Tuesday, 28 December 2010
Thursday, 16 December 2010
First up, these are my first ever commissioned socks!
Next we have a pair of Pyroclastic socks in Evoke's Cash 4ply (10% cashmere - very lush).
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
I'm still struggling to find inspiration though ...
I asked my beautiful daughter what I should knit (not socks, which is her usual response). "How about a facewasher?"
Half a day later, & I have this cutie kitty facewasher finished. It's in her favorite colour when she was just a littlie - "lellow!" It has sparkles too. (I can now post the photo, as she has it in her hot little hands.)
Hmmm, what next? I need something else to break the monotony of socks. Stash-diving produced a few balls of 8ply acrylic in that self-patterning design I find so irresistable.
Meet a little size 2 jumper destined for the market bag.
Now what? Socks!
Saturday, 20 November 2010
I delved part-way into the stash & came up with some Cleckheaton Vintage Hues yarn. The ball bands have long since disappeared, so I can't tell you what colourway this is, but it told me it would like to be a scarf.
I chose the same pattern I used for my "ugly" scarf. I'm quite pleased with how it turned out, but now I'm right back at square one again.
I have nothing to knit.
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Meet my knitted dodecohedron star. A little ball of boobs ... with nipples!
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
You would think from looking at the photo below that the considerable size of the stash (this is not quite all of it, but it is the largest part) would suggest otherwise. You'd be wrong.
This is one huge pile consisting of approximately 2 dozen boxes - some of which are positively overflowing with yarn. Two of these plastic boxes contain nothing but sock yarn. There are gorgeous silk blends, kilos of handspun, and the box of embarrassment (muppet road-kill yarns - don't ask).
There is not a single project calling out to me. I could go stash diving (send a search party if I don't surface) & see if anything sings out, but to be honest, I'm kind of paralysed by the sheer volume of stuff & the teeny tiny room it inhabits.
I have nothing to knit.
Thursday, 4 November 2010
Now then, let's see ...
1. Thank the person who gave you the award.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass the award along to bloggers who you think are fantastic for whatever reason (in no particular order).
4. Contact the bloggers you picked & let them know about the award.
1. This one's easy - thanks Textile Tragic! I'm glad my sock-knitting inspires you, as you inspire me with your creativity.
2. Share 7 things about yourself - this one's not so easy ...
1. I love the colours blue & purple & everything inbetween.
2. I am anti-housework & would love to set up a foundation for the preservation of wayward dust-bunnies.
3. I am addicted to knitting socks. Cuff-down, toe-up, it doesn't matter. And I don't let the fact that the climate I live in isn't exactly condusive to sock-wearing stop me!
4. I have enough hand-knitted socks to wear a different pair every day for approximately 3 weeks. (At least)
5. I love chocolate, but not chocolate cake.
6. I collect sheep.
7. (Struggling now!) If all else fails, I drink tea!
3. I would like to pass this award on to:
Daylesnail - for being a wonderfully creative creatrix & a wonderful friend.
Spinayarn99 - for incouraging me to try new things with my spinning (like fibre-sandwiches!).
Yarnivorous - for showing me how to use the magic loop to knit socks, thus helping me rid myself of dreaded ladders forming where dpns meet.
Textile Teresa - for helping me to step outside my comfort zone & try new things (like yarn-bombing the Harrietville bridge!). I know you've just received this award from Textile Tragic, but there's nothing like multiple awards!
4. Now to contact the lucky winners!
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
I am now the very proud owner of a very lovely, very purple, Namaste Zuma bag. I love it to bits. It opens up amazingly wide, has loads of pockets & closes using magnets not zips so your yarn doesn't get caught. I also invested in some handy mesh bag doo-dahs which close with press studs - these can hold a small project (read: travelling sock) & contains my hairbrush rather nicely so I don't get hair (& bits of random handbag fluff) on said small project.
I am usually rather restrained when it comes to colours (especially handbags - I usually go for either black or brown) but I love purple & tend to wear it a fair bit. Slightly outside my comfort zone, but I'm loving it!
Saturday, 23 October 2010
The yarn is a beauty too - 80% bamboo with a little nylon for wear. It feels so soft & luscious, even if it is a little splitty to knit with. Wendy's "Happy" in colourway Aquarius for those of you playing at home. Blues, purples, aquary-greens with a little pink for zing - yum!
Although I love these ones, I feel they are destined for feet other than mine. I get the distinct feeling that as soon as my dear daughter sees/feels them, they will miraculously disappear into her suitcase when she comes to visit after xmas (can't wait to see you honey!).
Sunday, 26 September 2010
Yes, that black blob is a completed cardigan (sans buttons - mum wants to choose those herself). I think I need some camera lessons so I can convey what it actually looks like, rather than just a cardigan shaped "thing" on my kitchen floor. It has cute little 3 stitch cables running down each front, mirrored on the back, & also running up each sleeve all the way up to the saddle shoulders.
The flash has washed this one out a bit, but this is the left shoulder. I just love the way those little cables meet & greet each other here.
This is about the fifth re-incarnation of this yarn as I wanted a "perfect" cardigan for mum. Overall, I'm quite pleased with it, but I think the sleeves are a little too long even though I did shorten them considerably. The bottom edges also want to curl, so I may try puffing at them with my iron ...
