Sunday, 10 January 2010

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER ..........


Hello there! It's so good to see you again. Look! At long last my December 'End of the Year' socks are finished and I can finally show you the complete montage of socks and yarns from the 2009 Sock Challenge that josiekitten and I shared. I think it's fair to say that she won 'fair and square', but never mind, I've finally got there.... only 9 days late! What do you think? Do you like them? They all get worn, but some more often than others. Those who are lucky enough to leave the drawer most often are April and August, closely followed by September. They are all in month order by the way; travelling across each row in turn from left to right. These were not the only socks completed either, and I have to admit to having a rather fat and bulging sock drawer, so 2010 is not going to see quite so many pairs on the needles. I do so LOVE knitting socks though, and buying scrummy hand-dyed sock yarn, so I guess there'll still be a few pairs to show you.

Here's a close up of the December pair.



The yarn is an Araucania and although the colours are lovely, the last pair I made from the yarn have felted quite badly, even though they have washed according to instuctions. So we'll have to wait and see.

I've also finished my Cora scarf. I love the yarn colours and the pattern is very easy. You can download it for free here on the Rowan site.



So, the WIPs are decreasing in number. Ive frogged the beret, so that doesn't count any longer. The pink 'Fetchings' hadn't actually been started, so I'm discounting those too. The 'special teddy', although ready to go, isn't on the needles yet, so that's ones OK too. That just leaves my 'socks on the go' 'London Friendship' socks and the other mitten. Getting closer! So, it's onwards this week with the socks methinks. There you go, I'm back on the socks already! :)

Last week, I promised to show you one or two of my ideas for projects this year. Well, the 'Sock Yarn Blankie' is going to rank highly on my list of 'must do's. There's also going to be a lot of baby knitting for my little granddaughter, who will be born in May. I already have the yarn to make her a colourful Attic 24 'Ripple Blanket' and matching buttoned up cushion for her nursery.



I wanted something bright and easily washable. Debbie Bliss 'cotton DK' fitted the bill perfectly! Lots of bright colours in lovely soft cotton. This is a crochet project. I've not done much in the way of crochet for many years, but really enjoyed making the Lucy at Attic 24 inspired 'Summer Ice-cream Sorbet' bags last summer. So this could become the 'year of the blanket and the art of crochet'.

But wait there's more. I bought some lovely yarn in the John Lewis sale.....lovely, lovely yarn and lovely, lovely half price! Just had to have it.

The half price 'baby casmerino' is to knit a little hooded, cabled coat from a Debbie Bliss baby book and the gorgeous 'baby alpaca' for a beautifully simple baby cardi from the fab book 'Natural Nursery Knits' by Erika Knight'. I always seem to like her patterns.

After failing to find a suitable Ravelry pattern for the Manos del Uruguay 'silk blend', that Mr S
gave to me as a Christmas gift, I decided to go for a Manos one. Whist in the yarn store Miss S2 spotted a ready-made hat that she rather liked. She tried it on and it certainly did look good on her, so kind old mum treated her....... another project to knit, but hooray NOT for me! The younger Snoopydogs are still rather wary of hand-knitted items. Hats and scarves are acceptable and........ SOCKS! I've also made a Central Park Hoodie for Miss SD1

That's enough to keep me going for the first couple of months of the year, I'm sure! There'll be those extra 'must cast on this minute' projects too, so looks like I might be quite busy!

It's been fabulous to have time to play over the extra long weekend that I have been fortunate enough to enjoy, with two 'snow days' last Thursday and Friday. I've spent time playing about on Flickr and discovering fun new ways to display my photos. If you pop back later in the week, you'll be in for a treat with a blaze of gorgeous buttony colour. Drop in for a picture show!

Have a good week everybody!

19 comments:

josiekitten said...

Well done! Some fantastic socks this year. My favourites are May and June - I love that Circle socks pattern! Crochet and blankies are high on my list for this year too. I expect, like you, that there'll be a few pairs of socks tho! Looking forward to your button pics. I've just bought a load more on eBay!!! Have a good week. xx

Jenny said...

Fantastis sock display. Someone asked me other other day if I ever tired of knitting them. Never, not even plain ones but I can understand your need to make things for the baby and use up that lovely sale yarn. So much potential for 2010.

melissa said...

love your year of socks! congratulations on completing your challenge!!

Lyn said...

You've been tagged!
Love
Lyn
xxx

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

They're all beautiful, warm and snuggy I bet too.
Love the Cora scarf the colours are divine.
Enjoy your week back at school.
Susan

Maggie and Mitch said...

Wow! All of your socks are just beautiful! I love the cora scarf too!

Helsie said...

Can't believe how many socks you knit!They certainly are lovely and don't look easy to do at all. Do you wear them out with boots etc or are they just for around the house instead of slippers? It seems something that lots of bloggy friends do and it is quite foreign to me. I don't know anyone in Oz who knits socks. Perhaps it's just not cold enough here to find a use for them.
Puzzling!
Cheers
Helen

Tilly Rose said...

Hi!.....well done you!
I LOVE your scarf....those colours look fab!
Hugs Karen x x x

Mrs Twins said...

Hi there!
Of course knitting socks was so fashionable years ago. My Nan was always knitting socks. I'm pleased to see its so popular nowadays. The mosaic you have done is beautiful. REally nice, what a lot of work you have done there. How long does it take you to make one pair?
Great post, I love that wool.
I must try more expensive wool, I seem to go for the budget ones.
Hugs and LOve Suex
suesfavouritethings.blogspot.com

cmv said...

wow! you are completely incredible! do you know how many pairs of socks i finished this year? one and 3/4! (oops)-- what a wonderful collage to look back on and bask in your art for the year! they are all absolutely stunning!

beck said...

It's so hard to think about woolly socks right now, with a minor heat wave happening! Last night was the hottest night ever recorded! Phew. Anyway, your socks look lovely and your blog is too, thanks for the visit xo

Tracy said...

HUGELY IMPRESSIVE! Just your sock finishes alone dazzle... *sigh*... You give me hope that I may master sock knitting yet. :o) Happy Wee ((HUGS))

The Garden Bell said...

First, about CORA... Love, Love, Love that yarn. It turned out great.

Finally, are you making a LUCY blanket in the little one's honor. Yippppeeeeee, as she would say. I can't wait to see how this turns out. Keep us posted regularly.

Stay Creative,
The Garden Bell - Kate

Carrie said...

Congrats on finishing your sock challenge! I wish I had that kind of patience. The very occasional pair of work socks is all I can ever put my mind to!
I really love the cora scarf. That yarn looks lush!
Good luck with the crochet. I'm totally addicted to it now - Attic24 has a lot to answer for! xx

Sarah said...

Your socks make a very pretty mosaic. I like them all but especially January and April. Your blanket for your grandchild should be lovely-such delicious colours. I am thouroughly jealous of your snow days! I am glad you enjoyed them! I watched a bit of Ice Road Truckers tonight. Those people know how to drive in snow-well apart from the ones who crash I suppose! Have a good week!

Rainy Daisy said...

you must have some very happy feet :)

I love the photo of all the balls of debbie bliss yarn, waiting to be a blanket. Fun colors! I want to squeeze them all.

Cheers!
Daisy

Kate Bruning said...

I am so inspired by all of your socks and as for the Debbie Bliss cottons - I had no idea those colours were even made. What a revelation!

bellaboo said...

A lovely display of socks.I like July's best.Bella is forgiven by the way.I could never be cross with her for long!

Bellaboo

skippinginthemeadow said...

Your blog is so full of Gorgeous colours and textures. I'm absolutely in my element when I visit here :o)