FO Friday: Scrap Yarn Sock Advent

FO Friday: Scrap Yarn Sock Advent

Surprisingly comfy!
Surprisingly comfy!

 

Pattern: Scrap Yarn Sock Advent 2014 aka Joulukalenteri 2014 by Where We Once Knitted (Neulisti and Vyyhti) [My Ravelry Project Page]

Yarn/needles:

Various scraps of sock-weight yarn too numerous to mention!

The ends! The ends! So. many. ends.
The ends! The ends! So. many. ends.

Weight of finished socks is 88 g so I estimate an approximate total yardage of 350 – 370 m (based off an average of 400 – 420 m per 100 g of sock yarn)

2.25 mm needles for stocking stitch sections, 2.5 mm for stranded colourwork sections.

Strike a pose!
Strike a pose!

Dates: 1st Jan 2015 – 19th Feb 2015

Techniques (those new to me are marked with an *):

  • Knitting in the round
  • Bosnian Toe*
  • Crystal afterthought heel*
  • Stranded knitting in the round
  • Intarsia in the round
  • Mosaic knitting in the round
  • An (unsuccessful) attempt at jogless stripes
  • Twisted rib in the round
  • Duplicate stitch*
  • Russian cast off
Sock A (see list below for details of each section)
Sock A (see list below for details of each section)

Not all of these relate to me directly (some are inspired by family).

  1. Favourite album: Jagged Little Pill [Sock A]
  2. Yarn stash size: 20-50 kg (guess) [Sock B]
  3. Image search of your name: Pink [Sock B]
  4. Closest piece of art: Painting of two sheep in a field [Sock A]
  5. Colour from first letter of mother’s maiden name: B = brown [Sock A]
  6. Country of your birth: England [Sock B]
  7. Internet test thingy: Red [Sock B]
  8. Family: We are all family (and I’m a damn hippie!). My favourite colours of purple and orange [Sock A]
  9. Earliest memory: Lego box covered in black/white checked paper [Sock A]
  10. Favourite carol: “The Holly and The Ivy” [Sock B]
  11. Favourite tree: Silver birch – chart inspired by/adapted from Dogwood socks pattern [Sock A]
  12. Favourite walk: Farmer’s field [Sock A]
  13. Reverse acronym generator: Red [Sock A]
  14. Other hobby: Spinning wheel (chart adapted from Fileuse pattern) [Sock B]
  15. Favourite cartoon: X-Men colours (cartoon/comic version) [Sock B]
  16. RGB birth-date: Dark blue [Sock A]
  17. Chinese zodiac: monkey [Sock A]
  18. Wikipedia random article search: result was Hornick, Cornwall, so did Cornish flag [Sock B]
  19. Favourite flower: Red roses  – chart from Rose Mitts [Sock B]
  20. Favourite socks are purple, so yellow [Sock A]
  21. Favourite cartoon character: Leela from Futurama (purple for her hair) [Sock A]
  22. Sports team colours: Yellow and blue [Sock B]
  23. Favourite constellation: Orion [Sock B]
  24. Colour from comment section: Forest Green [Sock A]
Sock B (see list above for details of each section)
Sock B (see list above for details of each section)
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WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday

Well, one of last week’s Works In Progress is/are now Finished Objects, but I’ll only be able to show you those in April!

First up is this Exploration Station shawl:

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Newly-knit rows at bottom of photo. Not many rows, but lots of stitches!

 

Not much done since yesterday, but it’s heading in the right direction.

The Duotone Cowl is puttering along nicely:

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Still have 40 g of the alpaca left.

 

And finally, the Scrap Yarn Sock Advent:

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Note the “To Do” list on the left; most are crossed out!

So, nothing earth-shattering, but all moving forward!

Work in progress Wednesday

Work in progress Wednesday

The “skinned Ewok” hood went backwards before it came forwards, and this is where I’m up to now:

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And here’s progress on the Advent Socks:
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Less work than I’d have liked, overall, because I’m the kind of not well that does lend itself to knitting. Almost symptom free after coughing half a lung up over the weekend, but just feel very… not well!
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A new technique for the new year

A new technique for the new year

I hadn’t gone out of my way to learn a new knitting technique; I just happened upon one!

This is the Bosnian Toe from the Crystal Socks pattern that I’m using for the Advent Socks.

SYSA WIP toe start
You start with a stocking stitch tab (similar to the garter tab start in some shawls), pick up stitches around that, and then work in the round.

I chose to do a temporary cast on using the cable of a circular needle as my “waste yarn” (the bottom cable in the photo above). This way I only have to pick stitches up along the sides.

SYSA WIP toe start 2

And this is the finished toe:

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Looks a bit weird out of context…

The Great New Year’s Eve/Day Cast On Event!

The Great New Year’s Eve/Day Cast On Event!

That’s a very long-winded way of saying NEW PROJECT TIME EVERYONE!!!

I’ve decided to do a bit of a scrap-yarn-down and the Scrap Yarn Sock Advent Calendar 2014 pattern fits the bill.

I’ve already got each of the days planned out (the advantage of not playing along in real time) so I can get all the yarn sorted in advance. Well … that’s the theory, anyway.

SYSA WIP1
All the yarn for the Scrap Yarn Sock Advent pattern. Some yarns will be used more than once.

The yarns in the centre are for the toes, heels and ribbing (rather than try and match all of  the other yarns I decided to try and match none of them!).

I could knit sock A first and then sock B, since I’m not playing along in real-time, but I think I’ll stick to the order laid out in the pattern.