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Finished Project: Sock Madness 10 Round 1

This year I’m taking part in Sock Madness for the first time. It is a world-wide speed sock knitting competition, this year it has a 1000+ contestants. The first round is a qualifying round, you had to finish this pair in 2 weeks to be able to take part in the rest of the game. The next rounds, you will be part of a team, and each round the slowest knitters will drop out. The last round goes between the fastest knitter of each team. You only get the pattern when the round starts, and the patterns get more complicated each round as well.

For me, knitting this pair in 2 weeks was already a bit of a push, so I’m expecting I’ll not get very far in the competition. But it’s so much fun! I’m knitting things I would never choose myself that turn out to be lots of fun, I’m learning lots of new techniques and it’s incredibly social too, lots of chatter and helping each other and sharing tips and fun.
Click here for the official Sock Madness group for more information.




Finished Project: Neon Berry Socks

Lace and cable socks in neon berry red sock wool.



Finished Project: Warm Slipper Socks

Winter has arrived in the Netherlands, with lots of snow and freezing temperatures. Until now, winter was just like autumn, not too cold and quite a bit of rain and sad weather. Luckily, I finished my warm slipper socks right in time to prevent cold feet. I don’t really like normal slippers, so knitting up a pair of warm socks with thick yarn and wearing them over my normal thin cotton socks is a great alternative. The yarn is a mix of wool, nylon and acryl, so I’m hoping it is quite durable.


Finished Projects: Two Shawls


A lovely wrap made with a soft merino-cotton blend.


A fluffy scarf with lots of drape made with a silk and alpaca blend.

Finished Projects: Baby Bear Hat and Sock Minders

Lots of people are expecting babies in my surroundings, so I’m rather busy with knitting presents for them. This baby bear hat and sock minders (a contraption that keeps the socks of a baby on, which is apparently a problem – you can buy them under the brand name sock-ons) are for one of them. The hat is made with a 100% cotton yarn, the sock minders are made with a sock yarn (75% wool, 25% polyamide – superwash).


Finished project: cabled baby hat

A cabled baby hat made from simple cotton (so that it can be washed well), as a present for an acquaintance who will be having a baby soon.


Finished Project: Phone Sock

I like some extra protection for my telephone, so I use a phone sock. But the old one was worn completely, so I had to make a new one. I found this nice textured pattern suitable for a bit of yarn I had leftover. I’m curious how long this one will survive.


Finished Project: Spring Festival Shawl

Spring Festival Shawl