I am really enjoying this MKAL but it has taken a back seat to my current WIP as that is due in a week or so.  As I am constantly working on the WIP my spinning plans have gone awry so the yarn I need to complete this project is not yet made but it will be….

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I knitted these guys up a few weeks ago while sitting in a couple of seminars/training days for work.  I always make a point of speaking to the presenter prior to the commencement and making sure they are ok if I knit.  I get some strange looks sometimes and often envious looks for others in the crowd who must be wishing they had their knitting too!  Unfortunately with these sock knitting during a seminar backfired in that I was unable to try them on & started & finished the first sock in one session.  When I finally tried it on I found the cut to be very very tight so very difficult to put on.   With the second one I added a few more stitches to the cuff and in the last round did a few K2tog to get it back to the specified number & this worked really well.  In true Cinderella style (read here Ugly Step-Sister) I made them fit & wore them to work.  By the end of the day my foot was numb – needless to say they now belong to Sophie even if a little big!

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I cast on a new project last week.  It won’t make its deadline but my nieces are used to that.  I had an overwhelming sense of procrastination over this project but I don’t think it was about the project so much as a feeling of a lack of time and a self-imposed pressure to get it done – in typical style for me that means just don’t do it!

The yellow is so happy & cheery that so far it has been a pleasure and, for now, it is growing at an amazing rate.  As a result of knitting this the Susanna IC KAL is languishing but I’ll get back to that soon.

So, here is the beginning of another Sorello by Tikki:

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I love this pattern – the way Tikki designs them is so easy to use & follow & the results are always fantastic.  This photo really doesn’t do justice to the yarn colour.  It’s due on the 25th October but will most likely be delivered at Christmas…..maybe there will be a miracle!

 

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When I picked up the kids from the bus last night, I noted the joy with which they bounced towards the car.  I know it’s only the first week back but it was still not the normal “getting off the bus” demeanour.  With them in such a good mood I suggested a trip down the street to get the mail hoping that the new blender I ordered would be waiting at the post office – a vain hope as it only got shipped yesterday.  We went to the local bakery and bought a treat and then came home.  I asked them what had been so good about school today and they both said they had a new art teacher (they love their usual teacher but a change is fun) who started a new project with them.  The conversation went like this:

“What was so goo about art today?”, I asked.

“Mum, we had to deconstruct wool and then make something with it”, they tell me.

“Deconstruct wool?”, I ask.

“Yeah, it was so much fun!”, they say.

“What do you mean, “deconstruct wool”?”, I question.

“I’ll show you”, says Sophie pulling a heap of red wool threads from her pocket and producing a lightly felted piece of white wool shaped in a circle.

“Oh”, I say, “You’ve been felting!”.

“Miss B is so good, she’s even made her own hat out of felted wool!”, they tell me.  “I wish we had wool for felting”.

I swear I nearly fell over.

“Mum, do you know how to felt?”.  Incredulously I looked at them both.  I mean, I breastfed these kids while spinning & knitting & felting!  We have a house FULL of yarn & fibre!  I am always knitting or spinning or doing fibre preparation.  Off to the spare room we went & dived into the boxes of yarn & fibre – the shock and joy was beautiful – then into the bathroom we went….

Sophie lamented not enough wool to make a ball & I told her to go grab a handful of wool from the bag on the back verandah.  “What, the wool Rex gave you?”

“Yes!”, I reply.

“There’s so much and there are so many colours in it!”.

Fancy finding two children who love wool living under my and fancy living in a house full of fibre!  I had better send some in to school next week!

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Those socks are done and a new pair quickly following along although I have encountered a problem already but more on that next week…

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Specs:

Pattern: Cornrow socks by Preita Salyer

Yarn – Misti Alpaca Hand Painted Sock Yarn – colourway

Needles – 2.25 mm

Gauge – no idea but way too small for me!

Timing: 15th June 2014 – 16th September 2014

Yards –  I had a fair bit left over – enough for a pair of tennis socks for me.

Modifications – Nil.

I really admire people who develop and share patterns.  I appreciate the time they must put in and the generosity in sharing the pattern but that said I would NEVER knit this pattern again.  There is nothing wrong with the pattern, it’s easy to follow, the end result looks amazing but getting there for me was a huge effort.  I found the mini cables a trial and the resulting fabric doesn’t have much stretch in it so it’s definitely a time when I would have benefited from a gauge swatch!  In the end I made them for Sophie to save on extra knitting but I now lament putting in so much effort for a pair of socks that will be quickly grown out of.

I will most definitely use this yarn again & the same colour way for a plain pair of socks, it’s lovely to knit up & very effective.

All that said, I LOVE these socks.  I LOVE the way they look & feel.  It’s a pity I’ll never knit a pair for myself!

I finished the first clue for Susanna IC MKAL on Saturday which was a bit of a surprise.  The Grand Final was on (but I didn’t watch it – it held no interest this year and gave a disappointing result – not a very competitive game!) which is usually good knitting time but instead I sat out by the pool while the kids swam and knitted there in the sunshine.  I had just started Clue 2 when Sam started to make noise about feeling sick and we spent the afternoon on the couch with his head in a bucket while I stroked his forehead.  Let’s get something clear here – that is a big deal as I am the sort of mother that’s short on sympathy for illness – I think it’s due to being a nurse – so for me it was a big deal.  It was kind of nice in a not nice way!  I am trying harder to be more nurturing in times of illness – especially gastroenteritis type bugs because they often get me!  Anyway, here is Clue 1 finished – Sam took the photo for me and it’s a better job than I can do:

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I chose the beads with the silver lining – they seemed to stand out just enough & I am doing the “lots of beads” version for a bit of razzle dazzle especially as it’s a gift & I want it to look…..opulent.  I am not sure the general population appreciates the effort of handspun but  know most of them like bling & will think beads in knitting is pretty special.

 

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