Monkey

Monkey Socks

Monkey SocksYarn: Knitwitches Sock Yarn in Evening Sunset.
Pattern: Monkey from Knitty.
Needles: 2.5mm
Notes: For the last year, every socks knitter has made themsleves a pair of Monkey sock, as every reader of this blog knows I am always late of the starting blocks when it comes to knitting trends. What I didn’t realise was reason knitters love this pattern is the simplicite of the pattern and the amazing final product. Like with Jaywalkers socks, the pattern is easy to memorise and looks fantastic.

When we went to Ally Pally last summer, Laura had done her research and discovered Knitwitches, when we got to the stall all of us were amazed at the colours, at one stage I think I had six colorways of the sock yarn in my hand at one stage, this was one of the colors I came home with. I love the brightness of the purple.

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Dashing

Dashing Finished

Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Classic AL in North Sea.
Pattern: Dashing from Knitty.
Needles: 4.5 mm.
Modifications: I wanted to make smaller version of these gloves – something more like Fetching, so I adapted the pattern a lot.

I did the first cable row after 12 rows. I started the thumb opening after 9 more rows.

Then because of the shorter pattern, I had to move the thumb so the cables sat in the right place, so I knitted 5 stitches (for the left glove, and 35 for the right glove), the made the thumb opening, in the normal way.

Finally, I only knitted 12 rows after the opening.

Note: This project was finished in 2007, but I didn’t get a chance to blog about it.

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My Holiday…

My creation
1. Tree Decoration, 2. Jelly Belly Machine, 3. Kate Spade Books,
4. Newest Member of the family, 5. wii Bowling Scorecard, 6. Ill!,
7. Dashing Finished, 8. Midwest Moonlight Finished, 9. Monkey Toe

My Christmas started out great, at home with pretty tree, surrounded my my family and getting some fabulous presents. We got to catch up with the extended family at my in-laws Ruby wedding anniversary, I even got to finally meet the newest member of the family… and then over the weekend the deadly virus struck and I got the flu! I was even too ill to knit. So I didn’t get to finish all my projects in 2007.

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Dress Dash

When I got my first “real” job, I was really looking forward to Christmas, I was finally going to have money to buy decent presents for my friends and family, a co-worker and I took an afternoon off work and walked up and down High Street Kensington, looking for gifts, as we brought all our gifts in an afternoon, we decided we needed a treat and brought a present for ourselves. Ever since then it has become a little tradition that when I am out Christmas shopping I buy a present for me. Normally, this is an outfit to wear on New Year’s Eve, but this year I opted for something to wear on Boxing Day whilst visiting family.

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In the panic of not having enough yarn to finish my Hourglass Sweater, I ordered two extra balls of Classic Al, however, they are a different dye lot and the colour difference is really noticeable, so they were destined to sit in my stash, apart for that fact that they perfectly match my new outift! As it is freezing outside I know I would need some new gloves to wear, as I cast on some Dashing Mitts. I am adapting the pattern a lot to make them shorter more like Fetching.

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Hourglass Sweater

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Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Classic AL in North Sea (Darker Blue) & Rooster Almerino DK in Sugared Almond.
Pattern: Hourglass Sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts .
Needles: 4.5 mm.
Notes: Well, I did finish this sweater in a month – even I am shocked. I loved this pattern, simple stocking stitch on the round on large-ish needles. I think my love of this sweater was doubled with the combination of my Addi Turbos and the lovely soft baby alpaca/merino yarn.
Modifications: I made the Medium (41) sized sweater for the body, but found the arms to be too wide, so I cast on the next side down for the sleeves, I also found the length of the arms to be way too long (about two inches). As mention on several blogs/boards, I had to add several more rows of decreasing, I am not sure how many I ended up doing, I just kept knitting and randomly trying it on until it fit.

My creation
1. Hourglass – Hem, 2. Hourglass – Side, 3. Hourglass – Raglan

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Baudelaire

Baudelaire

BaudelaireYarn: Knit Picks Palette in Brindle Heather.
Pattern: Baudelaire from Knitty.
Needles: 2.5mm
Notes:I actually finished these socks a while ago, but never blogged about them, and as I was wearing them today (with my Belle Shoes), I thought I should write about them. This was my first attempt at toe-up socks, I had a little problem with the cuff being too tight – but I changed to a thicker needle for the rib and it was fine.

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What did we do before Ravelry?

HourglassAs well as being a showcase for all my present and past projects, it has helped me organised my stash and needles. But my favourite section has to be the “queue.” Of course I always have a list of planned projects – used receipts in knitting books, post it notes in magazines saved web pages and the odd scribbled note in the bottom of my knitting bag.

At the top of this list was always the Hourglass Sweater from LMKG, I got as far as buying the yarn for the project in the summer some Elsebeth Lavold Classic AL from Coldspring Mill. Before, I cast on the project I was checking out Ravelry (as you do), and discovered that you actually need more yarn than the project suggests, knowing I couldn’t get the same dye lot for this yarn, I decided to get another colour and add a few stripes to the sweater.

I then discovered it was almost impossible to get Elsebeth Lavold yarn in the U.K. so I asked the London Knitting Group for advice, I found out the Rooster Almerino Aran is a very similar yarn (50% Baby Alpaca wool and 50% Merino Wool), and comes in some amazing colours.

I managed to get the yarn in at Ally Pally, and now whilst ill in bed this week, I finally got around to casting this project on. For the hem, I used the provisional crochet chain cast on, and folded hem, similar to what you would use for a Picot Hem, done with the Almerino Aran and then changed to the Classic Al for the main body.

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Pomatomus

Pomatomus

Yarn: Natural Dyed Studio Alpaca/Silk – DK in Midnight Ice.
Pattern: Pomatomus.
Needles: 2.75mm.
Notes: These were the first socks I experienced SSS with – at first I thought it was the pattern – but once I cast on the second sock, it seemed to knit up very quickly!

I loved this yarn – the colours are beautiful and it knitted up fabulously – I have even seen they have some more on eBay (I can’t buy more can I?)

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Lace Scarf

Lace Scarf ECU

Lace ScarfYarn: Knit Witches Silk Laceweight in Storm Grey.
Pattern: Lace Scarf from Debbie Bliss Pure Silk Collection (Link to Ravelry).
Needles: 3.25mm
Notes: There is not much to say about this pattern, it is a really simple lace repeat, but the silk yarn makes it really dramatic. I used the laceweight yarn rather than the DK the pattern suggests, this and the smaller needles to made a skinnier scarf, I just kept knitting until the scarf was about 80 inches.

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