fat pidgeon cupcake fest

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Every fall I hang some bird omnomnom on the balcony (and each year they get bigger). This year the cats are ‘grown’ into adulthood and feel they can take a fat bird or two. Last year when they were just wee kittens they were a bit intimidated by them. I won’t let them on the balcony ofcourse but that won’t stop them from staring out of the window meowing like crazy 😛

Leyburn socks

Though I’ve been insanely busy doing uni stuff I’ve managed to find some time knitting. I only knit socks and only when the patterns really speak to me. Ever since I finished the Francie socks for my BF he asked me to knit some more and then some. When I knit my Kalajoki‘s he told me it was quite amazing that such a river pattern could be knit in a sock using only a string and a few needles. When I asked him if he wanted a pair of his own he said he wants them all… (he’s a keeper you know).

I did tell him that I’d choose the patterns because I have to knit them so I have to LIKE knitting them, that way I’ll be able to finish them much sooner.

So that’s how I came to start the Leyburn socks. They were supposed to be knit for my BF but because I’m a bit of an idiot they won’t fit him. See I managed to knit the standard women’s size for him 😛 Which you might have guessed: is too small. So tho they do actually fit his foot, the sock is stretched out because of the patter. If the sock would’ve been like the francie it would’ve fit, but this pattern is a bit too tight.

There’s also another thing. While in fact at first I thought knitting socks toe-up was the way to go. But back then I didn’t really understand sock construction and was only afraid the sock would be too wide and I’d have to start over.. I also had a thing taking negative ease a step too far 😛 I believe this was a reaction to the old 80s and 90s (huge) sweaters my mom used to knit for me when I was a kid, making me hate knitting and knitted stuff altogether for a large chunk of my teenage life. Not blaming my mom here.. just blaming knitting fashion..

Anyways, now that I’m older and wiser I choose to knit my socks cuff-down because ending with a grafted means (in my case) a much prettier toe. Also I’ve found it’s much easier to check where the toe shaping should begin than where the heel should be turned… I constantly need my measuring tape to be sure that I’ve got 2″ left for the heel turn.

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See how the fabric seems stretched out already? This is mostly because of the pattern because the other side isn’t as bad. I decided that this sock would be a technique practice sock for me. I want to knit this sock with an afterthought heel because I thoroughly deteste short row heels. I really hate the holes you get with shortrow heels (and toes). At least in my case.

Obviously since I wanted to knit these for the BF with larger needles I need some other yarn to hold double. I think it was a huge succes on my kalajoki’s so I want to try it with drops alpaca on these next socks.

Foto1365The grey yarn is the same Lidl Valbella as I used on the Francie socks, the alpaca was used for the Lacey Mitts. The project was nice to knit but I ended up not using them, so I reclaimed the yarn for something better. I’m afraid it’ll be a daytime project tho.. 😛

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Another reason for not posting much is this here.. We have a small 1.75×2.30 room that couldn’t be used for anything other than storage. We tried to use it.. but it didn’t work out.. we don’t really have a storage room so the whole house is cluttered with stuff we can’t throw away but don’t have the space for. But now we do! 😀

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I can’t believe the amount of stuff that’s already stalled in here but the room isn’t even near half ful! This is a magical room people.. I love it 😀 We’re still busy cleaning out the house (while doing uni stuffs obviously) but this might take a while 😛

And then there’s another reason for being late with knitting posts: last week we celebrated the BF’s birthday 🙂 It was nice and there were a lot of candles, nice foods, roses and some wine but this is what I’d like to share with you knitters:

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cupcake fest was awesome 😀 I gained 5 pounds just looking at them in the cupcake shop 😛

FO: Kalajoki socks

FO Kalajoki socksPattern: Kalajoki socks
Needle: 3.0mm
Yarn: Lidl Valbella & Malabrigo lace

This is the first time I actually finished a pair of socks for myself. I still have skew to finish.. When I finished the socks for my MIL and the socks for my BF I still didn’t ‘get’ it. My BF is nearly wearing his socks every day, even now he’s wearing them.. And I still didn’t understand why. At first I thought he was wearing them to please me (which worked btw). But after a few days I would’ve expected him to stop wearing them.. but he didn’t.. so I washed them and reblocked them. And then he started wearing them again.. hmm…

Now I understand. Handknit socks are effing great! They’re so nice and warm, and comfy, even tho they might not be as thick as other store bought socks they can still keep my little tootsies warm (or even warmer actually). I’ve been wearing them since I finished them last night and I can tell I’ll be wearing them a lot more.

