Tuesday, February 04, 2014


ROSA Socks

A few months ago I simply felt like knitting up some lace socks. Plus I wanted to play with some chevron stitch combinations because I LOVE how separating the increases from the decreases makes the stitches lean sideways. So out came the needles and after a few swatches I liked what I had. No, I'm not very creative with the name of these socks..."Rosa" is simply Spanish for pink and I used pink Opal brand yarn.

The new pattern is free during the months of February and March 2014 to members of the Six Sox Knitalong Yahoo group.

So that was my fiddly sock knitting. No, I haven't knit up the second sock yet. It's been cast on, but I've been distracted by other sock knitting including the Knitalong event on the Holiday Mystery Gifts group. Mostly, I've been working up socks for the orphanages in Kazakhstan.

First up is a pair of broken rib socks knit with Knit Picks Stroll in the caper color. I thought I was using a broken rib stitch pattern shared by a fellow knitter on Ravelry. But I messed up and reversed the knits and purls on Row 2 (of only a 2 row stitch pattern) and ended up with something totally different! But some kid will like the simplicity, ribbing, and softness of these socks.

From more (yes I still have more) of the sock yarn donated by the campers at Meg Swanson's Knitting Retreat, I selected this soft purplish colored yarn for a very simple pair of socks. I love how the plies of the yarn are different colors at some points. It didn't have a ball band so I don't know who the manufacturer is, but I did enjoy working with this yarn.

Now, the next pair completed is worked in a yarn color combination that I find GHASTLY (Online Supersocke Savanne). There is just something unsettling about the colors. Kelly green with burgundy red? It just gives me the shudders. But, I know that color appreciation differs from person to person so there must be somebody out there who won't mind these socks. Like somebody who is colorblind.

Unfortunately, I have 2 more full skeins of this yarn! I bought it online in a "grab bag" sale - fantastic price and good quality wool sock yarn. I'm pondering reskeining these so I can over-dye them with a soft grey to mute the colors. Otherwise I may just go blind knitting with that yarn again. I almost had to wear sunglasses for this first pair.

CAUTION - Wear protective Eye Gear
And of course there have been a couple of pairs of "monster" socks on the needles. I like to use up those odd balls of yarn hanging around the boat.

My current mixing method is to knit two rounds of a 1x1 mix (knit 1 first color, knit 1 second color) with stranded colorwork, switching the colors for the second round. This finished pair has the Knit Picks Stroll caper green, Sophie's Toes in blues, Koigu wool orange, and some ugly Opal sock yarn that I had overdyed with some brown years ago. The Koigu and Sophies Toes yarns are only used on the leg because they don't have that work-horse fiber - nylon - and will wear out quicker if used for heels and toes.

So now you know what I've been up to these past couple of weeks - what about Jonesy? Well, he's been filling his time up with boat chores of course!

Cruising in exotic locations means that he's had the opportunity to make boat repairs in scenic locals. The motor for our electric roller-furler actually arrived on time (!!!) and was exactly what we needed. You can imagine the joy we both had when he flipped the power switch for the first time and the roller-furler roared alive!!
This will make it so much easier and safer for our big passage from Roatan here up to Florida.

There's always something to tinker with on the boat. During our wait for the motor to arrive I mentioned to Jonesy that the rear toilet (head)
Build up in blackwater tubes
Monster Socks
wasn't flushing efficiently. More sea water was coming in than going out and I was having to turn off the inlet valve in order to clear the water from the bowl.

Well, it turned into a BIG project. Jonesy had to remove all the outbound tubing from the toilet - eeewwwy. This meant that he had to remove the paneling in the bathroom (head) because the tubes run way up high overhead to prevent siphoning. Then he had to pound the tubes against the dock to break up and shake loose the hard solid build up in them. Look at how clogged up these tubes were! There was hardly any space for black water to exit!!! That's because there is some chemical reaction that occurs when urine meets with sea water. Just another chore that live aboard cruisers must deal with that day-trippers never see.

As we all know, sometimes a simple job keeps growing into more jobs and this was true with the head. The plastic base had a broken bolt. Fortunately, Mr. Spares Jonesy had ordered a spare many years ago upon the advice of another cruiser. It only took us an hour to find which cubbie it was hidden in but we found it! Whoo hoooo! Anyway, I volunteered to clean up and sanitize after he was done. He'd done enough work.

Now, we have nothing on our "to-do" list except get ready for our next passage. Mostly, that will be special provisioning for foods to eat while underway while the boat is heeling (tipping on it's side). Because of the wind directions we're expecting, it will be very hard to get into the refrigerator/freezer because the contents will fly out if we open the doors. So we'll be packing coolers with drinks and quick-to-grab snacking meals. This means I need to do some planning, shopping, and pre-cooking and packaging. It also means that I'll have MORE TIME TO KNIT while we are at sea!

We've been enjoying life here on Roatan and socializing with our boating friends. The other day, the folks on the motor vessel Cabaret gave a Cruiser's Breakfast at Brooksy Point Marina for all of us. They served up biscuits and real Jimmy Dean Sausage gravy, eggs, french toast, strawberries, mimosas, and bloody marys. They made me a special plate which had some real bacon on it (because I can't eat the wheat in biscuits, gravy or french toast).
Then after we ate our fill and chatted with the other folks, we dinghy'd over to the Fantasy Island Resort and enjoyed some beach time. Biscuits and gravy and beach time - these are Jonesy's reward for all the jobs well done.

Life is good.

Terry, Your name is still in my contacts and I wondered about you recently. I am happy you are still at sea! You make me happy with your stories. LOVE all the socks and I have read a few entries.
Terry, do you shape the leg of the monster socks or is it just the result of drying them on a sock blocker? Shirley, a fellow Akkol knitter
I do shape the legs on many of the socks that I knit. Usually 4 sts decreased in the smaller socks and 6 in the larger socks. It depends on how long I make the leg...longer legs get the shaping.
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