Monday, January 16, 2012


My last FO for 2011 was another Holiday Hooligan, Ivy, this time for Maxime.

Pretty cute huh? A bit of a finicky pain in the arse to knit, and should totally have counted as three FOs since it came with a hat and a scarf, but hey... the important thing is that he's happy with it (you know.. as much as anyone with the attention span of a four year-old can be). Perhaps even more important is the fact that I've pretty much purged the urge to knit toys, and can I get an Amen to that?

The only trouble is that, since finishing Ivy, my knitting has kind of... lulled. I've got a few projects on the go, and even finished a few things (a second Roar hat for Émilie, as well as a neckwarmer/cowl that turned out too big for her...), but... yeah. Nothing was really doing it for me. It was all rather... Meh. Schmeh. Yadayada.

Then one day I was procrastinating browsing on Ravelry (raise your hand if you've got a funny knitting story that starts with those words!), looking into the Solid Socks group... and suddenly I was a woman possessed. I had to knit a pair of socks in the colour of the month (Black, White or Grey) and I had to knit the Mystery Sock (this month's is to catch up on a former Mystery Sock). I mean... I hadn't knit a pair of fun, challenging, pretty socks in, like... weeks!

Pattern is Aphrodite, by Jeannie Cartmel (who, might I add, has some really cute sock patterns!), and the yarn is Springtree Road's Emeline Sock (50% superwash merino, 50% silk) in the Chartreux colourway.

I'm calling them my Peel Me A Grape socks. They're decadent, sophisticated and just plain fabulous, and I'm loving every minute of this project. I mean... just look at them! Oh yeah, that's the stuff right there.

Happy Knitting, Everyone!


kte said...

Hello there! That was a post that made me grin from ear to ear. My mojo's been in a bit of a lull lately - lots I WANT to do, lacking the get up and go to do it.... here's hoping I'll be following your lead. In the meantime - can't wait to see the socks evolve, and the toy is pretty darn cute.

Dawn said...

Awww what a cute little monster! Oh my gosh that sock is gorgeous!

Caroline said...

I love SolidSocks! :)

And what a cute little monster!

Sinéad said...

I have been going through such a knitting fug recently too. Can't decide what to knit! Maybe it's the time of year. Yummy sock yarn does help cheer you up though!

Maryse said...

This Holiday Hooligan is super cute! And the socks! They will be beautiful!

Alrischa said...

Love the teeny hat and scarf with the big fat pompom :)

My sock mojo is low at the moment, too. But I just cast on cuffs to do two sleeves at a time, and I remembered doing socks this way, months ago, and felt a bit of nostalgia.

I don't think I have the attention span for socks that complex atm, but maybe some colorwork ones? I'm tossing up between blue and blue or pink and brown, or about 50 other combos...

Happy sockin'.

Knit and Purl Mama said...

The little monster is adorable! I have no desire to knit toys either. Not my thing.

Those socks are going to be stunning! Love the color. Jeannie is one of my fave sock designers. I think
I have most of her sock designs.

Tim Landry said...

As an occasional visitor I MUST tell you this. I am certainly NOT - and never will be - a knitter. I LOVE your blog - the pictures - what you write - the comments from your friends. Visiting here really makes me smile. THANK YOU

margaux said...

love that lil' monster!! haha! and those are pretty swanky socks lady! love them!

Jennifer said...

*hand waving madly in the air*

After reading your other comments...really? I'm the only other one with a "while browsing on Rav" story? Ha! Deniers.

ps cute monster! (I'd count it as 3 fos...)

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