The Cerri Shawl

cerrishawl1_mediumPresenting my newest shawl … the Cerri Shawl!

The pattern is the Dreambird shawl and renamed for the Welsh goddess Cerridwen because she turns into a bird in one of the myths about her.  Due to lack of yardage, I did the scarf with with a lot less feathers (11 as opposed to the 22 the pattern has)! Started in 2014, this shawl has taken me most of 3 years to make!! It really didn’t take that long to knit, but I kept getting distracted from it.

The yarn is 100% handspun made of fiber from The Painted Tiger. The yarn really reflects how my spinning has changed over the years! It’s somewhat thick and thin, but I like how it worked up overall.

I learned so much making this shawl .. including the fact that focusing really helps with completing WIPs! No surprise there I’m sure 🙂 The first part of the shawl used the same short row technique from the Fish Lips Kiss Heel, and then the later couple of feathers used the German Short Row techniques.  Both short row techniques have their advantages, but I was knitting on needles that would normally be a bit large for the yarn and I didn’t manage to minimize all the holes.

Still … I’m happy with it.

Afterthought Heels

Afterthought Heels

 

afterthought-heels

Undines sock pattern with the heel from Fork in the Road Socks

Socks … if you know me, you know that I love to make socks. My most recent pair of socks uses and afterthought heel.

I love the way the heel looks in these socks – the stripes bend around the heel instead of going across the heel.  For self-striping yarn, this is definitely my preferred heel!

The idea of an afterthought heel is to stitch the tube of the sock then insert the heel afterwards. Some people will put in some scrap yarn where they want to put the heel.  They rip out the scrap yarn and pick up the loose stitches to start building their heel off of. Other people will cut the sock where they want the heel, pick up the stitches and start the heel.

For me, one of the advantages of using an afterthought heel is that I don’t have to pay much attention to exactly how long my socks are – this does work better when you’re doing them two at a time! So I prefer the “cut your knitting” variety. It was a bit scary the first time, but now I have two pairs of socks with afterthought heels and it gets easier!

If you’d like to try an afterthought heel yourself, here’s some links to get you started:

  • Socknitters.com has a well illustrated tutorial on how to use scrap yarn for your afterthought heel.
  • Yarn Harlot has a tutorial on how to cut your socks to put your heels in.
  • Knitbettersocks.com has a page on how to adjust the afterthought heel for higher insteps, but I found that I didn’t need any adjustment with the heel from the Fork in the Road Socks.

Pattern Notes:

The socks shown are my Undines on Holiday with the heel from Fork in the Road Socks.

Bunnies for Spring!

Socks, I love making and wearing handmade socks. A pair of socks takes quite a while for me to make, but it’s a lot of fun and easy to do on planes and during downtime when I might not have a lot of space.

My most recent socks were my first pair of socks from a sock blank. If you don’t know what a sock blank is – companies make a rectangle of sock yarn, then it gets dyed and decorated. When you unravel the blank, you end up with some really long stretches of individual colors. If you’ve added extra design elements – like this one did – then you get some nice

I got a decorated sock blank from Gale’s Art on Etsy called “Dancing Bunnies.” After unravelling it, I divided the yarn into 2 balls and started making my socks!

I’m thrilled with how they came out .. there’s nice wide sections of the different colors and little flecks from where the bunnies were. The socks are squishy and very soft on my feet. I’ve got some of the yarn leftover but not enough for a pair of socks.

Check out my socks on Ravelry.

Socks galore

Lately, I’ve been doing a fair amount of travel, including trips to Frankfurt and Seoul, with plane trips in the 11 – 13 hour range depending on where I’m going.  I’ve been knitting socks on the plane 🙂

Hedera Socks

One of my favorite patterns was the Hedrea socks by Cookie A.  I love it so much I’m making a second pair after switching the chart around to be toe up!

Transoceanic Socks

Transoceanic Socks

On my first trip of the year, I had the unfortunate luck to forget my socks on the plane … and after calling lost and found for 4 days, they never found my socks.  And it was my handspun too!

Honey Badger Socks

I ended up knitting another pair of the Transoceanic Socks, as well as the Honey Badger, and finished off another pair of crochet socks made out of leftover sock yarn!

I think I’m well on my way to having enough hand made socks that I can use just hand made socks!  I do need some more cotton anklets for working out, and I think I can get 2 for each 100g ball of sock yarn, so it shouldn’t be too bad .. just to get the yarn!

Oh! and I’m doing some spinning between all the knitting and crochet too!

Handspinning in action!

Hexagons Galore!

Hexagon Socks Sometimes I’ll get a project that just seems to take forever .. but they can finish!

I started these socks over a year ago, by taking a class from Kirsten Hall at Purlescense Yarns in Sunnyvale, CA. The class was great and I left all stoked to keep going!  I’m glad that I was finally able to make the socks 🙂

The socks are comfortable, but I’m concerned about the longevity of the fabric due to the size of needles that I used.  If I ever make these socks again, I think I’ll use smaller size needles (I used 2.75mm needles), and adjust the number and size of the hexes to accomodate.  The pattern does include instructions to make the hexes bigger and smaller, so it shouldn’t be difficult.

Hexagon SocksThe pattern is really well written, with lots of photos to show you how to put the hexes together.  I only did 2 rows of hexes for the legs as I like shorter socks.  I used approximately 100g of yarn, so you might have trouble getting the full socks made if you have a standard 100g hank of sock yarn.

If you have a desire to try out some fun and funky socks … this could be the pattern for you!

Pattern info:
 Hexagons
 by Kirsten Hall
 from Think Outside the Sox

Yarn info:
Paca-Peds H-T
by The Alpaca Yarn Co.
Fingering / 4 ply
65% Wool, 20% Alpaca, 15% Nylon

It’s a Stormy Sea

It’s been a while working on this one!  I took some of my fiber from The Painted Tiger’s fiber club, split the yarn by colors and spun them in a graduated way to have the colors go from green, gradually going blue, then gradually to purple. I spun each color as it’s own single, then broke it into different sections of each color based on how much I need.

I then plied for the graduated color … 3 green singles, then 2 green singles + 1 blue single, then 1 green + 2 blue, 3 blue, 2 blue + 1 purple, 1 blue + 2 purple and finally, 3 purple singles.

I took that fiber and knitted up the Stormy Seas Shawl!

I’m really happy with the way it came out.  The color change came out just the way that I envisioned and the shawl knitted up beautifully!

Now I can’t wait for it to get cool enough for me to wear it regularly.

Socks!


I’ve been on a sock making kick lately. Hand made socks are so comfy! I like both crochet and knit socks. The crochet socks are often a little thicker, but are also more squishy! Knit socks are thinner and smoother.

The multicolored socks at the top photo are made with left over yarn from socks that I made for my Father. They are a simple pattern that I made up using a basic toe-up formula.

My new green crochet socks are the Witchy Woman from “More crochet socks”. I love the lace pattern! I ended up making a sideways crochet ribbed cuff instead of the simple flat cuff that is in the pattern.

I’m so inspired by all these great sock patterns that I’m thinking about publishing a few of my own! Maybe one day 🙂