Yarn: Sirdar Town and Country 4ply Sock Yarn in Classic Grey and Cygnet Wool Rich 4ply in Rose Pink.
Pattern: Sock it to ’em pattern with short row heel.
Needles: 2 mm DPN’s (5 needles).
Notes: I had about 75 grams of the grey yarn in my stash, and this pink wool I brought for some reason (I have no idea what I was thinking when I brought it), but I decided to make a striped pair of socks – originally as part of March’s Project Spectrum, as I had a limited amount of the pink yarn I added an extra stripe on the foot.
This project was also the perfect time to experiment with short-row heels, as I figured the grey heel would look more symmetrical, I think the socks fits more snuggly this way, but I have to get use to short-rows, I am still not use to this techinique.
Yarn: Sirdar Town and Country 4ply Sock Yarn in Classic Grey.
Pattern: Spun’s Summer Socks, Geisha Sock.
Needles: 2 mm DPN’s (5 needles).
Notes: I use to think knitting socks would be extremely hard – but this was my second pair and a little more adventurous, I also use to think knitting gloves would be impossible, but, this is really just a mitten pattern adapted for feet, and it really wasn’t that complicated.
I did have a little problem after I picked up the stitches to complete the round for the toes, I ended up with a tiny hole, however, this was easily fixed by darning the hole after the sock was complete.
* These socks were made for my sister to wear with her Nike Air Rift and not with Flip Flops 🙂
Yarn: Patons Essence in Cherry Blossom.
Pattern: Anthropologie-inspired Capelet from Craftster.
Notes: The basic pattern of this is very similar to OSW, (which is a pattern I loved), the basic simplicity of this pattern is amazing and yet it look so fantastic – I have received numerous compliments already today. 🙂 The yarn was fun to work with, – really it is a cheap acrylic (don’t shot me), but it works so well with this pattern and the colour is amazing.
Going away at the beginning of the year means I have been completely out of the loop in so many things in blogland. I knew it would be almost impossible to participate in Secret Pal this session as I will be away in March as well – and that was cool.
But now I have found out I miss the deadline for Sockapalooza – which I think is a good thing, as I am not that confident about my sock knitting capabilities, and I am not sure anyone would want sock I made. The obvious way to resolve this would be to sign up to something like Count Your Socks, but I think I might be too late – we shall see.
And then there is the wonderful concept of the Knitting Olympics – what an amazing idea – the only problem is I am having so many problems completing projects at the moment and I really should finish my mum’s twin set – but the thought of finishing a small project in 16 days really appeals. It will encourage me to have a FO in my gallery for 2006 – I even have a project planned the Crafter’s Circular Shrug – but I think I have to thing about this – maybe train a little first.
Then finally in Blogland found a no-pressure project. Lolly’s Project Spectrum, it is simple create something from a set colour each month – be it a sweater, scrapbooking page or bracelet – Lolly has explained it best on her blog – but is sounds perfect for me – now I can start scrap-booking rather then just buying supplies from eBay.
I don’t really talk about non-crafty things in this journal I have a livejournal that I use for that kind of thing, But once in a while something amazing happens and it has to be recorded everywhere.
On the 16th January – 8 years after I started dating Jason we decided to get engaged. We had been talking about it for ages and brought the ring earlier this year – but decided to make it official whilst in Chicago on our anniversary.
Our wedding is now booked for next March and I am completely in wedding mode, as I prepare to no longer be a “miss.”
Needless to say very little knitting has been done and to make matters worst I have taken up scrapbooking to try and archive our engagement and wedding – now I really need an extra hour in the day.
With all my Christmas knitting project now finished I can resume, my normal knitting schedule and in true knitting style I have several projects on the go. First off, I am making another Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf in the Hip-Knits Silk I brought last year, it was meant to be a summer top for me – but with the winter months rolling in a frogged it and have now decided it will be perfect for a thick winter scarf ready for our trip to Chicago next week.
Even though I have stopped knitting gifts, I seem to be busy knitting things for other people. My poor mum has been waiting since last May for her twin set, I finished the sweater part last September and it has been sitting in my knitting bag waiting to be blocked and for its partner to be made. So that has not been cast on, I am using the pattern from Sally Dallas’ Vintage Knits (I think this is the 6th Pattern I have done from this book).
Next on the needles is a pair of socks for my sister. She has the most awful trainers – Nike Air Rift, or pig’s trotters as we like to call them. The problem is you can’t wear normal socks with them – as there is a separator between the big toe and the rest of the toes. So when I saw the pattern for Geisha Socks in SpunMag, I immediately thought of her.
I nicked this from Woolly Warbler
What new knitting techniques did I learn this year?
Thanks to Tracy (she sent me a sock starter kit as part of SP5), it has to be socks and knitting with DPN’s.
Which completed project from the last 12 months are you most proud of?
I think that would have to be Lucky – she became a labour of love, or the beaded bolero I made for my sister.
What was your biggest knitting disaster of the year?
Not sure really – I guess it would have to be Florence that I started knitting realised I was never going to wear it and also I think the pattern was a bit too much for me, I am useless at intarsia.
What knit craze grabbed you this year?
Without a doubt it would have to KSH – I love it, so far all I have used it for is scarves – but I think I may have to knit a Butterfly or Cami in the New Year.
And New Year Resolutions?
At the moment none – but it is an excuse to make a list 😉
Happy New Year!
Yarn: KidSilk Spray in Regal.
Pattern: Airy Scarf from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts
Notes: This pattern is great to get use to KSH, as the pattern is so simple.
As I dropped the needles size (a lot), I used 42 stitches instead of 22 to get the same width. I also used all the wool to make a longer scarf.
Yarn: Paton’s Cotton DK in Denim.
Pattern: One Skien Wonder by Glampyre.
Needles: 5 mm and 3.75mm.
Notes: This was a lovely pattern to knit up – and completed extremely quickly.
As I was knitting it – I kept thinking of other yarns that this would work with, although the pattern called for worsted (which is thinker than DK), it still works well – I think because the cotton has great stitch definition.
It was a little weird knitting from the top down – something I hadn’t done before – but the raglan effect works really well.
This pattern does get bonus points as there is very little seaming – just the “cuffs” of the arms.
Yarn: Paton’s Cotton DK in Sky.
Pattern: Spring Fling from Knitty Spring 2005.
Needles: 3 mm and 3.75mm.
Notes: This was a lovely easy lace pattern – great for a beginners, and the pattern looks very affective.
I decided to knit the body section as one (I hate seaming), I cast on 200 (for the small), leaving off the 2 stitches from the back and one from each of the front. I also slipped the first stitch at the start of each row, for a neater edge – as the edge is not worked into a border.
Personally, I didn’t like the hook and eye fastening – so I made two i-cords (about 70 rows each), and attached them to the first row of the neck decreases.