Finishing all the socks!

On December 11 I showed you a picture of my December projects. Which was all about the socks (and dog…) Guess what? I actually finished all the 5 pairs of socks I cast on in the beginning of December before Christmas Eve!!! (If you are wondering about yarns, colourways, patterns and needles, check out my post about these socks.)

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You might think I´m sick and tired of socks by now, but I´ve cast on a new pair, as a part of #lbkchristmasevesocks2016! Which is the highlight of the year. They could have gotten more attention, but we spent Christmas with family, including two children under the age of 3. So… there wasn´t much peace for knitting. But we had a lovely time. As I´d hoped, Gustav was a very good boy! Showed skills with both children and cats. And we went for long walks in the woods off leash. He was so exhausted after 2 days of Christmas fun, that he slept for a whole day afterwards… Poor lad. But, I have the bestest dog in the whole wide world!

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December knitting

I´ve been saving some special yarn for December. The idea was to knit socks with them throughout the month. To make sure that I´d be able to knit with all of them, I allowed myself to cast on a new pair of socks each day, until all of my Christmas yarn was on the needles.

On November 30 I had gathered all my special yarns, and took a photo of it (wearing last years Christmas socks). Due to unexpected events in our familiy, I wasn´t able to cast on any socks until December 2nd, and then it became therapy). Trying to take my mind off troubling thoughts I dyed up a couple of skeins that same weekend, and ended up with yet another Christmas yarn. Or, two actually, but I´m saving one for the Little Bobbins Christmas Eve Cast on!

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Today I was able to take a picture of my progress so far. 31199501430_35122aef93_k-2

So. I´ve got 5 pairs of socks on the needles. Working a little on one or more every day. It´s my knitting calendar if you will. I´m a bit short on Christmas themed project bags, so I´m keeping them all in the two bags I have.

The red/pink:

Pattern: Simple socks

Needle size: 2.0mm

Yarn: Maskepigen Kjell “Mord i nisseverkstedet” (Murder in Santas workshop)

 

The purple:

Pattern: Rye socks by TinCanKnits

Needle size: 2.25mm

Yarn: Opal Uni Solid 4 ply

 

The blue:

Pattern: Evergreen Socks by Madeline Gannon

Needle size: 2.5mm

Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll solids, Heathers & Twists

 

The pale green multicoloured:

Pattern: Simple socks

Needle size: 2.25mm

Yarn: Maskepigen Kjell “Granbar & Reinsdyrneser” (Pine needles & Reindeer noses) and Filcolana Arwetta 138

 

The bright green multicoloured:

Pattern: Simple socks

Needle size: 2.25mm

Yarn: A wee bit knitty Tough Cookie (Yet to be named) and Filcolana Arwetta 138

 

I was going to say that December is all about the sock knitting…

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But I had a hard time taking a photo of my sock projects, because, apparently, December is all about the dog…

…and I love him for it!

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November socks

I know it´s been some time since November ended, but it took some time to get the socks washed, blocked and ready for picture time. But now they are ready and I just love them! 31534845656_a5b14a4c37_k

Once again I´ve used the Thuja pattern by Bobby Ziegler, I just converted it to fingering weight yarn. I cast on 72 sts with Regia 4-ply Tweed on 2mm needles. (If you are planning to do the same, keep in mind that I knit with a tight gauge, so if you´re a loose knitter, you might just have to cast on 68sts or maybe less?) I just looooove the look of this pattern with tiny needles and thin yarn. And I will be knitting it again for sure! I love knitting this pattern. It´s addictive!noste

Mitten gift tags

Hello again!

My posts aren´t as regular as I´d like, but life is such that this is how it´s going to be right now. Documenting my creative endevours in picture form is hard due to gloomy weather and the fact that I´m hardly ever home before the sun sets.

Well, enough about that.
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Yesterday I made a few gift tags for future Christmas presents. I love how cute the little mittens are, and they are so easy to decorate with whatever you want. I´ve used my favourite black pen and Derwent Watercolour pencils. If you haven´t tried the latter you should. You colour as usual, and blend the colour afterwards with a wet pencil. I absolutely love the effect! My pupils used regular colouring pencils and stickers. And I would imagine that some quality colouring markers would be great as well! I´m on a gift tag high, and aim to make these tags for all my Christmas presents! If you want to make them as well, I´ve made a PDF with four mittens. If you have a printer that can print heavyer paper you can just do that. (I´ve used 135g/m2 paper for these tags, and allthough it could have been thicker, it works just fine.). If you have a sensitive printer that don´t like to work with that kind of paper, you can cut out one mitten and use it to trace it on a heavyer paper. My pupils did, because our printer at school can´t stand anyting but the standard copy paper… *sigh*

If you chose to let yourself be inspired by my mittens, please tell me. I´d love to have a look!

Click here to get to the mitten PDF!

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