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Would You Like a Card?

Folksy have teamed up with Moo online printing to offer Folksy shop owners a set of 50 free business cards and so today I received this in the post:

Moo Cards

I was so excited to open the package, I’ve never had business cards for anything before. It seems so grown up and professional! And my grown up and professional reaction was, of course, to exclaim ‘Yey!’ which coincidentally was the word on the sticker holding the box together. I’m really happy with them, the picture looks a little dark to me but that’s more my fledgling photography skills than the printing. They’re printed on their eco green paper with a matt finish to make it easy to write on.

I’m planning on using them both as business cards and as tags for my knitwear as the blank space on the back is perfect for writing a short message or the care instructions.

Visit my Folksy shop to see my gloves and accessories, or if you’re a knitter keep an eye out for some exciting news about patterns over the next few days.

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A Hot Design

My latest published design is a gorgeous colourwork cover for your hot water bottle to help keep you toasty warm. I find there’s nothing quite like a hot water bottle to snuggle up with on the sofa or to ease any aches and pains. This would also make a fantastic gift in the colder months, perhaps with a supply of hot chocolate and marshmallows? Or a mug and cookies? The ideas are endless!

New hot water bottle cover
Pictured: Rowan Pure Wool DK in Purple & Dahlia (100% Wool, 136yds/124m per 50g ball) & RYC Cashsoft Baby DK in Bloom (57% merino wool, 33% microfiber & 10% cashmere, 142yds/130m per 50g ball.)

I found it quick to knit but that’s probably because I couldn’t wait to see the design in my head become a finished project. It was always ‘one more round’ or ‘one more pattern repeat’! Even if you’re not as eager as me, I don’t think it would take long to complete and the finishing is very minimal. I avoid sewing things up whenever possible so this is worked almost entirely in the round.

Also, as it take less than a ball of yarn for each colour you can use up your leftover balls of yarn from other projects as well as be creative with the colour combinations! The pattern includes handy links to tutorials of the techniques used but I’m always happy to help with any questions too.

For a limited time only, the pattern is available at the reduced price of £2.00.*  You can purchase the pattern using the button below (you do not need to be a Ravelry member).

Materials
3x 50g DK weight yarn
4mm/US#6 needles (circular or dpns) or size
required to get gauge.
Spare needle one size larger for 3 needle cast off
3 Snap Fasteners (15mm)
Darning needle
Waste yarn

Gauge
8st and 30 rows to 4 inch (10”) in charted pattern.

Finished Measurements
This cover will fit a standard hot water bottle 33cm in length (total, including top opening) and 20.5cm in width.

Skill Level
Intermediate – As well as basic stitches, this uses colourwork, a provisional cast on and a 3 needle cast off.

*Until 10/10/12. Regular price: £2.50

Wimblelympic Socks

I’m just past the heel on my Wimblelympic socks (confused? Look here to find out about the Wimblelympics.)

They are turning out perfectly so far! I’m very pleased with them. I love the colour, the stitch pattern and the speed its knitting up with. I have just 62 stitches on the needles which stretches nicely to open up the lace and is a lot less than my normal 68+ stitches I usually have for socks. Add that to the fact that every other round is only knitting and you get very speedy knitting!

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The little details are what I think really make this sock shine, like this motif on the gusset:

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I figured there was no real reason to leave the gussets plain so I embellished them, the motif is one I used as a leg detail on my Embellishing the Colour socks (which is a free Ravelry download if you want to use it yourself).

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I’m still a little shy of halfway through my 50g ball of yarn so the knee high socks are looking more likely. I’ve added a little cable detail running up the back of the leg which will look great if I decide to add calf increases. Can you tell how proud I am of these socks? They’re going so smoothly that’s I’m half expecting something to go wrong soon. Maybe the problems are going to come when I write the pattern up… I haven’t started that yet! :)

Swatch This Space

Over at the Knitting Goddess (and Gods) group on Ravelry, there’s a tonne of Wimbledon themed fun courtesy of the lovely moderators. Amongst other things, there’s a quiz (of which I knew no answers but I think my mum might have done rather well) and a knit a long which is similar to the knitting olympics with various events.

I’ve entered the ‘Short Volley’ category (for Socks, Stockings, Slippers, Bootees, Leg Warmers) and I’m planning on using my semi solid gold yarn to design some lacy socks for summer.

Semi Solid Gold

I’m tempted to make them knee-high (I seem to want make all my socks knee-high at the moment, not sure why) but I think that might be a bit too much to do in a fortnight. Since I’m doing them toe-up I can see how it goes and decide later. I’m also going to challenge myself to write the pattern up within the two weeks.

I’ve been swatching

More swatching

and swatching

Swatching

and even more swatching

Even more swatching

and now that I think I’ve decided on a design I can’t wait to start! Which swatch do you think I’ll have gone for? Pictures coming soon!

Yummy Socks!

I really love these socks, they’re so pretty!

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The yarn is The Knitting Goddesses Take Five sock yarn (75% superwash merino, 25% nylon). They are the first pair of socks I’ve knit using magic loop and I think my dpns might get a little neglected now because I really enjoyed it!

Although it is pretty much just a vanilla sock I did make some modifications. I wanted the look of a short row heel in the contrasting colour but unfortunately I’ve always found that style of heel doesn’t fit my foot that well. I could have done a gusset and heel flap but I would have lost the look and probably ended up with pooling. I really didn’t want to break up the colours like that, so I experimented with using a combination of a mini-gusset and a short row heel turn and it fits perfectly. Really, really perfectly. Makes having to rip out the heels twice totally worth it!

