Sunday, 8 January 2017


Christmas has been and gone and before we know it we are into yet another new year. Decorations are dusted off and put away, the house is cleaned and normal day-to-day routines are re-established. I love Christmas, but there is always a good feeling when all of this has been achieved.

Socks are still top of my 'favourite knits' list, so it's quite exciting to know that I still have my Opal Advent calendar mimi-balls to play with for at least the next couple of weeks or so, in my spare time. 
I decided to crochet two small granny squares from each ball, before embarking on as many 'Dave' socks (Coop Knits) as the yarn will allow. I've photographed the min-balls in the order of their arrival and am using them in that same order, whatever the design, colour or match! 

So, here we go with Days 1 and 2! The granny squares will become a cushion cover and the socks will keep my toes toasty!

I have to admit to having become a teensy weensy bit addicted to this lovely project and am managing to squeeze in every little bit of precious free time to spend with it. 

A spotty - lined bag always adds a little extra pleasure  to the activity! ;-)

So far, each sock has used four mini-balls exactly, almost down to the last few inches of yarn, so I'm expecting six pretty little beauties by the time I get to the end of ball twenty-four. 

My Christmas knitting was completed on Christmas Eve, with this lovely pair of stripey socks for my son. I've now made four pairs using West Yorkshire Spinners' Signature bird range and have loved them all. Mr Snoops' pair have washed very well so far!


 I was a very lucky recipient of the above Christmas gorgeousness. Aren't those colours just beautiful? Along with the yarn came the pattern to work it with, Susan B. Anderson's 'Smooth Operator' socks. I've admired this pattern ever since it was published, and of course my dear friend, Josiekitten, remembered! The yarn has taken up residence in the yarn bowl, beside the sofa, so that i can feast my eyes on it. It won't be there for long though, because just as soon my little Advent cuties are complete, this stripey goodness will do it's job. I can't wait!


Clicky Needles said...

Loving the colours of the Funky Fibres. Breathtaking!
The mini skein socks look fab too. I love the advent calendar.
Happy New Year. CN x

Jenny said...

Feeling uplifted by all those beautiful colours and all that gorgeous yarn. Here's wishing for more of the same throughout 2017.

busybusybeejay said...

what beautiful colours.Just what you need in the middle of winter(says she who is in sunny Lanzarote at the moment).Do you hand wash your socks or throw them in the machine on a low temp wash?

Sarah said...

Happy New Year to you! That yarn is so pretty and looks good as squares and socks. I like the sound of advent yarn!

josiekitten said...

Love those socks! Looking forward to seeing the next pair! Have a good week. xx

Snoopydog said...

Busybusybeejay, I usually throw the wool and nylon mixes in the machine on a very gentle wool cycle, but hand wash any pure wool or 'special' ones!

Molly and Mackie said...

Love your socks and the granny squares!

kate said...

I have been fascinated by this advent calendar of yours - in fact I may have even gushed to the husband about it ;-) Very cool projects coming together.

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi Ros! Those mini yarns are so cute and have fun colours! Beautiful socks and granny squares are always so great! I make them even don't know how to use them later. x Teje

Tracy said...

Hi, Ros...and Happy New Year! It is wonderful to catch up with you! Thank you so much for visiting at my place. I'm sorry to have been away so long. 2016 was just an awful year, I can hardly even speak of it now... so glad it's behind me. So very much embracing 2017--and creative fun to go with it! You can be sure there'll be yarn! ;) LOVE your opal Christmas calendar--what a terrific idea! So much loveliness you've got in progress there, and I look forward to checking in with you more. Wishing you & yours all the VERY BEST in this new year!! ((HUGS))