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 🙂
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 🙂