Monday, 27 August 2012

Travel Projects

I think most of us have a favorite type of knitting project we like to take with us when traveling. I tend to take a sock project or two with me. I find they are small enough to carry with me or pack away as needs be. A few months ago I received a lovely project bag through a Karma swap on Ravelry which is ideal for my traveling sock project.

I really like the fact that I can zip the bag shut and therefore keep everything secure regardless of the circumstances. The bag is large enough to take my yarn as well as a Namaste Buddy case and a few other bits and pieces.

So this little bag has had quite a bit of use over the last few months with the various trips I have made. Two pairs of socks have been carted around in it.

The first pair was a pair of Kellswaters Socks.

 The yarn is King Cole Zig Zag and should be hard wearing. I knitted these two at a time on 2.5mm circulars.
The yarn is really too busy to see the detail of the pattern but I find it too boring to knit vanilla socks.

The second pair was a pair of Scylla socks.

These are knitted in Zwerer Garn Opal. And again I knitted these two at a time on 2.5mm circular needles. I like the way the slipstitch shows the colours off. The pattern also incorporates a bit of a gusset which makes for a very comfortable fit.

Both pairs are toe-up. I find these days that I prefer knitting toe-up socks and I will never go back to knitting one sock at a time. No more second sock syndrome for me!

Tuesday, 21 August 2012


I haven't been blogging for a while but I have been busy knitting and traveling.  I joined the Ravellenics over on Ravelry for the duration of the Olympics. This time I entered 2 events: the Toy Toss and the Wips Wrestling.

For the Toy Toss I knitted this sock monkey from Itty-Bitty Toys.

But my main project was for the Wips Wrestling event for which I entered my Summer Squares blanket aka The never ending blanket. Although I officially had time till the closing ceremony to finish the blanket, I had to finish it by 9 August because that is when we flew to Perth. So I knuckled down and knitted like a maniac.

4608.7m later I had this:

The blanket is knitted in Bendigo Woollen Mills 4ply Cotton on 4.5 needles. The pattern is based on The Blue Quartet. I am so pleased to finally have this  off the needles. It also meant that I could take extra enjoyment out of our Perth holiday.

The wildflowers have just started to make an appearance so here is a brief taste.