November 10, 2006

Finished Bayerische socks alert!


Yes I finished the Bayerische socks in the beginning of the week, washed them and blocked them. And here they are! It has been a time consuming project, mostly because my inability to memorize chart D, but also because all the cabling and the twisted stitches, one has to pay close attention to what one is doing. But it has been well worth it.

The free pattern by Eunny Jang is well written, and has the most beautiful heel I've even knitted. First, the cables and travelling stitches are all going down in the striping of the heel, it's a beautiful continuum, second the heel in itself. I'm not a big fan of the short row heel, even if I'm perfectly able to make beautiful such, for me is the heel flap/gusset heel the favourite. And Eunny's version of the heel ( Click for close up! ) is the smoothest and best fitting I've ever made.

Project details:
Pattern: Bayerische socks by Eunny Jang
Yarn: Regia Silk in cream (002), about 110 grams.
Needles: 2 mm metal dpns.
More: I made four pattern repeats in the leg part and four and a half in the foot part of the sock.

In order to celebrate being close to the finishing line, and again, when passing the finishing line I did cast on for two new projects. They are both stash empting projects, these and 300 grams more before I can allow myself to order yarn for Eunny's Venezia sweater. First up is Sharfik by Grumperina. The yarn is Jaeger Extrafine Merino dk knit on 4 mm needles. This will be a birthday present for my father, not a father's days present as I first did plan. The time is running out for that (I promise I'll show you the time hog at some other occasion, but it's not a knitting project). I have three balls of the yarn and here is the second ball almost knitted up. This has been my commuter project, and is thus not advancing very fast.


Number two on the list is Fifi, a triangular shawl designed by Johanna Pajakoski for the Finnish webknitmagazine Ulla. I had two balls of Rowan Linen Drape in this pale lilac colour left, enough for a small shawl thing for my younger daughter. I have knitted the first ball (if one can call the things for balls when they are winded up around the paper things), and has started the second, using 3,5 mm needles. This should be finished soon!


And a last thing for this entry: Have you seen these lovely socks by Teresa? As one commenter said: Oh, my paws and whiskers!

November 01, 2006

Quick update on Bayerische socks


Between reading for an exam and having a class on academic writing, a quick update on the Bayerische socks. The pattern is very well written, but it is asking for concentration, and can be worked on only when there is a possibility to focus on the knitting properly. This is no movie knitting! I have enjoyed it in late evenings before going to bed, when too tired to read, but not tired enough to sleep. And magically, one row after an other has added up to one finished sock, and the second almost halfway down to the heel.
We have our first snow for this season, wet, sticky snow that probably will be gone soon, and a very grey sky. This is the blue season, when taking pictures outside you almost always get this blue hue over everything. But the kids are happy! The first snowballs were done yesterday, and a big heap with wet mittens, hats and scarves was produced.


September 24, 2006

I should be knitting mittens, really


But all I do is knitting socks. I'm almost obsessed by Eunny's Bayrische socks. The fine gauge, the well defined stitches, the beautifully flowing pattern, what more can ask for? There are almost 100 stitches in one sock, the knit stitches knitted twined, and there are twists on every row. It's not complicated at all, but you have to be alert all the time. And it's addictive. I love the socks already, and have problems putting them to the side. I had white and blue Regia silk in stash (hurray for emptying the stash!), and I chose the white, in order to get most out of the travelling stitches, knitted through the back loop.

But before I got this socks obsession, I knitted quite a lot on the flower mittens. Look, the first mitten has got a companion.


I think I will use a smaller pattern on the thumbs, a practise quite common on old Finnish mittens. The other option would be to let the flowers continue on the outer side and then use for example stripes on the inside, a way to come around the problem that also were used a lot. When I'll be able to let the socks rest I'll have to make a decision.


Welcome to my blog! My name is Maud, and I spend my free hours grooming Afghan hounds, knitting, cooking, and growing bonsai trees. I am since the summer of 2012 reporting from Stockholm Sweden, entries before that are from Esbo, Finland.

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