Tuscany Socks – Pair # 46

Oh my goodness! Some days I don’t know whether I’m Arthur or Martha! I’m now semi-retired (working only three days a week) and yet I am sooo busy! It’s the weekend and I’ve been sitting at my computer for over an hour which is not good as this is what I do for my paid work. These are the things that keep me so busy:

  • My personal Facebook page and Ravelry page, MelsNattyKnits FB page and Instagram account and the Redlands Spinners & Weavers FB page and Ravelry page.
  • Redlands Spinners & Weavers website and Editor of their newsletter (four editions a year).
  • Plus of course taking photos for these pages and the associated sorting into the correct directories, cropping, resizing, adding logos and uploading.
  • Knitting numerous projects, crocheting, spinning, dyeing and now I’ve started weaving!
  • Two Saturdays a month meeting with my Knit and Knatter group, one Saturday a month meeting with the QldBaysideYarnClub and now looking at meeting with another knitting group on the first Saturday of the month.
  • Two Tuesdays a month meeting with the Redlands Spinners & Weavers plus with our Open Day on 21 June this year, I am also charged with advertising / marketing the event.
  • I also do the bookwork for my son’s small business and prepare paperwork for the accountant (more time on the computer!)
  • Plus all the usual boring stuff like housework, washing, shopping, cooking (as little as possible if I can help it šŸ™‚ )

So, if you see my posts dropping off a bit you’ll know why. I never really know how many people read my posts. Although I have over 200 followers, I don’t seem to get many comments. I am hoping maybe you’re reading and not commenting as opposed to not reading at all šŸ˜¦

Okay, now I have all that out of my system, time to move on to my Tuscany Socks. The pattern I used is Hermione’s Everyday Socks which is a nice simple little pattern with a lovely look about it. Over 12,500 pairs of these socks have been made on Ravelry which is a testament to the pattern.

Tuscany Socks 02Tuscany Socks 04The yarn I used is Skein Top Draw Socks in the colourway Tuscany.

Skein TuscanyAn interesting twist to the heel flap which is slightly different to a lot of the socks I’ve made.

DSC08906Tuscany Socks 10Tuscany Socks 07Tuscany Socks 03If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know I do love knitting socks, as well as other garments. It seems that every now and then I need to have my socks ‘fix’. I have also completed three pattern test knits which can be found here, here and here and last week committed myself to three more; all to be completed by mid March! Yikes!! Luckily, I am only required to complete one of the socks for the first two tests, however, the third test requires me to complete both socks as they’re a mirror image of each other.

The pattern test knits I am completing are Just Because Socks, River Song Socks and the Four Seasons Summer Socks.

So, after listing out everything that keeps me busy, I go and add to the mix by putting myself under even more pressure. Go figure!!

Until next time…

Melanie

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Rusty Rock Socks……Pair # 32

Before I show you these socks I’ll discuss the yarn first. I used Skein’s Top Draw Socks in the colourway Rusty Rock. It’s an 85% merino / 15% nylon sock yarn which hasĀ  undertones of lichen with overtones of rich rust tones. I love these autumn shades.

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Now originally I cast on ready to knit Nutkin socks as I rather liked the pattern. I was going along great guns as you can see from the picture below when lo and beholdĀ I went to slip the sockĀ on to measure how far to knit the foot before the toe decreases (which is what I always do) and discovered it was soooo tight!. If only I’d read all the comments on Ravelry from others who had knit these socks too. I should have used size 2.75mm needles rather than the 2.5mm that I usually use as this would have made them that smidge roomier. And yes, I’ve been caught out because I didn’t knit a tension square šŸ˜¦ As you know I never do and it was bound to catch me out at some stage. I had even incorporated a different heel…the wrap and turn heel.

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So I frogged what I had knitted (groan!) and started another pair of socks using the V Junkie pattern that I’d previously used as I knew they fitted comfortably. The pattern can be found in Alice Yu’s book calledĀ Socktopus. Here they are…

Rusty Rock Socks 01

I love the wrap and turn pattern of the heel which negates the need to pick up stitches along the heel flap.

Rusty Rock Socks 02

I’m so glad I frogged Nutkin (despite the fact I’d almost finished one sock) and started V Junkie as I couldn’t imagine wearing socks that are a tad too tight.

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It’s an interesting pattern and just adds a bit of pizazz to the socks.

