Knitting · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 43

The first week of Easter break has been busier than expected but I’ve gotten some making time during the evenings.

I finished up and completed the Crocus socks last Sunday. I blogged about them here if you want further photos and to check out any of the details of them.

Crocus Sock

I then swatched for the Magnolia garment by Camillia Vad that I was wanting to cast on. I got gauge with this Rauma Finul PT2 and I’ve been working away on this during the evenings. I have just moved onto working the design on the bottom of the body before the ribbing. Most of this should be complete today with the sleeves ready to be worked on from tomorrow. I love working with the Rauma yarn. More on it and the sweater itself when it’s complete.

Magnolia

Speaking of complete sweaters I’ve blocked the Gingerbread sweater or at least my version of it. I am aiming to get a Project Focus post up this week about it with further details and shots including a modelled one.

Gingerbread 1

I didn’t actually get around to cutting out the next Cuff Top, I’d like to say perhaps this week but we shall see. I am aiming to write up a post on a crochet blanket project in progress that I have and what I’m thinking of doing with it.

So lots going on. Now, the list has been updated and looks like this;

Year of Projects 2018-2019 List

Knitted Garments

  • Fintry – started July 7th – finished August 9th
  • Lichen – started August 11th – finished October 10th
  • Bentley – started October 13th – finished December 9th
  • Gingerbread – started March 26th – finished April 5th
  • Coloring – started January 1st – finished January 20th
  • Aster – started January 27th – finished February 26th
  • Cumulus Blouse – started October 20th – finished December 20th
  • Magnolia – started April 14th –
  • Mae Cardigan

Sewn Garments

Socks

6 pairs

  • My Dearest Loveliest Elizabeth – started July 16th – FROGGED
  • Sock #1– started August 10th – finished August 26th 
  • Sock #2 – started August 30th – finished September 30th 
  • Sock #3 – started October 11th – FROGGED
  • Sock #4 – started November 4th – finished December 6th 
  • Sock #5 – started November 17th – FROGGED
  • Sock #6 – started December 10th – finished December 30th
  • Sock #7 – started January 4th – finished January 27th
  • Evelyns Socks – started March 1st – finished March 5th
  • Sock #8 – started March 7th – finished March 18th
  • Elizabeths Socks – started March 18th – finished March 24th
  • Sock #9 – started April 5th – finished April 14th

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

Knitting · Project Focus

Project Focus – Crocus Socks

Today’s project focus post takes a look at the recently completed Crocus socks that I knit.

 

These socks are a part of the Toe Up Socks for Everybody book by Wendy D. Johnson. As part of my box of socks challenge that I’ve set myself for the year I decided to knit 12 pairs of socks from this book. This is a book I’ve had for some time on my book shelves and I’d like to focus more this year also on working with all the wonderful patterns and books of patterns that I already own. The patterns are lovely, they have interest but yet are not overly complicated. There is a mixture of lace, cabled and colourwork patterns in the book. I’m concentrating on the lace and cabled patterns as those are what interest me the most.

Crocus Sock 1

 

The lace patterning on the Crocus sock was a simple lace pattern but throughout the entire sock it held my attention. The pattern was worked over 33 stitches and 16 rows and the socks seemed relatively quick to knit because of the desire to knit one more pattern repeat. I enjoyed working the pattern up the front of the sock and the interesting side patterns added to an overall pleasing look.

As is my usual and preferred sock format I cast on using the same cast on method used by Nathan aka Sockmatician, you can find his tutorial for that here. I work all my socks magic loop on 2.25mm ChiaoGoo needles. As the pattern is worked over 33 stitches I increased the toe until I had 33 stitches on the front of foot to work the pattern but I kept the sole stitches at 32 stitches as it was to be worked in stockinette until after the heel flap. I worked my own heel flap and gusset increases that I use for all my toe up socks. The heel flap and gusset is also my most preferred heel to use as I find the fit of it just perfect for my foot. Once the heel flap was worked I increased the back of the leg to 33 stitches so that I had enough stitches to work the pattern same as the front and giving me a total of 66 stitches. When the leg of the pattern was worked I decreased back down to 64 stitches, 32 stitches per needle and then worked a 1 x 1 twisted rib and cast off using an elastic bind off. The bind off I use can be seen here in this tutorial. This is again my favourite for my socks as I find it doesn’t flair out, a look I’m not overly fond of.

I used a single colour for these socks, as I’ve found I’ve just fallen out of love with contrasting parts, and there is something pleasing for me in just the one colour. The colour is Apricot Tulip and it is from Eden Cottage Yarns on their Tempo 4ply base. This is a 75% wool, 25% nylon base and is one I enjoy working with. I find socks knit in this yarn wear really well, it gives patterns a good stitch definition and comes in a range of colours I just love.

Crocus Sock

This is the third pattern from the book that I’ve knit this year and this pair now joins the first two, the Rosebud and Laurel socks, in my box of socks.

Crocus Sock 5

 

Knitting · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 42

The Crocus sock from the Toe Up Socks for Everybody book by Wendy D Johnson have seen steady progress on them. Last week I was on the gusset of the first sock and it was off the needles by Monday evening. Tuesday saw the second sock cast straight on and in truth it should be off the needles yesterday but my get up and go got up and went yesterday and while I was knitting on it, I was more just sitting catching up on some podcasts, sewing podcasts mainly. But the socks, I have one pattern repeat to complete the leg then just some ribbing, so they will likely be off the needles later today.

