Tangled Thoughts

Snowdrops sock – Spring Flowers 1

These are the loveliest spring socks. The first in a series of three spring flower socks. I’m so proud of Snowdrops. They are delicate little lacy socks that are a quick knit and look fantastic on. All of the spring flower socks are designed using 

Valentine Knitting

Valentine Knitting

My favourite sort of Valentine’s Day is one where I get to knit. I’m doing some hot pink socks for someone who has been ill and I’m hoping they cheer them up tremendously. They’ve certainly cheered me up while making them. The yarn is stroll 

January CAL

January CAL

Edit from 14 Feb 2022: I finished my granny square blanket and there were highs and a couple of totally self inflicted lows. I loved doing it and I think I am now addicted to Granny Squares. I’m already planning a stash busting battenberg afghan with hundreds of mini granny squares!

I am not a natural crocheter. Two needles I understand, I can edit a pattern on the fly, can see where the designer is going and it all just flows. Give me a single hook though and things get interesting. By which I mean historically disastrous!

But no more. I have discovered joy in crochet. I love the factory aspect of making an afghan where you can make all the starting rounds for the individual squares and then either continue on and make each individual square or make do round 2, 3, 4 etc for all of them. I like that way because it means I finish the afghan all at once.

This particular afghan is a CAL being run by Germander Cottage Crafts. It’s got videos and written instructions and is a great way to ease into trying something new. Granny square afghans are often associated with the worst of fiber arts, old fashioned, boring, granny-ish and so on. I really wanted to embrace the nostalgia of a granny square afghan while showing that they can be stylish! I chose City Tweed yarn from KnitPicks and complementary earth tones rather jewel tones. Once I got the hang of the pattern, it is like comfort food. I know what I’m doing and it is easy and relaxing. The tweed is welcoming and warm while suggesting a bygone age. I think the final piece will give joy for years to come. You can see the whole project come together from getting the yarn to blocking and using in the gallery below

Socktober!

Socktober!

My favourite month. It’s Socktober. That time of year where you are playing catch up between cold feet and socks on needles. Maybe it’s just me? I have several sock projects on the go. I have stripy She Sells Seashells which I have just finished 

Cathedral Grove is here

Cathedral Grove is here

This pattern is one of my favourites. I was inspired by the magnificent Cathedral Grove Provincial Park on Vancouver Island, but as the pattern came together it became more than an homage to Douglas Firs and had become a gothic splendour. This is a great 

Calenardhon

Calenardhon

27 August update

This sock is coming together beautifully. I’ve turned the heel, which is one of my favourite things to do. I get a real sense of satisfaction from starting on the foot. It makes me feel like the sock is nearly finished, even when I’m lying to myself!!

Another thing that is great about getting onto the foot part with a cabled sock? Cables get better and better with more repeats.

Now, about that heel. As you can see it’s a traditional Eye of Partridge heel. with a stocking stitch back of leg. There’s a variant on this sock lurking in the back of my mind for a eye of partridge back of leg the whole way down. Will it be too busy with the cables at the front? We’re going to find out later in this process!

26 August update

New sock! Cables, magnificence and a back story to match. Right now this lovely sock is being sampled knitted in a Camellia pink using Hawthorne kettle dyed yarn from Knit Picks.

I know however this is a sock which is going to shine in the burgundy, forest green and golden range. This is a sock for the horse lords of Rohan in ancient times when it was still part of Gondor. If you love Lord of the Rings, this is a sock you are going to want to make.

This sock has three separate cable sections and an option to do the whole back of the sock in eye of partridge or stocking stitch depending on your comfort levels. I’ll be updating this post regularly with how it’s coming along!

Macaroon Blossom Afghan

Macaroon Blossom Afghan

For my second foray into crochet afghans I’m making the Macaroon Blossom Afghan by Astrii Elizabeth. Follow along and we’ll find out if my finished project comes close to the ideal! 14 July 2021 The journey starts! My first parcel of yarn arrived today. The 

Full Fathom Five

Full Fathom Five

Full fathom five thy father lies;Of his bones are coral made;Those are pearls that were his eyes:Nothing of him that doth fade,But doth suffer a sea-changeInto something rich and strange.Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:                        

A tidy stash

I have had yarn all over my living room for days. It has been stashed and squirrelled away in all corners. But I finally created sections to manage the chaos.

In the cubby beside me I have the current WIPs, my books, my note book, scissors, notions that kind of thing. Then I have a wine rack filled with yarn which I know what the yarn will become, there’s more socks, a poncho or possibly a cardigan, another wrap and a bolero jacket.

Once we move on from this section I have an ottoman of yarn that I love, I just don’t know what you are going to become yet. And finally because I really am addicted to yarn buying, I have a carboard box of pretty yarn to look at.

How much yarn is too much yarn?

It’s a trick question! There is no such thing as too much yarn. I have yarn I don’t love, but it’s useful (scrap yarn, testing yarn, I’ve lost all my stitch markers so make yarn ones) you get the idea.

Then I have yarn that I love deeply but I’m afraid to start something as it has to be the ‘right’ project for this special yarn.

Hope everyone out there is enjoying good weather in the northern hemisphere and getting to knit outside. If you’re in the southern hemisphere, congratulations! It’s indoor snuggle knitting time.

Odds and Sods after a long weekend

Cat Update I’ve got a cat meowing at me forcibly to complain about his neutering and the being kept inside and the terrible cone around his head. We’ve got 7 more days and he’s going to really have lost it by the end of the