New Pattern! Cabled Christmas Wreath

cabled-christmas-wreath-1Hello Lovelies!

I finally got around to writing up a wreath pattern today. ย I actually sat down and made it last year for Christmas as it was going to be our last Christmas in Germany. ย I wanted to make a wreath for my own front door.

I searched high and low for a pattern that worked for me and found that there wasn’t one that I just fell in love with. ย So I did what I normally do in situations like that. ย I sat down with a couple of stitchionaries and made up a pattern my self.

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I love the end result and wanted to share the pattern with you all, especially now that Christmas is just around the corner!

I can’t wait to start decorating the new house in the UK this year!

I hope you all enjoy the new pattern!

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You can purchase and download the new pattern from the Patterns page or from Ravelry

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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!

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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?

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!!

Ravellenics….

The last two weeks have been absolutely amazing. I have been glued to the TV in between work and sleep and I have loved every moment of it.

The Olympics in London 2012 have been absolutely fantastic. I am proud to be British and extremely proud of all the participants in the Olympics. From the volunteers & Olympians through to the general public. Everyone has made it one of the best Olympics ever hosted.

As part of this fabulous event, I joined a team on Ravelry to knit a whole sweater in those two weeks of events. Well. I started off fine. I even knit for the first few days, continuously. Then my mojo went on holiday. For the rest of the games.

This has been my progress:

Baggy Sweater

Unfortunately, definitely not in medal contention. Ah well. I’m hoping my mojo comes back soon, I really want to finish this sweater.