Hobby horse from a lonely sock

Our little guy is an outsider. Literally. The more he can be outside, the better. Staying inside drives him crazy. Running outside, that what he wants to do. Most of the time just that little bit faster than his little legs can cary him. Favourite place to run: the woods.

For some kind of reason that my mummy mind doesn’t quite get, running goes better when you have a stick. Not to lean on, to hold onto. The thicker the stick, the better. So sticks are switched for larger ones in between. Now and then a dog walking past can grab hold of it as well, but that’s another story. Sometimes – yet rarely – the perfect stick is found. In that case, that stick has to come home with us. Of course.

So yes, we are the proud owners of a couple of sticks. And sometimes, they do come in handy. To make a hobby horse, for example.

Sokpaardje

Making a hobby horse doesn’t take that much time. This one is made of a lonely, lost sock, a stick that was just as lonely, some yarn, some rope, and some felt. And some stuffing, of course.

Sokpaardje

Its ears and hair are made as described in this pin. Its eyes are felt circles that I sewed on top. The very small nostrils exist of embroidery yarn that’s knotted at the end (and that have already disappeared into the horse. Larger knots next time!).

Sokpaardje

The stick is from the park near our place.

Sokpaardje

Our little guy loves it. He’d love to have a whole riding school. So I think our collection of sticks may grow soon. Fortunately, this house does contain quite a number of lonely socks waiting for a new destination.

Sokpaardje

Hi-Yo Silver! Away!

Sokpaardje

 

What do you do, with those lonely socks?

Knitting season

A couple of weeks ago, Ikea announced that the sofa season was back. Did you see the campaign? I’m so jealous of the stash that girl has…

Ikea - sofaseizoenI guess the sofa is always greener on the other side.

It’s been pretty quiet here, on the knitting and crochet front. I didn’t have to take the train that often anymore, and when I was at home, I was sewing more. So quite some UFO’s were kept lying around, waiting for the knitting frenzy to start again. And so it did. Current status of that all? See below.

Finished

  • Owl socksBreiseizoen / Knitting seasonIf you look carefully, you can really see owls in that pattern.Breiseizoen / Knitting seasonREALLY. (Just settling a domestic dispute here) If you look even closer, you can even see an owl with a lopsided ear.The pattern also says to add beads for eyes. But beads on socks, and then those socks into shoes? No thank you.
  • Kiddie cadet. Pretty sturdy.Breiseizoen / Knitting seasonTo show everyone who’s boss.Breiseizoen / Knitting season

Still on the needles

  • Sheepy time cardigan. Nearly finished.
    Breiseizoen / Knitting seasonBut just not yet.Breiseizoen / Knitting season It’s still a bit large anyway.
  • Slippers. In my head, they looked way cooler, though.Breiseizoen / Knitting seasonBut they do have an antiskid layer.
    Breiseizoen / Knitting seasonI still need to add some elastics, though, since now they fall off.
  • Glittens. For myself.Breiseizoen / Knitting seasonPriority number 1, since it’s getting pretty cold when riding a bike.
  • Saucy convertible. Nearly finished, but the yoke is too large,the shirt is too short, and I’m not ready yet to flog it all and make it work. Retro top Saucy convertible
    It’s been hibernating for quite some time, and it probably will for a while longer.

Bought

A complete set of bamboo dpnsBreiseizoen / Knitting season

My hubby thinks that by now, I must have all existing material at hand.

Breiseizoen / Knitting season

NO. NEVER.

To the needles!

Thundersocks

The second sock is finished! Actually, it has been finished since November, but I haven’t had the time until now to create the third chart.

ThundercatsGuess what character got the honour to go on my left foot…
Lion-oThat’s right, Lion-o!

Thundercats will be really on the move now.

ThundercatsYou can download the pdf here, or you can do it via Ravelry. The choice is yours. The socks are mine. Muahahaha 🙂

Thundercats, ho!

Ah, youth sentiment, I guess I’ll always carry you with me. And now even on my feet. Here’s a little Panthro tribute to go on my right foot.

ThundercatsAnd of course I couldn’t not do the logo.
ThundercatsYou can download both the logo and Panthro charts, or you can find them on Ravelry through the links below.
Thundercats

Next up is the second sock. Any guesses who’ll be honoured on that one?

