Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Great Big Catch-Up Post

Hello, Hello!  I've been filling in all my little bits of time with sock-knitting.  First up is a pair for my dear friend Harmien.  One of her favorite color combinations is purple and red.  This yarn had been in my stash for quite a few years...apparently waiting to become Harmien's 40th bday socks :)

Contemporary Brewster Socks by Jacqueline Fee
Piecework Magazine Jan/Feb 2010
Size:  Women's sm/med
Yarn:  Trekking Color, color #37
2 skeins:  50g/210m
Needles:  size 1 dpn's

I quickly knit up a plain pair for my sock knitting friend Sally (no blog.)  Sally is new to sock knitting, but her first few pairs have been expertly done  :)

64st basic stockinette sock
Size:  Women's sm/med
Yarn:  Serenity by Deborah Norville, color #10 Amethyst
2 skeins:  50g/230yds
Needles:  size 1 dpn's

Plain 'ol vanilla socks can seem boring to most.  But they're the perfect project for me when I'm busy, or distracted, or tired, etc.  They keep my hands busy and I don't have to concentrate :)

(top to bottom)

1)  64st basic stockinette socks~~women's sm/med~~Trekking XXL, color #06, 100g/420m~~sz 1dpn's
2)  56st basic stockinette socks~~women's sm/med~~Heart & Sole, color #3960 Spring Stripe, 50g/213yds (2 skeins)~~sz 2 dpn's
3)  48st basic stockinette socks~~women's sm/med~~Magic Stripes, color #201 Denim Stripe, 100g/330yds~~sz 3 dpn's
4)  48st basic 3x1 ribbed sock~~women's sm/med~~unknown thrifted yarn (sportweight?)~~sz 3 dpn's
5)  48st basic stockinette socks~~women's sm/med~~Paton's Kroy FX, color #57242 Clover Colors, 50g/166yds (2 skeins)~~sz 3 dpn's

I've been making quite a dent in my sock yarn stash.  So I really needed to fill that dent back in.  And Mother's Day was the perfect time for some stash enhancement  ;)  The group on the left came from KnitPicks, the group on the right from Little Knits, and the sweet scissors in front from Anita's Little Stitches.

Whew!  I think that brings the blog back up to date!  One more week of school in my neck of the woods~~WooHoo!  No more out-the-door at 7AM.  No more 75 miles of driving every day.  No more homework!!!  Of course, they might be driving me and each other crazy in a few weeks, LOL ;)

Thanks for stopping by my neck of the woods and for your continued sweet comments  :)  Here's to getting back on the blog-wagon!


Jennifer said...

A wealth of beauty AND information here for this sock addict! Love those basic socks; I make notes of your cast-on count and needle size so I can break away from my 60 cast on #3s. I start with #3 then switch to #2 as I tend to be a bit "tight" with the ribbing. Next time I think I will try #2 to #1 since your Amethyst Deborah Norville's came out totally different then mine did. I certainly like the effect you got much better. Have bought from Knit Picks, but never from Little Knits. I'll have to check them out. Just cast on for pair #20!!

valerie said...

Love all the socks! I can't even imagine knitting so fast, I could produce all those socks! I'm off to send you a quick email...

Paula C. said...

Gorgeous socks!

Nancy said...

You always knit the most wonderful socks! I love your pictures too Staci.

Sharon said...

WOW they are all so beautiful. They are the prettiest socks I have ever seen.

Faye said...

Amazing!!! I really like your work~~~ Faye

Crazee4books said...

Hi Staci,

This blog of yours is turning into
sock heaven!! Every style, and
every color, and every type of
yarn that could possibly be
available for knitting must appear
here at one time or another.

Harmien's birthday socks are
wonderful. Love the color
combination, and the pattern
is very cool. Harmien will be
thrilled with these I'm sure.

Even your basic, plain knit
socks are terrific fun when
they are made with such
delicious colors of yarn.
A veritable rainbow of
colors to choose from.

Do the members of your family
get to choose the socks that
they want from the finished
pile or do you designate who
gets which pair of newly
minted socks to avoid conflict
and keep peace in the house??

You received some wonderful
new stash for Mother's Day.
Can't wait to see how the
socks will turn out when you
cast these yarns onto your
needles in the future.

It's odd to hear that your
kids are about to start their
summer vacations when kids
here still have another month
and a bit to go. Hope everyone
has a great summer holiday, and
you're all still sane at the
end of it all.

