A new week with an FO and a second drawing for the giveaway

Hi there, I hope you are doing fine. I’ve been busy lately and so I haven’t had the time to post as much as I would have liked to but I’m sure you know what that feels like. Having a gazillion things to do and not enough time!

Enough complaining! I have an FO to share with you and some progress on my wips.

First the FO. I used one of my hand dyed SPARKLES base yarns and made up the pattern as I went along. I basically did a p3,ktbl and it produced a nice end result. I also like how it continues all the way to the end of the sock, I think it looks nice this way than if I had stopped the patterning and done a simple stockinette stitch toe.

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These will either be for my daughter or an aunt.

It seems I’m unable to “live” without having socks on my needles so a couple of days after finishing these and in spite of the wips I’m supposed to finish, I cast on for a new pair. This time I used one of my hand spun yarns and I really like how the yarn is knitting up. This was a multicolored roving and once spun up I Navajo plyed ti to get clear color stripes. I’m knitting these on a 2.5 mm needle and doing a K4,p1 ribbing.

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I love seeing the stripes form and just knowing that I made this yarn with my own two hands is so inspiring. I look forward to seeing these done.

When I cast these on, I didn’t have any other socks going but I did know that would change soon. And it has. Yesterday I got the March sock pattern for the #KnitFromStash2016 Kal that I’m doing with the Addicted to Knit Socks on FB and Heatherly Walker the designer. So last night I cast on for those. I chose a solid color yarn from West Yorkshire Spinners, Signature 4ply. There is no colorway name on the ball band but I feel it looks like a Kingfisher blue. The pattern is totally gorgeous and I’m already half done with the leg on sock nr 1.

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This is basically just a knit and purl pattern but it looks so nice and the finished socks will be gorgeous. This pair will probably be for my daughter but I’m almost certain I’ll cast on for a second pair for myself as soon as this one is done.

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On the above picture you can see a picture of the finished sock design. The pattern is called Calathea by Heatherly Walker and is for sale on Ravelry.

Also, I told you I was joining a kal called Sock Madness for the first time. This is a sort of sock knitting contest that is supposed to start today March 1st so I’m super excited for that to start and I have prepared everything. Here’s a picture of the yarns I chose for this challenge. Sometimes you have 2 or 3 yarns together and that is when a pattern calls for multiple colors.

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I posted this picture on social media to show my choice of yarns and some people thought I had tried to spell something out with my yarns and spent a long time trying to decipher my message! I thought that was a little funny because I just positioned the yarns randomly on my bed and didn’t even realise that someone might think I was writing something with them:)

So as you can see there will be lots of sock knitting for me in the coming weeks.

As for my wips, well I’m almost done with the Love of Spiders shawl. I’ve finished the patterned portion and I’m on the border. I need to do 8 more rows (of 500+ stitches) and then cast off! So I should finally be able to finished that this week and be able to share it with you next week. I’ve also made progress on the sweater I’m doing for my daughter. I’ve done front and back as well as one sleeve and plan on casting on for the second sleeve today so hopefully I will be able to finish that too by the end of this week. That would be great because then I just have 1 shawl to bind off, a second shawl to knit – I’ve only done a few pattern repeats so basically I have the whole shawl to do and then my cardigan.

I did a little dyeing last week on my bronze SPARKLES base. Even if I say so myself I do really love the outcome and can see myself keeping a skein of each but I know that would not be reasonable so we’ll see.

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I still need to put these up in the shop but hopefully I’ll get to that soon.  I really like the Bronze sparkles – most dyers only use silver or gold sparkles and I think bronze  works really well with certain colors. The orange/bronze color is intriguing on black and compliments green and brown for example. I even found names for these yarns without any effort which is not common for me. I usually have a hard time finding names for my yarns. So these will be called: Forest, Moss, Midnight , Mauve

 

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I also dyed up a new yarn base and knit a small swatch. This Aran weight yarn is 80% super wash merino, 10% cashmere and 10% nylon. This is a true dream to knit with. It is super soft to the touch and the stitch definition is good and it takes dye beautifully. A while back I won a sweater pattern in a giveaway on Instagram and I’m thinking I’m going to use this yarn base for that. I just need to find the right color and then dye up a sweaters quantity. The pattern I won is called Kitsune by Amanita.

