Back to socks

Posted by Caroline in Knitting, socks, Spinning, sweaters on February 19th, 2018

All of my knitting has reached the stage where it needs a bit of effort so I have cast it aside and started something new. These are socks from the scrap bag, once I started pulling out small balls of yarn I ended up with enough for three pairs of socks so that’s probably what I’ll be making. Most of the balls are big enough for me to not worry about running out of yarn before the toe but just so I eliminate all possibility of that I’m knitting both socks at the same time. I’m sticking with ten round stripes because it makes counting the length of the sock really easy. There are four stripes in the cuff and eight in the foot except that this time I’m going to reduce the foot length just a bit. I’m adding a bit of length to the heel flap for a high arch and having that extra ease in the gusset means that the foot is stretched less and that means that there is effectively more length in the foot. I’ll see how well they fit before launching the next pair.

I’ve been spinning as part of my clearing up programme. The three batts were similar in colour so I used one in each ply. The resulting yarn will go into the next batch of hats with the left over yarn from the blue cardigan. (The skein at the top is a different colour because I found a bobbin full of single left from another project and I tidied that away too.) The coned blue is not left over yet, I only have the front bands and neckband to knit on the cardigan but the whole thing is sitting in the airing cupboard. I knew that it will grow on washing but I wanted to be sure that it would grow enough before I spent the time finishing it. The plan is to dry the cardigan, rejoice that it fits, knit the bands and then start hats with the leftovers. I haven’t seen the buttons I’d planned for it but I’m pretty sure that they exist and my tidy up means that I know a lot of places where they aren’t.

I have bought 100g of fibre this month. I’m claiming the “ooh, shiny” exemption as well as it not being something that I already have. This is a yak silk blend and I think I’m going to dye the yarn gold (which sounds much prettier than orange). The silk will take the colour and the brown yak may change colour slightly. I may not have knitted many hats this month but I’ve taken a few bags of leftovers to the post office and a new life in someone else’s stash so I’m confident that there is more going out than coming in.


Stashbash 2018 – January

Posted by Caroline in hats, Knitting, socks, Stashbash on January 22nd, 2018

These may look like hats but they are part of my strategy for tidying up the front bedroom. The spare bedroom has yet again reached the stage where I look in, sigh and walk away even though I know from previous experience that it never takes as long as I think it will to clear it up and get everything back into boxes.  The last time I had a serious sort through of the stash was six years ago when I decided to move out a net two kilos of yarn. At that time I had no idea how big a challenge that would be and it was a surprise to me that by October I’d used up 8.9kg. Admittedly I’d bought rather a lot during the year but once the purchases had been netted off I still hit the target. This year I’m planning to buy less so I think that to aim for a net four kilo reduction is possible. It’s not only about having less stuff in boxes but also about seeing the wood for the trees and getting reacquainted with what I have. I’ve reopened the Etsy shop and intend spinning all the fibre into yarn as that takes up less space. There will no doubt be a number of project bags that will need new homes once I’ve moved enough stuff off the floor to be able to get to the box with the fabric in.

The hats on the right are random odd balls together with the leftovers from the grey cardigan that I knitted for mum in 2014. There are a few small balls of grey left now but not enough for another hat. The hats on the left feature the leftovers from the brown cardigan that I knitted earlier this year. There is one more brown hat on the needles which I think is the last one. I could have done something radical such as weigh how much yarn one hat takes but that thought eluded me. So far all of the yarn has come from off the floor and knitting it means that I don’t have to put it away. There were a few other grey hats but they left in a parcel of other woolies earlier in the month. I also sold a few odd balls of cotton yarn making the total used for January 1.5kg. I bought nothing so that’s 1.5kg net.

This will be the basis of the third phase of hats but not until I’ve made myself a cardigan out of it and have some actual leftovers. This is a kilo cone of aran Forsell Touch of Silk which was so incredibly cheap that it would have been rude not to buy it especially as I bought a second kilo at the same time thereby saving on postage too. It is the same yarn as the brown that I made a cardigan from last year so I already know what sort of fabric it makes and that it changes significantly on scouring as it is oiled for machine knitting.  I would usually start with the measurements of the last cardigan I made but that is already too big because I’ve lost a stone in weight since then. I have the yarn, I have the buttons but I need the measurements and a design idea.  Don’t hold your breath.

