Thursday, 29 April 2010
Saturday, 17 April 2010
On the Sunday I managed to knit the last three sets of bootees. This pattern is the cashmere bootees and again is very simple to do. After the first set I had the pattern memorised and could pretty much knit them up without so much as glancing at the book. The pattern calls for cashmere yarn but the bamboo DK works out just as well.
Friday, 9 April 2010
The pattern itself was easy to follow and very easy to knit. The repeated lace pattern is very simple and I loved the effect it had. I'm not used to using five needles though although for the beginning of the sock it was worth it. After turning the heel I went back to my usual four and stuck to that. The description of shaping the gusset was a little complicated for what it needed to be. In the end I ignored it and worked it they way I work most socks. I think it worked out just as well.
The book has many more patterns in it that I know I will knit. Each pattern is by a different designer so there is something for everyone and at different levels. I imagine the basics of sock knitting will also be different depending on the designer. One of my favourites is in there, Nancy Bush, which I think I will be back to have a look at. I have a few of her books and have knitted a couple of socks by her. I highly recommend them.
Monday, 5 April 2010
Normally I have DVDs on whilst knitting. When I first attempted this pattern I had a DVD on. After the first time I had to start again I decided this might be one of those few times that I need silence. The pattern itself isn't difficult. It's that within a row I would forget where I was at and would have to hope that I have worked it out correctly. Also dropping stitches were lethal. It's easy to drop them with this yarn and once that stitch has worked it's way down a number of rows that's it. Once again I had to rip it out and start from scratch. The result is that the yarn is looking a little fluffy. Not the best yarn for this type of pattern. Once past the cuff though it's a very easy knit. It's just a basic sock pattern and in the end you have a lovely pair of ankle socks. The second sock took more time. Half way through the cuff I came across a join in the yarn which split apart and meant I had to start again. I put it down for a few days and decided to come back to it. Yesterday I pulled it back out again. I was determined to just finish it. I had another pair I wanted to knit for this friend and was eager to get it started. Like I said once past the cuff it's an easy knit and today I finished it.
You can see the heart pattern here. You can also see the yarn fluffing up. I would not recommend this yarn for socks. Just touching it seemed to create fluffing. I am also not sure how much wear my friend will get out of them. Although they are so soft to the touch so it might be worth it.
I now have my friends favourite colour and so I am now on to her second birthday pair in a lovely shade of blue. This time the yarn is specifically for socks so hopefully they will turn out better.