Christmas Eve Cast -On

On Christmas eve I wanted to cast on a pair of socks with this lovely Opal yarn that I bought in Cambridge 2019. It has a silver sparkle in it so it was perfect to use it during Christmas and I was not using any patterns for this one, so just a vanilla sock with a bit of “fun” just after the rib.

I have just cast on the second sock so this pair will soon be finished.

Yarn used: Fingering weight (Opal 9670 Shine)
Needle: 2.50 mm
Started: 24th of December 2021

Lovely Blankets

When I have finished a pair of socks, shawl, cowl a.s.o, I can’t throw away the leftover yarn, instead, I use it for a scrappy project like blankets or socks even, so here I have four blankets on the go at the same time and as soon as I have finished a project, that yarn goes straight into these blankets.

The two Granny Striped blankets are from a pattern by Atic24 and it’s a free pattern. You can see I have two of them on the go and that’s because one is wider than the other one and I have only variegated and tonal yarns in that one and only for two rows, whilst in the other one I use even solid coloured yarn and up to 4 rows of the same yarn depending on the yarn itself.

The top blanket is called “Jelly Roll Blanket” by Kay F Jones from the Bakery Bears Podcast and it’s a pay-for pattern and you’ll find it at Ravelry. The one on top of the Granny Striped Blankets is another one from Kay F Jones and it’s part of a blanket called “Stitch in Time” and that too is a pay-for pattern and can be bought via Ravelry. All these blankets are perfect for getting rid of leftover yarn from projects.

Oh-land /Öland Cardigan

Beautiful Cardigan by Linnea Ornstein

I really wanted to knit this one as soon as I saw it but it did take a bit of time before I had all the yarn and that I felt ready for colourwork. But I did it. Everything went fine but the colourwork was puckering a bit and I was hoping it would flatten out after blocking, and it did but turned it way too big at the top. So I’m a bit upset now over this because it fitted perfectly unblocked and now it’s massive. I think I will not use Superwash Merino for these things in the future or just knit one size smaller so it will fit after blocking. A woman in my group on Facebook told me that she always knit just the colourwork in yokes one size smaller and I will try that next time. Now I need to rescue this in some way because I really like it.

Before blocking

Here it is before blocking and it fitted perfectly. I was so pleased over that and all it needed at this time was buttons and blocking to get the puckering of the colourwork flattened/relaxed.

I need to do something to the neckline at the back I think to tighten it up a bit and I still need buttons.

Jelly Roll Blanket

Jelly Roll Blanket by: Kay F Jones

Another blanket that I started up during May and it’s another scrappy blanket made of leftovers and it’s so much fun to knit this one. The picture is showing the wrong side of it and here underneath is the front. No seeming just attache as you go. Brilliant.

The pattern can be bought via Ravelry.

September Socks

September Socks (Socks with faked Cables)

These socks have a long history with me because I started way back in 2011 or thereabout and I was a new knitter then after a long pause from 1987 when I just had started to learn it back in 1985 with mums help. So when I put this to the side and left it for some time I could not see where in the pattern I was because I was not experienced enough at that time, so I ripped it all up and left it to that, but I had deiced to use this yarn for That sock in the future and that future was now in 2021.

I’m so pleased with them and the pattern is so easy to knit and it looks nice and I managed to make them to match. There will be more socks in this pattern.

If you want to give these a go then you’ll find the pattern here at Ravelry.
The pattern is in Swedish and English by Helene Wallin

Yarn used: Fingering weight
Needle: 2.50 mm
Started: 18th of April 2021
Finished: 28th of May 2021
PatternSockor med falska flätor/Faux Cables Socks
Designer: Helene Wallin

Granny Stripe Blanket

I wanted to crochet this blanket for so many years now that I have forgotten for how long and I never got around to start because there was always something else on the go but now I had so many leftovers from sock knitting and blanket knitting that the time was right. The pattern is free and it’s from the Attic24 and the very talented Lucy has made this for us all to make. I chained 300 and the yarn is fingering and the hook I use is 2.50.

This will take the time it takes because I use scraps/leftovers from other projects and I’m in no hurry.

It’s on the floor next to my chair and as soon as I have some leftovers from something it goes straight into the blanket.

Bits And Bobs Cowl

This knit was a real struggle for me. I never thought I would be able to make it but I didn’t give up and I tried at least 15 times before I got the hang of it and managed to finish it. I never thought knits and purls could be so hard and this is the Fishermans’ Rib and held with 2 strands of yarn. One was the main one and it was Cascade Yarns Heritage white and the rest was leftovers from sock knitting and shawl knitting.

I have to say that I’m glad that I finished it because it’s so soft and squishy and I might make another one in the future, now that I know how to knit it, but I’m not in a hurry.

Yarn used: Fingering weight
Needle: 4.00 mm
Started: 28th of Mars 2021
Finished: 2nd of May 2021
Pattern: Bits and Bobs Cowl
Designer: Kay F Jones

Time to Dye again!

It was time to dye another colour and this time it was time for the pink-orange version and I was really pleased over how it turned out.

Here it is, ready for cooling off.
Drying in the sun and this time I dyed 2x50gr as well as 1x100gr. The 2x 50gr are for socks.
Dried and ready for use.

I feel that I really can get used to do this and I have already the next colour in mind, a golden one. Let’s see when I’ll have time to dy it.

1st Hand-dyed Yarn

Finally! I have for some years now (since 2017) wanted to try out to dye my own yarn and now it finally happened. I was very nervous at first but it was so much fun and I want to do more now. I’m a big fan, follower, and patreon of the Bakery Bears Podcast and have been following them from the start, and Kay who is the dyer of the duo (Dan & Kay) has dyed up so many beautiful colourways through the years and I have bought some and won others. Now she has a dying show that’s a part of being a patreon can get access to, where she shows her ways of dying some of her beautiful colourways and it’s this that got me starting this year. If you want to find out more about this Duo, then jump over to their Webpage for full information and the history of their work with the Podcast.

So here’s a few photos of my first ever hand-dyed yarn.

When I got to this stage, I really wanted to stop and I will do that the next time.
Here it is in it’s finished colour and it was time to let it cool.
Hanging up to dry.
Here it is. My first hand-dyed yarn, ready to knit with.

This was so much fun to do but it does take time and planning but I loved every minute of it and will do this again. Planning to make a pinky peachy one next time.

The 2nd Moondust

2nd Moondust finished

I never showed the second Moondust efter it had been blocked, so here it is!

It didn’t turn out as good as I was hoping for and that’s probably because of some reason this one turned out to be longer than my first one. The yarn is the same, just another colour, and I used the same size needles but it still turned out longer. I must have knitted this one looser.

Here’s my first one, check the size difference between them!

And this is the designers one that’s on the pattern I bought.

So I might rip it all out or just leave it for a bit and see how I feel about it later.