SM11-01-Twisted Madness – Qualifying Round

For years I’ve been meaning to join in the friendly competition that is Sock Madness; where you get a pattern and you have a limited time in which to complete the pair. I’ve never been able to join in as I’ve always missed the deadlines for signup. Not this year. I was watching Carolien of the Colourful Creativity Podcast and she mentioned it, and I immediately went to the group on Ravelry, Sock Madness Forever, and followed the instructions to sign up, and I got in!!!

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As I signed up at the beginning of February and Sock Madness only starts in March, I wanted to clear as many projects off the needles so that I could focus on knitting the socks once the competition started, and I also needed to collect all my sock yarn to see what I had. For this year the theme seems to be colourwork. As we don’t know beforehand what the pattern will be I can’t choose colours and yarn in advance, although I already have a list of yarn and needle requirement. I’ll just have to decide the moment the pattern becomes available what my yarn choices will be.

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I think the madness part is making us have to wait for the pattern. Everyone was expecting the pattern to become available on March 1st, but actually the designer has 48 hours after publishing the specification (yarn type, amounts, needle size etc) to make the pattern available, well we waited almost the full 48 hours. The pattern became available on March 2nd around 18.30 or so my time, so when I got home, I downloaded it and read through it before deciding on yarn.

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Well, I started these as TAAT (Two-At-A-Time) on my 2.25mm Hiya Hiya Sharp needles, and it was super slow going. Finally on Sunday morning after not seeing a lot of progress on these socks I decided to try them on, well they didn’t fit. The cuff was fine, but the body of the sock was not at all stretchy, RESULT, rip the whole thing out and restart, but this time I was going to them one at a time as my Addi Lace needles only have 80cm and that just does not work well for TAAT on magic loop. So I did the cuff on the 2.25mm Addi Lace anyway, as I cast on 72sts a the pattern calls for.

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Now with Sock Madness you are not allowed to modify the pattern in any way, other than change the needle size to obtain gauge or in terms of length of the sock, but you must meet the minimum requirements set forth in the pattern. The pattern calls for 12 rows of ribbing, but I prefer 20 rows, so that is what I did, then I changed to my 2.75mm needles and did 60 rows of the pattern for the leg (minimum requirement was 30 repeats of the 2-row repeat = 60 rows). I continued with my 2.75mm and did the heel increases as specified and then for the heel turn, I changed to my 2.25mm KnitPro Karbonz and did the heel turn.
After the heel turn was complete I worked the top of the foot in the established stitch pattern on my 2.75mm Addi Lace needles, and the sole stitches on my 2.25mm Addi Lace needles, all the way to the toe, completing the required number of repeats for the foot – 26 repeats / 52 rows.

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So now the socks are finished and I have a bit of a rest period before the next pattern becomes available on the 16th of March (or so I hope), in the meantime I’ll find out if I’ve qualified for a team, or if I’m going to be a cheerleader

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PROJECT INFORMATION

Pattern:

Twisted Madness by Gina Meyer

Yarn Used:

Tiger Strømpegarn in Black, Blue & Green
88g = 1.76 skeins = 299.3m / 327.4yds

Needles Used:

2.25mm Addi Lace for ribbing and sole of foot
2.75mm Addi Lace for body of foot
2.25mm KnitPro Karbonz DPN for turning the heel

STITCH COUNT:

14.140sts per sock or 28.280sts for the pair

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Baby Chevron Blanket V2

This blanket is going to the same friend who I knit the Kitty Cat Flax for, so now I just need to weave in ends, attach my label and send it off.

