01 October 2007

happy socktoberfest one and all!

Embossed Leaves in Koigu

It's that time of year again. Socktoberfest is here! And just when my fingers have started itching to get stitching - the timing couldn't be any better here. (I always crave knitting in the fall. During the summer, I just can't get motivated to pick a project and see it through.) My goal this Socktoberfest is simple - I just want to finish one pair of socks. I seem to have total sock ADD at the moment. Or perhaps it's fear of commitment. Whatever it is, I have 5 pairs of socks on the needles, and I want at least one finished pair by the end of the month. Let me introduce you to the menagerie of half-finished socks and lonely socks awaiting their partners:

Embossed leaves in Koigu

Embossed Leaves in Koigu
I *love* these! I am really gunning to get these finished because I love everything about them - the pattern is super-easy, and I don't think I need to even tell you how much I adore Koigu.

Totally Modified (and Shortened) Gentlemen's Half Hose in Koigu
I was looking for a way to use up one skein of the multi-colored Koigu and one skein of this coral solid, so I butchered a Nancy Bush pattern to suit my own evil purposes.

Straight-up Boring (But Stripey) Socks in Regia
Nothing to say about these really other than the fact that I am stuck at the heel because I always have a hard time with short-row heels.

Pomatomus in Tess Designer yarns

Pomatomus in Tess Designer Yarns
I have no excuse for coming to a dead-halt at the heel of this sock. The pattern does knit up very quickly, so perhaps this will be the one I will revisit and complete.

Pomatomus in Koigu

Karma Kameleon Pomatomus in Koigu
I think the thing that turned me off to this sock was the weird-ass pooling the happened, which is doubly strange because I have never ever had such an experience with Koigu. Still, I kinda dig the reptilian thing going on - perhaps we can make this work? Hmmmmmm, the only way to find out is to jump right in and do it. These have been in a state of semi-completion the longest. If I had any sense of shame, I would hang my head in total mortification, but since I have none, yeah, I will freely admit, I started them last fall and kinda forgot about them. Dang my messed up memory.

***EDIT - D'OH! I can't believe I forgot to include these in the original post, but here they are now.***

Twin Rib Socks in Socks That Rock

Twin Rib Socks in Socks That Rock
I love this pattern (that I lifted from a Barbara Walker treasury of patterns book), I love this yarn, I love this colorway. Why have I not finished these already when there is so much I love about them? Laziness? Distraction?

So which of these will be lucky socks will become one complete pair? Tune in and find out.

Speaking of tuning in to find out, Heather lost. Hmmm, guess getting Bret's name tattooed on her neck doesn't seem like such a great idea now. As someone brilliantly suggested on Jezebel, she can always alter it and turn it into "regret," which is kinda what getting someone's name tattooed on your body causes in the end.


sulu-design said...

Yay! You'll be posting knitting! I always adore your socks - such works of art they are.

Mama Urchin said...

Well, it seems you should be able to get one pair done. Choosing will be the hard part.

knittingphilistine said...

Socks! I see socks! I see lots and LOTS of socks! They're all so pretty! I say pick your very favorite, finish those and then send me the rest. I'll finish them for me--er, you!

Preita said...

God! I wish I was a more avid sock knitter. I love the small gage & I love the yarns & colors & laces & patterns. But I don't wear socks. Damn you California nice 75* year round weather *shakes fist at the skies* I'm just going to have to admire yours :)

I love the Patrouns pattern. I think I might make the mermaide gloves that use the same lace pattern. :)

Julia said...

Oh, I'm so jealous of all your sock projects! I wish I had more than one going...I should remedy that. And I actually like the pooling (I usually don't) in that Pomatomus sock, I thought it was stripes at first, and it looks neat.

Emma said...

Wow, what a gorgeous parade of socks!

Liz Harvatine said...

The embossed leaves are one of the few pairs of socks I've made. I love them!

carolyn said...

have you tried the sherman heel? i find it a lot easier than your average normal short row crap. (easier to make it LOOK GOOD, that is.)

Penguin & Fish said...

Heh heh, funny. I love knitting, but the idea of knitting socks always freaks me out. I love them, but just the idea that when I finish one I have to do another seems like a daunting task. They all look great though, I like the corally pinky stripey ones.

Sonya said...

So many socks, such little time - I am in the middle of a sock slog, forcing myself through the second one. As for short-row heels, www.cosmicpluto.com has a great tutorial.

Christy said...

Wow. I like them...it looks pretty much like the state of my sock knitting right now. I did complete an actual pair for p-funk, but I don't really like to count those.