FO: Princess socks

They’re done and I’m superhappy with them! This pattern knits up so fast it’s unbelievable! I love the pattern and I really needed a nice pair of longer socks!

I started knitting these in France and spent the whole drive back knitting them. They were actually done much quicker than I remembered but that might be logical because the second time is always easier. I’ve been knitting along happily and it took me quite a while to notice I forgot something..

There’s a crucial part to sock knitting which I hadn’t come to yet.. there’s no heel.

Are you kidding me..? well that’s nice ๐Ÿ˜› I actually forgot to turn the heel, and it’s not even something I can ignore because the sock sags because there’s no heel. I’m happy I’m not afraid of learning new techniques and this is the right time to learn the afterthought heel.

I only realized I was actually missing a heel when I compared the pictures to the other projects and noticed the heel on the other projects. Even my own other project has a heel. How could I’ve forgotten about a heel…? A sock is not that complicated…? :S

Either way, for now, this is the FO and I might change the pictures later on (but I don’t think I will). I’ll have nice warm feet this year!

Finishing up..

The past few months have been a bit hectic for me. Between university, moving, graduation, work and all other things that compete for attention in my life, there’s been a bit of a chaos. But it’s going to stop now and I’ll be going to make sure of it.

There a long list of works in progress that have been wip’s for quite a long time. One of them is from January 2011… I’m going to finish up the knits and I’m going to organize the stash, since it’s grown out of proportion since I ‘inherited’ the loom.

I’m trying to get back to the ‘zen’ state of mind where I can do all the things I want to do without them bleeding into eachother and me having to sit and cry in a corner. So I started out with this:

I’m a big fan of flowers and plants but ever since we have cats I’ve been afraid of having plants in the house because cats dig ๐Ÿ˜› I did notice that if the plant seems bigger than the pot and there’s no place for the kitty to actually sit in the pot.. (like this picture)

they won’t sit/ lie/ sleep/ pee/ dig or do anything else to the plant. So I’m constantly checking the plants and the kitties but they seem to behave. To be sure they won’t gnaw on my chives (because noodles used to do that all the time) we grew them some cat grass and all is well now.

The plants make me very happy but there’s more to decoration and coziness than just plants. so I got some cute candles and I bought these little monsters:

I wasn’t sure I’d find nice pumpkins this year and I wasn’t going to pay a fortune for the little pumpkins you can find here, but I accidentally ran into these! (and they’re huge!!). So there’ll be some carving and there’ll be some pumpkin pie! (with pecan topping *drool*).

I’m also already working on finishing up and making plans for what I’m going to start on once I’m done with these projects. One of my new rules is that I want to plan projects again and I want to buy nice (sometimes expensive) yarns for these nice projects. I’m getting more and more addicted to spinning which means I’m constantly trying to spin for all my knitting but it’s not really working because I’m constantly out of yarn when I want to knit and out of fleece when I want to spin…

I finished one of the princess socks and cast on for the other one, and I’m thinking I’ll be done quite soon with the other one. Then I’m going to finish the smaller projects I have left and once those are done I’ll pick up the bigger ones.

And then I did this:

It was a nice ‘getting-to-know-you’ experiment with my new loom but the yarn was too weak to be used as wheft. I should’ve known but I’m stubborn that way. It made a nice fabric anyway and I’m feeling sorry that I had to take it off but I have something better planned so I’m not too sad.

This project is part of a destash, but it’s odd because I had to buy two balls of yarn to be able to start the destash. In this light I’m not even sure I can call it a ‘destash’, but it’s my blog so I will.. HAHA!

I seem to have a lot of wibra 100% acrylics yarn in my stash in colors that don’t match. For instance, most of the wibra yarns are great and look very nice, but the grey looks horrible imho. It has this really ‘fake’ look about it and so it doesn’t match well with the other colors. So not able to use the grey means I’m stuck with red, black, dark brown and purple.. not really my kind of match, so I’ll have to buy other colors to match these colors so I can use the stash (if this makes any sense at all..)

Besides finishing up there’s some better organizing to be done. I noticed I wasn’t too happy with this:

The yarn is too drapey to be used as yarn for a sturdier kind of cardigan. I bought this yarn for the cardigan I think the following yarn would be much better:

I’ve wanted to use this yarn for something for a really long time but I’ve always been unsure about the yardage so I never used it. Now I know I have over 1.100 yards of this yarn and in case of an emergency there’s the mosey legwarmers that were knit with this yarn as well.

I hugely fudged up the mosey pattern so I’ve been dying for a reknit anyway.

The dark brown yarn I’ve reclaimed will be reused for this little project. It’s not the link to the pattern but the link to the version of the pattern I like best. I really don’t like the sleeves so this is really what I’d like to knit.

I was dying to try them out and I’m loving the sock knitting so I ordered three skeins of drops delight from finlandia import. They do look a bit fragile and I’m not sure about how sturdy they will be, but they will become socks either way ๐Ÿ˜€

Check this out! the BIL came over someswhere in in the summer and decided it would ย be funny to plant fresh pepper seeds. Now they look like this and the yellow and red pepper are doing great! The red habanero is not doing that well and I’m not sure if I’m happy or sad about it.. the red habanere is the hottest pepper in the world and if it gives any peppers we’ll have to eat them right..?

Creating facepalm situations…

I have mastered it..

There’s a number of things I’ve done but first I’m going to start with an FO!

I haven’t had any real FO’s for a while so I’m really pleased with myself. Even tho I’m adding this little jailbird to a sad post such as this.. I like this knit because it’s my own ‘design’, if you can even call it a design. The method used for this design is the Tailored Sweater Method by Tuulia, which is a top-down knitting method that creates the illusion that the garment is knit in different pieces and is sewn together.

