Sunday, 29 August 2010

Friday, 20 August 2010

A WIP no longer!

I started on this about 18 months ago - a pair of chunky cabled socks worked on 2 needles from a pattern in a knitting magazine. Of course I wouldn't normally knit socks on 2 needles but the socks looked really cosy and the pattern was simple enough so I thought I would see how they worked up done in such a different way. I had only managed to work the rib and first repeat before tidying them away and forgetting about them but when I pulled them out yesterday I managed to get the whole of one sock done. This is what it looked like from cuff down to heel shaping:

And this is what it looks like right now:

Yes, I ripped it right back and have put the wool back in the stash. As I worked the heel I began to feel that it wasn't coming quite right and that the foot was going to be rather wide but I carried on knitting. I shortened the length as John is only a size 8 shoe and worked the toe shaping, all the time thinking that this sock appeared to be getting wider and wider as the pattern changed from the tight cables to a stocking stitch toe. And I was proved right when I stitched the seams and completed the sock. It was very wide across the toes, not how it should have been at all. I followed the pattern exactly as I haven't worked socks on 2 needles before and my tension was fine so I am putting it down to a design flaw in the pattern itself. I certainly won't be trying that pattern again!
But the wool will not go to waste - John really liked the colour and warmth and suggested it would make a great scarf for the winter. So the WIP is still a WIP, kind of. Just a completely different one than it started out as........

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Who's a busy hooker?

But only in the rugmaking sense.
Remember this?

Well it's been stuck in the cupboard since before Heather was born so it's about time I got back to it and made an attempt to finish it off. The original plan was a cute soft little rug for a newborn baby to lay down on but the idea now is to hopefully finish it in time for when that baby get's her own room. And seeing as that will be after the older two girls move on then I might have a couple of years to go yet ;-) It's such a faffy project, I have to get all the bits out, make some room to spread them around me, and then hook away a strand of wool at a time. And it can only be done whilst Heather is sleeping as she likes to pull the wool out of the wrappers and throw them about. Or snuggle against the hooked section "aawwing" away. Well I guess that means she likes it though. So this where I'm up to with the latest WIP in the rapidly shrinking list:

And so hopefully the next to be finished. Unless of course I get distracted by a little knitting........or crochet......or cross-stitch.....
And I have promised a new knitted boobie for a colleague. And a knit for a soon to be arriving newborn.
Oh decisions, decisions.
Happy crafting everyone.

Friday, 13 August 2010


And this is what I was knitting:

See sock love is still holding me tight.
These were knitted from a pattern in the latest issue of simply knitting magazine but I decided to use stash yarn rather than that specified in the pattern. I have no idea what the yarn is as I found it, label-less, lingering in a basket in the charity shop and it only cost me 50p for what I guess was pretty much an unused 100g ball. It feels like a wool/acrylic mix DK. This picture shows the true colour, photography is not my strong point!

Knitted up on 4mm DPN's so they came along very quickly and actually finished a couple of nights ago but not had the time to photograph them. Super cosy for John in winter and I think I may have to knit up a couple more pairs for myself and Helen. Not yet though as I am thinking of having a little break from knitting and trying to get on with a different UFO.
In fact I might just have a search through the rapidly diminishing pile right now.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Quick work.

The project started saturday night is half done already. And is looking rather nice and cosy too. Just right for winter. What do you think?

Have you guessed what it is yet? Dawn, you were right about the clue - it is something from the latest issue of simply knitting, although I'm using stash yarn rather than the recommended yarn. The DPN's were another big clue. I am knitting in the round again.
Does this picture give it away?

Or that I know that I am exactly half way through?
Well barring interruptions the other half of the WIP should be finished by tomorrow and so ready to reveal.
See you soon.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

A little clue........

.....for the project started late last night. Noisy neighbours meant a wound up mama in need of soothing. So the needles came out and I started to click away. Can you guess what it's going to be?

Saturday, 7 August 2010

And they're done.

Socks finished at last!
Plain socks knitted up on 2.5mm DPN's using Regia design line Kaffe Fasset.
Tried to finish these late at night and made a slight mistake when decreasing the final heel shaping but it's unnoticeable unless you know it's there. And I wasn't going to rip back at that stage!

I've also been working on a little cross stitch gnome and toadstool but I left it in the caravan so no picture :(
Time to pull out the UFO bag and see what to get onto next.........