Holiday knitting

One of my New Year resolutions was to knit more small things. It’s nice to be able to finish a project in just a couple of days.

So far, I’ve finished 3 sweaters, 1 dress and 1 large shawl/wrap this year! Hmmmm, these haven’t been the quickies.

But I also finished a pair of slippers, I wrote about them here.

And today I’m happy and proud to show you a pair of socks and they fit so well!
There’s nothing I dislike more than a pair of bad fitting socks.

I always feel a bit uncomfortable about knitting socks.
Technically I can do it, I’ve made some before, but then always comes the fit.
But these babies are perfect and it’s a lovely feeling to put them on.

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Last week we spent our Easter holidays at the “Ile de Ré”, a beautiful little island close to “La Rochelle” in France.
I’ve been wanting to make a new pair of socks for a long time and I thought it would be the ideal holiday project.

For me the ideal holiday knitting should be:
1. quick
2. mindless
3. small enough to be able to take it anywhere you go.

I’d already cast these on at home, only just the toe.

We had a long drive ahead of us for about 8 to 9 hours and so I’d finished almost one sock when we arrived.

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I used the yarn I had naturally dyed up last September.

The weather has been fantastic, it felt like summer.
No sock weather at all and so my progress slowed down.

But isn’t
4. slow just another perfect condition to turn your knitting into the perfect holiday project 🙂

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Small projects

Here are my 2015 goals on the knitting front. It’s not a lot but I want it to be realistic, right?

1. Produce more small projects like socks, hats, slippers – check!!!
2. Practice my spinning and take an advanced workshop;
3. Try more dyeing;
4. Do more gift knitting and prepare for some Christmas knitting;
5. Keep my stash under control and only add what I take out. Right, I never said I would diminish my stash 🙂
6. Think more about the wearability of my projects. In order to reach that I would like to make less shawls (I tend not to wear them) and I will try to stay true to my preferred color palette of blue, grey, golds and a tiny bit of red.

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Wow, it seems like I’ve already fulfilled my first goal with this great pair of slippers. I think the Christmas knitting could be a bit of a struggle, but goals need to be challenging so I’ll leave it in.

It’s so rewarding to make projects you can finish in a day or two.
Very often it are also the ideal projects for using up some of your leftovers. My slippers were made with Lopi leftovers from my nordic sweater.

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These slippers were so much fun to make. It’s a free download and you can find it here.

Dead simple lace socks

I have been out for a while due to major PC problems. Hopefully all will be resolved by the end of this week ….

I did quite some knitting in the meantime. I have 4 projects going at this moment and I’m happy to show the first FO (finished object).

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I got this pattern from a great book written by Wendy D. Johnson, called Socks from the toe-up. The explanations are clear and the photography is wonderful.

I totally agree with the quote from the Knitter’s Review on the backside of the book saying

“the photography is beautiful-lush and evocative on a broad scale while always zooming in for several close-up shots that clearly illustrate the crucial parts of each sock.”

I have taken up the plan to knit EVERY SINGLE PAIR! That makes it just 19 pairs to go. I think I can handle this, but it’ll take a loooong time.

I used Malabrigo sock yarn. A true delight! It’s pure merino wool, extremely soft. I have some more in my stash, so I look forward to trying out different colors.

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I’ve noticed before that getting the right color photographed depends a lot on the amount of sunshine. The ply shown above probably gives the most truly and exact color and the last picture of this blog is the farest away from it. The exact color is closer to green than it is to brown. I just wanted to show a detail of the lace.

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Malabrigo Sock Yarn
Nld 2,5 mm

Socks with V-pattern and cables

I knitted my first pair of socks about one year ago. I teached myself with a well explained method by Jo An Luijken & Marlies Hoogland in their very practical book Sokken brei je zo!.

They have been a great reference point for improving my technique ever since. I’ve made several pairs since then and also changed my method to the “toe up method”, which I slightly prefer. I used this method for my yellow toe up socks.

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Nld 2,5 mm