Posts Tagged ‘socks’

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Since my last post…

March 31, 2014

A hat, with trains on (on Ravelry)

(actually two of these)

A sausage dog (on Ravelry)

A little amigurumi owl (on Ravelry)

(actually several of these)

A boy cardigan (on Ravelry)

Some hand warmers for me (on Ravelry)

(actually two pairs of these)

A santa hat (on Ravelry)

Some cotton washcloths for my vegan sister-in-law (Ravelry)

And some toddler socks. (Ravelry)

And that only takes us up to the end of 2013!

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I’ve started so I’ll finish

August 12, 2011

Yes, it’s yet another pair of Zokni socks — the slowest sock project in the world, ever!

I started making them when we were on holiday last October. I wanted a portable project and needed something that I could take on a plane. I wasn’t sure if I’d get knitting needles or crochet hooks through airport security but had read that tiny wooden/bamboo needles should be okay. I didn’t have any problems but I never did knit on the plane — our flights were night flights (cheaper) so I was mainly sleeping — and I was worried about losing my tiny DPNs on the floor. Maybe a circular needle would have made more sense!

I did knit a bit with my feet up in the sun while we were away but once we got back they got pushed aside for other projects — mostly of the baby-related variety. I’ve been thinking I should try to get a few unfinished items completed and tidied away at last so dug them out a couple of weeks ago. I know I’ve made loads of Zoknis but I still really enjoy working this pattern and I’m not sure why it took me so long to get around to it. They’re amazingly comfy, the pattern is surprisingly memorable once you get into it and they’re certainly not a boring knit. I do want to try some other sock patterns at some point, but I like this one so much that I very much doubt this will be the last pair I ever make.

Pattern: Zokni socks (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Rowan 4 ply soft (sadly discontinued)
Shade: 372

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Bank holiday making and baking

May 3, 2010

Happy May day bank holiday! True to form for bank holidays in England, it’s been raining for most of the weekend but today the sun has pulled out all the stops to bring a bit of cheer to the land.

I’ve been stuck at home this weekend, due to being on call for work. Well, I say stuck at home — that makes it sound like a bit of a chore — but in actual fact it’s been a super weekend, with lots of making and baking.

In the picture above you can see my very special new project, waiting to be started. I find that yarn shopping is one of life’s little joys — I’m like a child in a sweet shop trying to decide what to choose. I can’t say much about what this particular yarn will become, since it’s to be a surprise for somebody, but no doubt there will be pictures to come in a week or two.

One thing I can show you is what I’ve been knitting recently for my Mum, since I’m pretty sure she doesn’t read this blog. Even if I’m wrong, I know that my parents’ Internet connection is broken at the moment, so I think I’m safe. It’s Mum’s Birthday next week and I have been wanting to make something for her for a while. She loved the Sunburst afghan I gave her last year so this year I decided to make something different, but my favourite thing to knit — socks.

Yes, it’s another pair of Zockni socks — I know, I’m getting quite predictable, but I know and trust the pattern by now, and they do look great. These ones are made from Rowan 4 ply cotton. It was horrible to work with — like knitting with string — it made my hands hurt and I needed to use steel needles instead of my usual short wooden sock DPNs, but Mum has always been insistent that she likes cotton socks the best, so I thought I should give it a try.

With the left-over yarn I’m making a little Queen Anne’s Lace Scarf, which is turning out quite nicely, I think. It’s great to be crocheting again, I had been missing crochet after quiet a lot of knitting recently.

John’s been busy making things too. Just look at these Chelsea buns he made yesterday! I believe it may be time for a Chelsea bun and a cup of tea right now. It’s just as well it isn’t bank holiday every day or I might start expanding at quite a rate. Ta ta for now!

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Noro striped socks

April 18, 2010

No pattern as such – Cast on 60 stitches, k1 p1 rib for cuff, short-row heel
Yarn: Noro kureyon sock yarn
Colourway: S40
Needles: 2.5mm

I’m really pleased with these — I love stripy socks and these are so cheery and fun. It’s my first time knitting with two colours, so I tried a couple of different methods for achieving jogless stripes — this method won by a mile.

Please ignore my embarrassingly pasty-white legs in this picture. We’ve had a really miserable winter and they haven’t seen the sunlight for quite some time, and I don’t have a skin type which tans well at the best of times. That’s my excuse anyway!

