FOs: More socks!!

It’s been a few weeks, and the knitting has been interspersed with a little garden work and watching tennis (French, Queens, Eastbourne and now Wimbledon!!) a lot. So with that in mind, the knitting has been small projects.

First up, another pair of baby socks.. I think this is a great way to use up the leftover bits of sock yarn that I’ve accumulated over the years… This is after using a little for the crochet blanket I’ve had going for an age!

Eyelet Baby Socks

Eyelet Baby Socks

Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball in Brombeeren
Pattern: Eyelet Baby Socks by Lion Brand Yarn
Needles: 2.5mm KnitPicks
Notes/Modifications: As instructed, but I changed the heel and toes. I worked a German Heel and my normal toe.

This definitely used up the last of that yarn and it was such a fun and cute little knit. It’s a good way to stock up on handy little gifts for when friends have babies and at the moment I have a couple who are expecting!!

Next up, it’s another pair of socks.

By The Seine Socks

I have a thing for feather and fan… Always have. But for some reason I haven’t actually knit that much of it at all. It fascinates me with the way that I looks so complicated, but is so darn easy to achieve! It also fulfills my need for the occasional stint of lacework.

By The Seine Socks

Yarn: Arauncania Ranco Multy
Pattern: By the Seine River by Dona Knits
Needles: 2.25mm KnitPicks
Notes/Modifications: I started these on the recommended 2.5mm needles, but they looked huge to me, so I went down a needle size and these worked much better. The heel is my new favorite (if you haven’t already figured it out!) the German Heel.

I loved making these socks. They fell off the needles, when I had a chance to work on them. I love the yarn too. It’s pretty squishy and works up beautifully. The colors in this particular skein are stunning. The little pops of bright blue really do it for me! I think the yarn also makes for hard-wearing socks. I’ll definitely be buying more of this yarn.

By The Seine Socks

I have plenty of yarn left over from these beautiful socks too, and as you can already guess, I’m making more little things for little people. This time it’s going to be booties.. So I’ll be back with those soon.

In the meantime, I’m going back to watching Wimbledon and knitting a little more.. If any of you have any tried and tested baby patterns, I would love to hear about them. Let me know in the comments! Have a great week, my lovelies…

FOs: Komet Socks, Baby Cabled Socks and High Energy Socks

In between all the planning and execution of the wedding, there was actually some knitting. A couple of big projects, which are nearly finished now, and a few smaller ones. One big project just needs seaming and the other a couple of sleeves knitted and attached.

I do have some finished socks for you today!

Komet Socks

The first pair, I knit for a friend. She’s been watching me knit for a few years and about a year and a half ago she asked if I would mind making her a pair… I, of course, jumped at the chance to convert a newbie to knitting make something lovely for a friend, who actually wanted something made. I picked out a selection of yarns from my stash and a couple of patterns and she chose the yarn and pattern she liked.

Komet Socks

Yarn: Regia Colour 4Ply in Dark Pink
Pattern: Komet Socks by Stephanie van der Linden
Needles: 2.5mm KnitPicks
Notes/Modifications: I worked the German Short Row heel as instructed and I fell in love. It’s such an easy construction and makes perfect sense to me. It’s the heel I’ll be working on most of my socks now I think. The rest was pretty much as instructed. I worked the socks toe up and then when it came to continuing the pattern up the leg, I made sure to stop at row 12, instead of the 13 stated in the pattern. This meant that the 2 rows worked around the sock during the heel actually use a pattern row and a plain row, which leaves a pattern row to start on for the back of the leg.

The recipient is very pleased with them and wears them as much as she can!!

Baby Cabled Socks

The second pair was made from the leftover yarn from the Komet socks.. There wasn’t that much left over, but just enough for these.

Baby Cabled Socks

Yarn: Regia Colour 4Ply in Dark Pink
Pattern: Baby Cabled Socks by Dawn Brocco
Needles: 2.5mm KnitPicks
Notes/Modifications: Worked as pattern instructs, but the heel was the German Short Row as with the Komet Socks… I said I loved that heel!!

These were a really quick and easy knit and the texture makes them interesting. I’ll probably make these again at some point… Maybe. :)

High Energy Baby Socks

And the last pair were made from the left over yarn from the Neely O’Haras I made for Kate.

