Monday, December 31, 2007

Oh, and by the way ...

Happy 2008 from Germany!


New member with her second attempt

Hi everyone, I'm brandnew on this blog, my name is Gisela, Uuknits on Ravelry, and I like to knit a lot of things, among them socks, preferably when they are interesting to me. So this book was just the right choice for me, though I am currently in a state of doubt ...

After my Bartholomew's Tantalizing didn't turn out too well and is presently waiting to be frogged and redone properly, I thought I'd try a different architecture in the meantime.

The yarn this time is 6-ply so it's knitting up very fast, which got me from here yesterday ...

to here today ...

The progress is amazing and it was fun to knit. For the moment though it looks terrible and doesn't seem to have any shaping that would remind me of a sock. But I trust the advice on Ravelry to just go with the instructions and not care about any worries in the meantime. All figures are still working out and the architecture is fascinating. All I have to do then is find a clubfoot that will fit in. :-)

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Cedar Dancing Socks

After Christmas I decided to start a new sock project. I started Cedar Dancing socks yesterday. Cobblestone cuff was quite tricky to do and I managed to knit it too short. I'm knitting this pair of sock with my rosewood needles. Yarn is Finnish Novita Nalle which is basic sportweight sock yarn (75% wool, 25% nylon) here in Finland. Pattern has been easy to follow so I hope to get my new socks finished quite soon.

I also knitted learning socks with Cedar architecture, they are going to be a present to friend of mine who is having their third child any day now.

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Country Christmas Cedar Socks

Yet another pair of Cedar architecture socks, these knit in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock colorway 206, Country Christmas. Full details on my blog.

Country Christmas socks

Happy Holidays to all!

Monday, November 26, 2007

More Coriolis

I finished a pair of Coriolis a while back. I made them in Dream in Color Smooshy. They were a nice easy project once they were set up. They fit well too.

I made them two at a time on magic loop which is not the best technique for these. The way the heel is constructed involves moving stitches from one needle to the other. Next time I will use dpns. Next up after Holliday knitting, Ocean Toes.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Jumped in With Both Feet!!

And promptly ended up with a BIG splash in the frog pond! I thought I understood the concept, so i jumped right in. I didn't knit the Coriolis sample sock. If I had I would not be ripping... I ended up with a 2 stitch bubble band and it looks really bad. I wanted a 4 stitch band width a bubble edge, OOPS!! I knew that I was ripping before I started the heel but I had read that some knitters were having trouble with the sizing so I wanted to check.. The sock fits great so I'll be frogging back to the toe and reknitting with the correct band. The pattern was a lot of fun so reknitting will not be a hardship.
I wanted to introduce myself, my name is Kaedean and I'm a rabid sock knitter. I have knit well over 300 pair of socks with I don't know how many UFO's or SSS but once I had 19 socks on needles. I don't think I have more than 6 on right now. I also love to knit lace. I'm mudgett on ravelry.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

New member with her sock

I got an invitation yesterday and I finished my first adult-sized sock on the same day. I'm thirty something knitter from Finland and knit mostly socks. My Secret Pal spoiled me with this wonderful book I have read it a lot and knitted two pairs of learning socks. It was difficult to choose which socks to knit first. Sock in the picture is Bartholomew's Tantalizing Sock.

You can learn more about me by reading my bilingual blog. In Ravelry my user name is Hanna.

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Thursday, November 8, 2007


It's too big! I can see that other people are having problems with the fit of the Coriolis. Is this a problem with any of the other architectures?

So what should I do? The foot is too big so I could use the numbers for the next smaller mid-foot size. I have a smaller than average arch so will the sock still fit over the heel? Do I need to include J stitches? Or should I start the band sooner and automatically have more stitches at the heel turn and just decrease the extra stitches after the heel is finished?

Monday, October 29, 2007

Some Upstream Socks, and an Introduction

Hi! I'm new here - in real life I'm Denise, on Ravelry I'm deknits. I am just loving the "New Pathways..." book. I have made 4 pairs of baby socks from the learning patterns, for a friend who is having twins. My latest project is a pair of the Upstream architecture socks, in Sophie's Toes Sock Yarn in the "American Patchwork" colorway (kindly ignore the hairy legs of Fall):

This is the best-fitting sock I have ever made! I am so excited to finish the other one and be able to wear them. :)

Monday, October 15, 2007

Cedar Angels

Here's a pair of Cedar architecture socks – they're Sockapalooza angel socks for D which jumped in the mail today. D prefers bright anklets.

