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Evening Knitting 

Winter evenings were made for knitting, this I am convinced of :). Especially if you live in the colder climates. This month I started a simple cardigan, I found the pattern on yarnspirations.com . It takes a worsted weight yarn. I picked Briggs & Little’s  Heritage 100% wool in blue heather. It’s a beautiful blue, like a new pair of blue jeans. And ! The first project on my new needles ! That’s exciting too lol they are interchangeable circular needles from Knitpicks.com . The needles are so smooth and a dream to knit with , but before I get off in another direction….back to the sweater  


This pic is from the first of the month when I began….now I have the back and left front blocked and have started on the right front .


I bought 8 skeins of yarn , figuring up the yardage since the pattern called for a different worsted yarn. I’m using 4.5mm and 5mm needles and the pattern is knitting up to gauge and matching the mesurements in the pattern 🙂  


Right front started, still have two sleeves to go…..I may have some left overBut that’s better than coming up short, not that I’m worried because there are two local shops that carry this yarn ….I’m in heaven ! Lol 


Oh ..just a foot note…no pun intended 😉  but I thought I would use this post to showcase the boot socks I’ve knitted as well. Again Briggs & Little yarn , this time it Tuffy 80% wool and 20% nylon. A little rough and itchy but after the first washing they are soft and fuzzy . 

Thanks for dropping by and have a great weekend crafting at what makes you happy.

Izz 🙂 

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February 25, 2017 · 4:50 PM

Sew-outs, yarn and a lot of snow!

Hello everyone, I hope you have had a creative and productive week at crafting. It’s been a little bit of this and that in my sewing room. I finished up one pair of socks(sorry no photo) and started another. This Embossed Leaves Pattern, I have knit up before and that makes the knitting go along much smoother for me when a pattern is familiar  🙂  The yarn is Knit Picks Comfy Fingering in the colour Sea Foam. Its 75% Pima Cotton and 25% Acrylic. Now I would like to take a moment to say..that I usually mention a product or web site or brand in my posts.. I in no way am making any kind of advertisement for any of these mentioned. I like to think I am passing on information to fellow crafters. When reading other’s blogs, haven’t we all thought at some point … “where could I find that?” or “what brand of yarn is that ?” I do like to share info especially regarding the machine embroidery. Its only from stumbling upon the sites and info I do have that has gotten me where my work is today. Where to buy a good quality machine embroidery thread and the stabilizers and even good quality designs. Hard as it is to believe its not just at the corner fabric shop 🙂 seeing how I am in a rural area. Sure there are the small fabric shops with yarn but the selection just isn’t there. Unfortunately a lot of the yarns or fibres are the novelty kind. I would have to say that 60% of the sock yarn I have has been purchased online, and honestly I thought I would never say that . I haven’t yet bought fabric online, I guess I’m hesitating about that one, I like to see and feel the fabric before I make a purchase. But here I am shopping and blogging 🙂

so …on with the show lol  cotton socks in Sea Foam

Sea Foam Socks

 

and a couple of sew-outs from the sketches collection at Embroidery Library . I love this eagle sketch and the train sketch caught the eye of my Mr. Mister 🙂 They will both be nice as framed pieces, once I find the right frame.

Eagle Sketch

Train Sketches

I’m not sure yet how I’m going to finish up this hand pump, stitched out in taupe colours, but I really liked it and wanted to see how it would stitch up..time wise that is. I like this particular line of designs (also from Embroidery Library) because they can be stitched to match colours of anyone decor. Another accent pillow or wall hanging and I can’t resist quilted table mats!

Taupe Hand Pump

And of course is time to stitch a Christmas design(from Embroiderydesigns.com) or two..hmmm maybe a country theme accent pillow OR a quilted table mat? I’m also thinking about Tea dyeing the piece. Sometimes I just stitch designs out and wait for the right inspiration to hit me. I like these types of designs too because some of them look as if they have been hand stitched. Now to the hand embroiderer I know you can tell in an instant 😉  I used to stitch a lot of hand embroidery and all in all I know there is nothing like hand embroidery, I think these designs… to me are reminiscent of that period in my needlework history  🙂

Country Christmas 1

 

And speaking of inspiration hitting me, I dug out some fabric that has been wanting to be a quilt..yes winter is here at least its here in North East Alberta ..lol  6 more inches of snow and cold cold temperatures..minus 27 to minus 30 Friday night..   BRRR  I am NOT ready for this lol  And that could be why I am thinking “Quilt”  I’m thinking 9 patch with a solid block staggered across and a couple of small borders..yup.. this will be something….else for me to post progress of this winter.

