How’s my queue looking?

My queue on Ravelry curently consists of 38 pages and 1133 projects. Varying from nappy soakers, socks, shawls, hats and toys. My wool stash is probably as varied too, with on going, endless projects such as this odds and sods blanket, entire balls, half balls, acrylic, wool, eyelash yarn. I’m slowly working on getting through it all, but then I get to a project I really want to do, and I buy the yarn for that. Or I go to buy a ball for something, just one ball, and I come out with four for another project that I’ve not chosen yet because I liked the yarn. Yup.

My new and upcoming projects are varied too. My queue has a vauge order, but I never stick to it. I get distracted because I find something new. I’m also great at starting projects and never finishing them. Heliopath Vest anyone?

So the things I’m actually planning to knit. I’ll list five, and the links to the projects. Just to clear up, planning to knit means casting on for me. Heh.

Glengarry

A Glengarry, a Scottish stereotype.

Being a proud Scot I kinda want this just to be annoying. I know nobody has worn one of these since Bonnie Prince Charlie’s time, but I kinda don’t care. If it’ll annoy the english/french it’s worth it. I’m making it using 100% acrylic yarn called Patons Smoothie, I ordered it not too long ago from Love Knitting. You can find more information about this pattern, where to find it, here on Ravelry. It’s from a book, filled with hats from all over the world, it was an interesting read. I’m looking forward to making this as soon as I have my yarn.

TeaCosy

Today I bought a tea pot

Today I finally bought myself a tea pot, and no pot is complete without a cosy. I like this one, because it’s cute and quirky. It’s knitted for a 2 cup tea pot, using DK and it’s worked in the round. Only £3.59 from here on Ravelry, but I’m not sure what kind of wool to use.

Cocks on Socks

Socks! With willies!

I did try and make these, only to balls them up. Hehe, balls. I really want to give them another go. They’ve got to be my favourite sock pattern out there. It’s a free download on Ravelry, you can find it here, worked with 4ply yarn, on 2.5mm needles. I find them so funny, cheeky but discreet. You could wear these to a job interview and not get in trouble… I’m planning on black and a ball of multicoloured, either by Lang Yarns or another one that I can’t remember the name of from my stash.

Capelet Shawl

A little shawl/capelet

This is from a back issue of Knit Now, made with a British 4ply yarn from Baa Ram Ewe, which I’d love to try. It’s pretty, feminine, lacey thing. I’d love to make it longer. No idea what I’ll knit this with… Read about it here!

Headband

I hate winter, headband version

I did some double knitting recently, making a pair of socks and I’m really interested in doing this pattern from Knitty. Worked in 4ply, with 3.75 needles, it’s kinda funny. I’m thinking black and multi-coloured. But we’ll see. It’s a high enough priority. You can find it here, and it’s free through Knitty.

Socks in progress

I love socks, everyone secretly loves a good pair of knitted socks in non scratchy wool based yarn.

And I love new ideas on how to make socks, different heels, adding a lace motif, stripes, doing the sole and picking up stitches to make a sock… And a great place for finding these things is Knitty. Which is where I found this pattern. Carousel Socks, by Louise Robert.

Effectively these socks are worked flat on two needles, but in a way that joins your flat strip to make a tube. I’d not seen this idea before and I love it. Really it works best with a vargiated yarn that has short stripes to bring out the construction of thse socks.

I’ve had some Adriafil Knitcol Trends for a while that I wanted to make socks out of, I’m worried it’ll felt though, and I thought this would be cool. You can get your own from Deramores. It’s not a cheap wool, but it is 100% wool. And beautiful. My shade is Giotto. However this wool is more of a DK or Aran weight, meaning I couldn’t do this exact pattern but I could tweak it.

So now I’m writing  my own version of this pattern for a heavier weight yarn. I’m not doing too badly. If this comes out nicely I might actually publish my finished version. Enjoy the sneak peak photos below.

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I’ve got a birthmark on this foot which is why my heel is a funny colour, but this is how far I’ve got.

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And a close up of my pretty stitches.

Three knitting books I really want

I’ve not been finding a lot to write about at the moment. Sorry, not my fault.

Anyway, I’m always on the look out for knitting things and wool and everything!

I do need to write about it a lot more, but I don’t find the time or motivation.

So I’ve narrowed this down to three books, and why I want them.

So you’ll need to click links in order to get the books, the thing is I can’t get my HTML things to work because I’m a noob, so thanks for your patience.

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Fair Isle Style by Mary Jane Mucklestone.

So I love the cover design! It’s so pretty. And on the back cover there is a hat and scarf design that I love.

Personally I think the cover design would be great to use up some odd yarn with some new.

I think the price is really cheap!

Fair Isle was another break through I had when I was pregnant and ever since I’ve loved it. It makes knitting so much more interesting, challenging.

