a little too big

Knitting socks is amazing. At first the construction of a sock seems both difficult and easy at the same time. Sock knitting can be very easy or very complex. It can be a very quick knit, or if you’re thinking of stockings it can be quite a long project. I have 37-38 size feet, which I believe is a little smaller than average 38-39. This means that when I knit socks for myself I’m usually done in two or three days of leisure paced knitting. I haven’t knit much larger socks than size 42, which is also quite easy with a larger needle size. I like knitting socks and so I’m not really worried about wear.

I knit them a lot faster than I wear them out so there’s not much of a problem I should mention I wear them a lot and for much longer time periods than I would wear machine knit socks. So far, and I haven’t been knitting socks for that long so this might change (soon…?), I haven’t worn out any of my socks so I’m feeling very brave. Maybe this is exactly the reason why this new problem has arisen.

I’ve finished one pair of socks with handspun yarn and now I’m knitting my second pair. One of the things I’ve noticed about knitting socks and sockyarn is that the sock (and yarn) tends to relax once the FO is washed for the first time. Most of the socks I’ve knit have been knit with the same kind of yarn, so after a number of socks I was starting to understand how the socks grows after washing and in which areas.

Here you see the first finished sock after it’s first little bath. As I may have said in previous posts I’m knitting this sock for my grandfathers birthday this year. If I were to use this yarn for a bigger project I would’ve made a swatch, but since it’s just a sock I winged it. Thankfully enough it worked out perfectly and the whole sock was quite nice. I asked my dad if he would try it on and it turned out to be a great fit.

Then I gave it a wash, before knitting the second one.

I may have to explain why I did this. The pattern calls for 38 stitches for the instep and 32 for the sole. While knitting and trying it on the BF I decided it might be a better idea to leave 38 stitches on the sole because it might become too tight. My grandfather’s circulation isn’t what it’s used to be and socks that are too tight might not be the best idea. Thankfully for me I remembered this, and once I was finished weaving all the ends I decided to give it a bath before casting on for the second sock.

The sock on the picture is still wet so I couldn’t show a better picture with some one actually modeling the sock (sorry about that), but the sole turned out too be much too wide. Like 6 stitches worth of ‘too wide’.

I already started knitting the second sock but I’m still knitting the cuff so I’ll make sure to decrease the right amount stitches for the gusset so I’ll end up with 32 sole stitches. Once it’s done I’ll frog and reknit the first sock. Lesson learned 🙂

FO: knotty gloves!

I finished them a few days ago but with all the christmas cheer going around I had no time to post them here.

They’re done and I’m very happy with the way they turned out. Now let’s just hope my mom is happy too! It’s amazing how much easier knitting gloves has become. The first time I was really intimidated and I wasn’t really sure of what I was doing. Knitting them seemed to take forever and ever. This time I was done before I knew it, and I didn’t even have gaps between the fingers! I’ll take them to my mom tomorrow and if they fit I’ll weave in the ends and give them a gentle washing.

I’m always amazed at how much less scary things become when you get better at knitting. There’s still things I’m scared of (a little), but I’m still silly enough to just jump in anyway.

This is the first christmas in our new home and unfortunately much of the old christmas decorations have been damaged or simply shattered during the move. It’s made this years decorations a bit less festive but I still like them. It’s enough to present you with a little merry christmas picture with me and kiwi 🙂

My cats and I have an understanding. I knit, and they sleep in my lap. It’s how it’s been since we have them, though they don’t sleep on my lap during the summer when it’s hot.

The last thing I’d like to show you is my grandfathers birthday present. January 1st is my grandfathers birthday and he’s being plagued by cold feet. I’m knitting him socks with handspun shetland yarn from this years tdf. I’m also using drops alpaca in natural white and black. The alpaca yarn is held double because the shetland yarn is thicker and sturdier. I’m surprised at how fast this thing knits up, I’ve actually already turned the heel on this first sock and it’s going really good.

We’re doing some remodeling this week and I hope to be able to post the FO picture  before the end of the year. I’m also still hoping to finish the BF’s tomten vest, but I still have to spin some yarn for it, so I’m not sure if I’ll make it.

Brave

The end of the year is in sight and I’m feeling lucky. There’s a number of projects I’ve been eyeing for quite a while, but’ve never come around knitting them. I’ve been scared of some projects and unable to find the right yarn for some other projects. One of these projects is the Truffle Cardigan. I’ve been trying to knit it once, and then I thought I’d found a better yarn for it. But both of these tries weren’t as successfull as I’d hoped. Now, however, I have found the right yarn and I’m loving it. Well.. I’m loving it but I’m hating it as well.

I knit the yoke a bit too short, so I’ll have to add 2 repeats first, but you can already see what I’m talking about. The yarn is Zeeman Tweed and, as the name suggests, has a ‘tweedy’ effect going on. So here’s the dilemma. When I saw the yarn I fell in love with it because of the colors and the tweediness. My mom used to knit sweaters for me using tweedy kind of yarns and I loved them (acrylics don’t itch you know). So I immediately bought them dreaming of me wearing my Truffle Cardigan made out of Zeeman Tweed yarn.

