A pair of socks

Last post I shared my first ever finished toe-up socks -or pair of socks, directly-. However, those were not the first socks I’d ever casted on: meet my first pair of socks, top-bottom, which I begun in order to learn how to work with magic loop some months ago.

And my inexperience with the technique shows on resulting ladders where there was a change of needles. The first sock took me ages, and then “the second sock syndrome” appeared, and I kept postponing working on the second sock until, after finishing my Mediterranean socks, I decided that despite all the errors, finished is better than perfect.

So now I have a pair of socks to wear with my winter boots. They might not be perfect, but will do the job!

Project: Socks
Date: February – August 2017
Pattern: 6 stitches per Inch, by Ann Budd (from the book “Getting Started Knitting Socks)
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Fabel, colour 659.
Needles: 3.5 mm / US 4

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Mediterranean socks

In June I joined a test knit involving a socks pattern designed by a friend of mine. Although I’m an absolute beginner when it comes to socks, I was over the moon to be able to knit something from her, and to help her along the way.

My inexperience showed a lot while knitting the first sock: who, being a total beginner, starts a heel without a life-line under it? (sigh). It took me ages to finish it! Anyway, the second sock went together extremely quickly, which I think is a more accurate assessment of the pattern difficulty.

It was also my first time working with metal needles. It added some extra difficulty to the first sock, but once I got used to them, I’m finding it difficult to work with wooden needles again… I miss that slipperiness!

This was a public test knit, and I posted some progress pictures on Instagram and Ravelry along the way (you can tell I learnt my lesson- lifelines everywhere!):

Being part of a test knit is quite an experience, and it allowed me to get to know some amazing knitters. I’m really happy I took the plunge and tried the pattern. I love the resulting socks, and with that yarn, they do remind me of the Mediterranean sea.

Project: Mediterranean socks
Date: June – July 2017
Pattern: Mediterranean Socks, by Teresa Sánchez (Ovejita Be!)
Yarn: Lana Grossa Meilenweit Marmi, colour 7006
Needles: 2.5 mm / US 1 ½

“Northward” baby hat

After finishing the “Adorable Ewe” baby sweater, I felt the urge to do something to complement it and, by the way, put the remaining yarn into use. As I needed to practice cables for my big project to come (someday soon, I hope), I found that the “Northward” pattern by Tin Can Knits checked all the boxes.

I slightly adapted the pattern to work with two colours – I added an extra knitted row using the new colour between the ribbing and the cables, so there’s a smoother transition between them-. For the rest, it’s a great pattern for beginners and I had no problems at all to complete it in a reasonable amount of time (that meaning less than a week!).

The only concern I have is, taking into account the sweater is thought for a six-month baby, this hat looks more for a year old one. But anyway, sooner or later, the baby will be able to wear it, won’t she?

Project: Northward -baby hat
Date: May 2017
Pattern: Northward, by Tin Can Knits
Yarn: Lana Grossa Bingo, colour 23, 33
Needles: 5.50 mm

Adorable Ewe KAL

The past weeks I was busy knitting a baby sweater. I didn’t plan to do so, but I was told about Michelle Hunter’s KAL and, well, I couldn’t resist. Also, I thought it would be a great training before attempting my own sweater, and that it would be a terrific gift for a friend who is expecting a baby.

And I did have lots of fun knitting this one, as well as learning lots of things along the way too. Lots of “first time doing this…” on this piece! The focal point of the garment is the back, which gives the name to the pattern, and among others, includes working intarsia and knitting bobbles. I think it will be some time until I knit bobbles again, though.

On the front I used buttons I already had, instead of going for the sheep-shaped buttons the pattern calls for. I really like these wooden buttons, and the natural look they give to the finish piece. For the yarn itself, I had trouble finding one that would meet the pattern requirements (reminder: don’t try to buy winter yarn in the middle of Spring), and although I wasn’t at all convinced with that yellow, it has grown on me and now I think it’s pretty appropriate for a gender-neutral garment, isn’t it?

