Category: Knitting

My First Pair of Socks

Hand knitted socks

One of my crafty resolutions for this year was to knit a pair of socks. And lo & behold, I’ve done it.

Hand knitted socks

These were really quite easy to do. They weren’t knitted in the round so had to be sewn up so will mainly wear indoors when it’s chilly. I used the sock pattern from ‘Love…Knitting‘ By Val Pierce. I used Patons Colour Works Aran wool as I had received some from my OH’s mum for Christmas. I love the way the wool gives a graduated colour. Each sock used almost all a 50g ball.

I now want to knit a pair of socks in the round so have found a pattern, bought new DPN’s and am ready to start, once I’ve completed two mini-projects!

Have you knitted socks? What are your favourite patterns? x

Knitting Challenges

Knitting challenges

This year I’ve been trying to challenge myself with my knitting. With more complex patterns come questions. When you’re in this predicament, the internet becomes your friend. Not only is Google & YouTube a complete guide to all things knitting, Twitter brings forth a wealth of information. Here’s a round up of my recent online discoveries.

For the Bunny Nuggets I needed to knit a three needle bind off. Having no clue what this meant, I googled it & came across this video on YouTube by Planet Purl. Using YouTube can be great as you can pause it & replay things as many times as you want. Also, I find it really helpful to see what the person is talking about. Reading about it often doesn’t make much sense.

I’m in the process of knitting the second in a pair of socks. The pattern asked me to ‘ssk’. No idea what this meant, hello Google! This description from Knitting Help came up. I liked the way it used a picture showing the difference between ssk & decreasing and it really helped me with the heel.

When I was thinking about knitting phone covers, I wanted to knit my own pattern. Having used cable before, I wanted to try it out again. Margaret at my knitting group showed me how when I was knitting my hat, but I wanted to check if I used the same method. I came across the Learn 2 Knit website & read through their cable knitting instructions. It was clear with good diagrams to show how to do the stitch.

I really like to have a go at almost anything, knitting wise, as it is such a good way of learning new techniques. So when I was knitting a bike lock cover I needed to know how many stitches to cast on. The lovely KnitLoveErronΒ helped me work out how many stitches I needed, but first I had to work out the gauge. Now I freely admit that I’ve never worked out gauge before so thankfully google helped me out & led me to About Knitting.com. Between us, the cover was a success!

My final tip is something I found on knitting for dummies on YouTube. How to pick up a dropped stitch. This has saved my bacon a number of times. The video is nice and clear, and covers both knit & purl stitch.

Asking for help on Twitter is always a sure fire way of finding things out. Many people will answer or at the very least retweet. I’ve taken pictures of patterns before now & there’s always someone helpful out there to put you on the right path.

Knitting challenges

I’d love it if you had any great online knitting help. If you do, add them as a comment below. Thanks! x

For the Love of Knitting

Knitted Flower Pattern

I don’t know how other people find it, but selling something that you’ve made is awesome. Not only is someone prepared to part with their hard earned cash but it also means that they like something you have made. This means it is good! I love this feeling!

So when I got a tweet from Oxford Bunting Co., asking for more of my iPhone covers, I was thrilled! Not only did I have an excuse to sit & knit, but it also meant I had to buy more wool! This then sparked a conversation with someone else about whether I could knit a cover for a HTC. Never one to turn down something new I thought I’d give it a go. It was a success! It’s always a bit risky trying something like that, especially when I’ve never even seen a HTC phone! I also tried a new design on this one, as well as adding a few buttons. My aim now is to write up my patterns for both the HTC & the iPhone cover, something that I’ve never done before.

I’ve also had a request to knit a cover for a bike lock by BikesinBloom. Again, I said yes because I’m always up for a knitting challenge & you never know where doing things like this will lead.

This is one of the reasons why I like Twitter so much. You never know how it will bring new opportunities into your life. It’s not just about tweeting about when you have a coffee, though I have to admit, I do that too!

I stupidly forgot to take pictures of the phone covers, but will add a picture of the bike lock cover when I’ve finished it. So check back soon! x

Bunny Nuggets

Bunny Nuggets

A few weeks ago, at my Needles & Natter knitting group that I go to at Rosie’s Tea Room,Β Domesticali was knitting something very cute. Bunny Nuggets. Yep, you read that right. Bunny Nuggets. Naturally I wanted some of my own! But I had to use double pointed needles & I never had before. Thankfully Domesticali had brought her DPN tutorial kit & taught me how.

Pretty much as soon as I got home I Googled ‘bunny nuggets’ for the pattern and found it on the amazing blog of Rebecca Danger. The pattern is free & the instructions are easy to follow. And these aren’t the only cute little critters on Rebecca’s blog! Oh no. There are plenty to choose from.

Bunny Nuggets

I have to say that I’m not a massive fan of knitting on DPN’s & the ears were particularly tricky as they are small. I nearly sulked over them! But once you’ve got the hang of it you want to make loads. I learnt loads from making these – knitting using DPN’s, casting off on three needles and making poms poms. Ideally I wanted to give them as Easter gifts, but I didn’t make them quickly enough! So these are for me x