I’ve been looking for a simple sweater for the fall season which would be airy but comfy as well. I tried knitting long sleeves first but they were too hot for this purpose.

So here’s the not-so-cool part. After the second time I had worn my tangled yoke cardigan I accidentally threw it in the dryer and this happened…

And this is what it looked like before:

I’m not sure about what I think of it right now. I’m not sure if I like it or not. It’s nice and warm, but I feel like it’s completely lost its shape when I accidentally killed it ๐Ÿ™

What I’m really sure of is that I’ll knit another one, probably with handspun yarn.

The zipper wasn’t a great idea but I really wanted to try it once, and I thought this would be a good experiment. I’m still happy about trying it because now I know what I’ll have to do better next time. The knitted yarn tends to stretch but once it’s sewn it can’t get back to its original shape.. It’s not completely my fault either.. we got a new washing machine and it’s a washing machine and dryer in one, so when I put it the knits to run the spin cycle I accidentally turned on the dryer as well.. the socks were nice and warm tho ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m planning on knitting another one from the handspun yarn. This time I’ll try knitting it top down and I’ll use my own measurements. Not toย criticize but I really wasn’t too pleased with the pattern. It’s a great design but seriously it’s written like the person reading it is an idiot. The result is that the pattern is extremely long and that there are a lot of moments when the explanation became more confusing than helpful.

I won’t stick to the pattern once I’m past the yoke anyway.

Unfortunately when I put the socks and the tangled yoke cardigan in the dryer, I also put my vaila sweater in the dryer. This means the alpaca is slightly felted but thankfully not much, so it’s still wearable. I might need to lose some weight and I might only wear it when it’s really really cold out, but it’s still good to know I haven’t ruined that sweater as well..

improving

spinning and knitting girasole

The amount of singles I started with before going to France.. my fingers were going numb and purple but I was so proud once it was (wheel) plied.

spinning and knitting girasole

I have this much left.

I think I’m pretty happy with the breaks between spinning and knitting. Spinning is fun, but the (andean) plying is a total pain for my fingers. Either I’ll have to find a better way or I’ll have to make quicker jumps between spinning and knitting.

I’m in the middle of the first repeat of chart G, which means I’ll have to do another repeat and then I’ll have to knit the edging. I hope I can get through the charts with what I’ve got so I’ll only need to buy a little bit of fleece to finish the edging.
spinning and knitting girasole
So far I’ve got this little pile of rolags, and there’s still some left. I still can’t imagine how the process works and I’m still amazed at how spinning and knitting works.. how you can take a bag of fleece, spin it into yarn and knit a lace shawl is, even though I’m doing it, still beyond me.

spinning and knitting girasole
While knitting this one I can remember knitting the other Girasole, and I can vividly remember how shocked I was when I had blocked it and saw how different the shawl became once blocked. Now I can’t help but wonder how different this one will be, and if the yarn will behave the way I hope it will.
wip princess socks
I made a slight oopsie with my princess socks and I think I’ll rip back a few rows to fix the problem. It’s not a big problem, and I don’t think anyone will see the problem when I’m wearing the socks but I’d rather do it right. It’s a sock and it knits up so quickly so I’d rather fix the problem I guess.

wip princess socks
In case you haven’t seen it.. the first leaf has 6 rows of YO’s instead of 5…

So the coming few posts I’d like to show you what I’ve been doing in France this last week. I’ve seen a lot of nice things and I’ve picked up sketching again. I’m trying to get better at using watercolor pallets and working on quicker techniques. I’m a big fan of the Urban Sketchersย and I just love to see people’s interpretations of the public realm. I’ve always liked to sketch but I’ve always felt a bit embarrassed to show my work, but I’ll never get any better if I don’t take that step.

View over Domme, France
I’ve never really done landscape drawings, so I’ll start with this one. This is the view towards the village of Domme, in France. It’s a very picturesque place on top of a high hill/ small mountain and has an amazing view over the valley. This is not the view over the valley but the view towards the village, with a little bit of the valley on the far right.

It’s a simple sketch and it’s really not that good, but I’m happy with the way it turned out and I’m hoping to get better ๐Ÿ™‚

Fearless

Last time I ran out of yarn before I could run out of edging. A 10 repeat gap is the end result and I’m still unhappy about it. So when I started out spinning and knitting my own Girasole I thought I’d have enough to knit the blanket version. I love shawls but I’d like something bigger to keep me warm in the winter, but I don’t like to carry around the weight of an entire blanket.

So I started out with a 5.0mm needle and knit (and spun) on. Last time I used two balls of Jaggerspun Zephyr (about 1150m) and didn’t have enough for the edging, now I’ve spun up 833m and I only have this much fleece left…

It may seem like a lot but I’m not sure if it’ll give me more than 400m, because I’ll need that much.. However this time I’m comforted by the thought that it’s a handspun yarn and the brown Wensleydale sheep are still walking around on a farm just around the corner! I love knowing I won’t run out of yarn this time around! *le sigh of relief*

The last hank of 2-ply resulted in some 300m. It’s a bit difficult to predict the amount of yarn I’ll be able to spin out of the fleece because it’s still greasy and not very clean. I guess washing fleece is a learning process and I’m going to need a lot more experience to make it work for me.

I’m posting this as I’m sitting in the October sun in the southern part of France and I’d like to show you the sweet little kitty that came looking for attention on animals day (October 4). I miss our cats ๐Ÿ™

And because it was really too hot to work on the girasole I started these again. Pretty princess socks for me ๐Ÿ™‚