Wednesday, August 8, 2007

My Clessidra took 3rd place....

At our State Fair (the Iowa State Fair)!!!


Monday, July 23, 2007

Hi everyone!

This is my first post, but I've been watching everyone post their beautiful knee socks for awhile now. I am following the pattern as is with the recommended Regia Silk and I have to say I LOVE both the pattern and the yarn! I'm about 1/3 done with the second sock but here's my most recent picture. I hope to finish the second sock soon and post a better pic.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

A picture and a question

First, a not very well-taken picture of my first Clessidra sock in progress. I have a friend who's going to Siberia in about a month and I wanted to make her socks that went high to her knees to keep her legs warm, as she'll be staying there for about a year and a half.

As you all can see, I'm working on the heel now. I have a question though, before I continue.
I had 36 stitches on needle 2 before I started the slip, seed stitch each row pattern. Once I've finished that, the pattern claims that I have 19 stitches on each needle, but I have 18 on each (18 +18 = 36). Did I slip incorrectly? Where do those 2 extra stitches come from?

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Ah, completion

#2 is complete! After modifying the pattern (and moving down to size 0's), I think I got it right :) They fit pretty well, although I am considering adding a little elastic around the ribbing to keep them sitting high on the calves! I have never done knee socks before, but I think that slouching is a common trend.

Thanks for the KAL, it is fun to see every one's progress....and encouraging to keep plugging along! (More pics of finished Clessidra can be seen on my blog)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


About two weeks ago I finally finished my first Clessidra's. Knitting Clessidras was a big project for me. I don'd usually knit kneesocks. This was exception. When I started first sock I accidently knit to it long arm.

Against little faults I am sadisfy these socks. They are warm and beautiful!

In my Clessidra's I use Austermanns Step-yarn. It was properly thin in this model. In knitting I use 2,5 millimeters bamboosocksticks.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Bit by bit....

Clessidra #2 has taken the backseat to outdoor time with the hubbs, learning to spin, getting our condo ready to sell.....trying to fight is everyone else coming?

Sunday, May 20, 2007


Finally finished:


I didn't have to use the fourth skein of Regia Silk so hopefully I still have the receipt. I had a terrifying amount left:

I will have to add elastics to the tops because they slouch like crazy. I guess I should have added 8 extra stitches instead of 16 but I was too lazy to do my own math. They're also a tad too short, like every project I make, because I get too eager to finish. One's even slightly shorter than the other.

But they're very silky and comfy and finished before it's too hot to wear them!

After some slight modifications....

Clessidra #1 is complete!

Knitpick's Gloss has been very nice to knit with. I will post the modifications on my blog (for a smaller Clessidra). I hope that Gloss is durable too!

Thursday, May 17, 2007

First sock is now ready!

I just finished my first Clessidra. The sock's pattern is easy and beautiful. I start the first decreases accidently too late. In the beginning I did four times the pattern before I started decreases. When I notice this little accident I don't want to release what I have knitted.
In the heel I changed the Moss stitch to the confirmed heel. When I finished the first sock I think this is good. Only the leg is a little too big. I have to sew elastic in the ribbing, that leg don't roll in ankle.

So, now I have to do the second sock....

Monday, May 14, 2007

Number two done!

That is two socks, not two pairs.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Angelpix? Yoohooo!!!

HEY! I hope you see this post, b/c I can't find you. I'd love to help you with your decreases, but am unable to email you b/c no email address was left with the comment you left on my blog.

Just in case you see this and just don't want to email me. :)

I decreased every 12 rounds (once per pattern repeat) 3 times. Then every 6 rows 3 times.
Then every 4 rows until I was down to the regular number. Unless you've got thick ankles or a bigger than average foot, I would go with the pattern from ankle down.

hope that helps!

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

To the heel!

