Tour de Sock: Planning

Most everyone has heard of Tour de France right? Well, Tour de Sock is a sock race that is set up during the same time. There are six stages and each racer is to finish a pair of socks during that time, I believe its 9 days for each pair.

The only thing that happens if you don’t finish a pair is that you don’t get those imaginary points so many love. You still get all the patterns and can be entered in a drawing for prizes. I wanted to do this last year but didn’t have the donation money (7.50) needed. This year I decided I want to try it.

All of that yarn? Enough for each pair. They’ve already released the list of how much yarn you’ll need. I won’t be using ALL of that up because I have small feet and 100g of sock yarn can get me almost 2 pairs of socks. Or knee highs.


FO Friday: Arden Mitts

I finished these awhile ago, back in early April. I’m just about done with the Kingdom Hearts KALs that are fingerless mitts. Only Sora, Riku, and Kairi were planned to become a pair of mitts and two of the three are done now.

Pattern: Arden
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in Nebula
Needles: 4.5mm (US 7)
Mods: Instead of making them gauntlets I shortened them to a single full repeat (instead of four) before working on the thumb directions.

Riku’s gloves are like heaven on my hands. I’d never worked with Madelinetosh before but I absolutely love it! I only wish there was an easier way for me to get some. But I do have enough for a matching hat which will come soon.

WIP Wednesday: Kairi Kneehigh Socks

This year as sort of my combined birthday and christmas, I’ll be going to the biggest anime convention on the US east coast. One of the things I love about going to anime cons is all the cosplays that people wear. For years I’ve wanted to cosplay as Kairi from Kingdom Hearts. The only thing stopping me was I couldn’t find the right fabric for the skirt and tie that she wears in the beginning of Kingdom Hearts II.

We found it. I’m going to help Mom sew them and we’re going to make her bag as well. That means I’m going to need a pair of blue knee high socks.

I’m not using a pattern for these. They’re supposed to be mindless stockinette but I don’t do so well with the basic boring knits. So to give myself something to think about, I added a small 4 stitch cable on one side of each sock.

I’ve also never done knee highs, ever. I’m a bit worried about how they’re going to turn out but one of my sock books talks about knee highs and I hope it’ll be enough.

FO Friday: Castle of Dreams

I have three cousins I absolutely adore and will gladly make gifts for. As for the rest of them (and my sister), it will take a lot more will power on my part to make them anything because I won’t enjoy it. Mostly because I don’t feel like they appreciate my hard work. I know my sister doesn’t.

Kris is trying to have a baby. So far there hasn’t been any word. I’d told her that when she knew that she was expecting, I’d make her a blanket. And then about 10 days or so before her birthday party I decided that yes, I did want to make her a present. Mom had the multi sitting around and wasn’t going to use it for anything. I had the lavender and pale yellow just sitting around.

9 days later, this is what I had:

Pattern: My own. Will be posted at a later date.
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Ombre in Baby Bright and Caron Simply Soft in Lavender and Pale Yellow
Needle: 3.75mm (US 5)