Anyway - Mum, I hope you like it!
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Some more scrummy sock yarn - this one's a little greener than the photo would suggest & is called "Neptune".
Some more page inserts for my KnitPicks set - I haven't been able to find these anywhere.
And lastly another Addi circular needle for use with sock-knitting.
Sunday, 19 September 2010
Friday, 17 September 2010
100 grams of spun purple (all I had) minus one sample skein equals nowhere near enough for this much sandwich.
I didn't weigh my portion before I spun it, but I'm estimating from such a full bobbin that it's more than 100 grams - closer to 150 I think.
Problem. That purple was a one off, individually dyed hank. What to do ... what to do ...
I'm rather fond of all things purple and blue & tend to collect them. I know - I'll go stash diving!
One trashed stash room & an hour or so later I emerged with another purple 100 gram roving. Score! It's not exactly the same (this one has a blob of blue near one end), but combined with the sandwich it should be close enough to fudge it. Now all I have to do is spin it up & hope for the best.
Thursday, 9 September 2010
Finally, it's now all carded & ready to go.
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
I've been having a fun break from spinning the unending white by spinning some fibre sandwich from a while ago. I wanted to experiment a little with preparing it a little first before embarking on the "good" fibre sandwich all the way from Harrietville. First I ran the sandwich through my handcarders to slightly homogonize it & make it easier to spin (got to break up those cotton balls a bit otherwise they seem to fly all over the room instead of go where they should!). Then I spun up some purple fibre from the Blue Knob Gallery (I've been told that purple is the best colour to ply sandwiches with) & plied the two together.
I'm quite pleased with the result - a nicely balanced, not too bobbly yarn. Don't know what I'm going to do with it yet - it's only 84 grams. But as a test skein, I'm pleased.
Now for the real thing!
Friday, 3 September 2010
On Wednesday, I received a lovely email from my lovely friend Textile Teresa. She said she had a portion of a fibre sandwich from Harrietville for me! When I arrived home from spinning group today, guess what was waiting for me?
It usually takes Australia Post a good 4 working days to get anything from Melbourne (Vic) to Lismore (NSW) so imagine my surprise & joy to get this so quickly!
Mmmm ... colours ... Mmmm ... different fibres ...
Mmmm ... it's not white!
I think I can feel my spinning mojo returning - I just have to spin this!
Now that we each have a portion, the idea is that we each spin our bit up, & pop it onto our blogs. Thanks Teresa!
Sunday, 29 August 2010
Thursday, 26 August 2010
This time with a non-labelled, sample ball of yarn given to me by my old employer. You can see what's going to happen here, can't you ...
I started knitting these ones the same length of leg I normally do (approx 60 rounds), but when I hit the toe shaping ... the remaining ball of yarn looked suspiciously small. Too small for my liking. I weighed the offending ball on my dyeing scales & was horrified by what I saw. A measley 30 grams. I weighed the sock (allowing extra for my needles). 45 grams. Clearly, this was not going to work.
I gritted my teeth, frogged the entire sock (after using a few choice swear words) & began again with fewer stitches and a much shorter leg.
The finished socks come in at 70 grams with a tiny amount over. So much for "assuming" this unlabelled ball was the full 100 grams I expected!
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
I needed to start decreasing for the toe before I'd finished shaping the instep. Otherwise they'd be long enough for clown shoes! I don't think you can tell though.
Saturday, 31 July 2010
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
This pair is a birthday pressie for my lovely friend D, who says she doesn't care about the missing brown (isn't she sweet?), but I'm a bit miffed about the fact that I've had another colour go missing on me. (Hmmm ... yellow, then brown ... is there a hawthorn sock yarn being created somewhere?)
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Then I got the urge to knit up some fingerless gloves - don't know why, but why not?! These ones worked up so quickly, even if they are in 4ply. (I'm wearing them now whilst I type - comfy & warm.) Made from some leftover Spotlight sock yarn.
The knitting mojo is definatley back - thank goodness. I don't know what I'd do without it! Now all I have to do is figure out what I want to make next. I may even be feeling in the mood for some spinning, although I need to sort out the next travelling sock project ...
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Nice and cosy & bright, but currently ownerless. I'm thinking of putting them in my "market bag". Not that I do markets very often (I haven't done one for at least 2 years), but I'm just pleased to have made something.
Monday, 21 June 2010
I want to start something new, something that will grab me with enthusiasm to actually finish it so I have something to show you rather than just a bunch of UFOs. Something small. Ideas escape me - maybe a hat?
Sunday, 6 June 2010
I've still been knitting though, and I've decided that 3 beautiful friends who visited me in hospital, and have been generally loving and supportive shall receive the 3 pairs of socks I knitted whilst in hospital. I haven't decided yet which friend will recieve which socks yet, I may just leave it up to them (friend D, friend M & friend L please make your choices). I lay before you:
A pair of coriolus socks knitted with a Spotlight yarn:
A pair of Jaywalker socks also knitted with a Spotlight yarn:
And a plain vanilla pair knitted with Opal yarn: