Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Death becomes her

Death Becomes Her
Here Lies Jenn, the fastest knitter of the NW.
Cause of death: Socks
Time of Death: 2:32 pm May 19, 2008

The death socks arrived here yesterday. It was a sweet death, and one I knew was coming so there were no surprises and plenty of time to say my farewells. In my box o' death I received one pair of nicely knit socks, alas too big for my narrow feet but promptly claimed by my neighbor so the socks shall live on, a bag of divine ghirardelli caramel chocolates, a magnet with a sheep knitting, a yummy scented candle, and a project bag for carrying around my socks in progress in.

The sad thing was I was *thisclose* to completing my second kill but was thwarted by death. So those socks are now working their way over to the east coast to be completed by a third person (my assassin) to kill my target, now her target.

Sock Wars was fun, despite some drama and major bumps in the road. I signed up for the next event: Death By Socks to start in June. I may join in in Sock Wars IV not sure yet. It was a joy working with a new yarn, getting to know the co-owner of a major online yarn shop and even getting hired by them to do some test knitting. So all in all it was a good time and great opportunity for me.

And no I will not tell you what I am doing in my afterlife or I may be committed for truly falling off the deep end ;)

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Sock WarsIII--The Detonator!

SockWarsIII officially begin Friday May 9. Got off to a rocky start but within time it seemed everyone settled down and got to knitting. I finished my socks on Sunday and posted them overnight on Monday to my target in Portland Oregon. She will be dead by socks when she gets home from work.

The pattern, might have been ok had it not been for the errors. The yarn SWTC TOFUtsies was a dream to work it but sucked at the gauge used for it. Who knows I may try the pattern again someday with a tighter gauge.

Here is the photo of the finished socks, detonating in oregon today. Or not as the pic loader seems to not be working at the moment.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Sock Wars!! A pre-war unofficial contest :o)

I've been going crazy with the socks lately joining 2 sock clubs, a yarn club, summer of socks, 52 pairs II, sockdown, sock kal and of course the bloodiest knitting contest ever--SOCK WARS!

A participant is holding an unofficial contest which you can read about on her BLOG. Be sure to visit her Etsy Shop as well for some cool non sock wars sock knitting bags later this week.

Good luck and beware the postman!

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Husband Socks -- Free Pattern

This is my first written pattern so please email me if you see any mistakes!

Husband Socks
yarn: duets sock yarn (sport weight)
needles: US sz 2

Fits a mans foot circ 8.5-9.5" shoe size 8

methods: Judy's magic cast-on, wrapped short row garter stitch heel & toe, 2 circ or magic loop, knit & purl, LLINC & LRINC increases.

Using Judy's Magic Cast-On, cast on 46 stitches (23 on each needle)

working on just needle 1 you will begin the shot rows.
Knit to 1 stitch before end, w&t
Knit to 1 stitch before end w&t
Knit to 2 stitches before end w&t
Knit to 2 stitches before end w&t

Continue in this method until 5 stitches remain unwrapped.

Knit to first wrapped stitch and knit it, w&t next stitch so it now has 2 wraps
Knit to next first wrapped stitch and knit it, w&t next stitch so it now has 2 wraps

Continue in this method until all stitches have been picked back up.

On needle 2 you will need to knit through the backloops as these stitches are twisted on the needles.

Rnd 1
Knit 1, m1 (I used LaLINC) knit to 2 stitches before end of needle m1 (LaRinc), repeat on needle 2
You now have 50 stitches.

Knit the foot in Stockinette until it measures approximately 2 inches from the heel. Following the short row toe method work the heel the same way.

Before joining back in the round we are going to make a very small gusset to add some length to the heel as I find short row heels to be a bit well, short.

sl1, knit to end, turn
sl1, purl to end turn
two more times adding in 4 stockinette row.

Pick up 3 stitches from each side of the heels stitches and join work in the round. Knit across needle 1.

Needle 2, knit 2, ssk, knit to 4 stitches before end k2tog, k2.

knit 1 full round and back across needle 1.

needle 2, knit 1 ssk, knit to last 3 stitches k2tog, k1

work full round and back across needle 1

needle 2, ssk, knit to last 2 stitches, k2tog.

You should now have 6 rows of stockinette for the leg.

Rnd 7 begin ribbing K3, P2 until leg is desired length (I usually go about 6-9 inches)

K1, yo, K1 pass 1st two stitches over second knit stitch, yo , K1 passing these 2 stitches over last knit stitch. Repeat until all stitches have been bound off and weave in ends.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Updates and such

Who has time to blog these days with knitting, home schooling, and of course the wonder that is Ravelry! I have been working tirelessly on several pairs of socks. I really need to learn how to be a monogamous knitter, might save my sanity. Nah I doubt it. I currently have OTN 4 airs of socks--1 monkey by cookie a, 1 jaywalker by grumperina, the mate to gothic spire by cookie a and then the mate for jacobean for the SKP2008 (sock knitters pentatholon in honor of the summer olympics). I need to finish the mates to my anne diamond knee socks, my twisted oval socks and rhiannons mingus sock. And I have been working on some more felting projects so I have a mini bowl otn and a square bowl otn. Yay Im a bit cuh-raz-zzzy!! To top it off I just got the yarn in for a starsky sweater I have been wanting to knit forever.

To aid my addictions I have joined 2 clubs. One is the seven deadly s(p)ins club based obviously on the seven deadly sins. Every other month we'll get a yarn pattern and goodies to match a sin FUN!!! And I am also in the woolgirl sock club so on the months I don' get a spin shipment I'll get a new sock yarn and pattern.

Oh but it doesn't end there oh no! I am in sock knitter anon on Rav that enourages me to flex my knitting skills and make lots of socks every month and I'm a mod in a sock kal board also on rav and of course the skp2008.

And somehow I still manage to school the kids, keep the house clean, cook dinner, care for a new puppy and even get 8 hours of sleep a night. I must be supermom ;)

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Hey blog land!

Wow how long it's been since I blogged. Christmas knitting hit me full force in November and December. I wasn't able to complete everything on my *must knit* list but got enough accomplished to feel satisfied. And since becoming a member of Ravelry I have had more knitting to do lists, and less time for actual blogging. So I guess you want to see some recent FO's? I'll get to that tomorrow. For tonight I just wanted to say hi and that I haven't forgotten about this little spot on the 'net.