Sunday, 26 September 2010

Pair #7

Yes! Another pair of socks done!

The pattern is Dusk... the yarn is Regia, and yes, they are black again!

Again, the colour has washed on the close up, but its made it easier to see the cable. It runs down both sides of the leg, but I didn't continue on the foot. Its quite a lumpy cable you see, and I know the recipient would have been able to feel it when wearing shoes. 

I also learnt how to do a smooth SSK. Look, look how smooth it is:

Right? Awesome, looks just like the K2tog! 

How? How did I do it, I hear you ask.

Well. Slip both stitches as if to knit, like normal. Then put the left needle into those stitches from RIGHT to LEFT and then knit the stitches together. Oh yes. Thats all it is. Its that simple. Instead of left to right, go right to left.

Thanks go to FluffyKnitterDeb from SKA on Ravelry for that lovely little tip.

In other news:

I'm giving toe up socks another try. I will not let them beat me. I will do it, I will conquer them!


(Despite already having to frog them once - but thats my fault, too few stitches!)

xxx Elle xxx

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Bad Blogger... No Cookie!

I had such good intentions to blog at least once a week... such a bad blogger!

Anyway, I have finished things! Yes, yes I have! Seriously! No, I have. Look:

Look! Princess Mitts! They are very pretty and I love them and they are made from my handspun :D Oh yes, handspun goodness! The floof was from KnitCave, and its Merino/Tencel (superwash I believe!), and one that I navajo plied. There is errata to this pattern, so check it out. However, I didn't use it. I didn't like where the left thumb gusset had been placed. So I did this instead:

I used the right hand thumb pattern for both hands. On the right hand I placed the start of the thumb gusset as so: do cable, purl 2, knit 2, purl 1, place marker, make 1, purl 1, make 1, place marker, continue in pattern. On the left hand I place the thumb gusset as so: two stitches before finishing the round, place marker, make 1, purl 1, make 1, place marker, purl one. Start new round. Hopefully that makes sense!

I've also done some spinning! YAY! I spun the lush batt from PuddytatPurr that I won from the Tour de Fleece! Lookie at the BFL and all the sparklies:
Yum yum yum! Anyways, I managed to spin a DK weight yarn! YAY! Its 14 WPI, and 460 yards! I feel very proud of myself :D
I couldn't capture the same colour unfortunately, but thats definitely it, I promise!
What else have I been doing? Oh! I'm doing the Featherweight Cardigan with Rhian, I'm using the Knitting Goddess merino/tencel laceweight in Charcoal. Its delicious. 
We've done our gauge swatches, 4mm needles gave us both 5.5 stitches per inch. We need 6 stitches per inch! 3.5mm gave me gauge, poor Rhian is still struggling with hers :( I hope she gets it soon though! And to prove I did a swatch:
I cast it on last night... and yeah, its gonna take forever to make!
xxx Elle xxx

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Pair #6 - Hopsox

Yay! I finished them! This is the yarn I helped KnitCave to dye - remember that blog post? Anyway, the pattern is Hopsox from p/hop and if you don't know what p/hop do, you should check them out coz its a fabulous cause.

I'm not going to point out my mistake, but I did it on both socks, so its become a design feature k?

These are for Molly from Celtic Swan Needles - every year she does a trade. You knit her a pair of socks, she'll send you a set of her bronze DPNs. I managed to get in on the trade this year! If you click on the link and scroll down the page, you'll see some of the gorgeous socks she's been sent in the past.

Currently I have no socks on the needles, although there are two pairs to cast on. I'm knitting a hat for my friend's small child, and I couldn't find a pattern that would fit him! So, I've kinda sorta designed it myself. Said small child has the same size head as me (take that as I have a very small head, not that small child has a big head!), so if it fits me, it should fit him! And if its nice, maybe I'll write the pattern up. Who knows?! Anyway, its also my homework for Charms: Knit a protective covering. Small child will be protected from the cold! YAY! Then to make a matching scarf and mittens for him. Although they may have to become a Christmas present instead of birthday present, theres just so much to knit right now!

xxx Elle xxx 

Friday, 3 September 2010

Pair #5 - Big black man socks!

Pair #5! These were actually completed a while back, I've been lazy :P The pattern is... err... *wracks brains, head explodes*... Oh! Simple Skyp socks. Fabulous pattern. Very quick to memorise. Loved it!

I don't know why the close up of the pattern bleached, but they are black. Regia black. Mmm black. But black man socks... they take forever...

And guess what my next pair of socks to cast on are?

Black man socks. 

I think I mentioned I signed up for the Harry Potter Knit/Crochet House Cup. Well, I've ben sorted, and I'm a first year Slytherin :D :D

Ahhhh yes, isn't that just a sexeh pic of me?! This is going to be fun :D

xxx Elle xxx

PS: Pair #6 are drying on sock blockers as I type this, so hopefully another blogpost will happen soon!


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