Last weekend I got Mr13 to take some pictures of some projects that were finished by hadn’t been posted on here. They are all knit in Vintage Purls yarn now I think about it! So, here goes!
First up is the socks I showed you in a post a couple of weeks ago. They are gorgeous, a pattern called Azure Socks, which is a free pattern from Knitty’s Winter 2008 edition.
This is a toe-up pattern and starts with a patterned toe. It took me all of four rows to start screwing it up. After the third attempt or so, I decided the a plain toe was the way to go. And the patterned heel flap went the same way (except I only screwed that up once before abandoning it….). So, slightly less patterned than the original, but lovely nonetheless.
The yarn was gifted to me in a hand-dyed yarn swap, and it’s a dead-ringer for the colourway in the pattern pictures. It’s lovely, light and subtle semi-solid. Delicious!
The pattern took a while for me to enjoy knitting. I acutally cast these on early last year. I took them to work with me and knit through several meetings and lunchtimes. I think that was half my problem – because every row is a pattern row, I never had any down rows, which you really need when you’re meant to be concentrating on something else! Once I picked these up again, it took no time for me to memorise the pattern and away I went.
The pattern uses mock cables – lots of k2tog and ssks, making stitches, and so forth in order to make these lovely sensuous lines.
The next up in the next cast on…
I think I cast on this Dew Point Shrug back in February. I had a good go at knitting it and then set it aside for some time. I picked it up again in the holidays and took it away with me to Foxton Beach. In fact I knit a good portion of the lace rib whilst watching the Royal Wedding. As you do… I then took it home and blocked it, and that’s when things started to go wrong. It’s waaay too big now 😦
Now I’m stuck between two choices – to either rip it back and start again/use the yarn for something else, or throwing it in the machine and dryer in the hopes it shrinks a little.
I’ve been doing neither for a month now. Procrastination wins the day again!
What do you think? Vintage Purls sock yarn is machine washable, so it won’t felt, but it might change the fabric considerably?
Finally, a cute pair of hand warmers.
These are the lovely Veyla mitts I’ve been meaning to try for a couple of years now. Not in the yarn I had aside for them either! The squish purple skein of alpaca my sister bought back from the States for me two birthdays ago is still waiting…
I actually cast these on for a swap. I didn’t allow myself terribly long to knit them before the swap was due to be sent. I decided to be clever. And shortly after that, everything – rather predicatably – went wrong.
Yes, Sheryl, you do have to knit one left mitt ane one right mitt. They will be different as your hands face different ways.
Needless to say, I didn’t get done in time, I can’t read patterns well when I’m not trying, and it’s really not the pattern’s fault I’m slapdash sometimes.
So, once I read the instructions all was good. The wee lace panels for the cuffs were logical and I was able to follow the pattern line by line no worries.
And I have to say I utterly adore the thumb increases. Genius!
Just as well I love the pattern since I know I’m going to do it in the yarn I had set aside! I think these are a lovely project, and a quick one too. If you’re not in a hurry!
That’s the round up for today. It’s so cool to note all these projects down, as see what my stash is becoming. I do still have a few more projects to catch up on here, but there’s always another day to post them!