Monthly Archives: December 2007

2008

No resolutions this year and certainly no challenges, although I didn’t do too bad with last years.

Instead a list of things I wish to master.

  1. Crochet (yes that was on 2007 list)
  2. Spinning (there are alot of enablers out there)
  3. Colourwork

Patterns I have on my list are

  1. Kyla – to finish. One picture with the flash and one without. Using Yarn Yard Glove Club yarn. I’m quite pleased as these are the first 4 ply mitts I have done, still 1 to go.
  2. These Mitts are a must although I may loose my sanity with them.
  3. Lots from here
  4. AND

  5. Many more (a whole folder full, plus books, plus the Internet. I think I may be kept busy!)

Happy, Happy New Year to all of you.

It would be nice to think I may get a chance to actually meet some of you in 2008.

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Christmas

As we were in York my photographer was killing time whilst I had my hair made presentable.

Strangely when I had presents to wrap there was another distraction, you may be interested!

I didn’t manage alot of knitting but this is the WIP, Chevron scarf from Last Minute knitted Gifts. It is wrapped round a very nice Christmas card by Piglottie productions. I have been lucky enough to “meet” some very nice people through this blog some of whom I hope I can call friends.

2008 has to be the year I catch up with my book backlog or we will be buried under it! These are just the Christmas ones.

But my “favouritist” present was this. A child at heart that’s me, is it bad that people know that?

Sock it to Me supplies

These are the ones I can remember with some pattern links thrown in.

Yarns
Cherry Tree Hill
Colinette Jitterbug
Debbie Bliss Cashmerino (Bedsocks)
Fyberspates BFL
Fyberspates Alpaca
HipKnits Aran (Bedsocks)
Hipknits Merino
Hobbledehoy Merino.
Koigu
Lana Grossa Fantasy
Natural Dye Studio BFL
Piece of Beauty Sock (discontinued)
Posh Yarn Lucia
Posh Yarn Helena
Posh Yarn Laura
Posh Yarn Emily
Regia Bamboo
Schoeller & Stahl Fortissima
Socks That Rock Lightweight Sock
Sweet Georgia Handpainted Sock
The Yarn Yard Merino
The Yarn Yard Merino Tencel
The Yarn Yard Sock Yarn
Violet Green Socrates

Patterns
Monkey – January
Posh Yarn Cable rib – January/February

Jaywalker – July and February
Razorshell – February
Lichen – February

Cafe Curtains. – March

Central Air – March

Sensational Knitted Socks Baby Cable – March

Hedera – April

Pomatomus – May
Fybrespates Basic sock – May

Broadripple 4 ply – June
Crew Socks from Interweave Knits Summer 2007 edition – June
Colinette Jitterbug basic sock – July and June

Diamond Lace Socks – July

Vog On – August
Nasturtium – August
Cornish Scallop Socks – August

Broadripple DK – September
Seduction socks – September
Helter Skelter – September

Meida socks from Interweave Knits Favourite Socks. Page 69 – October
Bedsocks from Debbie Bliss Pure Cashmere – October
Kaibashira – October

Waving Lace from Interweave Knits Favourite Socks – November
Picot Edged – November and December

Titanias Revenge – December

Favourites

It would be both impossible and unfair to choose but some stars deserve a mention.
Jane – what a clever lady, I still have 3 of your patterns to knit up.
Natalie Mrs Yarn Yard – beautiful colours and excellent service.
Posh Yarns – such variety.
Cookie A whose patterns I have both enjoyed and hated at times but are very well written.
Both Knitty and Magknits are very good pattern sources, my bulging folder bears testement to that.

Finally, I may be the only one, but I have decided that I don’t like Socks That Rock…….thats probably alienated you all. The colours are fabulous but for some strange reason (and you should know how strange I am by now) I don’t like knitting with it.

Nice to have known you all!

Sock it to Me – December 2007 The END

This months offerings are Picot edged socks in Sweet Georgia Black Orchid.

Titania’s Revenge in Socks That Rock Lightweight Lagoon, very difficult to photograph. This is not a pattern for the feint hearted, it takes far too much concentration for my liking.

A close up of the mock cable that winds round from the heel flap to the toe!

So a great weight has been lifted from my shoulders, I have finished my sock challenge. 41 pairs in 12 months (almost 3.5 pairs a month), I do have enough sock yarn to knit 3 more years worth I think! First a rest, although for train travel I think I will have to resort back to socks although there won’t be any deadlines to meet. Also I received 2 copies of this for Christmas and it would be rude not to try some of the designs out.

I have also joined the Socktopus Sock Club and the first parcel arrived just before we departed for the North. Its looking like money well spent.

Will be adding a huge list of patterns etc. when I can.

Signing Off

A Very Happy Christmas.

I hope you all have a relaxing time.

Back for New Year.

Two Weeks to Go

I think I have finished the present knitting, don’t anyone dare remind me if I haven’t!

Forest Canopy in Yarn Yard Sock Yarn. Do I really have to give it away?

Schaeffer Elaine.

Can’t say too much about this but I am impressed at how it transformed what was a gloomy looking skein of yarn. I’d like to keep this too!

I also finished my Clapotis, which I think may be needed in the frozen North over Christmas, and the Cable and Lace scarf which is just awaiting an attack from the iron.

Not much housework but that’s what happens when your birthday is in December, you can’t dust because of Birthday cards and they then get replaced by Christmas cards……result. We’ll be knee deep by January 6th.

Busy day in the Smoke

I travel to London for work 3 days a week, it used to be 5. So you can imagine that we don’t like going up there on our days off. However if we have to we like to make a full day of it.

On Thursday we had our trip to the British Museum booked.

As it was for 16:30 it was dark outside, these pictures are of the outside of the Museum Reading Room which has been commandeered for the Exhibition. This is fabulous in itself especially when its lit up. If you get chance go, I can’t show you any photos because cameras are banned but its well worth a visit.

Prior to this, even though it was precipitating heavily most of the time we fitted in a visit to Tate Modern to investigate the Crack in the Floor. That’s art for you!

AND St Pancras International, yes, I know its a Station and therefore has trains. Its an occupational hazard. The place is unbelievable compared to what it had become in recent years.
Most importantly Europe’s longest Champagne Bar on the upper level behind and beside the Tree. Doing a roaring trade, well we did have to rest our feet and it is Christmas.

Boy did these ache.

Have a good weekend.