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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

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Thursday morning knitting…

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I got my morning all set up for me with my newest project; Jessie´s Girl by Elizabeth Smith! A really simple, mindless knit, but I really like how the top is supposed to look when it´s finished. Perfect for spring, cold summer mornings and fall! I wanted a top in a lighter color, but that is not colors I usually pick, so I asked my boyfriend, the graphic designer, for some help. I knew I wanted to use use Pickles Merino Tweed, so I showed him the color chart, and he picked two colors; Autumn sky and First snow. I chose the one I liked the best, which was First snow. It´s hard to get a good picture of this color, but it´s described as “Pale greenish blue with mint, blue and pale pink.” And that is quite accurate. I love it and I love working with the yarn! Not too long ago I knitted a Skinner Hat with this yarn, so I knew it would be perfect for this project. The yarn has good yardage, I just started knitting with the second ball of yarn and I´m thinking three balls might be enough for this project. But it´s never wrong to have tweed yarn in ones stash! The top is knitted on 5 mm/US8 Knit Pro Nova Interchangables. (I have the whole set, and I´m really pleased with those needles.)

This is some of the yarn I bought as a consolation prize to myself for not beeing able to go to Denmark. A good choice I think!

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Lena…

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That Saturday feeling…

After having finished some shawl UFOs, I decided that I could cast on something new. Not a shawl, but a sock. So it kind of doesn´t count. It is my opinion that one should always have socks on the needles. (…never mind that I have two pairs of socks on the needles already…)

After knitting my slightly modified Naisen kirjoneulesukat, I got a new favorite yarn, Regia Tweed. So I decided to buy a few skeins to be sure I could have more quality knitting time with this yarn. Now, this yarn has been lying on the kitchen table for a while, and I´ve been thinking I want to knit with it for the longest time, but decided to work on the shawls instead. I´ve seen people knitting with this yarn all over Instagram, and last night I just had to cave. And I cast on using my new favorite 2.5mm Chiaogoo RED 32″ (80 cm) Circulars.

I didn´t want to knit an advanced sock pattern, but I didn´t feel like a plain vanilla sock either. So I had a look around Ravelry and fell in love with the Gentleman´s Half Hose in Ringwood Pattern from one of my favorite sock books Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush. I have knitted these socks once before, but back then I just did the Ringwood pattern, and didn´t really follow the pattern. And that was my first and last man socks on 2mm needles… They took forever to knit! This time I wanted to follow the pattern, so I started on an extremely long rib last night before I went to bed. As always, I found that part kind of everlasting, but the yarn was so nice to work with that I kind of forgot that I really don´t enjoy that part of sock knitting.

So. This is what I´ve been doing today!

IMG_6341Several cups of coffee, some yoghurt covered nuts and since it is raining outside, I decided to take some of the flowers in the garden with me inside to look at.

 

IMG_6350Here is a close up of the pattern and the yarn. I just love the simplicity of the pattern and the lovely colored specks in the grey.

These socks are going to be long ones, so I have a fair bit of knitting left. But so far, it is a wonderful experience!

As soon as the weather clears up, I will be taking some pictures of my newest finished object, a Clothilde Shawl knitted in wonderful 100% Norwegian wool from a small Norwegian mini mill called Selbu Spinneri. So stay tuned for that!

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Lena