Sheared Bliss

FO Friday – Sock-Off
November 29, 2013, 9:49 pm
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I won!  The prize is . . .

. . . a pair of socks with slightly wonky toes (more on that later)!

Pattern: Woven Diamond Socks

Yarn: Berroco Pure Merino (discontinued) in Teal (8553) plus some scraps of Lana Grossa Cool Wool Merino Superfein in blue and green that I had kicking around in the stash.

Needles: US 5 double pointed needles

Notes: I knit these in a week for a sock-off and I’m very pleased about how quickly they went and how comfy they are.  I’m going to have to do more worsted weight socks.  I learned how to do a German twisted cast on for these and it’s my new favorite cast on.  These were also my first pair of top down socks unless you count the pair of Fuzzy Feet I made a billionty years ago.  So lots of learning going on here.  Overall I enjoyed the pattern.  The slip stitch diamond design was fun to knit and adds some visual interest to a solid colored yarn.  I just had a couple of slight issues.  First, the way the pattern is written for the heel flap is not super clear for someone who isn’t already familiar with knitting heel flaps (says the top down, heel flap knitting newbie).  Second, the pattern calls for 168 yards of yarn.  I had 184 yards and still had to do the last three inches or so of each toe in scrap yarn.  Oh well, it won’t show with shoes on.




WIP Wednesday
November 27, 2013, 8:00 am
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Not much blogging, but a fair amount of knitting going on around here lately.  I’m going to try to do a bunch of FO Friday posts to wrap things up before the end of the year.  In the meantime, it’s a sock-off!  A completely pointless and arbitrary race to knit a pair of socks in a week?  Yes please!  The deadline is Friday and I’m halfway there.  Knit knit knit!

PS: Ignore the toe.  I had more yarn than the pattern called for.  The pattern lied.

Hippo Birdies to Ewe
November 20, 2013, 9:12 pm
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SweetP is two!