Thursday, September 27, 2007

Chuck's Socks FO

There hasn't been any activity over here for quite some time, but just in case anyone might be checking in - I finally finished my Chuck's Socks! I had some discouraging fit issues, but they are finally complete, and I'm thrilled. It was definitely well worth the time and effort :) If interested, you can see more pictures (too many more really - I was a bit excited!) over at my blog -

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Hi Everyone!

This is my first post here at Chuck's KAL. It doesn't seem to be the most active KAL in the world, but I guess the Chuckies aren't the fastest knitting project in the world either.. I cast on about a week ago, and this is how far I've got.

I knew they would be a lot of work when I started, but I didn't think it would be THIS complicated. It's not that the pattern is really difficult, it's just that it takes so much time to move the two yarns around. I know there is a way to do this faster, but at this point, I haven't figured it out...

Still love the socks, though! I wanted to knit them in very bright and contrasting colors, so I chose white as the contrast color and a bright pink/purple-ish variegated yarn as the background color. I really like the way they look. The white yarn is a little bit thicker than the pink one, and that seems to work out great, because the cables are really "popping" out.

Now I'm just waiting to get to the heel flap.. Hopefully that will be a little less complicated...

Once again, a big Hi there to all of you, and I hope I can see more pictures of your work here soon.


Monday, February 19, 2007

Yarn Dominance

I have made it to the heel flap! Once I had knit a few rows however, I noticed that I had an issue with yarn dominance. On the first half of the heel flap, I held the brown yarn in my left hand on both the knit and the purl side. For the second half, I held the brown in my left hand only for the purl side, and swapped it to my right hand for the knit side. Can you see the difference? It's subtle, but since this didn't take too long, I think I will frog it back to the cables and re-do.

BTW - I had a problem with a cable crossing at one point, you can see pics and a tutorial of how I "fixed" it here!

Monday, February 12, 2007

Chuck's first sock progress!

I've finally started - Hurray! There have been delays due to finishing the Anemoi Mittens (and their subsequent loss - I was crushed when they disappeared from my desk at work!) the loss of our website and all postings as well (what a week!!) and the build of a new site - check it out at - it's a work in progress and I'm trying to decide how regroup and what, if anything to try to re-post.
Anyway, I was really excited to get started - I’m only 2 repeats into the sock, so I have quite a ways to go. But it is moving alonger faster as I go. I’m finding that cabling without a cable needle is very handy for this project, and actually works out really well with the stranding. I'm working hard at keeping an even tension, something that I struggle with a bit, I'm not very consistent. We'll see how it goes!!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Swatching for Chuck

Hi all - Thanks Bettina for hosting, I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone's progress :) I love this pattern - Eunny's pretty amazing. I have swatched and am ready to go! I'm also working on the Anemoi mittens, you can see my swatch for those on my blog too. These patterns are my first foray into stranded colorwork and I'm so excited. And, this is my first KAL too - Hi to the other new folks too! Anyway, here is my swatch - I played with the cables a bit just for fun :) I plan to get started on the first sock sometime this week.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Hello all!

This is my first KAL, and I'm excited! I learned to knit this summer, so this is going to be a bit of an adventure for me, but I like a challenge. I got my yarn, black for the background and green for the cables. I still need to pick up needles this week.

The next trick is figuring out how to sneak knitting back in with my new class schedule. These seem maybe too involved to knit during lecture.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

76 stitches?

Hi, thanks for the welcome. I am still deliberating the choice of yarn, but mostly because I can not wrap my mind around the 76 stitches we are supposed to cast on. I normally knit my socks with 56 stitches on 2.5mm needles and 20 stitches is quite a difference, even though I know cables and colorwork make it tighter. I am working up to that necessary leap of faith and will likely use smaller needles. Let's see how I like it then.