Sunday, May 30, 2010

Already Forgotten



This is the beginning of my new birthday sock. Sadly, this is now it has sat all week while I moved on to this...













My new cotton sweater :D

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Ready To Wear


Yay! A pair of finished socks finished. I love the colour, the cable pattern and they fit!

Now I can move onto the next pair! They are going to be the lace socks from the pattern book I received for my birthday. They are already casted on. Pictures soon.

Happy knitting everyone :)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Knitting Goddesses Guild Night


Wednesday night was the Knitting Goddesses guild meeting. We were lucky to have our local spinning and weaving group come out to give us lots of info on different fibres for spinning. They had samples of different wool, camel, musk ox, alpaca fibres and I think there was even some dog hair that had been spun. They talked about dyeing wool and the process of preparing a fleece for spinning and of course gave a great demonstration on how to spin our own wool. Then for anyone interested, there was plenty of time to try out one of the spinning wheels.

Thanks ladies for a fun night!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

New Wool!


This wool is special because it was a gift from a knitting friend. She brought it back from the mountains in Columbia.

It is an undyed white, bulky wool. It is wonderful! There is only 361 grams so I am thinking of knitting a vest with this wool and then using another wool to knit a front and bottom boarder. I haven't decided if the boarder should be the same shade of white or a contrasting colour. Any other ideas would be welcomed!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Organizing


This is what I have spent the last two weekends working on. I have been making an attempt to organizing my knitting books, magazines and patterns. The yarn is going to be saved for a week when I am on holidays :)

The piles of literally hundreds of patterns have been sorted and all of the Beehive patterns have been put into binders. The rest will have to wait until more binders can be found but they are in organized piles while they wait. The magazines have been sorted, labeled and put away and the books are for the most part on a bookshelf. I kind of ran out of room there as well so there is also a pile of books on the floor beside the bookshelf. Overall, I am considering this a great success. We could actually eat in the dining room if we wanted to now!

These are two of the older patterns I came across. Most do not seem to be dated but the book on the left is dated 1935.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Getting Closer



Just a couple of more rows to knit and then I will be ready to start the gusset increases and turn the heel!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Slow But Sure Progress


Not much time for knitting yesterday. The day was spent at work then at the walk in clinic with Eric. Nothing serious this time, just time consuming.

I did manage to squeeze in one pattern repeat so it is longer than it was the day before. My goal is two repeats today. Slow and steady wins the race right? Or in this case, slow and steady knitting will eventually finish a sock.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Socks and More Socks!

I have decided on this KnitPicks sock yarn for the new socks. It is their Risata yarn which is a blend of cotton, superwash Merino wool, polyamide and elastic. The colour is Seedling.

The lace pattern for these socks is only a 4 row repeat which makes me happy. The easier the better. Lace and I have had our differences in the past!




In case anyone is wondering about the current socks I am knitting, I have not forgotten about them. One is finished and the other is started. I loved knitting the first sock so I am looking forward to knitting the second one.

Monday, May 10, 2010

My Next Socks


This Patons Pull Up Your Socks pattern book was a present from my Mom!!













I have picked these lace socks as my next sock project. My challenge is going to be changing the pattern so I can knit them from the toe up. So exciting. I can't wait!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Magic Loop

For the sock knitters who have started knitting their socks using the Magic Loop method, here are some pictures and hopefully clear instructions to help anyone out that maybe having some trouble.



To begin, the needles will pointing to the right with the wrong side facing up and the working yarn attached to the back needle on the right hand side.









We are going to knit the stitches on the front needle. To do this, the needle has to be pushed to the left into the stitches.









Turn your knitting so the right side is facing you. The working yarn is now attached to the bottom needle on the right side.









Pull the bottom needles out to the right and around to the front so you have a loop of cable at each end of your needles.









You are now ready to knit across this row of stitches. The right side of your knitting should still be facing you.









Once you have knit across the row, your left needle will now be empty. Turn the needle tips towards you counter clockwise to the right and turn the work so the wrong side is facing up. Repeat these steps.




Hope this helps!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

New Sock


This is a toe up sock being knit using the magic loop method. I love knitting this way. I don't mind using double pointed needles or two circulars to knit in the round but the magic loop is by far my favourite!

This sock is being knit out of Patons Stretch Socks in Olive. The yarn is a blend of cotton, wool, nylon and elastic and it is great to knit with. I will be using this again for sure. The pattern that I decided to use for this sock has a cable pattern on the top of the foot. In the green colour it is a bit harder to see than I was hoping for but it still gives it a nice textured look.

For anyone who is knitting this sock along with me, I will post some magic loop how to pictures in the very near future for anyone who would like to see some pictures of how to hold the needles, where the working yarn should be (on the right attached to the back needle), and how to slip the front needle back onto the working stitches and pulling out the back needle with the yarn attached to begin working your next row.

Happy knitting!