Last year I made quite specific plans for my stash and makes. It didn’t really work for me to be honest. I still very much want to knit many of those projects and maybe will or won’t. But I don’t want to look back and beat myself up for not knitting those projects when I have made pretty things that I love anyways.
So here is my diet for 2019.
My diet for 2019
So instead I have a more high level plan for 2019. It all kind of started in November last year when I saw people doing yarn diets. I have done something similar for a month here and there when my stash grew at an alarming rate. Since November however I haven’t bought any more yarn and just a couple of patterns. I kind of want to continue actually using my stash instead of buying new yearn.
There is of course always temptation out there but personally I feel like I did quite well so far by avoiding any sale purchases whatsoever. In my mind I am looking forward to some of my special stash yarns and actually using them for their destined projects.
This may not be a very exciting new year resolution but one I am very happy with at least. I don’t think this means I will not buy any yearn this year but hopefully I will make more considerate purchases. For example for a couple of years now I have been thinking about daughter of the shepherd yarns and I can’t wait to make one fo the cute jumpers from the book and use the recommended yarn for it, which I would have to buy.
So what is my short term plan of attack? Well use my sock yarn has been a good one. I have a few zauber balls and have loved knitting one into socks.
Also I don’t want to be afraid to rip something back or get rid of it when it didn’t work. Such examples were my texture time shawl and probably is my starting point shawl as well. (I am yet to rip that one back where possible).
The texture time shawl actually ended in me using one of the sock yarns for a sock and it came out so nice whereas in the shawl it just looked awkward. The sock still needs its partner but look how lovely it looks pre blocking.
So considering what I make and why and also which materials I use for it will be big on my list for 2019.
I’ve started a new job and it’s been quite exhausting. I’ve started a few jobs over the years but I’m struggling this time to have the energy to unwind with knitting in the evening.
You know what it’s like, new people, new processes and tools and at the end of the day I just need some trash TV and cannot concentrate.
None of my current WIPs are mindless enough to warrant knitting at the same time.
The main new project that has jumped onto my needles is the Ingrid Sweater by Helga Isager from Room 606. This is a beautiful publication with great photos.
I found the instructions quite hard initially so started with the back piece of the jumper to get used to the writing style and I finally understand the shaping of the front and back piece. The tricky bit will be the awesome wedge of the sleeves.
This is also the first time I’m knitting with Mohair. The original is quite modern and plain but I decided to mix it up by using Qing fibre kidsilk dyed in Monsoon colour-way to create a nice colour flow. Right now I love this match. Will see how things go for the sleeves.
I also started Paper Birch Socks. These are a fun colourwork sock that looks more complicated than it is due to the clever use-age of a colour fading yarn. I am using leftovers from my Boxy and a Zauberball as contrast.
In the meantime I’ve messed up my askews me. I didn’t take it as a travel project this weekend because I have no idea how to fix my mistake. But I did get a bit further with it. The mistake is not on this image yet. It was a section further in. Sigh. I’ll fix it somehow before the bank holiday weekend during which I’ll have lots of travel knitting time. 🙂
Hopefully you are all having a more productive knitting time than me. I just seem to start more and more things. Ha!
I recently finished my 4th pair of socks that I have knitted toe up. These were way too small for me but perfect for friend. So I needed some new sock blockers. (For myself I followed this tutorial on making my own specific to my own feet.)
I purchased the small size of the KnitPro sock blockers in Aqua. These are made from a sturdy plastic and have cut out sections, which helps air circulate for faster drying. Initially as I unpacked the sock blockers I was a bit disappointed, they were scuffed in places and the cut out section had jagged edges.
It looked like the scuffing was from the jagged edges being sand papered a bit but they are certainly not smooth. I want to try and smooth them a bit more, but I did just go ahead and used them and they worked very well.
My socks fitted the size perfectly and blocked nicely. The stitches are even and they socks actually look like proper socks now. I will definitely always use sock blockers now. I was lazy before and only used my homemade ones once. oops!
I cannot wait to give these to my friend and see if they fit her properly. 🙂
Regarding the sock blockers, if you see them in a shop try to see how jagged the cut out bits are and pick the best set. Judging by other online reviews this is quite common, but I am sure a bit of sanding with a very light sandpaper will help too if you are worried.
