Thursday, February 28, 2008

Grey Thuja Socks Finished

All finished and now to knit the other pair for Pa. Then its into the post and off to Sydney for his birthday.

Love the colour combination, makes them look so different to the blue pair I knitted for myself. The colours make the socks look manly.

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Grey Thuja Socks

Pa's first pair of socks I am knitting for his birthday, next month. Not sure if I'll knit his other pair plain or another pair with coloured heal and toe in them.

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Oh I Lurv Socks

Late yesterday afternoon I emptied out everything in My Knitting Box and had a tidy up. Then I picked out some different coloured wool to show Pat. We decided that the grey wool for Pa's socks will look nice with some bright red wool included.

So the socks I started to knit last night, are grey with red heel, toe and band.

Also I took some time to update my stash over on Ravelry. Still trying to get the WIP up to date as well.

But getting back to socks.... I think I am addicted to the thought of knitting them and actually love looking at the photos over on Ravelry. So many styles and colours to look at and choose from.

Since joining up with Woolaholics I have had my eyes widened to what there is out in the world besides baby to adult jumpers. Never knew there were so many shops I could order wool from either. And I am learning new knitting techniques.

My list of "Oh I want to knit this" is getting longer than my

Until next time....hoo roo

Thursday, February 21, 2008

White 4 Ply Baby Jacket With Yoke Pt. 2

All finished and ready for our neighbour who is due at any time now.

This little jacket was really easy to knit as it was up to the underarm in 1 piece. The little sleeves were each done in an afternoon.

The yoke was a bit different and I had to remember the yon wasn't when my brain said it should be, but when the pattern said it should be. Once that had been established, the yoke pattern was easy to complete.

I have started to use the circular needles when knitting large amount of stitches and I am finding this easier that using 2 needles. So when it came time to use 2.75 needles.... I didn't have a circular needle in that size. Panicked eek until I remembered I have a pile of needle sets of the other kind. Funny how you can have tunnel vision when wanting to finish a project.

Front of the jacket.

Closeup of the yoke pattern.

Back of jacket.

Closeup of the yoke pattern on the back.

Now this is finished I will start Pa's socks for his birthday. Never ending my Knitting Box. lol

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What Kind Of Yarn Are You???

What kind of yarn are you?

You are Merino Wool.You are very easygoing and sweet. People like to keep you close because you are so softhearted. You love to be comfortable and warm from your head to your toes.
Take this quiz!

Just some fun I found on Rebecca's blog mrgreen

Why not click on the link and have a go yourself and see what kind of yarn you are.

At the same time why not do my little poll on who taught you to knit. Its on the right hand side on your computer screen.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Monday, February 18, 2008

I've Been Shopping.

This morning Pat & I went to Spotlight to buy some wool for his dad's socks I am going to knit for his 86 birthday.

While browsing around inside the shop we came across the clearance bins with all last season's wool. This is a great way to buy wool and save money.

To buy this wool at full cost it's $3.99 a ball and today I bought a bag of 10 balls for $10.00, saving $30.00.

Not sure what I'll knit with it, but after drooling over it all of the season its been in the shops,.... I couldn't resist.

So I'll be searching for a pattern for what I can knit with this wool.

I am going to knit my sister a red pair of socks for the winter. Where she lives it can get very cold and so these will be handy for her. Deb's favourite colour is red and this wool is priced at $3.99 a ball. I scored 10 balls for $10.00, and saving again of $30.00.

Once again its last years colour, but its was too cheap to leave at the store.

With Pat's dads 86th birthday coming up we picked out the colours below for dad's socks.

Again I scored 10 balls in the reduced bins in the store. But this bag cost me $15.00, 3 gray balls and 7 off white balls in the pack.

What wool left over is in my stash box and will be used for day.

So I've had a wonderful time in Spotlight and wished I could have bought more than what I did.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Blue Thuja Socks finished.

All finished and it only took me 4 days to knit them. mrgreen

For my size foot (ladies 8) was 2 X 50 gm balls of 8 ply Cleckheaton Country pure wool.