It’s not been all hats this month, I’m knitting them on straight needles and they won’t go in my handbag so they don’t make for good travel knitting. These are socks for feet I don’t know very well, if I’m lucky then they will fit but if not they may return for some minor adjustment. I’ve written down the number of rounds so I could reproduce them again if I get lucky. If I don’t get lucky then at least I know the starting numbers from which I can make adjustments.






Posted by Caroline in Knitting, socks on January 3rd, 2018

I am coping with my life by carefully stepping around the subjects that are too hard at the moment so let’s stick to knitting. I was pretty sure that as low as I was I could still win at socks so I started a pair for Bigfoot on Monday night at his music lesson. When I got home they were no longer in my handbag and nowhere to be seen in the car. I looked in the car and on the floor outside but didn’t fancy driving forty minutes to search the pavement outside his teacher’s house. In the grand scheme of things it was not significant and not a thing to be losing sleep over except that it proved that there was still a way for me to fail at sock knitting. The next day I had a small celebration when I found the missing sock in its hiding place under the driver’s seat of the car. I started the first sock on a colour change so I could make the second one match but when I got to the toe of the first and saw how little yarn was left I ditched that idea. I had less than 10g left after knitting the pair, if I had started the second one in the same place in the colour repeat as the first one I would have ended up with a join and mismatched toes. It looks as if stripes or at least A Stripe is the way to go, that or another 50g of yarn.

The new pair is the one on the far right. The rest have come out of the mending pile, one needed a darn, six needed new toes. One pair of these dates to 2008, one to 2010 and the child pair on the second from right is from 2013. With that pair I did more than replace the toe, I added half an inch to the length as well. There is no wear to the heel on those but they are wearing a bit thin under the sole so I suspect that they will be back in the mending pile again next year. The so called mending pile now consists only of whole-no-holes odd socks. I suspect that their partners may be lurking at the back of someone’s sock drawer but I can’t be bothered to hunt them down.

This is going to be some sort of baby jacket with a hood. I’ve not knitted this pattern before and it was the hood that was the attraction. It is knitted cuff to cuff,  it starts at the cuff at the bottom and I’m currently knitting from the bottom of the front, across the shoulder and down the back. At some point there will be a few stitches cast off in the middle for the beginning of the neck. Although I’ve not knitted this particular pattern I’ve knitted others than run cuff to cuff so there should be no surprises. More sensible knitters would have read the pattern before starting but this is a clear case of do as I say not do as I do.

I am down to one sweater that fits me.  Celtic Dreams is huge and Ophelia was so big that I ripped it. I had hoped that I could just take out the gusset panels on the hips but it was massively big on the bust too. There was no way I would ever wear it again and the yarn was in good condition for an eight year old garment so it has more chance of being used again as yarn rather than as a sweater. I’ve had a few half hearted attempts to cast on for another sweater but it’s too hard at the moment so it’s hats and socks until I can get my head around what I want and what size I am these days.




Is it July already?

Posted by Caroline in Book making, Knitting, socks on August 17th, 2017

I can report that the cardigan has had a lot of wear even with the baggy neck that I still don’t like. It’s warm and it fits me and that is good enough. When I come to knit the cone of blue I’ll make more of an effort with the neckline. All I’ve been knitting recently is socks and I’ve reached the stage where I’m bored with them too. This is the sum total of a week’s holiday knitting and it’s even worse than it looks because when I came back I’d only knitted half of the rib. It turns out that there is less knitting time on a cruise than I expected, I took 400g of sock yarn away with me and managed half an inch of rib. It’s an unusual situation, I’m ruling that these will be holiday socks as the yarn went to Norway and back and if these are holiday socks then the rest of the yarn qualifies for holiday socks too.

