I have finally manged to finish the hybrid socks I started after finishing the rainbow ones. Hybrid because I used the left over yarn from my recent mini mochi socks and that left over from the pale rainbow ones I made years ago. Here they are.
I was rather pleased that they came out so long as I wasn’t sure how long that would be. You can see from the odd orange part on one sock that because there was, for some reason, more yarn left over on one ball, I decided rather than waste it to use if for the other sock. This of course adds an extra half inch.
Here is one of the socks laid over the earlier ones.
Unlike the ‘Rainbow Socks’ I feel I can start wearing these right away!
And, for anyone who might be interested, I can’t resist sharing a photograph of my most recent and possible ideal, at least for me, loaf of bread.
I have always preferred soft rolls to crusty ones and in fact my favourite bread when I was a child was a bap. The artisan bread I have made tends to have a crust that is lovely straight out of the oven but later just seems rather hard, especially for my bread knife. Now the milk bread I made had a much softer crust but the texture was a little cake-like, so I thought I would try the same recipe but using half milk and half water. The result had a thin easy to cut crust and a proper bread like texture.
Interestingly I have a recipe in my bread book for a Scottish Bap and that is half milk and half water. I am making some pizza bases as I write this and next would like to try some foccacia!
And finally a few photos from my garden.
I was delighted to see that the one bed was full of scilla siberica and the primroses were also coming on nicely.
There are some more, not yet in flower, further along.
I was also pleased to see that the Lenten Roses are doing very well even after all that snow.
I still haven’t felt inspired to do any more than work on my sock(s). Though I have got beyond the heel now!
I would have got a bit further but when I had got about this far I realised that I had dropped a stitch a couple of rows after finishing the heel and the only safe way to sort the problem was to undo back to that point stitch by stitch!
Not much to show, so I thought I would share a few more of the highlights of my week with you.
Now a few weeks ago when my daughter came down she brought me a bunch of flowers. At the time I was still pretty weary and my granddaughter kindly put them in a vase for me. The flowers lasted well and when they were all gone I rather fancied buying some more but I have been shopping with a back pack lately and flowers would suffer in a back pack.
But then on Tuesday my brother came to visit me and brought lots of flowers! This time I felt up to arranging them myself, not that I have any special skill at this, but they looked so lovely in the vases that I decided to take some photographs.
I don’t have an ideal place to take photographs and by now it was the evening, so don’t expect something exceptional.
First I took some pictures on the dining table.
There were enough flowers for two vases!and similar flowers to the above with roses and ?. The roses are much redder than this but, as someone very colour conscious, I frequently bemoan the ability of cameras to capture colours accurately.
I then took the flowers upstairs to the study to take against a more neutral background but this was taken at ISA 800 by artificial light so I adjusted the colours a bit to restore a green tone to the walls! and The flowers were much more open on Friday so I took a picture of the first vase from above. The other flowers didn’t make an attractive picture from above so I just photographed one of the roses. I was also making some more bread: a white loaf this time, so I photographed that.
I have finally decided what to make to get back to crafting – socks!
I chose socks because apart from the toes and heels they are just so easy, perfect for ‘Crafty Coffee’ mornings, watching TV and totally not stressful or challenging. I don’t feel up to challenging!
So what socks?
Years ago when I was wanting to make the first pair of socks for myself, I fell in love with some really soft looking sock wool called Mini Mochi and bought enough to knit two pairs of socks. Now my favourite of course was the darker rainbow one but I didn’t want to risk making a mess of knitting it up, so I used the pale rainbow one for that first pair. Now the socks are indeed the loveliest softest socks imaginable and still are, but they do lose their looks a bit when you wash them. As you can see in the above picture. (several years later).
I hand washed them at first but found that they were no worse for being tossed in the machine. (Maybe this is a comment on my hand-washing abilities!)
After this I tried out lots of different types of sock wool (again as you can see in the above picture) but was sort of saving the darker rainbow wool for when the light ones wore out.
Well they haven’t worn out but I can see that the area around the heel is getting a bit thin and I wanted something really soothing and delightful to knit so I decided that now was the time.
The wool I am using now does seem more even in thickness than the earlier ones but maybe I am just not remembering very well.
I wasn’t aiming to make matching socks so I just picked up a ball and started with the end of the yarn – a dark orange. With a short row toe this is the underside of the sock.
I am almost back to the orange! I love the way the colours change!
