Yarn Along: Frostbite Socks

~ Each week, Knitters and Crocheters around the world join Ginny to share their love of crafting and reading by posting a picture of the project they are currently working on, along with their current read. My contribution is below. ~

Frostbite Socks

Reading: Nicholas and Alexandra by Robert Massie

I'm sure I've mentioned before that I am a Historian by training and that history books dominate my reading a lot of the time. My 'period' at University was the First World War, and Robert Massie's  - about Russia's last Tsar Nicholas II and his wife - touches right upon this. I've mainly been reading this in bed at night and I'm right about halfway through at the moment. As I've read a lot around this period, it's providing quite repetitive for me and isn't quite what I expected. I'd recommend it for an outsider without knowledge of Imperial Russia though! 

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New Beginnings for New Year

Each knitter, I believe,  has a favourite project type - whether it be hats, shawls or something else. It should be pretty clear (understatement much?) by now, that I've got a slight obsession with knitting socks. At any one time, I've got at least two pairs in progress and to be quite honest, it's usually more than that. With a sock knitting addiction, there comes a desire to stash sock yarn in stockpile type fashion. Basically, I have a lot of sock yarn; scraps from completed pairs, mini skeins to make squares for my Mitred Sock Yarn Blanket and full skeins to knit fresh pairs with. I am never going to run out: weak as I am, I also buy more yarn all the time so my supply is quite endless.


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WIP Wednesday: Little & Large

After the madness of knitting a pair of socks from scratch last week, I'm winding down this week by splitting my time over three different projects.

First up is my Chance of Snow cardigan, which has grown quite considerably from my last update. As you can see, I've now finished the body of the garment with just the pockets and sleeves left to work.

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As I'm quite tall, I've also added a considerable amount of extra length to the body so that I can be sure it will reach my hips. Most shop-bought tops/tees run too short. I kept trying it on whilst I was knitting, so I'm certain it's just right. 

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WIP Wednesday: The American Dream

Wow, three days into February already - I only noticed the date today!

Somewhat predictably, I'm already quite behind in my annual reading challenge and have so far only read two books (I'm aiming for 75 this year). Although I'm really cross with myself over this, I can't exactly say I've been feeling myself. My Doctor today confirmed what I've know for weeks; I'm quite severely anaemic, which would explain why I've been feeling generally tired and unwell recently.

In all honesty, I've been muddling along with a bit of a haze over my brain, and after a full days work, I've not been capable of focusing on my usual in-depth tomes of non-fiction. Knitting, however, has been a different matter; I've been doing socks that require very little active thought. 

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Chance of Snow Cardigan

I thought I'd surprise you all today and - shock, horror! - discuss knitting something other than socks. 

This neglected beauty is set to be a cardigan, which I started way back in September. As that turned out to be such a, err, eventful month involving overseas travel and job loss, I put it aside and haven't really touched it again until now.

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WIP Wednesday: Neon Beach Socks

As I mentioned in yesterdays post, I've plunged right back into another sock project and they're quite the contrast to my Holiday Socks!

There's also a bit of a difference this time, in that I've come up with the slipped stitch pattern myself. It's super easy to remember (great car/movie knitting) I look forward to writing it up and sharing that with you at a later date.

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