Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Birthday Presents and a new sock

It has been a week of finishing things here in Wolverhampton. Here is Carys' finished 4th Birthday jumper. She asked for a pink jumper... hugsandkisses 005
Started: 30th November 2007
Finished: 26th March 2008
Pattern: Tea for Two from Miss Bea's Rainy Day
Yarn: Rowan Handknit Cotton in Sugar (6 balls)
Needles: 3.25mm for the ribbing and 3.75mm for the rest
Comments: I made the back and the arms plain and had to adjust the pattern to suit but managed to do the maths with no problem - a first for me! It looks fab, it might be a bit too big, but matches the pattern measurements perfectly. I hated knitting with the Handknit cotton, never again, it is far too stiff. However, hopefully, it will wash well and last Carys into next winter!
I have been using my sewing class to make my first garment too. Again for Carys, a retro needlecord dress with cool wooden flower buttons. I love it, I hope she does too! And I also hope it fits!
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The other thing I have finished is my pair of socks from the stash for March.
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Started: Feb 2007
Finished: April 1st 2008
Pattern: Lichen Rib by Nancy Bush from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Posh Yarn Lucia in Highland Mist
Needles: 2.5mm
Comments: I ended up going down to 54 stitches for this sock after the ribbing as it would have been way too big. One sock is a little bigger than the other, obviously my tension has changed over the last year. I didn't like the way the yarn pooled when I knitted sock 1, so put it to one side. However I retrieved it from the stash as an "angel" gift for the Vintage Sock swap. It will be in the post to the US tomorrow.

That meant today I got to cast on for a new sock from the stash, excuse the rubbish picture, I didn't manage to get one in the light and the flash made the pattern disappear.
I have used the lace pattern from Cranford Mitts over 60 stitches in a sock. I think it looks great so far and it is really easy to remember and I am flying through the first one. I am using Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in a turquoise colour. Better pictures at the weekend, with more progress hopefully.
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Finally, I have my last pair of 30th birthday socks to knit this month, but I am at a loss as to what to knit and which yarn to use. I am sorely tempted to buy something, but I promised myself I wouldn't and it's not like I don't have enough sock yarn...
I am currently thinking Embossed Leaves in this Yarn Yard green sock yarn yardyard 004
Speedway socks in my new Kaffe Fasset Regia (however I really want these for myself) stash 096
Or maybe some Monkey's with this Posh Lucia with contrasting heels and toesposh 002
What do you think? This is what I have to work with:
sock yarn 034
Actually 2,18,19,21, 32, 41 (about 1/3 skein left) and 48 are being knitted, used up or traded!
The random number generator tells me I should use 27.....


sue said...

The Tea for Two sweater is so cute. I am halfway up the front of my one (I cant believe we were knitting them at the same time). I just used a plain cotton instead as yes that cotton is very stiff to knit with. I think you should knit with the first sock yarn, it looks like a beautiful green.

Bryony Ramsden said...

You've been busy! Lots of goodies! And the dress - so cute it almost hurts! Do you think we could have adult size versions? :)

Number 27 looks like a gorgeous yarn! Am still jealous of the collection. Frankly all your sock knitting plans sound good, but I am bias and love they idea of Monkeys in that gorgeous Lucia colourway...

Anonymous said...

These yarns are gorgeous!!! Absolutely stunning.

(Note to self: get rid of crappy stash and start acquring nice stash. Oh, note to self: finish stupid degree, find job and earn money, then think about nice stash).

I realy like the Tea for Two Jumper - very cute and hopefully long lasting. As is the dress - knitting is so much easier than sewing, isn't it?

Definitely keep the Posh Lucia to yourself - it's too pretty to be used as a gift (haha).

Honestly, I don't know. All the yarns look lovely. Why don't you sort them into Must Have, Want, and OK To Part With piles? That might help...

Danielle said...

That is quite the sock yarn collection!

Both the jumper and the dress are gorgeous. In my family we split the crafts, I knit and my sister sews. She's actually just made simillar dresses for her two. That style is so versatile, as you can put a t-shirt underneath if they need to be a bit warmer and they look lovely like that, or just on their own.

Rocky said...

I really like your blog, also, off subject, do you know if the Hogwarts Sock swap will happen in 2008? I was on the website and the last post was in 2007.

Queen of the froggers said...

Great yarns to choose from! The sweater is lovely, cotton is always hard I find.

Anonymous said...

I love that dress! and the sweater, and the socks!

Roobeedoo said...

Tee hee hee! That's what I call a sock stash! I am knitting Embossed Leaves at the moment and it is very easy and effective, plus it grows quickly. Lovely little dress too!