Two Hats and a Sock
It is school holidays here and we went away for a week – to here
It was a lovely week away.
Anyway, it meant I had a bit of knitting time.
I knitted two more pussyhats (some friends had asked for their own hats) and then I wanted to knit something that wasn’t pink! I have been knitting a very generic sock – although it seems to be a bit saggy despite my reducing my calf measurement by an inch. Swatches lie!
The yarn is Wendy Roam Fusion (Colourway Force).
This is definitely a slow process… although that means I get to watch more War and Peace and my guilty secret viewing Nashville (this is so trashy and melodramatic – love it).
I successfully completed the waist decreases and I am just onto the bust increases – I’m thinking of putting a life line in for when everything goes pear shaped.
There is a nice rhythm to this and (so far) the yarn has been angelic (except for the first ball which fell apart). I haven’t quite got to the point where I could do this out and about and keep track of the lace pattern.
The other day I succumbed to the lure of the yarn shop and bought two new sock yarns
I couldn’t really help myself …but they are beautiful.
I finished the socks – first project completed for 2016. It is the Basic Ribbed Sock from Kate Atherley’s sock book. The yarn is Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock in shade Queen.
These socks came together pretty easily – I know one looks longer in the image but I think Miss P just pulled one up more. Next up a hat for Miss A (this one). The swatch is currently being blocked.
Miss P’s Socks
I’m continuing to knit these socks – I’m pretty much using The Basic Ribbed Sock pattern from Kate Atherley’s book.
We are introducing the girls to Star Wars (4, 5 and 6) not the awful first three, so we can all go and see the new one. This means I have had a bit of knitting time – each round goes quite quickly. I have just found a counter app for my pebble watch, so now I can keep track without having to stop, find my notebook, and do a tally.
Sorry about the quality. It’s a bit hard to take a photo of your own wrist
See – brilliant!
I finished my Hermione Socks – I’m not all that happy with how the heel flap went (it’s almost like I was knitting inside out?)
I’ve started a new pair of socks for Miss P – using Kate Atherley’s Custom Socks book…
Swatch for next pair of socks
I have never knitted a swatch in the round.
The yarn is Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock in shade Queen. I really like how the colours are working together.
Second Hermione Sock
Whenever I get the chance I work on my second hermione sock – it is certainly easier the second time around. While knitting I have been listening to the BBC World Book Club podcasts – I have listened to Marilynne Robinson, Marian Keyes and Anne Tyler so far…
A Finished Sock!
I finished a sock (just the one). This is the first thing I have finished since the pin cushion in February (and given that it is only one sock and I have two feet how finished is it really?). However, I do feel quite pleased with myself for finishing something.
I have taken on too much this year – had a real need to justify my existence by filling all of my time with ‘worthy’ work. I just became tired and grumpy, so now my goal is to do more nothing – more pottering and just being.
As I was working on this sock, I was a bit concerned about how it was all coming together (and I am pretty sure I stuffed up picking up the heel stitches – at least on one side), but when it was finished and I tried it on it was pretty good. I’ve cast on the second sock …
I’ve had a small victory! For the first time ever I have been able to correct a mistake in my knitting without starting again! I watched a video on You Tube – this one (It is Lucy Neatby explaining how to fix accidental yarn overs).
I have been busy – too busy. I have taken on too much and I am feeling over-whelmed. I’m slowly extricating myself and finding more time for craft.
I have been working (slowly) on my Hermione sock – I think I have gone a bit astray (is it because the instructions are for two circulars and I’m using double points?). I don’t think it matters – this sock is all about the process, finding a bit of quiet in each day. I have taken notes, so I should be able to make the second sock look like the first.
The yarn is beautiful – hand dyed from here.
Swatches and the start of new projects
I’ve been able to get some knitting done while watching television (this series).
I have swatched and started working on the February Fitted Pullover (again – you might remember I have tried this once before). The yarn is Sublime Cashmere Merino Silk DK in colour Tease.
I have also swatched and started knitting Hermione’s Everyday Socks. This is yarn I bought from the Melbourne Art Gallery markets (Hawthorn Cottage Yarns).
I suspect progress will be slow.