Fire on the Mountain socks

The yarn is Socks That Rock Mediumweight in the Fire on the Mountain colorway, a balanced rainbow of tertiary brights. I love how the subtle repeat flashes briefly at the ankle expansion, then settles down again. I think these may be the handsomest socks I've ever made. I bow to Cat Bordhi!

Spiraling Coriolis

Did a pair of Spiraling Coriolis. They went to SOAR in my place. Told my spinning teacher that she was not going to SOAR with nothing but store bought socks. They fit nicely, although the second sock does not have the same stretch due to the reverse spiral. If she can teach me to spin, I can teach her socks.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Little Sky

How easy and cute are the Little Sky socks! I used Encore worsted and size 6 circulars. I love the increase instep.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Coriolis Socks

Here are my Coriolis socks:
(there are more pictures on my blog)

I used two strands of Trekking XXL, color 100, and got 7 stitches per inch using two 3.0 mm 24″ circular needles. I have been a die-hard dpn user for years, but decided try two circs again and I am very pleased with my results. I think I have been converted, LOL!!!

I just got some of the Harmony fixed circulars in 2.25 mm and 2.75 mm and am looking forward to casting on another pair of socks. I've got five pair going right now, so I have to finish at least one of those pairs before I start another pair, :-( Two of those pairs are from the New Pathways book, so I will still be having a LOT of fun!!!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Rockin' Spiraling Coriolis

Hey stixters!

I'm from PA and am just beginning to work through the book! I've done the little skye sock and jumped into a spiraling coriolis using Socks that Rock lightweight. Have one done, as you can see. I found the master numbers to yield a sock that is a lttle loose. Did anyone else find that?

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Greetings from Indiana

I've just joined this group and wanted to say hi to everyone.
I got New Pathways for Sock Knitters last week and I felt a bit overwhelmed. I'm not terribly good at visualizing the process of a pattern from directional text and diagrams, even when accompanied by great pictures. And there is so much of all that in this book!
I very nearly put it away on the shelf and re-dedicated myself to whittling down my massive stash of Opal with my comfort sock knitting: plain stockinette/solid heel and toe.
But that glorious Coriolus sock kept calling to me so I thought that, even though I didn't truly understand La-Rink and La-Link, maybe I should just follow the directions and trust Cat Bordhi.
After all, I did numerous pairs of socks with absolutely no grasp of just how the turning of a simple heel worked. I just followed the directions and the magic happened.

So I made the Little Sky Sock (in Dream in Color with size 3 dpn).

And the mysteries began to unfold. And my excitement mounted and I thought, Yes! I can do this!

But I wanted company. So here I am.
I'm looking forward to sharing and learning with you all!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Finally Made It Here

Hi all, I'm Debbie (northern California). Sorry to say I have yet to finish a baby test sock. I think I have too many things in the air right now! But it is high on my list. So I may be a lurker for a while, as I catch up on things.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Set Your TiVo's!

Debby mentioned that a rerun of Cat demonstrating the Coriolis sock on Knitty Gritty will air tomorrow (Sept. 14) at 7:00am on HGTV. Thanks, Debby, I can't wait! :)

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Finished Pair

I finished my Bartholomew's Socks this afternoon. The second sock was a lot easier to do than the first.

Friday, September 7, 2007

FO - Little Sky Sock

Last night we had our first get together for the KAL at my LYS and we all decided that we will do one learning sock per week.

I brought the makings for the ABC stitch markers - got the beads over the weekend and brought enough for everyone - that was a great ice breaker.

We all cast on the Little Sky sock and I got thru the heel turn last night. I finished up the foot this morning when I should have been getting ready for work and now I am going to have to drive like the dickens to be on time this morning.

It's very cute and really illustrates the concept of putting the arch expansion stitches on the front of the foot instead of along the ankle.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Four baby socks done

Hello, I'm Trish, and I have knit my 'try out' baby socks, 2 each of the Little Sky and Little Coriolis patterns. I did one of each sock on DPNs and then one on magic loop single circular needle, so I think I understand the stitch management needed for both of those techniques. I haven't decide which adult sock I will do next--need to finish up some other things first. I am leaning toward the Rushing Rivulets socks on page 91 but the Bartholomew's Tantalizing socks posted here look interesting too.

