Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Stocking Stitch Slog

Well as I feel like I'm virtually up to date with every ones blogs again I'll allow myself to post. Saying that there's not an enormous amount to blog about right now. I'm trying to do two things at once as always and am working on Norah Gaughans 'Lacy Waves Top' from 'Lace Style' again. Now I've not shown you this before as quite honestly there's not a lot to see. The back is plain stocking stitch - no shaping until the armholes and neck / shoulder. The front is much the same - 14" of plain stocking stitch, nice mindless knitting but not exactly the most exciting photo in the world. But just to show I have been doing some knitting here is a dull photo of stocking stitch for you all.

The pattern does get more exciting later on with the lace sleeves and lace insert panel for the front of the jumper but for now it is a little dull and a bit slow growing as a result. I've decided that I do like my knitting to keep me thinking to some extent or another and so these 14" have been a bit of a chore at times, still not far to go till the armholes bringing shaping and things to think about!

WIP number 2 at the moment (obviously not including those lost in the UFO pile) is another pair of 'Log Cabin Socks' from Hand Knit Holidays but these are the larger size this time which will hopefully fit my Dad. I wanted to make him some thick warm socks as he does Motor Racing Marshaling (those guys in the orange suits round race tracks) and stands round in the cold for hours - these will hopefully do the trick for him! Knitted in a chunky yarn on 4mm needles (I'm doing the magic loop as usual) I'm using some Sirdar Denim Chunky as I don't think I could trust Dad not to sling hand wash only socks in the washing machine so at least these will be safe in the machine and not shrink on him but still have some wool content.

It is a great pattern - quick growing and a straightforward cable pattern that whilst easy is enough to keep you from being too bored. I'm on the heel flap right now so am whizzing through them - pity not everyone is having chunky socks for Christmas!! I think I'm safe to post about Dad's socks here as well but other Christmas socks may have to be kept secret for a while!

My Monkeys have of course been finished and unfortunately the camera battery ran out as I was about to photograph them for you so a bit of a delay for that.

I've also been playing with my drum carder making my own batts out of my hand dyed fleece and playing with blending colours with really satisfactory results, well at least I'm pleased with them! As with Monkeys no photo so far but I'll get one done as soon as possible. I've one bobbin of purpley mauve shades and I've started spinning up a bobbin to ply these with. Original plans were for some plain Welsh Black but I'm now thinking of blending some more coloured fleece in with this to see if I can get subtle flecks of colour coming through the black. It's proving to be a good way of getting used to the drum carder and figuring the best way to use it and is fun seeing what happens to these pretty batts once they're spun up. Not sure what the yarn will end up as but so far it's nice and fine so depending on the yardage possibly socks - now there's a surprise!

15 comments:

clarabelle said...

What a lovely colour for your Lacy Waves Top! Intriguing - loads of stocking stitch but then lacy bits? And chunky knit socks? I've never come across this weight yarn for socks before!

These are two patterns that I want, and I fear they may be from books or mags?

Piglottie said...

I too love the colour of your Lacy Top. And I have some Sirdar Denim chunky in my stash, left over from another project. I really like it, and think it knits up lovely. Might have to knit myself and MrP a pair of chunky socks with it as I've been wondering what I can use it for.

Looking forward to seeing your Monkeys and spinning (ooh, lol, I nearly put spinning monkeys - now that would be something to see) :)

Charity said...

Miles of stocking stitch can be so dull to knit, but I do love how it looks all knitted up! :0)

The Log Cabin socks are lovely - I spent an evening last week trying to get these started, but wasn't happy with my yarn choice. I'll have to give them another go soon!

Queen of the froggers said...

The lacy waves top looks good, great colour. I like log cabin socks and I bet your Dad will love them!

Dipsy said...

Awww, that's some real goodies that you're having on the needles right now! I can't wait to see the lacey parts of the top you're doing - you know, I'm just such a sucker for lace, I start too "aaaahhhh" and "oooohhhh" whenever I see a bit of it - and that colourway is so beautiful!
And these socks - they'll also look so lovely, what a beautiful cable pattern!

Helen said...

Your top is not boring to look at at all!! Love the colour and I always like the neatness of plain stocking stitch - even if it can get a bit dull to knit!

Looking forward to seeing your carded, dyed and spun yarn too :)

Mrs J said...

Know what you mean about mindless stocking stitch -at least mine is all knit. Good TV knitting though. Interesting to read about the cabin socks -I have the book & might give them 'a go'!
More spinning! I am in awe!

Sarah said...

Ooh more lovely log cabin socks, I really like the Sirdar Denim yarns - they feel very lovely for a nice practical yarn.

RoxyKnits said...

I know just how you feel about catching up on blogs. Unfortunately I'm way behind again...

Look foward to seeing your Monkeys ;)

Riggwelter said...

I love the log cabin socks, I think I may have to knit a batch of those for Christmas.

and I also love the colour you are knitting Lacy Waves in, beautiful. Looking forward to seeing that finished.

dreamcatcher said...

I love the idea of chunky knit sock, they look great and really comfy!

Nowt wrong with swathes of stockinette, and it's a very pretty colour too :-) Sometimes it's good to get into a simple rhythm with st-st, some days that's all I'm capable of LOL!

Christina said...

I too love the colour of the lacy top, very pretty.

Jo said...

Great colour for lacy waves, you seem to be getting more done than me at the moment, can't wait to see your monkeys!

Caroline M said...

Yours is lovely stocking stitch, I row horribly but I can never be bothered to actually do something about it. I find that I avoid st st patterns because I know that I always feel crabby about the results.

We want to see the spinning...

artyfartykat said...

Hellooo!
The colour of the Lacy Waves is beautiful, can't wait to see the lacy waves!!
The socks look so chunky and manly, just right to have snuggly feet in the cold outdoors.
I love your fetchings from your last post, they look so gorgeously soft,bet they are lovely to wear.