Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Hey, where did Spring go?

We had some really nice weather last week, but this week has gone back to crappy wintery climes. Rain, chilly winds... bring back the warm sunshine!! Although I am a little jealous that Wellington got a really awesome hailstorm with massive thunder and lightning. Seems I always miss out on the good stuff. Woe is me ;-)

With Deane away in Singapore last week, I churned through a season of Buffy and a season of Bones on DVD, and a pair of socks for dad, not to mention half a pair of socks for somebody else. They were originally going to be for me, but you need skinny chicken legs for this style of sock (a little too snug at the top) so they'll be going to somebody else. Plus, I maintain that I don't like green! Even though I happen to be wearing green right now, but I digress. The sock looks fantastic, and absolutely needs its mate. I'm so very glad I decided to repurpose this yarn:

Don't you agree? I shall try to get the pair finished this month, and declare that this shall be the first project for the 2011 Christmas Gift List. I have already chosen the lucky recipient (because, you know, everybody wants a pair of handknit socks, even if they don't realise it yet) ;-) Anyway, project deets:

Pattern: Rick by Cookie A (love her!!!)
Yarn: 'Kelly', a Flights of Fancy Yarn Club colourway from Knitsch
Needles: Ummm... (runs off to check) ...2.75mm - the pattern calls for 2.5mm, but I had an inkling that this pair would be a little on the tight side due to the bias pattern, and went up a size. Glad I did! Wouldn't have fit otherwise (still don't fit me well, but you know...)

A deceptively simple pattern to follow and memorise - very intuitive. The foot chart does require a little more attention, but not much.

And my dad's socks are on the way to him now for his birthday (which isn't for another few days, but what the hey?).

Pattern: Earl Grey by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, aka the Yarn Harlot
Yarn: Regia Havanna Colour - although I don't know what the colour name is, because I can't understand German, nor their yarn ball bands O.o
Needles: 2.5mm - I finally got to use the 2.5mm ChiaoGoo RED circular needle I received as a prize in Sock Madness. They are fantastic!!! Love love love them! Want more! Don't think anyone stocks them in this country though :-(

I knit the entire pair in Continental (almost - I picked up the heel stitches using English). They were a remarkably fast knit given the size of them (10" feet, 72 stitches around). I'm really getting the hang of this speed-knitting thing I think. I'm very happy in the knowledge that I can now easily change between the two styles without any problems (unless its a difficult pattern, in which I will always revert to English).

I was aware before starting these socks that the cable pattern on the side would not show well due to the dark colour and the variegation in the yarn, but I've had this yarn in my stash for a few years now (it was part of a Harry Potter group swap in 2009 I think) and I've been wanting to use it for ages. Plus, I don't think dad will be showing off the patterning to his buddies ;-) I didn't continue the cabling down the feet, mainly because I'd worked 24-odd rows before realising I should have cabled right after picking up the heel stitches and continuing in the round, but it was optional anyway, and like I said, I don't think dad will care.

I got Deane to put these socks on for a pic, but he is such an appallingly atrocious casual sock model, I decided it was best to just leave them on their own. Trust me, you'd have agreed ;-)

I have also managed to knit two more blanket squares for the Ron Weasley blanket swap, and popped in to The Little Craft Store today to purchase some yummy Vintage yarn for the other squares. I love the Vintage colour range, it is quite delightful. I'm looking forward to working with it!

Alas, time has flown by rather quickly today, and I have to go cook food lest my family starve. After which, I shall be knitting some handspun mittens. Not that I need them right now, but its a project I've had on my 'to-do' list for an age, and there's a class in the HPKCHC they will fit into perfectly, so why not? Enjoy the rest of your week!!


  1. Wow, you can knit continental now? You are one super knitter! Love that sock pattern by Cookie A.

  2. Yep, learned continental specifically so I could knit stranded colourwork and not have to use the labour-intensive one-handed English version. Definitely worth it!!