Ariannah's Knitting Journey

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Simply Lovely Lace Socks

This is my current project in progress. I am using the lacy version (60 stitches) of the pattern found in the current issue of Interweave Knits (spring 2006). I have worked the heel differently (a Dutch heel) and the gusset somewhat differently.

The yarn I am using is Lucy Neatby sock yarn. I jokingly call this my "I'm not worthy" yarn. It's so luxurious and gorgeous. A lovely pair of socks I am making for a friend.

This picture to my left shows the left side of the sock and the way the variegation differs slightly. You can see that the heel doesn't really "curl in" like it appears it does on the right hand picture. I was able to flatten it out better for this one.

Friday, February 24, 2006

A Blossoming Knitter

This is my dear 8 year old who is practising knitting on some nice fat yarn and some nice fat circulars. She's making a blanket for her Webkinz.

Here they are. My husband's feet model these socks. I had plenty of yarn left for a second pair of socks, so I am almost finished those, as well.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Finnish Socks in progress...

My husband is interested in Finnish language and culture, so I found it quite fitting to start these socks from the book "Folk Socks".

This is a bit of a belated Valentine's day gift. I am just working on the gusset now and it won't be long until sock #2 is complete.

The yarn I used is Scheepjes invicta extra in cream and red. The needle is my Addi 2.5 mm circular, 40 inches long. I didn't buy the yarn with this pattern in mind. I flipped through Folk Socks after I bought it, and decided to make it.

It's a gorgeous, unisex sock, and the narrow double decrease toe fits my husband's narrow foot really well.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Kroy socks finished

The socks are done. They're a tad fraternal, but they fit nicely on my daughter and she likes them.

I like self-patterning yarns somewhat, and really like how these turned out. However, I am drawn more to the Fair Isle, stranding technique to make my own designs, and am going to be doing that style with my next project, which is a pair of socks for my husband.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

A sock in progress...

Ever since I discovered how to knit socks a couple of years ago, they have become my favorite thing on earth to knit. Who can argue with an item that is knit in the round in one piece, requires no seams, and is ready to wear in a short time? Certainly not me. Hopefully the art of handknitting socks will be one that will be enjoyed through many generations.

This is the beginning of a sock done with Paton's Kroy yarn that simulates a faux-Jacquard pattern. I'll be giving this one to my oldest daughter.

I'm knitting it on a circular needle because I had no double-pointed needles in the preferred size. This needle is a bit shorter than the recommended length for the Magic Loop Technique, therefore making it a bit of a tight squeeze. But it is working for me.

Here it is a couple days later, just doing the foot length now, until I get to the toe.

Hat and Scarf

Last week during a Nova Scotia blizzard I made this scarf and hat for my daughter (who is modeling this).

I used Bernat Denim Style for this, and 5mm needles. The pattern is on the label of the skeins. I changed the hat pattern so I could work it seamlessly on circulars (Can you tell I dislike seams?). It was my first attempt at a hat, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There will indeed be more hats in the family next winter!