Friday, October 31, 2014


October is almost finished, only 4 hours to go, and I've managed to finish some stuff before the end of the month. Today I finished three things! Well... one.

These are my socks made of Cheviot from Southern Cross Fibres. It's a tough sort of yarn, but it's already softer after one wash. I tried a new heel with these ones, which was a proper "afterthought heel". You just knit the tubes from toe to top, then you find the place you want to insert a heel. You thread the two circulars across the sole with a one-row gap between, like this.

 Then you snip a stitch from the middle of the row. I used a darning needle to pull up the stitches until I got to the last stitch on each side, but I left those to keep the two sides connected neatly. I just left the loose ends until the heel was done, and then I pulled the ends tight and darned them in.

 The heel itself is just a toe. I knit around for a few centimeters before I started decreasing, but then it's the same shape as the toe. Fits great.

As for the other two things, well I supervised.

I thought I'd make presents for the kids' teachers at the end of the year, but make them partly from the kids. So Jasmine decided to make Miss Pitson brightly colored yarn, and Byron made Mr Karslake some Geelong Cats/TARDIS yarn. We've discussed projects, and I'm going to make a woven scarf with Jasmine's and a pair of fingerless gloves with Byron's.

Spinning. I spun up some DK weight Bond in Cornucopia, two skeins for the NEWT. Some of it's been knitted into Idlewood, as you saw.

I made up some more Navajo 4-ply, though I don't know about the colors. It's merino from Kathy's Fibres, in a pale green solid and a multicolored one called "Autumn". Hmmm...

And I spun up some thick and squooshy BFL/silk in a very red Red.

I wonder if I can make one more thing before the end of the official month (about 20 hours) in the Harry Potter game? I'm thinking... weaving... :-)


kelgell said...

I like that the kids get to help with their teacher gifts. Fun for them too.

That navajo spin makes me think of apple cider.

ruthsplace said...

Love the kids' dyeing! The navajo is gorgeous. How does one do a Navajo 4 ply?

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