Monday, January 4, 2010

Empty Sock Needles

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know that my favorite way to start the week is with a new pair of handknitted socks. But three pairs? Why, that's a record even for me, lol ;) I had three pairs of socks on the needles...so I worked diligently to get them done. Afterall, I have hordes of other socks to be knit.


I can't find the ball band for this yarn. But I spoke about my disappointment with it here. These were a bit of a trial to knit (because of the yarn issues), so I feel especially triumphant about persevering and not just rippping the things to shreds. Saying that I enjoyed seaming up the toes would be an incredible understatement, lol ;) They've washed up wonderfully,who would've guessed??? These are just my standard 56st stockinette socks on size 2 needles.


This next pair I had to knit during the holiday season. I mean the yarn just said "holidays" in an understated sort of way. It reminded me of gingerbread and candy canes. Click on the pics to see it better.


Straight-Laced
Knit Socks! by Betsy Lee McCarty
yarn: Fortissima Socka by Schoeller Stahl, color #1076,
2 balls: 210m/50g
size 1 dpn's


And this final pair has been on the needles for a year??? So I finally got busy and got them finished too. This is one of my favorite patterns. With a few adjustments~~I leave out the garter ridge before starting the heel and I knit the heel in plain stockinette. The yarn is one of my faves; soft and squishy and pretty inexpensive as far as sock yarns go.


Feather and Fan by Judith Sumner
Socks-Socks-Socks by XRX books
yarn: Happy Feet by Plymouth Yarn Co, color #13,
2 skeins: 192yds/50g
size 1 dpn's


I kept track last year of my knitted finishes that came from stash yarn and racked up 30...half of my knitty finishes! Some of them were small items like washcloths or socks, but there were a couple sweaters too. Of course, looking at my yarn stash, you can't tell I knit anything from it. So to make a bigger dent in it, I'm going to try to knit at least half my knitty finishes from the stash this year too :) At least I know I've got a lot to choose from, LOL!!!

Thanks for stopping by my neck of the woods and all your wonderful comments. It's Monday, have a good one!

25 comments:

martha said...

Happy New Year --- I am looking for the chart to stitch a piece I saw on your blog, but I can't find it as I don't know the designer, it says "merry winter" and has a quaker look to it. Could you tell me the designer and if it is a single chart or in a booklet.. thanks so much.. Martha

karenv said...

Gorgeous socks Staci! I'm wearing my one and only pair of handknitted-by-me socks today and they're so cosy in this cold weather we're having. I really must get around to making a second pair sometime ;)

Deb said...

Those socks look so warm. I've never tried to knit a pair of socks, but I think I should. I especially love the yarn and design of your last pair.

Nancy said...

Three pair of gorgeous socks! They are all so pretty and look so warm and cozy. I love the gingerbread/candy cane yarn. Can't wait to see what you knit from your yarn stash!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your socks are lovely and warm looking. I love hand knit socks and I'm very fortunate to have been gifted 3 sets of knit socks.
Heaven on the feet!

Kim B said...

Congrats to you Staci! Those socks are definitely ginger bread and candy canes and they look fantastic!!!

BeckySC said...

I LOVE your socks...they look so warm :)
Have a great week dear lady :)
((hugs))

valerie said...

Staci, I don't know how you whip up socks so fast!! And on double needles! I've only made one sock and it was like 2 sizes too big...done on 2 circular needles. It was a disaster! lol

Love your socks!

Harmien said...

Empty sock needles...OMG!!!! You need to cast on... Hurry!
That's my one knitting wish: learn how to knit socks...Happy knitting in 2010, Staci!!

Anne said...

I am going to echo everyone else: These socks look so wonderfully warm and cozy! We're in a deep freeze where I live (probably where you are too), so such a pair of socks looks particularly snuggly. Congratulations!!

Hazel said...

Gorgeous socks! Love the feather n fan ones. I did a couple of scarves in that pattern a few years back. Loely to do. How hard is it to knit on 4 needles anyhow?? x

Einschies blog said...

This socks yarn from Plymouth looks great Staci, love it....hmmm, we can get lots of socks yarn here and I gueess I shouldn´t look in international blogs, my yarn stash is toooooo big;-))

Gaby

Annie said...

I would love to watch you knit. I bet it looks completely effortless and your needles just fly! It's been pretty cold here. Those socks look really comfy about now.

Jennifer said...

Just love, love love all your socks! I actually have a pair (half a pair?)on my little #2s but it's going nowhere fast. I have made it up (down?) the leg part but I'm stuck at the heel. I just can't make sense of it. I am a lefty "Norwegian-style" knitter and my mother is a standard righty, so no help from that camp. I'll have six-foot long tubes by the time I'm done!

Blu said...

What wonderful socks~ I love looking at them. I bet they're wonderful on your feet.

Daffycat said...

Oh my, that last pair is too pretty to wear!

Paula C. said...

The socks are beautiful! Especially the straight laced pattern. That yarn is very holiday! I bet they are warm and cozy to wear too =)

Jackie said...

Gorgeous socks! I'm knitting a pair of plain vanilla socks now with Happy Feet. The yarn has wonderful stitch definition.

Happy New Year!

Blyn said...

I am so jealous...I wish I could knit socks. I have managed some scarves but ..thats it. They are beautiful!

Berit said...

My socks are all so...dull! I love seeing all your socky finishes! Maybe this will be the year I increase my skills enough to make knit socks!

Siobhan said...

Congrats on the socks, Staci! And from using so much of your stash. Here's to many more knitty treasures in 2010! :)

Brigitte said...

Great socks indeed. I liove the yarns and the different patterns. Whenever I see what you knitter accomplish I feel like difgging out my knitting nedles and start knitting again. The question is just when?

Lois said...

I love your socks! Socks are something I never tried to knit in my knitting days but now I look at yours and think what a fun thing it would be to do! Here's to seeing lots more socks and knitting finishes for you in 2010!

Julie said...

What wonderful socks, they all look so nice and comfy and cosy

doris said...

Oh, the socks! You know what a goof I am about your socks, and these are thrilling.