More striped socks

These were commuter socks. Inspired by a lot of beautiful stripy socks around including Sabs, Linda, and Siow Chin.  After quite a few years of knitting socks, I think that the Regia promise of 10 years is a reasonable one – these socks are 6 years old and are still going strong.


I only found one skein of the Regia at Spotlight when alerted (I think by Donna) to the fact that it was on sale there for a ridiculously low price.  I think I paid $1.70 for one 50 gram skein?  The Wollmeise leftovers from these socks padded out them out.  I will be very interested to see the relative wearing properties of the two yarns.



The dog decided to add his foot for scale.

Speaking of Regia – I am now knitting socks using the first range of Arne & Carlos Design Line.  They are the prettiest faux-isle patterns that I have seen to date.

Roositud Socks



I don’t knit as much as I would like these days.  I write a lot, but all in corporate litigation practice (and I’ll spare my gentle readers from the delights of that vocabulary).

Writing this post makes me remember fondly learning the Roositud technique in Estonia.   These socks were knitted out of Wollmeise, with enough of the contrast coming from a taste of Wollmeise pack.  As my sister points out, Roositud is just reverse fairisle, and it makes a very nice pattern on the socks.   The pattern is  Roosimine, and includes a very detailed tutorial on the inlay technique.  More technical details here.

They were entered in the Sydney Royal Easter show, and I was surprised (the Roositud is quite uneven on the first sock)  to receive a third prize.



Put your feet in the air

Noro Striped Socks These socks were my slow commuter knitting project.  They went to the naughty corner several times because I had persisted with trying to knit from the centre of the skeins. I ended up with a great snarled mess of knotted yarn.  Things moved much more quickly when I broke the yarn, and started knitting from the outside of the skein. The downside of this approach was that somehow it involved me missing the pretty aqua part of the colourway of the Noro Kureyon Sock, but that might also be the mystery of Noro working it’s charms. IMG_1538 I was very concerned and annoyed when I knitted the first sock, and realised that instead of the regular 2 skein stripe that above the heel (on the left foot in the photo below), I would have a 3 row stripe. I almost frogged the whole heel, but at that stage was on the knitting tour of Estonia, and the message from the Estonian knitters that we were meeting, was always to knit on. Certain imperfections are to be expected, and time spent unpicking is time wasted. They similarly were not worried about the “jog” that can occur with striped socks and I resolved to be more sanguine. IMG_1553 The advice must be working, because the three row stripe is almost undetectable. I will however, also remember that the next time that I knit striped socks, to only knit 1 row of the heel colour prior to starting the heel, so that the 2 row pattern is maintained after the heel… For more technical details – the Ravelry link is here.

Larch cardigan

In May/June this year I was very lucky to go on a tour of Estonia led by Nancy Bush with my mother and sister.  I intended to knit this cardigan so that it would be finished while I was there.

I knitted on the flight to Estonia, and on the bus as we drove around Estonia.  We had amazing lessons, learning many new techniques and making friends with each other.

My mother and sister

We stayed in a huge variety of accommodation (the photo above shows my mother and sister in the doorway of our cabin in Kihnu – it was by far the most rustic) and I knitted this cardigan outdoors while drinking Estonian pear cider.

Kihnu Roosie

After lessons where I learned to make braids like the ones on the troi below, I sat and ploughed through stockingette.

1-IMG_0776We visited castles – the one below is in Haapsallu (yes the town of the shawls).
1-IMG_0831 But I wasn’t knitting as I walked down these steps!1-IMG_0832 The variety of knitwear that we saw was truly amazing – these socks are knitted at an incredibly fine gauge and date back to the late 19th Century.

1-IMG_0373 The variety of mittens and gloves that we saw have given me lots of inspiration for colour work.  Nancy was a very thoughtful and organised tour leader and the tour group laughed constantly.1-IMG_0424 Despite all the inspiration, I plugged on with the stockingette.1-IMG_0574By the time I hopped onto the plane back to Sydney, I had finally reached the collar of the cardigan, and then I remembered that I hated knitting twisted rib.  The cardigan sat scrunched in a bag until a couple of weeks ago, and I finally finished it today.

Finished Larch cardigan

Technical details here. The dog is Percy, who joined our family in April as a retired pets as therapy dog. He is a delight; a neurotic, food motivated, delight.

It all began at the Guild

Late last year I joined the NSW Knitter’s Guild. When I attend (which is highly intermittent due to teaching and family commitments), I have a great time, and at my first meeting I purchased some 3 skeins of Silkbloom Fino from Suzy Hausfrau.
wingspanThrough the Guild (and Jane), I heard that if I entered the Royal Easter Show, I could receive free tickets to the Arts Preview. As I paid $30 for that ticket last year, and thoroughly enjoyed myself, spending $11 to enter the show seemed like a good deal.

Delynn worn

I found Delynn after searching around Ravelry. When I turned up to the show preview, I ran into Margarita and Lynn, who completely surprised me by telling me that I had won a prize! I will admit to enjoying the sensation – future show entries are likely.

Delynn at the Easter ShowAs for the Silkbloom Fino, those of you who are familiar with the late lamented Kiama might get a sense of deja-vu.  I don’t know where it is spun, but the resemblance is astonishing. Needless to say, I love it.

Admitting defeat

These socks are too small.  I’ve known it for some time, but continued knitting.

Virve's stockings

I discussed the issue with my knitting group, who advised me to at least block the sock before continuing, but I continued knitting (with a little less vigour and enthusiasm).  They socks have lovely lacy bits at the top, that threaten to cut off the blood supply to my lower extremities

IMG_0073I love the little stripe of colour work, but it is the tightest bit of it all.  I need to tug and grimace to get it over my heel.

Virve's colourwork

I’ve blocked them, and I still can’t get them on, or off without 10 minutes to spare, and the colourwork is clearly tighter than the rest of the sock. Farewell, fair sock.

London Sweater

As I sit in Sydney, lightly sunburnt after a day on the water following a very dear friend’s wedding, it seems a long time ago that I finished this sweater.Seamless Hybrid outside Buckingham PalaceToday is Saturday and we left London on Tuesday (or New Year’s Day).  We were away for nearly 3 weeks, and my poor husband had to wait until the second last day of the holiday for his new sweater.  The photos were taken on New Years Day outside Buckingham Palace (with a couple at the cafe at the Serpentine Pond in Hyde Park).

Seamless Hybrid back detail

He greeted its finish with delight, helped by the fact that we had packed very light, and the 2 sweaters that he had with him were starting to look very familiar and tired. The sleeves seemed to take forever to knit, and they are slightly too long!  If they grow at all, I might need to do some surgery, but for now they are fine with the ribbing folded over.

Seamless Hybrid shoulder detail

It is a very basic Seamless Hybrid with a discreet cable down the torso under the arm. Any requests for further adornment were not entertained. More technical details on Ravelry.

Chain detail

The yarn is superb, and if you can track down any from Colourmart or in a destash I highly recommend it.  I washed it using my usual washing soda technique (the medium strength solution on the linked page) and really enjoyed knitting with it.