Unfortunately, I am feeling less well than I did last Monday but I still felt that I wanted to share what I had intended for today.
The only creative thing that I have completed since I have been ill is a pair of socks for my younger daughter’s birthday.
I had finished the first sock and was about a third through the second when I went into hospital. I thought at that point I had plenty of time to complete the pair but in the event it was a bit of a struggle to finish them off just in time to put in the post. The yarn was Regia Galaxy. An interesting pattern in the colours I thought!
I have been feeling a little out of sorts lately, not sure which project to start next, so when I heard that the Apostleship of the Sea wanted hats (among other things) as Christmas presents for seamen, I decided to make one.
I found a pattern suggested by the Apostleship of the Sea in a different area which said that aran weight was best. Now I have quite a bit of yarn left over from making this because I adapted a pattern with three quarter length sleeves and a fitted body and so had to guess the amount of yarn to buy and I over-estimated.
The yarn is a lovely soft 100% merino wool so should be great for keeping seamen’s heads warm on chilly days.
I had enough to make two hats and here they are. I don’t feel the sewing up of the seam is perfect but it won’t show too much if worn round the back.
Another thing that I have made recently is a new dishcloth, as I reported I would be doing when I showed you this yarn.
This time I made it bigger than last time, using 40 trebles across. I used the same two rows of three border from my book as before although I chose it independently! Because it is bigger than before it does take longer to dry but I like it in use.
I met up with my eldest and family and had a couple of meals and had fun in an Escape Room.
Although this is not my photograph and therefore I do not own the copyright I am sure the Escape Plan guy won’t mind as this can be considered an advert. He was keen on us passing on the word.
The Escape Room is located in SE London in Iliffe Yard.
We had great fun. We had been there previously for a Second World War prisoner themed escape and this one if anything was even more fun.
If you are interested in learning more here is a link – https://escapeplanltd.com/ Highly recommended.
I also took with me the socks I had made for my granddaughter (which I have shown you previously). and the hat I made for my daughter. My camera really didn’t like this yarn. The colour is much more of a vibrant peacock blue. Imagine the above but brighter and a little darker. The above has been edited by me for colour but nothing I could do would get it the correct shade.
Here is another photograph of the hat standing up. It is alpaca and merino wool, wonderfully soft.
The pattern for the hat came from Debbie Bliss and here is a closer look at the stitches. The hat was very popular and my daughter put it on immediately!
This is all I have for you this morning, I am afraid.
Still doing less knitting and crochet than normal but have managed to do the small amount of knitting and crochet to finish the socks for my granddaughter and complete the main body of my Symmetrical Granny Ripple blanket.
I am going to add the pattern for the blanket to Ravelry when I have finished it but am not sure what to call it. My original Granny Ripple blanket is called “Soft Granny Ripple” though that name was not chosen by me but the lady who persuaded me to let her put it on Ravelry.
So here are the sock for my granddaughter. Short ones, as requested. The yarn is Regia (One of my favourite makes of sock yarn). Nothing much on the ball band. Colour 0525 which I have found on-line called Papillion. I think I must have picked it up in Hobbycraft as my other sock yarns seemed a bit dingy for a teenager.
And here is the body of my “sea and sand” colour blanket based on the four times fourteen rows that form almost half of the blanket I made for my daughter.
Stylecraft Special DK in the following fourteen colours:-
White, silver, parchment, camel, mocha, turquoise, sherbet, aspen, teal, royal, bluebell, denim, aster, cloud blue.
As with my other sea and sand blanket, I am not going to fill in the ripples, but have not finally decided on the edging.
Well I’m not really sure that I have a sock addiction 🙂 but I haven’t made any socks for a long time and from time to time I get a craving to make some more.
I normally force myself to resist this temptation because I have enough already but recently I discovered that both my daughter and granddaughter have the same size feet as myself and would both love me to knit them a pair of socks.
I have a stash of sock wool because of some that has been passed on to me for free, Yay! so I offered my daughter a choice of yarn.
and she said that she preferred the one on the left.
Here are the pair I made her. It’s hard to get socks to look good when lying flat which is why when I knit them for myself I also photograph them being worn!
I have actually bought some more sock wool to make a pair for my granddaughter and when I know how long she would like her socks to be, compared to her mother’s (her mother wanted fairly short ones!), I will start a pair for her.
I could have used the wool to the right in the picture at the top but I thought maybe it wasn’t quite her sort of colours.
I do like Regia sock yarn!