Fraternal Chroma Socks

As Squirt said when she saw these, “ocks!” (That’s after I corrected her from saying “oos!”)

Progression Info

Started – October 4

Completed – October 24

Duration – about 3 weeks

Pattern Info

Basic Sock by Ann Budd

The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns

I modified the basic sock pattern to include a 2×1 ribbing along the instep and is maintained on the cuff. Otherwise, it’s basically the sock pattern in size 8.5″ circumference at 8 stitches per inch.

Yarn Info

Knit Picks Chroma Twist Fingering

70% superwash wool, 30% nylon

Colorway – drawing room

0.55 skeins = 240.4 yds used

Photos

Getting decent pictures these days is a challenge, so bear with these candid shots!

Sprout’s Pink Mittens for ’19

Progression Info
Started – September 5
Completed – September 11
Duration – about a week

Pattern Info
Basic Mitten by Ann Budd
The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns
Size – 4-6 years
Gauge – 8 stitches/inch

I used twisted 1×1 rib instead of plain and changed colors after the cuffs.

Yarn Info
West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply
75% wool, 25% nylon
Colorway – sweet pea (solid)
0.18 skeins = 78.7 yds used
Colorway – peony (variegated)
0.09 skeins = 39.4 yds used

Photos

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Pink Tokerau Shawl

Progression

Started – July 7

Completed – August 16

Duration – about 6 weeks

Pattern Info

Tokerau Shawl by Francoise Danoy

Knotions.com

This is a good pattern for two coordinating yarns like this, a solid and a variegated. The bud stitch pattern looks wonderful in a variegated colorway and the lace really pops in a solid.

The pattern is well-written. The only difficult bit was the picot bind-off — well, not difficult so much as tedious.

It’s also an interesting shape. Not quite a crescent, but also not a triangle. I would have appreciated more (some?) description of the shape in the blocking instructions. I found it odd to pin out not knowing where the edges were heading!

Yarn Info

West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply

75% wool, 25% nylon

(35% Bluefaced Leicester)

Colorway – sweet pea

0.63 skeins = 275.3 yds used

Colorway – peony

0.91 skeins = 398.1 yds used

This yarn was sent in a care package by a dear friend when LW was born. I originally thought to knit a couple pairs of socks, but when I found this shawl pattern, I thought it just looked too perfect to pass up! I’ve never used anything specifically labeled BFL, I don’t think. To me, all wool feels about the same 😅 But this was enjoyable to work with, and I’m excited to wear the shawl this fall and winter.

Photos

Mom’s Mitts, the Sequel

My mom wore holes in the last pair of fingerless mitts I knit her. So I knit a new pair.

Progression

Started – June 24

Completed – July 2

Duration – about 1 week

Pattern

Blueberry Tea Mitts by Paula McKeever

Ravelry

This is the same pattern I used for her last pair of mitts. I tried to lengthen the fingers upon her request, but I don’t think they are as long as she would like. Next time, I’ll make them even longer. 😉

Yarn

Cascade Yarns Heritage

75% superwash wool, 25% nylon

Colorway – cerulean

0.38 skeins = 166.1 yds used

This yarn was leftover from the sheepy socks I finished just prior to this. It is very soft, warm, and machine washable. Perfect for my mom!

shiny and new!

old and new

Sheepy Socks

My knitter pen-pal friend in Poland likes wearing funky handknit socks. But she doesn’t like knitting socks. She says they take too long. She also likes to tease about how fast I knit.

I love knitting socks. However, I already have several pairs, so can’t justify the cost of the sock yarn with just the entertainment value of the knitting.

Cue the conversation where she commissioned me to knit her a pair of socks. I thought she was joking at first. But she ordered the yarn and had it sent directly to me. And she chose the pattern. And I got to knit these super fun cute socks I would have never chosen for myself. 😀

She sent me measurements for her feet, but I was still so worried they wouldn’t fit. I waited to blog about them until I got the good news. I’m happy to report they do fit, very nicely!

Progression

Started – May 29

Completed – June 24

Duration – about 3.5 weeks

Pattern

Sheep may safely graze by Caoua Coffee

Ravelry

I knit the larger size and offset the sheep. I swapped the main and contrasting colors on the second sock (per her request).

Yarn

Cascade Yarns Heritage

75% superwash wool, 25% nylon

Colorway – cerulean

0.4 skeins = 174.8 yds used

Colorway – blood orange

0.43 skeins = 187.9 yds used