Category Archives: Double-pointed needles

Must… stop… knitting!

Right. This must be my final project before I have my baby. Only have a day left and have a long list of jobs around the house that need to be done. I managed to buy dog food and defrost the freezer today, but apart from that I have just been knitting! So here is my final completed project before I become a mummy… a pair of baby socks. They were so quick and easy to knit and amazingly I managed to get them both matching exactly (more luck than judgement). And the best thing? They match my socks as I used the left over yarn from the socks I made last year. I feel a good photo opportunity coming on. Although I will feel a little guilty if baby is a boy as they are a little pink!

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Sock success!

After weeks and weeks I have finally finished my first pair of socks!

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I followed suggestions on here to match them and have been fairly successful – I was a row or two out on the second sock and so although the majority of the sock matches the first one, the heel and the toe are a little out. Despite being quite OCD about this kind of thing, I quite like it as at least it proves that they are homemade!

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I think I might leave sock knitting for a while now. Next I have a crochet bag kit that my mum bought me for my birthday and I need to tackle my first jumper with my gorgeous Juniper Moon yarn.

Single sock conquered!

I posted on Friday about my slow progress in my first attempt at knitting socks. However, after being spurred on by your likes and comments, I spent most of yesterday knitting and finally finished my first sock. I love it and best of all… it fits like a glove!

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Now I’m eager to cast on the second. I’ve just had a look at the second ball of yarn and the colour starts in a different place – should I knit it so that it definitely does not match or should I wind through the yarn to find the same place that the other started? I had loads left over from the first ball and so this is definitely an option! Opinions welcomed…

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Slow going socks!

I am knitting my first pair of socks using Angela Wilson’s Alternate Steps pattern. I cast on a couple of months ago and then got distracted by a few other projects (which are now finished). So now I am cracking on with my socks again. I love the colours in the yarn and am pleased with the effect that the pattern produces.

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However it is taking ages! I have only just got to the foot. It’s not that the pattern is hard – I know it off by heart now.  It’s not that socks are too tricky – turning the heel was actually a doddle (not sure why people make so much fuss!) So what is it?

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I’m using 2.5mm dpns and the yarn is fine, but having seen other bloggers turning out pairs of socks like there is no tomorrow, I am eager to know what I’m missing. How long do socks usually take to knit? Any top tips?

One project down… but of course many more to go!

Finally I have finished one of my projects…

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This was my first attempt at creating a pair of something. If you have read my previous posts, you will have seen my matching purple, pink and gold striped hat and scarf. Well, I had loads of yarn left over from those projects and so decided to make a pair of mittens to complete the set. I am usually a ‘gloves girl’ but I figured that mittens would have more impact (and would be easier!) So in May I cast on! Yes I know – mittens and summer don’t mix but I wanted to finish the set so I could use any left over yarn in my crochet granny squares and make room for some new stuff!

I followed a Red Heart pattern but adapted the stripe pattern to match that on the hat and scarf. This meant a lot of scribbling on the pattern so that both mittens matched! The thumb section was the part that worried me the most, but I needn’t have worried as it was dead easy!

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They have turned out fairly well. In my opinion the top of the hand section is a little too pointy! However, once the mittens are on, they stretch and the pointedness is a little less noticeable. Having successfully knitted a matching pair, I am now much more confident about my socks. Although, that will have to wait as I MUST finish the dog coat birthday present first!

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Now I have a completed set – hat, scarf and mittens! It’s a such shame that it is the middle of June and I have to pack them away until the winter – boo!

Whoops!

Oh dear! Without really realising it, I have 3 projects on the go and the yarn for another that I am desperate to start. Note to self: must buy more row counters.

First of all, last week, I cast on some purple DK onto double pointed needles. I found a pattern for basic mittens (in June I know!) and decided to make a pair that matched my stripy purple, gold and pink hat and scarf. I managed to complete the ribbed cuff in an evening but could no further as the rest needed slightly bigger needles.

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So until I could get to the shop, I filled the time by casting on my Regia sock yarn onto another set of dpns. I chose a pattern which has a yf, sl2 pattern (Alternate steps by Angela Wilson). So far it’s looking fab.

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However…

… my mum came up to visit this weekend and I took her on a tour of my favourite craft shops. We spent almost an hour in Get Knitted! My mum picked out some yarn and bought herself a crochet hook set; I taught her how to create a simple granny square and now she is on her way to making a blanket. Anyway, while we were out we went to a charity bookshop (straight to the craft section of course) and I picked up a knitting book. Despite the boring cover, inside there are some colourful and varied patterns. One of the first patterns caught my eye – a lace knit dog coat – perfect as a birthday present for my sister (and her Shih tzu). So onto the needles went yet more yarn.

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Therefore the rush is on to complete the dog coat in time, but I am also itching to finish my other projects and to get onto my Juniper Moon jumper. Hopefully when I next post, I will have at least one completed project!

Twit Twoo!

Well it’s been less than a week since I got home from camp and as it is half term I have been going knitting mad! The owl toy pattern in the Susie Johns ‘Knitted Woodland Creatures’ book kept jumping out at me so on Saturday morning I went straight to a shop to get some yarn. I made a few slight colour changes from what was suggested in the book and was struggling to get a good orange yarn for the beak and feet without spending a fortune! Then a great idea hit me – tapestry wool!! I managed to get 10m of the exact colour I wanted for 50p – absolutely perfect for these small body parts. With a quick check of the manufacturers website for errata (there was one), I cast on. Both the body and the head were knitted on 3.25mm double pointed needles and the rest I knitted on straights. imageI found an additional error in the ear tuffs where a K1 had been left out but apart from that all went well. My final challenge was locating some safety eyes – nowhere in Bristol seemed to stock them. However, I found a website (Craftbits) who delivered within a couple of days. In order to make the postage costs worthwhile, I also ordered some eyes ready to make the hedgehog and the bear from the same book. Making up the final toy was quick and easy. I am over the moon with the final product – he even stands independently! image Now my husband has another naming task to complete…

After a good hour in my new favourite shop – Get Knitted – I’ve decided to take a little break from knitting toys and attempt some clothes: a pair of socks and a lacework jumper with some stunning Juniper Moon Farm yarn! image