Thursday, May 31, 2012

Little Socks

I had some yarn leftover after finishing my Green Socks. There was not enough to do an adult pair of socks, so I decided to make a pair for an infant. They were really quick to do, and I had fun making them, the pattern was interesting and had great results.

Green Gator Socks:
Yarn:  Lion Brand Sock-Ease in Snow Cone
Needle Size: Size 5 (3.75mm) DPNs

After finishing the first sock, and about half way through the second, I found an errata page with corrections to this pattern.  I had already figured out that the instructions for binding off were wrong, but I did the cable pattern as was found in the book (i.e not the correct instructions). Another change that I made, was that I turned the socks inside out before doing the three-needle bind-off, so the seam is on the inside of the sock. This turns the toe into a more rounded one instead of being square. I am not going to be adding eyes to these socks, they look good without them!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Beautiful Shawl

For my secret santa gift exchange at Christmas, I received yarn from my secret santa! I got 2 balls of sock yarn that I used to make my Rose Rib Pink Socks, and a ball of Regia Lace. The ball band had a beautiful picture of a lace shawl and I wanted to make it right away. Then I downloaded the pattern and my jaw dropped. I've done plenty of lace knitting, but nothing like this. I haven't used a lot of charts, so this pattern was overwhelming at first, but I read the instructions about 10 times and started knitting... and knitting... and knitting... It took me a long time to get this one done, but it was worth the wait. It is stunning. I could not get a good picture of the completed project, so this picture definitely does not do the shawl justice.

Lace Shawl:
Yarn: Regia Lace in kunzit
Needle Size: Size 7 (4.5mm)
Pattern Source: Regia Lace Shawl - A free download

I only worked until row 78 of the pattern. The shawl was already the size that I liked, and I would not have had enough yarn to finish anyway (if anyone is interested in making this shawl, make sure you have 2 balls of yarn). I would not recommend this pattern to anyone, it seems to have a lot of mistakes in it, and some of the instructions are unclear and hard to understand. I would not do it again, I would try another pattern.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Green Socks Complete

I have now finished making my second pair of toe-up socks. This pair is the 7th project of my Sock Knitting Master Class Challenge. These took me a long time to make (longer then usual anyway). There are a lot of stitches and a lot of pattern, but they are absolutely beautiful in the end. Except when I put them on. They are a tiny bit too big for me in the toe and heel and would have been absolutely humongous on me if I had followed the pattern and done 3 repeats of the pattern in the foot. Instead I did 2 and it's a good thing I did. Even though they are slightly large on me, they still look great!

Green Socks:

Yarn: Lion Brand Sock-Ease in Snow Cone
Needle Size: Size 1 (2.25mm) DPNs
Pattern Source: Sock Knitting Master Class

 The pattern is well written and the charts are very clear and easy to read. They are not my favorite pair that I have made so far, but they are they are at the top of the list.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Finished Mother's Day Socks

I completed the 6th pair of socks in my Sock Knitting Master Class Challenge. I loved making these socks. The pattern was written wonderfully and was easy to follow.  I made them with time to spare for mother's day and I want to keep them for myself... is that bad? 
Asymmetrical Cable socks were designed by Cookie A.

Mother's Day Socks:

Yarn: Lion Brand Sock-Ease in Grape Soda
Needle Size: Size 2 (2.75mm) DPNs
Pattern Source: Sock Knitting Master Class

My next challenge is the Toe-Up Travelers. This will be my second ever toe-up sock, and I am up for the challenge!

Green Socks:

Yarn: Lion Brand Sock-Ease in Snow Cone
Needle Size: Size 1 (2.25mm) DPNs
Pattern Source: Sock Knitting Master Class

Happy Knitting!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Starting Sock #6

I knit up a pair of socks for my mother-in-law a couple of years ago, and she loves to wear them. So when I showed her my Sock Knitting Master Class book and she said she loved the Asymmetrical Cables socks, I knew I had to make them for her.

