Pattern: Spate by Jane Richmond
Yarn: Madelinetosh DK Twist in Saffron
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*Pics taken by T! My little photographer did well!*
I didn’t think I would have time to knit anything for the Olympics this year but since we had a snowy weekend I managed to start a pair of Spates. I’ve been wanting to knit this pattern since I reviewed Journey but just haven’t had the time. Jane and Shannon are also having a Journey KAL right now so I’m double dipping! The Journey KAL runs until the end of February if you were thinking about joining in.
They worked up quickly and were the perfect instant gratification project. I used leftovers from the His Golden Lair shawl I knit before christmas and I literally used every inch of yarn. I had half a inch of yarn to weave in on each mitt! Cutting it a bit too fine I know but I wanted to make the ribbing at the top as long as possible. If I had had more I would have added half a dozen more rows.
Madelinetosh DK Twist was a yummy choice for these fingerless mitts.
I really enjoy knitting with this base. It is much superior to the Tosh single ply that they use as a lot of their bases in my opinion. I’ll be keeping this one in my if I use Tosh again.
So that’s my Olympic knitting but I haven’t watched a stitch of the Olympics…..
Hopefully the rest of you are faring better in that department than I am.
Are you almost done your Olympic knits?
I finally got pictures of my finished Carolina Socks.
Taking self portraits of socks in ‘just the right light’ is incredibly hard and frustrating! After 3 weeks of trying this and that I finally caved and let Moose take these ones for me.
Pattern: Carolina Socks by Monkey Toes
Yarn: Three Ewes Twisted in Fiber Ewephoric Sock in the Wild Thing colourway. **This company is no longer in business but you can still find their yarn on destashes.
I was a little bit anal with these socks….. ok I was a LOT of anal on these socks. They started out perfectly fine. Each repeat included 2 purl rows and everything was matching but then I got to the heel….at first I just kept knitting the skein but it was breaking up my perfect patterning that I had achieved on the leg.I cut out the next couple of black stripes and used those for the heel and the first repeat, hoping I would have enough to do both heels black. I wasn’t exactly getting the foot to pattern like the leg so I started having to chop out a couple of inches once the new colour started so it would all be even. I pushed my luck even farther by knitting the toe in cut out black stripes as well.
With one sock down I knew it would be smooth sailing from there on out but I was soo wrong. On this sock my stripes weren’t playing nicely at all. At every colour change I was having to chop bits out so that it would match sock #1 and line up the pattern properly. I thankfully had just enough black to complete the heel and toe but ended up weaving a lot of ends in before this pair was complete.
They turned out perfectly!
Thank goodness this pattern was really addictive because it definitely took a lot of ripping to achieve these beauties!
Thank you to all that entered The Scrumptious Collection giveaway!
The random number generator chose #11 Monica of Sweet Purls.
A couple of weeks ago T found this Rebecca Danger pattern I was working on. I kind of forgot about it for some reason or another but all that was left to do was stuff the baby monster, add eyes and seam the bottom. That seemed like a pretty easy task so at T’s prompting I finished him off and it has been a monster party ever since.
She chose to have no mouth’s on Daphne and Delilah because she was going to make them talk. She also had a photo shoot already thought out for them. *Can I just say I looove that she is thinking like this already *
First she held each one up, ducking out of the shot, so cute!
Then they needed to have a picture taken with their suitcase…
and of course there had to be one of the whole monster family!
I’m so glad she asked me to finish this set off because clearly they are getting much love right now and I can check another WIP off the list.
I have been oh so patiently waiting for January to come so Tanis could release all her 2013 club patterns into the wild.
Tanis designed this gorgeous sock pattern Patina at the start of the year and I knew right away I wanted to knit them so when it arrived in my inbox upon release I squealed with delight. *Thank you Tanis!*
Of course I couldn’t wait to cast on but I had just cast on for my Carolina socks and needed to get those ones off the needles so I could use them for my Patina’s. *Note I need to get another pair of Karbonz!*
I bound off those socks this weekend and cast on lickety split for Patina.
To say this pattern is addictive would be an understatement, I had to drag my butt to bed before I stayed up insanely late *in my books* working on them. I dug deep into my stash for this yarn. I needed something that wasn’t going to obscure the overall pattern and with the January thaw we’ve been having I thought yellow would be a perfecty warm colour.
This yarn is a Kona base that I dyed myself many years ago. I’m glad that I am finally getting the chance to use it and see what my dyeing efforts produce.
So far I’m really liking it!
Pattern: Rye by Tincanknits
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool in Bright Red
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My Rye socks just flew off the needles!
I forgot how quickly worsted weight socks knit up.
Rye is a simple pattern ranging in size from baby to large adult that would be great for a beginner attempting their first or second pair of socks. The pattern guides you through making your first pair of socks with tips and how to’s along the way. I wish I had a pattern like this available when I first started out.
The garter stitch adds that little bit of interest to the top of the foot while keeping all the stitches very simple and easy to execute.
As I talked about before I’m going to be doing some serious stash busting this year. Sock yarn is high on the list to get used up. I want to fill up my sock drawer this year and get more socks into rotation. I’m pretty hard on my socks with hardwood and tile floors in the house and I’d prefer for them to last as long as possible.
These socks were a great stash buster using only 85 grams for the adult small and just think of the scraps you could use up for the baby and child sizes.
I think there will be another pair or two of worsted socks knit in 2014 but there are other socks I’m crushing on right now that I just MUST knit first.
I think I’ll be investing in another pair of my favourite sock needles this year..