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« on: April 13, 2010 02:58:10 PM »

Maybe I'm the only one, and maybe I'm not, but is there anyone else that would be interested in a Cookie A KAL? 

Cookie A is the designer behind popular Knitty sock patterns such as Monkey, Pomatomus, and a semi-new book of sock knitting + sock designing how-to, Sock Innovation.  (I just found out there's a new book due out this spring, too!)

I think this KAL would be perfect for spring-summer knitting and there's enough variety that it could be really fun! Anyone else interested?
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2010 06:19:28 PM »

I am!  I just got some fab sock yarn and would love to try my hand at a pair of monkey socks.  I'm still working on Xmas sock knitting, but I'll probably be ready to start on this in late May / early June.  Great idea!
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2010 02:11:19 PM »

I'm halfway through a pair of no-purl Monkeys right now so I'd play along!
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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2010 01:32:20 PM »

I cast on my Monkey socks last night!  Used the lovely yarn I claimed from lapoli in STS. 




I'm through the ribbing and completed one repeat: 



I decided to use size 1 needles instead of the size 2s that the pattern specified.  I like my socks to conform to the foot, and with a CO of 64 stitches, I thought they'd be too slouchy.   I hope that wasn't a mistake!  Thoughts? 

Having fun so far!
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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2010 01:42:48 PM »

I've made the Monkeys a couple of times and found them a little slouchy.. I think your plan to go down a needle size is a great idea!

I've been bored and searching for something to cast on.  Maybe I should really get on this KAL. Smiley 

Kai-Mei has been calling my name for a long time.. It's time to get started!

(Thanks for the kick in the rear, ORB!)
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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2010 01:54:16 PM »

Kai-Mei has been calling my name for a long time.. It's time to get started!


Fancy!  Those look...complicated!  Are they top-down?
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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2010 01:58:51 PM »

Yes! I don't think they'll be too bad.  The cuff to the heel is all ribbing.  It only gets interesting after the gussets.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2010 07:15:59 AM »

Okay, I've started on my Kai-Meis last night:



I'm about 2/3rds finished with the leg and I'll be able to move onto the more interesting parts hopefully this afternoon. 

So far, though, it's a nice and quick knit.  The 3x3 rib is much faster than 2x2 and definitely much faster than 1x1.  I think I may use it more often because I like the way it looks. 

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« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2010 07:51:38 AM »

Pretty yarn!  What are you using?
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« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2010 10:49:46 AM »

It's Knit Picks Stroll.  It met all the qualifications when I went stash diving last night--mostly solid color, already wound and ready to go.

I'm now shaping the gussets and it's starting to feel dirty.  The design warps around the foot by decreasing for the gusset on the top of the foot, rather than on the side.  At the moment, it's feeling awkward but I hope it works out.

How are the Monkeys going? Are you enjoying the pattern?
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« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2010 06:26:52 AM »

I finished the right sock. I'll try to take a photo after work today. Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2010 09:17:29 AM »

OMG!  what?  that was so quick.  I'm just starting the 4th repeat.  I've been doing one full repeat a night--it's coming!  It's looking a little dragon-scaly right now.   
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« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2010 05:20:44 PM »

So, compared to what I just endured, I'll say that knitting this sock was a much easier task.

I did not consider, when starting this project, how difficult putting on a sock could be.  Until just now, when I tried to reach around my 7-month pregnant belly to find my foot.  After an act of embarrassing contortion, I managed to put it on and, after a second act of body twisting, managed to take the world's worst picture of the sock. 

My photo does not do this sock justice but I can assure you that this is one of the coolest socks ever.  The construction was unexpected and fun, though I know I made several mistakes. Luckily, I can't get a good enough photo to show off my mistakes so you'll just have to believe me.


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« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2010 07:07:13 PM »

hahaha!  I can just picture the scene.  lovely sock--soo gorgeous and unusual!!
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« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2010 04:52:19 AM »

Thanks! Thank goodness there was no one home though the animals seemed a little nonplussed. 

I can't wait to see your socks! Up to 5 repeats now?? I can't recall how many repeats there were before the heel.  Oh! Let me know how your heel goes.. I found mine turned out kind of large but I probably have a freakishly small heel or something.
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« Reply #15 on: June 16, 2010 07:12:50 PM »

So, I'm turning the heel right now.  Lapoli, you observed that the heel seems really wide, and I think it's because she has you do it all in stockinette.  There's no slipped stitches to tighten up the fabric, so it ends up wider than we're used to. 
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« Reply #16 on: June 17, 2010 09:45:36 AM »

So, I have to admit that I'm not loving this sock!  I tried them on last night.  Using the size 1s made them a hair too small.  The lace pattern isn't very stretchy, so there's not a lot of rib action.  And, as you've said before, lapoli, the baggy heel really bothers me.  What to do? 
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« Reply #17 on: June 19, 2010 02:54:43 PM »

May I jump in here, please??!  I am so determined to learn to knit a sock for my gun-boat feet, and have tried to knit up one a couple of times, with no success.  I will be picking up my dpn's again and soon!  I do not yet have Cookie's book, but would like to in the near future.  Could you tell me if there are some good basic and easier sock patterns in there?  The ones you've been showing and talking about seem amazing.  Would it be that much of a stretch to knit the ones from this book?  Any tips would be most helpful!  And I do love the yarn selections here, too!!  Happy knitting!

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« Reply #18 on: August 26, 2010 03:12:51 PM »

I think I'll join. Smiley I've been wanting to do Cookie A's Baudelaire, and the Pomatomus looks like good practice for Iron Knitter. Tongue
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« Reply #19 on: September 03, 2010 08:18:32 AM »

I think I'm going to get in on this train! I love Cookie A! I've made several pairs of her BFF Socks (a free pattern) and just LOVE them.  I'm currently working on a pair of Kai-Mei's and to be honest, I haven't been much motivated to work on them, so maybe seeing others working on their Cookie socks will give me a boost!
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« Reply #20 on: September 22, 2011 09:24:42 PM »

I'm in! My next pair of socks are going to be her Monkey socks. I'm going to see if I can do them two at a time on circs or maybe even just one on a circ since I hate dpns.
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