FO: Prairie Spring socks

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This is what monogamous knitting will apparently get you, a relatively fast FO! Although it still took me 3 weeks, which isn’t exactly a sock knitting record.

Pattern: Prairie Spring
Yarn: Spun Right Round Superwash Sock 80/20 in Graffiti Overlay (you can find my pictures of the yarn here)

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I don’t think I have enough words to express how happy I am with this yarn, there’s not a single negative thing I could say about it. For me it has the perfect trade off between being sturdy and bouncy, and feeling like it can take the wear and tear of a sock, but still feeling very soft. Of course it remains to be seen how the yarn will last in the future of course. And again, I couldn’t be more pleased with the vibrant specks of colour. I do fear that variegated yarns become to busy for my taste, but in this case it adds something interesting without looking like clown vomit (maybe just a little). I’ve definitely added this yarn to my christmas wishlist!

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And I can recommend the pattern for any sort of variegated yarn. I didn’t make any interesting mods, just some tiny things you can find on my project page. I didn’t really get bored during the knitting, there’s just enough going on to keep it interesting. The only thing that I didn’t particularly like was that the sock was instructed to be knit on 3 needles, which I assumed would have some sort of reason. I’m still not quite sure if it had a purpose or was just a personal preference of the designer, but I’m a 4 DPNs kind of girl.

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Although in some ways I did appreciate the monogamous knitting, I think I used up all of my self restraint for the rest of the year. So I’ll probably be casting on all the things this weekend.

Lovely lovely winter

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These past weeks I’ve seen so many wonderful pictures of people celebrating Thanksgiving and I felt quite envious. But to be honest my December has been quite festive as well! Starting off with my birthday on the 1st, I had all of my family over and we had such a cosy afternoon.

This past weekend we celebrated Sinterklaas. If you’re not familiar with the concept, it’s an old traditional children’s holiday celebrated mainly in the Netherlands and Belgium, and some parts of Germany as well if I’m not mistaken. The basic concept is that Saint Nicholas arrives in the country ‘travelling by boat from Spain’ and we get to put our shoes by the fireplace, which in the morning will be filled with traditional candy and presents. Before the actual celebration we draw each others name out of a hat, and we prepare little gifts and a poem for the person we drew. On Sinterklaas eve (December 5th) you spend time with your family, opening presents and reading out the poems. The more creative families will also craft a ‘surprise’ (pronounced the french way), which is used as packaging for a gift. We usually skip the whole crafting bit, but writing each other poems and exchanging presents, together with a nice meal makes for a lovely evening.

I’m generally enjoying the arrival of winter a lot. Sure, I often find myself biking through icy wind and cold rain and I’ll complain endlessly. Sure, I dread leaving the warm house to walk the dog. But then coming home, settling myself by the fireplace with a blanket and some knitting makes it all worth while. Ever since I started my Spring Prairie socks I’ve been knitting very monogamously, leading to great progress (almost done with sock #2!) but also makes for very boring blogging apparently. I do have many new projects planned though. I’ve put most of my birthday money in a savings account, since I just booked a trip to Canada for next year, so I should do some yarn dieting. Yarn abstinence is not in my dictionary though, so some yarn is on its way to my house, however it has not yet arrived. So hopefully more on that later this week.

How about you, do you have any favourite winter traditions and do you enjoy the season?

Even more spring socks

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Finishing a pair of spring-like socks totally entitles me to cast on a new pair of spring-like socks. Remember the prettiest graffiti inspired sock yarn I bought a while ago? I could no longer resist it and wanted to see how it would knit up so badly.

I was looking for the perfect pattern that would show off the yarn without it being too boring. And I think I hit the pattern jackpot with this one. The pattern I’m using is called Prairie Spring. It has the nice twisting slipped stitches on the leg and still some stockinette on the foot, so there’s plenty of room to admire those beautiful specks of colour. And I’m so freaking in love with this yarn. It’s soft, yet sturdy, it’s colourful but not murder on the eyes. I’m confident I’m going to love love love these socks.

