Friday, May 23, 2014

One sock leads to another and another

Edited to fix bad link for pattern -- thanks for letting me know Mary Ann!

Have I ever told you how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE knitting socks? Well I do! There is something so satisfying and soothing about knit knit knit. It makes me HAPPY! So last week I finished this pair. This is Opal sock yarn Schafpate 5 in the color Heidi. In real life they are more coral rose than orange. I couldn't get the color right in the picture.

And a completed pair of socks leads to starting a new pair of socks. This is Blue Moon Fibers Socks that Rock lightweight in the Lemonellow colorway. You can see it here. A lovely lemony shade with fleck of aqua and a greeny gray.

I used a pattern I've done before call Carolina, Last Queen of Naples. It is a free pattern and you can see it here. It is a simple to remember 4 row repeat. The only change I made is instead of the knit 3 together (K3tog) in the first row, I do slip one purlwise, knit 2 together and then pass the slipped stitch over. Much easier. I love the zig zag and that purl ridge row.

And as I was finishing up this sock I had a thought (almost always a dangerous moment - LOL) that I hadn't ever done this pattern with a striped yarn. Sooooooo... I went downstairs and rummaged through my ever so nicely organized yarn stash sealed in their very own plastic storage containers and found 2 skeins of this Kaffe Fassett yarn by Regia. Oooooohhhh... I like this a lot!

So far the stripes seem to be changing colors at the purl row but I think that will change as some of the stripe sections in the yarn are longer than others. It will definitely keep my attention.

And I curbed my urge to cast on another pair. I found this pattern, Show-off Stranded Socks. You can see it here and it is also free - dontcha just love free patterns? Me too! This looks great in lots of the Blue Moon Fibers Socks that Rock yarns and I have several all wound in cakes and ready to go. And I have 2 new sets of Hiya Hiya needles. I LOVE these needles. I picked them up a couple of weeks ago at Lambikins Hideaway. I've used Knitpicks needles since I began knitting but wanted to upgrade as I've had some problems with cables that have come loose. The Hiya Hiya have very flexible cables, and nice long pointy points and I swear they coated with something that makes them ever so smooth. The yarn just slips so easily off the needles. Effortless knitting.

So do you have lots of plans for the 3 day weekend? We are going to the local food festival, Taste of Cincinnati, on Saturday morning and I have plans to grill out on Memorial day but other than that I think there is going to be some quality and quantity time to knit, cross stitch and sew.

Hope you have a great weekend! Say a prayer for those who sacrificed so much for our freedom. It is the least we can do.

Happy knittng and stitching!

carol fun


  1. I can see why you enjoy knitting socks. The yarns are so pretty.

  2. LOVE your yarns! Sock knitting is addictive. I'm not knitting a pair at the moment and am having a bit of withdrawal. :) I'm going to have to look at the Kaffe yarn. The colors are wonderful.

  3. Nice socks! Don't you just love STR yarn? I need to check out your Carolina pattern; it looks kind of similar to Jaywalker which is fun with striped yarn also. I just downloaded Showoff the other day; how is it for knitting? It's a pretty pattern!

  4. Gorgeous colors. Love the yellowy ones!

  5. I always love seeing your socks. They are so pretty. I see that you are going to Taste of Cincinnati. When I lived in Louisville we spent lots of time at my sister's home in Cincinnati. My favorite niece still lives there! Have a great week-end!

  6. I just love handknitted socks but just don't have the patience to do my own. Yours are fab and the Kaffe Fasset yarn is a gorgeous colour. I'm expecting my weekend will be a quiet one.

  7. I too like to knit socks - and other things. Your colourful socks are lovely!

  8. I love all your beautiful socks. You find such great colorful yarns too. I'm only on my 1st sock of pair 2, but I think you could say I'm in love with sock knitting too--only I wish I had more time to do it! I'm not as versed as you are with changing patterns yet, but hope to one day. Keep up the great pictures and inspirations.


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