Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Finished: Twinkleberry Socks & Prelim 1

The throes of prelim exams require that I just poke my head into the blogosphere briefly, but after getting all that Embossed Leaves love, I couldn't resist taking a few minutes to show y'all another finished PAIR! And can I just say, WHO do I think I am, finishing things like this? I am seriously losing all my Philistine cred over this, I just know it.

Finished: Twinkleberry Socks
Pattern: Twinkleberry Socks, a free Knitzi pattern designed by Beth of good-natured ribbing
Fiber: Yarn Nerd merino/tencel blend sock yarn in denim blues
Size: women's foot
Needles: size 1 Knitpicks circular needle
Date Started: September 2007
Date Completed: January 2008
Notes: This is a really wonderful pattern--super easy pattern repeats that turn into a gorgeous lacy sock with just a hint of cables. The merino/tencel blend also made these socks especially pretty; I've got it bad for merino/tencel sock yarns right now. I'm convinced that merino/tencel + lacy sock pattern = shiny, happy socks of perfection. More to come on this combination, just you wait.

And, as of yesterday at 5:00 pm, I have another FO! Prelim exam 1 down, and 3 more to go. What a grueling experience. I typed 14 pages (single-space!) in 4 hours. Can we say OUCH?! Don't they know I use those fingers to knit? Jeez.

Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments on my Embossed Leaves socks! I appreciate them all, and I hope that as soon as these narsty prelims are over I can get back to responding to comments and... LEAVING comments. Just 3 more weeks. I swear, once the exams are over, I am going to do nothing but knit for a week (maybe two!) straight. It is going to be awesome.

P.S.--Would you believe me if I told you I have already finished yet ANOTHER pair of socks?? It's true, I swear. I'll be back very soon...

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Finished: Embossed Leaves Socks

Yes, dearies, you read that title correctly. The uncouth philistine who brought you the Single Sock Liberation Movement all those months ago has finished a pair. A PAIR. Wow, I can actually wear the socks I've knit! And match! How crazy is that!

The real question is, how could I not finish these?? I was quite smitten with the first sock; the pattern and yarn color was just such a happy marriage that I had to have the mate!

Finished: Embossed Leaves Socks
Pattern: Embossed Leaves from Favorite Socks, designed by Mona Schmidt
Fiber: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock lightweight in Olivenite
Size: women's foot
Needles: size 1.5 Knitpicks circular needle
Date Started: November 2007
Date Completed: January 2008
Notes: I really, really love this pattern. The pattern repeats are simple and painless, but the resultant leaf motif is awesome. This pattern is what they call a whole lotta bang for your buck! I will definitely knit more Embossed Leaves someday.

So, there you have it. I'm off to a good start on my resolution to knit mates for at least these 12 single socks. One down, eleven to go. Though, I do have a secret that some of you know: I've actually gotten another mate finished. Expect a full report on that sock very, very soon. Look at me, I'm a finisher!

Preliminary exams update: first exam was moved to this Monday, since the original scheduled time conflicted with the course I am TAing this spring. Thus, the cramming continues for another few days before the real fun starts... Life! I want my life back!

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Sunday, January 13, 2008


Happy New Year! I know it's been really quiet around this blog for awhile now, but I have resolved to catch you up to speed. Speaking of resolutions, it is high time I made one. No more single socks for awhile, people. It's time that all these lovelies had mates. I'm planning to knit at least all the mates to the pretty nine socks above. I want to knock these mates out before the onset of Project Spectrum 3.0, as I am already thinking I want to try Mari's approach to Project Spectrum, and, well, I foresee a fair share of single socks coming out of that endeavor. So, Resolution: Knit mates to these nine socks. I doubt I can knit all nine mates before the PS February beginning, but I will get a good start, at least.

Ooops. Did I forget to mention that I *might* have added to my single sock pile over Christmas break? Well, I did.

This new singlet is truly one of my favorite socks I have ever knit. It's the Cozy Cables Socks pattern, knit with one of my most favorite yarn colorways EVER, Colinette Jitterbug in Vincent's Apron.

This one will surely have its mate in no time! And who knew I enjoyed knitting cables so much??

And this little number is just a nice stockinette slouch sock knit from a great non-pooling variegated yarn from The Plucky Knitter's etsy shop. The ribbing, heel, and toe is knit in a more solid contrast color.

And look, a star toe! I'm trying out some of my newly learned techniques. So, add those two socks to the nine that need mates. Just eleven mates. Doesn't sound too daunting, right? Hmmmmm.

And I have already followed through on another of my knitting-related resolutions: to destash all of my variegated sock yarns. I've had all this great variegated yarn sitting in my stash for a long time and I never feel like knitting with it. Every time I go to pick out some sock yarn, it's the solids and nearly solids that I reach for every time. So, I destashed and destashed some more. And thank you SO much to everyone that purchased from my destash sale! Because of you, I've been able to reinvest in some yarns that I think I might actually knit with. And if you are still interested in any destash yarns that might be left, they're still up for grabs here.

Happy New Year, everyone! Expect to see PAIRS of finished socks around here very, very soon!