Monday, May 26, 2008

Bigger and Better Than Ever!

Yay! Teeth! Sweater from Aunt Melissa!

Cal you all believe how much the boy Benjamin has grown? Since you've seen him he's traveled to Guatamala and Germany. At some point he may travel beyond countries that start with the letter G, but there's always Greenland and... No, he can go where ever he wants, although his mother at this point would prefer shorter airplane rides.

I had fun making this sweater for his 1st birthday and used some stash yarn and some antique plastique buttons. It just fits. I got the pattern here.

Was really fun and easy to knit and didn't take much yarn at all.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Sock Contest Winners!

Okay, the two completely random, eyes closed and picked off the list winners are....Jersey Knitter and Michele LB. I just contacted both of them. I'm afraid I don't have a picture of the yarn they've won because it's night time and I want to take pictures tomorrow in better light. But, I wanted to post this right away so ya'll would know who won.

Thank you so much to EVERYONE who entered. This was great fun and I hope you all got some more traffic to your blogs and sites and got a kick out of seeing all the collages.

Monday, May 19, 2008


I can hardly believe you are asking for this... lol! Your friends will be royally freaked out by me. lol! These are all from August onward. I have two pair I did in July, but am not sure if I need to include July... of course I'm sure this is PLENTY! lol! I didn't realize how many socks I knit... YIKES!I saw your post in the SKA group on Ravelry. I'm Itchy Fingers there.

My blog is in my siggie. :)-- JessRambling away at...

Sunday, May 18, 2008


Well, that's how I feel. I know it's a real method of spinning but this is what I did. I spun a single ply of laceweight merino and bamboo and then plied it with a strand of this lovely bamboo from Habu.

This is the still laceweight that I ended up with:

Friday, May 16, 2008

Gull Wing lace socks, July 2007
Regia stripes, July 2007
my first Monkey socks, August 2007
Candy stripe Sockotta, August 2007
Granite Peak socks, August, 2007
WSU Cougar fair isle, October 2007
WSU Cougar stripes, November 2007
Earl Grey, December 2007
March 2008
Leafling, April 2008

Thursday, May 15, 2008


Hi Melissa-
What a fun idea for a contest! I'm eatmyoxygen on Ravelry, my blog address is

sock details-
Cables with moss stitch - knit with Chewy Spagehtti
Fawkes - knit with Perfect Day Yarns
Monkey - knit with Cherry Tree Hill
Minkey 2 - knit with Perfect Day Yarns
Perambulate - knit with Zen String
Ribbed lace - knit with Zen String
Snowflake lace - knit with Perfect Day Yarns
Storyteller - knit with Knit Picks
Vicotiran lace - knit with Sknitches
Roundabout - knit with Knitting Like Crazy
Self-Striping - knit with Sknitches
Sell your sole - knit with A Swell Yarn Shop

Sarah-- don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. ~ Dead Poet's Society

Amy J

Finished Socks since July 1, 2007 (most recent first):
1. Seeded Ribbing by Charlene Schurch in Yarn Pirate Merino Sock in "killer bees" for my 3 year old.
2. Crosshatch Lace by Charlene Schurch in Yarn Pirate Merino Sock in "killer bees" for myself.
3. Wee Tiny Sock Swap Sock by Emily Ivey in Knit Picks Essential in "grass" for myself.
4. Fuzzy Feet by Theresa Vinson Stenersen in Patons SWS (Soy Wool Stripes) in "natural plum" for myself.
5. Pedicure Socks by Ruthie Nussbaum in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Solid in gray and black for a friend.
6. Nine-to-Five Socks by Nicole Hindes in Knit Picks Essential in "grass" for myself.
7. Open Twisted Ribbing by Charlene Schurch in Patons Kroy Socks 4 Ply in "krazy stripes" for my 3 year old.
8. Lattice Stitch by Charlene Schurch in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Heather in "oatmeal" for my husband.
9. Pedicure Socks by Ruthie Nussbaum in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Solid in gray for myself.
I have two socks in progress, one in Austermann Step "nachtblau" in a simple k3,p1 rib and one that I'm designing in Crystal Palace Panda Cotton in "carib blue".I have two single socks for my 3 year old that I have no plans to make the mate to as they are outgrown.SIX partially knit and then frogged single socks:1. Broad Spiral Ribbing by Charlene Schurch in Fleece Artist Sea Wool in "seastorm"2. Monkey by Cookie A. in Fearless Fibers Superwash Merino Wool Sock Yarn in "wildflower".3. Barcelona Sock aka November Mystery Sock by Mona Schmidt in Fearless Fibers Superwash Merino Wool Sock Yarn in "wildflower".4. Twisted Sisters Socks by Erin Vaughan in Patons Kroy Socks 4 Ply in "winter eclipse".5. Breeze by Jennifer L. Appleby in Knit Picks Essential in "grass".6. A plain ribbed sock in Zwerger Garn Opal Magic in 1036.I'm AmyJ on Ravelry and you can find my blog at or my Etsy shop at