So where have I been since March? I’ve been at the gym for three hours a week, I’ve been spending at least four hours a week learning Norwegian,  I’ve been making yoghurt every week, the child had a few weeks of exams which always throws my routine and we went on a cruise which needed a ridiculous amount of planning as we’ve never done it before. Oh how they mocked my packing of magnets. Oh how they ate their words when I pinned the daily newsletter to the wall. In addition to this my access to the internet has been hit and miss for months and now I’m at the stage where  my laptop has turned its nose up at wireless internet altogether and has started becoming sniffy about being fastened to the router with a wire. It’s been easy to put off updating the blog until some other time, I started writing this in July and now it’s the middle of August.

I had a request to make River’s journal less authentic and more user friendly by switching out the expensive hand torn thick paper for plain old lined paper. It’s his book and he can have what he wants even if it is wrong. I bought a few exercise books and cut them to size, sewed them into a block that was the right thickness for the existing cover, pasted a bit of cheesecloth onto the spine, cut out the old block, pasted in the new block and replaced the endpapers. Job done, teen pleased. I did toy with the idea of starting from scratch with new covers and making a better job of it but when I finished making this I put the leftover blue leather in a safe place and as usual it’s so safe that I can’t find it now that I want it again.

I was making socks in my last post (oh, what a surprise) and I did finish all of them by the birthday deadlines. I’d like to say that they have all been in wear for months but I’ve just found the black striped pair at the bottom of the knitting bag. Rather like updating the blog, that’s a job that has needed doing for a long time but I just couldn’t be bothered. Unlike the blog when it is ignored for too long yarn starts falling out of the top and rolling under the coffee table. I was wondering what there was in it and was surprised to find two and two half pairs of socks as well as the multiple bags of yarn that I was expecting. There I was thinking I would have to have a Cinderella moment to work out whose feet it was I was aiming these at and it turns out that the blog knew all about it. If only I had told it where I had stashed the Tardis-blue leather.

I’ve lost 27% of my body weight and as a result I’ve lost a lot of my wardrobe too. I don’t mind replacing t shirts as they usually only last a summer until I accidentally bleach them but other than that I don’t want to buy for this summer and then find that (hopefully) things are too big for me next summer. I made one simple blouse come t shirt and then used that pattern to take in some shirts. The shirts cost me less than it would have been to buy the fabric and the majority of the sewing work has been done for me because I’m keeping the hems, collar and front facings. They fasten on the wrong side but as I can get them on and off over my head I don’t much care. I keep taking the odd item to the charity shop while I dither on a hanger by hanger basis as to whether I should get rid or make smaller. Like updating the blog and tidying the yarn basket it’s another job that is easier to put off for another day.



Warm again

Posted by Caroline in Knitting, socks, sweaters on March 7th, 2017

It was just me and the self timer on the camera and I had a race against the fading light so these are all the photos the blog is getting. The plain cardigan is finished, I decided against pockets as I don’t have the need for them that I did when I had a dog. (Those of you who are cat people may not be aware that you can identify a dog owner by the black plastic bags in every pocket of every coat and bag they own). It’s plain as plain except for the rib at each side. I could sell you this as a well thought out alternative to waist shaping but the truth is that it was simply so I didn’t need to bother with a stitch marker. The rib was a big flag that signalled that this was the point to decrease as my bust is smaller than my hips. The yarn is Forsell’s Touch of Silk, it’s made for machine knitting so is sold oiled on the cone. It softens up once you wash out the oil, you can skein and wash it before knitting or wait until the end and scour the finished item in very hot water and washing up liquid which is what I did. I bought a full kilo cone in this dark brown and a part cone in dark blue and I know now that there will be enough of the blue for a sweater without having to resort to stripes. It knits up nicely to four stitches to the inch on a 5mm needle, it would be fine on a smaller needle but I don’t think that I would like the fabric on anything much bigger.

