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Archive for September, 2015

It is so easy to become distracted – in Spring

by on Sep.29, 2015, under Blog

I am going to knit the Hominy Socks pattern by Marie Godsey – I am! I am! I am!

hominy socks easy

Trouble is here in Miranda, New Zealand – spring has suddenly sprung and my garden is calling out very loudly to me.

So what I have done is break down the project – Yes I know there are not many parts to knitting these socks but bear with me.

1. Decision to knit a pair of socks – Done

2. Decide on the pattern – Done – Hominy Socks

3. Print the Pattern – Done – this morning.

4. Check the needles required – 2.75 – yes I have these – but I do have to check the gauge once I have decided on the yarn.

5. Checked the amount of Yarn required – Done – 100 grams. This could be an issue for me as I have many sock yarns some of which I have used in other knit projects either as a 4 ply or mixed with another yarn – so I have to find 100 grams of a sock yarn.

6. If I have only one x 100 gram of a yarn – then that will be the yarn – if I have more than 1 x 100 grams of any sock yarn there will have to be another decision.

So that is where I am up to.

I will keep you posted.

I am going out into the garden now – I will be back.

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some knit weeks are great

by on Sep.23, 2015, under Blog

Knitted a black all over cabled cowl and then the same cable stitch separated by the k3 p3 rib.

black cable cowl Black Cabled Cowl knitted in double knit or 8 ply yarn

black rib cowl flat The Right Side

black rib cowl wrong side The Wrong or Inside

cable and rib cowl  anny blatt fine kid Anny Blatt Fine Kid yarn shorter version of the Cabled Cowl with cables separated by knit 3 purl 3 ribs.
rib cowl hood doubled Longer Cowl doubled over to make a delicious soft warm cowl.

rib cowl hood front Longer Cowl (19.5 inches) as hood and cowl

long cowl rib abd cableThere will be a beret or slouchy and fingerless gloves to go with this pattern – eventually.

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I have never ever knitted a pair of socks – so Sockupied Fall 2015 is that opportunity

by on Sep.17, 2015, under Blog, Book Review

I have never ever ever knitted a pair of socks.

It is true.

Amy Palmer, editor of Knitscene and Sockupied issued a call out for reviews of Sockupied Fall 2015, and I made a huge decision and volunteered. Now this is a huge decision for me, not because it is a review but because I have never ever dwelt in the hazy and for me, complex and scary world of the sock knitter.sockupied

So as a non sock knitter what have I discovered:

Well there are 6 interesting and challenging sock designs, with wonderful photography all by Sockupied/Harper Point Photography. There is an article on Knit Designer, Teacher and Yarn Gatherer Debbie O’Neill which includes her top 3 reasons for knitting socks and they resonate well with me and my stash. It is a great way to use up all those single skeins of wonderful yarns, play with fun colours and socks are very portable. It is always interesting to know how designers work and to know of their work.

There is also a great article “Socks From the Russian Empire” by Donna Druchunas which delves into sock history in Russia.


Excerpt : Examining the stitches in a sock is like traveling around the world, using a transporter machine to instantly be in the place where women and men knit familiar-looking stitches. Whether the socks were begun at the tip of the toe or the top of the cuff tells a story, as does the choice of colorwork motifs and the patterning used on the soles of the feet. With each row, the list of questions gets longer:

• Where did people use wool for making socks?
• Where did knitters use silk or cotton or linen?
• Where did knitters make socks with lace stitches?
• Where were colorwork patterns used?
• Where did people wear snug socks and fancy shoes?
• Where did people wear loose socks under sandals or wooden shoes?
• Where did knitters start their socks at the toe and work up?
• Where did knitters start at the cuff and work down?

Every stitch answers a question. In this article, the answer to all of these questions is Russia.

If you have any interest in the historical aspect of knitting this is a great article to read.

The Patterns:

I like the mix of stitches and knit styles in only 6 patterns – from colourwork, textured stitches, lace work, and cables to simple plain and purl. I also like that most of the patterns have a range of sizes. The charts and instructions all look very clear. Top down and Toe up were new terms for me although top down works in other knitted pieces toe up is only used in the adventure of knitting socks. The glossary adds good basic technical information with great easy to understand diagrams. I particularly like the stretchy bind off and the magic cast on.

Hominy Socks by Marie Godsey – Marie says that if you’re new to sock knitting, these are a great introductory pattern. Knit from the top down in a easy knit and purl pattern, and as it happens I do have sock yarns waiting in my stash.

hominy socks easy

So these Hominy Socks got me just a bit excited, I love the colour and I like that they should be easy and that the foot length is adjustable.

These socks are going to be my first pair of socks ever.

So over the next few weeks or so I shall post my sock adventures here

Electrostatic Lines Socks by Jennifer Raymond are socks to put a spark in your step! Knee high socks knitted from the toe up in a simple repeating colourwork pattern.

electrostatic lines

Gladys Thompson Socks by Kate Atherley This design was inspired by classic Gansey stitch patterns, and are a unisex design which is not fussy and look great.

gladys thompson socks

Featured designer Debbie O’Neill has created a pair of top-down knee highs perfect for a “Walk in the Woods”. A combination of simple texture stitches and easy lace which looks stunning. walk in the woods 3
walk in the woods socks

The Checkers Socks by Mone Dräger are knitted in a combination of stranded colourwork and textured stitches. These great looking socks are suitable for a man or a women.

checkers socks

Riband Socks by Heidi Nick with lovely wee cables twirling around the legs like ribbons – These could be a challenge for a new sock knitter but they are so stunning they should be attempted.

riband socks 2riband socks

So if you are interested in delving further into socks there are new and interesting designs here in Sockupied – Fall 2015 but if you are like me and haven’t taken the plunge yet – I think like me you could also have a go at the easy Hominy socks and there is plenty more to discover once the basics have been learnt.

I am going to be successful in my Hominy Socks and my next pair should be Gladys Thompson Socks – with gentle stitching but I think I just might be rash and have a go at the Riband Socks – they look quite a challenge and ever so interesting.

So for US$11.99 Six brand-new sock knitting patterns in this all new issue of Sockupied – Fall 2015 A single issue Digital Magazine

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I do like hats and they are small enough when the going is rough

by on Sep.15, 2015, under Blog

The going has been rough for a bit here in Miranda

And hats even in 4 ply or 3 ply are still small enough to keep the hands occupied when the mind is racing

pink slouchy beret This is a 4 ply slouchy in Rowan yarn – I can’t find the label – but it is Rowan purchased at De Afstap in Amsterdam. It was lovely to knit and has been snapped up by a relative who loves the yarn and the simple crossover stitch on it.

beanie slouchy hat in 4 ply

So I made another – in brown variegated 3 ply sock yarn – which loses the crossover stitch because the yarn is so busy. The hat still works though.

beanie slouchy hat

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A wee spring jacket

by on Sep.06, 2015, under Blog

It isn’t finished but I do like the lightness of it – knit in one piece including the short sleeves.

spring bolero jacket

I’m not sure I like the dark rib edge but it is a pattern in process still.

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