Jersey Knitter

Hi Melissa,

Congratulations on reaching your blog milestone and thanks for a great contest. Here's some photographic evidence that there really are a lot of sock knitters out there who really knit a lot of socks! (This bunch omits a few UFOs.) My Ravelry ID is also jerseyknitter.
Tiit's Socks in progress
Ruffles & Bubbles
Annetrelac Socks
Monkey Socks
Pink Queen of the Jungle Stripe
Birch Leaf Socks
Cedar Architecture Socks
Embossed Leaf Socks
Cedar Architecture Socks
Meadowlands Socks
Trekking 126 Socks
Sockapalooza 4 Socks

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


I did 14 including the booties. I know there are a few pair that I didn't take photos of... holy cow do they add up!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Hi Melissa,I just started knitting socks in October of 2007, and I've knit six pairs since then.They are attached in order as follows:
1. Jaywalkers, my first socks
2. Magic Stripes Toe-Up Socks, my first toe-ups
3. Hedera Socks, my first lace
4. Toe-Up Eye of Partridge Heel Socks, with crazy pooling
5. Toe-Up Seduction Socks
6. Kaffe Fassett Toe-Up Socks

I currently have five other pairs on the needles, and I'm getting ready to cast on more. Clearly the sock bug has bit me hard. I think this is such a fun idea, and I love looking at other people's collections.

The link to my blog is, where I have full write-ups of all the socks I've been knitting.Thanks, and happy knitting!-- Vicki (vickilicious on Ravelry)


Angela's blog


I'm Jessica (JessicaRose on ravelry) and my blog is
My socks Since July 07
Justin's 4th pair
Justin's 3rd pair
Justin's 2nd pair
Lynette's socks
Uptown boot socks
Clessidra'sSweetheart Socks
Lenore Rose
Ugliest ever
Embossed Leaves
Amie's bday 07
Mystery socks aka Barcelona Socks
Monkey Socks
Waving Lace

Anastasia Socks


Hi Melissa,I read about your great idea of an unusual contest on Ravelry and would like to participate :) Enclosed I send you pics of all the socks I knit since last summer. Only one pair is missing: The most boring socks ever, black socks in simple stockinette for a 75 year old man. After I had finished them I couldn't even bare to take a pic. Some remarks to the others:

1. Socks for my best friend, with the lace pattern from the Horcrux Socks.
2. Toddler socks for my nephew
3. Lacy socks from Regia Bamboo
4. Some selfdyed yarn with an improvised pattern on the cuff
5. Simple ribbed socks
6. Something lacy from a cotton blend yarn, given away
7. Simple stockinette, but strange pooling for the monsterfeet of my husband
8. Slipped stitched spirals from selfdyed yarn, given away
9. Broadripples from Regia cotton, quite colorful and given away
10. Wonderfully pooling socks for my brother, plain stockinette
11. Riper Rapid Socks, yarn is Fortissima Bamboo - these are favorites of mine
12. Thuja Socks from a cotton blend, another birthday gift

I just had to discover that I gave away 9 of my 13 pairs of the last months. This has to change. Thanks a lot for this realisation!

Best regards from ViennaNantke aka DeusXMachina (at Ravelry)



I stated in the original contest email that we would stop when we hit 10k. I had not idea that I would have around 500 hits in three days. Crazy! It makes sense as a contest, but I'd actually like to have some more folks, considering that I'm giving away 2 prizes AND I want to see more socks. So....the contest will go for one more week. The end date will be May 2oth, 12 am, PST.

Good luck everyone and I'm loving your work.

Monday, May 12, 2008

So Close

As I write this there are about 19 more views to go until I hit 10,000. I know I'll be sleeping or something and miss the actual moment so I thought I'd write something now.

A little bit of revealing of self here. I'm a writer. I mean, I consider myself a writer. My card says, that amoung other things, I am a writer. I haven't been writing. I barely write here and in a way, I sense that my blog readers have seriously noticed this. When I really WRITE something, I get far more comments than where I post a picture or two...or ten.

