The game, the swap and the deception and some other more joyful stuff

Hi there, I’m a bit deflated this morning and I feel like ranting. Please excuse me and if you’d rather not read my ranting you can skip that and start reading at the * below (I totally understand if you’d rather not read my rantings but I still needed to write them out anyway… sorry)

A few days ago I launched 2 fun projects, or at least I thought so. One was the yarn swap between people doing scrap yarn projects such as hexapuffs, granny squares or 10 stitch blankets etc. And the other was a game of sharing an item in my shop and then entering the share link as a comment on the blog to be participate in a draw to win a Sock Ruler.

Well, both projects were a flop as only 1 person participated in each so needless to say the person that participated in the Sock Ruler game has just won herself a Sock Ruler. And the person who was willing to do the scrap yarn swap, well I guess there will just be the two of us, me and her.

This is rather disappointing as I really thought those could be fun projects to do together but I guess I was wrong. But anyway the lucky winner of the Sock Ruler is probably reading this with a big smile and looking forward to receiving her gift (I hope) and the lady that will do the scrap swap with me is hopefully looking forward to that too. I know I am.

* I do have a gazillion little balls of yarn but probably because they are mine and I’ve seen them a hundred times they have sort of lost their appeal where as I’m sure/hopeful that she will enjoy my scraps and that I will enjoy hers. So that’s fun and will get me re-motivated to continue with the hexapuffs project which feels like the project of a lifetime.

When I wrote about this a few days ago I had 66 hexapuffs, since then I have done 2 1/2. Not a lot of progress but I have prepared a project bag just for the hexapuffs where I have some yarn, my dpns, a darning needle and some cotton stuffing. So hopefully I will be taking that one with me when on small outings this summer. After all going to the beach and coming back with 2-4 FO must be sooo rewarding:)

Now on to other stuff. I’ve not done much spinning but I did ply 2 bobbins and rather like the outcome.navajo plied greens navajo plied pinks navajo plied purples

I also managed to finish my pair of Skandium socks

skandium pair done I’m very happy with the outcome. I was a little bit afraid of the neon yellow but finally I think these will be totally wearable. This pattern has a particular construction when it comes to the gusset because the decreases are nothing like what I and probably you too, are used to. And despite the fair isle patterning these were a fast knit.

Having finished a pair of socks, I did cast on for a new pair. I’m doing Melisandre by Kimberly Pieper and I’m using one of my Knitcircus gradient stripes yarn for those. I’m going them magic loop, 2 at a time and I’ve come as far as finished the toe increases (toe up construction) and done 10 rows of patterning so I’m not showing a picture just yet as they don’t look like much so far. I’m also going to do some tube socks for my niece and nephews and the Lady of Lallybroch by CC Almond. I was actually going to cast on for CC’s socks but I ran out of ink in my printer and even though I’m very digital, I still prefer to print out my patterns and keep in my project bag where I can always check them and write out any info etc if needed. But I do intend to cast on for those very soon.

I’m still working on my baby cardigan and I MUST find the time to bind of my Come what may shawl AND do the heels on my afterthought socks that I finished a while back now. I also need to continue my baby knits, so lots of things to knit but not enough time. Guess we all know that problem:)

Well, this is all for today. I have some family from Iceland for a visit for the next 2 weeks so my posts might not be as regular as usual due to less time and I hope you forgive me for that. Have a wonderful Monday and an even better week:)