High Energy Baby Socks

Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball in Brombeeren
Pattern: High Energy Baby Socks by Jodi Green
Needles: 2.5mm KnitPicks
Notes/Modifications: I worked these toe up and the stocking stitch was a breeze. Once again I worked the German Heel. The pattern at the top was worked as instructed, as was the picot hem. But instead of doing it at the beginning, I worked it at the end and cast off at the same time. It’s a little tight, but for a baby, it should be fine.

High Energy Baby Socks

Another easy knit to use up some left over yarn! I actually had enough for another pair of baby socks which I started a few days ago… I finished the first sock today while sitting outside in the glorious sunshine, in between working in the garden.

One sock done... One more to go.

Hopefully the rest of the weekend will be the same… Slow and relaxing, with some knitting and gardening!!

It's beautiful outside!!

This is the oak I was sat under today… All speckled and cooling in the heat.

Our oak

I hope you’re all having a good weekend too… Let me know what you’re up to!

…And Relax.

Aero Island, Denmark

We’ve been back a week now and have been married for just over a week.

Aero Island, Denmark

Denmark is beautiful and the little island where we got married was simply stunning. Rolling hills, and the coast within a few miles. The hills were the surprise for me considering that the whole island is 10 miles long and 4 miles across!! The people are friendly and the locals loved the whole Indians dressed up and acting silly thing! I’m not sure they’ve seen the outfits in person before. :) We loved it and so did the dogs. It was particularly hard to drag them away from the beach and water! We have water dogs for sure!!

Aero Island, Denmark
Aero Island, Denmark
Aero Island, Denmark
Aero Island, Denmark

The wedding itself was simple and beautiful. We had family with us and it was a perfect day. It rained early in the morning and that was the only time. We had perfect sunshine afterwards. We met at the Old Court House before going in and then my father walked me in once everyone was inside. The ceremony was quick, but we had champagne afterwards and spent plenty of time posing for photos. :) Then we came out to a shower of confetti. Actually, it was three. Three takes of the same scene and the only permanent fixtures in all three were Ollie and I… :) It was a pretty funny moment.

Aero Island, Denmark

We went for lunch to a local fish restaurant and cut our cake, which my sisters had made for us. Actually on that note, I just want to thank my sisters for all they did before and on the day. My hair, makeup, bouquet, henna and the posies, buttonholes and cake were all done by my sisters. My new brother-in-law took the official photos, my brother the unofficial photos and my other brother-in-law was videoing everything, so thanks to them too. All a family affair!

Aero Island, Denmark

That evening couldn’t have been more perfect. There was a fire pit where my family were staying, so we went round there, mum and my sisters made food and we set the fire going and sat outside till late. Drinking, chatting, chilling and with some music contributed by my fantastic husband with his guitar! S’mores and popcorn and plenty to drink.

Aero Island, Denmark

I can’t believe how different things feel now we’re back home. It’s like a fresh page in our life story and it feels fabulous! I just wish the weather would perk up too! :)

Aero Island, Denmark

We’re going back to Denmark for our holidays next year, it’s already been decided! We loved it…. thank you Denmark. :)

Married

FOs: Socks for Kate & Yoga Socks

Neely's

Kate’s birthday was in February and I actually had these finished in time. But. At the same time, I had a trip planned to the UK so, I packaged up the socks quickly and then posted them when I got back. Unfortunately, in my haste, I didn’t take proper pics of the finished socks. What you have instead is some work-in-progress shots. They were also late.. Sorry Kate!

Neely O'Hara Socks

Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball in Brombeeren
Pattern: Neely O’Hara Socks by Liz Abinante
Needles: 2mm dpns
Notes/Modifications: I didn’t really change anything. The heel was worked as specified, but the toes were my default ones. I should try some new ways, but I like the way my toes look, so I’ll keep using this method.

These were nice and easy to work up and I love the colour transitions of the yarn from dark to light.

These are now with Kate and I hope she’s enjoying them, especially in this not-so-spring weather!

Yoga/Pedi Socks

Next up are my yoga/pedicure socks that I finished last night!

I am so chuffed with these. They are snuggly and warm and perfect for both tasks. I used them last night for painting my toenails.. unfortunately, I spent more time admiring my socks than concentrating on my painting, so they look a mess! So no pictures with them on.. instead you get my lovely foot model. The socks then got another outing this morning for yoga.

