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Christmas Wish List – Wool

Christmas Wish List - wool

Lots of people look towards the new year & make resolutions. I will do this too, but I’m already thinking about my knitting resolutions and have found some patterns & yarn that I want to make next year. Like most knitters, I have a wool stash, and none of the patterns I want to make will use up any of that wool. What?! It’ll come in handy for other projects! So here’s a quick round up of the projects & yarn I’m going to attempt next year.

Christmas Wish List - wool

Now I know what you’re thinking, that’s not much. No, it’s not. This is just for starters. Plus, I’m going to try & not overload myself with patterns too early in the year! And I want to try and expand the range I sell in my Folksy shop. I have to admit it’s been a little neglected of late so my aim next year is to add to it regularly and promote it much more. So I think three patterns is enough for now! I’ve asked Father Christmas for the yarn for the two jumpers but only found the Snow Mittens since then. You know I’ll keep you posted on my progress – wish me luck!

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

Wool, wool everywhere…

Crafty Chai Wool Stash

Crafty Chai Wool StashI have a lot of wool. I have a lot of patterns. But I’m stuck in a rut. I need to make things to sell on my Folksy page but a lot of the patterns I have I can’t use for commercial purposes. I’ve got some patterns that I want to make for myself but I don’t have the correct needles. Am in a right craft quandary.

The problem is that I have a wool buying addiction. I don’t buy more than one ball at a time so I don’t think I have enough for half the projects I want to complete. I also need to get some double pointed needles. I’d hoped that the magic loop technique and the circular needles I have would be enough to knit a pair of socks. But it’s not. So I’m going to have to hunt around for some extra cash to buy some DPN’s. I really want to knit a pair of socks. At least then I can use up some of my wool stash…and then replace it!