torsdag 9 mars 2017

Knee-high socks in a week?

So, is it possible to knit a pair of knee-high socks in just one week. Apparently it is. Another question is why you would want to do that. Well, having kids sure introduces you to all kind of new challenges. We just learned (last week), that one of the personnell at DS's daycare was having her last work week at hand. Combine that with my decision to knit socks for all personnell in this group this spring as "thank you and good bye", as it will be time for upgrade to pre-school next fall. The girl quitting now was actually the first one I knew what kind of socks I was going to knit to, and I had already bought the yarn (months ago), but I really thought I'd have three more months to do this (and four other pairs...) I had a week. So I started right away when I heard the news. I combined this with DS having the flu coughing all nights, two eye infections of myself and one for DH, and as DS started feeling better DD went down with the same flu and I got diagnosed with a bad sinus infection to accompany the renewing eye infection. Oh, and DH went abroad on a business trip. All together, quite a busy week, when I've been working on distance, looking after 1-2 sick kids and knitting in between on my non-existent spare time. I confess I feel a bit... insufficient. Hyper-efficient yes, sufficient not so much. Well, tomorrow is her last day, I rolled up the socks for DS to give her. No time for blocking as it's almost midnight, but at least they look neat when worn.
Pattern from Novita, winter 2016 I think, Heart socks.

måndag 6 mars 2017

Socks for babies born in Finland 2017

Since last summer, there's been a project going on to knit baby socks for all babies born in Finland during 2017, our 100th year of independence. There are lots of projects going on, more info on (all?) the official ones can be found here. As a knitter, a person who loves blue, but with not too much spare time, it was easy to choose this project. Also, I picked up a pair of red socks myself some years ago when my firstborn turned up (Finnish Martha organisation had an anniversary that year) and have always wanted to pass that favour along to other mothers too. I've been knitting on these small socks every now and then, often on the bus when commuting to work, as they're small and easy to carry around. At last, I have made it as far as to actually add the washing instructions and add them to the huge masses of socks that others have already brought around. I have 1 1/2 pair waiting, so maybe I will add them to my contribution later, but the speed with which people knit right now is unbelievable, so I'm afraid the project will end and I'll have to find some charity to take the rest of my socks. Win-win whatever happens.   And as the middle pair needs some extra explanation:

söndag 22 januari 2017

KAL socks

Ok, so what's up. Socks, socks and socks... Last spring Niina Laitinen (pages in Finnish) arranged a flower sock KAL on FB, that I happened to stumble upon. As a beginner, I only knit one sock during the KAL, and was to finish the second sock when the KAL was over. Well, that KAL sure is over now, about a year later. I still have the 1.000.000 loose ends to take care of, but I finally got this far:
The true motivation to get the second sock off the needles was Niina's newest KAL, Valentine's Day socks that started three days ago.  As I learned from the flower socks, I will need to knit both socks simultaneously this time, so I really needed the 3mm needles used for these socks. That should save me from knitting half of sock #2 before noting, that I was knitting it in the wrong size. Which in turn should save me from a lot of frogging and bad temper this time. Other things I learned during this sock project was, that they would have been even nicer had I chosen more similar colors. These colors were what I happened to find around the house, and it does not show that clearly in the pic, but there are two really dark flower colors, and two much brighter, also the leaves are pretty bright. Some more similarity would have been better, but I still like them of course. Very much. Back to the reason for freeing the needles: 
I knit with the wooden needles, and keep stitches on hold with the metal ones.

söndag 25 december 2016

A bit late

I did not quite make it with these socks this year. Finished this evening, Christmas Day, and as Santa travels through Finland on Christmas Eve, he could not deliver these, I had to give them to my MIL in person. Actually, they started out as a present for a goth friend, but the more I knit the more they started to look more like my MIL and less like goth friend. Yarn Novita 7 veljestä, needles 4mm and 3,75mm (could not find free 3,5mm's), pattern from Novita Sukkalehti 2014. Too thick yarn for me, but I wanted to try the pattern. 

