Monday, June 30, 2008

Out of the Fire.....

Toe up bed socks
Toe up bed socks

Yarn: Chameleon Colorworks Evolution in Flamingo Sunrise.
Pattern: David's Toe-Up Sock Cookbook (Ravelry link) with the Stansfield 30 stitch pattern plugged in.
Needles: 2 x 60cm 2.75mm Knit Picks Circular needles
Time taken: June 13th to 28th 2008.

Toe up bed socks
'Stansfield 30' Toe up bed socks

In my last post I mentioned something with this pair that I wasn't happy with. Well now all is revealed:

Toe up bed socks
'Flashing' issues in Evolution

I absolutely adore this yarn & would like to Thank Alice for the yarn as a gift The yarn was suitably squidgy for a hand knit but I can't imagine doing anything else than wear these socks in bed so bed socks they are.

to up bed socks
Toe up Stansfield 30 bed socks

Monday, June 23, 2008

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Not quite stash....

As soon as the Cho' 7 socks were finished I started swatching for the next pair.

Chameleon Colorworks Evolution
Chameleon Colorworks Evolution in Flamingo Sunrise

This yarn has been 'camping' in my stash since last October. I say camping as it never actually made into the stash properly & instead has been resident in a basket under my side of the bed to be retrieved regularly, stroked & pondered over.

Chameleon Colorworks Evolution
Chameleon Colorworks Evolution in Flamingo Sunrise

It was a gift last year from Alice of Socktopus & is so utterly gorgeous it's unreal.

Evolution socks
Evolution socks

Again toe up two at a time, is there any other way for me

Chameleon Colorworks Evolution & Stansfield 30 pattern

I'm using the same pattern (Ravelry link) as before but have instead of a standard rib have inserted Stansfield 30 stitch pattern. I wanted a pattern that wouldn't detract from the beauty of the yarn but that also had a ribbed construction and I think I've found it.

I had to keep a close eye on the yarn last weekend when Arianwen of The Silverspider Presents came to stay as she took a shine to it I can honestly say that it is one of the nicest yarns that I've used & wish that there was a 4 ply version. However I have found a lace weight version ....

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Toe-up Cho' 7 socks

This pair of socks have been finished for a while but the resident photographer has been rather busy with work & hasn't actually been here a lot recently. He's just gone away again for a week so it's just me, DD & the animals but before he left he very kindly took the required pics so that I could finally reveal them:

socks Bergère de France Cho'7
Ribbed toe up socks in Bergère de France Cho'7

Pattern: David's Toe-Up Sock Cookbook (Ravelry link)

Time taken to knit: May 24th - June 8th 2008.

Yarn: 100g of Bergère de France Cho'7 (Ravelry link) in J6499.

Needles: 2 x 2.5mm Knit Picks 60 cm circulars

Modifications: As usual I didn't stick to the pattern 100%. They were knitted two at a time & I changed the toe to make it rounder & blunter. I worked a 3x1 rib so that I could concentrate on the construction of the sock. This yarn doesn't have a fantastic yardage as it's between a 4ply & DK weight but 100g gave me a short pair of socks which are perfect for wearing with walking boots or trainers in the spring & summer. I really like this yarn & would be very happy to use it again.

Ribbed toe up socks in Bergère de France Cho'7
Ribbed toe up socks in Bergère de France Cho'7

Now I thought that my Pink Flamingos were comfortable but these have beaten them hands down. It's the first time I've used negative ease & I'm a convert.

Another first is the heel construction which I LOVE. The only reason I sometimes do cuff down socks is that I hadn't found a heel construction that I was totally happy with on toe-ups & didn't always feel confident in changing patterns. Now I can just plug a stitch pattern into this pattern & away I go

Ribbed toe up socks in Bergère de France Cho'7e
Ribbed toe up socks in Bergère de France Cho'7

ETA: NovaKnitter asked about Negative Ease. Hopefully this link will explain it fully.

Sunday, June 08, 2008


DH has found a new use for his hiking stick: carrying 'sacks of cack'. Not surprisingly DD, the dogs & I are keeping well behind.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Latest project

A pair of toe-up socks using a heel technique that I've not tried before. Details etc soon...