Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Pair(ish) of Knee Socks

The "ish" because of the very distinctly unmatching nature of these socks. Not, thankfully, because there is still only one and a bit of them. 

Pattern: My Own Knee Socks - Garter Rib Stitch for the legs
Yarn: Regia Kaffe Fasset Design Line - 4350
Needles: 2.75mm DPNs
Started: October 23rd 2010
Finished: December 25th 2010

I never make the effort to begin the second sock at the same place in the colour repeat as the first and with a shortage of yarn these weren't the pair to start fussing about that with. I then also decided I'd refine the calf increasing on the second one to see if hiding the increases in the purl troughs of the ribbing was neater than the increases in either knit or purl had been on the first. Answer definitely yes to the knitter's eye but if a non knitter picked it out I'd be amazed. Despite my scrappy notes I think I matched up the shaping nicely, made the heel in the right place, had the right number of stitches for the foot. All tickety boo except I missed the rather obvious fact that the first foot was plain and carried on the ribbing on the instep as I was decreasing the gussets. I left it, all these little variations just add character and character is a big part of a hand knit isn't it? Identical socks are easy enough to come by at the shops after all.

There was just one thing I changed on the second sock that I did rip back and correct - the length! Character is one thing but having to fold the toe of your sock over to make it the right size might be taking that just a stitch too far.

I finished these up on Christmas Day, and a most delightful day it was. I hope everyone is having a fabulous holiday time. Much fun being had by me including the big chunks of knitting time.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Gift Knit Update

Two more gifts got finished. This is from about two weekends ago now. They got done mainly because they are CHUNKY. Chunky is definitely the way to go for my gift knitting. Chunky plus accessory = speed. Obvious I know but in previous years my focus on a pair of socks for x, y and z took the idea that small accessory item = speed. Not in 4 ply yarn and a bazillion stitches - one day I tried to count how many stitches in a sock. I wonder how many in a knee sock? Stop! I'm not going there I'm going to the sofa to knit like the wind. As, of the rest of what the list boiled down to: these socks (it's hard to make two of something when your notes are so crumby!), 

a big, plumptious Springtime Bandit shawl, two hats and one scarf are started but unfinished and one scarf and an owl are still just wool and dreams. I may be crazy but I think I'm going to get everything finished as most of the gifts are for people I'm seeing between Christmas and New Year. Yay deadline extension! And today the snow finally arrived here in Oxford so I've got the perfect excuse to stay put with the needles all weekend.

Friday, December 03, 2010

I'm a loser, here are the winners

I'm going as fast as my legs will carry me and yet I'm just so slow at getting to things at the moment. I'm a total bloggy loser, I've hardly visited you peeps in weeks, it feels dusty and neglected here with just a quick fly by now and again. I picked out my winners from my four year post last Sunday and then never got them announced. Still I know you dears will forgive me and four years of blogging have taught me never to do it out of obligation. I always find my way back to the blogosphere eventually because I love this little creation and all of your creations so much that the time is always found. 

Thank you so much everyone for your lovely comments and with no further ado the random number generator and I picked the following winners:

Winning the spotty heart buttons is Gill, Anita I hope you'd like the blue stripey hearts, Charity it's stitch markers for you and for Bells the round black and white buttons. I think I've made contact with you all to get your addresses though comment here or pm me on Rav - (I'm Thumbelina) if you haven't had an email/comment.

And for a pretty picture here's a couple of little extra balls of yarn for (insanely) yet more gifts. These fingers better get flying this weekend. Happy Knitting!
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