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PROJECT INFORMATION

Pattern:

My own pattern

Yarn Used:

BMG Affinitas Baby in the following colours:
601 White (lot AB-01-61) = 64g = 1.28 balls = 204.8m / 224yds
615 Red (lot AB-04-41) = 50g = 1 ball = 160m / 175yds
618 Blue (lot AB-02-41) = 70g = 1.40 balls = 224m / 245yds
619 Dark Blue (lot AB-04-41) = 83g = 1.66 balls = 265.6m / 290.5yds
620 Turquoise (lot A-01-90) = 50g = 1 ball = 160m / 175yds
620 Turquoise (lot AB-02-41) = 200g = 4 balls = 640m / 700yds
625 Light Blue (lot AB-04-41) = 100g = 2 balls = 320m / 350yds

TOTAL = 617g = 12.3 balls = 1974.4m / 2159.5yds

Needles Used:

5mm Addi Clicks Interchangealbes

STITCH COUNT:

95.284 sts

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Knitorama – Episode 052

FINISHED OBJECTS

TEST KNIT ShiftRidgeline by Tin Can Knits using Alpaca DK yarn in Black & Grey (this yarn came from Knitnation 2011 and had no label as it was “reject” yarn) and Rowan Pure Wool DK in Aqua on 3.25 Knit Pro Nova Interchangeables for the ribbing and 4mm Addi Click Interchangeables for the rest of the hat. (previously talked about the yarn in Episode 48)

SM11-01-Twisted Madness – The first pattern, for the qualifying round, is Twisted Madness by Gina Meyer. I’m using Tiger Strømpegarn in a Black Blue Green colourway on 2.25mm Hiya Hiya sharp for the ribbing and 2.75mm Addi Lace for the rest of the sock. Please note that these patterns are not yet available for the general public, currently they are only available to people participating in the Sock Madness competition.

WORKS IN PROGRESS

Monster Madness – Daphne & Delilah The Momma & Baby Monster by Rebecca Danger using Rosarios 4 Capuccino on 3.75mm Addi Turbo fixed circulars (80cm) cable in colours 03 Off White (lot 0902) and 10 Blue (lot 0109). This is a commission.

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2017 Pinwheel Blanket – Row 1/8 – Overview

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Associated blog posts: General Information, Block 1, Block 2, Block 3, Block 4, Block 5, Block 6

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2017 Pinwheel Blanket – Row 1/8 – Block 6/48

Block 6 – Yarn Adventures Block

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Going counterclock wise starting at the top left, I used the following yarns and amounts in each triangle of this block:

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Triangle 1 – Yarn Adventures Sock in 394 Golden Hour = 2g = 8.0m / 8.8yds

Triangle 2 – Yarn Adventures Sock in 451 Old Boat = 2g = 8.0m / 8.8yds

Triangle 3 – Yarn Adventures Sock in 288 Dark Chocolate = 1g = 4.0m / 4.4yds

Triangle 4 – Yarn Adventures Sock in 450 Cold Mountain = 2g = 8.0m / 8.8yds

Triangle 5 – Yarn Adventures Sock in 191 Sea Glass = 2g = 8.0m / 8.8yds

Triangle 6 – Yarn Adventures Sock in 452 Caribbean = 2g = 8.0m / 8.8yds

Triangle 7 – Yarn Adventures Sock in 352 Ink = 3g = 12.1m / 13.2yds

Triangle 8 – Yarn Adventures Sock in 472 Dirty Jeans = 3g = 12.1m / 13.2yds

PROJECT INFORMATION

Pattern:

Country Quilt Baby Blanket by Caron

Yarn Used:

See above for specific details.
TOTAL of 17g = 68.2m / 74.8yds

Needles Used:

3mm straights by Sullivan’s Bamboo Knitting Needles 20cm

STITCH COUNT:

Each triangle has 650sts

There are 8 triangles in each block
so 8x650sts = 5200sts/block

Associated blog posts: General Information, Block 1, Block 2, Block 3, Block 4, Block 5

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2017 Pinwheel Blanket – Row 1/8 – Block 5/48

Block 5 – Tiger & My First Regia Block

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Going counterclock wise starting at the top left, I used the following yarns and amounts in each triangle of this block:

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Triangle 1 – Tiger Strømpegarn in Navy = 3g = 10.2m / 11.2yds

