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Pattern: Maurice Moss socks (my own design for the month of July)
Yarn: Fiber Optic Foot Notes in the colorway espresso batik (80% Merino, 20% Nylon)
Needles: US 1 – (2.25mm)
Rating: I am so happy to be finished with these socks. That’s a rating, right?

Notes: I’m quite happy to be done knitting these socks. The espresso batik colorway is gorgeous but extremely dark. I had sit under just the right lighting in order to see the stitches properly. And man-sized socks take forever to knit, yo.

In contrast, I seem to be sailing through my August Freshet: El Regreso socks.

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I give up. I spent 2 weeks furiously charting stitch patterns and dreaming up sock designs only to scrap everything and start the Freshet socks again. sigh

I’m calling my August socks “Freshet: El Regreso”. Here is sock #1 in a lovely sage batik colorway by Fiber Optic. This is the 4th pair of socks I’ve knit this year in Fiber Optic yarn and I can’t say enough lovelies about this stuff.

I never did finish Markus’ July socks. It’s hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk today so I reckon he won’t be needing wool socks anytime soon.

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Gah, it’s hot out. So hot that I’m not really motivated to do anything. But, I was motivated just enough to take a photo of my new July socks. These are for Markus and named “Maurice Moss” after the nerdy character from the Britcom The IT Crowd. Markus is also a computer nerd/programmer. He developed Sconcho knitting chart software (which is free BTW so check it out) so I thought the name was fitting. And really, Moss is the funniest character in that show. It’s too bad it only ran for 4 seasons.

This yarn is DARK! So dark that I need some good back lighting in order to see what I’m knitting. The yarn is my favorite Fiber Optic Foot Notes in the colorway Espresso Batik. The stitch pattern is basically just a bit of swirly ribbing flanked with 2×2 ribbing, both front and back. This satisfies my love of ribbed socks without being too boring to knit.

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Pattern: Brezel Socken (my own design for the month of May)
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock medium weight in the colorway Saffron Jungle (100% superwash merino wool)
Needles: US 1.5 – (2.5mm)
Rating: sort of meh :|

So as it turns out, I’m not really a fan of knitting socks in medium weight sock yarn. I prefer a finer gauge for my socks. There are some design elements I would change if ever I decide to knit these socks again, like the transition from the cuff ribbing into the pretzel cable, the toe shaping, etc. Oh well, at least they are comfy!

Now on to my brown June socks…

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I’m calling my May socks “Brezel Socken” because the cable is supposed to resemble pretzels, and I LOVE German pretzels. The yarn is STR mediumweight in the colorway saffron jungle that I bought at MDSW 2011. When it comes to working with meduimweight sock yarn, I get a huge mental block because the gauge is much larger than I’m used to for socks. I decided to design a ribbed sock with a pretzel cable which runs down one side of the leg to the toe. Sock #2 has the same cable on the opposite side. I’m trying a gusset construction that I’ve never done before and I’m not sure I’m sold on it, yet…

Today some of my knitting buddies and I went to a brand new coffee shop/bead store in Regent Square called Biddle’s Escape Coffee & Bead Shop at 401 Biddle Ave. It’s a great cafe with a sweet front patio/deck offering lots of seating and shade trees. It’s a perfect cafe for hosting knitting groups. Too bad I’m like on the entire other side of the city from this shop because I’m sure I would go there quite a bit if I lived closer. (Thanks for the ride, Rachel!)

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I finished up 2 projects in the last week- my April synesthesia socks and the alpaca shawlette. I appear to be crushing on green at the moment.

Pattern: Ka’ana Shawlette by Jennifer Weissman (my project name is Estoy Enamorado after the song by Wisin & Yandel of course)
Yarn: Alpaca with a Twist Baby Twist in light green (color 4001)
Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) and US 8 (5.0mm)

This was an impulse project. I knew I needed to knit this shawlette the instant I saw the pattern in the Ravelry database. The Alpaca yarn from my stash was great for this project. It’s soft, squishy and exceedingly warm. I haven’t yet decided who the recipient of this shawlette will be, but whoever it is will never be cold again, that’s for sure. I recommend this pattern, it was fun to knit. I may make another gasp!

Pattern: Cadence Socks by verybusymonkey (my project name is Bunny Manders after the sidekick in the Raffles stories)
Yarn: Fiber Optic Foot Notes in the colorway Meadow
Needles: US 1 (2.25mm)

Somehow I ended up knitting sock #1 twice so the socks aren’t mirrored. They still turned out lovely and I just LOVE how this yarn knits up! Now on to my May synesthesia socks in orange…

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My “Bunny Manders” April socks are growing, albeit slowly. According to the pattern, both socks are knit exactly the same until somewhere in clue #3 where one is supposed to do something different on the second sock. I missed that part of the instructions somehow and ended up knitting two “sock #1s”. I guess my socks will be identical rather than, uh, whatever they’re supposed to be- mirrored? No matter, they’ll still be cute.

My sock progress has been hampered by a new shawlette pattern. It’s the Ka’ana Shawlette by Jennifer Weissman. I just knew I needed to knit it and wanted to use my alpaca with a twist yarn from my stash. I’ve named my project Estoy Enamorado, partly because it was love at first sight, and partly because I was listening to the song Estoy Enamorado by Wisin & Yandel while knitting this swatch below:

This is a night photo so the quality is poor and the color is off. It’s more of a lighter green. I’m partway through knitting the body of the shawlette and will take some better photos once it’s finished. Then maybe I can get back to sock knitting.

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