Mother's Day Socks:

Yarn: Lion Brand Sock-Ease
Needle Size: Size 2 (2.75mm) DPNs
Pattern Source: Sock Knitting Master Class

These will be sock #6 in my Sock Knitting Master Class Challenge. I am just speeding along with this challenge!
Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sock Knitting Master Class Challenge Sock #5 Complete!

I have finished my fifth sock in my Sock Knitting Master Class Challenge. I fell in love with these socks as soon as I got them, and when I received yarn as my secret santa present at Christmas, I knew I had to make these. I love knitting lace, and this was a great pattern that knit up quickly.

Rose Rib Pink Socks:

Yarn: Regia 4-ply sock yarn in Pink (2 balls)
Needle Size: Size 1 (2.25mm) DPNs

These socks turned out great and I am going to love wearing them. Now I am on to my next challenge!
Happy Knitting!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sock Knitting Master Class Challenge #4 Complete

In my quest to knit up all the projects in Sock Knitting Master Class I have come to the Bulgarian Blooms socks. It took me a while to even get the first one made (I started these socks way back in October), and I wasn't too happy with the results. There is nothing wrong with the pattern - just my knitting. It seems that I am not so great at intarsia knitting and the fabric puckered considerably.  I almost didn't even knit the second sock. I was ready to just leave the one sock and call it a day, but both my boyfriend and mother-in-law loved the sock and convinced me to make the second one. I still don't like them, but I finished them.

Bulgarian Blooms:

Yarn: Evermore Studios Dreamland Sock Yarn in Plum Crazier
Needles: Size 0 and 1 DPNs
Pattern Source: Sock Knitting Master Class book

So I've decided that I do not like color-work. I would much rather just do lace. I like lace.
Happy Knitting

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Some more Teeny Things!

I am continuing to knit all the tiny projects in Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi. Here are some more projects that I have completed:

 Tiny Firecracker

 Tiny Sailboat - I attached the pole too far to the left, but I did not feel like taking it apart, so it looks a little weird. Oh well!

 Tiny Ghost

Tiny Computer

At this pace I will have finished my Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi challenge in no time! I will keep you posted!
Happy Knitting

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Zoo

My boyfriend and I went to the Toronto zoo a few weeks ago. We had such a great time, and because we went on a day that wasn't too warm, the animals were walking about. My boyfriend took a lot of videos of our visit, but no pictures, so I had to get snapshots of the videos, so they are a little blurry. Here are some of the better pictures that I was able to get (they are still a little blurry, but you get the idea!)

 Mommy and her baby

 Beautiful blue bird, just walking around. Tried to steal french fries from a kid in a stroller.

 The bird was trying to follow me out of the building.

 A hungry looking cougar.

 An emu

 A komodo dragon

 A peacock just chilling 


 Polar bears

 No idea what this is, but it was making a really funny sound

 Comfortable looking.




We had a really great day at the zoo, and we got to see some really amazing looking animals.

Friday, May 4, 2012

New Tiny Creations

Continuing on my quest to knit up all the projects to knit in the Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi book, I have made 3 more tiny creatures:

 Tiny Cupcake

 Tiny Airplane

Tiny Volcano

I have made a link at the top of the page to track my progress in this challenge.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Square #5 finished

I can't believe how fast this project is coming along now. I have just finished making square #5 for the knitalong that began last August. This one took me longer to finish because of the amount of cables involved in making it. Usually, I am a fast knitter, but cables slow me down considerably. I am getting better at them the more squares that I do, but I don't think I will be doing any cable patterns for a while after these squares are done.

Boyfriend Blanket - Square #5 (December):

Yarn: Phentex Worsted in Blue
Needles: Size 7
Pattern Source: Ravelry

There were only two mistakes in this pattern that I could see. First, it seems like the directions for the cable in Chart C is missing. I slipped 3 sts onto the cable needle, held in front. K3 then K3 from cn. Also, In the stitch patterns, there are two directions for 4/1PRC. I took the second one (with the directions to sl next 4 sts onto cn, hold in front, p1, k4 from cn) as the directions for 4/1lrc.

I am off to start January's square, and I will continue to keep you up to date on this blanket. Happy knitting!