Monday, September 1, 2008
Pattern: Rivendell by Janel Laidman
Yarn: Hand Jive Knits Nature's Palette Fingering in Hydrangea; 2 skeins
Needles: 2.5mm dpns
Notes: There's an error in the heel turn instructions so I made up my own. When I did the gusset decreases, I decreased to 32 (rather than 31) so that the number of sole stitches equalled the number of instep stitches. I really love this pattern. If I were to knit this again (which I will), I would probably knit a few more rows at the top before doing the wraps. When the sock is on my foot, some of the upper wraps "disappear" into the cuff. I also wrapped too tightly on the first sock so it's a little snug. I loosened up on the second sock but the wraps look sloppy. Oh well... And all pictures of these socks are horrible! They look like ugly flat grey blobs on my monitor but they really are a lovely shade of lavender with bits of pink. And no amount of tweaking will get them to look right. I think it's my camera's fault. Poo!
It's my second sockiversary this month. I've been knitting socks for 2 years now. Yay! My sock yarn stash is so huge that at my current rate of knitting, I'll get through it all in 4-5 years if I never buy sock yarn again (not likely to happen). To celebrate, I'm holding a contest and giving away some great prizes.
- a skein of Indigo Moon orangey-yellow sock yarn (the picture is pretty accurate); 404 yds (200g) of super soft superwash sportweight. One skein is enough to make a decent pair of socks i.e. Sivia Harding's Journey Cable Socks (this yarn was used to knit the orange socks in the pattern's picture)
- 2.5mm (US1) Addi 32" circs (not in pic because it's in the mail)
- a reversible sock project bag
- 3 skeins of DGB Confetti Superwash self-striping red/orange/brown (75% wool/25% nylon). This was my very first real sock yarn. I knit my first pair of socks with this yarn and gifted them to a dear friend.
- 2mm (US0) Addi 32" circs (not in pic because it's in the mail)
- sock blocker key chain & instructions plus a little ball of pretty sock yarn to make a mini sock.
So how do you win one of these great prizes? Last year, I made it easy to enter. This year, you have to work for it ;) Find the answers to the following questions:
1. How many pairs of socks have I knit in my lifetime? (only count matching pairs)
Hint: More than 30 and less than 40
2. How many pairs of socks did I knit in the last year (between Sept 07 and now; again only count matching pairs and don't forget my finished Rivendells!)
Hint: More than 10 and less than 20
3. How many sock WIPs do I have?
Hint: More than 0 and less than 5
4. How old is my oldest sock WIP?
Hint: I cast on Feb 2007
Easy, eh? All answers can be found on the blog if you look closely and carefully. Of course, you're welcome to guess. First prize goes to the winner with the most correct answers. If there is a tie, then I'll randomly draw a name from that group. The second prize will be given to a randomly drawn name from all entries. The third prize will be awarded to the funniest comment. I will be the sole judge of that one so make me laugh.
Leave a comment on this post with your answers. One entry per person please and the contest is open to everyone in the entire world. Please make sure you leave contact info (email, blog link, Rav id) so that I can reach you if you win. Contest closes at midnight PDT Sept 14th and I'll announce the winners on the 15th. Good luck!
PS. Allergy alert - yarns are stored in a smoke-free, 2 cat home.
ETA: added hints