Finally a FO – My Anklet Socks

Grey-Purple Anklet FO

  • Yarn: Lisa Souza Sock! (gray & purple left overs)
  • Yarn Weight: Fingering
  • Needles: US Size 2 (3.0 mm) circulars
  • Measurements: US Shoe Size 7
  • Pattern:  Basic Knee High Sock (modified to anklet)
  • Time Spent: 9 hours
  • Dates: 12/31/2015 – 6/21/2015

I’m getting behind in my knitting and needed some motivation this weekend.  I picked up the closest to done WIP I had sitting around and decided to finish it off.  It was very satisfying to finish something!  Nothing too special here with the socks.  I made a bunch of them for Christmas last year; six months later and my pair is finally done.

I still have left over yarn from the Color Affection Shawl so more socks to come!.  Next pair will be with gray toes and the rest purple.  I might go a bit tighter around the ankle but I’ll have to wear these for a few weeks before I know for sure.

I Did Knit Last Year

It turns out I did finish some knitting projects last year.  All of them were gifts.  I made a baby blanket for my nephew, Malcolm, and some Christmas presents.  Sadly it doesn’t look like I have pictures of the baby blanket but here are the Christmas presents.

First, the Color Affection shawl for my sister-in-law, Susan.

Color Affection Front Wrap

Then because I didn’t want the other women in my family feeling left out a whole bunch of anklet socks.

Xmas 2015 Socks LG

I’m not sure who got which pair. I would guess Mom got the green pair, Cindy got the blue/gray pair, Lisa got the pink striped pair, and Sara got the pink/yellow pair.  Hopefully I didn’t stash any of these away for myself and now I’ve let someone know I stole their intended pair of socks!  I might just have an abandoned anklet sock project for myself somewhere.  Probably a purple/gray pair like the blue one if I know myself.

Art Deco Socks – Code Name: Falcon

Art Deco

Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Fingering

  • Black (22/50 g)
  • Guava (22/50 g)
Yarn Weight: Fingering
Needles: US Size 2 (3.0 mm) DPNs
Measurements: US Shoe Size 7
Pattern Location: Knit Picks’s Art Deco Socks (heavily modified)
Time Spent: 12 hours
Dates: 12/23/2012 – 12/24/2012

Finally here’s the last 2012 Christmas present, code name “Falcon.” This was my penance project for all of my procrastination.  It was the very first pattern I picked out and I knew I would make it for my sister Lisa, code name Tiger Snake. I was even procrastinating two days before I had to have all the gifts done.  This left me with a pair of socks to complete in one day.  Now, I’d planned on it taking 8 hours so it wasn’t too bad but the 12 hours it actually took did start to get a bit rough.

The pattern is very heavily modified.  I wanted toe up instead of cuff down socks, I wanted to try anklet socks, and I wanted to use my favorite heel technique (Fleegle’s heel).  Sadly I don’t think Fleegle’s heel was the best choice with the pattern.  My original hope was to continue the main pattern on the gusset stitches but I quickly realized this was not working with the location of my increases.  I may have been able to pull it off but not without more planning time than I had left myself with.  The original heel style would have worked better but I’m still happy with how they turned out.

This was the first time I made one sock at a time instead of my usual two socks at once on circular needles.  I decided since I was doing them individuality I wanted them to be a bit different.  I alternated the main and contrast colors on the second sock and made the heel mismatch the toe/cuff on each sock.

This backfired a little bit.  After I realized I had enough yarn for two pairs I wanted to make another pair so that my sister could choose if she wanted the matched or mismatched socks each time she wore them.  I guess it paid off to procrastinate because I definitely did not have enough time for two pairs in one day!

 

Pomme de pin Socks – Code Name: Eagle

Pomme de Pin Socks

Yarn: Dragonfly Fibers Djinni Sock, Velvet Underground – 63/100g
Yarn Weight: Sock
Needles: US size 2 (2.75 mm) circulars
Measurements: US Size 7
Pattern Location: Ravelry’s Pomme de pin socks
Time Spent: 13 hours
Dates: 12/16/2012 – 12/22/2012

This was the seventh 2012 Christmas present, code name “Eagle.”  I bought this yarn back in August at the Midwest Stitches convention for my mom, code name Black Mamba.  I knew back then that I’d make her a pair of socks for Christmas.  I didn’t want plain stockinette socks because I’m teaching her how to make those on her own.

The pattern needs a solid color to pull it off completely.  This tonal yarn hid a lot of it especially on the leg portion.  I ended up skipping one of the repeats because it was hard to see the pattern anyway and I was happy with the length it was.

I have enough yarn left over that I’m going to make a basic pair of socks for myself.  I like the feel and color of this yarn.  I’m running out of room to store all my yarn so I want to use up any partial skeins instead of adding it to my stash!

Xmas Dotty Pot – Code Name: Cuckoo

Xmas Dotty Pot Combo

Yarn: Knit Picks Bulky Wool of the Andes White and Knit Picks Cadena Cranberry
Yarn Weight: Bulky
Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) DPN and US 8 (5.0 mm) DPN
Size: Small
Pattern Location: Ravelry’s Dotty Pots
Time Spent: 3 hours
Dates: 12/17/2012 – 12/19/2012

This was the sixth 2012 Christmas present, code name “Cuckoo.”  It was the only project where the code names had meaning.  I made it for my friend Laura who is the only non-family member on the list.  Her code name, Scarlet Snake, was chosen because scarlet snakes are non-venomous.  They mimic the appearance of the coral snake which is venomous.  The Cuckoo bird leaves its eggs in another species nest.  These names were a hint that it didn’t quite fit with the others.

This was another dotty put but I used bulky weight yarn for both the pot and the dots.  I cast on a few less stitches so it would still come out the same size as the ones I made for my sister.  Even though it’s a fairly small pot it still managed to hold an entire pound of banana candy!  This time around the candy was the gift but looked sad all alone and needed something to hold it.

When Laura opened it at work she called it her pot of gold and had her little Kermit the Frog sitting on top to guard it. Very adorable.  The candy is long gone so Kermit is now sitting in the pot with his little head sticking out.