Make Do and Mend, part 4

Ok, I already know this, but some yarn isn’t suitable some types of garments. The Widdershins socks I finished in September last year turned out really lovely, but they’re already worn thin. I used them perhaps twice in my boots, even though I knew that 100% merino really isn’t suitable for that kind of wear. It only made them slightly fuzzy on the back of the heel, but I decided only to wear them indoors after that. Sans shoes.

I washed them. By hand. They stretched like mad and became too big for my feet. I gave them Stefan who has worn them quite a lot. Indoors. Sans shoes. They’re now worn thin on the bottom of the heels and under the ball of the foot. I noticed the other day that they were dangerously close to developing a hole.

Make do and mend
Time for some mending!

I realized that I don’t have enought Koigu left to mend all weak areas. I have to find another yarn with similar thickness. But I managed to prevent a hole where the sock looked really bad.

Make do and mend
It looks a bit funny, but they’ll now last a bit longer

I have at least four pairs of hand-knitted socks with holes in them. I really must learn how to darn. And not use Koigu KPPPM for socks.

Happy knitting!

September Socks

Welcome to Autumn! The best season of all begins now.

What could be more suitable when the air turns chilly and leaves begin to turn than a pair of wooly socks? As with so many of my projects, I begun these a long time ago, in March 2011, but considering the autumnal palette, they really suit the season. I’m not a converted toe-up sock knitter (yet, at least), but I like that the heel is very similar to a heel made with top-down knitting. I don’t like beginning at the toe, though. I think it’s fiddly. I’ll probably continue to knit socks both top-down and toe-up.

Socks
Autumnal socks, Widdershins in Koigu

Despite loving the colours in the yarn I’ve used, I’m really not that fond of variegated yarn in general. I prefer solids. Especially when using a pattern that calls for lace or cables or other pattern elements that might get lost when using variegated yarns. That’s why I’ve chosen to knit these using a very plain pattern, just simple stocking stitch, nothing fancy. Just letting the colours do the job.

Anyway, I’ve almost finished the pair, so I will soon be able to show you a FO! I actually have two more FO’s to show you, the fingerless mittens and the striped scarf that I worked on earlier this year. I just haven’t had the energy to take pictures, but I promise I’ll do that soon.

Meanwhile, happy knitting!

A quick fix

Even thought I try not to, I constantly come back to not being satisfied with only working on my WIP’s. I’ve made some good progress on the striped scarf, the back of the red cardigan is soon finsihed, but I needed something quick. A quick knit. A quick RESULT. I’ve had some light blue Debbie Bliss Merino Aran in my stash since… oh, I don’t know, forever? It just so happened that now is a good time to do something with that. I have 150 grams in my stash.

So, what to knit? Well, I like to think that someone, mostly me, should have a real use for the things I create. So what do I need that doesn’t require more that 150 grams of Merino Aran? Recently, I’ve walked to and from work. It’s a 45 minutes walk one way. Since the weather has been really cold for the last couple of weeks I can’t go outside without mittens. No problems there, I have a lot of different mittens, mostly hand-knitted by me. However, after walking for about 10-15 minutes my hands get really warm and I often take the mittens off. Which leaves my wrists cold. Aha! Ergo – I need fingerless mittens! Warm wrists – cool fingers!

Knitting fingerless mitts
Fingerless mittens in blue

The pattern was easy to choose, it’s by Ann Budd from the book Holiday Knits. I’ve actually had my eye on this pattern for a long time, but never thought I’d have a use for fingerless mitts.

When I first started knitted I wanted to learn something new from each project. I don’t always do that anymore, but I find it very satisfying that with a simple project like this I’m actually doing three things for the first time: short rows in garter stitch, three needle bind-off and a (to me) new way of knitted cast on. Just like that!

I’ve finished the first mitt, and the second one is underway.

I couldn’t help it or I really, really need this

One might argue that I have enough scarves as it is. One might. I won’t. My shopping went rather well the other day, I am now the proud owner of a brand new spring coat! Unfortunately, it’s too cold to wear it outdoors yet (and why would I wear it indoors, apart from admiring it in the mirror?). I quickly came to the insight that I do not own a suitable scarf to go with my new coat. Well, once again – how lucky I am to know how to knit! I’ve had two hanks of soft Louet merino yarn in light blue and chocolate brown for almost three years that was gifted to me in a swap in the Ravelry Book Club.

blue yarn
Light blue merino

brown yarn
Brown merino

I’ve never really figured out what I wanted to use this yarn for, but yesterday it came to me when I realized I had a need for a new scarf. I knew I wanted it to have stripes and that one of the colours should be blue, and then I remembered these two hanks in my stash. I wound them into balls last night and cast on.

Scarf with stripes
Scarf with stripes

Looking pretty good so far! It’s a simple garter stitch scarf. Simple but pretty.