Saturday, 21 June 2014

Sock History

First Socks

Second pair of socks
Notice the difference in the cuff
Adventures in making socks
Third pair of socks

The pair of socks that made me stop knitting socks

The book that got me interested in knitting socks again.
The yarn that will become my new socks . . . merino wool!

Not much sleep

There isn't much sleep. Happening in my house. My 9 month old is on a sleep strike. He's finally sleeping now as I hold him in the sling.
I've  been knitting a test knit for By Annie Claire. Its a really cute, seamless dress or top. The pattern release is early July. I'll put up a link when it is available. I'm enjoying knitting it.
When I'm trying to get my son to sleep I'm working on my Striped Trap. It's about the length of my arm now. Finished length will be floor to shoulder.

Striped Trap
Sunny Lou dress
What I've been doing most in the evening when my husband is home is sewing. When I started this blog I hadn't sewn with my sewing machine in months. During the month of May I started following some bloggers who were doing the 'Me Made May' challenge, to set a goal of wearing handmade items through the month. I was really inspired!  When I get dressed in the morning I'm trying to wear my me-mades more. But seeing all the great clothes made me want to make more. And my local fabric store has had a sale on for the last 3 weeks. 

 I've also had my eye on some patterns.  I'll write another post about the patterns.  But here are the cute hats I made for my kids.  The red one on my daughter is free pattern from Oliver + S the Reversible bucket hat.  Hers has the same fabric inside and out.  The hat on my sun is a baseball cap style modified from the free bonnet pattern from Purl Bee.
 I'm hoping to be able to get some more photos taken of some of my other sewing projects then I'll have some pictures to post and photo tutorial on how to assemble the Sirdar Shrug for my daughter. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Regatta Tee - Finished

I didn't quite make the deadline for the TTTKal hosted by Very Shannon but here is my finished Regatta Tee.  I wasn't planning on making this in May but then when I saw the KAL on Very Shannon's blog I decided to join in.  Blog reading can really throw my knitting plans out of order.  I did 2 KAL's in May that I had no intention of doing.


Lace detail
I love it!  I can see myself wearing it with a skirt or jeans and getting lots of use out of it this summer.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

"Mommy, I want pink socks!"

I went to yarn store today to get 2 balls of grey Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino to give me enough yarn to re-make a tee for myself. I came out with this much.
My son got a hold of one of the grey balls already "sigh" untangling in my future

Claire, my 3 year old daughter, took one look around the store and said "Mommy, I want pink socks.  Can you make me pink socks?"  She then went and found every pink yarn in the store.  I found the sock yarn section and started looking.  The first pink yarn she found was Manos del Uraguay!  @ $25 a skein.  NOT HAPPENING!  I steered her towards the Sock It Too Me Yarn.  Rainbow coloured but with pink in it.
I figure I can make a small pair for her and some ankle socks for myself.  Yeah 2 for 1! But my daughter is a bad influence on me.

Then when we went to pay I was seduced by a sample knit.  It's a shawl/scarf/wrap thing, called the Striped Trap.  It's so fun!

It starts with a small number of stitches stitches.  You increase 1 stitch every few rows and stop when you run out of yarn.  The main colour is used for a few rows and the the contrast colour is used for another few rows and then you switch again.

All stockinette so boring but easy to do without thinking.  It will take me a while but I figure I'll finish when the weather is cold and be able to wear it right away!

So I learned in May that even though I have projects planned I am easily distracted by other knitting projects and lots of household projects.

I'm almost finished my Regatta Tee for the TTTKal . . . . it was supposed to be done yesterday but I had a pounding headache.  I'll show you by the end of the week.

Anyone else have an accidental stash building shopping trip this week?