The shortie socks ended up not quite matching, as I suspected.
I would really rather have got a matching pair out of it, but I’m not too disappointed – I can’t remember the last time I used every last scrap of a skein!
The yarn was Lilac Blossom sock from JK Fibers and I got a long pair of socks and these shorties out of one skein, which is more than I expected. I wonder where I got the idea that one skein is just enough for one pair of socks?
Right now I’m working on a second pair for the boyfriend, using the yarn he bought in Dunoon. So far it’s turning out much more green and less purple than it looked in the skein.
These will be basic socks (Ravelry link) again, and then for the next pair I’m going to try a new-to-me pattern. Probably Hermione’s every day socks, but we’ll see.
Oh so much news for my tenth socky post! I’d like to say I planned it so there was something interesting to say just in time for double digits, but that would be a blatant lie. Everyone knows I’m too disorganised for that.
The first news: I finished my first ever pair of socks AND THEY FIT!!
I keep trying them on because part of my brain can’t quite believe that it worked.
A request! I haven’t had a request for ages, and this one is for the boyfriend so I’m even happier.
He wants some fingerless gloves, nothing too fancy, preferably multi-coloured – No problem. I’ve been looking for an excuse to try out this pattern from Midnight Knitter, and we all know I have no shortage of variegated yarn to choose from.
I picked out a few likely skeins and let the bf choose his favourite. He went for Caron Simply Soft Camo, and I cast on straight away because I’m impatient like that.
As you can see, I’ve not got very far yet (DPN cast on is FIDDLY), but I’m already enjoying it. I can’t wait to see how the colours play out – will there be any pooling? Will there be stripes? Will it be completely random? Let’s find out!
I know, I know. Simple things please simple minds.
Almost 9 months after casting on I finally have a complete Flax Light!
It’s kind of hard to tell with my rubbish camera, but this thing is gorgeous! And, more importantly, IT FITS!
Maybe one day soon I’ll make a friend so I can get a full-length photo of me wearing it…
The pattern is Flax Light, which is a free pattern by Tin Can Knits. I made the Large size, which used up less than 2 skeins of West Yorkshire Spinners Exquisite yarn. I chose the Emerald colourway because…well, look at it!
This is my first ever knitted garment for myself so I’m pleased (and more than a little surprised) that it actually fits me really well. I learned so many new skills making this; how to put the sleeve stitches onto waste yarn, the backwards loop cast on, how to pick up stitches, how to sew up the massive underarm holes left after picking up stitches, how to recognise whether the previous round was knit or purled, how to undo a cast off, and finally how to cast off loosely.
Undoing the cast off isn’t part of the pattern, I just discovered that my usual cast off is no match for my hips and had to redo it. You live and learn.
I would definitely recommend this as a first jumper for anyone (although maybe go for regular Flax rather than Light if you want it to go a bit faster) – I am not a confident knitter but I managed this with very few problems, it’s easy, it’s comfy, and it looks really good.
I can see this becoming my favourite jumper, and I’m already itching to cast on another one!