Tuesday, February 27, 2007


how can anybody be behind, I just got here! (not sure how, or why for that matter, I got here but.. here I am!)

monkey knitting, 'eh? started a pair sunday night. got to the toe last night. ripped back to the ankle today, that heel just didn't do the job for me. small setback.. 'm busy tonight so probably won't get it finished til tomorrow but.. it is fun, isn't it? I'm really pleased with how it's working up, otherwise. :)

Sunday, February 25, 2007

No Monkey For Me Today

I started my Monkey socks today, but they didn't work out. The yarn I chose (a Trekking XXL - sort of brownish tweed) just did not look good with this particular pattern. Because of the tweeding you couldn't even tell that the rib stitches were twisted. It looked like a collection of knots. UGH!

I'll sort through my stash tomorrow to find something more appropriate.

Monkey Socks on the Palouse

Good afternoon all,

I've reached the end of my patterns on the legs of each sock & am starting the heels.
I may have to add a bit to the length of heel as mine do need to be a bit longer.

I am using #2 dpns & the gauge is good. This is an interesting sock.

drMolly, the BeanQueen

Saturday, February 24, 2007


So how is everyone coming with their socks? I just finished the heels on my toe-up socks this morning. Plan on finishing them before the 28th.
One of my goals this year is to make a pair a month, which seems like quite a feat for me! But I'm pretty proud of myself!!! I finished a pair in January, and think I'll be fine on my February pair ...
Haven't decided if I'll make another pair of Monkey socks for March or not ... But I will definitely be making another pair sometime soon again!!

Friday, February 23, 2007

Lorna's Lace

I started mine last night. I started them on 2's, but I will see later how they fit. I think the color is Watercolor, but don't quote me on that. I can't find the label anymore, but it was either that or Tuscany.

I'm also knitting Fair Isles for Socks for Soldiers, so I don't know when I will be finishing.

Lisa H

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Wait for me!!!

Oh wow - I can't believe how fast some of you have been with your sox. I have just completed my first repeat of the pattern. I am doing both sox at once, so maybe I'll catch up to some of you. Kenyetta - I love your colorway - what yarn are you using? When I get a bit further on I'll post a picture. Sheila.

Thursday, February 15, 2007


My Monkey socks were finished last night and I am wearing them today! Here's the details again--Cherry Tree Hill yarn; Blueberry Hill color; Addis US#0; 2 socks on 2 circulars.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Egads, I feel behind already! Here is a picture of the yarn - I know the photo is not too good, but you can get some idea.
I have the ribbing done on both socks - I always do 2 at once so they will be the same length, etc. I am not so anal as to have to have the stripes/patterns on the yarn match, LOL. It really doesn't matter to me & I'm not sure this yarn would come out matching no matter what you did.
I really enjoy looking at all of your socks!
drMolly, the BeanQueen

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Finished Monkey Socks

I finished my first pair of Monkey Socks and love them. I love the yarn I used. Mountain Colors Barefoot "Juniper" colorway. I really enjoyed knitting these and plan on knitting more pairs.

Here is where I was on Sunday...

I had 4 decreases left to do then and now I am finishing the 3rd repeat into the foot and will post a pic later!

Monday, February 12, 2007

2nd Pair

I just completed my second pair of Monkey's. The first pair was for my 7 yr and the second pair is for me!
I will post better pics later. I am a fairly new sock knitter- just learned around November, this was my first "complex" pattern- and I was hooked.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Hello Everyone!!!

Just wanted to drop in real quick ... I don't want to put a time limit on this knit-along ... I figured I will just keep it going as long as there is interest ... If anyone has ideas about what they'd like to see here, please let me know ... Maybe we could even have a couple contests? I don't have anything set in stone, and I would welcome any ideas ...
I'm just starting the gusset increases on my toe-up Monkey socks ... but the pattern isn't showing up as well as I'd like ... I'm using a striping yarn ... that's probably why ... But I still like them ...
Anyhow ... gotta get going right now ... Will post more later!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Starting my Monkeys...

I plan to start my Monkey socks today. I stash dived and found some Jawoll sock yarn that I have had forever. It was originally a sunny yellow color, but I overdyed it with Strawberry Kool-Aid in places, so now it's yellow, orange-ish, and red. I plan to do mine top down on DPNs.

I had joined the Sheep Shawl KAL about 3 weeks ago and have yet to receive my yarn and pattern order. I felt like I needed something else to do to keep my mind off not being able to join in on the other one. Also, I had been following the thread on the List and finally went to see the socks. They are GORGEOUS!!!

So here I am...

