A little bit of knitting and Sock Madness around the corner

Hi there, once again I´m late in posting. Time somehow seems to elude me these days! I have been knitting but not as much as I would have liked.

This past week it has been very cold here in Normandy and we even got some actual snow! Which stayed for maybe a day. Suddenly it felt like Christmas in February! With the cold I have been wearing my handknit socks and boy am I thankful I have those. It´s amazing how much handknit socks keep you warm and cozy. And I have a gazillion of those!

I am knitting a new pair at the moment by the way. I´m a patron of the Bakery Bears show and they are running a knitalong called Valenvent now where every day we get a little portion of a sock pattern and at the end of the 12 days we have finished a pair. It is a lot of fun. The socks are fraternal socks so not identical which means everytime we get a pattern note we are doing something different. And I can really see myself later knitting a number of other pairs using just one of each of those stitch patterns.

This is my first sock and here you can clearly see the individual stitch patterns. The contrast yarn is one I dyed myself and the main color is a merino and silk blend from Eden Cottage Yarns I believe. The colors are not showing up great here but the main color is a sort of rosy beige. Today we get the second to last part for sock number 2 so by the end of this week I will have my pair. I have been scrupulously knitting each part every day as I did not want to fall behind. It is really a fun kal.

Another thing I have started lately is a new crochet blanket. I did do a pattern search on Ravelry and found a ton of patterns, mostly from Attic24 but then ended up doing my own thing. I basically decided to do a big granny square. It is for a little boy so I´m using all blue colors.

It really is kind of fun to be getting back into crochet. However I´m very much a beginner and only know the simplest of stitches. I could have chosen to learn something new as I cast on this project but no…I don´t have the brain space at the moment. But I definitely want to try some new things in the future.

As I have said before, my oldest loves my handknitting and she regularly sends me wish lists of items she would like me to make here. I´m now knitting a short sleeved t-shirt called Gasp by Kim Hargraves.

I´m knitting this using the Rowan cotton as the pattern calls for. This is knit in pieces and I´m on the back now. Here´s where I am.

It is a fun knit and the cotton yarn is a joy to work with. The stitch definition is very good and I look forward to seeing it all done.

I´m also continuing the little baby knits when I have a little time but I don´t have any significant progress to show so I will share pictures later on.

Sock Madness is around the corner. This is the 15th edition and I think this will be my fourth participation. I always say I´m not doing it again and yet I’m unable to resist the temptation.

The madness will begin in March. I have printed out the list of materials but still need to pick everything out to be ready. This year, judging by the materials required, we will have lots of colorwork or at least socks with contrasting something and….. BEADS! I´m not a huge fan of beaded socks but they do add to the challenge. I think I have a nice stash of beads already so I just need to find it and then pair with whatever yarn would work for that pattern. So lots of sock knitting coming up!

Are you taking part in Sock Madness too? I´d love to hear if you are or if you have participated previously and decided not to reiterate.

So this coming week I have to finish my pair of Valenvent socks, continue to work on the Gasp t-shirt for my daughter, continue working on my test knit sweater (I have yet to share this one with you), continue with my baby knits and crochet blanket, continue knitting on my own sock pattern if I ever want to get it published!

I sort of wished I had less studying to do and more free time to knit! But then who doesn’t?

And then there are the cats! I have a new one! So I now have 6 cats. The latest arrival is a male, a Cornish Rex Sire (not neutered) to mate with my Romy. They already like each other A LOT!!! So under strict surveillance as Romy still is too young to get pregnant. But I´m so looking forward to the next step in my cat breeding adventure! I’m planning on doing a website/blog for my cattery too where I will share knowledge about cats in general, my breeds in particular and the everyday life with my cats.

Anyway that’s all for today folks. Thanks for stopping by and spending some of your precious time with me today. I hope you are doing well in spite of Covid. Stay healthy, stay safe and keep on knitting/crocheting:)