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At the end of the Rainbow

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Hurrah, I’ve finished my Rainbow Wanderer socks! It feels a little mismatched to finish such cheerful socks, with the weather outside being so dreary and grey, but I very much love them nonetheless. Somehow I like the contradiction, maybe in the future I should knit Christmas sweaters in summer.

Pattern: Rainbow Wanderer
Yarn: Leftover Rico Design cotton stretch and my super lovely mini skeinbow from Happy Go Lucky

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My expectations for this pattern was fidgety colourwork and threads of yarn all over the place, and both actually weren’t that bad. The colourwork construction is super easy and with just a little bit of effort, major rainbow knots are easily avoided. The rest of the sock construction is also fairly easy, and I really liked the structure in the form of varying forms of rain(downpour, shower and drizzle). In the beginning I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to use a white background or maybe baby blue or grass green, but I think this combination works nicely. Plus the white was leftover yarn, so win-win!

I also still have rainbow yarn left, so I was thinking of making some fingerless mitts with a rainbow on the side. Although for now I’m happy to go back to knitting with a maximum of two threads, at least a little while.

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As a little bonus I give you these pictures of my cat. As a rule, whenever I bring out the camera to photograph my knitting he gets super jealous and will lie on my work or do whatever necessary to prevent me from getting decent pictures. This time however he made the (nearly) fatal error of sniffing my feet (surely not a good idea). I captured the precious moment on camera of course.

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After a good whiff of odeur de smelly feet he gave me this look of utter disappointment.

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Blog hop!

It’s time for a little blog hop! I got tagged by Kat Riddell of The Wayward Knitter blog to answer a couple of questions, so here are my answers 🙂

1) What am I working on?

So this question at first freaked me out a little bit, because in my head it feels like I’m working on literally everything. But then I took a deep breath and counted my WIPs. It turns out I only have 8 WIPs! Which I don’t think is THAT much as two of them are very near completion (Rainbow Wanderer, here is proof of one sock done and sock #2 is past the heel; and Two at a Time Toe up, almost at the cuff!) and this number even includes things like the Beekeeper’s Quilt, which actually doesn’t count. So what am I working on mostly? I think that’d be the Tiller scarf I blogged about last weekend, it’s such a pleasure to knit even a couple of rows every night.

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2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

This is such a hard question to answer. In a way I don’t feel like my work necessarily differs a lot from others. I just kind of do whatever feels right and hope that it will lead to a nice end result 🙂

3) Why do I write/create what I do?

Not to make this into a sob story or anything, but I have a very clear vision of at least why I write what I write. And the reason is simple, there is no one in my life that really knits. Sure maybe one or two people will make an odd scarf or hat when winter comes, but they don’t feel particularly passionate about it or anything. I could never share my thoughts with them on the level that I’d like to, and I’ve come to find that the online knitting community is so warm and loving (and chatty!). It’s just nice to reach out to other people about something you enjoy so intensely and know that they understand what you’re feeling. And the same goes for the downs that inevitably happen with knitting sometimes as well. There’s people out there that know what you’re going through and actually feel your pain when you share that you’ve had to rip out an entire project.

And the reason why I knit what I knit is even simpler, the peace of mind it can give me in an otherwise hectic world. The sense of accomplishment you feel when learning a new technique or simply creating something awesome. And as an excuse to buy pretty yarns of course.

4) How does my writing/creative process work?

I enjoy reading other blogs, checking instagram, pinterest or twitter to see what other people are creating. It really inspires me, and whenever I see a pattern I like I get into a frenzy to find that perfect yarn that would complete this project (that always has to be knit immediately). Then it takes me ages to actually complete the project, but once it does I try to take some pretty pictures of it and post it up here, on the blog 😉

Next I tag Pia from Noget Uldent!