Friday, February 9, 2007

Started my monkey socks last night and have almost done 2 repeats of the pattern. I am using Opal handpaints in a purple/lavendar colorway. I guess I will call them the purple monkeys!
I started with 5 dpns, but it was awakward feeling, so switched over to my addi circulars in size one, using a stitch marker inbetween the pattern repeat. Much better feeling!

My Monkey Sock Yarn

I just received my Monkey sock yarn in the mail. It is Fleece Artist Marine. I can't wait to get started on my socks. It's been fun seeing what everyone else is knitting their socks with.


Is anyone planning on knitting these toe-up? Because I have a size 11 foot, I'm going to try and exceed the gauge and hopefully that will make them big enough. I want to do them toe-up so that I can try them on as I go. I'm going to swatch a little this weekend and test out the pattern too. I suppose I need to follow the rows upside down if I want it to look right.

Thursday, February 8, 2007


Good evening all,
I got the pattern from the internet today & have just picked out some yarn from my stash. I'll see if I have some free needles to get started tonight. It's some Meilenweit Scala, color 6534 - a mix of pinks, purples, oranges with a grey base. I'll have to put pictures in so you can appreciate it, though, LOL.
This will be my second KAL - the first was in Jeannies group for the Maple Leaf Socks. I enjoyed that experience so decided to give it another try - and these are the cutest socks.
Good Luck to all.

drMolly, the BeanQueen

Monkey Socks started.

I cast on my stitches last night and am going to be working on them today - have been sidetracked by also doing dish cloths for a swap I'm in. I'll take a picture as soon as the colors show up in the socks.

Quick Post!

Just wanted to check in real quick and say hi! I'm really excited about people wanting to join in on this KAL!!!

There are still many people who had wanted to join up that haven't gotten an e-mail address to me. I'm really sorry that I didn't ask for that to begin with ... I will try, over the next couple days, to contact those people ... But if you see this message and still want to join in the fun ... Just get me your e-mail and I'll try to add you asap! lol ...

Has anyone attempted the Monkey socks toe-up? I'm trying mine that way ... and I reversed the pattern to try and accommodate for that ... But I'm not sure it's gonna look right ... :( Any thoughts on this???

Talk to you all again soon!!!

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Here's my Monkey Sock

Hi Everyone

I had already started my Monkey Socks prior to hearing about this KAL. So here's a photo of the first completed sock. I am using Mountain Colors Bearfoot "Juniper" colorway. It is a fun sock to knit and I plan on knitting it again in a different colorway in the future. Can't wait to see everyone's sock progress.

Edna-Your socks are great

Your socks are beautiful. How are you making them both at once? Are you using a circular needle? I have never seen that before. That is so cool. My yarn is Cherry Tree Hill also, and I think it's the same color.
Can't wait to cast on.
Beth in OK

I started today...

Here is two repeats of my Monkey sock. I decided to go with the Blueberry Hill colorway of Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn. I think it is looking pretty good!

I'm Here!

Hi Vicki!

Don't know if I have the time to actually knit the socks - but I'll try, they're gorgeous! I'll be changing the look of this site for you all though! Bear with me - as I've never used Blogger, my blog is in Typepad, so there might be a wee bit of trial and error - LOL!

Almost Ready

Hi everyone
I have some lovely Cherry Tree Hill yarn for the Monkey socks. Will be making them on size 1 DPN. I am finishing up the last Sixth Sense Sock, and then I will cast the Monkey on. Thanks for hosting this KAL. This will be fun.
Beth in OK

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Ready to go

I have my yarn - Fortissima Colori and I'll be using size 1 0r 2.25mm 40inch for the magic loop. Are we all ready to start knitting or do we have to wait for the word from you. This is my first KAL and I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you. Sheila.


I'm in. I haven't actually started my Monkey socks yet. I should be finishing up the present socks (mondified Lombard Street socks) and then I will cast on for these.

Monday, February 5, 2007


Okay you guys! I've gotten quite a response! More than I'd thought ... but I'm having a little trouble adding people ...
I'm sorry to make everything so difficult ... but can you please include an e-mail when you post? Then I know for sure I can send you an invite to the blog ... And if you don't hear from me ... please try again!


Sunday, February 4, 2007


Okay ... So what if I've never hosted a knit-a-long before? lol ... I've been wanting to do the Monkey sock pattern from the Winter 2006 issue of Knitty ... So why not start a knit-a-long?

Please bear with me as I try to get this together ...

If you would like to join the KAL, please leave a comment here ... And if anyone would be interested in helping me out ... I'd appreciate it!

Also ... if anyone is capable of making a button for the KAL ... that would be much appreciated, also!