I Am Seriously on Fire!

It is summer, and it is hot. I am not supposed to knit warm things like socks. I should crochet bikini or something.

Unfortunately, I don’t have that kind of confidence. The idea of showing my tum and thighs to the world to see is quite daunting. Hey, maybe next year when I finally get on with the bikini body thing… not.

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I’d rather stay inside the house knitting than roasting myself out there half naked. The hotter it is outside, the more unwilling I would be to expose myself to the sun. I mean, hasn’t anybody heard about skin cancer and melanoma?

Anyway, socks is the new summer fashion.

No… not really. I am just making that up. However, I do embrace the spirit of summer in this pair of socks. Light blue and cream, it looks bright and happy. Like summer. Even my husband who is naturally grumpy couldn’t look too grumpy in these socks.

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He is still a willing socks model. How awesome is it to have someone who is constantly enthusiastic in supporting your hobby like my husband?

I like making these socks, it is quick to make, and not too difficult that I have to concentrate too much. I am glad I chose to make it in stripes although the pattern wasn’t on stripey pattern. The yarns are Robin Bonny Babe, one of my favourite budget yarns that I have work with.

Anyway, I have to say it to make it official: I have an FO!

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New WIP: More Socks!!

What can I say? Socks are probably one of the most addictive things to knit. They are small, but challenging. They give you enough difficulties to conquer, new things to learn, intricacy to master… yet it doesn’t take weeks like jumpers or dresses. The only problem socks knitters might have to deal is the second sock syndrome.

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Oh. Right. So, my new project is another pair of socks for my husband. I am choosing the colours right now, so I think I will make this blue and white stripey socks for him.

I quite like working with stripes. Not only it raises the difficulty level a little bit, at the same time it makes it so much easier to count rows. You don’t need to either counting rows every now and then (especially if you have a annoyingly cheeky husband who deliberately screw up your counting), or keep measuring the length (with the risk of making a slightly asymmetrical pair).

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Basically stripes rock!

The pattern is quite easy, got it free from ravelry. The pattern doesn’t call for stripes, but like I said.. I would love some challenge 🙂

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New Skill Learned: Grafting

This is not my first time knitting socks, but this is the first time I do the grafting properly. Usually, i just sew them together, and… now that I know how to graft, I felt embarrassed that I didn’t do it properly. It is not that difficult really, I don’t know why I haven’t learned this much earlier.

Grafting, or Kitchener stitch is… in my noob-eye opinion– how you join pieces seamlessly. Almost like Mattress Stitch, but the main difference is that Kitchener stitch is done in an open, working stitch.

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So, when I have done the toe decreasing, the tip of the toe will be open like that, and this is where we do the grafting. I found the tutorial from Knitty as the one that is easiest to follow. One from DROP design is not at all helpful.

So basically there are 4 main steps:

  1. pick the first stitch from the front needle knitwise
  2. sew the second stitch from the front needle purlwise
  3. pick the first stitch from the back needle purlwise
  4. sew the second stitch from the back needle knit wise

now that you have picked the first stitches from both needles, your second stitches has become the first stitches. You do the four steps until all of them are picked and sewn. The yarn would be loose to start with, but I tug them gently to make sure I didn’t screw the tension.

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And… Tadaa!

I mean no trick here, only concentration — which I didn’t have as I was doing this while watching football match. I think I missed one or two stitches.

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Ah never mind no. One down sock down — much faster that I thought it would be– I will have the chance to do better grafting on the other one.

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When You Tried To Do The Right Thing…

Like pulling the yarn from the centre of the ball instead of from the outside, and the ball of yarn said: NOPE…

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It hurts.

A lot.

And the struggle… The struggle, Ladies and Gentlemen… is real. But you know what? I have to go on… Because my socks need to be done. But don’t you just hate it when it happens?

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Apparently, the lacey part of the ankle was not the hardest part of this particular pattern. My problem is that this pattern wasn’t as clear or straightforward as the previous patterns I have tried. For example when it said continue in st st 2 cm, I wasn’t sure whether it means “continue until it reaches 2 cm” or “continue for another 2 cm”. That is annoying isn’t it? Especially for me, because I am a noob in knitting socks.

It just socks! Lol sorry. I had to do that..

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New Little DPNs

Of course, following my new obsession towards socks, I have decided that having a new set of double pointed needles would be… not only necessary, but also proper. Why? I heard you asked (you might not ask, but I assume you did).

