ZickZack Scarf – a slow knitting project

Finally I’ve found a use for these two balls of sock wool after trying out something different. I’m knitting a couple of rows here and there, no need to finish it in a hurry. ūüôā

This is a simple zigzag pattern by Christy Kamm, a free download from Ravelry. Available in different languages, too.

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Socks galore

Between August 2018 and January 2019 knitting socks has become one of my ‘keeping my hands busy while watching tv’ projects. I ended up with 27 new pairs (I forgot to take a picture of # 27, they’re plain dark blue and were given to my mum).

With a total of 50 pairs to date, I’m still not fully through my stash – there were a few additional balls that fell into my shopping basket. Happens to me a lot. ūüėČ The next couple of designs from my booklet are on their way now.

Italia (from left to right: Cortina, Vulcano 1, Vulcano 2, Garda, Vulcano 3)

Trip around the world(s) (from left to right: Caribbean, Tierra del Fuego, Lapland, Discworld, Sahara)

Red & Grey (from left to right: Strawberry, Autumn Dreams, Autumn Sun, Agate, December)

From my design booklet (from left to right: Olivine 1, Olivine 2, Winter, Cubist 3, Petrol)

Tutti Frutti (from left to right: Papaya, Watermelon, Kiwi) (72 % cotton, 18 % polyamide, 10 % polyester)

Night & Day (from left to right: Night & Day 1, 2, and 3)

Sockyarn destash – Pt. 3

The Art Lab is now my new main blog, but the Boudoir will be your destination when you follow back my comments. Anyway, if you click my gravatar picture, both blogs appear there as well. Each of the blogs also has a link in the header menu that leads you to the other one.- That’s the plan, I hope it works.

The sockyarn destash continues with pairs 12 to 18. To make the Flower Power socks a little more interesting, I’ve purled every tenth row. And the yarn with the Traces of turquoise socks knit up to a different pattern than I expected.

I’ve got two sock knitting magazines with more demanding designs, but my poor old brain can’t deal with the complicated patterns. So it’s just eye candy or the odd inspiration. There are so many beautiful yarns out there, if only I had the time and money. (Reminder to myself: It says destash, not hoard more!) I’ll give knitting a little break now because of other things on my list, but a couple of new designs are already waiting in the wings.

Flower Power
Regia Flower Power Color, # 09388

A passion for purple
Gr√ľndl, Hot Socks Garda, # 2

Sargasso
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 203.111 (mustard)
Lang, Super Soxx Color, # 901.0104 (aqua/multi)

Colours of the Baltic Sea
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 201.159 (blue gray)
Gr√ľndl, Hot Socks Madeira, # 008 (multi)

Traces of turquoise
Pro Lana, Meine Wolle, # 401 (white)
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle color, # 215.07 (white/multi)

Summer Garden
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 201.195 (charcoal)
Gr√ľndl, Hot Socks Madeira, # 005 (multi)

Sockyarn Destash – Pt. 2

More work for my handmade cardboard model foot. ūüôā

At first I was a little reluctant about wearing hand-knit socks as I didn’t like the touch of sockyarn. But this has changed and I can’t get enough of the wonderful colours they sell nowadays.

As I can’t wear them all I’m going to put some away for my sister to choose from in case she needs a new pair or maybe, just maybe, to sell the odd pair. I’m not sure about that yet.

There’s also been a new Socks page added to the Gallery in the sidebar.

Another half dozen from the Spring 2018 destash – as usual, I’ve given brand, yarn and colour number, although it’s quite unlikely you’ll find them to make your own pair, most of them were bargains.

Working on the Summer 2018 collection already with more beautiful colours to come.

Bougainvillea
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 201.192 (ivory)
Gr√ľndl, Hot Socks Madeira, # 007 (emerald/magenta)

Soap Bubbles
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 201.192 (ivory)
Gr√ľndl, Hot Socks Madeira, # 001 (rainbow)

Any Colour
Pro Lana Meine Wolle, # 401 (white)
Gr√ľndl, Hot Socks Fresco, # 05 (multi)

I’m in a very berry mood
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 203.111 (mustard)
Regia Mood Color, # 04992 (purple)

Spring Forest
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 203.111 (charcoal)
Gr√ľndl, Hot Socks Madeira, # 002 (green multi)

Granite & Lava
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 203.118 (rust)
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle color, # 1117b.06 (granite)
Lang, Super Soxx Jubilee Denim, # 630.0424 (lava)

Sockyarn Destash – Pt. 1

After knitting three pairs of socks for my sister I made two pairs for myself. I didn’t know it at that time, but I was already hooked. There were a couple of sockyarn balls left over from my Hexie blanket project and some irresistible bargains – how could I not buy a couple more at half the price? At some point I had no choice – start using the stuff or get buried under a collapsing pile of wool. So I got industrious.

