Monday, February 23, 2009

Vintage Infant's Silk Socks

Yup, this pattern's from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks. I borrowed it from Lois and then I thought I should just get a copy for myself. And I did! It's on the way to my shelf now... I really love all the vintage stuff that's in it... Recently I've been in a 'traditional' craze. I guess it just grows on you especially since I'm someone who likes to learn and make things from scratch.

ANYWAY I thought I decided to give one of the patterns a try. I've heard so much about children's socks and wondered if there's any different from the normal adult socks that I make. So I decided to pick one pattern from the book, get some 4ply yarn and work on it. At the back of my head, I also thought I need a recipient for these little socks, and MLC's adorable daughter came to my mind.

I chose to work with Rowan's Cashsoft 4 ply because there was a very beautiful vintage pink. I didn't even get a chance to take a picture of the yarn since I started the project almost immediately. But here's a picture with some leftovers.


I actually worked the sock over the CNY period - when I usually get a lot of knitting time sitting in front of the TV! The thing is these socks went slower than I thought because I was using 2mm and I started them on some Susan Bates... which are 7" ... Definitely not a length I would want to work with for kids socks anymore! (initially they were on the 1,75mm pink needles and the whole project was so pink!!! But I had to go up sizes to make slightly larger socks so they got onto the gold 2mms)


There are a few little things about children's socks though. Firstly, longer legs are better - all the more they won't pull of the socks. Secondly, they have a short gusset!! Third, definitely a fast and satisfying knit, as with all baby and children's things... :) I'm glad to finish the pair before Isabel's birthday so I had some time to send it off to her! Yayy!

And here's our beautiful and adorable model with her knitted socks!

Infant's Fancy Silk Socks Modelled!
Infant's Silk Socks by Nancy Bush from Knitting Vintage Socks
Worked with Rowan Classic Yarns on 2mm Susan Bates DPNs

I've been hijacked by bears, if you haven't noticed. But all is not lost. I had a great KO on Saturday and seeing everyone knitting away and sharing their projects has kicked off my mojo. The weather does keep me off the needles, especially since I'm working on a cardigan. But I'm happy to say that I found stuff to watch on the History Channel last night and knitted for about 2 hours!

In the meantime, I do hope to use this time I have to craft as much as I can. I won't have the luxury in about a month's time!

Monday, February 16, 2009


Meet Gordon!


I was taking the intermediate bear-making class on the last two Sundays and Gordon's my class bear. He's fully jointed with nut/bolt joints and has pellets in his tum! Gordon also has a layer of nose gloss to give his cute nose a glossy finish.


I know he's really peeking through his furry muzzle but I kinda like it that way. I could trim it actually but thought it's nicer this way. In fact, I initially wanted to make the bear for my Dad but fell so much in love with the fur and the fuzzy snout that I had to keep him for myself. :P I also love how his fur parts at his mouth hehehe

Date of Birth: 16 February 2009
Height: 10"

Timothy is no longer alone! :)

Gordon and Timothy

More photos here.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

KO with Prudence

We had a wonderful ad-hoc KO with Prudence yesterday evening. It was great fun and she shared with us a lot of her works. I really enjoyed seeing all her wonderful creations of free-form knitting.

Here's our group photo:

I worked on the child's sock for a bit and then went back to Oolong. It's here taking a coffee break with CharmEng's yarn.

Oooh I also received Birthday Yarn from Susan yesterday. So nice of her!!! It's here, and I have taken to call it my new yarn pet. Yum!!

There are more photos of the knit out yesterday here.