Fishbone Gansey Sock

Pattern: Fishbone Gansey Sock by Anne Hanson

Made for: Dad

Size: XL

Yarn: 1.18 skeins of Malibrigo Yarn Sock in Azules

Needles: 2mm dpns

Started: July 22/11       Finished: Dec 22/11

Modifications: The length of the leg is 9″ instead of the recommended 10″ (I got tired of knitting ribbing).

This was Dad’s 2011 xmas present. I ended up needing a second skein to finish these (it is what happens when your father not only is a size 11 foot but also has fat feet) and even though the skein was the same dye lot it looked very different than the first skein (it had more purple). Luckily I didn’t have to switch until the foot of the second sock so most people won’t even notice. As per usual Anne Hanson’s patterns are very enjoyable to knit with great instructions.

Malabrigo is my Dad’s favourite sock yarn even though it is not the most optimal choice for the feet. I have told him I am going to start looking at different sock yarns trying to find a nice balance between soft which he likes and durability which I like. Hey, if I am going to spend all this time knitting a huge pair of socks they better last for years is all I am saying.


It been hot & sticky out there

It has been a very hot and humid week here in the city. We are luckily enough to have air-conditioning in our unit and although it does not make our apartment freakishly cold it is a nice 23- 24C with no humidity. Luckily I have recently started a bunch of small projects that don’t take up a lot of space on ones lap which would make knitting unbearable.

Over the Canada Day long weekend I had started Sean’s socks and have made good progress. Then they went into hiatus for a little while and will be taken off hiatus as I have received some of the requested flowers I require to continue.

I also started my Dad’s holiday socks this weekend so I can switch between the two pairs if I need a break from one of them. I am hoping I got the sizing right as both Sean’s and Dad’s socks are being made from a pattern and not from my mind.

I also started on Almost Ovals shortly after the TTC knitalong with the lovely Indigodragonfly merino/silk I bought at the Purple Purl. Since the yardage of the yarn is much more generous than the pattern requires I have added another repeat and will most likely be making it much longer than recommended as well. I might also have bought another skein of said yarn in another colourway because I enjoy knitting with it so much.

I have also recently finished another shawl but need some more pictures before I post the finished object post. Frankie was checking it out.

Space Invader Socks

Pattern: My own (chart for space invader characters borrowed from here and were done using duplicate stitch).

Made for: Dad

Size: 11 men’s feet with a 10″ circumference.

Yarn: Regia Solid 4-ply in black (2 balls); accent is Patons Kroy socks 4 ply in white (much less than one ball).

Needles: 5 – 2.5mm dpns

Gauge: 8sts per inch

Started: Aug 28/10                     Finished: Dec 5/10

Hopefully he will like them! On another note Piper has been perching on her tool box looking cute.

a brief knitting update

First things first, I finally have a picture of Sean’s 2009 xmas gift, which until now I have not had a picture of the finished product.

Last week Sean wanted to make a good tomato sauce with meatballs. This is the picture Sean took when we reheated the leftovers for a meal last weekend.

Dad’s second sock is coming along nicely. I just have to finish knitting the foot section and then move onto the toe.

I’ve also been working on the blanket which is getting just massive. From my estimations it is big enough for the edges of the blanket to just cover the width of a queen-sized bed. A little bigger and it should be time to cast-off.

I’ve also restarted working on my fiddlehead mittens. The almost complete one was finished sometime last winter. I’ve started on the second one and then once that is complete I pick up along the edges to knit the inside lining. These should be excellent winter mittens with all those layers.

A Sunny Sunday

We thought yesterday was going to be the nicest day of the weekend and went for a little walk to the park to throw the frisbee around. However I woke up this morning and the sun is shinning beautifully. We may need another excuse to spend time outside again today. It was also a great day for taking pictures of knitting in progress.

