Ski weekend sock knitting

We went skiing this weekend so I took along a ball of sock yarn to start a new sock.  I knit very slowly so this was most of the result of the drives in the car (6 hours each way) and a little bit at the hill, but not much.   I think there was another stripe or two complete by the time we reached home.

 Years ago I made socks using the Universal Toe Up Sock Formula published at knitty.com.  I have a few notes left over from that so I know what size needles would require how many stitches, etc etc.    This particular pair are being knitted on size 0 (2.0mm) bamboo needles, over 72 stitches.  The pattern is one I made up and used in these socks (one of which I made in 2009 and the second I made last year!).  The yarn is DGB Confetti Superwash, but I’ve lost the bal band so don’t know the colour.  I don’t like the colour, actually, but I remember it was more than 50% off and I like that!  It’s just a basic 2×2 rib that changes at every self-striping colour change, after a cuff is knit.  I knit these top down and enjoyed not fiddling with a toe right out of the gate, and it was well suited for knitting in the car while keeping a 2 year old and a 4 year old occupied for 6 hours!

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Easy envelope pillow covers

Yesterday I pulled out some cute kids fabric that I had tucked away and made two envelope pillow covers.  The pillow forms are actually old throw pillow from our living room that weren’t being used anymore.  They were a bit misshapen, but they work.  The envelope isn’t perfect, but I think this has to do with the misshapen, sort of flat pillow forms!  This fabric is super cute, and it’s been in my stash for years.  Rather than wait for the “perfect” project, I decided to just go ahead and use it!

These took about 30 minutes each, from start to finish (maybe less, definitely less if you knew what you were doing!)  The kids love them!