So, tonight I will christen the next 10,000 moments on this blog with a departure. A poem.


Walking out onto the the edge, where all is
I wonder if I squint will I be able to
see the
drop off
the sharp dive
in the blinding light
or if I will trip
and sail over the knife
severing my attachments
dull and soft and heavy
on the way down
to the core
seeds flicked off the edge of
knife in August light
watermelon seeds black
in sweet flesh
touched by blade
this blood touched steel...
lazy wasps

We will now continue with our regularly programmed knitting content.

Vegan Knitter (Emily)

The first sock is from a Cascade Kit. The sock is 100% cotton Cascade Elite and the pattern was called Lace Rib Socks. These are for me.
The second is a simple toe-up short row toe and heel using the basic pattern from Simple Socks Plain and Fancy with Regia Nation sock yarn for my mother, who is a Germanophile.
The last photo is newborn-size socks I made for a charity knitting event with my LYS group to raise money to clean up the SF Bay oil spill in the fall. I made 15 of them but only two were photographed.

Aunt Kathy

My Personal Blog...come visit me there

Shop with me in my store

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Tiggywinkle Knits

Visit my blog at

Michele LB

Hi, Melissa!

Saw your contest on ravelry and on pdxknitbloggers. Cool idea! Here are the socks that I've made since July:

Entrelac socks (the purple/green combo; yarn is Yarntini superwash sport, color is Pure Fall)
Not entrelac socks (blue/violet ribbed socks) made with LavenderSheep superwash
and the orange/yellow zigzag lace pedicure socks

The entrelac socks and zigzag lace socks are both patterns from my blogsite, and the "not entrelac socks" are just plain vanilla socks out of my head.

My blog is at and I'm MicheleLB on Ravelry. See you there!


Hi. Here are my socks. Not as many as I expected. I can only plead that I stopped to knit a bunch of lace and a couple of baby sweaters. And I sort of lost my sock mojo with the stripy (clown barf) socks, but it's back now.Here's the run-down:
-- Beach Socks - from Cat Bordhi's "Coriolis" pattern, with my own tweaks
-- Blue Brick Wall - my own pattern
-- Bo Diddley Socks - my own pattern
-- Stripy Socks - otherwise known as Clown Barf socks - plain stockinette / short-row heel
-- Corrugations & Cables - Cat Bordhi's pattern
-- Java Leaf Socks - made for Sockapalooza 4
-- Sock for key chain sock blocker - gift to my Sockapalooza spoilee
-- Salish Sea Socks - Cat Bordhi pattern, from the 2007 Rockin' Sock Club
-- Rowan Margaret's Silken Slippers - yet another Cat Bordhi pattern, this one for wee feetAnd a couple of things that may not qualify as socks, per se, or may if you consider tube socks:two iPod Nano socks. I also knit one for my iPod Touch, but I don't have a picture of it.

Anne of Knitspot Fame

Okay, so I totally knew that I was "baiting" Anne when I emailed her about my contest. I knew she couldn't pass it up and I also knew it would be a great addition.

If you click her name you'll get her store and her blog is here.

Helen in IL

I can't resist... here are my socks...(if only I hadn't made so many MITTENS at xmas time... I'd have that many more...)

Michelle D



Folks, I would prefer if you could send the photos as an attachment to an email rather than a flickr link. That's taking more time for me and I want to be able to get these up as quickly as they come in.

Also, what you send me is what you send me. I can't really update your collage. It's not about how many, it's just that you're doing it!

And lastly, if you don't want me to use a link to your blog let me know, because other wise I will. If you want me to link to your email address I can do that if folks have questions.



1- Tofutsies for moi - first try at toe-up
2- Thuja's in Plymouth Encore for my brother
3- STR Medium/ Rooster Rock for me
4 -Gentleman's Fancy Socks in Regia for DH
5 - Ranco Multi for Mom
6- Monkeys in STR Light/Thistle for me

Laurie in Maine

Hi~My count is 12...but 8 of those are from about March 10, 2008 - April 24, 2008. I made 4 pair from late December 2007 through February 3rd 2008. 1 not shown because they were just like the middle pair picture of 3. And it was acrylic yarn...I'll knit with anything but fear yarn snob ridicule. (Not really! ;) "Oh, look! Mom posted ANOTHER picture of SOCKS on her blog!!" I took last summer & fall off from knitting socks after participating in Sock Madness 1 in March 2007 (everyone who joins is mailed a pattern and specs and begin knitting a pair of socks; fastest move on like sweet 16 in Basketball March Madness) The 8 since March 2008 are fairly well documented on my blog, Socks Have NO THUMBS! I made it as through round 4 again in Sock Madness 2 - the reason for 4 pair of the 8 during March & April. In between rounds I did the other 4 pair while waiting for the next pattern.(And I suppose I should admit to having 3 pair on needles, in various stages of doneness! One is 72 stitches on size 0 needles so I'm taking a break from the second sock and working on the round 6 pattern from the sidelines of Sock Madness :)