After it was off the needles it seemed a bit gappy around the neck but I convinced myself that it would fill in with the collar. Had I sat and worked out the numbers at that point (ideally even earlier before I’d cast off) I would have seen that the neck was nearly 20″ around which is fine for a sweater where it has to clear your ears but somewhat large for a cardigan. I didn’t look at the stitch count for the final row and so decided that the width was an illusion caused by the lack of a collar. I knitted the collar, both front bands, washed it, dried it, put the buttons on and not surprisingly found that the neck was still gappy. I’ve poked at it for a couple of days, attempted to steam the neck into a more pleasing shape, poked at it some more and tried to muster up the enthusiasm to take off the bands and collar and fix it. In the end I went for plan B which was to run a piece of yarn around the neck and pull it up slightly. It is a quick and dirty fix but it is a fix and if at some future point I want to do the job properly (yeh, as if) then I can.

I usually have a three week delay while I dither over for buttons but this time I had the buttons long before I had the yarn. I’ve had them for months and I’ve been waiting for the right project to put them on. (I typed that and went to check exactly how long I’ve had the buttons for, maybe it was as long as a year? It’s actually three years, doesn’t time fly?) This project is as good as any other to put them on, I get to look at the ravens now rather than having them squirreled away waiting for the perfect project. If a better project comes along I can take them off this and put them on the new thing. I love them, they make me happy every time I pick up the cardigan and that shows that it was the right project to use them on.

I have nearly finished sewing in all the ends on the stripey socks, the birthday is weeks away and I’ve done a sock and a half so far. I ran out of black with a stripe and a toe to go but managed to find three part balls of black within four feet of my seat. I suspect there might be more if I actually went and looked. The coloured leftovers went straight into another pair of socks, the colours all work together because they all went into the same dye bath. I quite like them, the colours work well together and two of the four yarns are sparkly. I’m being daring here and I’ve started knitting on the basis that there is going to be “enough” yarn, usually I’d mark the middle of each ball of yarn so that I could be sure that I had enough for the second sock. If I run out it will be after the heel where it won’t be noticeable and I know what dye I used so I have the chance of transforming another oddment of grey sock yarn into a green that will blend in.



The swatch did not lie but the pattern did

Posted by Caroline in Knitting, socks, sweaters on February 24th, 2017

The cardigan has now reached the exciting stage where I decrease eight stitches every other row. It fits, it’s a bit snug but my tension square says that it should ease up a bit when washed. There will be a collar and button bands in due course and probably afterthought pockets too. It is not the same cardigan as the one I had started last time, after I’d bought the pattern I realised why it was that the entirety of Ravelry thought that it knitted up small. The tension was given over stockinette and the finished measurement was exactly right for the stockinette tension and the number of stitches which would have been fine if it had actually been knitted in stockinette. It had cables and usually patterns add a few extra stitches at the bottom of the cables to compensate for them pulling in but this one didn’t. The cables took at least two inches off the finished width and that wasn’t taken into account anywhere. I would need to address the sizing, sort out the arms (Ravelry was again united in saying that they ran narrow), change the hood to a collar – it was just as easy to ditch the pattern and knit something up based on the tension I had. I had also lost faith in the designer and that’s never a good starting point. It is now a plain crew neck raglan cardigan from “the knitters handy book of sweater patterns”  at four stitches per inch. If I pull my finger out and don’t dither over buttons there’s still a chance I could wear it before the season changes. I usually pick knitwear based on what looks to be an entertaining knit but this time I’m aiming for something finished and warm. This is knitted on what is for me huge needles, most of my knitting is in the 3mm range so 5mm feels massive. It makes for a really quick knit though, or it would do if I was knitting the cardigan and not socks. It very quickly became too big to be carry about knitting.

I’m on with birthday sock knitting, a pair for a birthday in April and another for a birthday in March. If I’d planned this properly then I would have started (and finished) the March ones first but I didn’t. I think I’m on the verge of running out of black sock yarn and to be honest I’m not all that upset about it (although I will be very upset if I don’t reach the toe of the second pair). The child no longer needs black topped socks to comply with a school uniform and I can do without a big slab of black on tiny needles as my evening knitting. If he had smaller feet it wouldn’t be so bad but they go on forever. I’m easing him away from what he sees as being a normal sock by moving to stripes. If I can sell the stripes then I can move onto stripes that are not black. If this fails then I’ll just buy another 500g of black sock yarn and carry on as before unless I accidentally press the wrong button and order grey or navy, either of which would be an improvement over black.

