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My Creative Space

In my creative space this week I’ve been working on a hibernating project. And just now, I finished off the final stitches of a pair of socks begun over twelve months ago.

They had been sent to the naughty corner for causing altogether too many problems.  The yarn was lovely – received in a swap. The pattern came with it. I wasn’t sure if I loved it. I cast on for the pattern, and had problems. So I ripped back.  I cast on something else instead. Yuck. I ripped that. Rinse and repeat. I finally cast on again for the original pattern minus the patterned toe.  And it was s.l.o.w. going. Every row a pattern row. It just didn’t gel with me. I was poised over the pattern all the time, which I hate.  And when I tried the patterned heel flap, it was the end. Enough. Off to hibernation for this sock.

And strangely enough, when I picked this up on Saturday it just went smoothly. The leg of the sock went fast, and before I knew it I was onto sock #2. Eliminating the problem spots from last time meant this was all smooth sailing. And so now I have a finished pair of socks in time for winter, and one fewer project in the naughty corner. 

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FO: My Monkeys

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you might have read about me knitting the Monkey pattern before. I knit a pair for a swap in lovely red.  I knit a teensy pair for (then) Miss 3, which are now worn and loved by her little sister.  I made a teensy-er pair for the little Miss, which are now really too small, yet I catch her trying to put them on still. I knit a pair for a Christmas gift.  Yes, it’s a great pattern to knit. What I wanted though was a pair to *wear*.

I tried. Remember this post? My first attempt. Frogged. My second attempt didn’t even bear photographing. It ended up in the frog pond too. It seemed I was destined not to have a pair of my own.

Until, on fondling my yarn stash one day (as I do!) I realised a skein of yarn I had some *issues with* might be perfect.  And before I could change my mind I wound it up and cast on. For the next 6 or 7 weeks, the socks travelled in my work bag, slowly being knit up over lunchtimes and meetings into my very own Monkey socks.

I knit two extra repeats in the leg to make them a little longer than usual, and made the heel flap an extra four rows longer for a better fit.  Other than that, it was all plain sailing. I love the way it is such an easy pattern to remember.  It is a tight fitting sock though, I believe that there are modifications on this pattern available somewhere for a larger size sock, which people might need if they have fatter feet than me (if that’s possible – why does having kids make your feet spread unattractively?).

The yarn… is Vintage Purls sock yarn, in a colourway called Gardenia.  I didn’t love it in the skein, but it’s knit up very nicely. Darn hard to photograph well though!! Here’s my best attempt…

There are light pinks and bright pinks, greens and even purple in there – a luscious mix of colours.

So, now I’m happy. And without a pair of socks for my work bag. Must be time to cast on another pair!

Cosy Toes

These are, without a doubt, the ugliest socks I have ever knit.  But, don’t worry, they aren’t for me, so it’s okay. 

I got this yarn in a swap last year. I love the colours, but when I started knitting it up, the pooling started. I had originally planned to knit these in a pattern, but after an inch or so I realised how futile it was, and pulled it back.  I’m glad I did, because these are for DH’s huge feet and that would have been a lot of knitting for very little effect. 

I used the Garter Heel pattern from Wendy Johnson’s Socks from the Toe Up, and it fits DH a treat with 72 stitches per round.  I decided to make a long ribbed top on them as they will mostly be used under his Doc Martens boots, so I wanted them to stay up well.  I could definitely have reduced the number of stitches on the leg though – he has seriously skinny shins!

The yarn is Patonyle sock yarn, and I used all but a scrap of the 100g, just enough leff over for some darning if needed. 

I started these months ago and knit up just one as a portable project. It sat, sadly waiting, in the basket next to my knitting chair, for months.  My daughters occasionally picked it up and said “That’s Dad’s sock”. Thanks for the guilt trip ladies!  I decided that I should do something about it… and made up my mind to cast on for the second one, aiming to finish for Father’s Day. It didn’t quite happen, it got done for the day after, but no complaints from him on the wait (especially as I placated him with some 1957 and 1957 car magazines on the day!).  That means I knit the second sock as a side-project in just 4 days. Not too shabby!

So, now DH has a pair of socks and a hat from this winter, I might consider him ‘done’ for the year, and I can go back to knitting pink, pink, pink!!

Epicene Sock Pattern

I am delighted to show you my lovely new sock pattern which is being released for sale tonight on Ravelry.  It’s available here. Named Epicene, it is a unisex sock pattern in four sizes:

Size 1:  Suits 1-2 years (approx 5 inch/12.75cm foot circumference)

Size 2: Suits 2-4 years (approx 5.5 inch/14cm foot circumference)

Size 3: Suits 4-7 years (approx 6 inch/15.25 foot circumference)

Size 4: Suits 8-10 years (approx 7 inch/18cm foot circumference)

The gorgeous sock shown above was knit by one of my testers, for her daughter – she dyed the yarn up herself too. Gorgeous! She took amazing photos and allowed me to use them in the pattern. 

Despite my knitting three pairs of these for my girls, my photos are nowhere near as successful. For some reason photography sessions of their feet tend to turn into giant squiggling sessions. I did manage a few shots of Miss 2 wearing her gorgeous Knitsch socks.

 This is the pretty colourway “Sunrise on Snow”, which Miss 4 looked at and said “I like that. You can knit me something with that.”  Luckily these are an economical knit, using just 30g for a calf length pair in size 1. I bought two 50g skeins, so there is plenty for a pair (or two) for Miss 4.

I also knit Miss 2 a pair in green Vintage Purls sock yarn, in the colourway Daphne.