The bread and cookbook gift set
that you made up for some lucky
person is a fabulous idea. And
Oh Boy does that bread look
scrumptious!! I'm drooling all
over my keyboard here. I'll bet
that this was a big hit with the


Irene said...

WOW Wonderful socks !

Olenka's Stitches said...

I just love your socks!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE my socks, warm and toasty and the most wonderful colourway!! Sally's socks are so sweet too!! You don't seriously call them 'plain', do you!!??? Tss! They're gorgeous, woman!!

Elaine said...

Those socks are just fab! Love the red and purple ones.

Annemarie said...

Heeeeey, Staci, girlfriend. I will be 40 in November. Just so you know :o))

Seriously, I just know that Harmien is in love with those yummy socks. You rule!

Judy S. said...

Great socks! And so many of them! In the time you've done those, I've only added a few rows to one sock. Looks like you'll be knitting a some more to the pile with your pretty new yarn additions.

JelliDonut said...

I bow to your productivity. Amazing!

Sally said...

I LOVE my socks! They are anything but plain vanilla. ;) And I doubt you actually knew this, but my new grandbaby's birthstone is AMETHYST!!!! So, so cool. (So is my daughter's BTW!). I treasure my socks and will love every minute they hug my feet. Thank you so very, very much. You have a most generous spirit that is inspirational.

Knitting socks as fast as I can. My drawer now has THREE pairs! :-)

Cari-in-VA said...

Wow, so many socks! I love them and the colors are great. So glad you only have one more week - congrats! It's a wonderful feeling to be done!

Julie said...


Nice new sock wool stash too, lots more piccies to admire soon then LOL

Deb said...

Wow, I can't believe all those socks! How great they all look! Love your stash enhancement too.

Lois said...

Wonderful socks! You have been busy with those!

Sally said...

Wow you have been busy! They all look so cosy and warm!

Kathy said...

Great great socks post. I am knitting socks too for most of the year so far. (and fingerless gloves)

I will have to check out LittleKnits.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow! You have been productive look at all of those fantastic socks!

Michelle said...

Wow - I love those. Well done. Michelle x

KarenV said...

You *are* the sock queen! I love handmade socks but hate knitting them myself LOL. You have a great pile there :)

Gladys Creativa said...

Wow, are really georgeous!

Vee said...

Oh my, you have been busy! What wonderful socks you have there and a great stash of yarn with the promise of more socks to come.

I haven't made a dent in my sock yarn stash but yet I seem to keep adding to it :-)

SimplyStitchingintheGarden said...

Just love all your socks. You are amazing and so fast.


Anonymous said...

Wow, you are without doubt the queen of sock knitting - all your beautiful socks almost makes me want to run out and buy some knitting needles ... almost ... :P (I was taught to knit basic stitches by my Mum but I get bored too quickly so stick to my stitching)

Hazel said...

Lovely socks! I love all those colours. Well, I have managed my second pair lol. Way lagging behind but really.. I am not a knitter so it is quite an achievement for me ;) xx

Anonymous said...

Good job!

I love those Brewster socks.

Marsha said...

I love sock pictures. they are so pretty and colorful. I don't knit but I appreciate the look of them and the time it takes to make and can imagine the feel of them. Nice pretty work. Congrats.

Jackie said...

I love a vanilla sock. There is always something about them that I find comforting.

I love pictures of socks all lined up like you've featured here! Niiice!

Wendy said...

OMG!! You have been knitting some really nice socks. Very nice work. I love to knit as well, but have never knitted a sock.

lenna said...

You make some of the most awesome socks and dish clothes and I am impressed. I love looking at all the colors and shapes of your socks. I love the bright colors of you dish clothes, also.
Great job and your stitching is very nice, too.
God Bless your knitting and stitching fingers ~

Cole said...

Total envy over the sock knitting! Socks are the one reason I'm trying to knit, but it just isn't working ~ yet!

Enjoy getting into the groove of summer, it's so nice when school is out :)

Angela said...

You've been very busy with all those socks :) Love all the colors pictured together!

Rima said...

Total sock jealousy. It is a beauty.

Brigitte said...

Your sock production is becoming legend, lol. They are just wonderful.

Sarah Youde said...

Wow, your socks are fabulous! I do love socks so much, I really should try to find a pattern for some plain ones and give it a go!

kimstitch3 said...

man I love those socks, too cute and colorful too. beautiful blog

Solstitches said...

Wow! What a production line you have going on there.
A very lovely sock display indeed.