Next time – maybe a finished cardigan?


New Year starts and finishes

Posted by Caroline in Celtic Dreams, Family, Knitting, socks, sweaters on January 27th, 2017

Happy New Year, 2017 may be a bit dusty now but I managed to get a post into the first month although it was a close run thing.

Doesn’t time just fly by? It’s been nearly ten years since I wrote this post in praise of the slow cooker. It is still going strong except that it’s now moved out to have a quieter life with my mother. I decided that the time had come to replace it with something larger and multifunctional so now I have a slow cooker that is also a steamer and a pressure cooker. I did have a stove top pressure cooker decades ago but I was always wary of it because of the hissing and spluttering and it didn’t justify the cupboard space so out it went. Technology has moved on, an electric pressure cooker gives off a plume of steam for a few seconds just before it reaches pressure and after that it sits there silently, no steam, no sound, no worries. It has been a good purchase and has saved me even more time as I now cook perfect brown rice in bulk, freeze it and zap it in the microwave as needed. I am saving tens of minutes every time I make risotto because I don’t have to stir it (we are eating more risotto now just because I don’t have to stir it). I’d love to know what I’ve been doing with all this extra time I’ve saved, it’s certainly not gone into blogging.

I’m calling these my Christmas socks as the yarn was under the tree. Both pairs of socks are twinkly, they are so finished that they’ve been through the wash twice and they are mine. One has a heel with a flap and gusset and the one I’m wearing has a short row heel as I was feeling particularly indecisive and hedged my bets with one of each heel. I don’t think that I needed more socks but everyone else had a pair for Christmas so it seemed only fair that these should be for me.

I keep attempting to make myself slippers, I’ve finished several pairs over the years and none of them have gone well. These (or rather “this”) have not bucked the trend. The soles are from Joes Toes, they are thick felted wool and have the sewing holes already punched around the edges. I joined the inner and outer soles together with a crochet hook and the two lined up perfectly. I picked up some stitches around the edge to make a strip running around the sole and then sewed that to my knitted bootee (Himalaya by DROPS). It was a bit big so I threw it in the washer and it came out exactly the right size. I ripped back the second bootee that I’d knitted but not sewed up because I know that I’m not going to wear this one, I’ll cut the top off and reclaim the sole for another attempt some time in the future. I can’t tell you why I don’t like it, I think it’s that the top (even after fulling) has less structure than the bottom, it just doesn’t feel right.

I know that this will pass the wear test because I’ve been wearing it even though it doesn’t have the buttons that it needs. The photo of the flat thing would have been better if I’d taken it after blocking and before I’d started wearing it but I have been wearing it with the ends dangling because it’s turned cold and all my neck things have gone to ground. This is Shapeshifter, I made one some time ago in bulky yarn, this version is much finer and took a lot more knitting. I can live with the weird colour thing it has going on because once it’s wrapped around the neck you don’t see enough of it to notice the flashing. It has buttons at the three points of the chevron and then you button it through whichever hole you fancy. There are holes all the way around the edges and up the middle so there is bound to be one of them in the right place for the look that you want. It doesn’t pull over your head so doesn’t upset your hair, not that mine would be upset even if I was dragged through a hedge backwards. I didn’t entirely follow the pattern, there are new episodes of Sherlock and a series of a swedish crime drama knitted into this but again, once it’s on you won’t see where I messed up the hole sequence through inattention. I picked up and knitted a garter border because I had yarn left over and the edge was wanting to roll.

