Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Not Feeling It

I've been feeling a bit bogged down recently. Everything seems to be moving slowly (except time).

This last week I've been working away on this:

A colourwork sock (Senta by Caoua Coffee). Not fast moving and clearly not the right project for right now. Tonight I took another look at it and then ripped it all back out -- gone!

One weight lifted.

What next?

Tuesday, 12 March 2013


Knitting minutes have been few and far between this last week. We had a long drive on Saturday but I slept through most of the bits I didn't drive.

Still, my current favourite knitting project -- a pair of Smaug socks -- is progressing slowly:

I hope for more knitting time in the next few days.

Friday, 8 March 2013

FO: Wildflower socks

Having accidentally shrunk a few pairs of socks a few weeks ago, I'm glad to have another pair to add to my sock drawer:

These are Wildflower Socks -- adapted from Fawn Pea's pattern using the wildflower purl stitch. I knit them toe up using a gusset heel from Wendy Johnson's Socks from the Toe Up. I used a folded cuff based on this tutorial.

The yarn is a merino/nylon/cashmere blend from Flamboyance Yarns.

Pattern: Wildflower Socks by Fawn Pea.
Yarn: Flamboyance Yarns Splendour in colorway Hothouse Flowers.
Mods: Flipped this top down pattern to be toe-up and added a folded cuff in place of ribbing.
Project: online at Ravelry.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

WIP Wednesday: Glittens

I have a large but unknown number of projects on the go. This is just one:

This is a 'glitten'. Not quite a glove (not enough fingers), not quite a mitten (too many fingers) it is a curious concept.

I wore through some gloves in January. As the hole grew I swore I'd start these. I bought the pattern. I bought the yarn. And then finally I gave up and bought new gloves.

THEN I finally started these.

The first was super quick really. DK yarn and an interesting pattern meant the first quickly moved from cuff to 'fingers' on waste yarn to done!

I still haven't started the second one.

I really should.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

And so peaceful until...

The blog has been quiet because my life has not been :)

No disasters, just constant piles of work. My work-in-progress is all about words and not stitches.

I've been away quite a bit this month (again, work):

But at least there's been travel knitting to keep me sane:

Thursday, 10 January 2013

WIP: Wildflower Socks

I'm knitting what might be the most perfect socks simply because they fit in that niche between ugly and too beautiful to wear.

My winter photography probably needs some work, but the socks are pretty simple. The pattern is a toe-up adaptation of Fawn Pea's Wildflower Socks and the yarn is a Flamboyance Yarns Splendour in HotHouse Flowers, a club colour from last year (or even perhaps 2011?)

I love the flashes of colour on the green background and I think these socks will get a lot of wear.

Now I just have to knit them!

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

FO Angostura

If you knit enough projects there will always be some that don't work out. This project was one of those. I first swatched for this in 2011 and, over that Christmas break, I knit the back. It was too big.

A year later I redid my swatching and restarted, this time the back looked about perfect when blocked and so it was on to the front. I finished up the seaming over the 2012 Christmas break, and here it is:

I don't yet seem to have found the perfect items to layer underneath it but I'm pretty happy nonetheless.

The yarn is Knit Picks Wool of the Andes and I spent a LOT of time worrying that the slight fuzziness meant that the stitch pattern wouldn't show -- I'm pleased to be proved wrong.

Pattern: Angostura by Ysolda Teague.
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in colorway Grass.
Mods: None.
Project: online at Ravelry.


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