One of Dad’s Christmas socks is complete (well the knitting part anyway). If there is enough time after I finish the second one I may use duplicate stitch to put Space Invader motifs on the socks. The black yarn is Regia, a work-horse yarn with nylon added in. It’s not super soft but it is also not scratchy and should take a lot of wear my Dad will dish out while he’s puttering around the farm. The toes are Paton’s Kroy Socks. These are like all the socks I have made him in the past, machine-washable. However we don’t tell him they are machine-washable. He has to put them in the special laundry pile for hand-washing only (they will last longer that way too) or he runs the risk of never getting another pair of handmade socks. This is just in-case either I or Nanny make him a pair of socks that are not machine-washable. So far there have been no reports of mishaps from my mother so I think he takes the possibility of being cut-off from handmade socks very seriously. I think it is very endearing that he makes that extra effort to take care of his handmade socks and is part of the reason he gets a new pair every year. Last year he gave me the highest sock compliment that I think can come from him – “This socks are the best socks yet; they stay up and fit nice.” I guess it’s custom socks from now on.

I have finally taken the leap and cast-on and started knitting the sleeve for Sean’s Aran sweater (after charting out the increases for the cable using Knit Visualizer. So far it is turning out very well.

I started reclaiming the yarn from a disaster project from a few years ago called the Kimono Shrug. I had finished all the knitting but when I started seaming it together it definitely did not work. Since it involved 6 skeins of Malabrigo it is definitely worth reclaiming the yarn. Well I finally got around to it and unseamed and then unravelled the pieces back into skeins. I dampened them to help relax before winding them back into balls.With the one skein that was not knit up into the disaster project I started work on a couch blanket by Ysolda, very simply called the Hap Blanket. The centre is garter stitch and then you pick up along the edges and work in a feather and fan pattern. As you can tell I am currently on the garter stitch pattern. I am making it slightly bigger than the pattern calls for since I have the yarn and I would like it bigger than 40″. It is my nice mindless project at the moment to take breaks from all the Christmas and secret knitting.


It has been a day of drizzle and sometimes flat out rain but mostly drizzle. The little reminders that bring you back to home for a few minutes in your head.

The long weekend was a good one with lots of sunshine and warmth. Sunday we had an Easter brunch to go to and I was responsible for dessert. I made the Gateau Basque out of Anne Stewart’s Canada (same book that had the butter tart recipe) with the sauteed apple filling. Sadly I didn’t take a picture of it at the time but since the recipe makes for more than one I made up another one today and did remember to take a picture of the finished product.

Monday I decided to bake some sourdough bread with caramelized onions and aged cheddar. I had some for dinner that night in sandwich form and for lunch yesterday.

I cut up some strawberries this evening and am marinating them in red wine and a bit of sugar. They should be very tasty!

I am still plugging away at Bean’s sweater. I have finished the second sleeve and in the process of assembling all the pieces together so I can pick up around the neck and knit the hood.

On Saturday Sean and I headed down to the Purple Purl to pick out some yarn for his Christmas sweater. He’s decided he wants cables and picked out a lovely green yarn. I’ve assembled a bunch of different stitch patterns together and now I just need to block it so I can get the measurements I need to start plugging in the numbers for the sweater.

I also need to go stash diving to find a suitable yarn for my Dad’s Christmas socks this year and then I need to decide on a stitch motif. I might hold off on that until I get some accurate measurements of his legs to help ensure the socks will stay up or I could just do cables or some other stiff-ish pattern like I did for last years.

WIP’s and baking

There are several items currently sitting on my needles but I think we will go over the ones that are actually seeing some knit time. Most of my time has been devoted to Bean’s a Cardigan for Merry. He won’t be able to wear it for a while, but it would be nice to have it crossed off the list. The yarn is Indigo Moon and is superwash so it should be a super easy piece to care for.

I have also been working on a pair of socks for myself since it has been over a year since I’ve done so. I like the little lace pattern I’ve picked and the one sock should be finished in under an hour of knitting and then it’s on to the dreaded second sock. Sean would really like this pair to be done soon because I told him I wouldn’t knit him another pair until I finished a pair socks for myself. He’s already picked out the yarn and the pattern he would like for his next pair.

Last but not least is my featherweight cardigan that should make for a nice late spring/summer sweater to pull on when there is a slight chill in the air. It’s a straight forward affair and makes for good social knitting. My friend Mel told me about this pattern since she made it for herself and quite enjoys wearing it.

I also made my first butter tarts ever and they turned out delicious. I didn’t have any corn syrup but I did have maple syrup and the maple flavour comes out beautifully. I made 4 largish ones and then a bunch of little ones.