I started a sockhead cowl as a simple ‘in the car’ knit for all of the times we have a 6+ hour drive to do groceries (we try to go once every few months) and any other car drives we might have (even going to the next town over is an hour each way). I’m using a single ply yarn from knitpicks, hopefully it comes out nice and comfortable. I am not sure I’ll get it done this winter (it’s a lot of garter stitch), but I’d also like to knit two dickies for the kids (they are too young for scarves) to keep them warm when we play outside here in the North.
While working on my rainbow wurm hat for my husband, my shortie knitting needle from KnitPicks broke, and I ended up dropping a whole bunch of stitches. I don’t have a replacement needle right now, so I picked up the stitches as best I could with some DPN, and I’m waiting for some super glue to arrive so I can try to fix the needle myself. I could order an entire new set, but mail takes so long to get here these days that I’m afraid winter would be over before I could even finish the toque.
These things happen, but it was still incredibly frustrating. I decided to cast on a new cowl project in the meantime while I wait for the glue to arrive.
These socks were probably one of my fastest knits ever thanks to using my circular sock knitting machine for most of it. I added the cuffs, toes, heels, and that’s it they were ready to go. I will certainly make more socks this way in the future, but I think I prefer using my sock knitting machine to create the heels, they seem to fit a bit better.
Off the needles and onto my feet – these socks are finally done. The pattern is Clark Socks from Ravelry, the yarn is Prairie Smoke. They look and feel great on my feet.
I’m working out some ideas for a new mitten pattern I’d like to try. It mimics some colourwork mittens I found on Ravelry, but I’ve added the horde logo – I call them ‘For the Horde’ and I hope to knit them up in October.
I’ve cranked out a giant tube using knitpicks Hawthorne yarn, and I’ll separate it into two pieces, then knit a cuff/toe on each – then I’ll cut 32 stitches across one side, and add an afterthought heel.
I’ve never really thought about how much waste we create with clothes – but I’ve started to. There’s an Etsy vendor called The Frogger Niagara who recycles pure wool clothing from 2nd hand shops, and sells the yarn once it’s cleaned. I’ve made a few purchases from her now, and the yarn is lovely to work with and is typically a sort of luxury fiber that I wouldn’t be able to regularly afford. Pictured above is 50% wool, 40% angora, 10% nylon in sport weight. I’ve also purchased some lace weight from her in cashmere, and while I don’t have any projects in mind for them yet, I can’t wait to knit it up – so soft!
I recently knit myself a slouchy hat using some of my handspun yarn from Three Waters Farm. I absolutely love how it turned out. It’s a merino / tencel blend and I did it up in a three ply. Not only was it one of my best spins ever, it just knit up so beautifully.
I’m quickly learning that just because a batt or skein LOOKS good doesn’t always necessarily mean I’ll enjoy working with it. I’ve come across more than my fair share of hard to work with materials. I’m also learning which one are a dream to process, and what price I’m willing to pay for that.
I finished knitting one of my cable socks and now I need to knit the second one (I’ve cast it on and started the ribbing so far). Hopefully it doesn’t take me too long to finish up, I love how these turned out. Next on my needles? Not sure, but I’m thinking a sweater or cardigan of some type. Winter is coming, after all!
It won’t be too long until I’m onto the toes! Then it’s time for sock two…