Red

I participated in the redditgifts.com colour exchange last month. It was really fun. My colour was red, and inspired by that, I give you a series of red things:

First my gift from the exchange. I got some wonderful yarn from “Lorna’s laces”, and can’t wait to start knitting with it. Also, I got Duck Tape. I have seen all sorts of things crafted with this, but can’t really decide what to make.

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My dream journal. I am training lucid dreaming. I heard  radio broadcast on the subject, and thought it sounded really fun. Besides writing down your dreams, you need to practice doing reality checks all of the time.

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My cookie can filled with scrap sock yarn. It has cats on it!

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Close up of some socks I knitted in December. “Urlaub in den Bergen” from the book: “Socken aus aller welt” by Stephanie ven der Linden. It is in German. The socks in it are beautiful and challenging.

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Plastic fish I used to bathe with when I was little.

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I collect buttons. I have a dozen of the deer ones, but I can’t bring myself to use them.

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My husband was very proud of his pizza, and really wanted me to post it. I think it fits in here with its tomatoes.

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“Pairfect” sock yarn from Regia that I got for my birthday. It makes two identically striped socks! You cut away the yellow yarn and that way you are easily able to find the same starting point for both socks.

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And last, a Hario coffee cozy I knitted. I was tired of getting stressed out by how quickly the coffee got cold. I made a pattern: Hario coffee cozy

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Oak ribbed sock

I found a bag of sock yarn at one of our local thrift stores, so I have been knitting socks again this week. More precisely I have been knitting the Oak Ribbed Sock from one of my favorite books, “Knitting vintage socks” by Nancy Bush.

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Now, as much as I love this book, I do have at least one problem with it: Why does my heel not look like the one pictured? Why is my heel flap so long compared to the pictures? I feel like they must have cheated some how, knitted one sock and written the pattern for another. After being annoyed for a while, I decided to fix it. In the picture below you can see the sock pictured, the grey sock followed the books pattern and the blue sock I my revised pattern.

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The pattern calls for a heel flap worked over a total of 32 rows, slipping the first st on each row. For the gusset you then pick up one st for each slipped st = 16 st.This creates a heel that is too long compared with the gusset. My revised heel flap is worked over a total of 24 rows, the first st on each row is not slipped, but either knit or purled depending on which side of the work you are on. For the gusset I still pick up 16 st, that is every two out of three edge st. I continue according to pattern. This heel looks a lot more like the one pictured, and the gusset width matches the heel flap length. I wish I had done this a long time ago, like 10 pairs of socks ago.

 

Green sweater with ribbed yoke.

So, being on sick leave has its perks, like being able to finish a sweater in only four days, three actually since I spent one day darning socks. I am really happy with how it turned out. It is not too big and not too small. It’s perfect.

I used the dimensions from the childs cardigan(see earlier post) to calculated the dimensions of my sweater. I did this because I have a bad habit of underestimating the width of the sleeves, and thus always get tight sleeves. I think it stems from a fear of getting too floppy sleeves. It is not really cheating, is it?

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It was actually a really easy sweater to make, hence the speedy finish.

I  was worried for a while that the neck would be too wide since it is almost 100 st, but the ribbing keeps it in place.

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I wrote out a pattern for anyone interested, but it is only for a size small. I can’t even begin to comprehend how I would calculate other sizes. It shouldn’t be too difficult to scale the pattern up or down to your size though. You just need to make sure that the amount of stitches for the yoke needs to be divisible by four, because the ribbing starts out as p3 k1.

Sweater with ribbed yoke

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My husband got me a beer with a cat on it, it was very dark but still refreshing. I am not sure how a smoky and dark beer like that can leave you refreshed, but never the less it did. It was quite carbonated, so maybe that has something to do with it. But of course the fact that it had a cat on it, was far more important then taste.

Darning a pile of socks

My parents have an ever growing pile of socks that need darning, so this weekend, when I was home for my fathers birthday, I decided to do a good deed and darn as many as I could.

I have a love hate relationship with darning. I hate the actual act of darning, but I love the feeling of accomplishment when it is done.

My mother has a ton of my grandmothers darning thread, I love the old box that it is kept in.

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I managed to fix eight socks, several of them had more then one hole. The worst one had four holes. So I feel pretty good about myself.

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A new project and beer

I have finally started a non-sock project. I have been in love with this childrens sweater since I got the magazine years ago. More specifically I love the ribbed yoke of the sweater. IMG_5093

I just happen to have a bag of green yarn in the right weight. But i can’t decide if the yoke should be green or blue like the pattern? Besides a colour change, I want my version to be shorter, but also without buttons. And I do not want blue cuffs or pockets. IMG_5086 I have done most of the calculations, now I just need to calculate the decrease of the yoke for an adult. I say calculate, but I would estimate that I use 50 % calculation and 50 % gut feeling.

The pattern is from an old Phildar magazine from 1977. I love older patterns, they are so much more fun.

On a side note: The Easter beers have arrived! They are my favorite holiday beers since they tend to be so refreshing.

Secret Santa Socks and broken blog

Last Wednesday my secret Santa gift finally arrived, it only took about a month and a half to reach me from Canada. I do a lot of gift exchanges on redditgifts.com, and can highly recommend it to anyone who thinks that exchanging gifts across the world sounds like fun. I wanted to post this right away, but my blog was broken and I haven’t been able to post until now. I never did find out what the problem was, it just sort of fixed itself.

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My Santa got me some lovely Patons variegated sock yarn. I you hadn’t figured it out yet, socks are my favorite thing to knit. I got so excited about the yarn that I knitted the socks in a day.

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I have kind of a Love-Hate relationship with variegated  yarn. I love knitting with it, but I am not really crazy about the finished project. I get especially annoyed if I cant get the stripes to match, as in this case. There just wasn’t enough yarn.

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I used the pattern for Lichen ribbed socks from Nancy Bush’s “knitting vintage socks”. ( http://www.amazon.com/Knitting-Vintage-Socks-Nancy-Bush/dp/1931499659 ). I love that book. I never get tired of knitting the socks in it. At the beginning of the book she describes different heels and toes, so if you get bored with a particular way of shaping your socks, you can just pick a new one. My only problem is that I knit quite loosely, so when the patterns that call for size 2 mm needles, I have gotten into trouble at least once.

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Thank you sweet Santa.