Monday, 31 May 2010

Norwegian krotasokkar, May

Only a couple of ends to weave in, but done in time;-), May turned out to be a rather busy month... Great pattern again. Yarn: my "usual": Silja Superwash, 80%wool/20%nylon, done toe-up, two-at-a-time on 2.5mm circulars.
One change: went down to 66 stitches, worked the full pattern on top of the foot, and had only 30 st. for the sole and heel. Seems to work out fine. I also stopped the mini-cable halfway up the leg...but kept the twisted stitches (ktbl)

Looking forward to June's challenge:-)

May's Krotasokkar

I finished! I didn't think I was going to be able to finish this month. I started test knitting for someone and little Isaiah likes to pull on my needles while I knitting so this month took awhile. I also wanted to try the magic loop method instead of my double pointed needles. (I was afraid I was going to poke Isaiah in the head with them.LOL) I love how the turned out. I am using sock yarn from Annie. Thanks again for an other fun pattern

Thursday, 27 May 2010

May 2010 Norwegian Krotasokkar Complete

Didn't think I was going to complete this pair of socks in time, but.... here they are! Instead of toe up I chose to go top down and kept the pattern only on the ankle. I used Anni's beautiful Bambino (Merino/Bamboo) sock yarn which was this months selection for her sock club. The yarn is a very pretty deep shade of purple.

Norwegian Krotasokkar

Love that we had a toe up pattern this month! I was able to try knitting a flap heel which I prefer. Next time I know I will need start the heel about 1/2 inch sooner.
Thank you for another great pattern! Looking forward to June's sock.

Monday, 24 May 2010

I did not do the April socks. Instead I did a pair of socks from Sockamania 2007 that I had not done (the picture above). I did them in a purple color from KnitPicks.
I finished the May socks yesterday (the picture to the left). I did them a little differently--instead of the left and right twists I did the seed stitch. My twists looked like a mess so I inserted one of my favorite stitches. I knitted it in TOFUtsies yarn in a beautiful light blue. The picture shows the color well. I also had trouble with the 38 stitches vs. 36 stitches. I finally drew up a chart and put the symbols for the slip one and knit one in one square and the yo and psso in the next square. That way it lined up with the row below. I also color coded the sections so I didn't have to keep finding my place.
I was busy crocheting the blue and white rug and the black turtleback jacket in the picture top left during April. I have a few Christmas gifts I need to get done and some sweaters for my family I want to do so I don't know how regular I will be posting the next few months' socks.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

april socks ready and a little explanation needed


Finally completed my april socks and started the new pattern. But I don't get it. I got 18 stitches per needle, on two needles so 36 for the foot but the picture says 38. I guess this has to do with the piece that starts with SP 'slip1, knit1 , yarnover, pass the slipped stitch over knit 1 and yo'. When I do this I finish with 19 stitches on one needle but the next row I just need 18. Can someone describe how to work those last three stitches on the needle.

Spring finally started overhere in the Netherlands.

Hope someone can explain and I'll try some more,

Groetjes, Mirella

Grand Prize

I thought everyone would like to see what I won for the 6 Month Prize Draw. Anni sent the two skeins of of her wonderful hand-dyed yarn--the purple is Bluefaced Leicester and the blue is superwash merino. Aren't they luscious? I wish I'd had the purple in time for the May socks, but I was out of town until just a couple of days ago, when I retrieved them from the post office. Tama added the stitch counter, a set of 6 pretty beaded stitch markers, and 5 little metal "made with love" tags to attach to special handknit gifts. I'd never seen those before, and I love them. Thank you so much, Tama and Anni, not only for the great prizes, but also and especially for the wonderful sock patterns you provide for us Sockamaniacs. I feel like a winner every month when i see the new pattern posted.

Sunday, 16 May 2010


march socks are finally complete!!

april will have to wait while working on may's :)

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

I Won??!!!!

OMG! I am so surprised and excited! With my first sock no less. Since I have recently ordered some sock pair yarn from Twisted Hare Fiber Arts, I decided to choose my prize from Anni. I have chosen some lace yarn in the color Creme de Menthe. Thanks so much!

Monday, 3 May 2010

April Prize Draw Winner

You are the winner of the April Prize Draw.

As the winner of the prize draw you may choose your prize from either Tama's Etsy Shop: The Twisted Hare or Anni's On-Line Shop: YarnAddict & Anni Design.

Once you have made your choice, please e-mail either Anni or Tama and let them know that you have chosen your prize from their shop and which yarn you have chosen. Make sure you include your shipping address.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

A Norwegian Krotasokkar for May

Here it is!  I am sorry that there wasn't a "Sneek Peek" this past month, but I have had a crazy month.  I am just lucky to have it done--stayed up late last night finishing.

I know all of you are saying, "Norwegian socks are multi-colored and almost always have some sort of snowflake pattern incorporated in the design."  Well, in my quest to know all things "socks" I came across a picture of a Norwegian stocking in a museum that was not like any I'd ever seen.  Perfect!!  I thought.  The stocking I saw is originally from Setesdal and the socks were knit in natural white and then if they were for a woman they would be dyed black.  Men wore the white.

The design is a pattern of twisted and traveling stitches, purls, and tiny cable-like stitches.  I designed the sock to be worked toe up, but it can easily be altered and worked cuff down.  

The pattern will be on Google in just a few minutes.
Happy Knitting! 

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Not so patient :-)

I must have checked about 40 times today to see if the new pattern is up.  I think I need a life!

little too late spring fling

I'm almost finished with the spring fling. I also did frog the first sock, which was way too big. Went down to 52 stitches and now they fit well. Wanted to finish them yesterday but it was Koninginnedag (queensday) overhere in the netherlands so I went out partying and buying cheap stuff on the flea markets. Found about 20 dino's for my son. Photo of finished socks will follow in a few days.

Off course I also want to show my newest sock yarn I won in March. I received them very fast so no problems with icelandic vulcanic ash, or maybe they went by boat. Thanks Anni and Tama love the color. I hope I can use this yarn for the May socks.

Groetjes, Mirella