Posts Tagged ‘yarn’

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.

long time no knit

That was a hell of a summer pause. Don’t worry, you didn’t miss anything, I didn’t knit. I was really sick of it … last week I started again. It’s awfully cold in Vienna, so I wanted to knit a hat. Everything went perfectly fine, until today, when my cable broke. My KnitPro limited edition gold platted whatnot extremely expensive cableneedle-cable broke! Just like that! After half an hour of glueing and swearing it’s still broken. The world doesn’t want me to knit.
Here’s what happend:

Maybe I should just stick to the socks. No cable needles … makes me sad 😦

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.

sockyarn

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.

hanami1

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.

to dye or not to dye …

During my recent sock obsession I found out that getting pretty yarn is kind of impossible. I adore semi-sold yarns with light changes of the tone. Multicolored yarns look great as skeins, but as soon as you turn them into a knitted garment the magic flees screaming.
So I found myself looking through dozens of yarn shops, clicking through 200 hand dyed yarns and nothing, really nothing caught my eye. No, that’s not true. Some colors are really great but I don’t want to pay 30 € for a skein of yarn! (Okay, I confess, I ordered some …)
After some research I found out that dyeing would be the perfect solution. So I bought myself a book on dyeing wool and as soon as my sock yarn stash is gone (or maybe a lot sooner) I’ll try out dyeing.

Sorry, no pictures today, although I have some projects in the making. Next time, next time 🙂

the pink yarn of doom

I bought yarn. Again. And the thing is: it’s partially pink. Although I like it a lot I don’t think I’ll ever wear the shawl I’m currently knitting. So, to help me out: I’m knitting it, wearing it once and give it to a friend then, one who wears pink and whom I can already hear squeaking ‘Oh it’s pink!! Cuuute!!’

yarn

yarn

So, short first blog-entry. More to come, hopefully more interesting 🙂