Bluey Socks…….Pair # 29

I was up until 11.30pm last night which is simply unheard of for me. I started knitting the Ilene Bag and was so excited about how it was turning out that I couldn’t put it down! I hope to finish it in the next day or so, so I’ll show you the pics then but here’s a glimpse.

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Lovely bright red Patons Bluebell 5ply (sport) yarn that I bought over a year ago in a job lot on Ebay. It is the perfect yarn for this bag as it stretches so well.

Okay now back to this post….

I started my ‘Bluey’ socks while I was on holidays in Noosaville in July and finished them on my return home. I’ve had a bit of a spate of knitting plain vanilla socks using some lovely patterned yarn. I think I’ve finally learned my lesson….you need to knit a plain sock if you’re using a great self-patterning sock yarn.

Bluey Socks 02This is my first pair of blue socks as I gave the last pair away as a present to a dear friend of mine.

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The pattern comes from the Yarn Harlot’s book “Knitting Rules” – Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and is an ideal pattern to use with self patterning sock yarn. Nearly 10,000 pairs of socks have been made using this pattern and recorded on Ravelry!!!! I know the pattern off by heart now.

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Nothing like getting some different photos when you’re on your holidays and right beside the Noosa River.

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Love the heel flap in this pattern…Sl1, K1 repeat across the odd rows and then Sl1, P across the even rows.

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I used S.R, Kertzer On Your Toes 4 Ply with Aloe Vera, one of the many balls of sock yarn I’ve purchased over the last year. It’s now discontinued.

On Your Toes 01

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I must start looking for another pattern with some detail and use some of my solid coloured sock yarn but all I seem to be doing is jumping between knitting all sorts of different items….from baby clothes to bags to socks to scarves to hats….. It’s so much fun having access to so many fantastic free knitting patterns on Ravelry.

Until next time…


Scrappy Mint Socks……Pair # 28

Well I’m back home now after a two week holiday at Noosaville which was utterly relaxing and was spent knitting, meeting friends, drinking coffee, eating, shopping, sleeping in and doing no housework!! Now I have the job of blogging about all the knitting projects I completed during that two weeks…so here we go.

A few weeks ago I was winding my scraps of sock yarn into small balls ready to start making Frankie Brown’s Button Quilt when two colours jumped out and demanded to be made into a pair of socks! Do you remember these socks: my Tidal Waves (left) and River Rapids (right) socks?


So I took a gamble and started knitting some scrappy socks in these two colourways.

Scrappy Mint 01

The top sock is the first one I knitted so it’s the better looking. The cuff, heel flap and toe are knitted in Regia Hand-dye effect which is a 3ply / light fingering yarn. I probably wouldn’t use it again for socks as it’s quite fine. The leg, gussett and foot is knitted in Three Irish Girls Adorn which is a 4ply / fingering yarn and is so beautiful to knit with…great consistency of thickness.

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My poor old second sock doesn’t look quite as smart as I soon discovered I was running out of the lovely Three Irish Girls Adorn yarn so I had to use the Regia yarn on the foot section. I couldn’t believe it when I discovered I was only a few centimetres short of finishing the toe and had to quickly search for another scrap of yarn (lucky I brought some of them with me on holidays!). So the toe is finished in Ty-Dy Socks by Knit One, Crochet Too…another 3ply / light fingering yarn.

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A couple of close up pictures of the two different heels…

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All in all I am very happy with my recycling project which has resulted in another pair of socks. Oh and by the way the pattern I used is Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.

I’m thinking of a feather and fan pattern for my next pair of socks. Until next time…