Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Snuggly Socks For A Cold Summer!

It has been ages since my last post, but I can assure you that there has been plenty of knitting going on. I had never really taken to knitting socks in the past, but I have recently discovered how fun it is. The yarns are just amazing and it is a chance to try out new techniques and stitch patterns in a small project. This lovely red pair were knitted from the toe up out of some Regia sock yarn that I picked up in a sale recently for £1 a ball. Bargain! I was so encouraged by the way they turned out that I cast on another pair immediately they were finished. More bargain yarn, two at a time toe up socks.

There are more socks on my needles at the moment  but I am trying a pair on straight needles.  These will need to be carefully seamed up the side when finished.  I prefer knitting on straight needles and find it much quicker and more comfortable on my hands. Hopefully there will be more about these in my nex post.
Shawls continue to be a favourite knit of mine, and  I have two on the go at the moment.  Firstly, I have started Knitty's "Citron" in some gorgeous soft Malabrigo lace yarn.  The colour and the feel and wonderful.

I also started a lace pattern shawl  in some Rico Reflections - loving the sparkliness of this yarn!

I finished my entrelac headband a while ago.  Another great pattern from Knitty called Gray Gardens. I am super proud of this  as it is the first time I have done entrelac. The colours of the Noro yarn work really well for this project . It was great fun to knit and I am planning a larger project in Noro Silk Garden soon.
I have also been enjoying crochet very much lately.  Previous attempts at making blankets have usually been abandoned when i have about enough squares to make a small bag or cushion.  This time, I am determined to finish this amazing crochet blanket that I have been admiring on the Drops website for years. I have seen many lovely versions of this blanket on Ravelry and hope to be adding a photo of mine soon.  I have decided to make it bigger than the pattern states as that seems to give a smallish throw. I want mine to be magnificent!  I already have almost enough squares and will start joining them over the next few days. I am using various colours of Drops Delight.  This is a wonderful yarn with beautiful colours.  It was also on sale when I purchased it, which makes this an incredibly affordable project.

Also crocheted recently, but not yet worn, is this lovely ripple scarf.  I used 2 balls of Noro Silk Garden sock yarn. Noro has always been my favourite yarn producer.  It doesn't matter what you make as it always looks beautiful in these amazing colourways.  This was another sale yarn - Noro is normally far too expensive!

 This little knitted scarf with crochet edging was finished a while ago but I forgot to blog about it. The pattern and yarn were a kit from Mrs Moon, which is a lovely yarn store in London.  I really like the simple, elegant design and will probably make this scarf again for presents.

Bye for now! Well it is Wimbledon week...