Miss 4 was happy to squeeze into Miss 2’s pink socks for a photo

She also has a pink pair of her own already, which are in the wash…

I designed these socks to be both comfortable with an awesome fit, as well as easy to knit. They are knit from the toe up, and feature an easily memorised lace pattern.  The heel is a gusset heel, which is super simple, no heel flap and mimimal counting. 

So, look out for the pattern on Ravelry, and check back here tomorrow for a competition announcement.

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FO: Blackrose Socks

It seems like forever since I’ve knit myself a pair of socks. Probably because I have a whole wardrobe of them already and my cosy toes have made me complacent about knitting more. However I cast on for these socks some 3 or so weeks ago, knowing that they would make a good companion knit for my cardigan project.  Seamless adult garments tend to get unweildy rather quickly and since I love to knit in the car, I like to have something suitable for such occassions.  Thus the Blackrose Socks.

I chose this pattern for several reasons – it is free (a Knitty pattern), cute, and easy. A couple of the ladies in my local knitting group have made themselves pairs and enjoyed knitting them, so I thought it would nice to follow suit.  And it was – this is a lovely pattern to knit. It has four sizes to chose from, and I knit the second size (64 stitch) size which is a good fit. I matched them with this dramatic dark blue semisolid yarn which really brings out the lace pattern.  The yarn is Patyonyle sock yarn that I recieved in the latest Naki yarn swap, hand dyed by my lovely friend. She had hand wound it, and there it sat, hopefully awaiting being knit up, helpfully ready for the occasion. And thus it was chosen. 

The socks have an offset lace panel, and there is a companion pattern for wristlets which features the same panel. I have 35 grams of yarn left after knitting the socks, so I might whip up a pair sometime. Although there never is a better time than when the weather is cold.

I’m back off to work next week, and I thought that these would make good sensible socks to wear underneath work trousers. I’m wearing them today but you really can’t see them under my gorgeous new Doc Marten boots.

 

Summary:
Pattern: Blackrose Socks – a free pattern from Knitty.com

Yarn: Hand dyed Patonyle Sock Yarn (80%wool, 20% nylon) 65g

Time Taken: 3 weeks off and on in the car and when I felt like it

Difficulty: Not the easiest lace pattern in the world to memorise – I was actually still relying on reading the pattern rows off the pattern when I finished knitting.  These are top down socks so you’ll need to be able to graft the toes, but other than that it’s a very simple lace pattern with yo’s, ssk, k2togs and so on.  I love the way this really pops when you wear the socks though  – simple but dramatic.

Would I knit this pattern again? Yes, definitely – always a good recommendation.

Dolce Socks for kids

 

My first pay pattern was released yesterday on Ravelry 🙂 It is a baby, toddler and child size version of the Dolce sock pattern.

After a month or so with my testers, I was nearly ready to release the pattern when I unexpectedly went back to work. However, the planets finally all aligned (or whatever…) and I got all the right things on Ravelry done to organise selling patterns.

The photo above is a simply beautiful shot from one of my testers, whose children obviously are more obliging than mine when it comes to foot modelling!  I have knit four pairs of the socks, and – honestly – getting modelled shots is nigh on impossible!

Yep, photo calls are hard things!

So, I have been knitting, even if I haven’t been sharing it all with you.

And I have to say, it’s been great to be able to use up some ends of balls, and the final pair used up the wee sample of Merino/Silk blend I got in my Blendy’s box. It is from Grrrlshaped yarns, and it totally divine. The colourway does not suit the pattern at all – something I knew in advance, but I was desperate to knit it up!!  I even had a wee bit left over, I think this pair only took 14grams of yarn all up!

In order to accomodate the pay pattern on my blog, I’ve created a new page for my patterns on my blog – you can click from there to Ravelry to buy it. I have also made  a PDF of the Dolce sock pattern for adults and will be adding the other patterns as I get time over the next week or so. 

So, a huge thank you to my test knitters – your ideas and input and encouragement were valuable. Without them, the largest size would not have been written either – so those knitting for 4-6 year olds have them to thank for that 🙂

FO: Angee Socks

 

The socks of temptation are done! You might remember I was *meant* to be knitting my giveaway socks, but instead I heard the siren song  of a skein of yarn from my stash. It was begging to be knit up into these lovely socks – Angee from Cookie A’s book Sock Innovations.  I loved the socks in the book so much I bought the exact same colourway to knit these in, and I am so glad I did. I absolutely love the yarn, Colinette Jitterbug in Ginger Cinnabar. Such a bright, cheerful colour, beautiful semi-solid colourway, a true delight to knit withand it will be lovely to wear. I usually knit sock yarn with a nylon content, so I am not sure how well they will wear long-term. That said, once you have more than 10 handknit pairs of socks, it’s not like they each pair will be much wear overall. Plus, I’ll need to learn how to darn socks properly eventually!

The pattern was a joy to knit – I did have to follow the chart most of the time, but it was logical and well written. Having knit a couple of patterns from the book thus far, I would have to totally recommend it. The FO’s I see on Ravelry from the book are testament to the range of interesting and challenging patterns there, some are crazy hard, some are very accessible.  This pattern is written from the top down, and I enjoyed the standard construction with slip stitch heel and gusset – there was enough going on in the pattern to keep me interested without making these in a funky way.

I was excited to see I *do* have room for a pair of handknit socks under my new shoes too 🙂

So, one less skein of yarn in the bin, and one more pair of socks in the drawer. Love, love, love these!


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