I finished my Christmas socks. The yarn is the Christmas yarn from WYS. I just did a plain sock – twisted rib cuff, eye of partridge heel flap and I used Kate Atherley’s wedge toe instructions (I like how the toe is rounded rather than pointy).
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I am still working on my Christmas socks – although I might have to move onto some secret squirrel things before I get finished.
I went to Knit Purl – it is a beautiful store. Definitely worth a visit.
And then on the way back to the come I passed Laneway Quilts – so I had to pop in and bought more sock yarn (of course). I am so amazed that two stores can co-exist so close to each other in a relatively small community.
I have turned the heel, but still to pick up the stitches for the gusset.
Yarn: Fairy Lights from WYS, I am making the pattern up as I go along (very vanilla though).
Check out the knitted and crocheted poppies at the War Memorial in Kings Park.
A new start. This is Fairy Lights from West Yorkshire Spinners (it’s the limited edition christmas one). I bought it directly from them and it arrived within a week.
I am using my Addi Crasy Trio needles (size 2.25mm) and my gauge is 8 stitches/inch.
My original plan was to knit something with a bit of texture – maybe a cable, but the colour pattern is interesting, so I am just going to knit a plain vanilla top-down sock.
I am going to cast on 66 stitches and knit a 1 by 1 rib for 2 inches (although I might do a twisted rib).
My Braid Hills cardigan has short row shaping on the sleeve caps. Rather than leaping straight into that I thought I would do the short row course on craftsy.
I have done short rows before – on sock heels, but never a wrap and turn short row.
This course is great – the teacher (Carol Feller) – explains things well and you can replay anything you get a bit stuck on.
I have been working on this at my knitting group (here) and I have reached the point where I have put the two fronts and the underarm stitches on waste yarn and am working on the back.
I am enjoying knitting this – the yarn is lovely and the pattern is beautifully written (very easy to follow).
I finished the course on mistakes I would recommend it. I can now ladder back and fix most problems.
Next up I am going to try Kate Atherley’s knitting two socks at once course.
I have been knitting for a while and I can fix simple mistakes – a dropped stitch, unknit a couple of rows, but anything more complicated is beyond me and I end up re-starting.
I decided to be pro-active and take a course – this one from Craftsy (Fixing Knitting Mistakes with Ann Budd). In the image above you can see I am working on my swatches. I have the pdf instructions on my Kindle and I am watching flosstube (the Twisted Stitcher – I love watching Vonna, she is genuine and entertaining).
This first swatch is about recognizing stitches (and I know I made a mistake with one of the lifted increases and didn’t know how to fix it! – the irony)
Finished the waist shaping – onto my third skein.
I bought the kit two years ago (and have stashed it under the bed), so I can’t remember what size I was planning on making. I have 9 skeins, so I could knit size 1, 2, 3 or 4 and I have decided on 3, which officially only requires 8 skeins, so I have a bit of wriggle room.
The pattern is super-easy to follow – I am in the middle of the waist shaping at the moment – the sleeve caps might be tricky, but I am up for a challenge.
I finally finished my Hap for Harriet. I blocked it using blocking wires, which was a revelation – why didn’t I know about these things before?
It took me at least a year of on again/off again knitting to finish this and while I was knitting it, I was adamant I wouldn’t tackle anything lace weight again. However, now it is finished I love wearing it – it is soft and warm and squishy. And I do have another skein of Misti Alpaca Lace weight yarn in the stash, so maybe another wrap/shawl is possible.