Posts Tagged ‘socks’

socks and socks and …

Once you start knitting socks, you can’t stop. It’s like an addiction – a pretty senseless one given the fact, that you can buy warm and cozy socks quite cheap in every color of the rainbow. Still I love knitting them and I understand everybody who does. Handmade socks make your feet just a little bit warmer than bought ones, they fit a little bit better and of course, they just look great. I especially love lace socks and have just recently finished my second pair:

pattern: Rick by Cookie A.
yarn: handpainted sock yarn bought on etsy
modifications: none intended
happyness: yeah hurray woohooo

I really like them and I’m currently wearing them 🙂 The yarn is not as soft as I had hoped, but it’s okay. At least the socks are warm and comfy and the colour is nice.

Right after I finished Rick, I started another one of Cookie A.s designs: the Baudelaire socks. The first one is already finished and is officially my first toe-up sock:

The leg is a bit too tight but I’m still quite happy. Though I don’t think I like toe-up socks … the boring part (knitting the leg) comes at the end, that makes the socks even harder to finish … and the heel part contradicts all logic and common sense (at least mine 🙂 ).

Happy holidays!

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the yeti and the yarn

My boyfriend and I share our living room with various stuffed animals. The newest addition to the family is Yeti. He is white, fluffy and has a warm heart (espcially when you fill his belly with hot water). It seems, Yeti has taken an interest in knitting, because every time I look at him, he has some yarn in his paws. To prove this, I took a picture:

the yeti and the yarn

He does look a bit shocked, maybe he didn’t like the color? Who knows what these plushy minds are thinking.

And here’s another one where Yeti is trying to finish my sock. It took me hours to unravel the mess he made.

the yeti and the yarn II

Maybe he was trying to send me a message? ‘knit me some socks too, my feet are always cold!’ ? Maybe I should really do that. In the meantime I’ll try to catch the little fella in action again and take some pictures.

yarrrrn and lace-preview

I bought yarn … well, that’s nothing new, but I bought the most beautiful sock-yarn I’ve ever seen! The photo doesn’t do it justice at all. One skein is blood red and the other is a rich deep purple.

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I promised myself not to buy another skein of yarn before these two are knit into socks. We’ll see whether I can manage that. Honestly, I doubt it.

Last time I promised project pictures. There’s nothing ready at the moment, but I have a Hanami stole in the making (and some socks, naturally). So here’s a work in progress picture of my next stole.

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Unfortunately this picture really sucks. I’m really not good at this. The finished stole will be photographed by a professional again 🙂
The yarn is great, you can actually see the pattern without blocking. It’s a nice change for a lace knitter when your project does not look like noodles during the process of knitting.
So much for now, next time there’ll be an update on my new socks.

My first pair of hand-knit socks!

I’m done, they are finished and I’m sooooo happy! Pity it’s summer and over 30°C, but hey, I can wait.
Here are some pictures of my joy and pride:

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Please ignore the mess on my desk! I really hate cleaning it up and as long as I find all my stuff, I don’t feel the need to tidy up my desk!

Okay, back to the socks and the technical details:
Pattern: Hedera
Yarn: KnitPicks Essential Bordeaux
Needle size: 2,25
Happiness: next time, I’d make them longer. But otherwise, I’m totally happy!
Modifications: none, except for the errors I made 🙂

All in all I’d say these were not my last pair of socks! I really enjoyed it. Socks are the perfect project between two huge lace shawls. Yeah, btw, die next lace is already being worked on!

second sock syndrome

My week without knitting is over. And guess what, I didn’t make it. 4 days were enough for me, my hand doesn’t hurt anymore and so I’m back knitting like a maniac. The first sock is done and now I’m suffering from second sock syndrome. A common disease among knitters. The first sock was very exciting, all new and fun. The second one is just boring and I really have to push myself to knit it. Even more when the thing I really want to knit is a stole. So for the next few days I’ll knit my stupid second sock.
Here’s a picture of my first sock ever:

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knitting socks

Aeolian is finished, blocked and all. And I it really is huge! I love it and I even love the beads in it! I’ll post photos of the finished piece as soon as I have pretty ones 🙂

About the current project: I never made socks. It never made sense to sit for hours and hours knitting a boring sock. The worst thing is: when you are happy and done you have to knit another one. A week ago I decided to explore the joys of knitting socks anyway and here I am, no ordinary boring socks, no, fancy Hedera. I might lose some sanity in the process but every knitter takes risks. Here is a work in progress picture of my first sock ever:

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As I’m a needle-snob I own a couple of knit pro dpns. The stitch marker is not so fancy, I didn’t carry one with me when I started the project.