Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Makeover for 2008 !

It's been 1.5 years since I started my blog & I was getting a little tired of the look, so I had a chat with Michelle (my talented blog designer) & she came up with this! I love my new look as it reflects my love for socks knitting. Thanks Michelle !

I have another FO.....

.... it's a pair of socks for my nephew who is turning 4 at the end of the month. I used my leftover Lorna Laces (Jeans colorway) & with only 44 stitches in the round, the socks were done in 3 days. I knitted the socks toe-up - magic cast on for the toes, short row shaping for the heels & they are done!

I also cast on another pair of socks - it's the Back to Basic pattern from knitty.com (fall 2007). It's a toe-up sock with a unique construction - this is the toe ....

..... the increases are not at the side but in the middle - it does look unique & I did enjoy learning a new technique - now it's just plain knitting for 4.5ins till the gusset increase which will be in the middle of the top foot - I am looking forward to that. I am also using a new yarn - Araucania - a new sock yarn from Chile which is kettle dyed. Just love the color! Did you also notice my new Harmony needles - they are really smooth & nice & they come in a pack of 6 so if you break 1, there's still 5 more !

Another new acquisition is this ....

...... it's a sock tote from ZigZagStitches at etsy. It's lovely & with lots of room for a ball of yarn & the socks in progress.

I feel so spoilt - new look, new yarn, new needles, new tote - what more can I ask for ?

12 comments:

2paw said...

Oh your blog looks lovely, and it does reflect your love of sock knitting perfectly!!! Michelle is very clever!!
Such nice wool and 6 needles is such a bonus!! The colour is delicious and the pattern looks really interestig. I wonder if I can do it top down??
Nice box bag too!!!!!

Roseann said...
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Roseann said...

What a gorgeous makeover for your site! Your socks for your nephew are darling, I love to put extra sock yarn to such good use. I love your new sock yarn! I took a dye workshop today and I wanted to use Turquoise but our instructor said it bled to much so I had to use a color called Sea Breeze instead. That is one beautiful sock yarn.

Rachel said...

Love the new makeover for your site! And love the colors of the completed pair of socks!

tiennieknits said...

Nice socks! Nice new look too!

Sasha said...

I love the new look Ann! It's fabulous and very fitting for your CRAZED and super fast knitting habits!! =D Great new socks too - must have been a very satisfying quick knit :)

sue said...

The new blog looks great. I love the socks for your nephew and the toe on the new sock looks very intriguing. The little tote is so cute too.

del said...

I love all the newness. The redesign is perfect & of course, you've finished another pair of lovely socks.

Rebecca said...

Beautiful blog makeover! I'm going to have to check out that basic sock pattern on Knitty. I really do need to make some socks for my friend's Down Syndrom boy who has perpetually ice cold feet - by posting your picture you have given me a little nudge! Pretty colors, too!

Denise said...

I love your new look :-) I want to knit my 7 yr old some socks with left over sock yarn, but I need an exact pattern - I mean, if I cast on 44 st how do I know how many to pick up for the heel etc? I'm no good at guessing this stuff.
Your sock tote is so cute!

Charles said...

NEW blog is really awesome!
Really cute socks yarn your cute mephew will love this sock!

Also chack out my knitting blog too see what to think ..if have a time! Also leave tyour comment too!

Thanks~

Charles

Carol said...

Look at you! Great way to start the new year with all the new goodies! The new socks are gorgeous, perfectly striped and I love your Monkeys!