Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Naughty Knitting

I've been a bad, bad knitter. I should be working on Pebbles, my March UFO pick of the long abandoned Garden Path Shawl or the beautiful Campanula socks.

Instead my schedule and lack of brainpower have me working on far less complicated projects. Here we have the Flame's next pair of socks (blue/green/grey/white, I am at the heel flap of sock 2), my finished Vintage Socka Socks, new socks for me (Regia Spirit in blue) and an Odessa hat in grey.

Project Specs : Vintage Socka Socks - mish-mash pattern from various sources. I use Priscilla Gibson-Robert's toe-up start and Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer's toe-up turned heel. Everything else is my fault entirely.

Yarn : Fortissima Socka Colori, I lost the ball band a long time ago, but perusal of on-line colour cards has me believe that the current 2414 would be a good match.

Needles : 2.25mm dpns (Aeros, maybe?)

Started : so very, very long ago, I picked these up as my January UFO Resurrection project
Finished : end of February 2007

Notes : 67 stitches in the foot, 68 for the leg. Washed and dried, these have the thickest, softest hand of any socks so far. Better even than my Conwy socks out of Socka 2434 on 2.5mm needles. I think I have mastered my perfect sock.

That hasn't been all of the Nau(gh)tie knitting I've been doing, here's my Swap Softly creation hiding in the wild. I'm really pleased with how he turned out. My tentacles look as if they are growing out of the knitting organically.

I picked up two stitches for the bottom of the i-cord. Each stitch was picked up so that they were off-set from the original stockinette by half a stitch (so I picked up into the left half of a stitch and the right half of the stitch to the left of it simultaneously).

Once I have both stitches on my double-pointed needle, I take a second needle and pick up into the centre stitch 1 row above the two stitches I have just picked up. I place the loop onto my original dpn and start working my i-cord.

Project specs : Nautie from Knitty

Yarn : KP Wool of the Andes in Fern and Marks and Kattens' Dream in pale blue (nothing like soft, fuzzy tentacles)

Needles : 3.5mm Brittany Birch dpns

Started : March 2, 2007
Finished : March 19, 2007

I knit the face onto the body as it seemed easier to continue stuffing as I went. It worked out very well as the pick-up made for a very definite turned edge.

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Blogger MezzoDiva said...

Yep. Simple socks are soothing. Sometimes the world feels like it's going a little too fast, and then you just need some mindless and comfortingly mundane stockinette socks to keep you sane.

Okay, and a creepy crawly cute new friend is nice too!

9:51 PM  
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Anonymous marti said...

So very cute! I am afraid that my swap softly thing isn't quite as creative! After I finish the monster socks for Dennis I think it will be a while before he gets another pair...sigh.

8:47 AM  
Blogger Spinny Bunt said...

I love Nautie! I want a Nautie! Please feel free to make one and send it this way. ; )

2:05 PM  
Blogger Venus said...

Awesome. Nautie is so cute! And at least socks for you will take less time than socks for mens size 13 feet. Can't wait to see how all that blue knits up.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Oooh, what a cute little Nautie! The tentacles are very organic, you've done a wonderful job! It's the nicest Nautie I've ever seen. Now I want one too.

12:57 PM  

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