Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Kai-Mei in Progress, the Knitting Club, and a Bear in a Bag

Having found Cookie A's Sock Innovation book in the local library, I started knitting her Kai-Mei socks at my first knit club meeting last week. They are pretty easy to knit, but the yarn I am using is definitely too colourful for the lace panel to come through. Still, I knew that before I started and I wasn't going to buy new sock yarn just now.

Above you see a picture of these socks from Cookie's book. I love how the lace travels around the top of the foot. I have completed the entire length of lace on the first sock now and should be able to finish sock number 1 today. Sock number 2 should be done fairly soon as well since I will have a lot of time to spare as of this Friday when I leave my job (hurrah!).

The knitting club meeting last week was good fun. It was weird that nobody apart from the shop owner actually introduced themselves to me so I have no idea who the others are. I hope that will change soon. Today is another meeting and I am really looking forward to it.

Currently, I am also knitting a teddy from Patons' knitting kit that Mark's mum gave me for Christmas:

I wonder if it will actually look the way it does on the picture in the end. I am a bit worried about making the eyes and nose. The knitting itself is straight forward. Perhaps I will take this to the knitting club today just so I can finish the body. I have to do 45 rows of plain k and p rows, over and over, so it is rather a mindless occupation that is best suited for film nights or meetings of any kind when you can get your mind off the monotony of endless k and p.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Mojo 2 and Happy Feet

My feet are happy again: the second pair of Mojo socks is finally finished and it even seems as though both cuffs have the same length when worn. That isn't as easy as it sounds because the different kinds of ribbing behave differently too. In the end I didn't even look at the knitting pattern since it is quite simple. The heel is different from the original simply because I can't get my feet into any socks with an afterthought heel.

For this project, I used Regia's Vulcano Color yarn that I got as a Secret Santa gift from Natalie in Germany. I liked this colourway despite not generally liking Regia, but it was particularly suitable for Mojo socks. I sitll have one other skein left in a different colourway and haven't yet decided what to do with it. If I remember, I may finally go to one of the local knitting meetings on Wednesday and I might get ideas there.

At this point I am unsure as to what the next knitting project will be. There is the sock yarn, and I unexpectedly found Cookie A.'s latest sock pattern book in our library, so that is tempting. However, I still have a large amount of green lace yarn from Nina at Schafwoelkchen and there are so many things I could do with it. I need to try and narrow down the choice soon so I can get started on a larger project. At this point I amnot keen on making another shawl since I noticed I tend not to use one very often, at least not the pretty lacy kind. Maybe it will be a top next.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Mojos for the Bin

So, the time has come to reknit my Mojo socks because we managed to shrink my first pair in the wash. I say we, though it was Mark who washed them in the mashine, but it was me who didn't mind. Yikes. Now they are so tight I can't get them on any longer and they rest in the bin.

Now, luckily I just got new sock yarn for Christmas and one large ball of it is a nice green with multicoloured stripes. It is perfect for Mojo and I am already on the second sock. This one is proving to be rather difficult, which is why I haven't continued knitting for about a week - that and the fact that I just had surgery a week ago and couldn't sit up very well.

But I do intend to finish them! I am considering openieng the first sock again because it turned out a little tight over the arch, but I am not sure. It doesn't help that I worked this pair without the pattern and simply went for it. Ah well, I'll get them done sometime or another.