Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Holiday Knitting

I will leave the stories of our time in Scotland for another day, instead I'll treat you to the progress with my holiday projects.
Firstly, Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Honeybee Socks
Honeybee socks in all their glory.
Honeybee Socks
I cast off number two last night, but can't imagine I'm going to get a chance to photograph the pair any time soon, so you'll just have to imagine the mate.
Pattern: Honeybee Socks (Ravelry Link) by Stephanie van der Linden
Yarn: MmmmmmMalabrigo Sock in Velvet Grapes from Socktopus
Needles: 2.5mm circular and dpns
Started: 11th October 2008
Finished: 27th october 2008
Comments: Made for the October Sock Knitters Anonymous challenge.
I ended up frogging my first attempt as the yarn was pooling and the sock was going to be far too big. I ended up removing 4 purl stitches from each side of the foot to make the sock fit. I only patterned the front of the sock. I fudged the cuff due to the difference in stitch count - I didn't increase or decrease nearly as much as the pattern states. Oh, and I left the bobbles off the cast off edge; but did include them down the side and I'm glad I did because they are fun.
I love the bee's and marvelled at how easy they were once I tried - knitting whilst reading the pattern rather than just reading the pattern made a lot of sense. The yarn is absolutely gorgeous and I WANT MORE, especially in semi-solid colours. I hope my Sosesaswa likes them- that is if I can part with them.
Apart from some sock knitting I decided to take my Kureyon Hexagon blanket with me on my hols. I haven't touched this for ages and ages. In fact I started it in March 2006 when I had first learnt to crochet. This is what it looked like before I went away:
And this is how it looks now:
Kureyon Blanket
58 hexagons. It covers my knees and legs whilst sitting on the sofa and I have about 5 or 6 skeins of Noro left, so can make another 20 or so hexagons and edge the blanket.
I had previously crocheted the hexagons together making the seam on top of the blanket, I decided I didn't like this and undid all of the previous hexagons and started again. A little drastic, but I do love the way it looks now - even if sewing isn't my most favourite thing to do. It is my goal to finish this before Christmas.
Finally, I did buy some yarn....
Araucania Ranco
More on that little trip and others soon I promise!


Danielle said...

Ah, you were on holiday! I managed to miss that and was starting to wonder if you were OK.

Love the Honeybee socks. I don't think I could part with anything that pretty.

setembrina said...


I love those socks!!


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Dawn said...

wow, love your blanket but love more the socks, they're wonderful, why didn't I try this pattern??? They look fabulous. My Komet is stalling on sock #2.

Lin said...

Your socks are gorgeous! I love the blanket too.

Kate said...

The socks are simply gorgeous. :-D Beautiful colour, too.

Ammerins said...

Isn't the malabrigo sock yarn fabulous? I loved it, sooooo soft to knit with!!! And that pattern is funny! Not too drafty? Brrrr...

And the Araucania is also a dream to knit, but DON'T DO WHAT I DID AND CHUCK WHATEVER YOU KNIT WITH IT IN THE WASHING MACHINE... :'( I made socks in exactly that colour you've got and now they sort of fit my 5-year-old...

Have fun!!!
Frisian Frillies

Robin said...

CATAN! (ask Lauren)

Roobeedoo said...

Hello again sock! Looking lovely indeed. And I am very jealous of your blanket - we have SNOW!

Cycling Knitter said...

love the socks, and your crochet continues to inspire me, im focussing on christmas knits but in the new year will be concentrating on my crochet skills!!

Craftyfox said...

Great to see your knitting and crochet,missed you... it's scrummy!!

Lucy said...

wow! that blanket is the most gorgeous thing I've seen for ages! Stunning!