Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sock bits

So, I was under the impression that I would have millions of little sock yarn leftovers once I started knitting socks.  Hmm...where am I going wrong?

I hate buying full skeins yarn for Blythe clothing.  I have the yarn forever and I get sick of it.  Sometime it is super satisfying finished up all of that yarn, well, unless you are running short.

I, so far, have only had one nice Blythe-size leftover.  All my others are still too much to use for doll clothing. Maybe practice makes perfect.  That means knit more socks.

Ariana socks are on hold.  The twisted stitches are too much for me to think about right now.  I have moved on to my custom knee socks in self striping yarn.  I am almost finished with the first sock.  Very little yarn will be left. :(

Friday, June 24, 2011

Am I ready?

Am I ready for Ann Kingstones's Gyffindor Pride socks?

Photos are from Ann's Ravelry and website.

I think I have enough yarn for them.  I am okay with sock anatomy now and I am fair at fair isle (no pun intended).

I want to try these soon.  Right now I am going to make a pair named for Dumbledore's sister, Ariana.

Oh, here are R's socks:

Pattern also by Ann Kingstone

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Can I start new socks?

NO! I have to finish my Bellatrix and Gryffindor pair first! But, I so want to start Ariana.  I haven't tried toe up yet.

I was going to use a blue yarn but I have Cascade Heritage Sock Yarn in cream that I think would look very lovely.  I want the socks to be tall.

Ahh....I have to wait.  Off to knit socks.

Added later-

I do not have photos of my socks.  But, here is R's socks.  Socks for Little Witches by Ann Kingstone.  Ann is a lovely knitter.  I think she is publishing a book soon, Novel Knits.  I just read that is will be available in US.  Yay for Ann!

Well, I will have to add it later.  I can't get it to do it.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Why did I buy straights?

I am no longer keeping my straight needles.  The only purpose they are serving right now is decorative and they are messy looking at that.

I wish some knitting genius would have advised me to stock up on circular needles instead of straights.  Wondering where this post is going?  Well, I am bunching them up by size and selling them in my Etsy shop.  I am hoping someone out there just loves straight needles!!

They are very nice needles- birch, rosewood, and bamboo.

I am selling other knitting odds and ends-  point covers, cable needles, stitch holders, thimbles, finger protectors, etc.

I feel like I have hit a knitting milestone. I have been at it long enough that I know what works for me and it is time to get rid of the rest.

It is like finally remembering the kitchener stitch. Big milestone!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Knitting Goals

It seems that I have a million things I want to knit and write patterns for, but too little of time to get it done.

I think I am going to write patterns for my old projects which include: the niffler, mandrake, pixie, and ashwinder. If you couldn't tell these are magical creatures from Harry Potter. So far, my issues have been either trying to remember or trying to compensate for my weird way of knitting.  All of my early projects use knit through the back loop (ktlb) as the knit stitch and that stitch shapes completely different from the knit stitch.  In a lot of ways I like it better for toys, it creates an elongated and tight knit.

There are few other items that I have in the planning stage.