Blue Moon Rockin’ Sock Club July edition

When I made up my mind to enrol in the Blue Moon Fibers Rockin’ Sock Club for 2008, I decided that I was in it to stretch my personal boundaries….. and to that end, I wanted to knit the yarn sent in the pattern designed for it, whether it was what I would have initially chosen or not.  The idea was to learn whatever each pattern had to teach, the way it was written, and to enjoy each colour just as it was.  Well, let me just say that I have not yet been disappointed!  I love the feel of the yarn – nothing nicer to knit with that 100% merino sock yarn….. and while I have not always enjoyed every moment of each pattern, I have come away with a lovely pair of socks each time, and can honestly say that I have learned something and have become a better sock knitter along the way.

The July shipment arrived yesterday, and while I would not normally choose pastel type yarns, I will admit to being tickled by this Goody Goody yarn!  It is simply delicious, and I fell in love with the Gumdrop pattern too!  (I can just hear Gingy saying “not the gumdrop buttons”!)  So I sat down and knit… and knit some more…. and this afternoon, I turned the heel on that first sock.

The delightful thing about this one is that with the garter stitch heel and toe, you can turn your sock inside out and wear it that way.  Have a peek:

 inside out   and then right side out   

Cute huh?  For those of you who love details:

Fiber:  Socks that Rock Lightweight in Goody Goody for the 2008 RSC

Needles:  size 0 or 2 mm dpns

Size of sock:  I can never get guage, so am knitting a size small for my size 9 feets

I can’t wait to finish and wear these ones!

Edited to add – first sock done!

   right side out

    inside out

Cleopatra’s Stockings from Socks That Rock Done!

I have to admit that I struggled with the first sock of this pair, but the second was a pleasure to knit.  And the fit!  Wow – I have never worn a better fitting sock!

So here they are:

Cleopatra’s Stockings by Yarnissima  http://www.yarnissima.com/  in The Incredible Shrinking Violet 100% merino superwash wool – Lightweight – in the 2008 Socks that Rock club from Blue Moon Fiber Arts  http://www.bluemoonfiberarts.com/newmoon/  The yarn is more purple in real life – my camera wants to make it blue.  I knit these on 2 mm dpns, but still could not get the 32 st = 4 inches guage, so I made a small size which fits my size 9 foot beautifully.

     I do love how the lines slash across the front of the sock….

 and then across the back   

With the wee bits of leftovers, I made two tiny ornament socks and a very tiny ornament hat – complete with an I-cord knot!

 

And I was tickled to receive my Christmas in July ornament from Jennifer this week – she stitched a gorgeous Prairie Schooler ornament from the Cranberry Christmas leaflet.  Thanks Jennifer – I absolutely love it 🙂  You can see more of Jennifer’s lovely stitching here:  http://lifeincossland.blogspot.com/

Exchange pressies…..

July has been a busy month for exchanges…. but the prep for these things went on earlier in the year.  This is the ornament I sent for a Christmas in July exchange:

  Log Cabin at Running Deer Farm by Prairie Schooler, from the 2004 JCS Ornament issue, finished with a felt backing.

And this is Lorri Birmingham’s Simply Elegant Scissors case and fob that I stitched for a birthday present for my good online friend Cheryl:

      I like this set so much I think I might just have to stitch it again!

I have been busy knitting away on my Cleopatra socks from Blue Moon Fibers Socks that Rock club – one done, one to go!  Pics next time!

I had a request to make a q-snap wrap for another online friend – check out this one for an 8 inch set:

    Anyone use these?  I am thinking I must make myself a wrap to use with my waterlily pond project – I have been using banana type hairclips to deal with all the extra fabric, but I think this would work better!