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So we survived the backlash of Hurricane Ofelia which being honest for us up North (53.6°) it was just another day of autumn, although with all the Sahara sand in the air, mixed with the smoke and fire dust from Portugal made for interesting skies. It was as if the world was coming to an end, a little like in Flash Gordon, all we needed was Zarkov and it would have been complete. With the so-called storm came two claps of thunder, 17°c (very warm for us), a black sky turning red and 70mph winds. The red sky lasted for about 6 hours, then the sun came out and normality resumed.
WIP – Admirals Braid. I have finished the front of the sweater, and the middle 13 stitches for the neck braid are on a holding needle awaiting the completion of the rest of the garment in order to pick up stitches and do that. So the next part is the back, which, apart from doing the 3×3 ribbing on 7mm, is now standard stocking stitch on 8mm, and as you could imagine, boredom sets in quite fast just knitting a row and purling a row continuously. However, I am determined to get it finished soon as the cold weather will be starting soon, and zero on the thermometer will soon be here.
This morning we decided to go for a walk in the woods. If you have read my other posts on morning walks you will know that we have 22 miles of coast and approximately 5 square miles of pinewoods, so lots to explore. Today was no exception. We started off in a place that we knew, and all of a sudden were off the beaten track and into wooded areas that we had not been in before. Lots to see, and discover, including this rather charming little house right in the middle of the woods. I say charming, but who is to say that Leatherhead is not in there carving up bodies for his next Hallowe’en outfit? If it was not for the car on the drive I would have guessed at it being an abandoned house, but looking through the windows, from where I took the photo that is, I am not going to tempt fate and end up sewn into a mask or bodysuit, it looked lived in, just.
The walk off the beaten track ended up with us walking 4k, yes we did get lost, and only for GPS on my phone got us back to the car. Harper must have walked twice that distance, let’s face it, dogs just cannot walk in straight lines.
One great positive from the cold weather, I was able to wear my knitted socks, they were so warm and comfortable and I could have kept walking for hours. If you have not seen them in previous posts, these are the ones I wore today.
We are mid way through May 2017 and I have just finished making my 4th pair of socks.
I decided to use a variety of yarns from DK to 3 ply. I had used double knit for the first pair of socks, and since my Mum had given me a huge stash of yarn she would not be using I decided to use Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo, and the pattern I used was “Gentleman’s Matrimony Celebratory Socks” by Sockbug. Although I liked the pattern, and the yarn was really nice to work with but, once worn they seem to become baggy and so far, not tighten up.
My next pair was with Patons UK Fab DK Solids, self pattening yarn, using a pattern called “Nascar Socks” by Laurie Sundstrom, however, I did alter the pattern, and rather than have a continuous plain knit, I did several squares in purl, just to add contrast.
Next step was to go to proper sock yarn, so, after a trip to Amsterdam, and a visit to Stephen & Penelope’s shop I bought among other yarns a lovely Malabrigo Yarn called Arroyo, and used a pattern called “Bespoke Vanilla Socks (Sport)” by Melissa Lund. I also used for the cuffs, heal and toes Rowan Donegal Lambswool which I found in Oxfam for 50p a skein. Both beautiful yarns to work with.
My final pair so far this year, I used the same pattern as above, but this time used Cascade Heritage 150 Yarns and the cuff, heal and toes in MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino.
We all wear them, and I had seen people on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram showing off their hand-knitted ones. Loving a challenge I decided to pick up my needles and give it a go.
My first pair I made for my hubby, however, he put them in a hot wash and they are good for either a child or someone with really small feet.
The pattern I decided to use was Colonel Mustard Socks by Erin L Black, this was the result using Wendy Mode Double Knit Yarn.