Crocus Sock

I’m also hoping to knit the swatch knitted for my next garment, the Magnolia by Camilla Vad, because I didn’t get that done this week either. Nor did I actually get around to blocking the jumper that came off the needles last week. I didn’t podcast either and there are a number of other things to do that I just didn’t do because I had no enthusiasm to do them.

Can you see what happened here this week. I worked on things that were at hand, I watched podcasts but mainly I ran and I read with my free time neither of which fall under YOP activities.

I do have the material out on my table for another cuff top and I’m off now presently to cut that out. I have two other materials, a blue linen and a denim , that I want to wash and perhaps over the Easter break I’ll make some progress on those. Let’s see if my get up and go has come back???

So the list is looking like this;

Year of Projects 2018-2019 List

Knitted Garments

  • Fintry – started July 7th – finished August 9th
  • Lichen – started August 11th – finished October 10th
  • Bentley – started October 13th – finished December 9th
  • Gingerbread – started March 26th – finished April 5th
  • Coloring – started January 1st – finished January 20th
  • Aster – started January 27th – finished February 26th
  • Cumulus Blouse – started October 20th – finished December 20th
  • Magnolia
  • Mae Cardigan

Sewn Garments

Socks

6 pairs

  • My Dearest Loveliest Elizabeth – started July 16th – FROGGED
  • Sock #1– started August 10th – finished August 26th 
  • Sock #2 – started August 30th – finished September 30th 
  • Sock #3 – started October 11th – FROGGED
  • Sock #4 – started November 4th – finished December 6th 
  • Sock #5 – started November 17th – FROGGED
  • Sock #6 – started December 10th – finished December 30th
  • Sock #7 – started January 4th – finished January 27th
  • Evelyns Socks – started March 1st – finished March 5th
  • Sock #8 – started March 7th – finished March 18th
  • Elizabeths Socks – started March 18th – finished March 24th
  • Sock #9 – started April 5th – 

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.

Knitting · Year of Projects

YOP – year 8 – week 41

As you will know from last week I had the Gingerbread jumper by Truly Myrtle on the needles, or at least my version of it. My version seems a very loose term for it but the numbers were used from the pattern so I’m calling this done as I’m not likely to go back and knit this again, at least not in this YOP or calendar year.

I finished the sleeve you saw started last week along with the other and wove in all the ends early on Friday. All that remains is for it to be blocked. I’ll have a modelled shot here and possibly on the podcast once that’s done. For this I went down a size, 1 in the hope I’d continue to get to my target weight and that it would fit fine come the autumn and 2 I wanted to see perhaps what a garment with negative ease looked and felt like. This garment currently has 2″ of negative ease which might be a little more than I would have opted for but I decided to stick to the sizes within the pattern. The time no doubt will come when I will just make up the numbers and pattern myself. The garment does fit now and it not uncomfortable at all, in fact I rather like the negative ease feel in this jumper and that might be something else I’d consider in the future for garments. It certainly gives me the fitted look I like, which can be tricky to obtain in knitwear where there is a lot more give and forgiveness within the fabric. So not only was this a quick knit 10 days in a dk weight but I like the end result already and it’s warm and soft feeling too, I’d call that a win.

Gingerbread

So with the jumper off the needles on Friday night I decided I’d cast on a pair of socks. Although I know what garment I want to cast on next and with what yarn I decided I’d opt for a pair of socks first, plus I can swatch for the garment while I’m knitting these socks and be ready to begin it once the socks are complete. These will be the third pair this calendar year and are going towards my box of socks. Again, I’m working out of the Toe -Up Socks for Everybody by Wendy D. Johnson and I’m knitting the Crocus Socks pattern. I’m really enjoying this pattern already, there is something so soothing about it. I’m using Eden Cottage Yarns Tempo 4ply yarn in the Apricot Tulip colour and it’s doing a great job of showing off the pattern. I’m nearing the point of working the gusset increases on the first sock.

Crocus Sock

And that is pretty all the making that I’ve done this week. I need to get back to some sewing but again, it’s what project to start that seems to be the stumbling block.

I did spend some time this week looking through patterns and thinking about what I might like to add to next years list…I know 11 weeks remain, but you know those weeks slip in fast and I’m pleased with how this year went up to now and that is in part to how I prepared my list and really thought about the projects I put on the list and why they were there. I’m aiming to prepare in a similar way for the next YOP year so that means some preparation work.

So the list is updated and looking like this;

Year of Projects 2018-2019 List

Knitted Garments

  • Fintry – started July 7th – finished August 9th
  • Lichen – started August 11th – finished October 10th
  • Bentley – started October 13th – finished December 9th
  • Gingerbread – started March 26th – finished April 5th
  • Coloring – started January 1st – finished January 20th
  • Aster – started January 27th – finished February 26th
  • Cumulus Blouse – started October 20th – finished December 20th
  • Magnolia
  • Mae Cardigan

Sewn Garments

Socks

6 pairs

  • My Dearest Loveliest Elizabeth – started July 16th – FROGGED
  • Sock #1– started August 10th – finished August 26th 
  • Sock #2 – started August 30th – finished September 30th 
  • Sock #3 – started October 11th – FROGGED
  • Sock #4 – started November 4th – finished December 6th 
  • Sock #5 – started November 17th – FROGGED
  • Sock #6 – started December 10th – finished December 30th
  • Sock #7 – started January 4th – finished January 27th
  • Evelyns Socks – started March 1st – finished March 5th
  • Sock #8 – started March 7th – finished March 18th
  • Elizabeths Socks – started March 18th – finished March 24th
  • Sock #9 – started April 5th – 

You can find the YOP group and weekly posts HERE

Ruth.