And I learned to knit another two types of heels, one of them with a diagonal seam which has become my new favorite – easy and quick to knit. The second type is knit after you have completed the sock, to fiddly for me as you have to remove a provisional piece of yarn and pick up the stitches again. I only used this method with the Granite socks.

Here are the first six designs. I’m currently working on pair #12 and have got a dozen more drafts in my Ye Olde Sock Designer sketchbook.

Lava
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 203.118 (rust)
Lang, Super Soxx Jubilee Denim, # 630.0424 (lava)

Granite
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 203.118 (rust)
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle color, # 1117b.06 (granite)

Cubist 1
unknown found yarn, (beige)
Gr√ľndl, Hot Socks Cubist, # 46 (multi/red)

Cubist 2
unknown found yarn, (beige)
Gr√ľndl, Hot Socks Cubist, # 45 (multi/blue)

November Forest
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 203.128 (kiwi)
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle color, # 217.05 (gray/green)

Brass
H&W, Comfort Sockenwolle uni, # 203.111 (mustard)
unknown maker, Marathon 100, # 3196 (multi)

 

‘Thea’ jumper

Another finish yesterday. ūüôā

Thea (unblocked yet)

About two years ago I bought four sets of this yarn to make the jumper for myself but now I decided it would be a perfect gift for my sister. I made a couple of pattern samples and asked her about her opinion. She liked it but went for narrower pattern repeats and only one yarn over for the dropstitches instead of two. No extra sleeves were added, I increased a couple of stitches like I did with the winter sweater.

Yarn is Thea (colour GR06 – landscape) by Zettl, needles 6 mm, total amount used: 500 grams

 

 

Winter sweater – UL 25

Another finish from the UFO Lottery – the turquoise winter sweater.

Years ago I found¬† a pattern by Magdalena Neuner in a magazine. Later at a closing down sale I bought their whole amount of Gedifra’s Arica yarn (colour #2483) – twenty balls (70 % New Wool, 20 % Nylon microfiber, 10 % Acrylic), a real bargain, with this project in mind. I used a total of eleven balls (550 grams).

I followed the pattern only loosely, just referring to the size and the way the sweater was knit – front and back in one piece with the arms attached later.

The yarn called for the heavy artillery. Knitting in rows, I used 9 mm circulars. With the first part done it was almost like sitting under a warm blanket. ūüôā

After knitting the front up to where the increase for the arms should be, I put the project aside for a while. I wanted to continue later but couldn’t find the pattern again which I had always put into the yarn bag. Much later it reappered in the knitting pattern folder. Don’t ask me how it got there.

If I had to make this again I certainly would use less stitches per row. When wearing it, I’m looking a little like a cookie monster. ūüėČ But it’s soft and cozy and perfect for an evening in front of the tv.

Dennis – UL 24

It was a little hard to get a good shot of my next UFO Lottery finish, he wouldn’t hold still –

Whoosh!

You may have noticed I’ve skipped projects #22 and #23 from the UFO Lottery. Those two were abandoned – a knitted doll and a textile art panel. I didn’t take any pictures before I frogged and un-sewed them.

So here’s #24 – Dennis. Another G√ľnni doll finished at last.

And off he rides again, testing every surface in the place –

Meet the G√ľnnis (2)

Here come the rest of the gang. I wish I had more time to knit everyone from my long list into life.

Pankratz and √Ėko-G√ľnni (Green G√ľnni)

Monsieur Maurice and G√ľnther vom Poggendorpe (Gunther of Frogtown)

Karl-Heinz G√ľnthersen and Jule (aka SuperKnitter ūüėČ )

And last but not least, pictured at the First International G√ľnni Meeting,

Jonas and Zachariah Aqvataq and the Elk Family (Black Elk, White Deer and Little Elk)

Alas, I’ve got no picture of the original “G√ľnter” and his girlfriend, they got lost along the way as well as Ali ibn Abu al-Arab who was last seen trying to cross the Arabian desert on camelback.

Meet the G√ľnnis (1)

Many, many years ago, around the early 1980s, I knitted a little doll which my brother named ‘G√ľnter’. The following little dolls were all known as ‘G√ľnnis’ from then on. There were Red Indian G√ľnnis, Eskimo G√ľnnis, a Beduin G√ľnni and some ordinary ones. Alas, some of them got lost.

The first one of the new G√ľnnis was SuperSecretary, a chubby superhero secretary. She existed as a drawing on my computer and came to life by knitting, just for fun and because I wanted to use up my leftover yarns. The next one was an ordinary one made after the image of my favourite actor David Tennant (meet him and his colleagues on the Davey Dolls page).

In the meantime, I have been creating some more of these little guys I’d like to introduce in no particular order.

SuperSecretary (aka SuperSec) and Tresor-G√ľnni (G√ľnni the safecracker [or peterman])

Prof. Dr. G√ľnther Brinkmann and G√ľnter Graf Dracula (Count G√ľnterDracula)

Sven the street sweeper and Neander