Sunday, 7 December 2014

Scrap Yarn Sock Calendar

Sock A: Ranco Araucania in purple, Handu in blue
Sock B: Koigu in purples, Sisu in orange, Väinämöinen in Olki

I wasn't supposed to take on this project, since I have calculated every single minute of the day before Christmas. Then on the same day the calendar started, I was left with extra three hours as someone cancelled our meeting and I decided to take that as a sign. So I went home and cast on.

As I am writing this, I'm already three days behind because my stash couldn't accompany me on my travels. And then once again with the last rounds, I have to wait 4 days to be able knit the 24th. But other than that, I'm positive and I know I can do this! A new pair of sock after Christmas, here I come!

If you don't know what the calendar is, check it out and catch up!

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

i våra mörka länder

pattern: Farmer McGregor by Alice Yu
yarn: Eden Cottage Tempo, in colour Driftwood, 67g
needles: 2.5mm

Okay, it is possible that all of my woollen socks were accidentally tossed away when we moved into this newer apartment a year ago. And one bright morning this autumn I woke up with a gnawing feeling that unless I was able to knit a pair of woollen socks in less than 2 days, I would have to live without my toes for the rest of my existence. I randomly picked something from my sock yarn stash and proceeded to knit with a desperate velocity.

I have to admit that I did not like this yarn at first. It did not settle and the stitches were somewhat less elastic and the pattern did not quite frankly look very flattering with it. However, Tempo and I grew to like each other, especially when the socks were done and I had worn them a couple of times. I'm actually going to try out a new batch of Tempo that seemed and felt a bit different. So, not a complete disaster and I get to keep my toes yet another year, yay for that!

Monday, 1 December 2014

we're coming home now

pattern: winged it
yarn: Louhittaren Luola Louhitar, in colour natural, 380g
needles: 5mm

Lately I've been harbouring an ardent crush on really gritty, natural wools: they're warm, actually pretty nice to knit and look rustic! Louhitar is all that and so I had to knit myself a pullover for chilly days. Some cables and a longer hem as a tail - perfection.

Next I might have to try out Tuku Wool - a gorgeous looking yarn that pretty much launched in the Crafts Fair in Tampere this November. Maybe some fair isle with that? Have you already knit something with Tuku?