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Showing posts with label joy. Show all posts

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Watermelon Sock Yarn

Hello friends!
If you have been following my blog recently you will already know about my obsession with knitting socks.
At first it was knitting a pair of socks from a pattern in a magazine. Then it was writing my own sock pattern. And now I've moved on to hand dyeing my own self striping sock yarn :-)
The base yarn is Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (White), and I used various food dyes, using the same method I wrote about HERE to dye the yarn :-)
And if all goes according to plan... when I knit this yarn into a little pair of socks it will resemble a watermelon :-)
If it works I'll show you pictures tomorrow... And if it doesn't work... I'll show you pictures tomorrow :-)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Alegria Socks

Hello friends!
As you may already know, I have recently discovered the joy of knitting socks :-) I am so addicted to sock knitting now that I lay awake at night thinking about all the socks I could knit and different variations I could try and all the gorgeous sock yarn I "need".
Yesterday I decided I would attempt to write my own sock pattern, and I came up with the sock pictured above. I wanted something pretty and lacy but practical and not too tricky to knit... and the Alegria Sock was born :-)
I really need to get some good sock blockers so I can show you the socks at their best. It's a little difficult to really see the detail of the lace in the Alegria Sock in the photograph.
The yarn I have used for this particular pair is Rico Design Superba Bamboo and it is SO lovely to work with and wear! It's super soft and smooth, easy to knit, good stitch definition, pretty colours... all the qualities you want in a yarn :-) Also, just in case you're curious, this sock weighs 19g, the yarn comes in a 100g skein so I should be able to get 2 pairs from one skein! Yay!
The pattern is now in the testing stages and will be available on Ravelry soon!
P.S. These socks work well with my other addiction...clogs!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Knitty Gnomes

Hello friends!
I have been busy knitting lots of little gnomes :-)

 The fabulous free pattern for these gnomes can be found HERE
 You only need a teeny tiny amount of yarn to make your little gnome, so they're a perfect stash buster for using up all the little bits of nice yarn you have hanging around in your stash :-)
 The size of your gnome just depends on your yarn weight and needle size. Mine range from approximately 10cm to 15cm tall, from the toes to the tip of the hat :-)
 They're the perfect size for a child to hold in their hand, to take on trips to keep them company :-)
Also, HERE is a cute song about a gnome :-)
 P.S. When I made my first one, I thought i would be "clever" and knit it in the round to save myself sewing in some ends and sewing any seams... Don't do this! I was a fool! Just follow the pattern :-) It will work much better that way :-)