Knitting, Socks

Upside Down Monkeys

I have wanted to knit myself a pair of the Cookie A ‘Monkey Socks’ for quite some time. I think I must be the only sock knitter without a pair and the simple yarn over increases and single stitch decreases create an easy to memorise pattern that is an addicitve knit.

So in true ‘change everything but keep the identity’ style I cast on a pair of toe up monkeys. The pattern on Knitty calls for 2.5mm needles. I thought that was going to be a liitle loose for a 64 stitch pattern as I knit all of my socks on 2.25mm needles at 64 stitches… So I ignored that part of the pattern and used 2.25mm needles it’s worked perfectly, very pleased I went down a size.

For the heel I used Nathan Taylors toe up sock heel with a gusset (my first time knitting one of these in a long time!) a bit of maths and some tounge poking out the side of my mouth concentrating later I bloody well managed it! Pat on the back to me at 3 am in the morning while feeding Eve.

I’ve made the socks cropped with added shortrows at the back to create a lip so they dont roll into my trainiers and bunch up under my feet… In theory and it adds a little attractive extra detail when I’m wearing them that I really like

These are my perfect springtime sport sock… I love wearing Converse trainers and these I’ve designed to fit perfectly about half an inch above ther top line of my shoes.

Details:

Yarn – Stranded Dyeworks Plateau sockblank in the Koi Colourway

Needles – Hiya Hiya sharp 2.25mm & 2mm Chiagoo mini interchangables for the top

Stitch Markers – Friperies & Bibelots snag free mini O’rings.

Leather Knitting Bag – Handmade by me

Knitting

WIP Wednesday – What’s on the needles?

In a bid to kickstart more regular posts I’m going to start a bi-weekly WIP segment… Bit of motivation and I love watching and reading about other peoples WIP’s, yarn choices and modifications. So kicking off with Brioche!!…

Double Denim Marl

So as part of the pattern selection I’m putting together at the moment I’m knitting up some samples and after knitting sooo many Bobble Marley hats my marling mojo is in full swing. I also wanted something a little quicker than just 4ply, so using a 5mm needle and a collection of Coop Knits Sock Yeah that I’d lined up for a broke the that wasn’t working for the project I intended it too.

Using grey, blues and greens I’ve colour graded the shawl with a mixture of one and two colour Brioche. I’ve even made tassels!! Bloody love a tassel… Don’t know why I don’t own anything with tassels on! So far this has been a quick enough knit, I’ve enjoyed watching my progress and getting from one colour change to the next. Still undecided as to whether or not I’m going to add a scalloped edge to the shawl but that might be a little more than my tired brain can handle at the moment. I’m currently working with this incredible teal colour that I use love! Sock Yeah yarn is lightly marled as it is, if you look closely there is such depth to this yarn that makes it a real pleasure to watch run through your fingers… I just love it. I’m hoping to have this one finished in the next week or so, if I can keep the motivation up!

White Horse Jumper

I keep wanting to write sweater… it’s not, its a jumper I’ve taken on the ‘sweater’ Americanism (nothing wrong with that). This project has been on my needles for quite some time and I’m now about 5″ into the body… I desperately want to get this finished to wear before the summer gets too warm.

I’m knitting it from 100% BFL from Riverknits in the Gringer Nut colour way that Becci dyed specifically for me for this project… such a talented woman! I’ve tried it on… It fits so far (always a bonus, especially as I started it whilst pregnant and my decision making processes were slightly impaired by hormones and sleep deprivation)

Thinking that I might make it cropped as I really love the way it looks with cropped sleeves and a slightly shorted body – I’m making a medium size so that it fits and flatters my new postpartum body.

Toe Up Monkeys

I’ve wanted to knit a pair of these for a long time, they’ve been in my queue for quite some time… I’m knitting these using a sock blank purchased from Amy of Stranded Dyeworks. This is her Koi colour way and I think it works perfectly for this pattern.

I’ve not yet knitted a toe up sock with a heel flap and gusset but a friend recommended the sock maticians formula for toe up socks. I’ve got to the point where I need to turn the heel but I haven’t yet had a chance to sit and read through the pattern so I know what I’m doing without distractions (very difficult with a new baby).

Some people like to unravel their sock blanks and block then residing them before knitting with them, I love knitting strait from the blank but it does mean that I need to block anything I knit from them fairly aggressively after finishing, it effects my gauge very slightly but not enough to bother me. I’ve used 2 of Amy’s sock blanks before… They’re somewhat of an addiction! Great dye saturation and the colours she picks I really like. Not my usual colour choice ‘Koi’ is oranges, pinks, whites topped off with black speckles, so much fun to knit with and I’m really looking forward to wearing these.