I’ve also avoided major pooling, you can see the purple around the ankle has striped a bit but it’s the only section and it’s not very noticable.

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There are few more pictures on my Ravelry project page.

I wrote the pattern up mainly for my own use on future socks but as it might be useful to others too I’m sharing it here. The pattern is designed for feet measuring 9″ in circumference. However, as it is simply stocking stitch you can easily add or subtract stitches to achieve your perfect fit. Keep in mind that the stitches need to be a multiple of 4 if you want to use the same cuff that I did.

This is proof read but not test knitted so if you see any mistakes or something that doesn’t make sense to you, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I’d also love to know if you use the pattern (or are intending to), partly because I love to see what other people knit and partly because if there is enough interest I may write it up formally with extra sizes and add it to Ravelry. :)

Take Five Sock Recipe

Gauge: 8st and 13 rows = 1″
Needles: 2.25mm or size required to achieve gauge
Yarn: 100g 4ply yarn in 5 colours (20g per colour)

Using Magic Cast On, CO 24st (12st on each needle)
Work 1 round, placing markers at the beginning and half way point of the round.
Round 1: (kfb, knit to 2st before marker, kfb, k1) rep. twice per round
Round 2: Knit
Repeat last two rounds until you have 68st.
Work 2 rounds in stocking stitch.

Change colour and continue to work in stocking stitch until work measures 2.5″ less than length of foot. Change colour after every 13 rounds.

Gusset
Next round: K34, k1, M1R, knit to last 2 stitches, M1L, k1.
Next round: Knit

Repeat these two rounds until you have 82st (7 repeats total).

Heel
Next row: k36, sl1, change to heel colour and k40, wrap next stitch and turn.
Next row: p39, wrap next stitch and turn.

Repeat last 2 rounds a total of 11 times.

Row 1: knit to first wrapped stitch, pick up wrap and knit with stitch, wrap next stitch and turn.
Row 2: sl1, purl to first wrapped stitch, pick up wrap and purl with stitch, wrap next stitch and turn.
Row 3: Knit to next wrapped stitch, pick up both wraps and knit with the stitch, wrap next stitch and turn.
Row 4: Purl to next wrapped stitch, pick up both wraps and purl with the stitch, wrap next stitch and turn.

Repeat rounds 3 and 4 until all wrapped stitches have been worked, ending with a purl row. Break heel yarn.

Return to previous yarn colour, ssk (the first stitch of the ssk will be the stitch you slipped in the first row of the heel), knit 40, k2tog, knit to end of round.

Post Heel Shaping
Next round: k54, ssk, place marker, k1, k2tog, knit to end.
Next round: Knit
Next round: Knit to 2 stitches before marker, ssk, slip marker, k2tog, knit to end.

Repeat last 2 rounds until you are back to your original number of stitches (68st.)

Your heel should look similar to this, you can see the decreases centred above the brown heel:
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Work in stocking stitch continuing to change colours every 13 rounds until leg measures 1″ less than desired length.

Cuff
Next round: (k3, p1) rep. to end.
Work last round until cuff measures 1″ (or desired length).
Cast off (recommended method: Sewn cast off.)

Pull onto feet and enjoy! :)

Pattern and images copyright 2010 Nativestar Knits. For personal use only.

Chocolate and Vanilla Socks

I’m going to Brighton for the weekend, partly to support my brother who is doing the half marathon and partly to see one of my housemates from uni and I want some don’t-have-to-look-at-a-pattern-or-count-my-rows knitting so this:

Chocolate Box

is going to become vanilla socks. :)

The yarn is Take Five sock yarn (75% superwash merino, 25% nylon) in the colourway Chocolate Box. I’m going to do stockinette stripes with chocolate toes, heels and cuffs. Yum!

I’ve also mastered managed magic loop knitting this week! My previous attempts were hindered by an unflexible and short cable. I ordered some KnitPro needles and they have a wonderfully flexible cable (I also love that it’s pink!) and I’m now confidently knitting magic loop. So confident in fact that I might even try to do my vanilla socks 2 at a time on one circular…

Hot hot hot

I have to admit, I’m really quite chuffed with how my hot water bottle cover turned out. I love to use it! Pretty and soft and toasty warm on a cold night. It’s the perfect companion to take to bed. ;)

New hot water bottle cover

I found it quick to knit but that’s probably because I couldn’t wait to see the design in my head become a finished project. It was always ‘one more round’ or ‘one more pattern repeat’! Even if you’re not as eager as me, I don’t think it would take long to complete and the finishing is very minimal. I avoid sewing things up whenever possible so this is worked almost entirely in the round.

The pattern is almost written up, which I know I’ve said before but it turns out my notes on the neck opening aren’t as clear as I thought they would be when I wrote them a few weeks ago. I’m also going to include some tips and some guidelines on sizing as I doubt everyone will have the same sized hot water bottle as me. Then I shall turn it over into the capable hands of the testers. :)

Testing… testing… 1,2,3

My new sock design:

Pair of socks

Is now in the hands of the test knitters. :)

Also, I’m working on writing up the pattern for this:

Sock On and Off

Sizing this for anyone with less than wide feet is a challenge due to the width of the design, but I think I’ve worked it out. I’ll be looking for test knitters for this one soon, probably sometime next week but I don’t want to promise anything. I still need to figure out how to do cabled charts…

And I’m nearly finished with the pattern for my hot water bottle cover (which needs a better and shorter name than that one). I’m on a writing streak! Which also means a testing streak… any volunteers? :)