Thursday, 26 January 2012

Socks and Swallows

Pretty stitch markers that mum got me for Christmas :)
This yarn has caused me no end of trouble! It's a lace weight mohair/silk mix. (Angel by Debbie Bliss if you're interested). It was the first 'designer' yarn I ever bought, and this is the third pattern I've tried in it. The first was too boring. The second pattern I chose seemed to be going well, I didn't work on it for months. I picked it up again at the weekend and did a row. I had an extra stitch. Hmm. I tried to fix but it was so hard to see where I'd gone wrong in this yarn. Anyway, I've settled on the Swallowtail Shawl (link goes to Ravelry page). When I chose the second pattern, I passed over the Swallowtail as I thought it would be too hard. However, I've made a shawl or two since then and I'm pretty sure I can do it now :) Of course, it's all going to go wrong now I've said that ;)
I've also been working on a pair of socks for Dom. They're the Manly Aran socks from Toe up socks for everybody. I've finished one so far and I'm currently having a little break before starting on the second one. Here's a sneak preview:
It's a great pattern and I've learnt to do cables without a cable needle! It's pretty scary at first but I think I've got the hang of it now :) They fit him really well and he keeps asking when they'll be be finished.
My fabric order from Croft Mill was dispatched yesterday, but my pattern order from Sewbox is still processing. Hmm, might have to work on something else while I wait!
Ashley x


  1. Cables without a cable needle is the best thing EVER invented. Hah, well maybe not, but when I figured out how to do it, it made me very happy. The sock looks fantastic, and the shawl is lovely. :)

    1. Thnaks! :) It definitely is, makes it so much faster!

  2. the shawl and socks look fab so far - that angel yarn looks yummy. Also, cables sans cable needle? You're some kind of knitting sage! :) x

    1. Thanks :) I have to pay attention to the angel yarn to make sure I'm getting the actual yarn and not the fuzz! It's lovely and soft though :)
      Haha, they're two stitch cables so really not that hard. I think they're good practice for working up to bigger cables :) x


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