Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Two Pairs Finished!!!

I've finished my Charade socks for the June KAL!! Yay me! It's a PAIR!

Finished ... washed ... blocked ... DONE

Finished another pair too. They were on the needles for a couple of months, poking along slowly but now DONE! Yarn for these ones is Red Heart Heart and Sole. Don't remember the colourway and the ball band is long gone.

And this is a sneak peak of the yarn I've chosen for the July KAL. Isn't it yummy?? I just love these colours. Can't wait to see how this knits up with the chosen pattern called Little Arrows.

It's Knit Picks Handpainted Stroll Sock Yarn. The colour is "Make Believe". Great name isn't it?

That's all for today.
Happy Knitting!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Knitting in Public

Last Saturday, June 18, The Purple Purl hosted a wonderful KIP (knit in public) day at Leslie Grove Park at the corner of Leslie & Jones, right around the corner from the store. It was an absolutely gorgeous day weatherwise. I didn't count but there were 40 or so people there knitting (and crocheting) away making hats and mittens that will be donated to The Street Knit Project that provides warm winter woolies to homeless people in the city.

The Purple Purl donated some lovely yarn - purple of course! They plied us with pink lemonade and cookies to keep our strength up and had several prize draws. And it didn't stop there. For every completed item that gets turned into the store by July 2, they are giving a 15% discount coupon good for the purchase or any single skein of yarn. An amazing store and amazing people.

I have managed to finish three items: two hats and a pair of mittens.

For the hats I used a pattern - that looks complicated 

but isn't - called Misty Hat, a free pattern from Picnic Knits. The purple one was knit from the yarn donated by the store - Diamond Luxury Collection Fine Merino Superwash Aran (a lovely yarn I will definitely find an excuse to use again!). The blue one was made with some yarn from my stash - KnitPicks Swish DK  Superwash in Delft Blue.

The mittens used up what I had left of purple yarn plus some pea green Patons Classic Wool that I had hanging around. I'm not fond of knitting mittens. The thumb is a pain to knit. And the pattern I used left some things to be desired. But these mittens will keep someone's hands warm next winter so it's all good. :-)

Now back to my June KAL socks. The second sock is half done but was put on the back burner so I could finish these hats and mittens.

Happy Knitting!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sock KAL - June

I recently joined a sock KAL (knit along) on Ravelry. Our first sock is Charade. One sock done, one to go.

The yarn is Lang Jawoll Color, color 132.0301.