Socks and more socks

Hi there, this morning the weather here in Normandy, France is just beautiful! The sun is shining, the sky is blue and its slightly warm. Weather like that always brings my spirits up, even though I do have to work and won’t be able to go to beach! In the last two days I’ve made some progress on my latest knits and so I decided to show you some pictures – please not I did not knit all this in 2 days its just to show you that one thing is finished and the rest almost there:)

www.knittinginfrance.com This is the pair of 2 in 1 socks I’ve been working on lately and as of this morning I just finished! The yarn is gradient yarn from Knitcircus and this pair was actually knit using the rest of a skein that I had used to knit another pair of socks. So from this one skein, I actually got 2 pairs – one medium sized and the second in a child size for my youngest daughter. Would you believe that both pairs came from the same set of gradient striping skein?www.knittinginfrance.com Also both pairs were knit using the 2 in 1 method I learned from a pattern by Kate Atherley. I must say that I have totally fallen for this method of sock knitting. What I need now is to discover how to use this and knit patterned socks, like with lace panels or something because so far, I’m only able to knit plain stockinette socks using this method and I’ve lately discovered a million gorgeous sock patterns online that I’d love to knit but am bothered because I can’t use the 2 in 1 method to do them! On that subject, I’m going to prepare a post soon about all those free and gorgeous sock patterns I’ve discovered lately and maybe you will see something you too will want to knit.

So, one pair of socks done! On to the next 3! Yes, I said 3! Good (or not) that they are all “in progress” so should not take long to finish. So first off, there is my pair of Regency Socks by Heatherly Walker. I’m knitting those using one of my own hand dyed sock yarns in a gorgeous blue colour www.knittinginfrance.com

Then there’s my pair of Philosophers Walk socks by Lesley Melliship  and I’d like to  add that I sell kits for those online and will also offer kits at the I Knit Fandango show in London 15-16th of May 2015. I’ve completed one sock and the second one is almost done so this really should become my priority now as I’d love to show them in London to show people that are interested in buying the kit. So here are mine www.knittinginfrance.com  I really love how purple and yellow go together.

And then the last pair of socks that I have going at the moment, and I’m planning on writing  a post on these later on, are socks knit from a sock blank. A sock blank is a piece of machine knit yarn that is either knit double or single and then you basically “unknit” it as you knit. No need to wind into a ball, you just get going immediately. This is also a fun medium to try with regards to handpainting yarn. This particular blank was a test on my part where I did 2 different colours and dots and the knitted result is rather fun. The pattern is just simple stockinette and ribbing.

www.knittinginfrance.com You see how I inverted the colours- half is dark with dark green dots and the other half is light with dots the colour of the other side’s MC. Hm that sounds complicated but I hope you get the idea 🙂

So, I’m still hooked on sock knitting as you can see. Now before I say goodbye for today, I want to let you know of an update in the shop. I just received the NEW version of the Sock Ruler – the new version has measurements both in inches and centimeters so no matter what pattern you want to knit, the Sock Ruler will be perfect! If you are not familiar with this new awesome tool, then let me explain. The Sock Ruler is a Ruler like the name indicates and you use it instead of a tape measure. It is made out of rigid plastic and has the shape of a sock on one end. It makes measuring the different parts of your sock a breeze as your sock can lay flat so it is way less fiddly than using a tape measure – not to mention I have not lost one Ruler so far where as my tape measures have  a tendency to disappear into thin air making it necessary to have a gazillion on hand all over my project bags and house basically.

This is what the new ruler looks like – On the left side you have the CM and on the right side the IN. IMG_3127

The Sock Ruler www.knittinginfrance..com Here you see how I measure the length of my leg for example. So if you too would like to give this tool a try, here’s a link to it in my shop

Thats all for today my friends. Have a wonderful day and I look forward to writing to you again soon:)

ps- my last post on a Pin It Win It Contest has got quite a few likes so I’m still thinking about maybe doing one just for the fun. Someone mentioned that “small bloggers” would not have a chance to win due to lack of followers but my blog is small too and this is a way to draw attention to my blog as well as my shop and I think it could also draw attention to your blog if you have one. And also no need to have a blog to participate, if you have a Pinterest account you could participate and share on your Pinterest. I’m not expecting the winner to have a 1000 shares of the board, I’m guessing more like 10-15 so this would basically be more for the fun of it for all of us. So this is still working its way in my head, I’ll let you know what I decide and if you have further thoughts on the matter, do share 🙂