The fact that I have two swatches, one of which is on two sizes of needle, tells you that I have a tension issue. That I went to so much trouble to get it right tells you that it is something where tension really matters and the size of the cone is a giveaway that it’s a big thing. I am cold, the short term solution is to put the heating on but the longer term solution is a cardigan. I am still wearing my Celtic Dreams but since I’ve lost nine inches off my hips it has become a bit on the big size. I could fix it by sewing a dart at each side and chopping out the excess fabric or I could wear it as it is while I knit myself something new. There’s so much more fun to be had in knitting a new thing, the agonizing over button choices alone could take me weeks. Fortunately I skipped all the yarn decisions by buying something that was very cheap otherwise I could still be faffing about come summer. Hopefully by the next post I will have sorted out my yarn issues and have a chunk of brown knitting to show. If I keep on with being a slacker blogger it could be a whole garment (although probably not with buttons as that’s usually a three week decision)


Tidying up and a resolution of sorts

Posted by Caroline in Knitting, socks on December 29th, 2016

I’ve been busy doing a lot of that thing where you keep moving stuff about and eventually it ends up as a smaller pile of stuff. The marmalade came from this week’s intensive sessions of freezer tetris which was kicked off by me making pasties on Boxing Day. There doesn’t seem to be a logical connection between using up leftovers from the Christmas dinner and marmalade but if I hadn’t have done one I wouldn’t have needed to do the other. I ran out of flour after making the pasties so I went grocery shopping on Boxing Day and as well as the flour I came home with a boneless rolled turkey joint, a beef rib joint and a huge free range turkey. In future I may go shopping again on Boxing Day because it seems that the bigger the piece of meat, the bigger the discount after Christmas. I’ve spent all week moving things around in the freezer to make space for the turkey, I could get the rest of the meat in without a problem but the turkey would only fit in the one extra-deep drawer and that was already full. Fortunately my mother did have freezer space so the turkey had somewhere to live whilst I shuffled things about in my freezer. The three bags of frozen oranges took up as much space as a third of a turkey and were the thing that tipped the balance. Once the oranges were out the turkey could go in.

I’ve been doing a similar thing in the wool room, moving things about in the hope that when the music stops I’ll end up with less stuff than when I started. This bag made four hats before I put it away again. I would have carried on knitting if I could have found a circular needle in the right size but I’d had enough of fighting dpns after four hats. I remember now why it was that the last time I had a major hat session I stuck with a variant of Tychus – I knitted it on straight needles with a three needle cast off to finish. It would have been helpful if I’d thought about that before I packed the bag of random yarn away but then I probably wouldn’t have had time to finish my Christmas knitting so maybe it was for the best.

I decided very late in the day that the sock yarn blanket was going to be a present for my mother so I got that finished, dealt with all the ends, blocked it and wrapped it. I still had time so I started knitting a pair of socks for my son and as if that wasn’t enough, cast on a pair for my mother as well. I’ll come clean and say that I intended making two pairs for my son but I’d had enough after the first pair. His feet go on forever as you can see in comparison to the neat little 64 stitch sock that fits my mother’s foot. The coloured sock yarn pools and I thought it might be less objectionable if I knitted it in stripes and of course I’d get more socks out of the expensive yarn from the big name dyer if part of the sock was plain black. The result is a sock that still spirals horribly, as I knew it would because I’ve been down this road before. I don’t know why I keep on doing this to myself when I can have my sock yarn in whatever colour(s) I like and have it stripe nicely (or not at all) rather than flash randomly. All I have to do is wind a very long skein of plain white yarn and add water to some dye. I am done with buying sock yarn in two yard skeins because I know that it doesn’t knit into socks that I like to see. A pretty skein does not always make a pretty sock – I know this but I still buy pretty skeins even though I know that they are going to give me the same results as the last pretty skein. I am now officially over pretty skeins – I’m not buying another one.





The calendar does not lie but swatches do

Posted by Caroline in Knitting, socks, sweaters on November 28th, 2016

I have lost a week again, maybe two. How did it get to the end of November when it feels as if the start of the month was only last week? I have managed to find all of the presents I bought, no mean feat as two have them have been missing since I bought them. You would think that by now I would have stopped hiding presents where I can’t find them because I go through this every year.

This is the current state of the blanket which is starting to look as if it is a good size to cover knees. It weighs just over 400g so that’s the equivalent of four full balls of sock yarn. I know what space that occupies and so I have an idea of how much space I should have made in the bag of sock scraps but I’m not seeing it. Yet again I have managed to knit something out of thin air because the sock scrap bag looks to be as full as it was when I started. This is the stage at which the blanket is going to be sidelined in favour of new knitting, there’s still plenty of variety in the scrap bag but I have a pattern and yarn and an urge for something different. I’m not finished with this one but I will say that I would make another because it makes for mindless tv knitting. This is a ten stitch spiral but with twenty stitches, another time I might go for thirty stitches wide because the wider the stripes are the less stopandturn there is in the piece.

