Thursday, 10 February 2011

Business as usual

I've got a couple little bits of info to share with you today. Chris and I have been very busy working on formating all of our patterns into easy to download pdf's. Now when you click on a pattern on my sidebar you will be able to download straight from the blog, or if you visit my Ravelry patterns page you can add the pdf's to your Ravelry library. It's so much easier than trying to print a pattern off of a blog, it's neat and tidy and makes the journey from finding the pattern to actually knitting the pattern that much easier.

Speaking of Ravelry, a while ago a lovely knitter set up a Tanis Fiber Arts Appreciation Society group on Ravelry and I am just tickled that so many people have already joined! It seems to have become the perfect place for knitters to talk about the inaugural shipment of the TFA Year in Colour Club. Gotta love Ravelry, it makes me feel like I have so many knitting friends!

And there has been knitting, I'm working on my first pair of toe up socks. I am using this pattern from Wendy Knits. I have become so comfortable with my basic top down sock that it never occurred to me to try anything else. But I've got two 60g skeins of Prism Merino Mia in the very pretty Harvest colourway and I want to make a pair of socks, each sock using exactly one skein. Toe up seemed like the way to go, I'll knit until I run out of yarn and then start the next. I am not typically a huge fan of short row heels, I just don't find that they fit as well as a slip stitch heel, but when I'm working with really variegated yarns I like the fact that a short row heel doesn't change the striping like the added stitches in a gusset do. A couple years ago I knit these socks with a short row heel specifically for that reason and I really like the way it worked out. I'm hoping to have the same pretty result with this current pair.

Toe up socks

I've also been doing some hat and mitten knitting, but more on that another day.

Grammy's Mitts and Hat

10 comments:

  1. I love those hearts! Can't wait to see more!

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  2. Wonderful knits as always!! And might I add I have fallen in love with your purple label yarn! Thanks again for all the inspiration and knitting joy!!

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  3. I love how vibrant that rainbow yarn is! I'm especially in love with the part of it that's between the ball and the needles in that shot. Mmmm, turquoise...

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  4. That yarn is gorgeous! I just love the fit of a short row heel, which is possibly just because we have differently shaped feet - but when I looked at the picture of the socks you linked I noticed that you started your heel earlier than I would have started mine. If you add about 1cm of length to the foot part of your sock I think the heel would fit better. Maybe. Going back to stare at that gorgeous yarn a bit more now...

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  5. Hi Wendy, I think you might be right! I was examining my first pair of short row heel socks and I think I didn't knit far enough before starting the toe, on this pair I'm going to try and get it to fir better. Fingers crossed!

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  6. Lovely socks. You can also try knitting your short row heal over 60% of your stitches instead of 50%. This may help.

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  7. I've knit the Wendy Knits toe-up sock with a short row heel. It's in her latest book. Fits great - just like a top-down.

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  8. Just a thought. If you can download a pdf, you can put it in ibooks on your iphone or ipad:) just saying.

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  9. I've been knitting for years, and have always hated how yarn will sometimes color pool at and around the gussett. Thanks for sharingwhy!

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