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!…
On October 1st I unwrapped a beautiful skein of Wollmeise Twin in the colourway Jeton. I love this colour! It has a kind of a retro 70s vibe, so I figured I had to find a pattern to match. I chose a pattern I have knitted a couple of times before, the Thuja socks by Bobby Ziegler. It´s a pattern made for aran weight socks, but I have always used fingring weight yarn for this pattern. I cast on 64 sts on 2.5mm needles, and I decided to continue the seed stitch rib all the way down the heel flap and do my regular squared (dutch?) heel. I had hoped to finish the socks before November 1st, but I got distracted by spinning and the socks had to wait a few days before I could bind off.
I´m really pleased with the end result! This pattern is gradually turning in to a go-to pattern for simple socks. Highly recommended! And now I´m off to cast on this months socks in Regia 4 ply tweed!
Hello again. It´s been a while. Life happened and I forgot all about my good intentions to blog more often. But now I´m back. A few weeks ago I posted a picture of some of the socks I have knitted in my own hand dyed yarns. I thought I´d share some more pictures of them in this post. All of the socks are knitted on 2.25mm needles, just a standard simple socks. 68 sts, 20 rounds of rib, a dutch heel and star toe.
I´ve dyed tree different bases and test knit them. A 75/25 wool-nylon blend, a 75/25 BFL-nylon blend and a 75/20/5 Merino-nylon-stellina blend. My project for the next month is to wear them frequently and see if the yarn is strong enough for socks.
I´m working on a pair of self dyed yellow socks too, but I´m working on all kinds of things right now, so I have no idea when they will be done. I don´t have just socks on the go. As we speak, I´ve got two pairs of socks and three shawls on my needles. I´ve also knitted a sweater that I need to show you (looooove it!!!), and my finished “My Shetland Adventure” shawl that was done ages ago. At least 2 months or something… I´ve promised it to my mum, but I wanted a picture before she could have it, so I better take those photos soon! I´ve also been to Gotland since the last time we speak, and I have a few photos to share from that wonderful place as well! So stay tuned!
I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the lovely autumn!
I´m back with more knitting adventures in hand dyeing land. I finished my green, hand dyed socks the other day, and immediately had to cast on another pair of simple socks from my hand dyed stash. There are two reasons why I´m doing this. 1. Because it is so much fun! 2. I want to know if the yarn I´ve made will behave in a way that I think look nice when it´s knit up. I personally don´t like very prominant pooling/flashing and I try to avoid that. Being new to dyeing, I want to get an understanding of how the different kind of techniques I use will affect the colour distribution on a knitted item. Now, I haven´t shown you a picture of my finished green socks yet, but I just barely had enough light to snap a picture of my current WIP before sundown. (I will show off my other socks in future post!) Here is my current project. I applied the colours in an other way than I did on the yarn in my last post. I was very curious about how it would knit up, and I´m pleasantly surprised! (Being new to dyeing, almost everything I do that looks good in my eyes surprises me…) I think it has a nice distribution of colour. And I also like the colour combinations. (I was thinking of the Wild pansy flower when I was experimenting with this). And I think I have good enough notes to recreate this colourway. I sure hope so, because it´s looking good!
Here is how this colourway looked all skeined up. This is dyed up on 75% wool 25% nylon yarn.
Time for bed! But first I want to give every one who has been so encouraging and said so many nice things about my dyeing adventures both here and on Instagram a huge thank you! You are all so very kind and supportive! It makes me want to make more things and keep on blogging! …