Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Knit Socks for Christmas

These socks are a present for my grand-mother. I made her a pair of socks last Christmas and everytime I see her she mentions how much she likes the socks and that she wears them all the time. I love knitting for people who appreciate and want to wear my knitted items so I had to make her another pair.

Hourglass RibSocks:
Yarn: Knitca Socks in Brown
Needle Size: US 1 (2.25mm) DPNs
Pattern Source: Hourglass Rib Socks (which can be found in the book Knitted Gifts, but I had it in Interweave Knits, Holiday Gifts 2009)

I did something a little different than what I normally do for this project. I made these two-at-a-time: I had two sets of DPNs and knit the pair simultaneously. It seemed to go by faster and when I was done knitting, I was actually done. I think I will continue to knit my socks this way, but I will have to buy myself a second 9" circular; I really don't enjoy knitting on DPNs.

The pattern for these socks were really easy and would be a great project for a sock knitting beginner. I think these turned out great and I hope my grand-mother likes them.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Buffy Knit Socks

I took a small break from Christmas knitting to make myself a pair of socks. I was starting to lose it with all the knitting for other people. I really wanted a nice pair of red knit socks so I made them. I hope I still have time to finish everything else, but I think these socks were worth it! So pretty.

Buffy Socks:
Yarn: Malabrigo Sock in Tiziano Red
Needle Size: US 1 (2.25mm) 9" circular needles
Pattern Source:  Isabella D'Este from The Knitter's Book of Socks

They turned out gorgeous and I love them and want to wear them everyday!

Friday, December 5, 2014



Another Christmas present checked off the list. This one is for my youngest sister and was so easy and fast to make. I think she is really going to like this one.

Garter Stitch Slouchy Hat:
Yarn: Berroco's Ultra Alpaca in Barley
Needles: US 5 & 7 (3.75mm & 4.5mm) 16" DPNs
Pattern Source: Rikke Hat from Happy Knits (free pattern!)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sock yarn hoarding

Everyone knows I love sock yarn. I told myself that I wasn't going to buy myself anymore until I had destashed all the yarn I already had. Well one thing led to another and I have completely broken my vow of yarn celibacy. Yarn just seems to sing to me, call my name and force its way into my hands. I guess that just means I have to knit myself some more socks!

 Some DK weight sock yarn in a lovely mint green colour. I can't wait to knit myself some beautiful knee high socks with this.

Gorgeous sock yarn that I got from my local LYS as a gift. Love it!
 This is some pretty lime green sock yarn from Design by Lily Go. It is some RendezVous Forever Sock Yarn in Sour.
I am so excited about this sock yarn. It is going to be some Number 2 Pencil Socks when they are all knit up. I bought this from Yarnenabler  and there are some other beautiful sock yarns that I would love to get.

Now I just need to get all my Christmas knitting done so I can start making myself more socks.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

All the WIPs

I have a few WIPs that just need a little more attention to get finished, and I just can't seem to get going on them for one reason or another....

My Rikke Hat just needs a few more inches to be completed... and I ran out of yarn. So until I get back to my LYS (probably tonight) I will not be able to finish it.

I didn't notice this photo was blurry until I uploaded it and I don't feel like taking another one. It is my Buffy socks that I am absolutely loving. I just need to finish the toe and block. I will be getting to that ASAP.

My Super Stripes Socks have been a work-in-progress for a while. I only work on them when waiting... like at doctor's offices and such. I had a few appointments this week that involved a lot of waiting, so I had time to finish the first sock (I just need to graft the toe) and cast on for the second. I am making no efforts at all to match up the stripes. More fun that way.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Knit Grove Mittens

More Christmas knitting progress. This time I finished a pair of mittens for my sister. She picked out this pattern and I am glad she did. I have had this project in my favourites for a while now but have not gotten around to knitting it.

I am always weary about paying for a pattern before being able to see it. I like to look at the pattern and make sure that I can follow and complete it before I make an investment in it. Since these were for a present, I took the gamble and bought the pattern - and it payed off! It is very clearly written with step-by-step instructions and a clear chart for each mitten (right and left side). There are no line by line instructions so if you are not a fan of charts this is not the pattern for you.

Yarn: Berroco's Ultra Alpaca in Barley
Needle Size: US 6 94.0mm) DPNs
Pattern Source:  Grove by Jared Flood

I am now knitting a slouchy hat in the same yarn to match these mittens to complete this Christmas gift.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Rowan Afghan KAL Progress

I have finished knitting all my 'Candy' squares for my Pure Wool Worsted Mystery Afghan KAL and I have moved on to a new colour: Mallard:


Not only have I done the knitting part, but I have weaved in all the ends, washed and blocked every square!

I only have 23 blocks left to make and I will be able to join these beauties into a gorgeous afghan!