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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Socks TAAT - There is Another Way

Whilst I do credit myself with some intelligence I can also at times be astounded by how incredibly dim I can be sometimes. This came to light this week as I was reading a post by a friend on Ravelry.
I love to wear handknit socks as does hubby and I love knitting them but I find sometimes that second sock syndrome kicks in and things don't get finished as quickly as they might. I tried knitting TAAT toe up but I had to give up as my preference I have discovered is to knit top down. I also struggled with not having the usual space that I was used to on the cable, (I knit my socks using magic loop).
However as I previously said whilst reading a post on Ravelry this past week a lightbulb moment and a half struck my brain with all the force of the Blackpool Illuminations. Rona, my friend, said she knitted her socks TAAT using two separate needles!!!! She first knits the cuff of one then the other, then moves on to the legs each in turn and so on........ Why oh why had I never thought of doing that before? Dim as a dark night I am! It is so simple and I have plenty needles to make it happen. So before 2 minutes had passed off I was collecting yarn and needles, dividing said yarn into 2 balls and away I went. Progress is happening and I now have cuff and leg of one sock completed and cuff and partial leg of the other. I am over the moon at this and hopefully I shall have a completed pair of socks to share in the not to distant future instead of in a months time.




Stay safe and happy crafting

Mary

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Balta - Island 7

Gosh, it has been ages since I posted anything about knitting. That has not been entirely my own fault though as life got in the way big time this summer when DH had to undergo emergency heart surgery. Of course this gave us a massive fright and everything else was forgotten about.
I am however pleased to report that knitting has been happening and some biggish projects have been completed or are in the works along with some smaller ones.
The first project to share with you all is my first Still Light Tunic . This has been an absolute pleasure to both knit and wear.


The pattern is very well written and easy to follow and best of all, knitted almost entirely in the round from the neck down with no seams. I chose not to do the 3/4 length sleeves as I much prefer short ones and as you can see I can wear a longer sleeved T-shirt underneath if needed There were some places where I read forward and thought what! but when I got there I just followed the instructions and it all worked out perfectly.
The yarn I used is Knit Picks Palette in shade Regal which I bought from http://www.greatbritishyarns.co.uk/ . I found this yarn very nice to knit with and it is not scratchy when worn against the skin.
You may have noticed that I said my first and that is because I am already well underway with No2 and even have the yarn ready for No3. I may be mad but I just know that these have to be a wardrobe staple.
Some of you with keen eyes and memories may also have noticed that this was the yarn I was using to knit the mega shawl in the summer. Well that is the beauty of yarn, it just was not doing it for me so into the frog pond it went and now I have a wonderful wearable garment which I am loath to take off.

Stay safe and happy crafting

Mary

Island Link - Balta