Wowzers! Another pair off the needles. Thats four pairs in two months – I am more than impressed with myself!
These are a vanilla sock with a seed stitch panel. In all honestly the panel is not included for aesthetics but primarily because I am the world worst counter when it comes to knitting! This way I could count the rows to make sure both socks were the same length!
Whilst the general pattern is made up it is based on my fave sock pattern Hermione’s Everyday Socks for heels and toes.
The yarn is a ‘ Regia Mix-it color’ which is a fab self striping/patterning yarn! Great fun to work with-not as soft obviously as the hand dyed that I am crazy addicted to at the moment but lovely all the same.
Lots of love
Yippee, they’re finished and its only day nine of the winter olympics!
I wrote about starting my first experience of the Ravellenics here so I won’t bore you again with the ins and outs!
The pattern is Three’s a Crowd by Katy Swift.
I really enjoyed the pattern which is exceptionally well written, however I did find that it knits up quite tight so I wish I had knitted on a needle size up across the leg section (the heel and foot are fine as they are half stocking stitch which is much stretchier) . It’s a great pattern for heavily varigated yarns and gives a really nice texture.
Katy has some gorgeous patterns (not just socks) so is definitely worth a look.
The yarn was a winter olympics special from Old Maiden Aunt. The colourway ‘nothing to hide’ speaks for itself, a gorgeous rainbow of variegated loveliness.
The yarn base is a 100% Merino Superwash 4ply and is so wonderfully soft. The colourway was a special for the winter olympics and i believe it has now sold out but her yarns are most definitely worth a browse!
I realised as i did my second toe that I have been doing Kitchener stitch totally wrong so I have re-learnt and am very pleased with my (now properly) grafted toes!!
Really pleased with these socks and so pleased to have had them finished in time! Back to my other WIPs now!
Lots of love
Day six of the Winter Olympics and I am well ahead of schedule. Sock one is finished and sock two has the heel turned and stitches picked up!
Im not totally in love with this pattern coupled with the yarn! The yarn is so beautiful by itself that I think the pattern is a bit lost on it (don’t get me wrong-I think both the pattern and the yarn are fabulous just not sure. I had the right pattern for this yarn)
Isn’t the yarn stunning? I had around 20g left from the first sock so I have plenty left to be used for heels and toes!
I haven’t actually watched much of the olympics, although i do enjoy the figure skating! Fingers crossed I will have a FO for you by the closing ceremony!
To continue on with 2014 ‘the year of the sock’ I have decided to take part in the 2014 Winter Ravellenics Sock Hockey event! Essentially the idea is to knit a pair of socks during the Winter Olympics, starting during (or after) the opening ceremony and finish by the closing ceremony. There are loads of events to take part in so I might take part in one of the quicker challenges if I finish the socks!
I am not going to dwell on the political aspects of the Winter Olimpics in Russia, as others have written far more eloquently than I could ( old maiden aunt)
In fact it was the gorgeous ‘nothing to hide’ yarn dyed specifically for the Ravellenics by Old Maiden Aunts Lilith that caught my eye on twitter and having read her post I was even more excited to take part! Isn’t it just stunning?
To top of the fabulous yarn, Lilith is making a donation to Stonewall for every skein sold and every finished item. I will be making my own donation too!
Ive been a bit undecided on the pattern but eventually chose Three’s a Crowd which is quite a simple stitch pattern. I needed to be realistic, the Winter Olympics are only 2 weeks so I need to keep it simple.
I even did a little mini swatch to check out the patter (its the slipped stitches at the top) its gorgeous to knit with and Im so excited about the colours!
Cast on is tomorrow at 4pm, I will just be arriving in Brighton for a girly weekend so cast on may have to be on the way back on sunday! Although I’m sure ill find a few minutes over the weekend to knit a few stitches!
I will keep you posted! All other sock knitting is on hold (well after cast on).
Lots of love
Having mastered (? well maybe not mastered but completed) cuff down socks I wanted to try my hand at toe up. On both my last FO I’ve had quite a lot of yarn left which seems like a waste so thought with toe up I can just knit to the end of the ball…..
One of the lovely knitters I met through The Golden Skein group, Louise Tilbrook, is also an amazing sock designer so I thought I would try with one of her designs.
The design is Samhain which is available both in toe-up and cuff-down. Its beautifully written and I definitely recommend having a look at her patterns-totally stunning!
I started out using two different length circs, but I kept getting tangled or picking up the wrong needle and my two cakes of yarn kept getting really tangled.
I decided to try using one wooden and one metal circ, and this seems to have solved the problem with the needles.
Sarah (of Knitting Sarah fame) suggested some Namaste Oh Snap! project bags to solve the yarn issue – any excuse to shop – so I ordered some from Purlesence.
These are mesh project bags, with little snappers across the top-not great if you dont want little stuff to fall out but excellent for separating strands of yarn for colourwork or 2AAT socks, or generally for holding stuff (I can see an addiction coming on).
It sort of feels like slow progress, but it will be great when both socks are finished at the same time! I also dont think its the sort of project i could do on the train or the bus so I probably wont knit all my socks 2AAT but its great where there is a pattern!
I will keep you posted!
Taking on board my comments on my last pair of Hermione’s Everyday Socks I embarked on a second pair which I finished a few days ago!
This time I:
1. Cast on 56 stitches rather than 64, this gave a better fitting sock.
2. Did 8 rows of rib, this suited the stripes and gave a better length.
3. I used a stretchier cast on.
Im much more pleased with the fit of these socks.
The Yarn is from the Yarn Yard, its Bonny-a superwash and nylon mix. These are sevens (no this isn’t self striping yarn, yes I regretted this when I had to sew in all the ends!). Im totally in love as they come in these cute little mini cakes of seven coordinating yarns as part of the colour project which you can read about on Natalie’s site (which for some reason I cant link to today-sorry!)
I currently have three pairs of socks on the needles, this wasn’t the intention but my circulars finally arrived and I really wanted to try toe-up two at a time.
Lots of love
On Saturday I took a continental knitting class with Baa Ram Ewe in Harrogate.
I decided to take the train so had some good knitting time on the way!
The class was fab, I was made to feel immediately welcome by Katherine who saw me loitering outside the shop (as I was really early) and came to find out if I was taking the class and got me inside in the warm!
The class was fab, Sarah who took the session was a great teacher and the supplies were lovely (Jamiesons Heather Aran-lush), there is a great room and everyone was really lovely and chatty! We used a pattern for a Cowl as it had lots of different stitches to try, mine was a total mess by the end as everything took a bit or practice so its been ripped back to start again!
I am a total convert to continental knitting, its so quick once you’ve got the hang of it! I found the purl a bit awkward so Sarah also taught us a Norwegian purl which I found loads easier!
I haven’t got to any classes before but I would definitely go again, it was a great fun day and I really did learn loads!
Anyway, as I was there it would have been rude not to engage in a little retail therapy and came home with two new skeins for socks!
More sock knitting on the way home! Lovely day all round!
Lots of love