The Eternal Socks and more.Posted: October 7, 2016 Filed under: Capes, Dressmaking, Independent Patterns, Knitting, Ravelry, Socks, Style Arc | Tags: Capes, Dressmaking, Knitting, Ravelry, Socks, Style Arc 41 Comments
No. not how long I expect them to last – the time it has taken me to knit these blessed socks.
I used my basic pattern, which is the Lacery sock pattern which was free fom Ravelry, but used the cabled pattern all over the sock from the Little Minx socks, also free from Ravelry. The last time I used the Little Minx pattern I realised it didn’t have increases on the instep but didn’t think it would matter. After using the socks for a while I decided that whilst I liked the cabling they were a bit tight over the foot to put on. Fine once they are on there but a bit of a struggle initially!
I was finished one sock for a good while before I got on with the second as this has been my ‘portable project’ for a while. Socks are great for a project that can move with you and doesn’t take up too much space. A night of insomnia got me back on track and once cast on they were on their way. It wasn’t until I had finished the second sock it still took a while) and was darning in the two loose threads (I love toe-up socks for this detail – only two threads to darn in on one colour socks) I spotted this! Damn! A dropped stitch from while I was working the heel. Fortunately it hadn’t run away when I turned the sock through so I was able to effect a repair whilst muttering and cursing.
I am now happy to report that I have another pair of hand knitted socks for myself, and very comfy they are too. They were knitted in Yarn Gardens sock yarn which had a bit of something called ‘stelina sparkle’ included which makes them a bit twinkly. I know from the last Yarn Garden yarn I knitted that these will have to be washed on their own for a good few times as the dye seems to weep for a number of washes but doesn’t seem to fade – no, I don’t know how either.
Something I hadn’t quite appreciated until I went to put the end of the yarn into the ‘leftovers bag’ was quite how much leftover sock yarn I have generated. I think I may have to knit a ‘two at once’ project and just make mad stripes to use some of this up.
So, any sewing Kim? Not as such. Lots of planning (I seem to spend more time planning my sewing than ever I do making things for me 😦 ), client work being kept steady – or even diminishing which is nice, and piles of PDF patterns printed out ready to get on with.
I stuck the Style Arc Toni pattern together a little while ago and decided that rather than spending the time tracing it from that I would just cut the pieces. Why didn’t I do that before? It is now sitting with the fabric I plan to make it in waiting for its turn. It was head of the list until I saw – Style Arc Nell.
This was love at first sight. I had flirted with the idea of a cape for quite some time but never taken the plunge. This just seemed to be exactly what I needed – and I knew exactly which fabric to make it in. A lovely raspberry fabric that had been lurking for some time. Oh, but would I end up looking a bit ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ (even though there is no hood other than me). Re think. A lovely textured grey wool sprung to mind – even longer in the stash than the raspberry. Perfect. Except there is only 1.5m and the pattern says 2. Pants. I really liked the idea of this in the grey so I spent this afternoon sticking the pattern together before cutting it out and placing (breath held the whole time) on the ‘too small’ piece of grey fabric. It fits. Just. Two pieces are a fraction off grain which I would usually not tolerate but this time needs must.
The piece turned out to be only 145cm long and I think that had it been the full 1.5m I could possibly have managed to cut this on grain – sadly I will have to find something else to make the pockets from (or go without , but I can’t see that happening!) as the pocket pieces wont fit. Hopefully I will get this cut out and overlocked over the weekend. The fabric is so loosely woven that if I don’t protect the edges I am going to have fraying beyond the not very generous seam allowances.
Back with progress soon.I hope.
I had no luck with the ‘Toni’ it just doesn’t work on me…a pity, because it’s lovely. That cape looks fun, I’m sure I could justify needing one of those! Yep, the only thing wrong with StyleArc is the skimpy seam allowances, I always forget to increase them
I don’t have enough fabric to increase them 😨
Wow! I love the cape! I’ve just headed over to Styl Arc for a bit more of a looksy. It’s like a gilet with arm guards! It looks less restrictive than the Woodland Cape I made last year. I daren’t put it on my to-do list but it is very swoon worthy, looking forward to seeing yours. I can’t comment on the socks, I’ve not plucked up courage to start any never mind finish 🙂
I’m really quite enthused about this cape. Hopefully that will translate into a quickly made garment.
The cape is so stylish!
I’d wash those socks with all my whites to dye them that lovely colour!! And sparkle too. Just what you need for winter!
Warm too 😉
I love knitting socks and once I’ve finished the lacey baby blanket I’m making for a pal’s fiestate grandchild I’ll start some. I have always had a yearning for a Cape but fear I may look like a district nurse…what the heck…who cares?!
Oh no! District nurse. Aaaargh😱
I’ve heard from so many that the first sock is knotted quickly, but the second can take forever…or never! So the way I see you, you made it past the never stage, so you’re doing better than many 😊
I am in awe of anyone who can knit socks…just getting the first one done and then finding time to whip up the second one…OH MY! It looks like you could combine 2 similar fabrics for that cape and using the same binding throughout, just make it look like you planned it that way. It has such lovely lines!
Socks are great as a portable project. And I find knitting relaxing.
The cape is quite exciting. I really hope I like wearing it 😃
Love your socks Kim, I have failed at socks so will have to just admire from afar!
Had a look at that Toni dress, it may be just the thing for a trip to hot and sticky Darwin in November.