With the leftover yarn from this project I made a baby hat. I still need to block it so I can give it its proper post.

Project: Adorable Ewe – baby sweater-
Date: April 2017
Pattern: Adorable Ewe, Michelle Hunter
Yarn: Lana Grossa Bingo, colour 23, 33, 67
Needles: 5.50 mm, 6 mm

Knitted baby shoes

Back in November a friend of mine told me he was to become father this Spring. So I knitted a small gift, that now that has been delivered, I can openly share.

This was a really quick and easy project, perfect for beginners. I enjoyed working with small needles and that cotton yarn for babies. It’s extremely soft!

Although I already knew the gender of the baby, I decided to opt for a neutral colour (I love neutrals for babies!) and couldn’t resist to use these wooden buttons I purchased in a patchwork festival last Autumn.

Project: Baby shoes
Date: November 2016 – December 2016
Pattern: Patucos – zapatitos bebé, Oh! Mother Mine DIY (in Spanish)
Yarn: Baby smiles Cotton, Schachenmayr, colour 1066
Needles: 3.00 mm

A knitted top!

After feeling comfortable working with stockinette stitch (see my first ever knitted project here), I decided to move on onto something a little more complicated. A friend of mine recommended me this free pattern from Purl Soho, so there I went. First gauge ever, first ribbing ever, first yarn-over ever. I must say, this pattern turned out to be perfect for beginners!

There were several ripping moments along the way, and lots of time invested in re-doing parts already knitted. Specially tricky was the neck part, I re-did it three times until I got it right! But this is how one can learn, and I surely learned a lot with this project.

I changed the suggested yarn for cotton (a matter of personal preference). That’s the only change I made to the pattern, although now I regret that the top is a little too short for my taste. For the next one (my big project to come) I will check my own measurements every once in a while and adapt the pattern accordingly.

Finishing this top before Spring was one of my goals for this year, and I’m over the moon I managed to do so and that I’ll be able to wear it in the following months.

Project: Knitted top
Date: August, 2016 – March 2017
Pattern: Cap Sleeve Lattice Top, Purl Soho
Yarn: Catania Denim Originals, colour 0190
Catania Originals, colour 0263 (peach)
Needles: 3.50 mm, 4 mm

Ongoing projects: November update

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November has been a busy month, and I haven’t get done all that I had hoped to, mostly because I have begun new projects that weren’t on the original to-do list for this month.

– The Stars-quilt is progressing really slowly. I need to spend more time on this one if I want to have the top ready to be quilted for September next year.

Stars basted: 84/84 (504/504 templates)
Stars sewn: 84 /84
Background pieces basted: 504/504
Stars completed: 12/84 (+5 from the last stats)

– My second knitting project, a top, is advancing at a particular pace: one step ahead, two behind. I’m working on the neck, and I think it’s the third time I’m knitting the same rows… (so much fun to be a beginner!).

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– I jumped in a sew along hosted at We All Sew, the Sugarplum table runner by Faith Jones (Fresh Lemons Quilts). I had been thinking about a new table runner for the Christmas season and I absolutely loved that one! Not that I hadn’t enough projects on my table… For this one, I’m using mostly fabric I already had, which feels just fantastic. At the moment I have to finish the second set of blocks and put the top together. And quilt it….

– The Buttons quilt from the Buttons and Thread pattern by Me and My Sister Designs has seen some progress. It looks like the only thing I needed to do was to have it near my sewing machine. I had it cut and ready to go as a leaders-and-enders project, but hadn’t work on it… until I moved the box from the shelves to the table. So happy about that!

– Christmas sewing: now I need to hurry on these if I want them delivered this year.

The Splendid Sampler is up-to-date (not the blogging part of it, though), as well as the Star-sampler by Amanda Rolfe at 3and3quarters. Fortunately, this one has a relaxed release schedule, so I can easily keep up. And the BoM by Cotton&Color is coming to and end, and it looks like the assembling won’t be a piece of cake…

A knitted scarf

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Last May I learned to knit. In June, I learned to purl. And I needed a project to focus onto instead of knitting rows of stockinette stitch just to practice. So when I came across this yarn that was on sale in a local department store I didn’t second guess and I decided to knit a scarf.

