I do admit this was quite a bit of knitting for me, especially given I am working a 72 stitch sock and gusset increases can feel like FOREVER. But I’m pleased with my progress and gusset heels just fit me so nicely. Now I only have 13 pattern repeats or 52 rows of leg knitting to get to the ribbing.
Not going to lie, the weather is improving in Kansas and between conference calls and outside playtime for Jellybean……I’m interested to see how far I can get today and tomorrow on this….
In a fit of pregnancy nesting I have been steaming through some of my languishing WIPs in my UFO bin. This week’s project is my Drunken Watermelon socks.
Last I shared about this project I was at the progress keeper shown hanging out at the toe. And for this week’s webex and webinar craziness, I worked on this project. I mean it’s just criminal to let Miss Babs yarn sit hibernating for almost a year!
I cruised through the rest of the foot and started the gusset increases. I have set a personal goal to get through the heel by tomorrow. The good news is that I have the first sock to compare to and it’s easy to count my rows/stitches so that I can make equal sized socks!
I told you about my experience at KITHKC yesterday….now for the goodies! My plan this year was to try out vendors or products that aren’t already in my stash or that I haven’t used before.
I may have huffed a few too many yarn fumes. I was a little carried away but not too terrible I hope!
My first purchase was from Willow Island Designs. I picked up the Xs and Ox sock sack at the top left corner and the blue plastic sock blockers at the bottom. And then they threw in the Xs and Os notion pouch as a free gift. The craftmanship was excellent on these bags and I can’t wait to use them.
Next up, I hit Show Me yarns where I found a wonderful rainbow sock blank (bottom left) and some minis (top center) for my memory blanket. The sock blank is the Gateway Sock Blank in Girl Power and its 75/25 merino and nylon. The minis I think are their Bootheel bases in some random colors I picked.
Then I wandered into the Potion Yarns booth and fell in love with her speckles. I eventually settled on a skein of her Temptress DK weight in the Walk on the Left Side colorway (top right). I think this needs to grow up to be a squishy hat.
After that booth I the McKnittey yarn shop booth. They weren’t an indie dyer but rather an LYS. They had quite the selection but I found some Three Irish Girls that just reached out grabbed me (top right). I must have been in a green/speckles kind of mood because I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving without that skein! It’s their Adorn Luxe 85/15 merino and nylon base in the Rollin In the Clover color. It’s amaze balls….
And finally I felt the need for one more project bag. I hit up the Supernatural Yarns booth and I knew I already had some of their yarn sitting in my sock stash. So I perused the bag selection. I found a nice two skein sized zippered project bag in a delightful woodsy theme. I have a lot of single skein project bags so I felt good about adding some different sized options.
The tote bag and tape measure came with my class registration. I’m really thinking about asking my mom to embroider my name on the bag for me….
And in case anyone likes any of the goodies above…below are the cards I managed to snag while shopping in case the details interested anyone!
First up, I found a cute pregnancy outfit and my hair and make-up didn’t make me look like an “exhausted mom of one and a half”. I was quite pleased to feel like a proper adult doing adult-y things without worrying about potty training, naps or snacks.
I arrived on time and got all my supplies set out and ready. Being my first class ever I was worried I would forget something for not have the right items. Turned out….I was perfectly prepared.
Franklin Habit was charming, informative and just pleasant to share three hours with. My classmates were pleasant and prepared and we all BREEZED through the technique and class thanks to excellent instruction. And how handsome is Franklin with this hand knit? We had enough time in class to pick his brain about anything we could think of and it was wonderful. I couldn’t have asked for a better first in-person class.
And the technique….shadow knitting. It was totally awesome! I managed to work two swatches during class. I think I had a great grasp of it by the end. I’m not sure how much I will work this into my future projects. But I like that I was able to a) work from a chart for the first time ever and b) learn a completely new skill!
I just adore my little X and heart. If I can manage it, I may add some crochet edgings to these swatches and keep for little knickknacks in my craft room. I also did some shopping at the marketplace but I will save those for another post.
Overall, I felt so fulfilled to be with “my tribe” who shared my passion and craft. And just so blessed to have such a wonderful day. I may have teared up when it was time to go home. But that might have been my pregnancy hormones, lol. Now, I have to wait for two years for this festival to come around again….
