Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Yarn Along.......Month of Socks.

Hello, I'm back today to show you what I've been working on this week, I seem to have a lot of WIPs on the needles, more than I usually have and I've cast on another three projects! Can you have too many WIPs?????

This month the Must Stash Girls are having a Month of Socks KAL over on Ravelry, where basically anything goes, as long as you are knitting socks. It could be finishing off WIPs, great if you have second sock syndrome or they are encouraging you to try something new. They are giving lots of advice and help including tutorials on the forum, these girls are great, if you haven't seen their podcast yet, you really should pop over and watch, they are great fun.


I bought the book A Knitted Sock Society by Rachel Coopey, sometime ago, it has ten gorgeous cuff down patterns using one of my favourite sock yarns, Rowan Fine Art. I've never knit cuff down socks before, so I decided to give them a go and chose the Jesse socks which are a colourwork sock using two contrasting colours. The reason I'd never tried cuff down was the heel, I was put off by picking up stitches, it seemed a lot more complicated than toe up. I really don't know why I was worried though, it was very simple and actually seemed a lot quicker! I wish I'd tried them a lot sooner!

I'm also hoping to finish my stripy socks by the end of the month, I've done my first Afterthought Heel which was also easier than I thought it would be. I have made a small mistake, I should have knit the waste yarn in the middle of a stripe. I've now got one random row of brown, which doesn't look right but I'll know for the next time.

Do you remember last week that I was looking through my vintage baby patterns? Well, I decided on this one, a sweet little cardigan that wraps over and buttons at the front. I'm using a new to me yarn called Pro Lana Merino Pur 175, a beautifully soft 4ply yarn, perfect for babies.

My third new project is the Gramps Cardigan by Kate Oates, my sister asked if I'd knit my nephew a cable jacket for his 1st birthday. I love this pattern, it's a perfect cardigan for a little boy, it will look really cute on my little man!

I'm still reading The Butterfly Box by Santa Montefiore, I really enjoy her books and this is no exception, I also wanted to show you these little 10g balls of Lion Brand cotton that I bought from Hobbycraft. I couldn't resist these tiny balls of yarn in all these gorgeous colours, I'm a sucker for anything in miniature, they will be great for making crochet flowers. Check out Ginny's blog, Tami's and Nicole's for lots more Work in Progress, this week.

Thanks for stopping by.

xxxxDebxxxx

 

26 comments:

silkandwool.eu said...

I love all your projects! I now have 3 on the needles/hooks, but usually I have more. Different projects for different moods is what works for me!

Caffeine Girl said...

I am convinced it is not possible to have too many WIPs!

I have done cuff-down socks for years and find it to be an easy technique. Toe-up, though, totally challenged me. I'm still working on my first pair, which I think I started in 2009!

Caffeine Girl said...

I am convinced it is not possible to have too many WIPs!

I have done cuff-down socks for years and find it to be an easy technique. Toe-up, though, totally challenged me. I'm still working on my first pair, which I think I started in 2009!

gilly said...

I would love to see your sock drawer, Deb - I imagine it to be just a fabulous array of prettiness & colours!
Love your gorgeous baby makes too :-)
Happy Wednesday
xx

Amy at love made my home said...

Your socks are of course beautiful - as they always are!! - good to know that you are enjoying your new techniques and that they are easier than you though they might be. Always good when that happens! I love love love those little tiny balls of yarn!! They would be perfect for making little projects where you don't need much or for my mandalas of course!! Oh no, I might have to go shopping at the weekend now.... xx

Lisa @ HappyinDoleValley said...

I've seen those mini-skeins and have almost bought a package more than once, but I could never think of what to create with them...flowers are perfect! I've never knit a sock toe up, and now I'll have to give it a try. Love your stripes!

mamasmercantile said...

I love all the projects, but my particular favourite is the stripy socks. The colours are divine.

elisabethandree said...

You really have many project to work on, but they all are good choices to my opinion. Very pretty colours and stitch patterns and the little cardigan to be is gorgeous!

Sarah said...

I've seen those adorable little balls of yarn and am always so tempted by them!! Beautiful socks and all your projects are beautiful, as always!

Donna said...

I have been a cuff down sorta gal for years. I just tried toe-up and I do like that too, especially for gradient socks. I just love those little skeins of yarn. I'm tempted to buy them just for display!

Gigi said...

Lovely knits! I love self striping yarn -- so fun to knit with.

Shirley Ann Vels said...

Oh my goodness! This is like knitters heaven! I love all your projects and the first picture of your socks - they are so pretty!

Ranee @ Arabian Knits said...

Those Jesse socks are just gorgeous! And in some of my favorite colors, too. Wonderful work!

CathieJ said...

Wow you have made great progress on your new cast-ons. I don't think I could gotten that far on one. I love the socks, especially the colorwork ones. Your cable jacket is gorgeous as is the vintage pattern.

Hege said...

So many beautiful projects!
Love the first socks.

Evelyn Hender said...

Beautiful projects as always. I did the same thing with an afterthought heel on my stripy socks, I think next time I'll knit them top down and then I can plan where to put the waste yarn.

I love your colourwork socks, they are gorgeous!

Jazz said...

Amazing projects, my favorite are the blue socks.

Ira Huberts said...

Superb looking creations Deb, you've got so much you're currently working on, amazing! your sock drawer must be one lovely colourful collection of pretty items! Happy reading! Ira x
Ira’s Crea Corner

Lynn said...

Hi, I love your socks! Beautiful projects to have on the go and swap between :) Love the tiny balls of yarn too!

Kepanie said...

As always, lovely projects on the needles. I think knitting baby items is fun. And what a plus that its vintage style. The color work sock is very cool.

♥ Mary Janes TEAROOM said...

So many projects and all beautiful Deb...you're always so busy and I love those tiny yarn balls (think I may have to get some for crochet flowers too....although I really should resist!) Is it a Kindle you are using to read your book?
Happy Thursday!
Susan x

Jo said...

Your socks are getting ever more complicated! I love those red ones. Jo x

Donna said...

Lovely projects- your socks are fabulous! x

Joy said...

Your beautiful knitting always amazes me Deb! That little cardigan for your nephew is going to be so gorgeous and I'm really looking forward to seeing it completed! What a busy girl you are, well done once again! Joy xo

iknead2knit said...

No such thing as too many WIPs! All your socks are lovely! Thanks for sharing.

The Knitting Kat said...

Your socks look absolutely lovely! I may have to jump back onto the sock wagon today (trying to take a hiatus, but i do so love sock knitting!).