I actually really like making dishcloths – they’re so quick and they can be quite pretty too. I find that they also make for good face washcloths. I had some cheap cotton lying around (Lily Sugar ‘n Cream and Bernat Handicrafter Cotton) so I did a quick search on Ravelry and came across the Mason-Dixon ballband dishcloth pattern and knew I had to make it. It was super quick as I managed to knit the whole thing while watching TV last night. The pattern was really easy and is really effective. I made it slightly smaller than the pattern said though and I only cast on 33 stitches. To make this dishcloth in a different size, you need to add or remove a multiple of 6 when casting on.

I seem to just want to knit socks at the moment. I’ve spent hours on Ravelry over the past few days just scouring the sock patterns and I’ve found a few that I want to try out. I can’t wait! I love wearing handmade socks. I think the next up is Charade from I May Be Knitting A Ranch House (what a great name for a blog, by the way).

I just finished a pair of worsted weight socks using the Cable Twist Sock pattern from Hello Yarn. I really liked the pattern and the socks are comfortable and fit well. I used some Easy Knit 100% Mercerised Wool from Wal-mart in Avo Green. I was really surprised with how soft this yarn was, considering it was from Wal-mart. I’m very impressed and I’d buy it again.

Anywho, onto the socks:

This was my first attempt using the magic  loop method and I can certainly see why so many people love it. I do prefer dpns but if I need to take some knitting while travelling, I would probably make a sock using magic loop. It’s easier to try the sock on, you don’t lose your needles and it’s better for travelling projects. It was a bit tricky to hold the needles in the right places at the beginning but I soon got used to it and it was fine.

The weather is still freezing so I’m holing up inside and knitting constantly. I whipped up a cabled slouchy hat for a friend in just a few hours using the pattern for the Big Blue Beret from 10 Feet High. I changed it slightly so that there are cables on every other panel and I quite like the way it looks. I used Lion brand Wool-Ease in Cream on 5mm circs.

I haven’t had the chance to do much knitting lately as I’ve had way too much schoolwork but I’ve been dying to make some socks recently. I only had some cheap worsted-weight 100% mercerised wool, which I got from Wal-mart but it actually seems to be pretty nice. I picked out the Cable Twist Socks by Hello Yarn through a long session on Ravelry and cast on for them last night. The pattern seems quite interesting although you can see I didn’t get far before I realised I’d made a mistake but I am determined to finish the pair!

I’ve noticed that all my clothing seems to be in rather muted colours at the moment so I need something bright and hence the Cap-sleeved Cardigan from ‘Love to Knit’ by Bronwyn Lowenthal. I’m using Lion Brand Microspun in royal blue and it’s a really strong colour – I love it! I’m already done with the back piece and I’ve started on one of the fronts. It’s pretty quick and easy although I have managed to mess up the lace on more than one occasion.

And even more colour. I went to the LYS for a long overdue visit and I found some amazing sock yarn, which was dyed locally. It’s from Tanis Fiber Arts and it’s superwash wool with some nylon in a great colour (the colourway is Mallard). I seriously love it. I now need to find a sock pattern to display it in its full glory! This photo doesn’t really show the beauty of the colour.

All my friends know I knit and so when it came to my birthday last month, low and behold what one kind friend got for me:

Isn’t it beauteous (yes, that is a word)? A Cath Kidston bag…especially made for knitting! Amazing! And a picture of it filled with my yarn to tide me over until I get home:

And something else exciting, I saw someone else with one in a different pattern in a Starbucks in London. And she was knitting! I’ve really only seen people knitting in public twice: this woman in Starbucks, and a girl on the tram in Boston. I love it!

In other news, I have started on the Cap-sleeved cardigan from ‘Love to Knit’ by Bronwyn Lowenthal. Unfortunately, I left it at home while I’m at school so that I can concentrate on my schoolwork. I’m knitting it up in some Microspun that I had lying around and it’s deliciously soft. I’m not sure I’ll ever end up wearing it but it should be my first finished item of knitted clothing.

For Christmas I got ‘Love to Knit’ by Bronwyn Lowenthal and I really like some of the patterns it has. They’re all really simple and pretty fashionable patterns and they’re geared towards younger knitters. The only problem that I’ve found with the book so far is that all the patterns are only given in one size, meaning you would have to alter the patterns if you aren’t the ‘right’ size. This is the first project I tried out of this book and I’ve already cast on for my second project (before casting on for the second sock, oops).

 I think this sock looks cute. It reminds me of the socks that I used to wear when I was really small. It’s supposed to have two buttons at the top to hold it closed but I haven’t gotten around to that yet, I haven’t even weaved the ends in. It is knit flat in one piece, with one seam going around the foot and up the side of the leg. This means that the pattern for each foot is different so the seam is on the outside of the leg. I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Fisherman and US size 2 (2.75mm) needles. The yarn suggested was a sport-weight yarn, such as Rowan Pure Wool DK so I thought that the sock might end up a bit bigger with the thicker yarn. I was wrong. It actually ended up smaller so now the sock is pretty tight.

I don’t know if I will cast on for the second sock but this project was fast and fun to knit. A sport-weight yarn would have been much better for this sock though.