What a difference a day makes…

They where fine when I put them on yesterday morning. But this morning:

The yarn just disintegrated!

Must have been pure merino, without nylon. It was also dyed with plants and it faded considerably from when knitted:
 I was ok with that, I loved the colour and watching it change.

Pattern Lambs and Chickens and Bunnies, Oh My! by Ros Clarke, from Sockmadness past Spring.

post 1 halfway

post 2 finished

I will cut away the foot and knit a new heel and foot with other yarn. I’ve got a new travel WIP now. Yet another one. Let’s hope my self worth as a knitter keeps remaining unfazed by the number of WIPs and hibernating projects that live around my house. Ah, optimism is a wonderful mask for denial to wear:
Fun mask pic by Inger Maaike


Finished: Zauberball socks and more vest logic

We’re back in the city and guess what I knit on the drive over here:

Magic Zauberball Stripe Socks by Tofutrulla


In other knitting I finished the ribbing around the arm holes and neck of Grey Flinders. Arms were done on 4 mm needle, the same as the bodice. I picked up 95 stitches, about 3 st for every 4 rows. Then reduced the number to 80 in the very first round whilst setting up a 2 x 2 ribbing. Decreasing was done at the bottom and at the intersection with the raglan.

The neck ribbing was done on a smaller needle (first 3,75 mm later on 3,5 mm). That way I didn’t need to reduce stitch count as I added row after row and mess up the 2×2 ribbing pattern. Although I did do this in the bottom left and right corner at the front.

I don’t like how it looks…

You can’t see very well in this next picture but the ribbing round the neck line looks uncomfortably stretched when worn. It isn’t stretched that much but it sure looks that way.

The ribbing around the arm holes looks… untidy.

It took a lot of winging it and just going for it and not thinking too much when I picked up stitches and guessed how much to decrease. I don’t particularly want to frog and experience those uncertainties again. But I do think the look would benefit from a smaller needle size. And the neckline needs way more stitches than I gave it now.

But this was three evenings worth of work! Surely on a handspun vest a bit of irregularity isn’t that bad. Besides, who’s going to notice? People don’t pay much attention to each other anyway, let alone to ribbing on some gal’s handknitted vest.

I’m thinking about things.

While I think I’ve taking the 4mm needle from the vest and put it back into the sleeve of Tangled Vine Cardigan. I need something to knit now that the socks are done.

And I cast on a White Flinders:

In the purple(green) handspun that’s now dry and made into a huge ball, on needles 4,5 mm.

Because why finish one vest first and learn from it all kinds of things to do different in a second version?

Wearing wool vacation socks

Back in 2011 I dyed this yarn:

It’s a skein of Trekking sock yarn and I used it to mop up all the left over dyes on a dye-workshop-weekend we were having on one of the Dutch Wadden isles. The skein was well wrung out prior to mopping and the dryness caused the small flecks of colour.

Recently I was granted a Karma wish and I wished for Anneke to use this skein and knit socks for me:

I love them! They fit so fine and the colour knitted up great, with all the little splashes of colour.
Anneke is someone who knits as tight as I do and that’s a big pre in socks since it enhances wearability and shape. And they hug my feet, which I prefer.

I love wearing them and since I didn’t have to knit a stitch myself I know of no mistakes or coulda-woulda-shoulda-doubts of these socks. Carefree wearing!

Very happy wearing too, these colours lift my spirits. The yarn always did, from the moment it came out of the dyepot, and now I have these friendly happy socks. I’m glad to finally use the yarn that has been waiting in my stash for so long, always to be passed over because some other yarn caught my fancy or because I couldn’t knit for a while.

All those years ago, at the same dyeing workshop, I dyed another sock yarn and tried to play with the colours. This one was wound into segments here at the cabin, before travelling to the isle, so that I would get some sort of broad stripes:

In 2012 I knitted these purple socks from it, back when the blog was barely a month old:
Ah, it’s the Prickly Pear Socks pattern by Thayer Preece Parker, with a mock cable that I like so much.

