Not quite…

I have a new sock. It’s far from perfect, and it’s a result of trial and error (less trial, much  more error…), but it’s still a sock. I don’t know if it will ever get a partner, but I hope so.DSC02286ok

The back side is a big problem. It wasn´t a very good idea to use the same size needles for both the fair isle front, and the ribbed back, which is also knitted in a completely different yarn. I knew this from the start, while watching the backside grow and grow and get bigger and bigger compared to the front. But knitter’s denial is a powerful thing. “Surely this will fix itself after blocking!” Nope, it didn’t.  DSC02290ok

So a tiny note to self. Next time, frog! Rip it out before too much knitting has been done and it feels like an impossible task. Really!

Decisions, decisions…

White…

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…or red?

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White or red… White or red… I’ve been swatching a little, and I just can’t decide which one I like more. I think I’m leaning towards white.

The yarns are a pure joy to work with. The white one is a bit thinner than the red, which shows in the fabric, but it doesn’t really bother me. I expect the yarns to bloom and even out after blocking. All in all, I’m very pleased with the result. Can’t wait to put everything together for the sock.

Christmas knitting

If you didn’t know it, Christmas is fast approaching and there’s not much time left to knit gifts! At least that’s how it feels, with two kids and a job taking up most of my precious knitting time. At the moment, I’m working on this.

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Socks for my youngest. Or possibly socks that will be a gift for a newborn. They’re turning out smaaaaaall! I need to see how they stretch after blocking. Red and white, perfect to get that Christmas feeling.

Also on Ravelry.

Elner socks

Woohoo! I just published my very first pattern for sale on Ravelry. Elner socks. So who is Elner, you might wonder. Elner was my grandfather from my father’s side. He lost his mother at a young age, fought the Finnish Winter War, had his house burn down and finally lost the battle with cancer in his sixties, when I was only two years old. I think he deserves a pair of socks, don’t you?

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The inspiration for this sock came from, well, lots of complaining about cold feet. I needed to figure out how to make the cuff really warm. And stranded knitting, with cables, doubled… I think that qualifies as warm, possibly HOT!

I also knitted a Shedir hat in the same technique some time ago. I really liked the complexity of cabled knitting in two colors, and decided to try it out on a sock. This is what came off the needles.

Here’s the pattern on Ravelry. I hope you like it!