Its been nigh on almost a year since my last crafty blog post. Much has happened in my life, and most of it has been (unfortunately) sad and challenging. I lost my dad to cancer last year, and it became very difficult to knit and write for awhile. The shawl that I had been working on (see photo below) sat for 7 months from the day my dad passed away until the day I felt able to start knitting again. The shawl is still not finished, but I am no longer feeling sad every time I look at it. It will be glorious once its completed, and I will remember dad when I wear it.
When I was away in Europe in the fall of 2014, I took two knitting projects with me (one was the Wannabe Vintage Mitts from my last post) and didn’t really knit on either of them. However, once I finished those mitts, I was determined to get the second pattern, a pair of socks completed. Its been some time since I made knit socks for myself, and I was looking forward to having them as the temperature cooled off this past autumn. So without further ado, let me present my Step-aside Socks:
These socks were really quite easy to make, I know that they look like cables, but actually the cable-like pattern is created by alternating decreases and lace. Pretty nifty! I used up some sock yarn that someone gifted me a few years ago – huzzah for stash-busting!
Pattern: Stepaside by Yvonne McSwiney (Ravelry link only)
Yarn: Patons North America Kroy Socks 4 Ply in a stripey/tonal marine colourway
Yardage out: 332 yards out for stash-down points
Needles used: 3mm dpns, but I wish I had used 2.75mm as the extra needle size made these socks more floppy and less fitted than I’m used to. Still love them though!
Another big change in my life last year was that I became an aunt for the 4th time, but this time to the first baby girl in the family! Huzzah for knitting frilly things at last! Its annoying, but there are way more knitting patterns for girls than boys out there. I’m not really sure why. I think it may stem from the fact that girls/women can wear ALL the clothes, but boys/men are confined by traditional masculine-looking clothing (kilts aside). Thus, it follows that there are more patterns for girls than boys. Still, I’d love to see more fun patterns for boys.
So here’s the first really girly outfit I have ever created:
The outfit took me about a month to make and bought a lovely soft baby alpaca yarn special for it. I was going to make booties to match, but my sister and brother-in-law told me not to bother. I started knitting it about 5 days after baby Abigail was born (I usually wait for babies to be born before I knit for them in case something happens….)
Patterns: Charlee Baby Girl Coat and Little Flower Hat (both Ravelry pattern links)
Yarn employed: Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Cherish in pansy
Yardage out: 408 yards out for stash-down points
Needles: 3.5mm, 3.75mm circulars and dpns where needed; and 3.5 crochet hook for edging
I love the details of this outfit – the slit and knitted bow in the back of the coat, the flower on the crown of the hat, and all that fluffy crochet edging. I hope I get a photo of Abigail modelling this outfit…
Thanks for staying supportive while I’ve been offline for the past while. I’ll do my best to keep updating, but also be sure to check out my Facebook page, as I post many updates and interesting articles there.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2016 (year of the Monkey!)