased from Purl City Yarns). 3 mm bamboo DPNs.

Notes/modifications:

  • Most obvious one is making them knee high! I had no plan for the increases, I just did them on the fly.
  • Ran out of yarn before the second sock was finished so ripped out the top of sock 1 and used that to finish sock 2.
  • These didn’t take as long to knit as I thought they would. Sure, it was a slog but I think the lace pattering helped because I was always “Just x more rows and another pattern repeat is finished!”.
  • I fully expect this yarn to be pretty hard-wearing.
  • I split the yarn into 2 balls before starting.
  • I worked the heel turns from the end of the ball ball for sock 1, but forgot to leave enough yarn to do the same for sock 2. Hence running out of yarn!
  • Had to use about a yard/metre of other DK yarn to cast off that last few stitches of one of the socks. I don’t think anyone will notice!
The long and short of it

The long and short of it

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“Surely it is folly to knit knee wool socks in July in the Northern Hemisphere”, I hear you say.
“Nay!” I reply (because apparently this heatwave has made me go all posh) “for come winter I shall have toasty warm calves and ye shall not!”

No, seriously, I don’t think this heat is doing anything for my brain. For my joints and general well-being, only good things though.

FO: Zauberball Serpentine Socks

FO: Zauberball Serpentine Socks

Not going to lose these in the dark, am I?

Pattern: Serpentine Socks by Wendy D. Johnson [Ravelry Project Page]

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The long and the sock of it

The long and the sock of it

I think I'm gonna need a bigger sock blocker!

The first of my Serpentine socks is complete (pattern from Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy Johnson, yarn Zauberball 6).

Boom-chicka-wah-wah

If you’re offended by the upper motif, I suggest you focus on the lovely snowflakes!  I’ve now finished the gusset decreases and it’s just plain (!) sailing to the toe.

Most of my energy (what little there is) has been focused on Tour de Fleece:

I’m behind on reading/commenting on blogs so if you normally hear from me, don’t worry, I’ll get to you at some point! I’ve got raging sinusitis and I’ve been threatened with steroids if my new nasal spray doesn’t work and I’M SO BORED.

May you live in interesting times, indeed.