Hey, how are you? Enjoy your winter holidays? Good to hear. Things have been a bit busy Chez Joey, and not in a good way; so if you have missed my enchanting presence in the last couple of months my apologies. Things seem to be getting better now, so I will endeavour to be around more often. Would you like to see what I’ve been working on? Excellent.
After all the Christmas knitting, wrapping, decorating, blahblahblah was done I was really looking forward to knitting whatever I felt like. After that last two pattern releases I was also looking forward to knitting a pattern that didn’t invlove me writing down every blessed stitch. First off the needles was a pair of socks for me, in a yarn that fortuitously showed up at my door on the very day I was going to start something. Clearly it was a sign.
These are my Block of Gnomes socks, which went by very quickly, and I wore Christmas Eve.
Yarn: Gnome Acres Sparkle Gnome Sock in the Bertie Botts colour way. Sparkles (the yarn has stellina in it!), Harry Potter and gnomes? Yeah, you know I couldn’t resist! Awesome stuff to work with and it’s washed beautifully too. Go look at her shop, it’s ok, I’ll wait. Just don’t buy up all the Zombie Flannel, ok?
Pattern: Block of Chocolate Socks – a nice free pattern that I’ve had in the queue for a while. A nice easy stitch pattern that (of course) I modified slightly, by not taking it all the way down the foot so it looks like someone has been biting off blocks of chocolate. I made each foot different so no notes were required. I also fancied up the toes.
Once I finished those I wanted to start a pair for Joey who has been so awesome during the past two months of Doom. He has cooked, cleaned, rearranged his schedule, come flying home from work early, given up several weekends and days off to help me all the while keeping me well stocked in chocolate and alcohol. The least I can do is socks. But they better be really good socks. I had seen this pattern a while ago, and then it was featured in the Sock Knitter’s Anonymous group on Ravelry. I liked it the first time I saw it, and the repeated viewings weakened my defences. Joey usually likes crazy coloured socks, this time it would be a crazy patterned sock.
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Heritage in the stunningly named 5627 (oh, their website says it’s also called Jade) colour. Nice, smooth, soft, a good price and it comes in lots of colours. You can’t miss.
Pattern: Gladys – hey this one is free too! Looks more complicated than it is (psst: it’s just knits and purls) although I’ve gotta say – there’s a lot of seed stitch. I’ve discovered that I like to look at seed stitch more than I like to knit seed stitch. This one just needs a toe – fortunately not a seed stitch one.
Next up: Look, it’s not a sock!!
My friend Rose bought herself a beautiful red coat, and as soon as I saw it I thought it needed a purple scarf. I’ve had this lovely skein in my stash for a year, never sure what it wanted to be. Obviously it was waiting for this!
Pattern: Brooklyn Tweed’s Guernsey Wrap. Originally written for worsted weight yarn, turns out if you cast on with sock weight on 3.5mm needles you get a good scarf size.
So after knitting so many patterns with texture I was beginning to want a break. I started to think that maybe I needed to put the seed stitch and ribbing down for a day and just do some nice boring stockinette. On the other hand, I was afraid if I did that then I wouldn’t go back to any of the textured stuff. I struggled with it for about a day. Then I ran into this.
In case you were wondering, the Dark Side has cookies AND Noro.