Monday, July 30, 2007

Toe-up socks FO

My first pair of toe-up socks, finally! For a while, I thought I might abandon them altogether after; changing pattern on second sock and frogging 2 completed short-row heels and then settling for one with a gusset I learnt from Wendy Knits.
Strange how having knitted 4 pairs of top-down I got into so much trouble this time, but the lessons learnt are definitely useful for future sock knitting adventures!

I'm not accepting I can't knit a 'perfect' short-row heel, so I shall continue trying.....thing is when completed, they looked resonably decent and passable, no holes, yet.....well, I prefer the gusset for now. Sour grapes or just being practical???

Pattern: Twin Rib (row 1: K3 P3, row 2: K1 P1)
Heel from Wendy Knits
Size: 6" circumference (fit my 8" foot)
Yarn: 80% 1 ball Regia Cotton
Gauge: 10 sts = 1" , Needles: 2 mm
Knitted on: 60 sts to cuff changing to K1P1 Ribbing
Cast on: 14 sts with Magic cast-on from

Have used both Magic and Turkish cast-on and find both quite easy (with some practice) but will stick with Magic cast-on for now. Quite amazed at how seamless it can look!

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Frogs and Wizards

I should have left things well alone, cast on the 2nd sock and be done with the pair. The 'I am not satisfied with everything about it' mood kept bugging and bugging me when I finished the cuff. The twin-ribbing give such a nice relief to the stripes at the cuff and I couldn't banish the thought of 'how nice it would look on the instep....' You can see what I've done and the first sock's drowned in the frog pond.

I've got to make a short trip into Guangzhou, China coming Wednesday and wasn't looking forward to it but then it would be a good time to read my HP7..

I haven't peeped into the last chapter yet, but am not sure how long I can resist the temptation..DH gives me dirty looks if I so much as mutter or give away anything while reading..

To HP fans, happy reading and a productive knitting week ahead to all!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Updates..sp10,FOs and sock

My final SP10 parcel arrived! Thanks Kessa, you've anticipated my needs so well!!! It's been fun being spoiled by you. The Colorado yarn you sent previously came in useful for the scarf and hat set too.
Here they are...knitted in time for Jess' Aussie Winter.
Pattern: 'Ruggles Original Reversible Scarf' (,
Pattern: Rolled brim hat (stocking stitch and normal decreases at top)
Yarn: Colorado Yarns, Worsted Weight, Superwash
Amount: 3 x 100 gm x 215 yds (for both)
Needles: 5 mm

Fell out of love with the 'forget-me-not' sock pattern I started (previous blog), could not persuade myself having holes on the leg looks fine and so frogged. Unless I get to try on a lacey pair and like how it looks I'd probably stick with knitting plain legs matched with patterned cuffs.

Monday, July 09, 2007

It wasn't a holiday..

I stayed up till 2am last night, not able to put Debbie Macomber's 'The shop on Blossom Street' down and gave myself a much deserved 'lie-in' till 10am this morning, and finishing it!

Arrived back from our 3 day IT Mgt Retreat so exhausted I just didn't want to do anything else except continue with the book I thought I would have time to read in the evenings there.
Alas, it was the sort of Retreat where one is expected to socialise (all the time, till late night) with colleagues from the other regions and after being teased incessantly the 2nd day about my 'staying in the room knitting' the first night, I abandoned the idea of having any quiet time.

Definitely will be buying more knitting theme books from now and thanks to my very generous KTS3 pal Cathy who sent it with so much goodies last week.

Thanks for the yarn, teas, note stationery, stitch markers, gauge and laundry bag too! I hope you receive my parcel soon - sent to old address.

The retreat was held at Colmar, a French theme hill resort at Bentong, Pahang, Malaysia. It's definitely cooler than KL where I live, the evenings plesantly cool but not chilly.

Now, wouldn't it be just perfect if I could sit and knit at the cafe near the fountain or by the mini water feature? Instead, it was meetings till late evenings with an indecent amount of food all day! I'm on a strict juice diet today.

I started on my first attempt at Toe-up socks with Regia Cotton but had to abandon it for a while to try finish a scarf by 25th this month.

It's got this very clever stitch pattern which makes the scarf completely reversible. It's officially the free 'Ruggles Original Reversible Scarf' from but I can't seem to find the reference for the pattern anymore. So if anyone is interested do drop me a line.

Wishing you all a productive knitting week ahead....

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Vacation fatique

Got back late Friday night...still too tired to string words together...

Knitted this over the week, mostly on the flight and while resting feet in hotel.

Pattern: Cropped Raglan Sweater (free from Lion Brand) - top down
Yarn: Bendigo Woollen Mills (Australia)
Amount: 2 x 200gm x 260 yds
Needles: 4.5mm and 5 mm

Lady Eleanor, ready for the office Monday morning.

Pattern: Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole (Kathleen Power Johnson)
Yarn: Rowan Tapestry
Amount: 5.5 x 50gm x 131 yds
Needles: 6mm

Blocking the lady.