Triangle 2 – Tiger Strømpegarn in Blue Red Yellow = 3g = 10.2m / 11.2yds

Triangle 3 – Tiger Strømpegarn in Fuchsia = 2g = 6.8m / 7.4yds

Triangle 4 – Schachenmayr Regia My First Regia in 1889 Sandra (436) = 2g = 8.4m / 9.2yds

Triangle 5 – Tiger Strømpegarn in Teal = 3g = 10.2m / 11.2yds

Triangle 6 – Tiger Strømpegarn in White Grey Black = 2g = 6.8m / 7.4yds

Triangle 7 – Tiger Strømpegarn in Black & Rainbow = 3g = 10.2m / 11.2yds

Triangle 8 – Schachenmayr Regia My First Regia in 1891 Isabella (341) = 2g = 8.4m / 9.2yds

PROJECT INFORMATION

Pattern:

Country Quilt Baby Blanket by Caron

Yarn Used:

See above for specific details.
TOTAL of 20g = 71.2m / 78.0yds

Needles Used:

3mm straights by Sullivan’s Bamboo Knitting Needles 20cm

STITCH COUNT:

Each triangle has 650sts

There are 8 triangles in each block
so 8x650sts = 5200sts/block

Associated blog posts: General Information, Block 1, Block 2, Block 3, Block 4

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2017 Pinwheel Blanket – Row 1/8 – Block 4/48

Block 4 – October 2016 Socks Block

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Going counterclock wise starting at the top left, I used the following yarns and amounts in each triangle of this block:

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Triangle 1 – Zwerger Garn Sweet & Spicy 3 in 9123 Cocktail (1356) = 2g = 8.5m / 9.3yds

Triangle 2 – Zwerger Garn Sweet & Spicy 3 in 9125 Beerenmix (1356) = 2g = 8.5m / 9.3yds

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Triangle 3 – Zwerger Garn Sweet & Spicy 3 in 9122 Lakritze (1390) = 2g = 8.5m / 9.3yds

Triangle 4 – Zwerger Garn Sweet & Spicy 3 in 9124 Kiwi (1390) = 2g = 8.5m / 9.3yds

Triangle 5 – Zwerger Garn Opal Moments of … in 9087 Rebellion (1314) = 2g = 8.5m / 9.3yds

Triangle 6 – Garnstudio Drops Fabel in 162 Blue Sea (7357) = 2g = 8.2m / 9.0yds

Triangle 7 – Garnstudio Drops Fabel in 602 Silver Fox (7252) = 2g = 8.2m / 9.0yds

Triangle 8 – Schoppel-Wolle Admiral R Druck in 1566 R 1745int gras-rosa-turkis (625219) = 3g = 12.6m / 14.0yds

PROJECT INFORMATION

Pattern:

Country Quilt Baby Blanket by Caron

Yarn Used:

See above for specific details.
TOTAL of 17g = 71.5m / 78.5yds

Needles Used:

3mm straights by Sullivan’s Bamboo Knitting Needles 20cm

STITCH COUNT:

Each triangle has 650sts

There are 8 triangles in each block
so 8x650sts = 5200sts/block

Associated blog posts: General Information, Block 1, Block 2, Block 3

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2017 Pinwheel Blanket – Row 1/8 – Block 3/48

Block 3 – March 2016 Socks Block

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Going counterclock wise starting at the top left, I used the following yarns and amounts in each triangle of this block:

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Triangle 1 – Schachenmayr Regia 4-fädig 4 ply in 4067 Indian Night (1545) = 2g = 8.4m / 9.2yds

Triangle 2 – Tiger Strømpegarn in White Grey Black = 3g = 10.2m / 11.2yds

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Triangle 3 – Regia Color 4-ply / 4-fädig in 06029 Vermont Colour (69357) = 2g = 8.4m / 9.2yds

Triangle 4 – Schachenmayr Regia Pairfect in 7121 Lagune (19932)  = 2g = 8.4m / 9.2yds

Triangle 5 – Tiger Strømpegarn in Navy = 2g = 6.8m / 7.4yds

Triangle 6 – Regia World Circus Color in 03755 Camouflage (6565) = 2g = 8.4m / 9.2yds

