L’Arpeggiata Socks

These bright blue socks were made with yarn from Blue Dog Fiber Arts in the colorway Pandora, which is 80% merino wool and 20% silk.  These pattern is from Ravelry and is called L’Arpeggiata, which can be found here.

The cables and blue yarn remind me of the ocean, and since the pattern is fairly simple with an occasional 4 stitch cable, it was a quick knit.

Welt Fantastic Socks

Here are some colorful summer socks:

 

These were made using Knit Pick’s Felici in the colorway Hibiscus.  This yarn is so super soft!  When I took it out of the box I couldn’t wait to get started knitting with it since it felt so wonderful.  The pattern I used is called Welt Fantastic, and it came from Charlene Schurch’s book Sensational Knitted Socks.  I was pretty lucky that for the most part the pattern changes coincided with the color changes, even after I did the heel flap.  The one minor issue I had was that the color repeat ran the opposite way on the second skein, so I had to rewind that one to get the colors to go in the same order.  Other than that, the yarn was a delight to knit with!

Fair Entries: Previously Posted

Next I have some projects that I had posted about previously, so you can check out the links to get more details on each project.

Here is my Flower Patch Quilt, which won Reserve Champion in the quilting class:

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And here is my Rain Check Quilt, which earned first place:

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And lastly, here are my Wicker Socks, which earned Champion in it’s category and Reserve Champion overall!

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I was really happy with how this group of projects did at their individual fairs!

Fair Entry: Block Party Socks

Here is the first installment of all the things that I entered in the open shows at the local fairs.  The first is a pair of socks made with the Block Party Pattern from Ravelry.com.

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These were made using a Mosaic stitch, which has you work two rounds in one color and two rounds in another color.  The design is created by slipping some of the stitches in each round, so you don’t have to work with two yarns at once.  The blue yarn is Stroll from Knit Picks in Sapphire Heather, and the multi-colored yarn is Heart and Sole from Red Heart in Tequila Sunrise.  It was really fun and easy to do, and I plan to make more socks using this technique!

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Stripey Socks

I bought some Noro Taiyo sock yarn on a trip last fall and decided that after making the complicated Wicker Socks that I would take a break and do some plain stockinette with these Stripey Socks, a pattern I found on Ravelry.

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Aren’t they awesome?  I am so glad they came out so cool looking because I don’t know if I would have been able to finish them.  Let me tell you, the yarn is really awful to work with.  My trouble began when I tried to wind the yarn into two separate balls.  This yarn loves to stick to itself, so there were knots and tangles galore, which made winding it very time consuming since I had to stop a lot to straighten the mess out.  Knitting it was no fun either since it is very slubby, and goes from really thin to almost bulky.  And it tangled and stuck to itself while knitting, too.  But even after all this trouble, they worked up really quick, and I had them done in a week.  I discovered that I had enough yarn left over to make some ankle socks, so I bit the bullet and started right into those just to get it over with.

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This time I did one row of each color instead of four since I thought the larger stripes would be too much for the short socks.  They also came out really cool, and I was just left with just a few yards of yarn, so that is the end of the sticky, slubby yarn!  I love the colors, but I am pretty sure I will not buy that brand of yarn again.

Wicker Socks

I have been on a sock knitting kick lately, and I finally finished these socks:

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The pattern is called “Wicker” and is from the book “Socks a la Carte” by Jonelle Raffino and Katherine Cade.  I saw a similar pattern on Pinterest that I liked, and while looking for a pattern for a different pair of socks, I found this one.  For some reason I had a hard time memorizing the stitch pattern, so it took me a while to finish, but they came out really nice.  The yarn is actually green, but for some reason the pictures came out blueish.  More socks to come!

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Leyburn Socks

We traveled to Gatlinburg, TN over spring break, and I found a yarn shop while we were there, so I had to splurge on some really fun yarn.  Then I found the perfect pattern on Ravelry called Leyburn and made these socks:

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The yarn is called Smooshy with Cashmere by Dream in Color, and the color is called Kiss Me Kate.  I used the cuff-down version of the sock that has a pattern modification to eliminate the jog between rounds that you can find here.  I am not a fan of knitting toe up since I like the stronger slip/knit heel I can get with cuff down socks, although I can see the benefit of doing it that way if you are not sure how much yarn you have.  I’ll have to make some toe up socks at some point since I mistakenly bought some skeins of yarn that weren’t 100 grams; they were 65 grams and looked close enough to 100 that I was fooled.  Boo.  All in all, it was a great pattern with wonderfully soft yarn, so it was fun to knit.  My mom really liked these socks, so I might be making these again in the future!

Cotty Socks

Here is a newly finished pair of socks!  The pattern is called Cotty by Irish Girlie Knits.  I bought the pattern from the local yarn shop.  The yarn is called Rockshelter Sock in Chrymanthesums and it came from Meadowcroft Dyeworks.

Cotty's socks by Ronda Cassens

These socks have a picot cuff, which is definitely my least favorite type of cuff.  I always swear I will never make another picot cuff, but then I get suckered into another one.  It looks nice on these socks, though.  The lace pattern goes all the way around the top part of the sock, and then there is a single column running down each side.  The pattern was easy to memorize and the socks worked up quickly when I got motivated (I started these last spring).  Now that these are off my needles, I have some new yarn and a pattern picked out to start the next pair!