WIP Wednesday 144 – Chicken Sox!

Happy WIP-Wednesday everyone!

Writing about ankle socks last Sunday apparently put a fixed idea into my head – I immediately cast on a pair after I finished writing up the Lace Rib sock pattern.

I really, really liked the mesh inserts from the “Anarcadia” anklets by Wollhuhn. The pattern was written either for much lighter yarn or much wider feet than mine – I had to go down 12 stitches to get a good fit. But no way I’d miss out on knitting them in this specific yarn! It’s Nomade from Wollfaktor in a gorgeous purple colorway (that I still can’t bring my camera to photograph properly…).

Also: It’s a cuff-down pattern, and by now I’ve been firmly converted to the toe-up way of making socks. (My friend Steffi, who’s responsible for this, will probably go “I told you so…” at this very moment. 🙂 ) Thus another modification was called for.

There’s a cable pattern on the back of the (very short) leg I’ll have to modify as well, because I haven’t got enough stitches for the given pattern.

All in all these socks will look a lot like Wollhuhn’s, but will have been worked quite a bit differently.

Oh, the name… “Wollhuhn” is German for Wool-Chick(en), so I thought I’d reflect that in naming my project…

As always, I’m joining up with the knitting crowd gathered at Tami’s Amis for WIP Wednesdays… why don’t you join us?

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WIP Wednesday 141 – Ugh in Progress

Happy WIP-Wednesday everyone!

It’s been a while since I last shared a WIP (too much designing, too little knitting I’m afraid).

Socks

What I’ve got today is an almost finished pair of socks that I’m not very happy about. I’ll show you, why, in a minute.

I didn’t use a pattern (I can knit a pair of toe-ups for myself by now without even glancing at a sock pattern) and chose a simple stitch pattern (namely a 3×1 garter rib) that made for quick, mindless, on-the-go knitting. I worked happily along in the bus, on the train, in doctor’s waiting rooms and at coffee break. I finished the first sock and started the second. Still happy, even though the yarn is neither very pretty nor a real pleasure to knit with (it’s quite scratchy). Half a sock later my first ball of yarn was finished and I joined the second.

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Chilly enough for a Warm Winter Giveaway!

If you’ve got some mental space left for another giveaway apart from the Holla Knits blog tour: Woolhog is giving away 8 balls of merino yarn in 4 delightful colors that just beg to be worked into a colorwork project for next winter! Just head over and like&share them on facebook (link provided).

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It’s as simple as that!

Please LIKE Woolhogs on FB and then LIKE & SHARE this pic to be in with a chance of winning this warm little winter stash of 8 x balls African Expression HARMONY 100% Merino wool in Beige, Cream, Charcoal & Deep Red!

Winner will be announced on Monday the 22nd of April

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It’s like Christmas…

Look what’s been waiting for me when I came home today:

Oooohh, something in the mail…

 

A parcel. From the US. Containing, most possibly, yarn.

It was all I could do to keep myself from dropping my groceries and looking inside that very instance. Not that it was a big surprise – in fact, I’ve been waiting for this envelope for a while. Only yesterday my neighbour from the floor below came over with a parcel that had been left with her. I almost snatched it out of her hands and tore it open there and then.

Good thing I didn’t – she had rung the wrong bell and the parcel was for the neighbour next door. 🙂

I was a good girl today and put away the milk first and even fed the two insistently protesting cats. Then I looked inside… yes!

Parcel opened

 

Exactly what I’d been hoping for. It’s the yarn support from Allyson over at Holla Knits – one of my designs will be in her next Spring collection. So exciting! I knew what colors to expect, but it’s always different to see them ‘in person’. Also I haven’t used those yarns before, so I could hardly wait to get my hands on it to feel the texture. (Is it weird, having the urge to fondle bits of string?)

Thanks Allyson! I definitely will have fun with it…

 

And that’s all of it. Five balls of soft and squishy KnitPicks Comfy Sport in Pomegranate (which looks much better than this picture can show – I’m still getting to know my new camera) and eight balls of CotLin in Surf, which is a glorious teal blue. I love how the colors go together!

I can’t wait to get swatching. Er, excuse me, gotta go… you know… somewhere… *tries to hide a pair of knitting needles behind her back and sidles toward the yarn heap*

Thank you, Yarnies! – Part 2

This is the wonderful yarn Michaela from Wollfaktor has created for the Seditious Stockings. The poor girl didn’t have an easy job: I described a yarn I had in mind, based on the description I got from editor/curator Tabetha – then I sent a foto of something similar to Tabetha, who sent me back a completely different foto, which I sent on to Michaela, who had to rethink the whole thing… if you read that: I’m sorry. 🙂

Anyhoo, we’re all very happy with the result: I totally fell in love with the deep, rich purple of the ‘Violetta’  colorway, that will be available in her shop once the book is published. There’s a whole bunch of other gorgeous lace and sock yarn now, of course – if you’re up to some temptation, have a look. Continue reading