More socks afoot

I am enjoying the ease and speed of knitting self-striping sock yarn. My latest pair of socks is knit from a ball of Meilenweit Tirol yarn (colourway 3701) which I bought at Romni Wools in Toronto over Christmas.

I did a lot of the knitting going to and returning from Stockholm over my birthday weekend. 28 feels a lot less daunting with these adventurous socks on my feet!

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Basic socks 

Somehow I managed to knit myself a pair of socks in tandem with making all of my Christmas gifts. These were easy peasy, and self drafted. I turned the heel with short rows, which was a first, but avoided some of the weirdness that a heel gusset brings to self-patterned yarn (my recent badger socks are a prime example of this weirdness).

The yarn was purchased at The Wool Croft in Abergavenny, and is Regia sock yarn. I recently bought another skein in a different colourway at Romni Wools in Toronto.

Finally, note the toe of the first sock I made, which I knitted the last few rows of in a different yarn, so as to be able to start the second sock at the same place in the pattern repeat. But I don’t think I’ll be wearing wool socks with peep-toe sandals anytime soon, so I reckon it will be fine!

Replacement hat

My mum lost a hat I’d made a few years ago (you can see it here) on a train in Italy at some point, so I made her a replacement for Christmas. Luckily I had some yarn left over! It’s long-discontinued Noro Kogarashi yarn. The old hat was a bit greener and greyer and reminded me of the trolls in Frozen. This one is a bit more like a kingfisher, which I think is an improvement. 

Elf bonnet

For Christmas this year I made my wee cousin this sweet little elf hat.

The pattern is Pixielue by Paelas Knits. The instructions, which come translated into English from Norwegian, were a bit befuddling at times but it worked out fine. Paelas does so many more adorable knitting patterns for small people… 

The yarn is Rowan “alpaca colour” (made from baby alpaca!) that I picked up half price from The Wool Croft in Abergavenny (and the persimmon skein for the edging and pompom is the same stuff, but was a gift from someone many moons ago). 

Mr Badger

Just look at these socks:

Why are they so weird? Very badgery, very spirally, very unexpected. The yarn is Rowan Fine Art, which is a sock wool, so presumably other people have had this problem too.

Anyway, I made them for my dad for Christmas, to have a little something under the tree since my main present was experiential (we saw the musical of The Lorax in Toronto!), and he seems to like them just fine. 

Let them eat brioche

This is the only Christmas gift I’ve made which I can post early as it’s for my 94-year-old Grannie, who even if she did read this post would forget it in a few hours. I’ve been quietly beavering away for months on all sorts of other things (to be revealed soon!). 

This is the first time I’ve knitted brioche stitch, and I really like it! So squishy and warm. I like how it turned out a bit like a candy cane, although I’m sure my Grannie would prefer purple! 

I vaguely followed this pattern from Purl Soho, but only cast on 120 stitches. Yarn is various leftover bits and bobs – some from this sweater, and some from one my mum made a few years ago. 

Sweater weather

I’ve been knitting this sweater since forever, by which I mean, April or May this year. It’s enormous. But then, it’s for a giant.

I am not a giant. I’m a normal-sized person. Thankfully my stepdad was a better model than me! 

This is the Vika sweater by Brooklyn Tweed. I obviously ended up making up (unintentionally) the central cable motif, but at least I was wrong consistently. The main thing here is the yarn. It’s phenomenal. It’s Studio Donegal Aran Tweed, and I got a 2kg cone of it for around £80 from Springwools. So that works out as like £45 for what I used for this gigantic creation – much better than the roughly £400 it would have been using the suggested yarn! And this Donegal yarn is some of the best I’ve ever worked with – I’ve been looking at all the other colours and trying to decide what to make next.

I will say that the pattern was very hard to follow, despite being relatively easy knitting. It was written in such a way that it kept tripping me up; very verbose and confusing. Anyway, I got there in the end – but it was frustrating, especially considering the cost of the pattern.