Monday, November 17, 2014

Year of Projects - Week 20

Woohoo! Only one day late, instead of my usual 3 or 5 ;)

The Little Pole has finally seen some significant progress. I've finished knitting the collar and just need to graft it together - then I can get started on the sleeves! I'm slightly worried about how much yarn I have left though. I have another 4 skeins (50g each), which should be enough for the sleeves, but won't leave me much for the belt and pompoms. Ah well, if all else fails, I have some white cotton yarn I should be able to use instead. Or it may turn out that I've grossly overestimated how much yarn the sleeves will take, and I'll have plenty! Wouldn't be the first time ;)

I've managed decent progress on my November Socks as well. These are the "Spring Forward" socks by Linda Welch. I love the pattern, but am not entirely happy with the yarn. It's Mayflower Divine 1 ply, and it's both too thick and too fluffy for socks in my mind. I have one more skein, but think I will use that for something else instead.

It's not all bad though, I love the colours! :) I turned the heel over the weekend (a fish-lips-kiss heel - still my favourite, even though I want to try other short-row heels now) and am just over half-way through the foot, so it's going at a nice speed. Who knows - maybe I'll manage to finish within the month for once! ;)

July Sock (Braided Swirl Socks)
Stashbuster #1 (Dragonfly Elfe)
August Sock (Vanilla Socks)
September Sock (My Little Cup of Tea)
October Sock (Sunset Scales)
Stashbuster #2 (Little Pole)
November Sock (Spring Forward)
December Sock
Stashbuster #3
Stashbuster #4
(Stashbuster #5)
(Stashbuster #6)

Friday, November 7, 2014

FO Fridays - Up to date with Year of Socks!

Three finished objects this week! I'm so proud of myself ;)

Those of you who follow my facebook page will always have seen Herbert the Snail. I absolutely adore it! Even if the eyes did get a bit crooked ;)
Isn't he cute? I'm SO thilled with how it turned out! :) The funny thing is that I didn't realize until about halfway through that this was perhaps a tad ambitious for what was only my second crochet project, but when it comes to knitting and crocheting, the skills really do transfer! Once you know the stitches, it's just a matter of being able to read a pattern and taking it one row at a time, without allowing yourself to get overwhelmed by the entire thing. Stacey Trock's pattern are really well written, so I never felt as if I was in over my head (well... except when it came to sewing the things together, but that has less to do with it being a new skill and more to do with my lack of dexterity! ;) ). Most importantly - it was FUN! :)
Pattern: Milton the Snake by Stacey Trock.

Last weekend I finally managed to finish both my September Socks and my October Socks, so now I'm all up to date! ... and just have to get started on the November Socks ;) I'm considering trying two socks at a time to see how that works... Anyway - the socks :)
September Socks: My Cup of Tea by Robin Lynn. Don't think I made any mods to this one.
October Socks: Sunset Scale Socks by Melissa J. Goodale. Substituted the Fish-Lips-Kiss heel and turned them into ankel socks as the yarn was a lot heavier than anticipated so 60 grams didn't get me as far as it usually does.