Back then I was very principally against using superwash yarn because it’s such a nasty chemical proces to burn off the scales of each fibre so it won’t felt in the washing machine. Lots of waste. The same goes for the production of bamboo yarns and seacell yarns. Awful polluting stuff.
So these socks are made with Schoppenwolle non-superwash yarn.

And of course earlier this year someone put them in the washing machine on 40 degrees and they felted into unrecognizable prickly pear jam tubes.
So I got my scissors and made the legs of the socks into wristwarmers:

Here, in the cabin, I enjoy practical knits with rustic looks and frankly I don’t care how I look as long as I’m warm, comfortable and covered in colours that make me happy.

500th project: mauve socks with leaves.

This morning I cast on with the plant dyed sock yarn I purchased from Wolop last Wednesday. The pattern is my take on Blattwerk by Stephanie van der Linden.

I’ve given the base of the leafs a slip-over-stitch so it has a distinctive beginning. And I’m finishing the tops with a double decrease, for the same visual clarity.

The leafs won’t be sharing stitches and I do a cable crossing to avoid decreasing a stitch that I later need as a purl framing for the textured stitches.

I’m keeping a gusset for longer than the pattern states and also won’t be decreasing it right after I turn the heel. That’s way too tight for my highish instep.

The toe was finished on the card drive to the cabin and now we’re here, amidst the green.

I have a second lettre scale. So much more sympathetic than those electric scales that are always hungry for more batteries and take long seconds to make up their mind when you switch them on: “do I want to weigh something today? Or shall I just pretend the battery died already?”

Finished: Sock Madness Warm Up Socks

The one with the lighter toe is done on a bigger needle. On 2,25 mm instead of 2 mm. The fabric is quite loose, I think it’ll wear soon or perhaps cause the sock to loose its shape.

The colourwork on both legs was done on smaller needles.

For both socks I altered the heel significantly. Until they fit.

I’m ready for Sock Madness now!

It took 9 days to finish these. That’s my speed I’m afraid. A plain vanilla pair of socks will go faster but I doubt I’ll be a constructive addition to any team that’s going for speed. I hear the absolute winners can pound out a pair of intrinsic socks in 12 hours.

This has been my day to day progress:

Day 1: toe and up to nearly all the gusset increases. Locked my stitchmarker in with knitting.
Day 2: heel, heel, heel, heelflap, heelflap. Ripping and redoing.
Day 3: few rows, completing gusset under ankles
Day 4: leg up to half of stranded part
Day 5: Saturday, lots of knitting time. finished 1st sock (it’s 40 grams) and knit toe of 2nd sock.
Day 6: colourwork on foot 2nd sock finished
Day 7: gussets done, 48 st op de ondervoet, 32 op de bovenvoet. Attach new yarn.
Day 8: turn heel, flap and up to row 16 of colourchart for the leg (colourwork in needle 2 mm)
Day 9: rest of colourchart and cuff. Finished.

Weird Wool Wednesday: too much of a good thing.

My project for watching TV is Perusviuhkat socks, the sock with the white fans in it, to calm down a pooling yarn in February ice colours.

I’ve been knitting on it for a while now so I put it on to see how much longer before I can start the toe:

Hmm. That’s a bit generous, wouldn’t you say?


Something is missing…. Gusset decreases, that’s what!

There’s no way I can fix this. No amount of decreases at this late stage or even cut away the excess and sew things together with my sewing machine will see me end up with a wearable sock.

No, I’ll have to frog back to where the gusset decreases ought to begin.

While frogging I confessed to myself that I’m majorly annoyed by the cuff, it’s so loose that it falls down all the time and I really don’t like garter stitch as an ornament.

So I frogged back to the beginning of the cuff:


Advent socks: stranded at the knitters’ party

I finished my socks last night:

I ran out of green yarn with the second sock. Hence the stripey toe.