Wow this is turning out to be quite a long post – as usual. I don’t have the time to post as often as I’d like to and so when I do I usually have long posts. I hope you do not mind too much:)

But before I leave you today, I want to make a second draw for the BurningImpressionsII giveaway that I did last month. Only one of the two winners claimed her prize so I’m thinking that either the other one is not interested in her prize or ….. So I’m doing a second draw from the participants using a random number generator as before. The prize in question is the sock tool – needle gauge, wpi, kitchener stitch memo hand made by Burning Impressions II on Etsy.

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And the winner is……C.C. Almond!! Congratulations C.C. Please send me an email (I think you already have my contact details) and I’ll be sending you your prize asap.

That’s all for now. I hope you have a wonderful week and that you will get lots of time to enjoy your knitting, spinning and just general crafting. Take care and see you soon:)

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A little bit of knitting, a little bit of dyeing and spinning AND the giveaway prizes!!!

Hi there, nice to have you back on my blog. If you participated in this week’s giveaway I’m sure you are impatient to see the results..but you’ll have to wait a little longer 🙂

So, this week I did not get a lot of knitting time. My kids are on winter vacation so I’m busier than usual. I’m getting close to finishing my Brioche Twister scarf and hopefully it will be all done next time I post. I’ve also worked some more on my Mkal socks and pair 1 of 2 should also be done next week.

This week’s only finished object is a pair of socks for my youngest. I decided to try knitting thick socks and use a DK yarn rather than fingering and so I chose the Rye socks by Tin Can Knits and I used one of my hand dyed DK Cashmerino DK yarns.

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This yarn is super soft and knits up like a dream. I’m definitely going to knit a second pair and this time for myself. The pattern itself was super easy so if you have never knit socks I would recommend you try this one out for your first attempt. Knitting with DK yarn also makes the process that much quicker.

I really like how the yarn knit up.

I finished plying a skein of multi colored merino this week and I gave it a wash. I’m not sure what I’m going to knit with it but quite possibly a pair of socks. I love colorful yarn for socks.

 

I did a little bit of dyeing also and this week I was feeling purple/mauve so I did some on my SPARKLE base.

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The two skeins on the left are my handspuns – the multi colored one I showed you above and then another one which is all pink/purple/mauve/silver and sparkle. Then you have 4 skeins of mauve and purple.

And now on to the GIVEAWAY!!! So a little confession first, I was hoping for better participation but… As there were less than 10 participants I’m going to maintain my 2 scheduled prizes and the rest will be kept for a future giveaway. I used a random number generator to draw the winners.

So the prizes are:

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1st prize is the Soxyzz from BurningImpressionsII on Etsy. This is the ultimate tool for sock knitters. Handmade in wood with burned inscriptions that will not fade. Measurements in inches and centimeters making knitting socks for everyone and anyone a breeze.

And the winner of this prize is………..Atangledyarn84. So congratulations to you! Please send me an email at knittinginfrance@gmail.com with your full name and postal address so I can send you the Soxyzz.

 

And then on to prize nr 2 which is a handy tool also for sock knitters and also by BurningImpressions on Etsy

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This is a needle gauge; a wraps per inch gauge for your hand spun yarn or if you are substituting yarn and a tuto for kitchener stitch.

The winner of this prize is…….Lisa Nixon! Congratulations to you too! Please email me your details to knittinginfrance@gmail.com so I can send you the prize.

Thank you to everyone who participated. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to give everyone a prize but not to worry, there are more giveaways planned for the coming weeks!

That’s all for now. I hope you will have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to “chatting” to you again next time.

Some progress, a new pattern and a GIVEAWAY

Hi there, I hope you are doing fine and looking forward to your week. I’m super happy because I just received a great email announcing that I had WON a knitting pattern! I never win anything so this is a wonderful surprise and just goes to show that even though, like me, you usually never win anything, well you just might! So keep that in mind when you read about this weeks giveaway later in my post 🙂

So on  progress, well I finished one pair of socks for the #knitfromstash 2016 kal that I’m doing with the Addicted to Sock Knitting group on Facebook. I knit a pair of socks for a cousin of mine so this time I made LARGE socks. Luckily the pattern was fun to knit and went quicker than I thought.

