Tuesday, April 21

Sock Challenge 8/12 - April

For my April socks I wanted something green (that represents Spring and grass) and I wanted a stitch pattern to go with it (something mossy - seed stitch like- but only for the front part of the sock).

So I tried a few things and struggled a bit with my regular number of cast on stitches (because the yarn is a bit heavier than fingering sock yarn - it's a light worsted yarn) but I managed to knit socks that fit me, maybe a bit loose on the leg part, although they keep up, but definitely a good fit on the foot part.
I love the color and I learned a few new things:

  • first time knitting my own pattern (very simple pattern must I admit) :-)
  • first time knitting socks with something different than a fingering weight sock yarn
  • and therefor recalculating my number of stitches
  • need to practice on kitchener stitch with this heavier yarn, I have more bumps on each side
  • I should have made the cuff longer, or even a folded cuff would look nice on this pattern.
Next pair of socks need to be challenging too: I want to try knitting toe-up socks. I've never done that before, so I'm browsing through several patterns, but haven't made a decision yet.

Name: Mali Traven Socks
Pattern: my own
Yarn: Schachenmayr Universa (Dk/light worsted, 21-24sts st st = 4 inches)

Linking up with Liesl and Nicole.

Friday, April 10

Knitting lately

A quick update: Since life has been quite hectic and just consists of working, eating, knitting and sleeping (and the occasional plant watering and potting) I just wanted to share these latest knits from my stash: baby elf hats. First is Elf Knots (A. Keeys), stripy one is Holiday Elf (Jones&Vandermeer). Two very quick knits, from stash leftovers, and very rewarding!

And I'm currently working on my April socks for the challenge: the Mali Traven Socks (own pattern).
I'm so sorry for the superficial quick knitting update blog post. I always admire other bloggers for their rich range of sentences and word use, give aways, KAL's and swaps, shops...there's just too much going on at the moment and frankly, I'm even surprised that I managed to knit so many socks in between!

Have a splendid weekend everyone and thank you for all the comments on previous blog posts! I appreciate the time you take to comment!

Wednesday, April 1

Yarn Along

Knitted: a few baby hats. Pictured: Elf Knots (pattern by Amanda Keeys). Only need the perfect wooden button for the garter stitch band.

Reading: 'Borderline Times' by Dirk De Wachter (2012). De Wachter, a Belgian psychiatrist, explains our Western, individualistic society as some sort of a disease: Everybody has symptoms of 'borderline', not only psychiatric patients. And if you're actually not 'ill', society will sell the diagnosis in stead of the pills and let us believe we're all a bit ill, or not normal so we could take more medication and support the pharmaceutics... Impulsiveness, loneliness, identity 'disorders', agressiveness, our continuous search for more kicks, more new things, out with the old, we're easily bored, we have to share everything we do to make our own identity, we're an image of ourselves ...are all consequences of how we cope with a society that has lost its borders and where we struggle to give meaning to our lives. In contrary to the earlier times, where God (or religion in general), the support of a family and universalism gave people a foundation to built their lives upon, the society nowadays doesn't offer us a strong ground to give meaning to our lives, we feel like we can choose what we want, and that we're individualistic and can become everything we want. And that's just the essence of what makes us feel even more abandoned and alone than ever...

Well, it's an eye-opening book which kind of makes you feel guilty too. I don't agree with everything he states but the general message of the book is one to remember and think about.

Listening & watching: Stromae's new videoclip.

Joining Ginny and Nicole.