Winter Quilt

 

Thanks for dropping in and I hope you have a great week crafting at what makes you happy.

Izz:)

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November 28, 2014 · 6:35 PM

Rhythm of Knitting

Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying life and your crafts. Its been pretty busy around the Needleworks household, with yard work and the newest renos. But I always find time for my needlework. Whether its machine embroidery or cross stitch or knitting. And this morning its knitting. The sun is coming around the corner of the house and there is a warm sunny corner on the deck, just right for sitting and sipping my coffee and working on the latest pair of socks. My Mr. Mister asked me one day, why I was still knitting socks when summer is coming?  I answered , because there is yarn my dear 🙂 lol He nodded and smiled, knowing just what I meant 🙂 At the risk of repeating myself, I love to knit and I love knitting socks. They are portable, some are complex patterns and some are supper easy, and as much as I enjoy the complex patterns, sometimes I like to sit and not think about what I’m knitting. Like the socks I am working on now.

stripes

stripes

The pattern is simply Knit 4 , Purl 4. and around and around we go. I find with any pattern after the first few rows ( 4 or 5) I get into a rhythm of knitting. I don’t have to count 1 2 3 4 and bring my yarn to the back or front, it happens automatically, allowing the mind to wonder…but not too far lol or plan the chores of the day ahead or just relax into a meditated state and in this case time gets away from me 🙂 As it should sometimes. I find if I’m working on a new pattern, one I haven’t knit before and its quite detailed that I need a quiet spot to concentrate and other times I can watch TV or carry on a conversation while I’m knitting and hardly look down. But it is also nice to have a quiet moment with a easy pattern. How do you other knitters approach your craft?  And do you like to use metal needles or wooden ones?  My favs are bamboo but for the stretch yarn I am using in these socks I find the yarn slides over the metal needles best.

I had/ have very achey ( if thats a word) hands. I actually gave up knitting for a few years 😦 when I read that bamboo knitting needles were easier to knit with if you had problems with yours hands. So I gave it a try, my hands still ache but I can enjoy knitting longer then I used to when I was using metal needles. It’s pretty safe to say I don’t knit many stretch socks lol But sitting in the sun makes it that much easier and enjoyable .

Now that the coffee is gone and I have gotten my knitting and writing fix, its time to push a broom and then get outside again..its looks like its going to be a gorgeous 21C degrees today and there is still lots to do.

Thanks for dropping by and have a fabulous week and weekend.

Izz 🙂

 

 

 

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June 12, 2014 · 10:51 AM

A New Pair of Socks….

Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a wonderful crafty week. Its a little rainy here today, but that’s ok, we really need the rain. I should title this post the saga of the socks lol. I had this pair 98% knitted, yes I did , and I unraveled them 😦  I wasn’t happy with the shape of the foot and how they were knitting up. I had a funny feeling from the start…66 CO sts seemed too many to me. I won’t criticize the pattern, it just wasn’t right for me. And well I had actually run out of yarn…. by a toe . I don’t mean one toe lol no but a sock toe area…I couldn’t believe it.. so I was faced with either find a contrast colour and make the toes of both socks different or unravel and start over. I also tried a cable design along the side of the sock as the pattern called for, but with this colourway, the cable was not showing up as well as I had hoped 😦

Cable

Cable

 

So the unraveling began. I went back to my fav basic sock pattern. When in a pinch eh ? CO 56 sts   🙂 and away I go. The other pattern called for K2, P1 for the leg and instep and I liked that part of it. For the basic pattern I went with K2, P2 for the leg and instep, and when all was said and done, I had yarn left over ..YEAH! lol

kppm

kppm

I used Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino, 100% merino wool. The basic sock pattern took 2 -50g skeins. ( 160m/175yds) This colour way is P450 248 and made in Canada ! 🙂 a very nice yarn.

boot sock

boot sock

I made these especially for riding 🙂  The leg is 16.5 cm (6.5″) long, just the right length to fold down over the top of my boots. We are ready to roll … where’s my helmet lol

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have a fantastic week and weekend

Izz

 

 

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June 5, 2014 · 10:58 AM

February Socks

Hi everyone, I’m just a bit late with February’s socks, but as they say, better late then never. And then there is the issue about losing 2 or 3 days in February! I want a recount !! … lol  oh well I got the socks finished and thats the main thing. 🙂

so lets get on with the photos shall we?

