Sunday, October 25, 2009

A Lesson Learnt....

I've been on a finishing spree recently as I have too many projects on the go at once.

red little shell rib bedsocks
'A Lesson Learnt Bed socks'

Pattern: Little Shell Rib socks from Sensational Knitted Socks.
Yarn: Just over 100g of James C Brett Pure Merino in red (PM10)
Needles: 2x 60 cm 3.5mm circulars
Method: Toe up
Time taken to knit: December 2007 - October 13th 2009

Little Shell Rib socks
The blocked shot as always

These socks were started over Christmas and then put on hold for MIL's Broad Sprials (and because I'd reached the Short Row Heel & I HATE SRH's) but not picked up again until now. Which is where the lesson learnt comes in...

Little Shell Rib bedsocks
follow the line from the Short Row Heel

See the problem?

problem with tension caused by project being abandoned for nearly 2 years...

Have another look....

Because I left this pair for so long my tension had changed and it's really obvious.
Little Shell Rib bedsocks
horrible toe

I also don't like the fit to the heel or toe. The heel is hard to stretch over my foot (I think I have high arches) & the toe seems huge but in future as mentioned previously I'm sticking to David's Toe-Up Sock Cookbook so that doesn't worry me.

But as bed socks they'll do and will be a reminder not to leave projects so long in future. However I have more old WIP's to clear before my conscience is clear.....

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Waffle House Socks

Toe up socks with navy toes, heels & cuffs & stripy foot/legs
Waffle House Socks

Pattern: David's Toe-Up Sock Cookbook with Waffle House stitch pattern inserted into the formula.
Yarn: 56g of Opal Petticoat 1251 & 19g of Stylecraft 4ply in Navy.
Needles: 2x 2.25mm circulars
Method: Toe up
Time taken to knit: August 3rd 2009 - September 19th 2009

Waffle House Socks
The blocked shot!

Both yarns were given to me in swaps and I went toe up to make them as long as possible. This is the 4th time I've used this pattern & I love it.

Waffle House Socks
Waffle House Socks

Previously I used it to make Toe-up Cho' 7 socks, Out of the fire and Diagonal Lace Socks and will be swatching again soon for another pair

Waffle House Socks
Waffle House Socks

Friday, October 16, 2009

Hermione hat

Hermione hat
Hermione hat

Pattern: Hermione Hearts Ron
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Wool/Cotton. Used 70g.
Needles: 2.75 & 3.25mm Knit Picks Options Interchangables
Time taken to knit: August 26th 2009 - September 1st 2009

Hermione hat
DD loves her hat!

The only modification I made was to knit 12 rows of rib rather than 10.

This hat was knitted in ‘snatches’ of time whilst we were VERY busy working on our house. A round whilst DH drove us to the builders merchants or sat up in bed late at night. The yarn was a bit splitty but workable. I've got loads left and already have plans for some of it.

Monday, October 12, 2009


long haired grey & white kitten sleeping on a sofa
Frankie: snoozing oblivious to the threat that is Ginny

black & white cat on a sofa showing strong paws & sharp claws
Ginny: Let me at 'im!

head shot of black & white cat
Lyra:If I close my eyes he'll disappear.......