When I came home I immediately cast on. As it turned out, I hated the tweedy effect. You see there was no tweedy effect, but rather a clown vomit pilling effect. I cannot describe the disappointment I felt. It’s not about the money, Zeeman is still one of the cheapest stores you can find around here, so really not a big deal. I just hate wasting good yarn. There’s a good 20% wool in there darnit!

Here, have a closeup. I know you don’t believe me. The pictures are flattering.. (this might say something about the way it actually looks)

So here I am, knitting away furiously, unwilling to accept defeat when I was suddenly reminded of this little bugger.

Ofcourse I had to try it out, and it works! the clown vomit pilling makes way for a nice non aggressive type of tweediness!

before:

after:

It’s going to take some time, but I’m willing to shave every little annoying horrible piece of crap pill off of this fine sweater (once it’s done) to make it wearable. I’ve been wanting to knit this cardigan for ages and now that I’m finally feeling brave enough I won’t be stopped by clown vomit pilling! Power to teh knitter!

 

Hat FO!

I love knitting hats, socks and mitts. They’re so quick and easy to knit it almost feels like cheating! This post is a double FO post because I have two hats to show off ^.^

The Scott Pilgrim hat! I knit it with a heavier yarn so I CO 80 stitches instead of 100 and I didn’t do as many repeats, but the result is pretty much the same. It’s nice and warm! The pattern was made for Michael Cera (the actor who played Scott Pilgrim), so I guess it’s super awesome! (I really loved the movie :P)

The other FO hat is the Corbin! I really love this pattern because even though it seems like the hat is really really thin it’s actually fully lined and really warm 🙂

I loved Corbin so much I’m going to knit one for myself as well. The only mod is that I added another repeat because the hat was a bit too short. Like I said, these smaller knitting projects almost feel like cheating.

I’m hoping to finish the knotty gloves and the deep in the forrest mitts too before the end of the year!

first post of December!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I have a lot to talk about and a lot to knit. At the moment I’m taking a little break from it all and enjoying where a am in life. I’m trying to be more conscious of my days and to actually live everyday instead of alternating between rushing and sleeping through life.

I’ve been living a student style life my whole life now that I think of it, and it’s time to see which way I’d like to go from here. It probably sounds very dramatic, but really it’s not. I’m just thinking of living a more active and happy life 🙂

We moved to this house in june, but we didn’t have time to take our time and unpack, so we just dumped everything in the closets and moved on with our lives. At this point I spend more time searching for random objects than it takes me to get the actual chore done, and it’s driving me insane. I’ve been cleaning out some stuff and I’ve been filling garbage bags with stuff we really need to throw away. It’s also in the midst of the cleaning frenzy that I’m suffering my worst episode of startitis ever.

It’ done, but its not washed yet, so no FO post for me yet. The pattern is corbin, and it’s intended for my the BF. I’m going to knit one for myself as well and I’m thinking of some girlier colors in drops alpaca. I’m also knitting the Scott Pilgrim hat (the official pattern) for the BF and I’m loving it! Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture so I’ll show you next time (think FO post).

The past few weeks have been cloudy and characteristic for Dutch weather. Gray, windy and rainy. All day. Every day. I don’t know about you, dear reader, but I love it. I love it when it’s dark out and rainy and the sky is turning dark blue. I imagine I’m sitting inside, looking out the window. The droplets of rain on the glass.. the yellow glow of the lights.. sipping some (insert favorite hot drink here), and KNITTING THE NIGHT AWAY W000H00000!!!

I LOVE it. especially on fridays. Friday nights are my crappy horror movie nights. I’m sitting on the couch, two cats on my lap fighting for the best place of said lap. A crappy horror movie so I can be a little scared, but focus on the knitting as well. Sometimes I spin in this fashion. As a matter of fact, I even blog in between (like right now). The cats left tho..

Anyway, back to the knitting. The dark weather is great for my spirtis, but it’s a total drag for photo ops. I take all my pictures on a table next to my living room window, so I always use natural light. I like it because it’s the best way (imho) to show the colors and the stitch definition, if you’re not the happy owner of nice lighting equipment (like me).

the only problem is that you have a limited amount of time to take the pictures because after about 15.00 you’ll get more and more gray pictures and after 16.00 you can forget about daylight. So this is actually the reason I forgot about the hat I’m currently working on.

This is still the first pair, but the second one is always quicker. I had to take a little break from knitting this because one of my 2.5mm dnps got broken and I was a little too bummed to continue. I had already broken my reserve dpn so it was either continue with one less or order new dpns.

I got the 15cm ones. Much better for sock and glove knitting anyway. I always feared I’d poke myself in the eye with the 20cm ones, so I’m actually rally happy. Knitting the fingers is much more pleasant than I remember, but in all fairness it’s been a while since I knit these.

I’ve also been doing some shopping today. When I saw them last week I fell in love, but I didn’t like them in pale blue.

Now these are much more my colour. I bought 5 balls and I’m still thinking about the things I’d like to do to them (purrr).

They’ve got sweater/ cardigan written all over them but I’m too dizzy from all the ravelry searches I’ve done today. I’ve seen so many lovely patterns and projects I’m tempted to go back and buy the lot….

Thankfully it’s crappy horror friday and I’m bound by crappy horror friday law to sit tight and creep myself out while knitting… otherwise…. anything could’ve happened….