Monday, November 19, 2012

Instant Slippers

At the end of October we had a little cold snap. In the mornings before putting on socks my feet were frigid. As knitters are known to do, I felt I needed to cast on for something RIGHT THEN to rectify the situation. Amazingly, I was able to knit these in a day. It made for a pretty rapid progression from "Feet cold. Knit. Feet warm." (I don't really know why my inner knitter voice sounds like a cartoon caveman, but there you go.)
Duffers - Revisited

I used some Cascade Eco and Eco + wool I had leftover from other projects.  Hooray for using stash. I thought the yarn would be bulky enough, but if I had it to do over again, I would go ahead and hold the yarn double to make a cushier slipper. I also was a bit surprised that the slippers fit a bit more like ballet flats and covered less of the top of the foot than I was expecting. I'm not sure if I made a size smaller and doubled the yarn if it would have to shrink less to get down to size, thus, covering more of my foot? Does that even make sense?

In any case, they still manage to keep my bare feet warm and are delightful to pull on over a pair of socks as well.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Yarn Haul

Why, yes I do have a girly-girl desperately in need of socks, why do you ask?

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Stockings, Stockings, Stockings!

For the past month or so we've been taken out by illnesses - nothing serious - just what will probably be come to known as the back to school trial by fire. Kiddo gets sick at school, recovers, Mama gets sick, recovers, lather, rinse repeat. Le sigh. The good news to all of this is that it leaves plenty of knitting time. May I present - a trio of stockings.
Mix and Match Stockings
I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in the colors and amounts found herehere, and here (all Ravelry links). This is one of those patterns that the more you make of them in coordinating colors, the better they all look. I'm not gonna lie, I was ready to see the back of these by the third one, but I think it was worth the effort.

They are all wrapped up and waiting to be opened by my brother and his family. All the knits I've sent so far have been greatly appreciated so I have a feeling these will go over big as well. Let me tell you, it is highly dangerous to now be receiving text messaged pictures of a new little man wearing the baby knits I've been making. Makes me want to knit All The Baby Things.