Knitting

A Monkey Pair

The Monkey socks are done:

Whoo-hoo! Unfortunately, I can’t count them for the Summer of Socks, because I started them in May. However, I have cast on another pair of socks already. More on that later.

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Monkey Sock Parade

There are 435 Ravelry members working on the Monkey socks right now. 296 members have the Monkey socks in their queue. Check out all the Flickr photos of Monkey socks (there are more than 6,000). And mine are just about done (yay!).

Here is the second Monkey on Sunday, enjoying its morning coffee. I’ve now turned the heel and am working on the gusset. More photos later.

ravelry · Summer of Socks

OMG

Ravelry is probably the best thing to happen to the knitting (and crochet) community since the invention of the blog. Talk about making the world bigger! Not only can you keep a notebook of your entire knitting (or crochet) life–including what’s in your stash, what needles (or hooks) you have, what you’re knitting right now, what you want to knit eventually, etc.–but you can also make connections with other knitters (or crocheters) out there in cyberspace. You can see what others are working on, what’s in their stash, read their blogs, etc. Or, you can find a pattern, or see what yarns are popular, or find a knit-(or crochet)-along or local fiber festival.

This is huge, people. Ginormous, even. It’s like joining your local guild/social knitting group, but members are all over the world. It’s awesome. I can’t even form a coherent thought about this because I am so blown away by how seriously amazing this is. I can’t wait for it to be out of beta so everyone can join. I mean, wow.

In other knitting news, I will turn the 2nd Monkey’s heel today

and finish my first sock for Summer of Socks.

I know, I know. It’s kind of a cheat to knit a baby sock, but c’mon! Babies need socks, too!

Knitting · Summer of Socks

Summer of Socks

Hooray! The Summer of Socks has begun! Last night, I was thinking that I would have to go out and get some sock yarn (darn) because the Monkeys do not count since I have been working on them for a while. So, I started rooting around in my stash to see what I had in the way of sock yarn and came up with this:

Not too bad, right? I’ve got some really nice stuff in there. See the Fleece Artist I practically forgot about? Shocking, I know. Now, what I DO need is a few extra sock needles because I only have the one and I am using it to knit the second Monkey. Which, by the way, is trudging along. I’ve done almost four of the pattern repeats on the leg. The pattern calls for six, so I’m a little more than halfway down the leg. Then it’s a quick stockinette heel flap, a turn, and… Well, I have a ways to go. I have been itching to start a new sock, though, and now I know it’s because of all that killer sock yarn in my stash.

Anyhow, I ordered the extra sock needles from Knit Picks last night. I do have a US 3, so I will have something to work on until my teeny tiny little teeny tiny needles arrive. Worsted weight socks=awesome. Ooh, I can’t wait! It’s going to be so much fun!

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Monkey Revealed

Sorry for the delay! Here is the first Monkey:

and a closeup:

with an extreme closeup of the heel flap:

I finished it last night while watching a pre-Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston in “Second Coming”. A great show with a great story, right up to the end, wherein I was sorely disappointed. I’m fine with it, though, because CE is an amazing actor and a pleasure to watch.

Today I dragged the boys to the Faire and a fun time was had by all. Here is Pirate I:

Here is E:

I could not get him to wear a costume. Oh, well. Maybe for the next Faire.

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It is Done

The Monkey is done. I totally f’d up the grafted toe–can’t seem to get the hang of it–but I’m still happy with it. Peggy was right. The finished sock weighed 25 grams and the remaining ball of yarn weighed in at 70/65 grams. Pictures tomorrow, when we return from the Faire.

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Toe Started

I started shaping the toe of the Monkey last night and will probably finish this sock at knitting group today. Yay! Then I will only need to knit one more. Great.