Dark Grey Socks

Dark Grey Socks

These are the work socks I made in the first part of the month. They are 100% wool. The main part of the sock is knit from Briggs & Little charcoal sock wool. And the tops and toes are from Patons Classic Wool yarn – white.

Firecracker Socks

Firecracker Socks

Pair number 2 are a bright pair I call firecracker, but the name of the colour is actually Patons Kroy, Paint Box. They are a blend of 75% washable wool and 25% nylon. I had Patons Kroy charcoal left over from another pair of socks and used it on the top and toe of the socks.

March Sock Yarn

March Sock Yarn

This is what I have planned for this month.

I hope you like February’s Socks and thanks for stopping by. Happy stitching and have a great week

Izz

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March 5, 2014 · 5:14 PM

Just Socks

Hi Everyone…hope you have had fun crafting your skills lately. As the title of this post suggests …just socks…but anyone who knits or wears home made socks knows they are not “just” socks. Myself? I love socks and I love knitting socks, I also like buying sock yarn. I’m like a kid in a candy store when I go into a shop and there is a wall of sock yarn..so many colours and textures..I stand in awe of it..lol..no exaggeration 🙂 I also have my favourite online places to buy yarn too. When I can’t find what I’m looking for in the stores, and my fav yarn store is a day trip to the city. Sure there are small local shops that carry a bit of sock yarn but sometimes I like to get something really special. Now, have you ever thought to go through your stash to see what is in that large bag in the closet?  I did, and well it was quite the surprise! If you know what I mean by heavy clear plastic zippered bags that you get a nice blanket in or a comforter? Well I have one that I have been stuffing sock yarn into as I bring the beautiful balls of colour and softness home, you know ..for that pair of socks I will knit next week, and the week after that and ….lol .I have 100% wool and wool and silk blend and wool and acrylic. Which made me realize I really need to start knitting faster..

stash of sock yarn

stash of sock yarn

I have made a challenge for myself. 2 pair of socks per month, in between the other projects I have laid out for myself. Some are requests and some are of my own doing 🙂 I do like to keep busy. I have almost finished the second pair of socks for January. The first pair were the blue socks that I posted in Toastie Tooties and this second pair are the Grey sock photo you see at the bottom of the same post. I feel excited with all these challenges..The SAL with Avis and Claire and now the “Sock” challenge. Hey , one needs to keep busy with their hobbies when you live in north west Canada and since I’m not an out doors winter sports kind of person, my indoor hobbies suit me fine !

more and more yarn

more and more yarn

I have my favourite sock patterns in the knitting basket as well as some news ones. I found a great booklet in my travels that I couldn’t resist… see the problem ??  lol and while I was paging through the booklet a few other skeins caught my eye.

Some will be house socks and some wear anywhere socks and a few “work” socks for the Mr.

They won’t all be for me. I have the sock recipients in mind with every skein. AND I have a wonderful lace pattern I want to knit again. I used the pattern once before with a multi colour yarn and I think  they turned out beautifully. That would be the pair of socks you see pictured at the top of my blog, and if you care to check out the knitting basket they are some where in there… lol. Oh yes and there has to be a few cable pattern socks. I love cable knitting too but haven’t tried it with socks, that will be a new one for me.

Grey Socks

Grey Socks

I should have the Grey socks finished by this evening and ready to start on a new pair..I think another pair of work socks !

Thank you for dropping by, I hope you have a warm and cozy week of stitching and creating …..Izz

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January 26, 2014 · 1:43 PM

Toasty Tootsies

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve all been keeping warm and dry these past few days. We’ve had some wild weather here in Alberta. And its a icey but quiet morning after a full day of wind storms across the province. While the house shook and yes it shook with 100kmh winds I knitted away. My plan for yesterday was to get a few hoopings on the embroidery machine done, but with the nasty weather outside I didn’t want to chance the power going out and a stitching being ruined. So between working on the SAL project and knitting I kept myself quite busy. Knitting socks and slippers always reminds me of when we were children, we would come in from playing in the snow, kick off our boots and snow gear and put our feet up on the open oven door of the old Kemac wood stove. Now that felt good. There is nothing like the fire burning in a  wood stove to warm you on a winters day. 🙂 Ah memories !

