I have a finished object! I now have my very first pair of hand knitted socks! It has been a while in the making as I had made the first one about 18 months ago and I only just picked the second one up, but it was great to realise it doesn’t take that long to knit!
I used the Knitmore Vanilla Sock pattern by Jasmin Canty. The yarn is Crazy Zauberball, colourway 2254 and I used 2.25mm needles. I have big feet so I cast on 80 stitches.
Since blocking these socks, I did some research as although these socks feel incredibly comfortable, I had some doubts about the size I chose to knit. I have big feet and calves and felt I needed more information before casting on my next pair of socks. So I bought Custom socks by Kate Atherley.
When “looking inside” on Amazon, I noticed a diagram that shows measurements that do not appear to be taken into account in other books. Based on what I have read so far, I am not disappointed. There appears to be a lot of information, including a whole chapter on “adjustments for non-average feet”, e.g. how to make the leg wider, adjusting for high and low arches etc. Even if it turns out that my feet fall into the “average” ratios, this book details the yardage needed for a very wide range of sizes, including and way above my size 42 (EU) / 8 (UK) / 9.5 (US). Also, seeing calculations somehow makes me feel that this book will deliver on its promise. Yes, I do like my numbers… Something that may seem obvious to most knitters out there but that I learned from this book is that my socks should be 10% shorter than the actual size of my feet to allow for negative ease. I suspect my first handmade socks will become very slouchy at some point! 🙂
I worked quite a bit on the shawl by Anniken Allis from the August 2017 Let’s Knit magazine, number 121. I used the free yarn that was with the magazine, but as the rows were growing and growing, it became clear to me that: 1. The yarn was, as expected, very cheap and awful to knit with, giving me a pins and needles sensation where it touched my skin. 2. I did not like the pattern at all. So after getting to the point in the picture below, I frogged it, caked the yarn and put the yarn, pattern and magazine in a bag for one of the many local charity shops:
I am working on another shawl though. This one is the Combinatorics mystery knit-along by Tetiana Otruta. Tetiana describes it on her ravelry’s pattern page as: “a slightly asymmetric triangular shawl worked sideways with two (or one color) color lace and garter st patterns”. We received clue 4 yesterday and this is the result so far:
I am using Opulent yarn from Down Sheepy Lane, a blend of 70% baby alpaca, 20% silk, 10% cashmere, in colourways Fawn and Mustard. It is soooo soft! An absolute pleasure to work with!
The pattern itself is great, very detailed and with the expected number of stitches for every or every other row. I will definitely look at Tetiana Otruta’s other patterns as this one makes everything look so simple! I love it!
I have also dug out the tea cosy I had started knitting as a Christmas present for my sister… a few years ago. I had already finished one side of the cosy panels and was a quarter into the second one, but I frogged it and restarted it to have a consistent tension, if not between both panels, at least throughout each panel. I started it on Monday and although I felt it was slow going as I was adjusting the tension of the yarn at the back at each colour change, I finished knitting it on Thursday. Now I just need to sew the sides up and finish up. The pattern is the Grannie’s Traditional Tea Cosy by Tea By The Sea and I am using Cygnet DK yarn in the colourways 150 Heather, 159 Flesh and 1048 Lt. Mauve. I love the colours! This picture shows the back and front of the panels. Because of the construction, it is so squishy! It will definitely keep the tea warm!
I have not worked at all on my cross-stitch projects, partly because it feels quicker to pick up the knitting needles than everything needed for cross-stitch. I do want to organise myself so I find it easier to cross-stitch, but I do want to finish the tea cosy first as it is such a long overdue present…
I sent the Neptune cardigan to my friend, together with an alpaca soft toy and an alpaca card bought when visiting the Butler’s Alpaca farm in Essex. My friend was so happy! It made it all worthwhile! 🙂
Last but not least, I would like to mention the Wool n’ Spinning podcast. I have only watched the first ten episodes so far but I love it. Rachel is a very friendly host, gives tons of useful information about spinning and provides very clear tutorials. I do not spin at the moment but am considering taking it up at some point. I have a spindle I have not dared using yet, and I want to try it and get more confident in my knitting before considering adding a wheel to my craft tools, but I feel that Rachel gives great advice and info. She also insists about how much practice is needed before managing to spin in a consistent way. I would strongly recommend her podcast, it is very refreshing!
That is about it for today. I did buy some more yarn and another book but I will detail them when I use them rather than making a list of everything I buy! 🙂
Have a wonderful weekend!