Now the only thing I might have a little worry about is the malabrigo lace. I know the Valbella won’t felt much when it’s handwashed, but my last experience with Malabrigo lace showed me two of its least appealing sides (in my opinion). It felts like crazy and the color is just too much ‘vomit’. Tho I really love their colors the oceanos one has really disappointed me, but mixed with the marine blue of the Valbella it has been toned down a bit so the pattern can be seen as well.

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I think the oceanos colors has given the river sock another dimension hehe 🙂 In total it took me a week from start to finish. I would’ve been able to finishe them sooner but I had schoolwork to do.. 😛

In the mean time I’ve cast on another sock for the bf and a pair of socks for my grandmother but I’ll blog about them when there’s more to see 🙂

FO Kalajoki socks

I’ve learned to appreciate the sock knitting process as well as the finishes objects. My first idea about sock knitting was that probably the best way to knit them would be toe up, mainly because I didn’t dare start a cuff-down sock yet because of my inexperience with socks. Now however, I feel like top-down socks are much easier than toe up socks. It’s much easier to knit in other sizes (for other people) because all you need to do is wear the sock and see how much longer/ shorter the sock needs to be. You don’t have to do that while messing with the gusset and the heel either. I think I’ll go search for more top-down sock patterns now 😉

stealth kitty

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The sock is a lie…

I can’t remember ever giving up after so short a time.. but this time I did.

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This was the first attempt at knitting the Kalajoki socks in the softest acrylics I had lying around. They weren’t supposed to be for me, that’s the whole reason I knit them in acrylics. I wanted to knit my grandmother something nice to keep her feet warm while she sleeps, but my poor grandmother has a severe allergy for anything that sheds even the slightest bit. So’s also allergic a lot of other things that would all together make a nice wool sock rather impossible.

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Another problem that caused the failure is the fact I didn’t want to ask her for her exact size, since it was supposed to be a present… so both attempts (the orange one and the grey one) both became way too big) I wanted to knit a ‘simple’ sock for my grandmother so I wouldn’t be too bummed when it didn’t fit her.. but this was insane.. I could fit 1,5 foot in here 😛

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See I’m no Da Vinci but I do know my foot (which is about my grandmothers size) can’t be that much bigger than my hand when in my hands my socks usually feel much smaller….. so I tried to fit it.. and yes.. it was way too big..

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But I think the most important reason for me to quit was the fact that acrylics is really no fun to knit.. It hurt my hands and wrists, and since I need those for my schoolwork I gave up on them. I had some other sockyarn lying around but didn’t feel like knitting another set of socks with the 2,5mm needles because I just don’t have that many and I promised my BF to knit him another pair.

So I had the choice to mix the white with the alpaca I had lying around or a blue with the malabrigo lace I had left from my shipwreck shawl.

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I decided I liked the blue more than the white and started knitting. At the moment I’m knitting a slipped stitch heel (not in the pattern) of the first sock 🙂

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It feels so incredibly soft and warm I can’t wait to wear these socks on my cold feet 🙂

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Between all the knitting and schoolwork I forget to blog about the progress. I love blogging about the progress because that’s what I’ll forget about once the knitting is done. Most knitting projects I’ve finished have been given away and I feel the need to knit some things for myself now (and the BF ofcourse). I’m kinda done giving away knits for now.

The above picture is how I do my homework.. or try to that is.

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An older picture.. by now I’m almost done with the left glove and can’t wait to have them finished. I havent weaved in the ends yet because I’m not sure if they’ll need some adjusting. The pinky seems to be a bit too short so I might have to go in and make it a bit longer. I love this pattern because it’s exactly what I hoped it would be, it’s soft, nice and warm and very pretty 🙂

And tho it’s a bit late I’d still like to share something 🙂

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