Well… I’ve got sets of DPNs, but the ones I had was sets of 4, instead of 5. Each of them are around 20 cm, which is lovely when I was doing hats. With socks, or probably gloves (if or when I would like to do it in the future), long DPNs are slightly trickier.

And bla…

And bla…

Seriously, do I need reason to buy more knitting needles? So I went to Amazon and got one of these. These needles are short and just the correct size for the aforementioned projects. These made of bamboo, and unlike the ones I had before, these are not varnished.

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And started a new sock project. So far so good, but it is just a beginning. Thing is this bamboo — being raw, and not varnished has its own downside. For example, some of the bamboo fibres kept catching out the wool fibres. Which I hate so much.

 

For awhile, I did regret the purchasing decision. I started to consider writing a review in Amazon to tell what a nasty little shit these needles are. But of course, me being a really nice person, giving it a chance. img_0260

And I am glad I did. Once the rough edges has gone, this bamboo DPNs are lovely to work with. The fact that it is not slippery makes is better for my project. It means, I don’t drop stitches. We don’t like dropping stitches do we?

The pattern for my new project is from DROPS design. Although I am not using their wool, this one has got the same gauge with the one asked in the pattern. Yes I made swatch before making this, so this is the correct size.

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It looks alright. But, seriously… I had a lot of problem with it. Mostly because I have never worked with picture pattern before. I needed to google how to read it before I started. Apparently it is done from right to left, from bottom up — like how I did the fair isle pattern for the baable hat.

How could I forget that?

 

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Little Reminder…

Knitting the second one was much easier this time. It is unusual for me, because when I knit jumpers, the second sleeves (the last part of the project) was usually the hardest. Somehow, probably because the (not) difficulty level of the project itself, and because I was more or less distracted by lots and lots of SVU, it was done in no time at all.

But then, I remembered one thing. One thing that I should have thought before I even started the project.

I don’t like sewing, do I?

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Yes I know I have to work on my mattress stitch by practising more. But seriously… sewing up after knitting is just… eeurgh.

The fact that the yarn was really dusty and smelly — and that I hate holding it so close to my face didn’t help either. I wonder if it is possible to wash the yarn before I knit it… It is ruining all the fun of knitting, isn’t it?

But I persevere. I thought. It could be a good thing. After all, I do want to learn how to sew, don’t I? So why not start small from this?

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Tada! Another finished project of the year. It doesn’t look bad at all. Yes, the toe is still bit too pointy for my liking, and the holes are still there, but they are quite promising as a pair of socks.

So I wash them. Lightly. Because I am not sure what the yarn is made of (wool or acrylic) — can anyone tell me how to know it if I got them without all the labels and things? Cold water, baby shampoo, I could be wrong, but that’s how I do my make up brushes. And I do my make brushes very carefully.

The water was practically blackened, and I could feels the socks get softer in my hand. Don’t worry. I know, no wringing, only squishing. That’s what I did. Twice. It was really dirty.

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Final verdict?

  1. It fits nicely, being one size for all. My size is UK 5, or EU 38.
  2. The toe bits doesn’t look awkward at all once you wear it.
  3. The holes are still there, but it wasn’t too prominent when you wear it. It might be covered when you wear shoes or ankle high boots.
  4. One thing I didn’t count on was the seam. You could feel it under your feet everytime. It could be uncomfortable but since I haven’t worn it that long, I couldn’t say more than that.

Whether I like it or not?

Uhm… I don’t know…

 

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Little Socks…

Been two days, and the socks have been going well. The wool was really nice to work with, the pattern was really easy to be followed. Apart from the sporadic sniffles every now and then, I enjoyed making this.

I mean, no fiddling with four or five DPNs? No fiddling with stitch holder? Heel flap and gusset is done at the same time? No picking up stitches? This must be the easiest sock pattern I could ever find. But then… I started to lost interest in this sock. Not because of it wasn’t challenging enough, or that I got bored. But because of.. THIS,

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Can you see what I see? Yes. Holes.

Because of the way the heel flap and gusset was done, it creates holes. If you want to see it as a part of the design, be my guest. I know some designs deliberately utilise holes as part of their design. But these holes aren’t deliberate. And I don’t like the holes.

But I carried on, of course. I just wanted to see how it finished.

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Now it doesn’t look appealing at all isn’t it? Another thing that I found slightly awkward is the toe part. It looks really pointy, but it probably looks better later when it is sewn together. But I should do it later because if I sew it now, there is possibility that I would never finish the second sock.

Apparently Second Sock Syndrome is real. I am not taking my chance.

 

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