I'm sitting here with my chin in my hand thinking what can I tell you about socks rolleyes..........

Well for starters until just recently I thought knitting socks went out with the last World War. redface
I really did only think knitted sock were made back in the decades that have now become memories for so many of the older people around the world.

Also I think with the old western movies from Hollywood as well. How many films have I watched where the son was off fighting the Yankies or the Rebs and ma was at home on the farm....... knitting a pair of socks for their brave son.

So now I have been re-educated and know differently. eek There is a whole world out there on the internet, who like me have been bitten by the bug...... sock bug that is lol

It was so cool (well a bit warm really, as they are 8 ply and for winter) with both socks on my feet and I was so pleased to know the first sock isn't an orphan and has a twin.

So if you have a few hours, pop the kettle on and make a cuppa......then put sock patterns in your search engine and be transported into the rainbow world of socks.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Blue Adult Sock Pt 2

One small step for Lucky, one giant leap for the feet of my family mrgreen

Bottom angle look at the finished sock.

Side view of the sock.

Front view of the sock.

Man that is one sexy looking sock there. I am just so excited and preening with happiness at the end result of my very first adult sock.

Still have the other one to knit up and I will start that one this afternoon.

There was a couple of tricky spots in the pattern like

SSK..... went to Woolaholics to learn what and how to do that one.

Also grafting the toe was a new knitting technique for me to learn.

So there you have it, my most amazing sock in all its beautiful glory. lol

Pat said about knitting a couple of pairs for his Dad, as he's going to be 86 next month. Most people at that age have just about everything. So a pair or 2 of hand knitted socks will be just the thing.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Blue Adult Sock Pt 1

Oh boy I am so excited about this project I started yesterday afternoon. My very first pair of adult socks.

I'm using left over 8 ply wool from my blue cardigan and the sock instructions for knitting these can be found here. Name of this sock is called "Thuja".

We are in a cycle of hot weather in the mid to high 30's over the next few days and so knitting something little, like these socks or even the white baby jacket will keep me busy as it's far too hot to be out in my vegie garden.

Next step (pardon the pun lol ) is the heel flap........

Until next time....hoo roo

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

White 4 Ply Baby Jacket With Yoke Pt. 1

This jacket is so easy to knit and once again it's knitted up to the underarm in one piece. Great for watching TV as I can just do the stocking stitch with out looking much at what I am knitting.

Just another 4 cm to go and the jacket will be 14 cm long. Then I can start to separate the fronts to the back.

Nice close up of the bottom of the jacket, so simple but at the same time, very pretty.

I haven't anyone in mind for this jacket. It'll be put away for a future baby. Just that on these warms days we are now having.... this is easier to knit than those adult jumpers.

Until next time....hoo roo

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Sock It To me.

I seemed to had lost track of time, web searching for an easy sock pattern this afternoon. So lost in time was I, we had tea at 7 pm tonight. eek

With the cooler weather approaching us, I want to try my hand at knitting adult socks. With all the years of knitting I have notched up and the difficult cables & Arans I have knitted over the last 30 years.

Why would a pair of socks scare the hell out of me? confused I have no idea. lol

So with the help of some fellow knitters over at Woolaholics I have a knitting pattern I can use and a bonus is it's 8 ply wool. I have a box of left over 8 ply wool and so my first pair of adult socks will be started tomorrow.

You can see the sock pattern here

Thanks so much to the folks over on Woolaholics for helping me get off the ground.

Pat & I are going into the city in the morning though. I want to see what wools are in at Lincraft & Spotlight. Won't be long and their new season wools will be arriving. Not sure if he's looking forward to it, But I know I am. mrgreen

Until next time....hoo roo

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Saturday, February 2, 2008

Found A Baby Jacket To Knit

Last night I was pouring over baby patterns and I picked out this little white number to knit up. Its a 4 ply jacket and knitted all in 1 piece to the underarm. Also what drew me to the jacket was the lovely yoke pattern.

Now I just need to get myself into a sitting spot with needles and wool in my hands.

Wish me luck getting started and back into the groove. biggrin

Until next time.... hoo roo

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