Yarn: Fibernymph Dye Works Bounce Sock in Bam Zap Pow
Overall, I was very pleased with this project. The heels did in turn out to have no gaps and fit moderately well. (Full disclosure, I have devised my own personal afterthought heel recipe that I absolutely love the fit of…so there as a high bar to clear.) Both socks match remarkably well if I do say so myself! The yarn was extremely nice to work with and I think will stand up well to the abuse that socks tend to take. The pattern was helpful and well written, but what else do you expect from Susan B Anderson?
I did try these on…and my legs and feet are now 34 weeks pregnant. They don’t fit badly but they don’t make my feet feel head over heels in love. Like my Accidental Travel Socks, I think I will tuck these into my drawer for fall and test them again post-preggo legs. They are just a bit tight here and there. If I don’t end up liking them or their fit, well, they can just go in the Christmas box for my sister!
My web-ex and conference call work time continues apace. I literally spent all day yesterday and will have many hours today in meetings. The silver lining….I have one of my Smooth Operator Socks almost to the toe!
(Dex and I enjoyed some quiet time this morning before everyone else woke up this morning.) I’m really hoping to get the second sock to this point today and work on toe decreases! I only need a nine inch foot to fit my tootsies.
And because I’m working cuff-down, I used my Soxyzz ruler to measure my progress! The ruler fit nicely into the heel and tells me exactly where I am. I was suitably pleased and it was much easier than managing the sock with a traditional tape measure.
The heels were a success! Jellybean and the husband had some Lego adventures last night and I was able to work both heels on my Smooth Operator Socks!
The heel came out to roughly two inches which should be good fit for my robust heel and arch. But I have to knit the rest of the feet to find out. As you can tell, I went with the grey contrasting yarn. This was largely motivated by my pregnancy laziness that didn’t want to fuss with pulling from the outside of each ball. It was just much simpler to work from an already wound contrast skein, lol.
I worked the heel exactly as written and I have one reservation. This is a very ‘pointy’ heel for me. My heel is very wide and typically I Kitchener before I get this narrow so that points are not physically under my heel. But I wanted to give this pattern a true test and do it like I’m supposed to.
Now I have some foot knitting to do! Happy Knitting!!
Working socks in tandem seems to be really working for me lately. I have been knitting my Smooth Operator Socks in tandem on two separate 9 inch circulars.
I split the skein into two balls and I’m working on trying to keep the socks matching. I think I’m maybe one or two rows off, but it’s close enough for me. I worked these socks for six inch legs and then knit the tube past that point a couple more inches. I went ahead used the scrap yarn instructions in the SOS pattern. Now I’ve gotten my needles installed and I’m ready to install the heels. I plan on doing the no gap heel variation from the pattern update that Susan B Anderson added.
I plan on doing some pondering today. Do I use the stripes for the heels….or do I use contrasting grey? Right now it’s a 50/50 tie!
Pattern: 72 stitch toe-up vanilla sock with a gusset heel
Yarn: Andromeda Sock yarn in the “My Nerves” colorway. I used 80 grams or 370 yards of yarn
Needle: US 0 nine inch circular
Gauge: 9 stitches and 13 rows per 1 inch
My feet and ankles are not there normal size at the moment so pardon the sock blocker only photos. And to be honest I’m not sure how they fit, lol. I will have to stash them safely in my sock drawer until I’m no longer retaining water like the Hoover Dam! But I really adore the speckles. I did notice that one sock appears to have darker tint than the other. Not that it really bothers me and I am well aware this happens with hand dyed indie skeins quite a bit. Just found it a bit odd when I laid them side by side, lol.
I’ve been knitting for just over 11 (or is it 12 years?) now. And I have been a knitter with a capital K for the past 8 years. I’ve made sweaters, socks, hats, mitts and toys. But I have never taken a knitting class of any kind. I just taught myself or flew by the seat of my pants. Well, as a pre-baby present to myself I signed up for the Shadow Knitting class with Franklin Habit at the 2018 Knitting in the Heartland festival. I have never even attempted this kind of knitting skill before and I’m keen to see what I can learn.
And today is the day! I’m beyond excited and nervous. I have all my supplies lined up and the hubby is my chauffeur for the day. (I promised him some non-yarny date activities after my class and the market place). I think he’s going to show me his Top Golf skills while I sip lemonade, lol.
I just hope I don’t geek out in front of Franklin Habit…..