My Little Sky socks were knit in Crystal Palace Bunny Hop, a microfiber/angora blend, and the Little Coriolis were knit in Berroco's Love It Colors which is a cotton/acrylic/polyester blend. I didn't realize the long color runs on the Love It would lead to such mis-matched mates, but there they are.


Hi, my name is Barbara and I live in Mesa Az. I saw the New Pathways book the day it arrived in my LYS and the owner and I decided that we would host a KAL in September for knitters who wanted to try out the awesome patterns together. Tonight is our first meeting and I can't wait to get started.

Pictures soon.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Have You Received Your Blogger Invite, Yet?

I am searching for a few knitters who have left comments and want to sign up. Blogger doesn't make it easy to figure out commenters' email addresses without a lot of leg work. I'm not afraid of the leg work, though, I really do try to track you down through your blogs or whatever other info I can glean from Blogger so that I don't have to bother you about this, but I sometimes still come up short. So, if I have you listed below, would you please send me your email? :) You can send it to amanda AT the-woodruffs DOT net.
Thanks so much! p.s. We're at 100+ on Ravelry and over 40 have joined up here. Hooray! :)

Debby of usefulhandsandheart
Debbie (Sunnyvale CA)
Valerie from TX
Mary in VA
Beverly who's doing Coriolis in Claudia's

Monday, September 3, 2007

Bartholomew Progress

Hi all! I received my New Pathways for Sock Knitters a little over a week ago and find I cannot put it down. I started a Bartholomew's sock last week when on vacation and was pleased to discover there is a Knit A Long!!! I have finished my first sock and am about 1/3 of the way through the second one. I got a little waylaid around the heel portion of sock #1, but I discovered I had left out the last pattern row before the heel started. Yes, that can cause problems, but I figured it out finally.

The yarn used is some Ashland Bay Colonial Superwash/Nylon fingering weight dyed by myself.


Riff on Cedar Architecture

I've been working on a riff on Cedar architecture for the Summer of Socks Design Contest. Here's progress so far, with some back-of-the-envelope scratches. I'm calling them Meadowlands Socks (a little Jersey humor).

Meadowlands Socks

Naturally, I've corresponded with Cat Bordhi by email – she's very gracious and encouraging about the adaptation of her ideas. See more on my blog, Jersey Knitter, and on Ravelry.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Little Sky Learning Sock

I decided to take the plunge & knit up Little Sky. I'm using leftover fingering weight to make a mini sock pin. I'm having a hard time with Panel 9. I'll just take a break & start fresh in the morning. I really liked what Cat has to say about sock architecture.

Friday, August 31, 2007

Bartholomew's Tantalizing Socks

Hi from Germany!
I am so excited. I recieved my copy of the book at the beginning of the week when I also recieved the new handdyed sockyarn from my LYS "Tausendschön" . Because I agreed to knit a soxk for her store I started right away with the first adult pattern in the book "Bartholomew's Tantalizing Socks". I had so much fun knitting it! It's a little bit tricky but I like it a lot and I am looking forward to knitting all the others socks too.
You can find a better picture of my sock at my blog "Creaworld" (german only, sorry).


Sky Practice Socks

Here's a quick'n'dirty shot of my Sky practice sock. Its not in the worsted she calls for, but some heavy worsted I had "left over" from something. It was the only thing I've allowed myself from the book ... so far. I will also make the other practice sock while I am finishing up my forest canopy shawl, Bronson's hat and another pair of socks. Then look out Cat Bordhi! My dad is flying in from NS this evening. I'm hoping I'll be able to convince him to go to Vancouver with me, then he can drive and I can knit. Ah just think uninterupted knitting time on a labour day weekend. Who could ask for anything more?

Friday, August 24, 2007


If you're here, you have probably heard the buzz about Cat Bordhi's book, New Pathways for Sock Knitters: Book One.

Katrina, Donna, and I (along with a lot of other Portland-area knitters) attended a book signing last week and were wowed by Cat's talk and the new sock architectures ("sockitechtures") she's come up with. We even got to see the socks in person . . .

Here's hoping you'll grab yourself a copy of the book and join us in experimenting with these new designs. It's going to be a fabulous adventure and we want lots of company! *grin*

If you'd like to knit along with us, simply leave a comment here (please include your email address), or send an email to amandawoodruff AT gmail DOT com.

Thanks! I can't wait to cast on!
--Amanda of Bulldogknits