söndag 6 november 2016

Yarn for nothing

 ... and mitt's for free. Or well, not entirely for free, but this yarn was a bargain.  The first two colors I bought turned into a pair of mittens for DD. A long time since I did anything fair isle, but they turned out good enough I think.
Pattern from Drops/Garnstudio, Novita Nalle and dpn's 3.00 mm that is.

söndag 23 oktober 2016

Wrist warmers

So, my male wrist warmer prototype is ready. This started out as a quick knit-10cm-ribbings to warm up the wrists of a cold colleague, but then again, it was very quick to knit, so I made them a bit longer, and while at it, I decided to add thumbholes as well in case he wants to use them as fingerless mitts too.  Yarn Novita Isoveli, stash color, 50 grams (48 grams just might be enough, but I do not promise). Needles 4,0 mm. Size small (male) hand. I cast on 44 sts, and knitted ribbing (k1tbl p1) for about 34 rows (13.5 cm). Then I made an optional hole for the thumb binding off 8 sts with Jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind-off, and then cast on the same amount of new sts on the next row. Kept knitting the same ribbing for another 9 rows (3.5 cm), then binding off all sts using the same stretchty bind-off. Total length 14 cm and with 7.5 cm (not stretched).  Tomorrow I will give them to my test user and see if he comes up with ideas of improvement. Pic model on my own hand, these are a bit too bif for me, but not much.

söndag 16 oktober 2016

Sauna romance

Ok, so I've been away for a while. Life, as usual, interfering with my personal life. Time now for a bit more extensive update, I hope. So, what have I been up to on the knitting front the past few months. Well, I ran into an interesting book, Unelmien silmukat, by Pirjo Iivonen, and as it was out-of-stock wherever I looked online, I ended up buying it in a local book store. Not the cheapest way, I must say, but, well, I got what I wanted. There are some really fascinating socks in that book, many technique must-do's. So far, I've knitted two, and I think the book would have needed a little bit more proof-reading/knitting but as Finnish sock instructions traditionally tend to be of type "knit cuff desired length, then heel, after that knit foot until long enough and finish sock the usual way", well this book has come pretty far from that tradition! I started out making these for myself! The yarn used is Hot Socks Neon, which I got from my secret knitting friend LeenaS last spring. Did end up struggling a bit over the pattern / made my own solutions. Love the result.   When I showed the book to my Mom, she immediately spotted what was to be my second project from this book. A pair of Romanssi i.e. Romance, for one of her friends. I took the sock pictures in the sauna by the way, hence the title of this post. These look fantastic on the foot, but as my foot is too small for these, no pics of that :-(.
I got a pic of the book too. Not in the sauna, though...  
Yarn used Drops Fabel, one of the few decent ways to find a uni-color (in this case close-to unicolor) sock yarn at my local yarn store. Size 40+, needed a bit more than one skein.
But now the socks will have to take a short break, right now DD's hands are too big for last year's mittens, so I'm giving these a try:
As she's not around this weekend I don't know about the size, I sure hope I got it right! Love the yarn colors anyway. Bought these when Stockmann apparently once again stopped selling yarns, bright-colored Novita Nalle was all that was left. Prize tag says €1.40 but I got my skeins for €0.70. I think the sales person made a mistake there, the sign said 50% but the tags already had the discount prize on them... I did not want to draw attention to this, but yes, I wish I had gone back and bought them all...
Also, as I found yet another colleague of the freezing type, I'm knitting a pair of simple, discrete wrist warmers. Would have chosen an even darker gray had I had one, but this will do. 
My family will be heading this way any hour now, putting an end to my weekend of silent rest (not that silent as the cough that made me stay behind has gotten pretty loud at times). I think I should put my last hour into the mittens, as they require a certain amount of concentration that is not always possible to achieve with the family in the house...