It’s Camp Loopy Time!!!

camp My favorite knitting season of the year – Camp Loopy – is upon us.  The announcement went out yesterday and you can find all the info on TLE Blog here.

There’s new rewards and other fun things planned.    And the theme this year is Dinosaur Camp (boy would I hate to make socks for them or that sweater for the brontosaurus).

Camp Store week is happening right now (discount for your camping supplies) and I normally have my order placed the same day Camp is announced but not this time — so I’m feeling a bit behind.

The June knitting camp theme is Dinosaur textures – all the textures that dinosaurs have – feathers, spikes, spots, scales, etc. so you (1) either pick a pattern with texture or (2) use a yarn that represents those textures – yarn with sparkles in it, or gradient, or speckled yarn.  Or you could do both.

I spent last night looking at all kinds of patterns and yarn but then remembered for the first project we could use our Camp Club yarn (separate club from Camp) and the first shipment should be arriving next week.  So I decided I’m not behind at all – I’m going to be surprised and use my Club yarn and once I see it, figure out what to use it for.  I do have several potential projects added to my list of Ravelry patterns but since we know the Club shipment yarn will be either have sparkles, gradient or speckled, I could use any pattern I like.  I have been eyeing the Evergreen Socks pattern – but need to see the yarn first.

Fabric Camp Loopy has the same June theme, but you can represent those dino textures through choice of pattern, fabric style or quilting to give something texture.  The sane part of me says since I have two wedding quilts to work on I shouldn’t do fabric camp — however, I seldom listen to the sane part of me.  But I will wait until the weekend to decide when I have some time to look at projects/patterns and see if anything really says MAKE ME!  (Okay I just found a really cute baby dino applique pattern…hmmmm….)

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It’s a sock – a really wierd looking sock

But despite the fact that it looks like it’s made for Frankenstein’s foot when laid flat, it fits perfectly.

Part of that is because the leg is all ribbing so it pulls it in when there’s no leg in it and part is because of the way the heel is made  – more boxy.

And I like the way the shaping decreases make the stripes sort of chevron down the sides.

Since I can’t take a photo of the back of the sock when it’s on my foot – no I am not a contortionist – I put both sock blockers in it and stuffed it with a hank of yarn to get a not so great photo.

 

Here’s the back/heel.

 

And some other photos — it fits perfectly and is very comfy.  And I even managed to not get any ladders where the two circulars met, which I was a bit worried about.  For my first pair on two circulars, it went really easy once I got the hang of it and I think actually quicker because I was only dealing with 2 needles instead of four double points so not having to read just things as much.


And I like that with the circulars you can try it on as you go to get the perfect length.  About half way down the foot I tried it on and realized it was a little loose around so added a few more decreases to get it to the right fit – if it had been on double points, I wouldn’t have noticed that.  So I’m very pleased with this sock.


The last photo looks like it has a bit of a point at the heel but that’s just because the blockers still have the stuffing in them.  Now to cast on the second one and see if I can get it done before Camp Loopy starts.