Mine did not catch on my yarn even though they had jagged edges. I can recommend these, as they do the job, just be careful using them initially.
Note: I bought these sock blockers from my own money and have not received any incentive to review these.
This is my fourth pair of socks I’ve knitted not only this year but ever. So far I’ve knitted toe up and have done a class to knit socks from the cuff down.
That’s my plan for my next pair to see if I prefer it.
So far I’ve only knitted socks based on this book Custom Socks by Kathy Atherley. It does require a little maths but the idea is that you measure your feet and make a swatch and then calculate your perfect sock pattern. I’m still experimenting a bit. Mostly because for socks I haven’t bothered to swatch … 🙂
These socks are the 3×1 ribbed sock from the book which I have made before. I used countess ablaze sock yarn in a one off colourway. I really like this green with little dots of bright colours. The Yarn is 75% BFL with 25% nylon and makes great strong sock yarn. It knits up nicely and doesn’t split. You can even wash it at 30 degrees.
Durable and hardwearing, this machine washable blend of Bluefaced Leicester and nylon makes the perfect sock yarn. Not just limited to socks, this yarn also works wonders on all types of knitting and crochet projects, it’s a real workhorse yarn that is soft and spongy yet tough all in one. Once washed and blocked, this hand dyed yarn softens and blooms beautifully.
Just do not wash the yarn at 40 degrees celsius. I made that mistake before and I can still wear the socks but they have felted and the elasticity is gone and the first time I put them on post hot wash I could hear the nylon cracking.
Back to the finished pair. I knitted one of these on an 8 hour flight and got so into it and the tiny screen watching 3 films that I misread my pattern notes and only knitted 3 3/4 inches in length of the foot not 3 3/4 inches less than what I wanted. This means these are way too small for me but actually 1 cm longer than one of my best friends’ feet! Ha! Win. Merry christmas to my lovely friend. 🙂 I have this fear of making things for others as it may not be good enough but she is a crafter and will appreciate the effort.
She has also just moved to colder climate so has a need for these. 🙂 I think the socks really wanted to be for her as dark green is one of her favourite colours.
Next I will have to find some children/small sock blockers. Any recommendations?
Have you ever accidentally knitted someone a present?
I never thought I’d be a sock knitter. It just did not interest me. Many of my knitter friends do make lovely socks but the idea of a small circumference and knitting something fiddly that may end up having holes, was not appealing.
However the idea did appeal as a lot of sock yarn is beautifully dyed but may not go with my general wardrobe, but like a magpie with shiny things I have given in and bought some anyways. The yarn that broke me in the end and made me give sock knitting another try was this lovely BFL and Bamboo blend from the Woolkitchen.
On my knitting book shelf I also found this book about knitting custom fitting socks. I found that the basic toe up pattern made sense to me and I had another go. Now I did not swatch and just went by gut feeling using a 2mm needle (sharp, ouch!). Yeah I know. This ended up in slightly large socks as I over compensated for the small needle size.
I have long but thin feet so these are a bit baggy. But you live and learn. They will be lovely over tight fitting socks in the winter. 🙂 Also after short time in the dryer they are bit tighter.
When knitting them up I was a bit cautious not to make them too long in case I ran out of yarn but next time I will make the leg longer. I am hoping to use the leftover grams (40!) for maybe a colour work sock.
The next pattern in the book is a basic ribbed sock. I love a good rib and this uses k3 p1. Having not been a sock knitter in the past, my large stash has hardly any suitable sock knitting yarn in it but I did find some countess ablaze yarn. She dyed some limited edition yarns as part of a book series last year (or was it the year before) and I could not say no to any grey to black yarn so had to have this. It is BFL and nylon and knits up beautifully. I used a slightly larger needle this time 2.25mm and love it. 2mm was too small.
I don’t own any 2.5mm but will get some to try.
So far the knitting is going well. The fit is much better but they may have come up a tad short which is weird as I knitted to the same length as before. If they won’t fit after blocking they will be a present. So far I am super excited about sock knitting.
Do you have favourite sock knitting yarn or pattern? Have you just made up your own pattern based on practice?