Off out to make the most of the lovely weather — ta ta for now!

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Lovely stripes

April 10, 2010

What’s happened to the weather?! Sorry, I mean helloo and how are you all? I hope you’re enjoying the amazing sunshine as much as I am. It’s not even half way through April and I’ve been making the very most of my Saturday, sitting out in the garden, reading and knitting. And getting a little bit sun burnt — oops — this is the UK in April and the last thing on my mind was the possibility of a need for sunscreen.

It’s been a busy but lovely week with Easter and Birthday season — me and my two not-quite-sisters-in-law (my brother’s girlfriend and J’s sister) all celebrate our birthdays within a few days of each other. So there’s been lots of seeing family, scoffing of chocolate, giving and receiving of presents, and only three days of work since before Good Friday. It’s been lovely.

Since it was my birthday, I thought it would be okay to treat myself to a little present too — something I’ve wanted for quite a while but haven’t been able to get my hands on, since the yarn shops around here don’t seem to stock it — a couple of balls of Noro sock yarn! I don’t really like shopping on the Internet if I can avoid it — I’d much rather support my independent local yarn shop, or even one of the bigger department stores — but since I couldn’t find anywhere stocking it, I went online to the lovely Cocoon, a site to which I suspect I’ll be returning regularly.

I’ve had this idea in my mind for a while — since using some lovely evolving yarn for these socks which I knitted back in February. It’s a simple idea but very effective — knit from both ends of a ball of evolving yarn. So the first job was to split the ball into two, both balls working towards the middle of the original ball. This was the most fiddly and tedious part and took absolutely ages. I’m sure there must be a better way of doing it but it made the most sense to me.

The other reason I wanted to make some socks like this is that I’ve wanted for a long time to learn how to knit with two colours. Okay, I’m still a long way from Vanessa’s amazing fair isle knitting — the sort of thing to which I so greatly aspire — but it seems like a step in the right direction. And, well, I’m really pleased with how they’re turning out!

Aren’t those colours amazing?

Here’s hoping the lovely weather lasts!

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Second Zokni socks finished!

February 21, 2010

Pattern: Zokni socks
Yarn: Crystal Palace Yarns Mini Mochi
Colourway: Feldspar (116).

My second pair of Zokni socks are complete. I’m not entirely sure how I’ve managed to make three pairs of socks already in 2010 but this pattern is somewhat addictive.

The yarn is slightly splitty to work with but it’s easy to get used to and it feels lovely and soft. The colour came off on my fingers a little when I was knitting the black bands, so I hope I don’t end up with muddy-coloured feet after wearing these — hopefully a couple of washes should sort that out!

The gently evolving yarn colours have given me an idea that I’m itching to try out but I’ve promised myself that I’ll use up some of my growing stash before splashing out on any more yarn.

What’s next? Time to go looking at patterns on Ravelry again.

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Zokni socks

February 7, 2010

I seem to be completely hooked on sock knitting at the moment.

I have dozens of other projects in my must-do list – as well as a couple which I’ve already started, which should be finished before I do anything else. But all I seem to be able to do at the moment is knit socks – I’m drawn to it – and while I’m knitting one pair I’m thinking about the next.

These are my latest, and possibly the reason behind the addiction – Zokni socks!

Pattern: Zokni socks
Yarn: Rowan 4 Ply Soft – stashed sale purchase from a while back.

This is by far the fanciest pattern I’ve ever attempted and I found reading the chart slow-going at first – but it soon sped up once I started seeing patterns in the pattern. Every odd row starts with a yarn-over, knit and ends with a yarn-over, knit. Every even row consists only of knits and purls. Things like that.

I don’t have any sock-blockers but made a template out of Amazon packaging for the photo above, thinking it might help show the pattern off! I’m not sure it worked it but it was a nice idea.

I really love the pattern – so much so that I’ve started a second pair already. This time I’m using a more interesting yarn – Crystal Palace Yarns Mini Mochi. They’re coming along quite quickly now that the pattern is more familiar, but it’s back to work tomorrow so limited knitting time again.

And I’m already thinking about the next pair. Not Zokni, but the yarn has given me Ideas. Ideas that will have to wait for a while but I’m quite excited about them already. It’s good to have things to look forward to!