More Socks

2017 is the year of fighting my sock yarn stash, it seems. I have finished two pairs in a row, one for me, one for my boyfriend. My entrelac socks were quite an effort to knit and consumed 85g of Lana Grossa Meilenweit for a pair in EU size 39/40. I have read, a lot of people had problems understanding the heel construction. I followed the instructions exactly and a well-shaped heel was the result. However, these socks are worth the effort although I had to force myself to knit one row of entrelacs each day to see any progress.

My boyfriend received a shiny new pair of plain vanilla socks, knit in Drachenwolle sock yarn, colourway Inversnebeltiger. Surprisingly, the pair weighs only 86g in EU size 45. I really like the stripes of different shades of grey paired with jet black and am looking forward to knit the colourway Inversnebeltiger into socks for myself later this year.

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Enough socks for now, I urgently need a different project type. Probably a linen handbag. Apart from that, WGT 2017 is approaching and I definetely want to wear something handknit again this year! I’ll tell you about my next projects soon.

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The Flexibly Sized Baby Scarf

When I recently was asked to knit a baby scarf, I instantly wanted to implement an option to adapt the size to the growing child. Of course, this actually is not a challenge, unless you plan to knit some fashion-forward design. While I still was thinking over several design ideas, Knitty’s winter issue was published, including the gorgeous Erin Goes to College pattern. With its superbulky yarn weight and enormous length, it is far from intentionally being a baby scarf, but it includes all features I was looking for. It is fashionable, can be secured around the neck and, with its many holes, is adaptable in its length!

Deep down in my stash, I found a single skein of blue Drachenwolle Merino DK, begging to be turned into this scarf. I have sticked exactly to the pattern, just using DK weight yarn and 3.5mm needles and knitting only five large cable repeats. Perfect choice. The pattern is well written, but pretty boring to knit. Nonetheless, I absolutely recommend to try it. The yarn is soft and the colour is beautifully shaded, but it reminds me a bit too much of cotton softness (I am talking about the same problem I have with Wollmeise yarns, here). However, the scarf turned out even better than imagined and the parents are super happy.

Building Blocks

First of all, sorry for not posting anything the last weeks, I was really busy.

I have finished my Building Blocks! It took me about three hours to bind off, but it was worth all the effort. The result is rather a shlanket than a shawl, but it was perfect to wear it first on a trip to Leipzig where the temperature was about -2°C.

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I am super happy with my choice of colours, they blend really well together. My large (pretty huge) version is made of sock yarn only, 85g of colour A, 81g of colour B, 47g of colour C and 71g of colour D. It was fun to knit it and watch the colours play with each other up to the end of the brioche section. After that, I got bored. But hey, it is finished and, as mentioned above, the shlanket was completely worth the effort.

Have you finished your Building Blocks yet? And have you seen all those stunning pictures on Instagram?

Building Blocks MKAL, Clue 1

Here it is, my building blocks shawl after clue 1 (and the first row of clue 2). I am pretty happy with it so far, although it is extremely colourful. I am knitting with 3.5 Addi lace needles, a goodie I received at Yarncamp. Apart from being too short for this project, they are okay, but I still prefer ChiaGoo Red Lace.

In contrast to the Taboo MKAL, I love knitting this one. It is not as spectacular as the Booknits pattern, but it does not need attention at each and every stitch. So it qualifies as a portable and quite mindless project which is perfect as I currently are quite busy and travelling a lot. I’ll keep you updated.

A Fall of Mysteries

Last Friday, the timing for this year’s Westknits Mystery Shawl, Building Blocks, was published. The first clue will be released October 7, which is only a week after the Boo Knits MKAL. I actually did not want to participate as I had bought the yarn for Taboo already and did not want to buy any more new yarn this month. Apart from that, both MKALs will run in parallel for two weeks at least.

But why knit a westknits pattern exactly as it is intended to? Stephen West is well known for playing with colour and very different yarn bases at once. Furthermore, a shawl pattern focusing on colour should be adaptable to a different yarn weight. Diving deep into my stash of colourful sock yarns, I have found four very colourful skeins that still might look good together. So I have a very good reason to participate: stashbusting!

I will use (from left to right) a nameless OOAK colourway of Drachenwolle sock yarn which is radiant pink in combination with a blueish purple, a OOAK “wild” colourway of Tausendschön sock yarn, a “dotty” colourway of Wolle Kunterbunt sock yarn as well as a ball of Strauss Innovation sock yarn in cream printed with different shades of grey.

Are you going to participate as well? What are your yarn choices?