Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Down to the crunch!

 Three more weeks to go on this life changing project and I get a small break ... before I'm back at it again! So looking forward to not having any deadlines! Come on Carole ... you've got this!

FaceTime my mum yesterday!

I love her so much. She gets an A+ for being open to using new technology! 

Finished another pair of socks. The pattern is called Shepard Socks by Patricia Anne Fortune of Knitography Designs. I used Rauma Garn 2-Trads Gammelserie.

Love how they turned out however, I feel they are too big. I'll be unraveling and reducing the amount of stitches for the foot so they are not too wide. I don't mind frogging, but it will have to wait because ...

I cast on another projects ... The pattern is called Katie's Kep by Wilma Malcolmson. I'm using Jamieson & Smith 2 ply Jumper weight.

I'm liking how my colour work is improving with each project. 

Well, that's pretty much it for now. I try to pick up my knitting needles every chance I can ... in between the busyness of life. 

Thanks for stopping by. Cheers!

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Just insanely busy .... Sigh!

 That's all ... Not much time to do anything worth blogging about. However, I have been picking up my knitting needles every now and again. 

I've been working on colour work socks. Colour work on a large project is challenging enough in itself... you should try it on a pair of socks ... using double pointed needles!

I was having difficulties dragging my yarn across four needles. My yarn dragging tension was not consistent, causing loose stitches. I decided to invest in some Addi Flexiflips to see if it would solve my issue. 

They come in a set of three needles housed in a lovely tube.

It took getting used to them. I started out using size 2mm (US 0) and found that I couldn't get a grip on the needle. When a row is done, my little pinky tends to grip the working needle, as I move to another section to stitch. The needle would slip out of my hands. I even lost one, which fell in between the cracks of my mother's wooden back porch. Costing more than your typical double pointed needles, I was ready to write them off! Thanks to two extremely persevering men in my family, they managed to fish it out from between the cracks of the wood planks. Note to self, do not use in places where the needle can get lost between the cracks.

I found that using Addi Flexiflips improved my tension and lead to better stitches. Instead of four gaps that you need to cross the yarn, I only had two.

I am getting more and more comfortable with colour work socks to the point where I was no longer frogging my attempt. I lost count of the number of times I took it all apart. I decided that I had to stop and just knit. 

The pattern is called Forest Path Socks by Patricia Anne Fortune of Knitography Farm Designs. It is available on Ravelry here. I used Rauma Yarn 2-Trads Gammelserie, a wonderful yarn from Norway.


I do like how they turned out. Pumpkin fell in love with them .... Can you guess who now owns these socks? LOL I don't mind. It's just a joy when my daughter loves what I create. I can knit another pair for myself. My colour work will only get better! 

The pattern is easy to follow with clear instructions. I do love how Patricia does the back of the heel. It's a stitch sequence I can see myself incorporating in other sock patterns. 

Thanks for stopping by. Catch you all later! Cheers!

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