I glue pdf’s together – do you? They’re easier to manipulate and if you prefer not to trace, much easier to use, straight outta the printer – kind of 😉 I found the cape I made a bit theatrical for my tastes – weathered Scott tartan, so not exactly bright as fabrics go. Or maybe it was the very tight choking neckline/collar???
Why hadn’t I thought of using glue? Thanks!
Toni would be great in a fine fabric for warm conditions – not really something I have to consider here. I will probably layer over a light polo. I’ll confess to being a lot concerned about the cape but I’ve sat on . The fence so long I just have to try it.
I do NOT knit! I am always amazed by people who can. Mine is a mix of adding on and dropping stitches at the same time or alternating or whatever it is that I do to make such a mess of it. Your socks are lovely and I am GREEN with envy! Good luck with you cape plans!
Well you saw that even pretty experienced knitters foul up sometimes!
The cape is going to be started today – after an hour of hard labour in the garden 😦
Thank you! The cape sewing is your reward for gardening then! On Sunday, my sewing will be my reward for boring housecleaning.
Lovely socks – just in time for the change in the weather. After I knit my first pair of (chunkyish) socks I knew, especially if I wanted to use finer wool, I would suffer from ‘second sock syndrome’ – completely painless but a depressing waste of yarn and effort. However, there is a cure so my next two pairs were knitted two at a time. Your bag of leftovers would make an impressive stripy pair..
I have made one pair ‘together’ and found it hard going. It’s the only way to guarantee a matching pair with scrap though!
Pure envy that you can knit socks at all, doesn’t matter how long it takes. It must so satisfying.
Elegant cape pattern – one side grey/one side raspberry?
Cruella de Ville style? You are making me consider interesting linings now. Thanks Ruth 😉
Oh, I like your cape. Love the idea of grey but you don’t have enough to compete so could it have raspberry hints, maybe the pockets, or binding? You have the pieces cut out so not colour blocking per se.
I can knit but haven’t done so for a while. I’ve made gloves but not socks. Stripey socks sound fun.
I am willing to tolerate the ‘off grain’ pieces to be able to just squeak this out. There will be just threads left!
It’s actually nice when you have only just enough fabric, and no waste. What about using leather binding on the pockets. And I love the socks. I want to experiment with them eventually, and like Sew2Pro I love the colour.
Another few cm’s would have been perfect but I have to manage with what is there. Leather might be nice but I think I’m going to keep this version pretty plain just to see how I get on.
Thanks for the sock comment. They really are a nice project when nothing else is appealing – and always useful!
How have I never noticed the Nell cape before? It’s a classic style. And so nice not to have leftover fabric.
It’s a recently introduced pattern so it might be easy to have missed. I agree it’s always good to use all the fabric available 😃
I adore the socks, but that cape! I can’t wait to see your version – with or without pockets!
It does look pretty special. I really hope I like it as much as I think I will.
OMG, I love both those patterns! That cape! I have a couple of fabrics that I want to combine in a project–a black wool jacquard that is as posh as all,get-out, and a black plain wool-cashmere blend. Needless to say, I have been aging these for some time, because they need something worthy. That cape just might be it.
And yay for hand-knit socks! I wonder what people do who have arthritis in their feet and don’t knit?
Nothing like well matured fabric 😉
Hand knitted socks are wonderful. They are a real treat to wear.
I am forever dropping stitches when I’m knitting socks. Usually because I’m paying absolutely no notice whatsoever to what I’m doing 😉 Yours are very beautiful. I stick to plain vanilla socks and let the yarn do the work.
That cape pattern is lovely. I’m missing sewing very much at the moment. It will be worth it though when I get my sewing room so can’t grumble too much!
I usually notice a bit earlier than this but no harm done.
It’s definitely getting to cape weather – the heating turned itself on this morning!
I’m hopeless at noticing, but very good at picking the wretched things up! 😉 We have the heating on too. Loooooooove autumn.
I’ve been thinking about a cape for ages now. I think it’s the question of what fabric to use that keeps stopping me.
Always a puzzle.
Have only recently found your blog and it’s brilliant ! It always makes me smile and has made me dust off the sewing machine and over locker and draw out the pattern for the fisherman’s smock, I even have the material, as have decided to make 6 all different as Christmas presents this year ! Also, love the socks ! Reminded me that I have huge bag of dk and sock pattern for same, maybe more Christmas presents ! Thanks for the inspiration, you’ve made me want to sew again!
Brilliant! You are going to be very busy before Christmas though 😱.
Thanks for the nice comments about the blog. It’s good to know that my waffling could possibly inspire someone to action.
It has, I have always sewn, my aunt was a tailoress and taught me from about 12 years of age, if the seams were not exact, it was taken apart and redone! I have made wedding dresses for friends over the years and patchwork quilts too. But, my 13year old son was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue syndrome in November of last year and life has revolved around his and my younger sons needs since then, luckily I am self employed and work from home. I hadn’t touched my sewing machine since January of this year. Finding your blog, back in July made me laugh and I looked for your new postings, your enjoyment and humourous writing made me want to have a go again, and fisherman’s smock mark 1 is nearly done ! Ps I love the jumper with the buttons too ! And I also have fabric bought 30 years ago!
Aw, I’m embarrassed now 😄. It’s good to know that I can make you smile in what must be difficult times. Keep sewing, take the compliments, and never point out any flaws – no-one else notices unless you say !