Wednesday, August 12, 2015

WIP wednesday

WIP - Alexandria Socks
I have a few projects on my needles right now that I have been working on this week. I am making some progress on the socks I am designing for my sister's Christmas present. They are coming along nicely, and I am liking the way the pattern is working up.
WIP - Witch Underwear

  These stripey socks for the boyfriend are looking great and I even managed to get the stripes to match up. Only one problem - I was right and I will not have enough yarn to finish them.  Now I have to figure out what to do. I don't want to have to buy a whole skein for just the few grams I am going to need.

WIP - Sock Head Hat
I have been  wanting to make this hat for a while. I have a bunch of leftover sock yarn that I think would look really nice together, and this pattern was perfect (and it's a free Ravelry download!).

What are you working on?

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Working Away on Some Socks

WIP - Witch Underwear

After I cast on two pairs of socks last weekend, I was a monogamous knitter this week. I managed to get the first Witch Underwear sock knit up (I just need to graft the toe), cast-on the second sock and I am now knitting up the cuff. 

I love this colourway and the only thing I am worried about is the yardage. The skein had only 384 yards. If it was socks for me I wouldn't be worried at all, but since these have to fit the boyfriend's large footsies, I am a little worried. I really need to learn how to knit two-at-a-time toe up socks. But here's the problem with that: I don't like to knit toe-up (unless I have to) and I really like my 9" circular needles. So I don't think I will be learning two-at-a-time anytime soon. Instead I will just keep knitting away, and I will try to knit as fast as I can, because as everyone knows: the faster you knit, the longer your yarn will last. Right?
What is your favourite way to knit socks?

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Casting on more socks!

This weekend was spent casting on new sock projects. I still haven't started the second Waving Sock, but I do have two more pairs of socks on the needles... I have a perfectly good explanation for casting them on though!

WIP - Witch Underpants

I am using my pattern for His and Hers Socks for this pair. I needed a portable project and this is perfect! I love the way the stripes are knitting up. I am using Biscotte & Cie Felix yarn in Witch Underpants.

WIP - Alexandria Socks

My sister requested a pair of pink socks for her Christmas present (I know... Christmas!  Ugh!) And I wanted to design a new pattern for her. So I thought I should start those sooner rather than later! For this pair I am using Schachenmayr Regia's Trendpoint in Red Purple.

See? Perfectly good explanation for all my WIPS that I have going on over here!
Anyone else cast-on a lot of projects at once? Or is that just me?

Monday, August 3, 2015

Two Finished Shawls

I recently finished two shawls. One is my Shades of Purple shawl that I was working on recently, and the other is a scrap sock yarn shawl that I had been working on right before we moved. It got put aside in the shuffle, and even though it was basically finished (just needed a wash and block), it took me 2 months to get it photographed.

Sock Yarn Shawl:
Yarn: Leftover yarn from my Business Casual and Buffy socks
Needle Size: US 7 (4.5mm)
Pattern Source: Scrap Shawl by Lakshmi Juneja

Shades of Purple:
Yarn: Malabrigo's Arroyo in Borraja
Needle Size: US 8 (5mm)
Pattern Source: Age of Brass and Steam by Orange Flower Yarn (Free Ravelry download)

I love knitting shawls that do not require a lot of thinking, or following a pattern too closely. That way I can knit and watch TV and not worry about making any mistakes. I would highly recommend both patterns, and I am excited to add these shawls to my collection!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Summer knitting

Current WIP - Waving socks
I am making some progress on my socks, since they are the perfect project for these hot summer days, I have been knitting them a lot. I have finished the first sock and I will be starting the second.

My tomato plant has started yielding some great tasting tomatoes and I love munching on them between rows.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Shades of Purple Shawl WIP

Work in progress - Shades of Purple

My shawl knitting and coffee - a perfect start to my day. 

Working on my Age of Brass and Steam Shawl and contemplating how many more rows of stockinette I should do before starting the last section. I am really enjoying this easy knit and the yarn is wonderful (Malabrigo's Arroyo in Borraja)!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Number 12 Finished!

This is my twelfth pair of socks that I have finished already this year! 12! That is a lot and I am going to have to find a place to keep them all. My basket just won't cut it anymore!

Needle Size: US 1 1/2 (2.5mm) 9" circular needles
Pattern Source:  Enid from A Knitted Sock Society by Rachel Coopey 

I loved making these socks, and the pattern was easy to follow and kept me interested through both socks. I would highly recommend this book to any sock knitters , it has so many enjoyable knits!