Wednesday, 2 February 2011
Needlework Tuesday - It's a mixed bag this week
Last week, Marie at Daisy's Book Journal, joined me for Needlework Tuesday. She mentioned that she wanted to knit socks. I immediately sent her a note telling her that I had been wanting to do the same, and would join her in the challenge.
I have chosen Patons Stretch Socks yarn and a free pattern from their website. Lace Ankle Socks. I do believe that you need to be a member to view the pattern. These socks will be for myself.
Gedifra Rubens. You can click the name to visit the website, it is written in German.
I am knitting a simple triangular shawl. I started with four stitches and increase one stitch at each end on each right side row. I am currently around 170 stitches. The final ball will probably knit about ten rows. Hope to have a photo for you next week.
Curious story. Many of my regular readers already know that I love orange. I was at the craft store and they had a whole bunch of balls of just this colour on clearance. At first I purchased four balls and took them home to ponder. Once I started knitting I quickly realized that I would need additional balls. The rest of the balls were still there even though more than several weeks had passed since I was first there. I can't imagine why this colour variation wasn't more popular, it has such a gorgeous combination of colours ranging from red, orange, golds and even green.
I really do like have embroidered cases. They somehow manage to warm the room up and make me feel more comfy.
This is what they look like before trimming.
Note: it is important when trimming the blocks to size, that you don't follow the line of the paper. With the heat of pressing the size of the paper can change slightly and distort. I used a large square up ruler to cut.
This week I want to sew. I want to sit at my sewing machine and finish up a few more pairs of boxer shorts. The fabrics are such fun that they make me smile when I work on them. Also, I need to finish some for a particular hubby who will be having his birthday shortly....
Be sure to visit Marie's blog and view her choice of yarn for her socks, then leave a comment of encouragement.