Sunday, September 21, 2008

Son's Socks are Done!

I finished my little boy's socks last week - they're the very first pair I've knit start to finish:

I did a better job grafting the toe on the other one this time. I guess it's one of those practice make perfect type of things.

Here's the little man checking them out - I couldn't get him to model the finished product but he did like the way they felt against his skin:

In the meantime I've continued work on the sock I was making in On-Line Supersocke yarn, and I've started a pair for my husband using JoAnn's Soles & More in Grey Shades. I take turns working on each - as you can see I've gotten to where I'm constructing the heel with the first pair:

I'm using the same pattern as for mine with the first pair, except I'm making the top part a couple of inches shorter so I can make the foot a little larger. I love how the self-striping is turning out - my husband couldn't believe that the yarn does all that fun and colorful work all by itself, all I have to do is knit and enjoy :-)

With my husband's I'm using Patons' Spiral Socks free pattern. I picked up a leaflet for it while I was at Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins a few weeks ago. You can click the link above to access the pattern online - it requires membership but it's free and they don't spam you unless you let them so they're cool.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Pitter-Patter of Little Feet

No, I'm not expecting... just focusing on the little feet already in my home and those of a friend's.

I've started work on some socks for my son. He got so excited watching me make mine that I decided to put that project down for the interim and do some for him instead.

I'm using JoAnn Crafts' own brand of sock yarn called Soles and More. My son picked out a ball that self-stripes in shades of blue, red and grey. I'm using the Magic Loop technique with a size 3 29" circular and sort of doing my own thing based on ideas I picked up from free patterns at Lion Brand and Red Heart.

I've already got the first one done - my son modeled it for the camera:

I'm hoping I can improve my Kitchener/grafting stitch for the second one. I don't like how it turned out on the toe here at all.

I also knit up a pair of booties for a friend's baby. I used the Snuggle Booties pattern from Bev's Country Cottage. They went really quick and easy. Since the little guy is almost two months old already, I used the instructions for making the 3-month size along with size 5 needles to make them just a little bit bigger - I'm hoping that will do it:

The yarn is Sirdar Snuggly Domino DK baby yarn in Deep Blue. I've had it in my stash for some time. It's been discontinued since '05. I may or may not make a matching hat as I have a couple more balls.

I'm planning to finish my son's socks now that I got the booties done. From there I'll probably finish the pair I'm doing with the On-Line yarn. I also got a couple balls of Soles and More in black and grey shades that I plan to use to make socks for my husband, and then I might finally get around to finishing mine.