I finally finished one leg of my socks! I originally thought I was going to have to do one more round of the hourglass cable, but when I tried them on tonight they were a perfect length. I finally got faster at the cables towards the end, so I'm crossing my fingers about working on the next one. I made a few mistakes (most obviously in the seed stitch), but I decided I would rather live with it than have to rip back far enough to fix it. The picture below illustrates something I was trying to explain to my patient boyfriend. One skein (of Knit Picks Gloss) = one ball of yarn = one leg of a knee sock!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Take 2

With Size 0's and a few less stitches from the start, here I go again! The sizing is much better so far as I slip it on...what a difference!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Too BIG!

I never thought I had little legs/calves, but after moving Clessidra over to my circs and trying them on....they are WAY too big! I used size 1's and even going down to 0's is not going to be enough to make them small enough to be snug. Any suggestions on how to size them down? I think I will cast on less stitches so that I can get to the number I need to start. And use the stockinette decreases as the places to reduce my stitches. Hmmmm....time to look more closely at the pattern.

Wish me luck!

Friday, April 27, 2007

A Finished Pair

Hello there. I found this knit along after I finished my Clessidra socks last weekend. It's been interesting to see the different works in progress. You gals make my plain pair look pretty dull, but then they're for my husband so it's all good.

But then again, I have issues. :-)

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

New Members

Welcome everyone! This Knitalong has over 30 members, which is absolutely fantastic! I can't wait to see all the socks as they keep coming in, and the ones that are already on (or off - !!) the needles have been gorgeous.

Everyone who has sent me an email asking to join has been sent the Blogger invite email. I've been away from my email for a bit and I think I am all caught up, but just in case you haven't received anything inviting you to join, please let me know via email and I will try again.

Happy knitting!

Very, Very Happy!!

There's been a grin on my face since I found this KAL yesterday. I've been wanting to knit these since I first laid eyes on them. Now I'm trying to decide on my yarn. I really want a shaded solid effect like Lorna's gives but am not so sure which particular brand will perform the best and be the best value for this knit. And do they truly take more than 800 yds?!?!? Any suggestions?

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

first sock

I finally finished the first one - yay! I'm pleased with it, but it took a while, and I'm not especially keen on starting the second one. I know I've gotta do so right away anyway, or I'll suffer a terrible case of SSS.

Monday, April 23, 2007

One down. One to go.

I finished the first, and I love it.

I'm hunting down yarn to make #2. I used Meilenweit Mega Boot stretch, which I found on a trip to Webs.

If I had to do it again, I wouldn't have cast on so many extra stitches for my big calves. My calves are at least 2" bigger than the pattern calls for, so I had increased 16 stitches (8 sts/inch). I think I could've easily gotten away with just adding 8 sts.

For decreases (and I'll write all the mods I made up into one post for easy linking ... but it'll have to wait until after finals).
According to the pattern, if you added 8 sts, you would decrease as follows

You would then decrease once in the 24th row, then every 12th row 3 times, then every 6th row 7 times, and then every 3rd row 4 times.

I decreased every 12th row 3 times, then every 6 rows 3 times, then every 3rd row until I was at the right number of decreases. I would suggest trying it on frequently to see if the shaping/decreasing is following the curve of your own calf.

ps. Has anyone tried knitting this sock toe up? I might try that for sock #2.

I am finished

And I was supposed to knit 2 pair of these, no way. But they became fine, and very good to wear, but a bit boring to knit after a while. Anyway..I'm glad i knit them.
But my youngest daughter is going to have a pair in a different pattern.
More photos in my blog

Saturday, April 21, 2007


Would you believe that Clessidra didn't get that much attention while I was in France with my hubbs? :) Too much to see, too much to enjoy about France. The opportune time for knitting was on the plane and on the train. I managed to get one shot of Clessidra hanging out our window in Menton on the French Riviera.

And after the long flight home, some more progress was made. I just learned how to do socks on 2 circs and I think that it has ruined me. Progress on dpns seems slow now. I have heard that people knit in different gauge when using circs...I am seriously considering moving the sock over, but don't want a big disruption in my gauge. Decisions, decisions.

