Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Knotty mitts

A wonderful weekend back in May was spent with friends, new and old, for a feast of laughter, knitting, eating, drinking and buying up yarn at the Old Bus Depot Markets Celebration of Wool day.  Lauren had her gorgeous Knotty mitts with her, adapted from the Knotty Gloves pattern.  Well, we all jumped on to the Knotty bandwagon, me included.  I did make a pair, even though I only photographed one! Perfect for this sub zero weather.  And red is warmer, don't you know.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Rhymes with...

I seem to have a lot of orange yarn.  And what a great colour for a baby blankie!

I joined a knit-along to make the Twinkle Twinkle Blanket for my lovely friend Lis's new bubba.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

And some beanies too

In my stash busting efforts, I am concentrating this year on using up my single skeins.  What better project than a beanie or two.  Beanies come in handy when little ones visit in these colder months and then want to play outside.  Or when the dog insists on a walk on a frosty morn.

Some are simple, but for others I am trying out some of the many patterns on Ravelry.

London beanie
Hurricane hat in wool that I spun myself
Hat fit for a boyfriend (or in this case, a wee cutie)
Simple beanie (which matches some mitts I  made for ma minette last year)
Felicity - this is my favourite hat, in lovely soft natural handspun wool
Odessa in soft alpaca
Classic WWII Watch Cap
It would appear that I've been rather productive over the past few months, looking back at all these projects!  To be honest, it's easy to knock over a beanie in a day or two.  And I do love to knit.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Six months of socks

Socks are my go-to knitting project.  I like to have at least one pair of socks in the making at all times. Socks can be an easy, portable project - sometimes easy as pie, sometimes with a lacey pattern.  I set up my own Personal Sock Club 2013 whereby I matched 12 skeins of yarn with 12 patterns and, on the first day of each month this year, I pick up a kit and start knitting.  I may not have finished the last pair, or the pair before that, but each 1st of the month I'll start a new pair.  Some months I even slip in an unplanned sock project.

I love to wear hand knitted socks, so good thing I also love to knit them!

January - Komet

February socks - plain vanilla socks 
(These started out as something fancier, 
but the yarn and pattern were not loving life together,
 so they turned vanilla.)

March - Blackrose Socks for my favourite sister's birthday

My first ever two at a time toe-ups (still going on these ones).

Still going on these ones too.

And just for those times when I needed some plain vanilla socks on the needles:

At the tennis - knitting between matches at the Australian Open in January

Stash busters and mini stash busters

And, yes, July's socks are on the needles too.  By year end, I plan to have at least another six pairs of socks.