Yoga/Pedi Socks

Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock Yarn in S188 (purples)
Pattern: Yoga Socks #153 by Patons
Needles: 3.25mm KnitPicks Harmony
Notes/Modifications: The pattern is for a smaller length of sock, but I wanted mine long, so I made them longer. I used the full skein for both socks. After the pattern section, the pattern calls for an increase in the number of stitches, and I did this with the first sock and found that it was way too big for me, so I ripped it back to the increase and just carried on with the 64 original sts. The rest is the same as the pattern

Yoga/Pedi Socks

This was a pretty easy project. Apart from the ripping back of the first sock and reknitting and the whole splitting the skein in half so I had enough for both socks, I loved making them. It got a little tense near the end of the second sock as I had only a little of the yarn left, but my maths was correct and it all worked out great. :)

Yoga/Pedi Socks

I hope you’re all having a great weekend. Here’s hoping that spring will make an appearance soon!
What are you all knitting this weekend?

The reason.

The Wedding Invites

This is the reason why I haven’t blogged in such a long time.

The Wedding Invites

It has kept me busy.

The Wedding Invites

Awake at nights.

The Wedding Invites

Trying not to turn into Bridezilla.

The Wedding Invites

So far so good.

The Wedding Invites

A few more weeks and things should return to normal.

The Wedding Invites

Hopefully, anyway!! :)

Next post… some knitting, I promise.

N.B. The invites were designed and printed by my brother. :)

FO: Fluted Cowl

This is officially my first finished project of 2013!!

Flutey Cowl

When Winter hits, I automatically develop this urge to knit nice and snuggly things and for a while now I’ve wanted one of those HUGE cowls that everyone seems to be wearing.

Flutey Cowl

Right from the moment this want emerged I knew at the back of my mind that it wasn’t going to work for me. I have a small neck and filling it with a huge cowl was not going to help. I am short. I own that, yet I can not accept the fact that this particular style is not going to do anything to help me.

Flutey Cowl

But I WANTED a cowl like this. WANTED. So, I pulled out some super bulky yarn from my stash and proceeded to knit this beautiful pattern. And it really is. I loved knitting this pattern. It’s simple and easy and not much work for TV knitting.

Flutey Cowl

I knew though. Even before I cast off, I knew. I love this cowl. I hate this cowl. But…. I love this cowl. I just won’t wear it and therefore this has now been added to the gift pile. I am sad. :(

Flutey Cowl

Yarn: GGH Aspen in 42 (Beige) x 5
Pattern: Fluted Cowl by Purl Soho
Needles: 10mm Denise Interchangeables
Notes/Modifications: I used smaller needles as I didn’t have the right size in my needle cache. I also only knit 10″ instead of the recommended 15″. The reasons for this are above.

The yarn on the other hand is not one I enjoyed working with. It’s mainly Acrylic and it was a purchase I made near the beginning of my knitting adventures. Finally used half of it and the rest has been gifted to charity.

Anyway. I enjoyed this knit, but it’s now been added to the gift pile.

FO: Montview Cardigan

Montview Cardigan

Montview has become one of my favorite cardigans that I have ever made. Especially this winter in the snow and cold that we’ve had this past week!

Montview Cardigan

This was actually very easy to knit and when I first started it I was immensely impressed at Ruth Garcia-Alcantud’s pattern writing and the clear and concise way the design flows. I didn’t question anything. I didn’t even want to question anything.

Montview Cardigan

I loved the yarn choice and made sure that it was definitely my choice for tis project and as you know, I normally substitute yarn choice on a project. Rowan makes some fab yarns and his is one of them. It’s springy and soft and the tweed effect works so well. It makes the cables in the pattern pop. Even after blocking, the definition is fantastic.

Montview Cardigan

Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed Aran
Pattern: Montview Cardigan by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud
Needles: 5.5mm
Notes/Modifications: None.

One of the reasons this was ‘on the needles’ for such a long time is that I detest seaming. And the sleeves needed seaming. So, this lovely cardigan languished in my WIPs basket for a number of months. At the end of December, I couldn’t take anymore and took the plunge and just seamed away. And I can now claim this cardigan as the final finished knit of 2012.

Montview Cardigan

For all those out there looking for a designer that understands how a garment should look and feel and a pattern that just flows, try Ruth’s amazing collection. There is definitely something (lots in my case) there for everyone!

P.S. Apologies for the photos… I decided that posing outside in the snow was definitely not my idea of fun, so you have inside pics and me looking a little scruffy!!