I'm keeping busy with little bits of sewing and knitting..
I love cleaning up the slow way by making things out of scraps, leftovers, and single balls of yarn. I'm hoping to see some visible progress on the sewing room soon. It should be getting tidier, right?
I love knitting in December. I like that it is portable and I am more able to be social while working. I can sit in the living room and be with family and still feel productive. I can't sit and NOT be working on something. I know, my family sometimes just doesn't get it.
I recently finished my sock for Adele's pair of Corbusier Socks.
The pattern is Corbusier Socks by Sarah Jordan. The pattern is in 2014 Knitscene Accessories. I would tell you what the yarn is but I seem to have lost the ball band that Adele sent with the pattern and yarn. Ooops.
It was a fun knit and wouldn't have taken long to finish if I would have been focused on just the one project.
Since finishing the socks I've been knitting new winter mittens for Miss P. She's still wearing the pair I knit her FIVE years ago when she was in preschool. I am using the same technique for this pair. The lining is Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino. The outer layer is a handspun. They should be finished soon! B wants a pair like this too. My knit list is growing!
Just in time for the colder weather, I finish a cozy pair of socks for myself!
These were a quick knit 2x2 rib from Sanguine Gryphon Skinny Bugga. I originally bought the yarn for colorwork in a Paper Dolls sweater. Someday I still hope to knit myself one of those sweaters but I'll have to buy some new yarn.
I've also been working on my next sock for Adele in our Two Make a Pair project.
You guys! Adele and I finished another pair of socks! It took me two years to knit the first sock and Adele was lightening fast knitting up the mate.
We knit our first pair of these back in 2011. I loved the first pair so much that I needed to have another. I think I can safely say, however, that both Adele and I have had enough of this pattern for a while. All of the cable crossings are rather tedious on this thin yarn. The results are fabulous though.
The pattern is Sweetheart Socks by Chrissy Gardener in Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts 2007. We used size 0 needles and Stroll heather by Knit Picks. The color is sprinkle heather.
Details on my ravelry page.
Adele has chosen a quicker pattern for us to knit next.
Remember when I said I went to summer camp and did some knitting and hexie stitching? Well, according Ravelry, I finished this sock exactly two years after starting it!
Adele and I made another pair of these back in 2010. The pattern is Sweetheart Socks by Chrissy Gardiner and can be found in the Holiday 2007 issue of Interweave Knits.
I am thrilled that my friende Adele and I are continuing (after a very long pause) with our Two Make a Pair project. I'll send this sock and that other ball of yarn to her and she will knit the second sock for me. She is a speedy knitter and I'm sure I will not be waiting another two years to wear this pair of socks.
I wonder what yarn and pattern Adele will choose for her next pair. I've missed knitting with you Adele!
I've been a knitting fiend in the evenings the last few weeks. I finished the mate to Addele's Abbey Road. I love the texuture pattern in these socks and the way it flows directly into the ribbing at the top. The cable pattern also goes down the heel flap. It was an interesting change to make these toe up socks. The pattern was fairly easy to follow. I ended up knitting the heel and flap a couple of times but that was because I miscounted stitches not because there was a problem with the pattern. The yarn was also really nice to knit.
You may remember this project from last winter... I won the pattern and yarn in a mitten group on Ravelry last year. Adele and I knit them for our two make a pair project. With most of our projects our guages have turned out to be the same. With these mittens, one came out tall and thin and the other shorter and wide. Hmmmm.
Not sure what happened there but we decided to go ahead and each make mates for the first that we knit. So, this time two make TWO pair. The pattern is Ladybug Picnic Mittens by Elinor Brown. The yarn is Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport.
I love the little braid around the cuff. After knitting so many mittens in 2011 I have learned a bit more about what I like and don't like in a mitten. I like thumbs with a gusset and long cuffs that are snug to the wrist like thesetwo. But these are probably not as warm as needed in our cold winters. (even if they weren't fingerless)
I like fun colorwork designs like the ladybugs, and thesetwo pair. The stranded work mittens are a little warmer with the extra yarn carried on the back.
The knitting continues. If I find the perfect balance of thumb and cuff design, fun pattern, and warmth I'll let you know. Here's one last photo of the ladybugs. My little photo assistant said I needed a butterfly hand shot. So here ya go.
This week I got a package from A that had the second of these fingerless mitts.
The pattern for these is Quinault by Marjorie Walter. It was an easy to memorize pattern for elegant looking mitts. I love the braided look to the ribbing and plan to make a pair of socks with the same rib pattern. The yarn is Knit Picks Stroll in color Twinkle Heather. It is really soft after blocking. I think these mitts turned out really great. Thanks A.
I've started on the second of a pair of socks for her. I'll let you know when that is finished.