On and Off my needles

Hi there and first off I’m sorry for posting so late today, it’s almost evening here in my part of the world. I guess today just kind of flew by without notice!

Today I’d like to share with you what I have just cast off and what I have going on my needles.

First off, I finished my first pair of tube socks. I thought it would be fun to try and I used my speckled yarn for this so that was double the fun. The socks were a quick knit, no surprise there, and I really like how the yarn knits up. I think that speckled yarn really looks good in a simple knit, it could be fine in a lace project maybe but not a textured knit I think (I haven’t actually tested that myself, it’s just a “feeling”). So I’m definitely going to do more simple socks with this yarn. So this first pair is for my youngest. I haven’t had the time to try them on her and picture to see how this type of socks actually fit but I’m happy with the outcome and she likes the yarn so hopefully the fit will be great:)


I also cast off for the first part of a simple pair of afterthought heel socks. I knit those using a hand dyed sock blank. I painted half the blank with a light colour and dark dots and the other half dark colour and light dots. I used up almost all the light portion of the blank for the socks so the heels are going to be in a contrasting darker colour. It’s fun to see how the dots translate once knitted up because instead of being dots, these are just like short lines of colour. I’m quite happy with the outcome and now I just need to do the heels to see how the finally come out.

knitting from a sock blank www.knittinginfrance.com  Here you see me at the very beginning and you see how the blank was dyed  www.knittinginfrance.com And here are the socks. One is showing the front (ribbing) and the other the blank with the foot in stockinette stitch and the pink like for picking up the heel stitches. So do you see how the dyed blank knits up totally different from the handpainted blank? That’s fun I think.

And on the subject of socks, I cast on for a new pair yesterday. I’m doing Skandium by General Hogbuffer and I’m using my hand dyed yarns of course.

www.knittinginfrance.com  The dark part of the sock in the pattern picture will be neon yellow on mine and the light grey will be light grey. So I’m looking forward to getting to the patterned portion of the sock to see how my colors will play together.

I’m continuing to work on my Beetlebum shawl by Renée Callahan of East London Knits. I believe I’m on my 5th pattern repeat of the first 11, so slowly but surely. This is going to be a gorgeous shawl and I really enjoy seeing the pattern grow and I think the design is quite fun, having one pattern for the outside/wings and another pattern for the center. I’m using my hand dyed lace yarn and it is 50% extra fine merino and 50% suri alpaca I believe. I love the color!


And I cast on for yet another project this weekend! I just found out that one of the babies scheduled to be born in October, will be a girl. I’ve finished her blanket in turquoise so I decided I had to do something pink! So I cast on for the Maile Sweater from What to Knit When You’re Expecting. The yarn is Rooster Almerino Baby which is a blend of merino and alpaca, 50/50. Soft and great stitch definition. I’m almost up to the armholes, just a few more rows and then I’ll put the body on hold and do the two sleeves and then sleeves and upper body/yoke will be knitted in one piece.

www.knittinginfrance.com This is my sweater and if you have forgotten the blanket…. www.knittinginfrance.comhere it is:)

So lots of knitting to do as always! And I have to picture one more thing for later this week because baby 1 of 4 new arrivals, has arrived! It’s a beautiful baby girl. I did not have the time to knit her a blanket, but I’m giving her a dress/tunic and I bought a pair of panties and long sleeved body to go with it and I have to picture the ensemble and show you soon!

Thats all for today, take care and I’ll be back tomorrow at a more “normal” time:)