And it makes self striping yarn ever more interesting when paired with a block colour. I just love it.

I’m always looking for new knitting patterns and Fair Isle patters.

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I’m a sock addict, no doubts about it.

I love differnt styles, Fair Isle (again..) and a bit of everything. Currently I’m doing something based on this pattern from Knitty, a two needle sock.

Anyway, the pinao socks were the first to catch my attention, then the toeless really looked cool, but I don’t know what I’d use them for. And the zigzag stripe thing?! YES!

I love interesting patterns and always seem to have a pair of socks on the go. I’ve only knitted three pairs so far, but I’m always looking to do more.

It seems a little expensive, but could well be worth it.

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I’m a proud Scot. Can’t help it, when you’re from a country that good you can’t help being proud.

And I do love Fair Isle.

Hats, gloves, cardigans, jumpers.

There isn’t a description on Amazon, but that hat, and the juper on the left? I do love it. And the cardigan on the right is pretty nice too… There isn’t much information on this book but based from the cover picutres I’m intrested.

A second attempt at the Heliopath Vest

I’ve not written anything here in ages, no real idea why either. I’ve been making things, just not finishing them.

I did finish a lost sock the other day, I did about half of it, put it down and couldn’t find it afterwards. How?! I don’t know… but I finished it the same day I found it.

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This is now a pair! But I think my second is a few rows shorter. Or the stripes just don’t line up.

I love socks, they’re nice and simple. Fairly quick too and require a bit of concentration. This pair took from May until August to finish…

Currently I’m knitting a few things.
Willy socks.
A 1980s jumper.
Aaaand my heliopath Vest. Which is almost finished apart from the arm hole ribbing and the button bands.

But I’ve lost interest. I want to do other things.

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I don’t know why either, it’s beautiful.

In a few weeks once I’ve done my current pair of socks, started yesterday, I think I’ll force myself to finish it.

I hope.

Current project, Reach for the Stars Jumper

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So you may remember that post I did about my yarn haul. Well the thing I was most excited to start was this jumper, which is still sitting unfinished in my cupboard. I know. I hate sewing up, it’s my main problem with knitting and every flat project is the same.

Before I used to live with my mum, and she used to darn my ends and sew my things up and I loved her for it. Well now she’s on the other side of the English Channel, and I’m kinda stuffed because now I have to sew up alone.

I did take jumper to her the last time I visited, she darned in the ends of the rocket pattern and complimented my choice of wool.

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As you can see the instrata rocket would have had plenty of ends….

So all I actually have to do is sew on the buttons and sew part of the sleeves and the body, I just hate doing it so I keep forgetting.

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However I did finish the twin for this sock, and I mean really finish, ends sewn in and everything! Knitting in the round is so much easier. Far less problematic! They’re going to be one of my mother’s birthday presents.

And I’ve started a shawl like scarf thing. I’m improvising a pattern from Knit Now to make it more like a scarf. I’m just using some acrylic I got from my birthday trip to the UK. It’s knitting quickly and in the three days since I started I’ve had so many compliments on the colours.

Otherwise the only new thing is that have glasses because my long distance vision is giving up. They’ve been kinda fun, and so useful when I’m out. Before I had trouble reading signs in the metro. Now everything is HD!

My Ravelry Queue is 100 km long

And it’s getting longer! I do start some projects, somtimes I even get close to finishing. Then I get a beautiful new yarn and I want to drop that and move onto the next thing.

I’ve finished Sandy’s Reach for the Stars jumper. Wait, did I say finished? Hah, I still need to sew it together. That’s my least favourite bit. When I went to see my mum last week she did darn in all the rocket ends! Which has saved me some time, but I’m still not looking forward to doing that.

There’s also two pairs of socks on the go. Pair A and pair B. I’m half way through the second sock of pair A, only 20 rows before I shape the toes! The other one I’ve only made the one sock. I’ve also got loads of other sock yarns to use! And while I love socks they sometimes seem daunting, I want to do one of my lacey patterns from the queue next. But I also have the overwhelming desire to make it into a shawl, scarf type thing. These socks from an issue of Knit Now jumps out to me. And these jaywalker socks are a must too! These are funky two, where they use two yarns but not striped!

And I got several balls of colourful acrylics to make another jumper for Sandy! But they’re self striping and I can’t seem to find a pattern that works in the round which is annoying.

 

Otherwise, I’ve not finished anything yet. And my queue is 9 pages long!

What about other people? Does anyone else have this problem?

I made another two socks

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Life is too short to knit matching socks.

So following the success of my first pair of socks I made two more. Socks that is, not pairs.
I’m figuring out my own exact size pattern, the cuff and foot length are perfect, but they’re a little baggy. I don’t want high top socks, but I found my Footlets were too low down. I also have a limited range of needles and not a lot of money. I’ve been working on a 3mm needle for a pattern on 2.5mm needles, and so far I think I’ve got it, or I’m close.

