Holiday Round-up

Mystery Objects, Socks

The last weekend before I go back to work… I’m going to a barbecue today, celebrating a friend’s birthday and then Sunday’s going to be sorting a few things out for next week, and (hopefully) relaxing afterwards.

I’ve also realised I hadn’t mentioned some of the knitting I’ve been doing over the last few weeks. oops!

House SocksSocks, yep I know – mentioned the house socks already. Hadn’t said I’d uploaded the pattern though! I finished writing it up yesterday evening, after rather too much time making my shorthand version more understandable. Check it out here, and see what you think.

Toe socks. Never thought I’d be crazy enough to try these, but after making the fingerless gloves earlier this year, I thought ‘why not?’. Here I present – the toes 🙂

Toe-up Toe Socks

They’re all strung together on one piece of waste yarn, starting at 1 pinkie going up to the big toes and back down to the other pinkie. This should make it easier to get the order right when I string ’em all onto the 2 circulars ready to join together and work the foot. Unfortunately, I broke the bamboo needles I was using when I started a second set of toes for another pair of socks. I think I’ve been bitten by a sock bug…

While I waited for the new needles to arrive, I ended up making a whole load of other stuff. I worked on my secret projects. The mystery scarf finally happened last week, has been blocked and is drying as we speak. I’ve also made two more versions of MO-1, so I’m absolutely certain of the pattern now.

The new bamboo needles arrived the other day, so it’s back to toe socks soon 🙂

Taking a break (MO-1)

Mystery Objects

I decided to leave the socks alone for a couple of days, and maybe knitting generally… Then inspiration struck and before I knew it, I’d raided the stash, found some thick circular needles and started knitting. By the end of an evening, I’d cast off. Now for the fun part – ‘finishing’ it 🙂

I like it enough that when it’s done, I’m going to write it up and submit the pattern somewhere. Whether online or in print I don’t know yet. It depends whether I can figure out the vagaries of print submissions and which magazines welcome them.

Delight

Mystery Objects

Ha! Third time was the charm. The scarf pattern appears to be working 🙂 yay!

I keep calling it a mystery scarf because I won’t be entirely sure how it’ll turn out until I work the whole thing. I may still change bits of the pattern, you see. When it’s finished, it’ll get a proper name.

Off to find coffee…

Determination

Mystery Objects

I’m not going to be casting socks on tonight 😦

Second swatch down and I’m still working on the scarf chart. I want to finish it today or it’ll keep bugging me. I’m translating the thing as it will be much easier to work from written instructions. The scarf will be ignored for a few days after the pattern is written up, and I’ve worked the third swatch. Third time lucky?

Distractions

Mystery Objects, Pomatomus

I was supposed to be casting on the pomatomus socks last night. Instead the idea of aran wool and a faster knit was too much of a temptation. I finished the 1st chart for the mystery scarf and worked up a swatch. The pattern’s fun but not quite what I wanted, so back to ‘cut and paste’ in excel for a bit.

And maybe the socks will be cast on tomorrow night…