The cuff was knitted on 2,5 mm because I feared I would knit stranded too tight.
The heel was done on 2 mm because tighter knit makes for a sturdier fabric.
For the gusset I then forgot to change back to bigger needles and it was very visible and also too tight over the instep:

So I had to rip back one sock back to where I pick up the stitches for the gusset. The other sock I had messed up by making the heel flap too short and it sat akward on my foot, so that one had to be ripped back too.
This was how Christmas looked over at my place:

Plus nice food and a film.

The feet were knitted with 2,25 mm. Mainly because I convinced myself I’d never knit a sock with 72 stitches on 2,5 mm, surely that would be way too loose. It was only when I got up to get the needle Trude lend me to knit at two socks simultaneously -one needs more rounds of plain stockinette when the Dr. Who Special is on- that I realized my mistake.
But the feet look good so I finished them on 2,25 mm needles, even with the stranding. I did keep an increased stitch count for the duration of the instep: 76 instead of 72.

Now I don’t understand socks at all anymore. I usually have 60 stitches on 2 mm needles. Here are socks with 72 or even 76 stitches on 2,25 mm needles and they fit great. It cannot just be the faux cables, those are negated by loose purl stitches at their sides.
Never mind. I’ll just stop and try to UNDERSTAND it. Don’t try and outsmart knitting. Stop knitting with your head, you silly.

Hey, I can do stranded knitting. In socks!

I did the stranded part of the second sock during the knitters’ party yesterday. It was a nice party!
Lots of spinners and treats and knitting slippers:


Meilindis brought a gift of genius:


It’s folded papers interlocking and it is a hollow sphere. In silvery, light, green papers.
3D shaping and maths and colours and magic? Origami! More of her paper and fibre creations on her site.

Midwinter: socks in progress

The “Onion sock” and the second Midwinter sock in the sparkly yarn:

The Swedish Advent sock is slowly progressing:

On one sock I turned the heel, the upper one still has its heelflap in progress. I don’t like knitting with this yarn much, it’s not a round plied yarn such as Drops Fabel or the sparkly yarn from the Midwintersock in the first picture. That’s why progress is slow.

After this green bit there’ll be another stranded bit and then the toes. I’m not looking too far into the future though. First that second heel flap.

Midwinter Sock

At the fair I bought glittery sock yarn from Het Wolbeest:

420 m of well plied, round yarn.

I started winding by hand right then and there:

Our neighbour from Wolinhuis spotted me and handed me a skeinwinder and a container to keep the half ball in:

(We were standing on this plastic, it had cardboard boxes underneath, to keep our boots from the cold sand of the horse paddock)

much better idea, a yarn cake will knit up more comfortably:

cast on at the fair: a figure 8 cast on and knitting all stitches twisted in the first round. I cast on 2 x 14 stitches:

I got a little bit of knitting done that Saturday.

And a little bit of knitting at a rest stop on our way home on Sunday:

A little bit of knitting at Wolop’s house, before I travelled on to my own:

First I needed to free it from the WIPbag though:

sparkly sparkly!
I’m using the free pattern Sokbasis from Janneke Maat , a well edited pattern in Dutch detailing toe up socks.

At home:

Two days of resting and knitting et voilá!

One sock done!

The cuff is from sock pattern Blattwerk by Stephanie van der Linden:

This paid for pattern was released in online magazine Twist Collective in 2009. I only bought it yesterday and I was very annoyed to find that the pattern did not have the errata incorporated into it, after all this time and still at full price.

As a result I knitted the cuff wrong, the lower leafs are not leafs but diamonds.
It’s mentioned on the pattern page on Ravelry that there are errata but it’s a rather inconspicuous remark and I’d think it a small effort to amend the chart in the pattern somewhere in the past 6 years.

I love the pattern though, with its leaves and its mock cable. That’s my favourite mock cable, the “koffieboontje” I think!

The sock is festive, with all the colours and the sparkle. It’s also more green overall than the picture shows. I love the glitter and how round the yarn is! Casting on for the second sock now.