Lady Meux, (1847 – 1910) was a Victorian socialite and the wife of Sir
Henry Meux, 3rd Baronet (pronounced “Mews). There is a famous portrait
of her by James Whistler, in which she is dressed in a soft gray and
light pink which was clearly the source of these colors for this yarn.
Needles: Size 1 dpn
Yarn: Twisted Sisters by SpinningFates on Etsy. Colorway: Lady Meux
Pattern: Plain vanilla
Needles: Size 1 dpns
Yarn: Merino wool (80%) and nylon (20%), 100 grams, 463 yards. Colorway is Kingfisher from LolaDoodles on Etsy.
Pattern: The Hornet for the January Knit from Stash KAL on Addicted to Sock Knitting
The first Hornet sock for the KAL showing the first set of 27 stitches. I need to knit another set and then the first 17 rounds once again before beginning the heel flap.
The first Blue Moon sock with the leg portion finished. I'm ready to begin knitting the heel flap.
I did not like how this was turning out so I frogged it. I've been collecting patterns that work well with stripped yarn and will use one of them with this yarn.
The January pattern is up. Here is a link so that you can see what it looks like but as this is a purchased pattern you can't actually get the pattern unless you paid for it or were lucky enough to get them all free for a short period in December. I haven't picked out my yarn for these yet. (I didn't put my yarns in bags like many of the other participants.)
The pattern designer stated "Whether you are a comic book fan or just like hanging out at The Hornet
on Broadway in Denver, these socks are a quick knit will subtle texture" and I am neither. However, I did earn my Master’s in Library Science Degree from Emporia State
University in Kansas and their mascot is The Hornet. An auspicious
beginning to this KAL!
The color I'd originally chosen didn't work. The sock was also too big, but then the designer offered it in small and that looked like it would work much better. I frogged what I had and began again in a different color making the small sized version. Here's a photo of the yarn. The colorway is Kingfinger and it's from Lola Doodles on Etsy.
I finished the Winter Solstice socks, but it's too dark to take a photo. What irony! I will post tomorrow with a photo and all particulars.
I thought I'd just take a break for a day and wait for the Knit from Stash Sock KAL to start on December 31st, but I just couldn't do it. I decided to start a simple sock pattern, using one of my self-striping yarns. I dug around in my yarn bin and pulled out Blue Moon by Stray Cat Yarns. A plain vanilla pattern is just too boring, but I found a nice variation on
Ravelry--on the first round of each color change, slip every third
That just didn't work for me. Plain vanilla it is.
As I cast on I thought wouldn't it fun to listen to Blue Moon by The Marcels as I knit? I found it on YouTube, here.
I joined the Addicted to Socks Knitting group on Facebook and have been participating in their Holiday KAL. I'm not going to be able to finish all the socks I wanted to knit (see November/December socks to knit), but I'm ready to turn the heel on the second of my Winter Solstice sock and hope to finish them before the December 31st deadline.
I've also joined the the Knit from Stash Sock KAL. I have signed up for the patterns. They cost $60.00 but were offered free until December 18th. They can be bought now for $25.00. The first pattern will be released late on December 31st. I'll be ready! I'll have the last Holiday KAL socks finished and my needles will be empty.
I'm going to pick the yarns I feel is the best for each pattern, so no bags of yarn with the months written on them for me. I may also modify some patterns (making it cuff down instead of toe up, using dpns instead of magic loop, etc.) to suit myself. I may also do a repeat of a pattern if I want to knit more than one pair per month or if I just don't like one month's pattern.
Someone suggested the idea of keeping a notebook so I'm going to do that too. I found this "bird" notebook I'm going to use as my paper notebook and I'll put the same kind of information in this blog as well. I'll include photos of the yarn, photos of progress as well as one of the finished pair of socks, and a diary of my progress. In this blog I can put in hyperlinks. In the paper notebook I can include small scraps of the yarns I'm using along with their tags/labels. What fun!
I am a wife, the mother of four grown sons, Nana to two grand-daughters and work as a librarian/ archivist at a university library. I enjoy knitting socks and mittens and other items for charity, reading, hand quilting, growing old-fashioned flowers, and bird watching.