Having completed The List (see yesterday's post) I can now show you some of the socks.  Only eight of the eleven pairs I've knitted so far because I sent three pairs off to Mum early this month, while the weather was still cold, so she could get some wear from them this winter/spring.

   So, in no particular order, these are my socks - standard sock pattern, toe-up construction, stocking stitch, short-row heel, in Wendy Roam Fusion.  See how you can knit interesting looking socks with very basic skilz!

  Interlocking Leaves socks, also mine, also toe-up construction (w00t!), in Cygnet wool rich sock yarn, 75% wool, 25% nylon (as are the other plain colour socks).  These illustrate one of the difficulties of internet shopping.  I thought I was getting a reasonable shade of green yarn.  They are actually darker than this.

  More socks for me, this time in Crazy Zauberball sock yarn 'Faint Glimmer'.  I did try to start both socks at similar colour points in the yarn but this yarn appears to not  have a regular colour-repeat sequence, so they are Fraternal socks.  Besides which, at £10 per 100g, I was unwilling to waste yarn!

  Chevron stripe socks, in a self-striping yarn by Kaffe Fasset.  This pattern goes to show that you don't have to stick to plain stripes with such yarn.  Add in a few increases, decreases, & even some purls, & you can have stripes which bend - chevrons.  I like the colours of these socks but wish I'd knitted the legs a bit longer.  Top down construction.  Ack!  Grafting.

  More socks for Mum, can't remember the manufacturer but the colourway is 'Hairdresser'.  This is another example of a self-patterning yarn.  Otherwise it's the ol' toe-up, short-row heel, stocking stitch construction.

  And yet more socks for Mum, again can't remember yarn manufacturer, but this is yet another example of a kinda self-striping yarn.  Top down construction, with flap & gusset heels.  You wouldn't believe how long it can take to construct this kind of heel.  Short-row heels I can turn in about 3/4 hour, while watching TV, used to be able to do them in thirty minutes.

  Socks for my Sis, cable twists & lace bits alternating.  The flap & gusset heels look enormous but actually fit nicely.  This time a toe-up construction, w00t.

  Socks for Sister-in-Law, lace pattern, toe-up.  I think they look quite good.  Hope she does too.

  More Socks for SiL, very standard construction, Crazy Zauberball yarn in ''Tropical Fish", or something.  Again, these are going to be Fraternal socks rather than a matching pair.

  Since then I've knitted on and a bit pairs of socks for Sis and the foot of the other sock for SiL.  Then Mum mentioned that our niece would like some more socks, if I'd like to knit some.  Patterns already selected, I can feel another yarn buying coming on!  As these are woolen socks I suppose I'd better hang on to them until next autumn.  Thinx - can I remember which pair is for whom that long?

  Ok, I'm off to do some more knitting.  Y'all have a good day now!
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The Joy of Socks

A couple of months back I finally got round to finishing the pair of bedsocks I'd started knitting a looong time ago.  With the enduring grip winter has had here they have been most welcome.  I knit H a pair a while back, he's managed to misplace them, so occasionally wears a pair of day socks - more on which presently.

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And finally, I've found an excellent source of yarns from BaaRamEwe - a shop & mail order service in Yorkshire which specialises in British wool.  You can even order yarn by sheep breed.  They have a good selection, next day first-class mailing and excellent customer service.

Which is about it for now.  Y'all have a good day!

What are we doing? February KAL?

We haven't knit anything as a group in quite awhile.  I was going to start a knitalong group, but then I remembered this group.

So here's what I'm thinking.  In February I was going to knit the Lacy Garden Ascot, by Christina Marie Dennis in Noro Silk Garden Lite.  I was planning on starting on February 1st, and finishing it by Valentine's Day because the color I got is perfect for Valentine's Day.

Anyone interested in joining me?  I'll even start a Ravelry group just for this project if anyone is interested in joining me.  I'm knittergoddss on there, too.  I've made it's a quick knit and so pretty.

Christmas present for my roommate

So this is my latest project. I'm hoping to finish it for Christmas and give it to my roommate. She's moving up somewhere north, MD or NH area, when we graduate in May from UF and she'll need a warm, thick blanket.

Here is the first part of it. It'll be about 4ft wide and 6ft longish. A bunch of these stripes will be the majority of it and when I've finished the whole thing and sewn all the strips together, I'll frame it in the lighter blue yarn with a standard rib stitch to complete the borders. Each of these strips is done in a braided cable pattern, about 4-5 inches wide and a little under 4ft long.

Don't worry all, she isn't on livejournal!!
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    I have some 50% wool, 50% alpaca yarn, in skeins.  I want to knit a cardigan from it.  Actually I want to cuddle it all day but . . .

    Just one question - is alpaca/wool mix likely to behave any differently from wool?  Should I be extra careful when winding it into balls or anything?  Is it more likely to shed?

    I've only knitted gloves with alpaca (or alpaca/wool blend) before, & they're almost knitted before the ball is wound!

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Bobble Help

So I'm having a quiet evening with needles and some scraps and I thought I would try making bobbles for the first time.

I think I have the knack except on each side of my bobble (I'm doing a 5 stitch turn on large gauge needles by the by) there is a big hole - I can stick my finger through it easily!
Is that supposed to happen? Or am I using needles that are too large?