A Second Stark Toe

Thanks to family movie night last evening, I have a second Stark Effect Sock toe!

I always make toe up socks and start with DPNs. I work the magic 8 cast on and put my increases at each side of the toe. Once I get up to my “recipe” totale of 68 stiches I switch to my nine inch circular.

Now I’m ready to zoom right through the tube. Watching the stripes develop is super addicting so I envision this sock will go quickly as the first tube. Happy Knitting!!

One Stark Tube

Another silver lining of COVID? I can knit one full sock leg whilst binging Netflix and isolating from my family. My first Stark Effect Sock tube is done.

I made the decision to save the afterthought heels to the very end after I knit the second tube. There should be enough yarn left from the skein after the second tube, but I want to make sure.

I worked exactly three rainbow repeats total in the tube. For the last three cool stripes I used 2×2 rib to make the cuff. Pictures don’t do this yarn justice, its so vibrant and happy! The dyer is String Theory Colorworks and she does amazing work.

Now on the second sock! Happy Knitting!!

Cast On: Stranded Paintbox Socks

After finishing my Goth Kitty socks, I wanted some socks back on the needles. But I decided to cheat a little and use a sock snake to get a jump start on a project.

I cut the sock snake and ripped back about two inches of the tube. I re-knit about an inch of cuff with the same yarn. It was very ramen-y but workable. I took the tiny yarn ball and I’m going to create the toe of the sock.

I have some black yarn I thought I would use for the heels. But I may decide to go monochromatic for these? I’ll have to see how I feel when I get there. I am excited to get a quick win. The only caveat I have is these are 64 stitch count circumference, which might be too small for my feet. These might be a gift pile…..

Happy Knitting!!

One Goth Kitty Sock

This week I only have a HO, half finished object. The heel is fully installed in my Goth Kitty Vanilla Socks and I even wove in all my ends.

It just so happened to work out that the heel fell in the middle of a stripe. Which I’m not mad at. It meant I could pull my remaining yarn out to a color that would be from a different part of the sequence. I only needed two stripes to get my heel complete.

Now I just need to get the next toe on the needles for my purse knitting! Happy Knitting!!

Cast On: Goth Kitty Vanilla Socks

I recently finished my Goth Kitty Worsted hat so I decided to get the matching socks cooking on the needles. This is also Knit Picks Felici, just the sock yarn. It matches the worsted really well.

I cast on my normal sock recipe of 68 stitches on a toe up vanilla sock. I think I will do an afterthought heel on these to preserve the striping sequence. I binge watched Murder She Wrote and busted out a full striping sequence and a half!

Self striping sock yarn is so potato chippy for me. I just can’t put it down until I finish a color and then of course I need to do “just one more”. Which I guess is good for my knitting production, lol.

Happy Knitting!!

The Third? Heel

Dad’s 2021 Christmas Sock is on its THIRD heel and I really hope this one works this time!

I took another chunk of foot knitting out and repositioned the heel. I really like how the blue and yellow ended up disbursing over the heel turn. It looks very intentional! I still would REALLY like to get this completed pair finished by Thanksgiving. This knitting is for a good cause but I really need another sock project that hasn’t killed my joy as much as this one has.

Happy Knitting!!

Sock Recovery

I have recovered from my sock mistake. My Dad’s 2021 Socks are back on track and I managed to get the heel turned.

I snuck my sock out yesterday morning before work while I sipped some coffee. It was only 5 minutes but it was a glorious 5 minutes. And I only have a tiny ball left to finish off this sock. I thought ahead and split my skein in half so that I can try to avoid yarn chicken. And you know, have to socks roughly the same size!

Happy Knitting!!

One Advent Heel

I followed where my mojo was leading and I focused on the heel of my first Advent Sock #3.

The heel turn went pretty smooth and I’m now cruising up the leg. I am considering pausing this sock and switching to the second sock to get it’s heel put in. Really lean into the tandem plan for the socks.

Happy Knitting!!

Second Sock Slog

I’m really feeling the slog of sock number two on my Purple Rain Vanilla Socks. It is great purse knitting/knit while walking knitting. But my knitting brain wants to be doing other things so I don’t find myself excitedly picking this project up.

Despite my ennui, I have finished the second foot and turned the heel. I do need to take a moment to count and measure all the leg increases I put in on the first sock. I am not going to go so far as to count rows to make mirror images. But I would like them to be close0-ish.

Happy Knitting!!

Knitting And Other Life Skills

PB and I did some “quality” time the other day when daycare was closed. I worked on my 2020 Advent Socks #2 and she “did” some dishes in luke warm soapy water. We both practiced some positive life skills I would say.

Total win/win. She played happily for about 45 minutes and I added a third color to my scrappy socks. I love knitting and listen to her little brain chatter away. She’s very much in the “stream of consciousness” phase right now. Sometimes the honesty hurts and sometimes its hilarious. I’ll take whatever I can get, lol!

Happy Knitting!!