This is what the blanket was dumped for. It may have the appearance of a sweater back but it has turned out to be an oversized swatch. I should have known better, I really should because I have never knitted anything that came out too big but have many examples of things being too small. I should know by now that if the tension square tells me to use the same needles as in the pattern it is tricking me or I’m using the wrong yarn. I would usually have started with a sleeve but the pattern helpfully has the tension measured over stockinette rather than in pattern and then doesn’t give you many measurements on the schematic. The sleeve width is a mystery so I decided to ignore the accumulated wisdom of decades and leap straight in with the back on the needles suggested by my swatch and the pattern. I could have got lucky I suppose but what I’ve got is what I should have expected – something that will be way too small. It’s tricky to tell with rib because it stretches which is why patterns usually say measured “when slightly stretched”. There was no “slightly” about what I needed to do with this to get it close to the measurement on the schematic. I’ll start again with my usual guess of using needles one size thicker than the pattern suggests and this time I’ll have a stab at a front.

My socks are now on my feet and the leftovers are in the blanket. This is the reason that the blanket didn’t eat into the bag of sock yarn bits, many of the balls of yarn were never in the bag in the first place. The added blue stripes meant that the part ball of yarn was enough to make a pair of matching socks so it was worth those extra few ends. More socks are on the needles, as many as I finish will be wrapped and under the tree and those that aren’t finished will be given in January. It’s no pressure Christmas knitting again here this year.

Now with a slightly bigger blanket

Posted by Caroline in Knitting, socks, Spinning on November 8th, 2016

The painting stopped last week but that was fair enough because everything else stopped too. It’s been a long time since I had proper bone-aching ‘flu and I hope it will be a long time until I have it again. Time has passed, as it does, and I’m better again.

The blue Portland needed brain work, the choosing of appropriate needles, the knitting and measuring of a tension square and then the matching of pattern to yarn. There are no prizes for guessing that I was not capable of that last week and I didn’t progress further than looking at the yarn. There’s always a new week just around the corner and perhaps it will get done then.

I had days where I did nothing but sleep but then I started to get my act together and I was grateful to find that I had a big lump of brainless knitting to get on with. This was supposed to be rectangular and it is, just not quite as rectangular as I’d imagined. This is my own fault because I didn’t do anything so dangerously radical as plan it, sketch it out or even think very hard, I just started knitting. It’s bigger than it was last time but the bag of scraps doesn’t seem to be any smaller. It is possible that it isn’t any smaller because every bag I open has sock yarn scraps in it and I keep throwing them in the project bag. I hope that at some point I will finish clearing out the remains of other projects and I might then start to gain on the bag. My corners aren’t all they could be but that’s what you get from knitting at night when you can’t see exactly where they are.

I’ll have to knit quickly because the next additions to the scrap bag will probably be from these socks. I found the pinkish yarn a while ago, started knitting and then weighed the ball to find that it was 70g rather than 100g. I know that I can get a pair of socks from 70g but I’m not entirely sure that I can do that and match the pattern as well. It was far easier to pick out a ball of yarn from the scrap bag and add a stripe or two When I’ve knitted the second sock as far as the first I’ll see how many pattern repeats are left in the ball and work out how many more stripes I need to add to be able to have toes. I did try to see how many repeats were in the ball but the ball of yarn was more than a match for me and it won hands down. I sorted out the tangled mess and I’m waiting for the rematch when there will be less of it to fight with.

I have no idea what this will be, it’s superwash bfl and nylon and I have it in purple, blue and olive. Originally it was going to be socks but once I saw the yarn I thought that it was too pretty to be stuck in shoes. Gloves or mittens would be the wrong colour for my coat which leaves me with gift knitting. Something will come to me, hopefully before I’ve finished spinning the rest of it.