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The pattern has this lovely 3D effect which makes it look like I am a very clever sock knitter who can master really difficult patterns but this is not the case. The pattern is deceptively easy. It’s simply a matter ofĀ slipping certain stitches intermittently every few rows with two rows of purling in between.

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As you can see my foot mannequin has a very slender foot so the socks pucker a bit at the bottom however they fit my wide foot very well!

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Two socks ready to be blocked and stored away until next winter.

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Love them!

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The sad thing is I probably still won’t relent and start knitting tension squares. How many others out there are reluctant to knit them as well? I am sure there must be a few of us! And can anyone talk me into knitting tension squares?

And one day I must go back and knit some Nutkin socks as there have been over 3,700 pairs made and featured on Ravelry! It also happens to be a free sock knitting pattern.

And I’ve left the best until last…..I finished another UFO. Hooray!!!! I am feeling quite chuffed with myself!

I hope you have a lovely crafty weekend filled with lots of yarnie goodness.

Until next time…

Melanie

Green Tea Socks………Pair # 31

A while ago I bought this lovely sock pattern book called Socktopus and have finally made a pair of the socks featured in the book.

Socktopus

These are my Green Tea Socks although the pattern is called V Junkie socks.

Green Tea Socks 01

The very clever detail in the pattern occurs from slipping certain stitches intermittently every few rows with two rows of purling in between so it is deceptively easy to do.

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This is the very first time Iā€™ve knitted a pair of socks without picking up stitches along the sides of the heel. This pattern calls for a number of wrap and turn rows. I was quite intrigued how the heel turned out. It was so easy that Iā€™m tempted to incorporate this wrap and turn heel technique into other sock patterns.

Green Tea Socks 03

There is no ribbing around the cuff in this pattern which was a nice change; the pattern starts right from the top of the sock.

Green Tea Socks 02

The yarn I used in Skeinā€™s Top Draw Sock in the colourway Green Tea. Itā€™s a 75% superwash merino / 25% nylon 4ply / fingering yarn and is a delight to knit with.

Skein Green Tea 2

I’ll certainly think about knitting another pair of these V Junkie socks in the future as they look effective and are quite easy to knit.

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In fact I have just cast on my second pair in this pattern but you’ll have to wait a little bit to see them šŸ™‚

Until next time…

Melanie

Pucker Socks……….Pair # 27

What an odd name for a sock pattern you’re probably thinking but once you see how the pattern actually makes the socks ‘pucker’ you’ll understand immediately why the pattern maker called them Pucker socks, as I did.

The pattern is eight pages in length with very detailed instructions I might add. The reason I picked this pattern is because when I was showing you some of my latest yarn purchases in March this year, one of the yarns I featured was Skein’s Top Draw Sock yarnĀ in the colourway called SpeakeasyĀ and Julie from Dyed by Hand Yarns recommended the Pucker sock pattern would be a great pattern for that yarn and she was right. I am very happy with the result.

Pucker Socks 01

The patterning looks completely different from the picture on the pattern and that’s because I’ve used a single hand dyed yarn and the pattern recommends two different yarns. I cast on 72 stitches and used 2.75mm dpns. I was a bit worried the socks would be too tight as the writer states that since mosaic fabric has a much reduced ability to stretch,Ā  you should move up one size from what you would choose for a plain sock. I would generally use 64 stitches for a plain sock so that’s why I cast on 72 stitches plus I also went up a size in needle from 2.5mm to 2.75mm. The socks fitĀ perfectly!

The heel consists on one row sl1, k1 repeated across the row followed by a purl row. It looks great with this yarn.

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AsĀ mentioned previously, I used Skein’s Top Draw sock yarn which is a 85% merino / 15% nylon blendĀ that comes in 100g skeins. I only used 73 g so will probably use the rest on a project I have in mind for all my sock yarn leftovers and that is Frankie Brown’s Button Quilt. I haven’t started it yet but at this stage that is what the plan is. This is a free Ravelry knitting pattern and it looks pretty cool!

Skein Speakeasy

Here’s a picture of the Button Quilt from the Ravelry page. It looks great doesn’t it?

Button Quilt

And here’s what the socks look like when they’re off your foot. They’re all puckered….a bit like seersucker fabric.

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I hope you have fun making these very unusual socks. Well I’d best be off to work. Have a fantastic weekend. Until next time….

Melanie