Saturday, June 05, 2010

Bronzed Berries

I signed up for the 52 Pair Plunge again this year, but this time I opted for the mini-plunge option. Instead of trying to make 52 pairs of socks in a year (which I've never done) I only have to do 26 pairs. The first Plunge I managed 29 pairs, I skipped the second one, and the third one that just ended I did 33, so I feel confident that I can reach the goal of 26 pairs of socks by May 31, 2011. Here is the first pair:

Not much yarn left! It was hard to match up the stripes, Kroy has so little yardage compared to other 50g skeins. Doesn't leave much to work with. I had actually started the second sock and not worried about matching them (even though it was annoying the heck out of me). But once I got started I saw that I wasn't very far off from where I should be starting, so I frogged it and started again. When I finished the toe of the second sock I just had enough yarn left as I was knitting to kitchener the toe! The toes are off a bit, but I'm not worried about it. Close enough.

These were standard vanilla socks over 60sts, heel over 30sts, toe to 20sts. Started May 29, finished June 4 and knit on 2.25mm needles with Patons Kroy Stripes in the bronzed berry colorway. They are ladies 8 and were made for a customer at the store. Ravelry details here.
Last week I also finished up some finger puppet blanks for my church group. They have a big do in the city today and are going to put the faces on them and seam them up, then they will be donated to the IWK children's hospital. The Oldest One got a finger puppet there when he was four and has his tonsils and adenoids out, but I don't know what ever happened to it. I made a total of 50 blanks out of leftover Classic Wool and Northern Worsted yarns.

The store will be having special sales on Saturday, June 19, for World Wide Knit in Public Day. I chose the 19th cuz Have a Yarn is doing theirs on that day, too. That way if people want to hit up both stores and make a day out of it they can.
Happy knitting!


Blogger Wanderingcatstudio said...

Great socks! I love that colourway.
That's a lot of finger puppets!

12:08 PM  
Blogger Donna M said...

Love the socks! Great colour! Berry nice! :))

I am sure the finger puppets will look much better with little faces on them!

2:47 PM  
Blogger Frieda said...

Beautiful socks ! It didn't take you long to knit them . Good job with the finger puppets !

4:35 PM  
Anonymous Pat said...

Good luck on this years 1/2 plunge - you are off to a pretty start!

8:51 PM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

Yay on the puppets!!
I have 316 of them (finished) in my bedroom right now, in a box ... to go to the IWK on July 6th. Sent 1600 down there last month, and took 3000+ down after the Olympics were done.
My sister and I knit them, and a couple of other ladies .. mostly my sister. Any I knit she sews up and puts faces on :)
When my MIL knits them she uses 4 needles ... then makes little pompoms to stick on their heads!!

11:04 PM  

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