Happy (almost) 10000 blog posts anniversary!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Lynne in BC

Black almost monstersockens Opal and odds & sods
True monstersockens, knit with leftovers from other projects
1st pair knit for Maggie in NY
2nd pair " "
3rd pair knit for Maggie in NY
4th " "
5th " "
Grey Regia with lots of reds & pinks for a friend not doing so well, she took them with her to hospital for latest chemo
Roma's get better quick

Ravelry name : sockladyspins


Here they are, three pair and 2 single samples since last July. At least that's all I can remember and all I have pictures of :-)


Hello Well I just shocked myself. I knit 8 adult pairs of socks since July and 2 children's.I am sending you flickr links because I think that would be easier.

Churchable's July 4th pair Kelley's Baby socks
3rd monkey sock swap
Entralec socks
BIL Camo socks
Dog Boy's socks to match BILs camo socks
September mystery socks
Twisted Flower socks
Pomatomus socks
4th monkey sock swap
Ok now I know why I did not think I knit all those socks because only one pair was for me. All the rest were for other people. Funny I knit sweaters for me and socks for others.-- Chrispy
Busy but loving every minute

The first picture is an old wip pic of plain jane heel flap sock for my mom, the second picture is the first in a pair I'm working on now, the third picture is of three pairs I have finished for myself. Two plain with short row heels and the third (the green) is a Monkey by Cookie A. The fourth is a shot of my first sock ever. ^_^ Unpictured because they were already gifted: four pairs of socks for my four nuclear family members. Total knit for others: 4 Total knit for self: 5. -Sam L. Knoxville, TN

Barb in AZ

This is what everyone's post will look like. Barb is the first one to send to me. The name of the person is the link to their Blog. If you want to ask them questions about what pattern is what, you can write to them via their blogs, please.
Okay, who's next?

The People Have Spoken

And, here is your chance at SOCK FAME. Yes, I've just coined the phrase.
This contest is all about the fact that I have some friends who really cannot believe how many sock knitters there are out there. Total disbelief. So, this is what we're gonna do.
From now until we hit the 10,ooo views mark, all of you are going to do one thing:
Send me pictures of EVERY SOCK you knit since last July.

I am going to put each person's socks in a post, just for them with a link to their blog if they have one. Yes, ALL OF THEM.

Then, when I have them all up I'm going to put your names in a hat and make a drawing. I will draw two person's names out of that hat.

Each person will get 4oz of my handspun sock yarn.

You must mail all your pictures to me at my email address with a name that you want used on my blog.
That would be

Sock on, People!!!

Friday, May 09, 2008

Green (S)Leaves II

Hey, here's a milemarker for the day: 9,500 views which means that it will be more than 10,000 by July 22, my first day of counting anniversay. YAY! This honestly makes me happy. I should do something towards honoring my readers on that day. Something to think about...

Meanwhile, back at the kitten ranch, I finished the third sock in the trio of socks and here we go.

Sunday, May 04, 2008


The front
The back

Right now I'm knitting a single sample sock called Autumn in Oregon.

At first it drove me nuts, but I think I was just tired when I started it last night. So, now it's really fun...but I'm tired again so I'd better put it aside for the day. This is the first time that I've done the top trim flat, sewn it together and then knit down. See, there's always a first when I do sample or test knitting. That's why I do it: to force myself to learn new techniques that do not immediately strike me as fun.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Days of Tea and Spinning

No, I'm not changing the title of my blog, but I have more finished spinning projects than knitting projects these days. My favorite is half done, above. It's a handpainted colorway from Crown Mountain Farms, called Stonehenge. I hope to have the fortitude to buy more, spin more and knit a sweater or vest from it.
This is more burgandy than the photo shows, but this is what I was working on when I was at the Alpaca Extravagaza. (That name just cracks me up). It's merino and alpaca and I have no idea where it came from, only that I bought it at OFFF last year.
This is what I am saving up for a rainy day to spin. It is more delicious than you can imagine. You know you want to touch it...