FO Friday, Knitting, Pattern Release

New Pattern Release – Preppy Shawl

Just in time of the weekend! Grab a skein and a half of your favourite colours and join us in casting on this addictive new knit!

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An easy combination of cables and simple lace the repeatable pattern is knit from the top down ending with a strong preppy striped ribbed boarder.

All you need is 100g of your main colour and 50g of your contrasting colour.

The pattern is now available though our Ravelry shop and with the code PREPPYWEEKEND you can buy the pattern this weekend only for £1 (+ your countries VAT)

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Happy knitting everyone and have a great weekend.

Nu x

 

FO Friday, Knitting

Azula for Fionnghuala

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe have another FO! I’m on a roll this month… Well maybe not a roll, more of a gentle tumble down a grassy bank but we are getting through projects slowly!

This project was a bit of a cheat however as I cast it on and completed it in two days… So no further with my mountain of WIP’s but damn I’m chuffed with this one!

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It’s from a recently released pattern collection by Woolly Wormhead and is available on her website and though Ravelry. The collection consist of 5 hats, each with an element as inspiration. The hats are constructed sideways, shaped with short rows and then grafted together… genius!

I couldn’t be happier with my hat… Woolly’s patterns are incredibly easy to follow, very intuitive and for a first time sideways hat knitter I’m really impressed with the outcome. I can’t recommend this collection enough. Knitted in DK weight yarn too they would be the perfect christmas knits for friends and family… That might be dangerous though as I really can’t see me gifting any of this beautiful collection.

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“Graftin” – After spending a lot more of the summer than I care to admit sucked into ‘Love Island’ (I blame my husband… He started the car crash TV watching with last years!) Grafting to me means working hard to win someones affection… Woolly you’ve saved me from this terrible slang! Grafting is actually a pleasant experience and (as long as you have the right amount of stitches on each needles) is easy to complete, satisfying and finishes off a project neatly without drama… It in no way includes sordid love triangles and half naked 20 somethings with a whole summer burn… literally! I digress…

Everyone needs to knit one of these, they really are a  new and engaging way to create and shape hats… Just fantastic.

Happy Knitting!

With Love

Nu

 

P.S – In case you’re all wondering – Fionnghuala is my full name, it’s Irish and not as all as unpronounceable as it definitely looks – “Finoola”

 

Knitting, Pattern Release

Truro Twist DK

I have at long last I have found the time to finish and have tested my absolute favourite shawl. I still have the first version of this shawl that I ever knitted, it was made from Noro silk garden 4PLY and was my first time pattern designing as well as knitting a triangular shawl… That was nearly 10 years ago. (Bad quality and very aged photograph below) 

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Since then I’ve been on a very long journey, with my knitting and in my personal life. This shawl pattern has stayed with me and developed into the two beautiful variations that I have now, the 4ply with a ruffled edge and the DK with a ribbed edge. The shawls feature a simple top down construction with a beautiful central plated spine.

I’m so incredibly proud of these patterns and to have carried them in my heart all this time its a privilege to see them out in the open and share them with other knitters.

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Truro Twist DK

As these patterns are so special to me and I would like to share them with as many people as possible you can use the code “TRUROTWIST” at the checkout in my Ravelry shop to get 50% off your order. This promotion will run until the 30th September- perfect Autumn knitting!

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Truro Twist 4ply

I hope you enjoy knitting them as much as I have and get many happy years wearing  them.

With love

Nu

FO Friday, Knitting, Socks

FO Happy Feet Friday!

So last week I introduced some of the mountain of sock I have on my needles.

Today I am pleased to announce I’ve made headway into clearing the backlog!

We have an FO!! (Finished Object)

I’ve finished my Squirrel Socks! My first pair of finished socks in months and I couldn’t be happier with them! I’m even considering knitting a lot more socks of 2mm needles, I really like the density and finish of the final fabric. I’ve been a 2.25mm girl for a long time but these might have converted me just a little!

For those of you in the dark, I’ve named these squirrel socks (not because I have attached a large fluffy tail to the heel) because of the yarn name… Earlier in the year one of my favourite dyers Riverknits the amazing floating dye studio, released a colour way passed on the Giant Indian Red Squirrel… It has fast become one of my favourite colour ways. I also used new needles too… Addi Sock wonder needles. They are the best mini needles I’ve found, especially for use with my slightly larger hands. Great needles these socks flew by! I’ll definitely be using them again soon.

These are going to be an autumnal pregnancy staple with leather boots I can feel it already!

Thank you for sharing in my FO happiness, I’ll write again soon and hopefully have more to share!

Nu xx

P.S. I used a really simple basic pattern for these socks they weren’t hard to make at all, for more information you can find stitch counts on my Ravelry project page