As for France pics, my blog will be updated with those in the next few days!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007


So, I've been working on the first sock on and off for a little while. I would knit it more often, but the cables don't make for good class knitting (yes, I am a college student, and I knit in class. It's pretty amazing). Anyway, here are some pictures of sock number one:

Hopefully I'll get back on track, and finish the sock soon.

Just the beginning

The yarn, Knitpicks Gloss in Cocoa, finally arrived. It's fingering weight merino and silk, like the Regia Silk called for in the pattern, only considerably less expensive. I love the color, similar to a Hershey's Bar. This is going to be a long term project as there are many more projects on the needles right now. I'm hoping to be able to wear them in the Fall.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Casting on..

I'm about to cast on for the Clessidra, using Cherry Tree Hill in a beutiful turquoise blue.

What cast on have you been using? I was thinking I would try a tubular cast on if it will be a cleaner look and a more comfortable fit.

Any suggestions?

Monday, April 16, 2007

Clessidra & Cupcakes

Here's what I got done this weekend:

Slow and steady, I call it. I took a break to make these:

If the only Spring Mother Nature wants to throw our way is some super fresh, super yummy, super on-sale strawberries at Whole Foods, then fine I'll take them - to make strawberry cupcakes with buttercream frosting.

Stay warm, stay dry, and try not to let the wind get you down!

My progress

I have reached the heel, and now I have to knit on the other one.

Friday, April 13, 2007

My start.

At least I am able to start with my Clessidra's. I use Regia, and the colour is red. And of course my bambooneedles no. 2,5. I'm going to knit both at the same time, so now the next one is on it's way on the needles.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Two Red Calf Covers

Almost done down to the heel on both. A little afraid of figuring out the pattern from there. However, these are very fun to knit and will keep my calves very warm for now.

Great seeing everyone's knitting!

Hello everyone, Sorta Stalled....

Hey everyone I am spencer! I cannot wait to knit these socks! I have yarn at home but currently i am at my parent's for springbreak/easter/visiting my boyfriend and injured my hip. So i am stuck here for about a week to a week and half. I am half tempted to send the darling boy to the LYS with a strict list of yarns and needles. I am so excited to see everyone else they are SO beautful!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

One Down...

I used Karabella Lace Merino, and made some adjustments to the pattern, as I was knitting a little above gauge. I also decided to keep cable C running down the foot instead of switching back to the thinnner cables A and B. Hopefully I don't succumb to second sock syndrome.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


So I started my second ever knitalong for my first ever pair of socks. Yipppeee! Here's the downer, I left work in a hurry to get home, knit and take photos to post on this and my blog and low and behold, I walk through the door and prepare to spend the rest of the evening on the couch happily knitting away before taking those photos, only to realize that I forgot my first pair of socks in my desk at work. Arrrggghhh!

I'll have to take photos and knit some more tomorrow. I'm using Knit Picks gloss in pumpkin, sweeeett! It's a beautiful yarn, I actually bought some more to do a couple other pairs.

Progress Pic

I was really frustrated when I got 2 rows past the ribbing and had to frog because they were too small. Boo. Now the pattern is becoming more intuitive and fun, thankfully!

I also already broke a needles, though. Double boo to 2.25 mms! I'm using one 2.75 mm. Hopefully Elizabeth Zimmermann is right and it won't make a difference.

I'm a new one

Kate is my name, 46 year old woman from Norway. I am going to knit this socks, and knitting together with someone sounds very fine to me. Right now I have one pair of socks to finish, and then it's Clessidra. I have two girls and both of them wants socks. I am going to use Regia or Opal or something like that.
Well, that was a little about me.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

first one done - one to go

I tried to take photos of it on my foot, but it was too hard to get a decent angle. They all look either like worn by an elephant or they were out of focus.

Saturday, April 7, 2007


Ah, it is KnitPick's Gloss! I was getting nervous that it might not make it to me before I left town, but the mailman saved the day today! I was torn between a couple colors of Gloss, but am in love with the Pumpkin, it turned out to be a great choice for me. Time to get to ballwinding and testing out the pattern on my size 1's. Happy Knitting!

