FO: Evening Stockings for a Young Lady

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Nothings beats finishing a pair of knee socks in the middle of one of the hottest weeks of the year. Ok, actually lots of things can beat that, like a cold drink or a swimming pool. But hey, if not to wear at least it’s a stunning pair to behold.

Pattern: Evening Stockings for a Young Lady by Nancy Bush
Yarn: The contrasting colour is leftover Sweet Fiber Super Sweet Sock and the gray is Schoppel Wolle Admiral

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The reason I cast these on was because after finishing up my Golden Leaves socks I figured I had enough of the beautiful yarn left to use it as a contrasting colour. And since there’s no way of doing any wrong with combining gray and yellow, and neither is it ever a bad idea to make knee socks, the idea for these came to life.

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This was such an easy pair to knit, the lace pattern is easy to memorise, and it does go on for ages. I actually get a lot of wear out of knee socks, because most of winter I’m a boots person. I can imagine the splash of yellow popping out of the top of a pair of boots is going to look awesome.

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FO: Petit Arc-en-Ciel & Little Bunny Girl

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A little later then planned (so I’m hoping the baby hasn’t already grown out of it), but I finally finished this gift.

Pattern: Petit Arc-en-Ciel by Solenn Couix-Loarer
Yarn: Lana Grossa Cool Wool Baby & Happy Go Lucky Sock Skeinbow

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First up this adorable cardigan. I’m still so pleased that this was a perfect match for the Skeinbow that I won with the very fun but also very weird Breaking Cat knitting project. The first project I made with them were a pair of rainbow wanderer socks and they’re the happiest things ever. Now the colours are forming an adorable yoke, which seriously makes me wonder if I as an adult could also pull off a rainbow yoke. It would totally look professional and adult-y right? I picked the Lana Grossa yarn because it’s hopefully machine washable, let’s hope the skeinbow yarn will also manage! I decided to make the pocket in the same purple yarn that also ends the rainbow.

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Pattern: Bunny Girl in a Dotty Dress by Julie Williams
Yarn: Drops Safran

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This is such a cute pattern and I think I’ll include it in many gifts to come, however what surprised me was the fact that absolutely nothing was knit in the round. This means lots of sewing and god I hate sewing things up. All in all it felt like such a fiddly process that I’m a little glad it’s finished. Still though, I really will be making more Little Cotton Rabbits in the future, because just look at it! And the fact that you can make loads of different clothes to go with the animals is perfect.

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FO: Spring Fern Socks

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Cast on over 4 months ago I finally finished my Spring Fern socks!

Pattern: Spring Fern by Susan Lutsky
Yarn: Snail Yarn sock yarn in Wildflowers colourway

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When I first cast these on quite a few people remarked that the socks were knitting up a lot greener than the caked up yarn would suggest. In the end it did turn out the second part of the skein was a bit more wildflower than the first and each sock has a slightly different colour accent. I’m never a stickler for identical socks so I love this a lot!

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I’ve already raved a lot about this yarn but I really can’t say enough positive things. I mean just look at those colours! The way this is dyed up is really a piece of art. Luckily for me I have another Snail Yarn skein waiting for me in my stash to get working with.

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The pattern is perfect if you are looking for a pretty lace sock pattern with an easy to memorise repeat.  At first I was a little unsure about the combination between yarn and pattern but I think the combination works pretty nicely.

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FO: Pixel Socks

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Pattern: Vanilla socks
Yarn: Digipix by Regia

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As odd as it sounds, maybe a simple pair of socks is all you need to get the creativity flowing again. A little reminder that I love creating things, and not every project has to be a intricate lace shawl to enjoy the craft. I felt perfectly blissful mindlessly stitching away at these.

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Fun yarn always helps doesn’t it? I picked this sock yarn up two summers ago in Switzerland. I’ve been stash diving and found some more skeins that told me they want to be vanilla socks. Time to cast on 🙂

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Patterns for knitting speck-tacular socks!

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There’s no denying it, the speckled yarn hype has taken over the knitting world and most of us have succumbed to some serious stash enhancement with these speckled beauties. Not only are they a pleasure to behold when skeined up, knitted up they give us out of this world projects. Socks are no exception to this of course, but most of the speckled socks I’ve come across are vanilla socks or Hermione’s every day socks. NOTHING wrong with this of course, it’s a great way of letting the yarn do its magic. However, there are plenty of patterns out there that are made for speckles! To give you an idea of the possibilities of those skeins that surely are patiently awaiting in your stash, here are some of my favourite sock patterns for speckled yarns.

Flying North Socks by Maria Montzka

What makes this pattern so suitable for a wild speckled yarn is that there’s so much stockinette to give the yarn a chance to shine. It’s like a vanilla sock, but with just that little extra to make it more special. Many knitters have mixed this pattern with their speckled sock yarn, my favourite pair so far is this one by Teresa (Quiet-Zone on Ravelry).

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Fine and Dandy socks by The Sweater Co.

This pattern has speckled yarn written all over it. Those slipped stitches will look like little flowers or fireworks when paired with the right yarn. My favourite speckled pair so far are these beauties by Kelly (Downhomepurl on Ravelry).

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Prairie Spring by devonshire Knots

Ok so I’m obviously a little biased about these ever since I knit them up myself. I still think it was a perfect pattern-yarn match and I can see them work in so many different colours. This is the pair I made over a year ago and still wear whenever the weather permits it (it feels like I have a small party on my feet).

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Celtic Rainbow socks by Lea Lacoste

This pattern works so wonderfully well with speckled yarn because there’s the whole front of the sock to go wild, while the bold cable on the back is strong enough to not drown in a sea of colour. Here’s the version made by the designer herself.

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Tulsi Socks by Verena Cohrs

This pattern is still hot off the press and I cannot wait to cast it on! This version that Regina (Regy on Ravelry) is working on shows exactly why it works so well with speckles, again a great use of slipped stitches that’ll pop out in unexpected colours.

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And if you think that speckles might be too much to go together with a lace pattern then here’s a stunning pair of modified Frost Flower socks made by Domini (Dominiknitsalot on Ravelry) to prove you wrong!

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These are of course only some options of the many many possibilities out there. Is it just me or did your hands also start itching to grab a speckled skein and cast on?

Yarns feautured in this post: Spun Right RoundCat Sandwich Fibers, Eaden Yarns Prism and Herbstblatt Regina.