First up on Works In Progress this week is my current sock project. Having already made socks for Husdude and both of our kiddies in the past few months I decided that it was my turn and so these socks are for me! The Rose City Rollers pattern by Mara Catherine Bryner is a free download on Ravelry and was being knit by lots of people I follow on Instagram. The pattern was getting lots of good comments and everyone seemed to be enjoying knitting them up. They are easy, top-down construction, roll top ankle socks and are a really nice travel project. I cast mine on shortly before we went on holiday to Cornwall in mid August, expecting to have chance to knit a bit during the evenings. As it turned out I didn’t manage even one stitch while we were away! I motored on with them once we had arrived home though and am currently shaping the heel on sock two. I finished the first sock with yet another dodgy attempt at grafting the toe. I understand Kitchener stitch, I just keep losing track of where I am in the sequence while I’m doing it and usually end up with a somewhat messy graft! This one was no different!
The pattern is written for dpn’s but as I prefer magic loop I’ve been converting it as I go. I’m using some gorgeous self-striping sock yarn from EadenYarns which is knitting up beautifully. Those colour changes are making this a ‘just one more stripe’ kind of knit! I’m loving this project and can’t wait to have the pair completed now that the days are getting cooler. Our cat Jess was less than impressed with my latest attempt at Kitchener stitch too! I shall need to concentrate a bit harder when I graft sock two!
Onto my other current WIP and oooh this is a good one!
Neon Beast by Veera Valimaki is a large garter stitch shawl worked with short rows. I chose to use roughly the same colours as Veera herself used for the one pictured in the pattern. I bought Madelinetosh Merino Light in Fleuro Rose, Edison Bulb and Doctor Zhivago’s Sky. Don’t you just love those colour names! This yarn is absolutely divine, a real treat to work with. It also wasn’t cheap but sooo worth it! I’ve almost finished the first section of the knitting but haven’t even reached any colour changes or short rows yet, so I’ve a looong way to go! I am really enjoying this project. I love a bit of garter stitch. So satisfying!
I started my Neon Beastie on a pair of Knitpro Symfonie needles which I love working with, but the other day I caught wind of a new needle available from Knitpro. They are called Zing and look how gorgeous they are. Well, I could not resist! Seriously, ordering online is too easy. I had a pair ordered in approximately two minutes flat! The always lovely Shiela at p2tog popped my order in the post super quick and my needles arrived the following morning. I transferred Neon Beast onto them as soon as they arrived and carried on knitting away very happily indeed. Zing needles are made of lightweight aluminium with coloured shafts and silver tips. They are very smooth and are quite simply a joy to work with. I’m using a 4mm fixed circular here with an 80cm cable. The colour of the 4mm needles is ‘Sapphire’ but they come in an array of gorgeous colours specific to their sizes. The combination of such gorgeous soft yarn, a lovely pattern and beautiful needles is making this project hard to resist!
That about wraps it up for my current yarny WIPs. This coming weekend my Mum and I will be travelling up to Skipton in North Yorkshire for this year’s Yarndale. I can’t wait and hope to share some pics with you here next week.
See you soon x