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Sock Knitting Spree

Hello Friends!
I’m still far behind with updating the blog, so today I decided to take a break from work and show you what I made during my sock knitting spree in January, and post some pictures of my cats adjusting to their new home.

I mentioned before that January was a stressful month, with the move approaching and my mood not in the best place. That’s exactly the kind of mood that demands simple, fast and comforting knitting – and what fits that description better than socks, right?

For the first pair, I chose the Little Women pattern from Drops Design, but instead of knitting them as in the original design, I decided to knit them as leg warmers, without feet. The lace panel in these sock is not complicated and repetitive, so they flew off the needles. I used Knit Picks Hawthorne Kettle Dye in the Compass colourway, because obviously my fascination with yellow, mustard and similar colours is still strong.

Then I decided to return to the tried Trusty Toe Up Socks pattern from Tanis Lavallee, because I really enjoyed knitting my first pair of toe up socks and wanted to try that again. These socks are made in leftovers from some of my recent projects in different fingering weight yarns, and while the colours don’t make the most beautiful combination, the socks might be my most comfortable and best fitting pair yet. They’ve already proved useful, as I spend most of my days in from of the PC working now, and sitting without moving too much, I get cold – especially in my feet.

And since these socks were so successful, I knitted another pair, in Wollelfe sock yarn. I decided to add an elastic ribbed panel in the mid-foot, to keep them even more stable on my feet. And that’s another comfy pair with which I’m super happy! The colours are actually dark blue and light orange, even though on the photos they look more like grey and pink.

These days I’m working on a new sweater for The Boyfriend, who suddenly appreciates my knitting and his alpaca jumper, since the heating in his office stopped working. It may take a longer time to knit as it’s bigger than my clothes, and I’m quite busy these days, so I’m not even sure if he’ll have a chance to wear it this winter, but hopefully he’s going to like it too πŸ™‚

Last but not least – here are some pictures of Stella and Ciri settling in our new home. They start behaving more and more comfortable, although they still hide under the bed at any louder sound. Today was particularly traumatic for them, as the fire alarm in the whole building went off and it took nearly 10 minutes to disable it (there was no fire thankfully). It was very loud and the poor things seemed to have lost all their confidence again. We have pheromone diffuser plugged in though so hopefully soon they feel safe and calm again πŸ™‚

12 thoughts on “Sock Knitting Spree

  1. I’ve seen more sock patterns than you could throw a stick at; but your version of the TTU socks is appealing: for some reason, those heels and toes are positively enticing. πŸ™‚
    As for Stella and Ciri, I would’ve been out of my mind with anxiety while the fire alarm was testing their poor little moggy brains to the utmost. Most cats detest loud noises; and ones that go on and on and get right into your head are anathema to them. Here’s hoping it never happens again ! – and also that your new digs are working for you.

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    1. All the neighbours were gathered outside in the corridor trying to disable the alarm, and I asked one of them if she knows what’s going on…? She said that “the last time it happened we were able to disable it much faster…” so I’m afraid it is not an isolated incident and it may happen again. Poor cats were absolutely terrified, you can tell when their stress is over the top when they hide somewhere tightly snuggle together (normally they just tolerate each other… or not). The sound was completely unbearable to me so I can only imagine how awful it must have been to them!
      Luckily they seem to be better now, albeit still unusually jumpy.

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  2. I feel so sorry for Stella and Ciri. A hair-trigger fire alarm is as bad as a dead one – I hope it gets fixed. Leaving the fire alarm aside, it’s great that the kitties are adjusting well.
    Love all of your socks, though! I think I like the ‘leftovers’ pair the best!

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    1. The leftover ones are sooo comfortable, I want to wear them all the time (no worries, I don’t do that πŸ˜‰ )!
      I can just tell with the level of the noise, these fire and CO alarms will surely wake us up if there’s any emergency in the middle of the night, so at least we can feel safe I guess? πŸ˜‰ Although my bf once slept through the earthquake sirens in Athens, so who knows πŸ˜‰

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  3. The way the lighting is in that top picture, it makes it look like the socks are coordinated to the cat! With three huge shawls in progress and two very close to done, I can appreciate some instant gratification. I recently saw a tutorial on twisted rib, and now I want to redo my mitts with the twisted rib around the finger and thumb openings because of its elasticity. I am fighting my desire to immediately go stash diving for some suitable yarn and do up a pair. I am so close on those shawls I need to keep going.

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  4. I love all these beautiful socks, but I think my favorites are the Trusty Toe Ups! Such a beautiful colorway!

    Poor kitties, that must have been so scary for them! 😦

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