Hansel Hap

Image of my hansel hap. A garter stitch shawk. Visible are a lace (feather and fan) in coloured stripes (dk grey, mustard, light grey, light blue and dark blue)
Hansel Hap

I finished my may socks (kinda magic socks) early, so I have been concentrating on my hap.

This is a lovely design to work. The lace is only knit on the right side and there is only one complicated row every five rows, so it is suitable ‘drinking’ knitting.

I love it – the gauge is a bit lose (intentionally) and it is squishy and soft. I can’t wait to wear it. The yarn is some type of super wash wool (merino) in 8 ply that I bought from Spot Light.

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Kinda Magic Socks (Wool and the Gang)

Image of Wool and the Gang's Kinda Magic socks - socks with a light pink ground with blue and darker print leopard spots and darker pink toes and heels
Kinda Magic Socks by Wool and the Gang

I bought 5 balls of Wool and the Gang sock yarn. It meant postage was free. It came with a pattern and three sets of double pointed needles (2.25mm, 2.5mm and 2.75mm).

For this first pair I followed the pattern exactly (and I must say it was an easy to follow pattern), but for the next pair I will make a few alterations – the foot is too long and that is because I made the toe too big (next time I will just do my normal toe). Also, I have become a magic loop convert and will knit the next pair the magic loop way.

I do like the after-thought heel – although I did get a hole at the corner where the foot meets the leg (I closed it up with spare yarn so you can’t see it in the photo). I will do some research to see how that can be avoided for the next pair.

These are my May socks, so I am ahead of schedule. I am going to work on my Hansel shawl and when I need something easy I will knit wash cloths.

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Another Project Bag

Blustery Tree from Urban Threads

As I have a lot of projects on the go, I need a lot of bags to keep them in! So I am making another project bag. The embroidery design is from Urban Threads (Blustery Winter Tree).

I will quilt it like I did my ‘Field of Flowers‘ and put in a zip. It is slightly bigger than ‘The Field of Flowers’ bag because that one is a bit over-full with my Hansel knitting project.

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Monkey Socks

Monkey Socks made from Fiber Lily’s Peppermint Latte Yarn

Well astute observers would notice that there has been a change of plan for this yarn. I was making Precious Metal socks, but I didn’t think the pattern stood out enough. I have moved onto Monkey Socks by Cookie A – it is a free pattern, but I purchased it via Ravelry (I believe designers should get paid).

As per usual, I am just using the pattern for the lace chart and doing my own thing for the actual sock construction.

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Precious Metal Socks

Precious Metal Socks – using Peppermint Latte yarn from Fiber Lily

I am a bit late getting into this one – I think the KAL has finished.

This was designed by Louise Tillbrook and she released a bit every week for four weeks. I had good intentions, but also wanted to finish my integrated socks. I will probably do heels and toes the way I like and just use the pattern for the pattern around the leg and on top of the foot.

This yarn is fabulous – Peppermint Latte from fiber lily. I have the Swish Sock base (85% merino and 15% Nylon).

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Integrated Socks – Finished

Integrated Socks are Finished

I finished the second sock. Yarn is from Dingo Dye Works (Desert Rose). It fits well, but I am not sure I would do a heel like this again (just because I am a creature of habit).

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Sock with Integrated Heel

Sock with Integrated Heel

I am always up for a new way of knitting top-down socks (not such a keen fan of toe up). Anyway, this one doesn’t have a heel flap (or at least one where you knit backwards and forwards). This is what the designer (
Ailbíona McLochlainn) says


The Integrated Heel looks and fits similarly to a traditional heel flap and gusset. The difference is in the process. Like the traditional sock heel, the Integrated Heel features a heel flap, a gusset, and a turned heel. Unlike the traditional sock heel, the Integrated Heel is worked almost entirely in the round. This eliminates the need to work the heel flap back-and-forth flat, and to later pick up stitches along its edges. 
The resulting benefits include: a gusset with more give (since you aren’t picking up stitches along a finished edge); fewer interruptions to workflow (which, in turn, speeds up the knitting process considerably); and excellent fit, with ample opportunity for heel-depth customisation.

I bought the pattern and used the ideas rather than the specific pattern to knit my sock. I liked it. I need to wear it a bit before deciding if it is my new go to heel type (and I still have a second sock to knit).

The yarn is from Dingo Dye Works – in the Desert Rose colourway. It’s beautiful and feels fabulous, so soft.

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My Lady’s Quaker

My Lady’s Quaker

I just have to finish the motif on the bottom right corner and then I am on to the alphabets – one upper case and one lower case.

Working on it in hand means I do actually work on it, but I don’t think my stitches are as well-formed.

The pattern is from Jardin Prive. As I have two more of her designs in my stash, I am quite keen to get this one finished (and I have been working on it for a year!).

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Hansel Hap

Hansel Hap

This is my latest project (I am still working on my Braid Hills Cardigan and a pair of socks).

It is from the Shetland Hap Shawl class at Craftsy. It is a nice squishy garter stitch. I am using a 4ply patons baby dreamtime merino – machine washable and it comes in lots of shades.

I am currently working on the inner triangle section – I love how the yarn overs at the start have a lace-like effect (we are going to pick up along these edges).

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Field of Flowers Project Bag

Image of a black quilted zipper bag with white flowers embroidered on it.
Field of Flowers Project Bag

I made myself a new project bag – for my Hansel shawl.

The embroidery is from Urban Threads. I made embroideries for the front and back, then quilted each piece and then made a lined zipper bag.

I might have made it slightly too small – you can see it’s packed, but if it doesn’t work for this project it will work for other projects (maybe a cross stitch project)

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