Leftover sock yarn? Yes. Now, a pair of baby booties for my boyfriend’s sister’s soon-to-be new baby! I really have no idea how big babies’ feet are, so I hope that these fit her little girl by the time the weather gets colder in Iran.





I used the pattern Christine’s Stay-on Baby Booties (Ravelry link), but with a few modifications for using the sock wool. You can find the Ravelry project that I used for the sizing here (though I didn’t use the ribbed cuffs).

I also played with slipping some stitches to make things tidier/easier… I slipped stitches (purlwise) at the beginning of each row when working the garter stitch sole (to make it easier to pick the stitches up later). I also slipped the first stitch of each row (knit and purl) when working the top of the boot – I think it makes them tidier.

The yarn I used was TouchYarns Magic Merino Sock Yarn in the colourway Little Valley. The colours here are gorgeous, purple, pink and blue with a pop of bright limey green. I also just loooove knitting with the “magic” merino sock yarn, and equally looooooove the feel of it when I get to wear my socks! It feels like hot butter on my feet. There is always plenty of yarn leftover from the 100g balls, so these booties are the perfect little project to use some of it up!

For the tie, I twisted some strands of the wool together. Somehow I didn’t quite like the look of the i-cord that I see on a lot of these booties – it seems to overwhelm them! To twist the wool, cut a length 3 x longer than what you need. Fold it in half, and blutack one of the ends to a desk. Twist, twist, twist, until the wool starts to curl up into itself. Unstick the end from the desk, then carefully fold the length in half again. This time it will automatically twist up into itself, so you just have to smooth it out a bit. Tie both ends. Tada!

These were a super quick and easy project, and they turned out beautifully. I hope their new owner likes them and doesn’t kick them off! Now I need more friends to have babies, so that I can use up the rest of my leftover sock yarn!


A Scarf for a Pilot

I have mentioned a few times that I was doing secret knitting with a deadline of last Saturday, and yes, I did finish it on time!


Here I have the lovely recipient of the scarf modelling on the golf course (isn’t it nice to have a willing model, usually it’s me trying to take a photo of myself!).





He picked the reddish wool himself (I had to make him, because he’s very sensitive to itchy things, like my warm jerseys…).  Here is a close up of the pattern on the scarf:




It was such a bright shiny day, I apologise for the glow on the photo!  Also, you can see that it is not yet cold enough in Tauranga for a scarf (a scarf and a tshirt?!), lucky us.  Today we climbed up Mount Maunganui, and it was so hot!  I can’t believe that it is already June, although I think that I will get a reminder when I go down to Wellington at the end of the month.


Happy Birthdaaaaaay!  (I have to admit that I did not bake that perfect Pavlova – it was my Mum!  Thanks Mum!)


Two Cowls for Sisters

I said yesterday that I cast on a new project, which is neither a tea cosy nor a pair of socks..  It is however, a cowl.  I’m using the Stockholm Scarf  pattern (available for free!) which looks so gorgeous and warm.  I have 50 g balls of merino (Paton’s Totem, which I got cheap because the colour has been discontinued)…  Starting this project made me remember that I forgot (what a funny phrase) to show you this:

It’s a cowl that I made for my sister, finished just before Easter… I used the pattern for A Noble Cowl, but made it longer so that it could be wrapped around twice (I don’t like the picture of me modeling it, so sorry that’s not going up here!).   It’s also knitted with Paton’s Totem Merino, in a dark grey – it was going cheap as an end of the line also…  It’s lovely to knit with, though it’s so slippery that you have to be careful not to drop stitches!  It’s a crepe wool, I’ve tried to find out what is different about crepe wool, but all I get is how to make pancakes!  I’ll have to ask my Mum about it…  Anyway, I bought three balls (all that was left at the shop) and made my sister this cowl.

Here is a close-up of the lace pattern, it’s like interlocking shields (although I also think they looks like tropical leaves), and is so pretty .  It looks fairly difficult, but once you have done a few rows, there is a pattern (haha) to it, and it’s fairly easy to pick up.  As you can see in the top picture, the cowl is starting to curl at the edges, which I don’t quite like because you can see the “wrong side” of it.  I’m sure non-knitters don’t notice the reverse stockingette stitch sneaking out from behind the “right side”, but it does bug me a little!

That’s why I decided to use the Stockholm Scarf Pattern for *my* cowl, because the lace is reversible!  What a clever idea.  I’m having a bit of trouble figuring out if I’m doing the stitches right, and already frogged the first 4 rows when I realised that converting the pattern to the round did not just mean reversing the knit and purl stitches in the uneven rows.  Luckily I found some helpful posts through Ravelry, so I’m on to the second round of the second round!  I’m still having trouble with some of the stitches, because the pattern does not have much detail (if you’re a knitter, have a look – I don’t know whether to hold my yarn in front or back when I slip the stitches, and whether to slip them knitwise or purlwise…).  I’ll let you know how I go – at the moment I am just holding the stitches where they ended up *before* the slipped stitch (ie in front if the preceding stitch was a purl, behind if it was knit), and I’m slipping the stitches purlwise, which tends to be the default.  I’ll have to knit a few more rows to see how it looks, but hopefully it will look good, even if I’m not quite doing it right!  I’ll let you know how it goes…

Here are my socks…

Here are my socks.   The pattern I used is roughly from the Big Book of Socks, with some alterations.  I increased the number of stitches to cast on from 60 to 64, since I was using smaller needles.  I also quit using the pattern once I got down to decreasing for the toes, because it didn’t make sense to me (see my socks’ soles for why).

Here are my socks, touched by a rainbow as they are drying themselves by the fire.  They are 64 stitches around, and they fit me perfectly once they had been washed, blocked and dried.

Here are my socks’ stripes.  They are knitted in a 2 ply yarn that I bought aaaages ago on sale from Spotlight.  I’ll check the brand next time I am there, but I have lost the label, unfortunately.  My socks are pretty in pink and purple.

Here are my socks’ heels.  They are knitted in the Flap and Gusset style, and are reinforced by doing S1, K1 across the flap.

Here are my socks’ soles.  They are enjoying the sunset.  The pattern said to knit for 5 inches before starting to decrease for the heel, but my feet are 10 inches long, and that would have made some mighty tight socks.  So I knitted until the sole of the socks reached just beyond my little toe.  See below for why I shouldn’t have knitted quite so far.


Here are my socks’ toes.  They are knitted in the Star Toe style, which looks a little funny on my foot, but I don’t mind.  I wanted to do a Star Toe, because the name reminded me of a Star Nosed Mole.   I also did a Kitchener Stitch on the toe (yay!) thanks to help from this video, which Alice recommended in her post.   Star Toes don’t usually have a Kitchener Stitch, they just gather up the last eight stitches, but I realised that if I knitted down to eight stitches, my socks would be too long for my feet.

Here are my socks.