Saturday, 23 February 2008


For my first F.O of 2008, Here's the completed pair of socks that I have making for DB over the last couple of months.

Yarn: Trekking XXL by Zitron

Needles 2.5mm DPN

I did enjoy making these as the pattern is easy to remember, ideally I would have made the cuff a little longer, but after reading on ravelry that others had run out of yarn, I only did them for six inches instead of eight, but then the annoying thing was I was left with 18 grams of yarn, so could have probably could have done another inch in the end, but still better to have too much than not enough. The pattern comes in four sizes, I made the Man's large size and they fit well and easy to put on and take off, so DB is really happy, so much so, he has asked for another pair, eh some people are never satisfied are they? lol!

The heel is eye of the partridge and is the first time I have ever done this, I really like the effect this stitch makes, Sorry the photo doesn't show it very well, but you know how difficult dark yarn can be to photograph at times

Talking of F'Os last post I mentioned that I'd finally finished Beth, The good news, after a final wash and a light press, she actually fitted better and is now not quite so snug, so I have been able to wear her a few times, especially during the cold spell of weather we had last weekend, Here's a couple of pictures of me wearing her, as I find it is always better to see them being worn.

Here's a picture of the back view, I am not really pointing at anything of any interest, it was DB's idea of being a super photographer, either that or he's trying to make me look silly lol!

I am rather pleased how she turned out in the end and it was rather nice last weekend to be able to go out in the sunshine without having to wear a coat.

My weight loss goal is going well, slow and steady but I have lost 10lbs since I started, which I am really pleased about and more so the fact that my clothes are starting to feel looser too.

That all my news really, I have started one or two projects but frogged them, as I wasn't pleased with how they were turning out, although I don't feel like I've lost the knitting bug entirely, just can't settle with anything in particular, too many choices I think. but one thing I have learnt over the last few weeks, my knitting gauge is way too tight, no wonder everything coming out too small, On most yarns I've now found I need to go up a needle size, Is it true though that it doesn't matter what size needle you use providing you get the right gauge? I have read that somewhere, but I'm not sure if it would alter the drape of the yarn in any way. Any reassurances on this would be greatly appreciated?

See you next time :)


belaybunny said...

Beth looks great on, perfect for rubbish cold UK weather!! The socks look great too. I've nominated you for an award ;)

Queen of the froggers said...

Well done on the weight loss, in fact I thought you looked slim in Beth, which is great by the way!
I think that you have to go by gauge and change the needle size which shouldn't affect drape unless you are going up or down a lot of needle sizes!

Mandella said...

Congratulations on the socks, no doubt they've been well received. the eye of partridge heel is beautiful, but it makes me think; why partridge in particular?

Well done on the weight loss too. They say slow and steady wins the race.

blog-blethers said...

Grest FO's - the sweater is lovely on and just perfect for our awful weather and like the socks too. I'm on my 1st pair since last March!!!

Well done on the diet success too - slow and sure is definately the best way to do it... though I'm sooo slow at the moment the scales are not notching up any loss:(

Sarah said...

Much cosiness in your household - Beth looks so snuggly and the socks look fab - I'm a big fan of that heel too - and I too wonder why it is called an eye of partridge :o)

Great work on the diet too

Madge said...

Congrats all around! For the weight loss (way to go!), for your snuggly sweater (which looks great and comfy) and for your DB's socks. Love how your Eye of Partridge heel turned out; very handsome heel indeed.

RoxyKnits said...

Wow, so much good news!

Congratulations on Beth, she looks lovely on you ;)

And also on finishing the socks. They're fab, and being asked for another pair is high praise indeed!

And lastly, the weight loss is just excellent. Well done :)

Re the knitting gauge, needle recommendations are just that, it doesn't matter what size YOU use as long as you get the recommended gauge. Might explain why you often need an extra ball too. I've got a brill gauge check doodah, if I forget to email it to you remind me!

Will e you v soon ;)

Aknita said...

What lovely socks :-)

Beth looks lovely too and I am gratified that I am not the only person to refer to a knit as "she" ;)

Well done on the weight loss - I think you look fab :-)

Hawkesley said...

The socks look great. I really like the Eye of Partridge heel too. Beth looks fab on too!