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!

Ribbed socks

Brown, ribbed socks are finished.

Brown socks
Woolly socks

Pattern: Lichen Ribbed Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks
Design: Nancy Bush
Yarn: BC Shetlandsuld, 100% wool
Yarn source: Litet nystan
Needles: 2 mm and 2,5 mm dpns
Started: 2 December2012
Finished: 20 January 2013
Modifications: I made them slightly bigger to accomodate Stefan’s feet. Instead of 60 sts, I cast on 68 sts. Because of this I had too many stitches to make the star toe so I made a regular flat toe instead.

To prevent wear on the heel flap, I made some reinforcements.

Reinforcing heel flap
Reinforcing the inside of the heel flap

Brown socks
Ribbed socks

Brown socks
Detail

Stefan was very happy to recieve warm socks now when we have a really cold winter.

Happy knitting!

Useful

Winter arrived rather early, we had snow almost through December here in Stockholm (unfortunately most of it has melted away now) and it was quite cold for several weeks. Stefan (who enjoys winter as much as I do) commented on the fact that he didn’t have enough warm sock for the season. Well, I like knitting socks and decided to put my cardigan aside for a while (those large needles are efficient, but not very enjoyable to knit with) and cast on for a pair of socks (on small needles!).

Vincent and knitting
It’s difficult to take a photo of something on the floor without a cat in the way

My favourite sock book is Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush (so far, I haven’t tried anything yet from those toe-up sock books I got at Christmas) and I was eager to try one of the patterns I’ve had my eyes on. I didn’t have any sock yarn in a suitable colour, so I decided to use some left over 2-ply wool from Stefans vest.

work in progress
The yarn is indeed brown even though it’s hard to tell in this photo

The yarn is rather dark so I decided on a very plain rib pattern with a welsh heel, the pattern is called Lichen Ribbed Socks. I’d never knit a welsh heel before so even though the sock pattern isn’t much of a challenge, the heel was new to me.

I’ve finished the first sock and I’m now approaching the heel on the second sock.

I’m sorry about the crappy pictures, it’s hard to take decent photos during the winter months.

Widdershins

I have a new pair of socks! Soft yarn, but becomes fuzzy on the heels after one day’s wear.

Socks
Widdershins socks from Knitty

Pattern: Widdershins from Knitty, summer 2006
Design: Brooke Chenowth Creel
Yarn: 100 % merino wool, Koigu KPPPM
Yarn source: Purl Soho
Needles: 3 mm dpns
Started: March 20 2011
Finished: September 2 2012
Modifications: None

Socks
Autumn colours

Socks and cat
Vincent wanted to be in the photo

Socks and cat
Hello!

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!

Tsunami

No, this post is not about natural phenomenon, but about a pair of socks.

Tsunami socks
Tsunami socks

Pattern: Tsunami (ravelry link)
Design: Judy Sumner
Yarn: 100 % wool, Ullcentrum 2-ply
Yarn source: Ängsdesign
Needles: 2,25 & 2,75 mm dpns
Started: January 20 2012
Finished: February 11 2012
Modifications: None

Tsunami socks
Same socks again

Laban & socks
It’s not easy to take pictures with a cuddly cat around one’s feet

I’m very happy with these socks. They’re warm and very pretty. However, the yarn is a little too dark, the cables and knit and purl patterns almost disappeares.

Another daylight knitting project

I should have learned my lesson with my wristwarmers. Some knitting projects simply are not suitable during the winter months. But the lovely yarn I bought at Christmas demanded to be made in to a pair of socks.

Tsunami sock
Tsunami socks

There are many lovely patterns in the sock knitting book Stefan gave me, and I particularily fell for the Tsunami socks. Cables, knit and purl stitch pattern, but still very simple. Well, knitting with dark, practically black, yarn does strain the eyes. However, I ended up with a cold about a week and a half ago which meant that I had to stay at home for a few days. Despite being ill I did manange to begin this project, though, and by Monday, I’d finished the first sock! I haven’t had the time and energy (or daylight!) to knit very much since though, so the second sock hasn’t progressed that much.

Vincent and the sock
Vincent isn’t exactly being helpful

I picked it up again this morning and knitted on the bus on my way to work. It felt great. I like the pattern very much. It’s simple, but have enough variety to make it interesting. The instructions are very well written, clear and easy to follow. This will probably be the first of many patterns from that book I will knit.

Happy knitting!