Logo: 
Panthro: 

Lace of hearts

It’s official now: I’m a sock knitting addict. I love making them, I love wearing them. They seem to fit so much better than the ones you buy in the store! And they are great projects to knit on the train: small, compact and no poking other people with long needles.

To get something of a challenge into the sock knitting, I decided to try and do some lace work. I used the basic Sokbasis pattern I had used before and added the lace pattern from the Falling in love lace pattern.

Lace of hearts

What I liked
I was a bit afraid at first, I didn’t know what to expect. But in fact, lace work is not that hard. You just need to keep your head clear and keep count. And once you have the pattern in your fingers, the repeat gets easier and easier.

What I altered

  • Because I used the Sokbasis pattern, I needed 64 stitches in total, while the lace pattern only called for 62. To solve this problem, I added a knit stitch to the start of the front part and the start of the back part. In hindsight, it would have been better to make it a purl stitch, but the knit stitch looks OK as well.
    Lace of hearts
  • For the cuff, I decided to plain knit 18 rows instead of just binding off when the lace pattern was complete. Now it has a nice curl-down at the edges.
    Lace of hearts
  • To get the curved top of the heart right, the pattern calls for k4tog. This required some practice. It’s also best to knit the previous row not too tight, to make it easier for yourself.
  • The edges of the sock have a cable pattern as well. For the first sock, I sometimes missed the cable twist: I either forgot or twisted it the wrong way. Concentration for lace and cable patterns truely is everything!
    Lace of hearts
Materials used
  • yarn: DROPS fabel uni color pink (102)
  • needles: Bergère de France bamboo dpns size 2.5 (5)
  • cable needle
  • tapestry needle

Falling in love lace pattern:

Sokbasis pattern (Dutch):

How to darn socks

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had this thing with socks. Bright and beautiful with fun cartoon characters on them, you name them and chances are I’ve had them. I particularly remember a pair of yellow Bert and Ernie socks I had as a teenager. They were a present from my best friends’, and I regarded them as my lucky socks. I must have been the only teenager around who was happy getting socks for no matter what occassion. Come to think of it, I must have been the only teenager who was so fervently darning socks!
Unfortunately, the Bert and Ernie socks have long since worn out beyond repair. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t still be spotted wearing pink Powerpuff girls socks.
Last May, during our honeymoon, my husband and I were casually strolling along Pier 39 when we stumbled upon the coolest shop ever: the Shop Market. I know, a pretty lame name, but it had the coolest socks I ever have seen. I just had to stash up! One of the pairs I got there had the muppet Animal on them.

muppet socks

Unfortunately, I managed to get a hole in one of them. Not too big though, so I could easily repair it. And while I was at it, I could just as well darn another pair of warm winter socks (although they’re not cool at all, but in winter time, everything’s allowed to keep those feet warm). But what better reason than this to write a post on darning socks?

What you need:

  • A wool needle. Those are the ones that have a rather large eye and a blunt point.
    wool needle
  • An egg-shaped something. I have a stone egg that does the job just fine. The important thing is that you have something slightly rounded to pull the sock over, to imitate the form of your foot. Mine looks like this:
    egg stone
  • Darning thread. This looks as follows:
    Laine Saint-Pierre

    Most of the time I use this, but a string of wool is just as good.

Darn it!
It’s not that hard to be honest. All you need to do is weave tight.

  1. Turn the sock inside out.
  2. Place the egg-shaped stone – or anything else that’s rounded – in the sock, underneath the hole.
  3. Get your thread through your needle. There’s no need to tie a knot, just leave a tiny bit of string dangling when you start weaving.
  4. Start at the top of the hole. If there are still some threads in the hole, weave through these, like this:
    how to darn socks

    In fact it’s even better to start a bit higher still, in a part that is still good.

  5. Weave down, left to right, right to left, like this:
    how to darn socks

    Now if the cat OK’d it, you’re sure you’re safe 😉

  6. When you have reached the bottom of the hole, or even a bit lower, make a quarter turn.
  7. Sstart weaving in between the treads you’ve just added.
    how to darn socks

    Make sure that you weave tight.

  8. When you’ve reached the end, cut the remaining thread off.
  9. Turn the sock right-side out.
how to darn socks

Tada! Good as new!