That’s when you know its time to dig into the stash, and I have quite the stash of yarn, mostly sock yarn of various kinds. Yes its a lot 🙂 I seem to gather a couple when ever I go out shopping…an illness? I do not believe so ! Ha who am I kidding. Its something I love to do. My Mom taught me to knit when I was 11 and after a couple of scrappy scarves as learning tools and wanted to try knitting mittens. Mom made it look so easy… knitting so many mittens to outfit 4 children for winter and the scarves and hats..in those days we didn’t have thermal mitts. We wore several pair of mittens and it kept our hands pretty warm,  after the top pair was sufficiently caked with snow. Well after getting past the part where you feel like you are wrestling with a porcupine it wasn’t too bad. My knitting was tight at first, I think I was worried my stitches would fall off the needles. After a few attempts Mom gave me a new ball of yarn and that was to be my official pair of mittens. I was proud.

It wasn’t until I had children of my own when I wanted to try knitting socks. Mom was not a sock knitter. She confessed she was a bit intimidated by the heel turning. My grandmother was the sock knitter. That idea got put on the back shelf until I came across this great little booklet in 1994. I taught myself to knit socks from this book and there’re not so far removed from mittens as I found out. Once you get through the heel its all a piece of cake, which took a couple of unravelling until I got to the cake! ha ha.  I’m not a fan of unraveling my work, but when there isn’t a chance of improvising or letting a flaw goes as “character” I will unravel 😦

Cool Weather

Cool Weather

Since I’m posting about knitting I thought I should gather the photos I took of earlier work as well. Like these cute camo slippers I made for my grandson, C for Christmas. I used a free pattern online. At Lion Brand Yarns Its a very easy pattern, I would recommend it for anyone who is new to knitting and wants to make  slippers for a toddler. I increased my needle size and used chunky yarn for the Camo slippers.

camo slippers

camo slippers

Then came the blue socks, a friend of mine ask me to knit for her, fair trade for a big bag of fabric she was cleaning out of her craft room. The orange and black yarn you see on top of the basket is the next pair for her. I used a basic sock pattern from a knitting magazine, which is great for the striped or self pattern yarn. I have an few books for the more decorative patterned socks.  Oh yes and the Phentex slipper at special request by N. These slippers are from Patons “Next Step Four” booklet of socks and slippers.  My models live so far away that I don’t have them to try on things like slippers as I go. I hope everyone took actuate measurements lol. Which brings us to the ballet slippers for N. They are knit with a Marl chunky yarn and the pattern is called Sasha Slippers, free at Berroco. They look a little odd shape in the photo because I have stuffed small bits of yarn in them.

blue socks

blue socks

phentex

phentex

Ballet slippers

Ballet slippers

vintage booklet

vintage booklet

Thinking back to first knitting projects, I recalled I have an old booklet of my mother’s, I had knit my daughter a sweater when she was 5 or 6.(photos of sweaters are from the booklet)  While paging through the booklet what do you suppose I found? Yes, the mitten pattern I had used to knit my first pair. The paper feels quite fragile and there are tears where it was folded. A quick pic and back in safe keeping it goes. I wish Patons had put a date on their booklets back then. It would be nice to know the date for nostalgic reasons.

cardigans

cardigans

First mittens

First mittens

Not only are my feet a lot warmer today but so is my heart. I like the word serendipity !

As Ive been writing this post and thinking Its taking me quite a while to write , Ive also been running back and forth to my knitting basket of books so I can give you accurate info. I am so happy that I did or who knows how much longer before I would come across these little treasures.

I hope you have enjoyed this little “yarn” as much as I have enjoyed writing it. Always make time to knit and another thought.. take time to swatch. its has saved me a lot of unravelling.

Thank you for dropping by, and have a toasty warm day …..Izz

 

 

grey socks

grey socks

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January 16, 2014 · 1:34 PM