9 June 2015

I'm moving

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gosh it's been a while, hasn't it?!

If you're still following, please come along to my new blog: https://ohhyellow.wordpress.com

It's so new that I haven't really got beyond the very basics. But once I'm all settled in, it will be nice and cosy. See you over there!


3 March 2014

Eight weeks

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Gosh it's been an age since I've been here on my little blog. Did you miss me?

I thought it's about time I shared my most recent make:

Beatrix arrived eight weeks ago. Unfortunately things didn't go as smoothly as we'd have liked, and she spent her first 20 days in intensive care - quite possibly the worst 20 days of my life. But that already seems like a lifetime ago, and we're having a great time getting to know her, while getting used to this parenting gig.

I'm not sure when I'll get a chance to dust off my sewing machine. So many amazing patterns have been released recently - my things-I'd-like-to-sew list is already ridiculously long (and it was already pretty long to begin with!). Maybe I'll be able to squeeze in a project here or there. Perhaps.

But in the meantime, I'm enjoying reading sewing blogs (now that I finally caught up with the 500 or so posts waiting in my reader once I got back home!) and dreaming of future makes.

speak soon!

25 November 2013

FO: socks!

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I knit socks! I am incredibly excited about this. I wish there was more (quality) daytime light so that I could take some decent photos to illustrate exactly why I completely love knitting socks (having only so far only knit one pair). But we'll just have to make do with some fuzzy photos courtesy of my camera phone and some inferior low-light shots.

May I present.... SOCKS!

I followed the instructions in the free Knitting Daily e-booklet How to Knit Socks: Free Sock Patterns and Instructions to Learn How to Knit a Sock (catchy title, no?). The pattern is called "Let's knit a sock!", and is aimed at complete sock novices. It's by Ann Budd (and is also featured in her book Getting Started Knitting Socks, which I've since bought).

It calls for worsted weight yarn, which is much easier to handle than the finer weights more often used for sock knitting. This does result in a chunkier (and cosier) sock - mine are perfect for wearing in wellies, or in walking boots. The weightier yarn is great for practising the fiddly stitches, which it turns out aren't so fiddly after all: if you can knit and purl, you can make these socks.

I chose this delicious Malabrigo Rios for my sock knitting adventure. I love this stuff: the colours are wonderful and saturated, and the skeins are so soft and smooshy (the first thing I do when I unwrap them from the parcel is press them against my face - it seems to be the right thing to do). I had to crack into the second skein to finish off the second sock.

This pattern starts at the cuff and ends at the toe. The booklet does follow this with a toe-up pattern, but if you're just starting out, the cuff-down seems more straight forward.

The sock is knit on DPNs, and makes a wonderfully portable project (these guys were knit entirely during my weekday commute on the train and tube - I did lose one DPN down the side of the seat - it's gone to the land of the lost - the whole experience was quite distressing - especially because I decided to stick my hand really deep down the side of the seat trying to rescue the lost needle, which was a pretty disgusting experience).

Here's the heel. Turning the heel is a tiny bit tricky - especially picking up the stitches and knitting the gusset, but just look at how pretty it turns out! I was utterly mesmerised by the construction - so clever, and so do-able. (And incidentally, so comfortable!)

[I've just realised this photo is upside down... oops!]

And here's what it looks like from the inside:

And finally the toe:

side view
It's finished up with the Kitchener stitch. I watched a couple of YouTube videos to learn this - it's pretty straight forward.

And before you know it, you have socks!!!


These socks are far from perfect, and there are definitely areas where my technique needs improving. But let me reassure those of you who are sort of thinking about it, but are a bit intimidated by them, that these basic socks are really not hard at all.

I'm already thinking up my next pair! (It's so cold, that all I can think about are cosy knit projects!)

AND best of all, I accomplished one of my Sewlutions for 2013! hurrah! the other (a Minoru jacket), will have to wait until next year.

So tell me, do you knit socks?

speak soon!