Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Monkeying around...

The weather in the UK recently took a turn for the worse ... with the south of England and Wales being hit with more snow than we've seen here for years. Wooly warmth was the order of the day ... and a wonderful opportunity to make a pair of No Purl Monkey socks, a derivation of Cookie's Monkeys.
No Purl Monkeys
by CraftyPancakes
The yarn is 4 ply sock yarn from Needlework's Pleasure and was a wee gem found in my stash...
DD1 has not had them off her feet and reports that they are keep her feet really cosy:o)

We're just back from a brief trip home to Scotland to see my parents. My knitting needles are quaking as a result... Mum has asked for a pair of mittens! I've had a look on Ravelry and think Breathe Deep, by Kirsten Kapur. And what an apt name for a project for my mum, a formerly really skilled knitter. I am breathing deeply... and hoping that I'll do both the pattern and mum justice.

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16 Comments:

Blogger Crafty Cripple said...

I love the socks, I can see them on my feet in the future. I'm sure I have some yarn that will work with the pattern.

I wish you luck with your mother's present, they are always the most tricky because you are desperate to not disappoint, I can imagine it will be even more nerve wracking if your mother used to knit. The pattern is lovely though, and I'm sure they will be well loved, once they are knit.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009  
Blogger Angels & Sparkles said...

Hi Angela,
How is sunny Dunoon?
Your Mum will love the mittens - you are a beautiful knitter so you have nothing to worry about there! The socks are lovely too.
Love
Kelly
x

Tuesday, February 17, 2009  
Blogger Kitty said...

Afternoon Blethers! Those socks are so pretty, no wonder your daughter loves them. Good luck with the mittens. x

Tuesday, February 17, 2009  
Blogger Cycling Knitter said...

Gorgeous socks, love them.
I've tagged you for a photo meme - just Find your 5th photo file folder, then the 5th photo in that file folder.
Then pass the meme to 5 people.
My photo is here:

http://cyclingknitter.blogspot.com/2009/02/ive-been-tagged-fith-photo-meme.html

hope you decide to play. Have a good week, Angie

Wednesday, February 18, 2009  
Blogger Sarah said...

Aww the socks looke lovely and of course the mitts will too :o)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009  
Blogger tandemsandy said...

oh did I miss you coming up here? Oh I am so sorry we could have met up for a wee blether...Let me know next time and would I know your mum?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009  
OpenID alittlefuzzy said...

I saw that you had a good bit of snow - pretty, but not fun to be in! I like your socks, very pretty. I've been thinking of making some Monkeys; maybe I'll have to try the no-purl version.

Thursday, February 19, 2009  
Blogger dreamcatcher said...

Love the socks, I'm sure the mitts will be a hit too :-)

Thursday, February 19, 2009  
Blogger blog-blethers said...

Thank you for your lovely comments about the socks. It's one of those great patterns that seems to produce lush socks no matter the yarn. I'm itching to cast on another pair with another yarn hidden at the bottom of the olde stash... It's a soft yellow/ greyish variegated yarn by Fyberspates. I just can't decide whether to use the Monkey pattern, or go with the No Purl version again? Any thoughts would be welcome!

Fellow Dunoonites... Angels, bless it, Dunoon was as sunny as locals know how! We drove up on the Friday (just dodging the snow) and it rained or was that heavy misty haze that doesn't let you see what a glorious area you're in! Ah, home:o) We went a run down to Toward (I stayed there as a baby and my granny had the old post office for years). What changes! Sad to see some of the other changes though - Woolworth's closed and Book Point having their closing down sale...

The rest of the time was spent with family, catching up. All too soon, time to head back south on the Monday... I did think of pm'ing you on Ravelry TS. Would be lovely to do so if I'm up a bit longer next time?

One of the advantages (the only!) of having 2 such long car journeys in 4 days is that you can get some serious amount of sock knitting done on route;o) Mr Grumpster (OH) nearly has a pair of boring old plain socks done.

PLUS bargain alert! Haviland's do sock wool at a bargainous £3.75 for a 100g ball. I sneaked into the Knit and Sewing Centre quickly to replace dpn's someone had stood on in the car (probably me!) - and found King Cole Zig Zag at what seemed a really good price. It feels softer to the touch than the Opal ranges...

Saturday, February 21, 2009  
Blogger Daisy said...

Love the socks! Must put them on my list to make!

Sunday, February 22, 2009  
Blogger Kendra said...

The socks are lovely, the yarn works beautifully with the pattern.
I love the mittens pattern too, I haven't seen that one before.

Sunday, February 22, 2009  
Blogger gilraen said...

Lovely Monkeys!!! It is still one of my favourite sock patterns :)

Sunday, February 22, 2009  
Blogger Probably Jane said...

Lovely socks - I haven't heard of that yarn before, it's gorgeous.

Saturday, February 28, 2009  
Blogger Kathy said...

Oh those socks are really wonderful. maybe the best I've seen in a long time. I may have to favorite them. Mmmmmm. She's a lucky girl.

Monday, March 02, 2009  
Blogger Kathy said...

Oh those socks are really wonderful. maybe the best I've seen in a long time. I may have to favorite them. Mmmmmm. She's a lucky girl.

Monday, March 02, 2009  
Anonymous Blackdog said...

Hiya Lovely socks & if you've been wondering about the Angel Yarns forum not being up & running, then why not come & join us at the new forum:www.knittingforums.org.uk & all will be revealed

Wednesday, March 04, 2009  

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