I didn’t follow any pattern, just the advice from a friend to begin each row with a pair of knit stitches to stop the stockinette stitch from curling at the edges and this video tutorial from Oh, Mother Mine DIY (in Spanish). Basically, the pattern I ended up with is 2k, purl, k the last two stitches for the even rows, knit the odd rows, repeat until desired length, or, in my case, until I run out of yarn. Cast on as many stitches as you like to get the desired width.

To be honest, I ended the scarf in late September, but I didn’t block it until a couple of weeks ago. Basically, I needed my ironing table as a blocking area, and these lasts months it was difficult to find a free slot in its currently busy schedule.

Project: Scarf
Size: 8 x 65″ / 20 x 165 cm
Date: August, 2016September, 2016
Pattern: Improvised
Yarn: Amelia, Lang Yarns (55% Cotton, 45% Polyamid)
Colour: 897
Needles: 8mm

Ongoing projects: October

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It seems impossible that Christmas is only two months away… It may seem a lot of time, but it’s not when you’re planning sewing-gifts! October has flown by, and there has been some progress on some projects, an absolut halt in others. The Splendid Sampler™, the Cotton&Color BoM and the Star-sampler sew along are the main priorities right now, and my knitting projects have taken over my hand-sewing time.

Even though, I managed to do some progress on the Stars-quilt. Sewing the background pieces to the stars is slower than just putting the stars together:

Stars basted: 84/84 (504/504 templates)
Stars sewn: 84 /84
Background pieces basted: 504/504
Stars completed:
7/84 (+7 from the last stats)

The Frivol n.10 quilt, featuring the Cookie Exchange collection by Sweetwater, for Moda Fabrics is finished and on a little retreat. Meanwhile I get it back and photographed, you can read about it and my adventures sewing it in a short Q&A at Cotton&Color’s blog.

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I finished my first knitting project, a scarf! I still have to block it, but I’m considering it finished -post and photos to come…-. And my second project is making good progress in a consistent pace. It’s a top I hope I will be wearing next spring…

The Wild Jelly Roll n. 3 pattern by Me and My Sister Designs is the neglected project of the month. Absolutely no progress on this one. And I don’t foresee any progress in the next few weeks…

Christmas sewing: I have a list of small projects to sew for Christmas… let’s see how many of them I can finish on time (no pressure there…)

The Splendid Sampler is (almost) up-to-date… I’m currently working on block 74, and block 75 is an embroidery one that will require some time.

On-going projects: September

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After a (short) break for holidays, it’s time to resume sewing! At the moment there are some few things running along with The Splendid Sampler™, and I thought of writing kind of a monthly update for them. Specially since noticing that the last update from the Stars-quilt was from June… Truth is it had become to a halt until I picked it in the middle of August, and I hope updating its statistics will help to maintain some regular work on it. 

Stars basted: 84/84 (504/504 templates)
Stars sewn: 84 /84
Background pieces basted: 431/504 (+186 from the last stats)
Stars completed: 0

The Wild Jelly Roll n. 3 pattern by Me and My Sister Designs has all the blocks pieced and ready to be put together. Now its time to do some more cutting and find a suitable layout before start sewing again.

– In July I started to work on the Frivol n.10, featuring the Cookie Exchange collection by Sweetwater, for Moda Fabrics. And at the moment all that’s left is to attach the binding. I hope to have it finished soon and give it a proper post.

– I’m working in two knitting projects, learning on the go after I felt rather comfortable with my first attempt… the yarn is for a top, which I hope I will have finished by next Spring.

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Besides all of them, I have 3 Splendid Sampler blocks to make… I will begin with the latest and squeeze the other two in between the new ones. And, of course, this month’s block from the Cotton&Color BoM… surely, if I don’t sew it won’t be because I’m short of projects!