My mum’s pair are less baggy around the foot so I think I’ve found the right number or a better number of stitches.

 

Anyway, enjoy the photos of my socks. One is for me, the rainbow one, the other for my mum. Both yarns are by Regia, the pink one is Esprit Spray, 6€37 from Love Knitting, the other is Exotic Colour and costs 11€26, again from Love Knitting. I like them because they ship to Europe cheaply while still being UK based. My next order will probably be from them.

 

So now, sockky nonsense!

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I will be making a twin to this sock, but my mum implied that she wanted a knitted pair, so that jumped to the top of the list and my pair got put on hold.

I really like knitting socks, turning the heel keeps me interested, and then afterwards they’re furfilling.

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Here I was trying it on while in progress, I wanted it to be the right size, not too long so I did this a few times. I was really proud seeing it knit up too.

 

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I finished my socks!

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My finished socks!

I made my second sock! No, I never finished my acrylic demo pair of booties, they were too small for Alexandros so I left it. But I did make a pair this time!

I used Sirdar Heart & Sole in shade Super Trooper which my mum bought me 200g (two balls) from Deramores for around £6 each in an offer. This is a 4ply sock yarn, made from 75% wool and 25% nylon in Turkey.

The pattern I used as a base was from a book called ‘knits for fab feet and cosy Toes’ by Anna Tillman. The pattern is on page 120 and is called footlets.

I actually used 3mm needles and made the smallest size to the right length of my feet. I also, deliberately, didn’t bother to match up the stripes.

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The stripes are misaligned, I did it especially to make them more unique.

Which created some really nice photography I feel. But my plan is to make another two so I’ll have some mix and match pairs. I got this pair from around half a ball. I’m also planning on doing the pattern that came on the reverse of the ball band with the second ball.

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And while I was knitting them I kept trying them on. It was a lot of fun.

I kept trying them on while I was knitting them, and they were a lot of fun to knit. I found socks the right level of challenging to stop me getting bored. Turning the heel was fun and fairly easy. Socks are actually very simple, if you can knit on double-pointed needles, pick up stitches and knit and purl two together, you can knit socks.

And wearing them? It was amazing, it was a cold day but I was wearing a miniskirt anyway. Normally I get cold feet, or cold legs. This time I didn’t! I could feel the stitches in my toes, but it was really comfortable like they were massaging my feet. It was so comfortable.

 

So this is one project from my yarn haul down, and I’ve almost finished Sandy’s reach for the stars jumper. Next I can move onto the yarn I brough back from my mum’s. Surprisingly, it’s more socks. She also wants two pairs.

 

Softness

Before washing this yarn was a bit hard. After a quick handwash they were lovely and soft.

Enjoyment of knitting with

Very high, not perfect, not one of the best, but it was very good to knit with

Washing

I like the fact these can pass on the tumble dryer on low, and in the machine. I just prefer hand washing if possible.

Price

Full price this costs £7.99, it’s a midrange price for a sock yarn, the cheaper ones are about £6, the more expensive upwards of £15. I feel for the price it is good value for money. I’ll see how they’re holding up in a few months before I make a final comment though.

Colour

There are some really good colours! I had a hard time choosing so went for the blue, green and gray of Super Trooper. However there are others I want to try too. The only thing that’s slightly disappointing is the two blues are almost the same shade.

Would use again

YES!! Just need to finish up my stash before I can buy more yarn. My next colour will probably be move to the groove.

Double Pointed Needles?

About six months ago I decided I wanted to knit in the round, mainly to make some hats for my son. My mum bought me some circular needles and said it was fairly self explanatory, cast on as normal, then bring the start and end together and knit as normal but keep going in one direction AND DON’T TWIST THE STITCHES!!
Well I tried, and I tried, and I tried, but after two weeks of failed attempts I gave up.

Knitting in the round wasn’t as easy as I had thought, and I couldn’t do it.

Afterwards I asked my mum why she got circular needles and not double pointed, she explained that DPNs were harder and I’d have more problems, but I wasn’t sure.

Something about DPNs seemed much easier, like the round was always the right size and there wasn’t an annoying wire.

So on Thursday when I was out raiding the sales I stopped and grabbed a set of 5 4mm DPNs, and 10 balls of wool.

That evening I was trying to make a sock because it seemed smaller and easier than a hat. I cast on and did a round only to find I’d twisted it! So I unraveled and tried again.

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In the end working on four needles with a fifth was tricky, so I did up until the heel with two needles and worked with a third. My mum said the heel would be really difficult, so I was dreading that.
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I turned the heel with little effort, then cast off for the toe. I was left with 8 stitches and a tail of yarn, my sock was soon to be free and it was so easy!
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And that was it, I successfully knitted in the round, I’m very proud of this, and my odd sock.