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The yarn I used was Opal 4ply and the pattern is called Pineaux and is by Heatherly Walker. My socks are shown on the pattern page which is super nice:)

I’m also working on my Mkal socks. One is done, that is all the clues have been published and I just finished sock nr 1 for that last night. I’m not a huge fan but since I went this far, I’m going to cast on for the second one.

A230DDA8-F45E-4F48-AEFC-E14C2640DE5FHere is a link to the pattern which is now for sale as the kal is over. Its a mix of texture with knits and purls. The yarn is mine. I did have problems carrying the yarn between sections so in some places there are ugly floats along the side. I’ll try and do better on the second sock. I knit these using my Neko needles in 2,50 mm. I only changed the toe and used my own “regular” toe.

The other sock kal from Through the Loops will finish this week. I need to start on clue ” and 4 before clue 5 is published this Friday. I’ve made no progress on these since last week so no pics here.

I also cast on for a new pattern this week. It’s the Brioche Twister by Renée Callahan of East London Knits using my hand dyed Cashmerino DK.

The pictures were taken at different times as you can see – one  shows more progress than the other. You can see how different the scarf looks depending on which side you are looking at.

The Cashmerino DK is just super soft and will make this a yummie scarf and the pattern is fun. It is my first ever two color brioche and I admit that I did frog this about 3 times in the beginning but now I’ve got the hang of things and it will progress quickly I think. Just need some time to work on it:)

And since I just won a new pattern well I’ll be casting on for a new sweater very soon! I joined in a little contest I found on Instagram and I was the lucky winner! The pattern is called KITSUNE and the designer is Amanita Agata Mackiewicz.  This is a bottom up, seamless, aran weight sweater. I just got some undyed aran weight yarn last week so now I just need to dye some yarn for myself and I’ll be ready to go.

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So lots of fun in sight for me here:) A big big thank you to Amanita for her pattern!

And now it is time for the giveaway! It’s more than time. I have a few giveaways ready and I was planning on doing one in January but somehow time just ran away from me so maybe I’ll end up doing 2 in February in stead. I’ll see. Anyway today is a big one!

The sponsor for this week’s giveaway is a company called BURNING IMPRESSIONS II and they have a shop on Etsy that you can visit here

Burning Impressions II is a husband and wife enterprise and they produce hand made, wood carved, laser burned knitting accessories such as mitten and sock blockers, soxyzz ( for sizing your socks), needle gauges etc.

Since last December, this is their full time gig and only source of income and I highly recommend you take a look at their shop and the beautiful items they produce.

I recently purchased some of their items and as we were chatting online following that purchase the idea for this giveaway was born. Megan and Dan very generously gave me a number of items to giveaway and this week I’ll be giving away 2-3 prices depending on participation and the rest will be for a later game/giveaway.

The prizes for this week are:

The 1st prize is a Soxyzz  and here is their description from their Etsy shop:

This handy gadget idea was born from constantly having to look for shoe sizing charts every time I wanted to make socks for someone else! With the Soxyzz, all you have to do is get your person to stand on the ruler, and voila! You have their size!! Or, if they’re not right there handy, you can easily look up their shoe size on the Soxyzz and get the correct measurements.

This Soxyzz has CM measurements on one side and IN on the other. It is super handy when knitting socks as you can easily measure your progress and what I find genious also is that if you are knitting for someone else, you can measure their foot by having them simply stand on the Soxyzz and  that way you will easily be able to knit a perfectly fitting sock for them. So this is a wonderful prize to win.

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The 2nd and possibly 3rd prizes are a set of  this super handy combo which works as a needle gauge, a wraps per inch (for your yarns and yarn substitutions) and a reminder/tutorial for kitchener stitch. So a super useful set to keep in your knitting bag at all times. And to make this extra special, Megan added my shops name to it!!! I just loved that special attention! Thank you soooo much Megan.

Now that you have seen the prizes you are probably eager to learn how to join in and have a chance of winning one of these gorgeous prizes. It’s very simple:

You have until Friday 12th of February to participate and the winners will be announced on Saturday February 13th.

To join you have to go to the Burning Impressions II Etsy shop by clicking here and have a look at what they make. Then come back here and leave a comment to let me know what it is that you like most about their shop and/or what item you could see yourself buying from them. That’s all! Super simple and fun and remember, I just won a sweater pattern today so EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE! You just have to participate.

That’s it for today. Best of luck and I’ll be back soon:)