29. June 2015 18:14
Last week I managed to finish another great looking pair of socks - I'm calling them the "Purple Pinstripe Knock-Offs"... since they're similar to the "Pinstripe" free pattern on Ravelry. I haven't actually looked at the pattern, but saw many many of them go by in the Addicted to Sock Knitting group on Facebook in the last few months. I had planned on just doing these ones plain, but then when it came time to switch from Ribbing to the leg I thought - what the Heck! Be adventurous, and decided to throw in a column of slipped stitches for fun. I'm not sure if it's the way the Pinstripe Pattern did it, but I do like the way it looks!
- Composed on the fly... Twisted Rib 1x1 Cuff, Slipped-stitch column every 8 stitches around, Simple Slipped-stitch Gusset Heel.
- Knit Picks Hawthorne (oops! I threw out the ball band!)
9. March 2015 20:53
I'm a little bit behind in posting my February socks for my self imposed Sock Knitting Challenge (to knit at least 12 pairs of socks in 2015!).
I could blame it on the kiddos... but that's a little lame, right? Sleep is for the weak... right? zzzzzz. There was a time in my life where I could polish off an entire pair of socks in a week. This time, I was doing well to do the pair in the 28 day month. I honestly just barely squeaked it.
February's Addicted to Sock Knitting KAL pattern was Heatherly Walker's "Love's Wings", which is another toe up lace/cable mashup. I liked this pattern especially because of the variety of techniques. I always find that this kind of pattern with the challenge of stitches and combinations keeps my attention better than a plain style. I'm weird like that - I can knit interesting lace or complicated cables in half the time it takes to knit a plain ribbed sock. Ribbing makes me want to poke my eyes out... but complicated lace where you have to follow every row of a pattern? yes please! It's a sickness...
The yarn I chose is KnitPicks Hawthorne... in a nice blue variegated. I seem to have thrown out the ball band. Woops! I can`t remember what the colorway is and a lot of the blue and purple ones are similar. I hadn`t used this yarn before, and found it to be ok to work with, though I found it to be a little splittier than Stroll. I will definitely try it again though for it`s great shimmery, non pooling, rich colors!
Pair Three Success! Onto March... and Pair Four!
21. January 2015 15:59
Knit Picks Chroma in Prism and Black (Worsted)
Started with Drops Rainbow Mittens 143-32... and branched out from there
After a few cuff modifications... I am off to the races on these lovely little colorwork mittens for a friend.
I had forgotten just how much I enjoy the process and technique with knitting stranded designs. After much practice a few years ago, I learned how to do the Philospher's Wool technique of holding one yarn in each hand. Basically this means you "pick" with one hand and "throw" with the other. I like to hold the color I want to be dominant in my left hand (continental style) and the other color gets held in my right hand and worked like my usual style of knitting allows. I have never been good at knitting continental style, and I don't think I could work a purl stitch that way to save my soul... but for colorwork it just makes sense to me. Go figure.
the plan is for these mittens to run the whole spectrum of color - starting with pale green, through yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue and back to green. I still haven't decided what should be done with the thumb. I'll figure that out when the time comes.
Originally I had considered making a lining to double the warmth... but the nice tight gauge means that the fabric is already really thick. These puppies are going to be bulletproof even without any lining I think. I might try some alternate lining method... maybe weaving some strands of Angora inside or something after the fact.
More photos coming soon!