yellow socks

Completely unrelated to yellow socks, I was gifted this chair (and a sibling to it!) for my birthday one year by my mom. I love it.

Sometime last summer I developed a fascination with all things mustard (except maybe actual mustard). I bought fabric in mustardy colors; I bought shoes in a mustardy color, I craved clothes in mustardy colors (and to pair them with navy blues like Sportmax and Maxmara both did some years ago, albeit in various degrees of vividness – see here, here and here. The Wardrobe Remixer Ranna exemplifies this color combination beautifully. The skirt might actually be black, but it looks dark navy to me!).

Sometime between last summer and last fall, I was between apartments. I spent that time on friends couches, and maybe to bring a little homey-ness to those nomadic weeks, I bought me some mustard yarn and put my trusty size 3 knitting needles to work. I used the same yarn as for the brown and red socks – a fairly thin (mostly) cotton – my preferred sock yarn. I seldom use patterns, but after previously having made both socks that wouldn’t stay up, and socks I couldn’t squeeze into, I was quite careful to get the fit right from the start. This meant restarting at least four times, and at least four outbursts of “You took it apart? Again??” from friends whose couches I was borrowing. But I really don’t mind restarting a knit project early on, when I know it’ll make me that much more happy with the end result.

I like ribs on socks – not only to help them stay up better, but also as a visual interest. So I let the ribs continue nearly down to the toes on the upside of the sock. I really like the rhythm of knitting the ribs with two straight stitches and one purl; the purl-rows almost disappears when the sock isn’t on, only to peep out when the sock is in use!

These socks have gotten much use over the past year. There is a certain comfort in pulling on lovely-colored wooly-ness, even it isn’t very cold. And while I believe in making socks to use them, and usually don’t mind pills and other signs of wear, I will admit I made the socks camera-ready. A word of advice: Don’t wash yellow wooly things with black wolly things in the same bucket. It will result in grey pills. Ops.

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plantdyed yarn

My workplace is quite nice. Among other things I do in a normal work-day, is to sell plantdyed yarn. The yarn was dyed by a co-worker a while back, for an event with kids. Now the yarn is for sale, and there is a big wicker basket full of yummy woolness waiting to be turned into something fantastic.

I was a bit slow on picking out the yarns I wanted – even though I’d eyed two balls in particular, in a rust red and a faded yellow that went lovely together – and then this sweet, old lady walked in (she was waiting for the bus) and promptly picked up the very two colors I was wanting. She clearly had excellent taste.

The next best colors were still lovely, and I particularly like the texture and soft, light wooliness of the two yellow skeins. The bright pink is not plantdyed actually, but cochineal is still a natural pigment I’d say! I believe the rusty orange-pink is heather, and the yellow might be from the flower yarrow. (for my norwegian-reading readers, kochenille, røsslyng og ryllik.)

Now… what to make of these lovely things? They are three different weights, so I’m not sure I’ll end up combining any of them, but all suggestions are welcome!

knitstuff

I sometimes forget that “making things” does not exclusivly equal to “sewing things”. I’m constantly working on a project, but when my knit projects are done, it doesn’t strike my mind to photograph them and post about it. Maybe this is because most of what I knit is smallish, utilitarian things; scarves, hats, mittens, more hats, more mittens… There is plenty to post about, just lying in my drawers!

Some of the stuff I knit end up in other peoples drawers though (there really is a limit to how many handknit mittens I need), like the drawers of my boy. I’m sure he’ll be packing them away now with the summer almost here, but he kindly took some pictures so I can do a little show and tell. It’s like a boy-knit-themed-post!

First up; first boy-knit-project – the skull scarf:

He had mentioned over the summer how fun it would be to have a skull scarf in pink, just for the oddness of pairing skulls with the color pink. This was his Chirstmasgift. The mom approved of my handiwork (which I appreciate since she’s a knitter too), but I do believe some of his family members found it “morbid”. The scarf has gotten much use, happily, and apparently the solid black flip-side of the scarf comes in handy for situations where people might not look so kindly on random pink skulls.

Next Christmas came socks;

The boy picked out the colors, and I was testing the fit as I was making them, so it was hardly a surprise for him on Christmas Eve. They weren’t actually done by Christmas Eve, so if I remember correctly he unwrapped a sock and a half. Haha! The yarn is a 80% wool, 20 % nylon mix, which is good for socks so the heel doesn’t wear thin too easily. Also, the yarn is fairly thin (26 sitches to 10 cm I think?), so the socks aren’t too bulky – something I really like. Hmm.. maybe bulky socks should be the next project?

And this past Christmas (can you spot a pattern?), mittens!

This is based on traditional norwegian knit-patterns. It’s my first time working in the round with two colors making pattern, and I’m quite happy with the result! This was also my first time making thumbs the proper way, with adding on stitches leading up to the thumb. It makes for a better fit than the simpler way I’ve been making thumbs, just casting off some rows at the appropriate place, and making a gap that I later pick up again. These are made of 100 % wool yarn, and since there is effectivly two layers of yarn, they are pretty dense and warm. The boy was very satisfied too, and they’ve gotten lots of use this past winter – and nothing is better than that!

And finally, the boy modelling the scarf, mittens and a hat I’ve knitted for him earlier. I think this Norwegian winter wonderland composite is pretty funny, and the boy looking all nice and serious in all his wool:

(edited to add: this is indeed a photoshopped image. Talented boy for confusing several people on this one!)