Scoutswag yarn

February 28, 2007 @ 1:39 pm
posted by kris
Filed under: yarn

Aren’t they pretty?

I finally got my Scoutswag yarn! It is 100% superwash merino, fingering weight. It is really soft and I love the colors – Bluetini and Snowbunny. I have been looking for the snowbunny colors in yarn and I finally found it. Now to plan what to make with it….hmmm…if anyone has ideas, let me know!

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That cookie! So talented!

February 27, 2007 @ 7:46 pm
posted by kris
Filed under: future projects

One of my favorite sock designers is cookie of Knitters Anonymous and Knitty.com fame. She has so many amazing sock patterns. One of her latest is Gothic Spire. Very nice! Add that one to the growing list of next projects!

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Welcome to the new knitting blog!

@ 12:12 pm
posted by kris
Filed under: misc

I’ve decided that since I’ve been knitting up a storm lately, and the trend doesn’t look like it’s going to end, I wanted a seperate knitting blog. The people who are interested in reading about knitting don’t necessarily want to read about the joys (and tragedies) of being a mom, and vice-versa. I also want to put in ideas, maybe even patterns of my own! Well, let’s face it, I just wanted to create another blog!

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The boyfriend sock

February 24, 2007 @ 4:49 pm
posted by kris

Detail of the boyfriend sock

So, after I made the decision to abandon the Jaywalker, I immediately set my sights on making the Boyfriend socks from Slippedstitch. It is a really nice pattern and I am doing it with the Wollmeise sock yarn in the Rittersporn colorway. Just casting on has lifted a lot of stress off of me and I am enjoying it immensely. It was the right decision to not finish the Jaywalker. I may never do that pattern again after all this trouble!

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Abandoning the Jaywalker

@ 4:46 pm
posted by kris

The thing that should not be

After being frustrated all day, I realized that it was because I really hated this sock! I can’t believe that something I’m knitting can change my mood. After I finished the gussets, I realized that I may not have enough yarn to finish. That’s the drawback of top-down socks. Instead of facing this possible reality, I decided to just chuck the whole thing. I also can’t stand this yarn so if there’s anyone out there that wants 2 free (but used) balls of Knit Picks Essence Tweed in gray, let me know. I’ll be glad to hand them off!!!

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I hate, hate, hate Jaywalker!!!

February 22, 2007 @ 10:12 pm
posted by kris

OK, so it’s my fault that I hate it so much. I knitted this pattern once before for Michael and I had problems with it then. So I should’ve known… I thought I had everything right, but I finally turned the heel tonight and had Michael try it on. It is so dang tight! He has a really pointy heel (don’t know what that’s called, or maybe it’s a high instep). Anyhoo, so if I make it big enough to get around his heel, it will be too loose for his chicken calves. So I walk a fine line here. He is able to just barely get it around his heel. Once he does though, it fits really well.

The other thing is that the yarn I’m using – some gray Essential tweed from Knitpicks really is irritating me. I almost cried last night because it looked like the sock has been dragging along the floor and picking up stuff. Waaaa!

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Baudelaire finally done

February 18, 2007 @ 1:46 pm
posted by kris


Baudelaire socks

Baudelaire from knitty.com, knitted with Wollmeise superwash sock yarn in Dani colorway (strong medium). Started 2/8/2007, and completed 2/18/2007. I actually knitted 3 of these socks (instead of 2). I finished the first sock and wasn’t happy with how it fit, so I “frogged” it and started over. When I started over, I knit two of them at the same time so I didn’t get “second sock syndrome” – which means you do one and don’t do the other. I actually enjoyed knitting both at once and when I was done, I was done! I am not really happy with the pooling, but loved the richness of the colors. I think the stripes take away from the detail of the lace pattern. I knitted them with two circs, and they are toe up socks and I really enjoyed knitting from the toes up. The pattern was very well designed!

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I frogged the Baudelaire sock

February 16, 2007 @ 3:36 pm
posted by kris

I decided to take apart and start from scratch the Baudelaire sock that I finished. It was too big and I wanted to try knitting two socks at one time. It was a hard thing to do, but I’m glad I did it. I am now knitting the two of them at once, and they are perfectly fitted for my feet. I am past the heel turn, I’m just working on the leg/cuff. Should be done in a day or so.

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Started on my new socks

February 10, 2007 @ 1:49 am
posted by kris

OK, so now onto more important things, my new socks. I originally was going to do another Pomatomus sock, but after looking around, I decided to do Baudelaire using Wollmeise Dani colorway. This is my first toe up sock yet and I really like that pattern. I’ve been feverishly working on it. I love this new yarn that I got, the only thing is that I don’t like that it knits up into stripes. It’s ok, the rich colors make up for it. The pattern is easy too, I really like toe up socks. I had to rip the beginning part out several times (just a couple of rows), but I finally understood it. The heel turn was fun too. So different! I’m almost done with one side (almost a record I think), and I can’t wait to start the next pair. I’m already planning…

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Bavarian Twisted Stitch done!

February 8, 2007 @ 5:43 pm
posted by kris


michael’s new socks

I am finally done with Michael’s Bavarian Twisted Stitch socks. It is a pattern from Socks Soar on Two Circs and I knitted it with Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Blackwatch colorway. I’m not all that big on the colors, but this project made me realize that I like knitting with circs better than dpns. I also love the Knitpicks circs, they are nice and pointy!

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What does bockstark mean (pronounced bok-shtark)? My crazy German friend, Matthias, made that word up to mean "really cool" and says that it is catching on in Garmisch. So I am helping him popularize the word! I thought if I ever opened a yarn store, I would call it "Bockstark Yarns". This blog is all about my projects, yarns and crazy ideas related to knitting and other crafts. Contact me at bockstark.knits(at)gmail(dot)com.