Thursday, April 5, 2007


Well, I did what I always do, stopped paying attention. I noted the pattern of leg decreases and proceeded to go forth, pausing only to check the number of stitches before the k2tog on each decrease row.

Doing so, I failed to see that from decrease row 6 onwards, the amount of rows between decreases is reduced.

I had just finished decrease row 10.

The green stitch marker shows the point at which the pattern is still correct. Needless to say, I am pretty bummed out. I am not finding the pattern hard so much as time consuming... and this setback isn't helping to cheer me up.

So, those who have made it past the ankle shaping: is there any way I can salvage this knitting? The sock still seems to conform well to the shape of my leg, though the decrease section doesn't curve as prettily as in the knitty picture. I am fairly resigned to ripping, but I thought I would ask your opinion first.

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Hi Ladies!

I'm Elaine and am just getting ready to start my socks. I am so excited to be a part of this knitalong. This will be my first knitalong, so bare with me. I have only been knitting about a year and a half. I fell in love with these socks the minute I saw them on Knitty.
I have a question
I was reveiwing the pattern and understand the hourglass cable. But when it coomes to the "Oh so simple looking "A", "B" and "C" cables, that's where I'm stumped. Do I do the cables the same as the legend for the hourglass cable? Or what? I don't see a legend for them. This is probably a stupid question and probably so simple. Sort of like if it was a snake it probably would have bit me several times already!
ANy help on this would be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

very beginning

Yay! I finally got started! Last night I stayed up till 2 AM finishing the first repeat of the hourglass cable... okay, I promise I won't keep posting pictures after every repeat I do. ;)

I'm loving this so much! All I want to do is knit!

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

As promised

Here's where I'm at - not far along on my first sock, but now I have to go over to Webs and buy some of the Regia

Monday, April 2, 2007

Regia Silk Sale

For anyone who hasn't bought yarn yet (or who wants to make more socks!), I discovered today that the Regia Silk called for in the pattern is on sale over at Webs.

Yay Kneesocks!

For some reason, knitting kneesocks has been on my brain since Christmas. I saw Clessidra and I knew I had to cast-on!

I've been knitting for about four years now, but this is my first ever knit-along. I've got a bad habit of keeping too many projects on the needles at the same time - I've never started a project because I didn't have anything else to work on...I start something because it catches my eye. My sister and my friends call it knitting ADD, and it's bad. I've also never completed a full pair of socks. I've made three separate socks, but never a complete pair of socks. My hope is that by being part of a knit-along, I'll be motivated to complete a full pair.

I'm using the KnitPicks Essential in burgundy - if they come out well, I'd like to make a second pair in dusk for my mom for Mother's Day.

Thanks for having me - I'll post pictures ASAP of my progress (which isn't far, considering I cast-on on Wednesday).

Sunday, April 1, 2007

I can't wait!

I just ordered my yarn for Clessidra! Being the economical knitter that I am (on most occasions anyways), I went for KnitPick's Gloss in Pumpkin. I plan on these socks being my traveling knitting project when I vacation to France this month....I hope to get some great scenic knitting shots to share on this blog!

I will have to knit these fast enough to wear this Spring before things heat up here in the Midwest! Looking forward to the KAL, I have been enjoying everyone's pics.

Saturday, March 31, 2007


Hello! This is my first time doing a knitalong on Blogger, and I'm excited. (Incidentally, I'm also hoping this will post successfully. My personal blog has been giving me errors...eep. But I'm thinking that might have something to do with my domain.)

This will also be the first time I've attempted complicated cables.

I'm really itching to get started, but I'm determined to first finish the sweater I'm working on. If I don't, I'm afraid I won't get back to it! Hopefully it won't be more than a week.

The yarn I have is Rio de la Plata superwash Merino Sock. I think this is a new yarn. I'm VERY excited - it's gorgeous and soft.

The green is actually a little less yellow than it looks there.

Anyway, glad to be here! It's great to see everyone else's progress. :)