Sunday, 19 June 2016

Socks, Socks, Socks!

I think I'm suffering from sport overload!  I'm enjoying the football and US Open golf, but I've reached that stage where I need to get on with other things.  Thankfully the number of football matches per day reduces after today and the golf should be finished this evening.

On the plus side, I have managed to work my way through quite a bit of yarn.  The yarn stash is reducing nicely.  Firstly, the aran cardigan is finished.  (Full details on Ravelry, HERE)

This yarn was leftover from a hat that Grace made.  The pattern is Maddalena by Louisa Harding, a pattern I've made before and worn  a lot.  So if it works, then I'm happy to go with it again.

The only problem I have is that it's purple.  I'm strangely drawn to purple yarn - I now have three purple cardigans, unfortunately I have no dresses or skirts that go with them.  I need to buy myself some purple fabric and make a coordinating dress.  So let's put it on the wish list.

I've also knitted two pairs of socks.  The first pair incorporates the Cobblestone pattern by Mina Philipp from her latest collection.  (Details on Ravelry, HERE)

I was using the Sockmaticians recipe for toe up socks with a traditional heel turn and flap and I can say that I love it.  I much prefer toe up socks (no kitchener for the toes!) and up until now I hadn't settled on a heel I liked for this method.  This pattern now provides me with a heel I like and I'll be using it for most of my socks from now on.

The second pair of socks I've made also use the Sockmaticians recipe, but this time I used DK weight yarn rather than my usual 4 ply.  (Details on Ravelry, HERE)

I used a chart from a Finnish pattern called Eukalyptus which creates a lovely lacy pattern.

This yarn has been frogged multiple times so it's a real stash buster - I'm therefore joining in with Linda's Crafty Corner's Stash Busting Party for this one.

I'm now on my third pair of socks - my aim is to make at least five pairs of socks to use up stashed yarn during the European Championships.  I'm well on my way to achieving this goal and could possibly make more but I suspect that by the time I've knitted five pairs of socks I'll be ready to move on to other things.

And finally, I've finished the last three squares for my Block - a - Month  blanket.  The two large squares were not the ones selected for this month.  I didn't like the ones selected so I substituted these because I just wanted to get them out of the way.

I now have the equivalent of 16 large squares, which is enough for my blanket.  The next job, the one I really love, is deciding the placement of the squares then sewing them together.  I'll leave crocheting the border until next month.  I haven't decided what I'm doing for this yet, but I'm thinking of making quite a deep border.

So that's me all accounted for.  I'm hoping to get some fresh air over the next week, inbetween sock knitting!

Enjoy the week ahead whatever you have planned.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

I'm Ready, Are You?

It's been an interesting few days.  My husband and I had a lovely two nights away in Oswestry, but since we got back, I have not been well for a day or two - achy and shivery and no energy.  It sounds like a bug to me but my husband reckons it could be an allergic reaction to the countryside!  Today I'm starting feeling more normal again - the bounce is slowly coming back.

Oswestry was a fairly last minute decision.  And it worked out so well.  The weather was gorgeously hot and sunny.  We had picnics in the park, a walk around Oswestry, we visited Chirk Castle, lots of pubs and ate far too much.  On the way home we stopped off in Rhuddlan and visited the castle - you can't beat a Welsh castle.

Chirk Castle

Embroidery Exhibition at Chirk Castle

The Fox Inn, Oswestry

Rhuddlan Castle

Today, I am taking it easy, watching the cricket (third test match against Sri Lanka), watching some cycling (Criterium de Dauphine) and catching up with my knitting.  You know you're ill when you don't even feel like knitting!

I've been knitting an aran cardigan (in this heat!) to use up some yarn that Grace had leftover from a hat she made.  I started it on the 1st June and by the end of the 2nd I had completed the back and two fronts.  I was fairly optimistic that I would get it finished within five days, but sadly I had to eat and sleep, so not quite possible.  I didn't take it to Oswestry with me, so I have only just picked it back up today.  I just have the sleeve head on the last sleeve to do - not sure I have any suitable buttons, but apart from that it will be finished this afternoon.

For my car journey to Oswestry knitting, I frogged a shawl I made a while ago and started knitting up a scarf with the yarn.  The yarn is Sirdar Crofter in lovely pinks, purples, cream and grey, so in theory some of my favourite colours.  Sadly every time I knit it up, I'm never happy with the finished article.  Prior to being a shawl, this yarn was a sweater - it has been multi- frogged.  This is its last chance to please me.

Scarf is knit on the bias

In our house, we are all ready and waiting for the football tomorrow.  The European Championships kick off tomorrow evening and then after that there'll be at least two matches a day for a considerable time.  There will of course be lots of other sport that we will need to fit in, the US Open golf championship is on next week, there's a Formula 1 Grand Prix race this weekend and the Tour de France cycling race starts at the beginning of July - whew, that's a lot of knitting time!

For the duration of the Euorpean Championship, I have decided to knit socks - I'm hoping for a minimum of five pairs.  I have three unused quantities of sock yarn, plus I would like to use some older leftovers.  Each pair will involve a technique that I haven't tried yet - can't wait to cast on and get started.

I'm not going to just knit socks though.  I would also like to start a new cardigan - Fair Isle - yes please.  Look at those pretty colours.

So that's the plan for the next month or so.  Will you be watching the football?  Who will you be supporting?  I will be cheering on Wales (Land of my fathers!).