Knitters tend to have a love/hate relationship with knitting socks. I actually love making them, and I tend to have a pair on the go as my small to-to ‘travel’ knitting project. The following pair I knitted for one of the au pairs (or care professionals as we call them as they are fully trained specialists) who I supported during her time here in Australia. She is a pink-fanatic, as you can see!
The pattern was one that I had in my Ravelry queue for a few years is the Snowfall Socks by Tabitha Gandee. I am pretty sure the yarn was from 24 Mile Hollow Yarn Co. The socks were easy to make, I had to pay attention to make sure the purl pattern on the top of the sock was right, but apart from that they flew off the needles.
It’s funny, pink, much like red, is really hard to photograph well. But I guess the brightness of the yarn shines through in these photos.
In Germany it’s Nikolaustag today. This means children clean their boots/shoes and leave them by the window or the door on the night of 5th December. The next day they wake to small gifts and goodides stuffed into their boots, which were left by Sankt Nikolaus. As I grew up with this tradition Luke and Max will continue to receive their Nikolaus gifts on the 6th of December.
So to honour that tradition, today I am posting about four pairs of booties knitted for a friend that went to Forest School with us.
She had a baby boy in 2015 and I knit up some blue baby booties for her (please excuse the terrible pictures, I am not sure what happened there). Because my friend liked the booties so much, she ordered another three pairs from me.
A purple pair.
A pink pair.
And a red pair.
They are my version of Saartjes Bootees, and I know I HAVE to write down this pattern, I really must. I have promised it to a few people, so it needs to happen soon!
Pattern: My own pattern. Yarn: DROPS Merino Extra Finein dark blue, purple, heather and red. Needle size: 3.mm Knitting time: May-September 2015.
So, this is me trying to get back to posting again regularly about my finished knitting (FOs). Even though I have been quiet on that front on here doesn’t mean that I haven’t been knitting like a maniac. I have so many amazing things to show you! But for today, since it is after my bedtime (which is 10pm by the way), here are some booties that I knit for an ex-colleague back in May 2015.
Regular readers of this blog will know that this is my version of Saartjes Bootees that I have knit up several hundred times now.
They are still my favourite gift to knit up for someone that is expecting. I love them especially because they also enable me to knit up some leftover yarn from other projects. This particular pair was knit up in DROPS Muskat.
The other thing I love about these booties is that I can knit them in 2 hours flat. The sewing up takes a little longer, but I can basically whip up 5 pairs of these in a weekend.
And of course they fit perfectly into the little cardboard boxes I make to present them in. The perfect gift!
Pattern: My own. Yarn: DROPS Muskat in petrol and blue. Needle size: 3.5mm Knitting time: 16th May 2015.
I have these two pairs of woolly socks that I knitted about 15 years ago (a long time basically) and they’re starting to show some wear…and I’ve just seen some holes in the heels of one pair. So it was only fitting that I knitted myself a pair over Christmas.
I’ve had this pattern in my queue on Ravelry for ages and ordered this pink yarn for exactly these socks last year. I am so pleased that I finally managed to knit them for myself.
The leaf pattern on the front looks intricate and delicate, but it’s actually really easy to knit and I didn’t have to look at the pattern too many times after having knit it a couple of times.
Knitting cables instead of a purl/knit rib felt a bit funny initially as I didn’t think it would create the right effect, but it actually worked out really well. It’s nice and stretchy, but also sits well on my legs.
The yarn is DROPS Fabel, and while I normally knit socks with a self-striping yarn, which I absolutely love, I wanted to stick to a plain colour to give the leaf pattern the chance to shine.
And without further ado, here are some action shots of me wearing my socks. I absolutely love them. They are a little loose, but they keep my toes and feet lovely and warm.
Pattern:Autumn Glow by DROPS Design. Yarn: DROPS Fabelin dark pink. Needle size: 2.5mm Knitting time: 22nd-27th December 2015.