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!


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!

Knife and fork

So I got my fantastic new Bernina, and then took myself off to Wales for the weekend and ended up sewing the majority of this skirt on my mum’s trusty Janome, which is now, following the demise of our Canadian Singer from the 70s, our very oldest sewing machine, hailing from – shock horror – the late 90s.

The outer and lining are both self drafted so a bit (a lot!) of trial and error went into this skirt. The lining is A-line with darts front and back, and the outer skirt is straight with knife pleats (following this excellent tutorial, which, unexpectedly, calls for a fork). The fabric is rayon from Cotton + Steel’s second collaboration with Rifle Paper Co, Wonderland, purchased in the summer from The Village Haberdashery.

What can I say? I really like this skirt! I also figured out how to use my Bernina’s automatic buttonhole feature, so can now realistically think about making some proper, button-down blouses (at long last). Time to really make progress on my extensive Liberty tana lawn collection.

Tied in knots

***My last post about Christmas 2017 crafting! Thanks for bearing with me… ***

I got into macrame in a big way this year for Christmas gifts, thanks to Fanny Zedenius’s inspiring new book, which I happened across at Liberty.

Here are some plant hangers I made:

I got the 4mm cotton rope on etsy, here.

I also caved and got 2.5mm rope from Zedenius’s own shop. It’s basically just really nice string. Here’s what I made with the smaller rope:

And one more plant hanger…

Petal power 

I’ve spent a few years looking for a craft magazine which I actually enjoy. I stumbled across Making last year, and I’m in love! I even bought the back issues so I’ll have a complete collection.

Here are some “petal pouches”, from issue 1: “Flora”. I made these as part of Operation Christmas 2017 in a bit of a production line, but they’ve turned out pretty well.

The first set is made from Nani Iro linen (blue floral – which you may recognise from this favourite dress) and double gauze (white floral).

The second set is from my remaining Martha Negley feathers fabric (you can actually see some matching cushions in the photos, but I mostly made this skirt which I never wear) and Liberty poplin with little pencils. The poplin is great – really crisp and rigid and great to sew, but also thin.

Needless to say I’ve subscribed to Making for another year and can’t wait to see what’s in store! And meanwhile, I hope these petal pouches are loved by their recipients (because if not, I definitely want them back!).

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).