Koigu Inspired Sockyarn :: Take 2

June 30, 2011 § 1 Comment

Ahhhh Joy! I finished a pair of vanilla socks a day or so ago, and I’m really enjoying lounging in them at home. They are really a quirky colour I think it has to be said that I myself would probably the only one that loves … :)

Acouple of weeks ago in my “Koigu Inspired Sockyarn :: Take 1” post I experimented with dyeing some sockyarn. I wanted something like koigu dyed yarn, I think I might have to keep experimenting though, but I’m happy with the result for my first attempt … YAY!

I love random spots of colour in yarn, for me it makes the knitting journey with random spots of colour, worth the while!

Pattern | Knitmore Girls Vanilla Sock by Jasmin Canty (FREE on Ravelry)

Needles | 2 X 2.5mm 16″ circulars

Gauge | 9 sts per 1 inch

Yarn | Spunkyarn Serena Sock :: 4ply sock yarn (4/16.8 nM) :: Colourway | Mauve ‘N’ Multi

Fiber | Wool 75% / Nylon 25%

Weight | 100gm  ::  Yardage | 450mtrs (430yds)

My Mods | CO 64sts :: Cuff |1” 2X2 Ribbing only :: Heel Flap | RS: Sl1, K1 Rep til end; WS: Sl1, Purl all sts :: Heel |Used a Dutch Heel :: Toe | Used a Pointed Toe; from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush. Next time for my sock toe,  instead of decreasing using Sl1, K1 psso, I might use K2tog … :) … as I like the look of K2tog.

Personal Critisism | Possibly Cast On 2-4 sts too many, still fits fine, could be alittle more snug, altho no problems with the leg staying up.

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Dashing in an instant

June 29, 2011 § 2 Comments

Another FO … nice quick and easy knit for my Mr to keep his hands warm at the keyboard.

R A V E L R Y

Pattern | Dashing by Cheryl Niamath

Yarn | Patons Totem DK

Needles | 4.5mm DPNs

Verdict | Pretty instant, nice trouble free knitting, just cast on and go! Some simple cables to keep the interest :)

 

Fall 2011 Fashion Colour Trends | NY

June 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Ok so … it’s Winter in Australia at the moment … :)

That doesnt mean I cant be inspired by the Fall 2011 Fashion Trends in New York!!

Fall in the US begins in late September, and apparently, the Palette is Sensible & Spirited … Inspiration for dyeing I say! :D

For Women |  Bamboo | Emberglow | Honeysuckle | Phlox | Cedar | Deep Teal | Coffee Liqueur | Nougat | Orchid Hush | Quarry


For Men | Bamboo | Burnt Sienna| Rasberry Wine | Phlox | Cedar | Deep Teal | Coffee Liqueur | Nougat | Cadet | Quarry

For those of us who use Adobe Applications you can download the colour swatch for Adobe Applications HERE.

Enjoy Experimenting!!

Koigu Inspired Sockyarn :: Take 1

June 19, 2011 § 1 Comment

For the last 2 years I have been rather taken with Koigu yarn, whilst I’m inlove with this yarn, I’m also mindful of the cost!! Yikes! But I feel that at some stage I’m gonna have to splurge and get me some, so I can experience the joy of knitting with it … have I mentioned I’m a weak for colour :) … I’m particularly drawn to the yarn that has sprinkles of colour.

Just the other week I was perusing the WIKSTENmade blog, and came across a post on Hand Knit Socks and instantly fell inlove with the socks handknit with Koigu yarn. Personally I wouldnt knit my socks out of koigu, especially if it was 100% Merino, the sock would not go the distance … and I prefer my handknits to last alittle while ;). I would prefer nylon blend sockyarn; Merino 80%/Nylon 20% or Merino 75%/ Nylon 25% … cushy but is hardwearing.

Enter my only solution: Experimental Hand dyeing!!

The base colour is a semi solid mauve, with sprinkles of hot pink, turquoise blue & yellow … I’m curious to see how my sock knits up … I’m knitting a plan vanilla sock … I’m abit excited I had to post this :) …

Got the Blues for a Lacy Baktus

June 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

Project | Lacy Baktus –  Yay for it’s completion!!! I decided to opt for the Lacy Baktus  (adapted from the original Baktus), as I love to knit anything with YO and K2Togs (SKP, SSK, P2Tog, etc …. )

 

Yarn | My Handspun; Got-the-Blues | Fiber Content| Superwash Merino 80% ; Nylon 20% | Ply | 2-ply; DK weight | Weight | Approx 140gms | Yardage | 260m (284.3 yd)

Verdict | Fun, Easy to memorise pattern … another one to accompany your TV watching & social knitting.

Pre-Blocked | 35cm X 110cm | Post-Blocked | 55cm X 140cm

I blocked the living daylights outta this one :) … and I LOVE IT! It’s been keeping the winter chills away!

Jo Sharp on Bigcartel!!

June 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

To my delightful surprise, I just found out that Jo Sharp are on Bigcartel!!!

Jo Sharp | Knit | Issue 9, is on my wishlist … I’m particularly after the “Easy Two-way Wrap” to add to my ravelry queue :) …

Other FREE patterns can be found there as well.

FO Andrea’s Shawl

June 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

Bottom-up, Lace Motif edging,  Stripes, Stunning, well written pattern … what a joy it was to knit! :)

   

Project | Andrea’s Shawl by  Kirsten Kapur

Yarn(s) | Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 4ply; Col: Ghost  &   Starry Starry Sockyarn; Col: Deep Olive

Needles | 3.5mm Knitpicks 80cm circulars

Size | Medium

Mods | None … Lovely as it is, I felt none was required.

Rated | 4 / 5

This worked lovely for me … I’m glad I knit the Medium, I think a small would’ve been too small for me. I am deriving alot of pleasure from knitting pieces for my neck at the moment. I figure if my neck is warm, I’m generally alright :)

This pattern really appeals to my stripey aesthetic, and the little bit of leaf lace motif at the border’s edge was fun too. I am almost contemplating knitting this again in a solid colour, and maybe slightly heavier yarn, DK or even worsted! :) … I have a tendency to want to only knit projects once only, so I make no promises.

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