Friday, January 12, 2007

The Demise of the Philosopher's Stone Socks

Today I had hoped to show you the finished Philosopher's Stone Socks for Matt. However, my little orange kitchen scale arrived a few days again and confirmed my fear - I did not have enough yarn to finish the second sock. I told Matt I would need a little time before ripping them out and starting over. He's bummed and so am I.

For posterity I will record that I was knitting the Garter Rib Stitch from Sensational Knitted Socks using lightweight Socks that Rock in Philosopher's Stone. I knit a 6 inch cuff and a 10 1/2 inch foot for the first sock and apparently that took too much yarn and did not leave enough for the second sock. I think when I redo them I may use a different pattern. Any suggestions?

The good news is that the first Jingle Bell Rock sock is finished. Yea! That's the first Socks that Rock Jingle Bell Rock (lightweight) sock. I'm using the Agate Bay pattern and size 2.0mm needles (KnitPicks US 0). I'm absolutely thrilled with the colors and it's pretty cool how I got a little bit of a spiral on the foot.

In nerdy news, I revised my list of projects for the next 6 months. I decided to take the pace down a notch and give myself a little more time for certain projects. The revised goal list for January is as follows:
1) Lichen Socks - FINISHED!
2)Garter Rib Socks (Matt)(STR Philosopher’s Stone) Back to the drawing board...
3) Jingle Bell Agate Bay Socks
4) Tapestry Scarf (and if anything left over maybe a hat?)
5) Moss Sea Stitch Scarf - not too sure about this...I swatched and I wasn't in love with it...
6) Finish Trinket Scarf

I'll now leave you with a random picture of the Jingle Bell Rock socks gusset. I love the gusset decrease.What's your favorite part of a sock?

7 comments:

Kris said...

Very nice...they look so super squishy.

My fav part of the sock is the toes:) I love doing socks toe-up and it amazes me everytime how the short rows mold into shape.

Jess said...

My faberite part of the sock is when youre doing the decreases for the foot. I love counting them and once I finish those decreases and start working on the foot, I feel like Im home free. :) It must be how marathon runners feel after they have completed 2/3s of their race. Damn good.

Jess said...

Oh and your Jbstr are quite luscious. Really. I can visualize them on my feet.

Drin said...

Have you thought about using another color for the heel and toe, maybe pull out that fantastic green? They just look so great I'd hate for you to trash the whole thing! I personally like to knit the heel flap! It is just such a fluid motion, almost meditative.

Daisy said...

Wow, are you ever a fast knitter! I joined the Pick up sticks sock club, too and I've only swatched some of the yarns. Your socks are gorgeous. If you ever find a toe up sock pattern that doesn't leave holes at the increases, please blog about it.

aija said...

I love picking up stitches along a flap heel... or working the increase part of short row heels. :)

Chicago Jen said...

Short row heels where the heel flap turns into a cup made of a few little stitiches. Love that part...