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Auld Lang Zyne January 12, 2014

Posted by haelybop in Fair Isle, Hats, Leah, Mittens, Queued Up, Socks.
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Happy 2014, one and all. Is it just me who’s completely stumped at how we are almost mid decade here?

What happened to me and my knitting last year? I got stuck in a sock rut. It started with Christmas presents for 2012. I decided to knit all my male relatives a pair of socks. That was 3 pairs all in a row. I finished the first pair in April or something. The second pair in October and the third in December of 2013. Why, when I can usually punch out a knitted object in pretty speedy time, did these socks take me so long? Well let me tell you. When I’m not knitting both socks at the same time, I really simply can’t stand sock knitting. The leg and foot part are just agonizingly slow for me. The heel and toe are really enjoyable but I usually zip through that quickly because I enjoy it. But when I finally cast off the toe of a sock, I realize I have to knit another one. I realize that I’m only half way there. And with the daunting task of knitting 3 pairs (6 socks) in a row, it made me crazy.

The end result of all 3 pairs were well received. This is the peril of knitting socks- they are so, so, SO comfortable. They make amazing gifts and I used a baby alpaca wool blend for all 3 pairs. And now I’ve gone and queued up another pair, for myself, this one with gorgeous fair isle pattern in it. Hoping this pair will be more fun for me to knit because the fair isle will make it more interesting!

I’ve been true to my word on my last post. This Fall, I’ve knit gloves, a hat, and an ear warmer, all for myself! They’ve turned out great, have a look:

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Happy knitting in 2014.

Happy 2013 Knitting World! January 3, 2013

Posted by haelybop in Fair Isle, Hats, Leah.
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Here we are in 2013 already.  For some reason, ringing in 2013 really made me stop and think.  2013!!!  I mean, where did the 90’s and 2000’s really go?  How is it possible it’s been 12 years since I was in College?  If anyone knows the answer, please let me know!

2012 was an amazing year for me personally.  I enjoyed many an amazing dinner and gathering with friends and family, met some new adorable and beautiful additions to the world, celebrated weddings, took an amazing vacation to California, started an intense and thrilling CrossFit regime here brought in a new pet to our home named Sasha the cat and really the list goes on.

Knit wise, I’m stuck again in the Christmas present vortex.  I still have two and a half pairs of socks left to knit!  Talk about missing the deadline.  I had all the female’s knitted item’s completed.  I knit what I consider to be the nicest, most beautiful hat I’ve ever done called Selbu Modern Hat which is for J’s sister and it looks so nice on her.  Once presents are complete, I actually had this horrible realization earlier that I don’t own my own knit hat for myself!  So that’s definitely in my queue along with another pair of gloves since I can’t seem to find the red pair I knit a couple of years ago.

For Christmas this year, I made and painted these cute and easy cement leaf garden stones:

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I really love how they turned out.  And they took an afternoon last summer with the help from a neighbour.

Another present I knit was a braided head band for my sister:

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This weekend we’re off with friends to Ellicottville for Skiing snowboarding.

Welcome Winter 2013!  Sasha the cat would like to put two paws up to celebrate.

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Socks and Fair Isle Fun April 7, 2009

Posted by cheryl in Cheryl, Fair Isle, Mittens, Queued Up, Socks.
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Cheryl says… When I started knitting I had absolutely NO interest in making socks, but I’ve since become quite the fanatic.  And how could I not?

Have you seen the gorgeous sock yarns out there?

Loverly.

These beauties were all taken from knitpicks.  I’ll have two in every colour, please.

My Spring Forward Socks are more or less complete (Sock #1 is 100% done, Sock #2 is well on its way). I’m not happy with the way I grafted the toe on Sock #1 but, for a first attempt, it’s OK.

Emily has started a pair of socks in the most beautiful blue yarn. I can’t wait until she finishes them. They’re going to look great!

I’m also working on a pair of Bella’s Mittens. Mitten #1 will be completed tonight. I know Emily’s said it before, but I’ll reiterate: This pattern is a dream. It knits up quickly, it’s easy to follow and the finished product is 100% amazing goodness.

For my next project, I’m going to delve into the world of fair isle knitting. I’ve dabbled in it in the past, and I’ve always loved the effect. I’m going to start with this (relatively) simple pattern.

Behold, a picture of what I will aim to make:

Although I think I will do a bit of modding. I don’t like the long ribbing at the bottom. I may just shorten it, or extend the fair isle pattern. We shall see.