Triangle 7 – Garnstudio Drops Fabel in 651 Sand (3533) = 2g = 8.2m / 9.0yds

Triangle 8 – Regia Design Line Kaffe Fassett 4 fädig in 03871 Shadow Stripe (201) = 2g = 8.4m / 9.2yds

PROJECT INFORMATION

Pattern:

Country Quilt Baby Blanket by Caron

Yarn Used:

See above for specific details.
TOTAL of 17g = 67.2m / 73.6yds

Needles Used:

3mm straights by Sullivan’s Bamboo Knitting Needles 20cm

STITCH COUNT:

Each triangle has 650sts

There are 8 triangles in each block
so 8x650sts = 5200sts/block

Associated blog posts: General Information, Block 1, Block 2

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2017 Pinwheel Blanket – Row 1/8 – Block 2/48

Block 2 – Schachenmayr Regia My First Regia Block

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Going counterclock wise starting at the top left, I used the following yarns and amounts in each triangle of this block:

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Triangle 1 – Schachenmayr Regia My First Regia in 1894 Dominik (442) = 2g = 8.4m / 9.2yds

Triangle 2 – Schachenmayr Regia My First Regia in 1890 Claudia (343) = 2g = 8.4m / 9.2yds

Triangle 3 – Schachenmayr Regia My First Regia in 1817 Kevin (171) = 2g = 8.4m / 9.2yds

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Triangle 4 – Schachenmayr Regia My First Regia in 1814 Selina (169) = 3g = 12.6m / 13.8yds

Triangle 5 – Schachenmayr Regia My First Regia in 1892 Thomas (337) = 2g = 8.4m / 9.2yds

Triangle 6 – Schachenmayr Regia My First Regia in 1815 Lea (190) = 2g = 8.4m / 9.2yds

Triangle 7 – Schachenmayr Regia My First Regia in 1818 Luca (170) = 3g = 12.6m / 13.8yds

Triangle 8 – Schachenmayr Regia My First Regia in 1816 Svenja (674) = 2g = 8.4m / 9.2yds

PROJECT INFORMATION

Pattern:

Country Quilt Baby Blanket by Caron

Yarn Used:

See above for specific details.
TOTAL of 18g = 79.8m / 87.4yds

Needles Used:

3mm straights by Sullivan’s Bamboo Knitting Needles 20cm

STITCH COUNT:

Each triangle has 650sts

There are 8 triangles in each block
so 8x650sts = 5200sts/block

 

Associated blog posts: General Information, Block 1

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Knitorama Episode 051

5 days into the month, and I don’t have a lot in terms of socks to show you, but I hope to remedy that over the next week.

FINISHED OBJECTS

Baby Chevrons GB – my own design using BMG Affinitas Baby in 620 Turqouise, 601 White, 618 Blue and 619 Dark Blue, 615 Red, 625 Light Blue on my 5mm Addi Clicks Interchangeables.

WORKS IN PROGRESS

2017 Pinwheel Blanket – Country Quilt Baby Blanket by Caron on 3mm Sullivan’s Bamboo Knitting Needles (Lincraft Australia, Melbourne) using left over sock yarn for the triangles/blocks and Garnstudio Drops Fabel in 107 Navy for the border with a 2mm crochet hook (from the Lidl).

SM11-01-Twisted Madness – The first pattern, for the qualifying round, is Twisted Madness by Gina Meyer. I’m using Tiger Strømpegarn in a Black Blue Green colourway on 2.25mm Hiya Hiya sharp for the ribbing and 2.75mm Addi Lace for the rest of the sock. Please note that these patterns are not yet available for the general public, currently they are only available to people participating in the Sock Madness competition.

OTHER

I visited Dona Agulha yesterday in Famalicão at the new location. It’s a cute little yarn shop with a lot of variety of yarns. I coldn’t resist and brought back some unknown to me yarn. One of which is Mrs Robinson sock yarn available in mini skeins of roughly 15g each.

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