Knitting, Spin the yarn

Handspun socks? I made it!

Ok, so I tried to take a nice photo my socks fresh off the needles, but failed. I partly blame my dog, who tried to eat my toes in the process… But here they are, my first ever handspun socks! And I love them!

Ok, let´s talk facts:

I think I spun the yarn some time in spring 2015. I started the socks in July 2015… That´s almost 2 years ago… so about time the socks got finished! I´m so pleased with this project! The wool was bought from Tante Ull. I believe it´s a merino/nylon mix, but I have long since lost the card with the info… So… the facts are a bit blurry…

But, I know the yarn is a 3-ply, I used 2.5mm needles, and the pattern is called Monkey Socks by Cookie A. It has this nice pattern throughout the socks that is easy to remember. The yarn is a bit busy, and the pattern is a bit lost in the yarn, but it kept it interesting. So totally worth it!

But I did a grafted toe…

…and my usual heel.

And that was that.

 

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Knitting

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!

noste

Gustav, Knitting

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!

noste

 

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Knitting

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