The Lazy Knitter – episode 7

Hello everyone!

This weeks episode is a little shorter as my week has revolved around spinning, spinning and more spinning due to Tour the Fleece. Nevertheless I still have an FO to show you and some wips to discuss. One unhappy project gets ripped out! I hope you enjoyed this episode!

Where to find me?

  • Instagram: renee_kies.
  • Ravelry: Alazybeauty.
  • Youtube channel: The Lazy Knitter
  • My designs: Renée Kies

Finished objects

Works in progress (or not)

  • Soleado Mitts: pattern is Soleado mitts by Feathered Whale Knits (paid pattern). I’m using a variety of leftover yarn. Size S. Knit on 2.5 mm (Us 1.5) and 3.0 mm (US 2.5) needles. FROGGED!
  • Fox paws cowl: pattern is fox paws by Xandy Peters (paid pattern). Yarn is Artesano Alpaca Silk 4 ply in Fawn, Robins egg, Violet Blue, and Signal blue. Modified by starting with a provisional cast on. Will finish by grafting ends together to create a cowl. Also only using 4 colors and will keep the same order of colors throughout. Knit on 3.5 mm (US 4).
  • Sneaker socks: own design. Yarn is Wollbutt Calgary in 6072 (green gradient). Knit on 2.25 (US 1) and 2.5 (US 1.5).


  • Mini batts by Dutchwooldiva. Pack of 10 assorted 10 gram mini batts and 6 loose 10 gram mini batts.


Knitting plans

  • Take it easy: my hands and body are tired from spinning so much so I want to take it easy with my knitting.
  • Work on sneaker socks. I would like to finish these before the next episode.
  • Maybe pick up my fox paws?

Tadaa: Not so business casual

Hello Everyone!

Today’s post will be all about one of my recent FO’s, or Finished Objects. I finished my second pair of socks!

Here’s the specs:

Name: Not so business casual socks

Pattern: Business Casual by Tanis Lavallee

Yarn: Strengels Acrylgaren colour 103

Started on: 13-03-2013

Finished on: 22-05-2013

I loved making these socks, although I had bought the yarn on a whim and was a bit unsure about it before. As the socks progressed I ended up loving how the neat pattern cooperated with the bright variegation. making for garishly bright, but totally wearable socks. The pattern was easy, although i had to keep the pattern handy. I tended to make mistakes otherwise. My yarn is rather thick for a sock yarn and so the socks look pretty huge. The cuff is a bit loose (due to the loose cast on asked for in the pattern, would just do a regular cast on next time), but the rest of the sock fits rather snug. Unfortunately the socks look humongous and I’m not really sure why. My feet surely don’t look that massive!? (and neither do my other store bought socks). My first pair of socks has the same problem, so I’m assuming it’s a yarn problem. Both times I used a fatter yarn.

They have been washed once already and they have held up perfectly. They look as new and are a tad softer than before (when they were already pretty soft!)

Time for some pictures!

At the beginning of the project I was worried about not having enough yarn, so I left out one pattern repeat on the leg (they’re long enough as it is, so I’m glad I did! I ended up with two full repeats on the leg). In the end I have a bit left over that can be transformed into hexipuffs! You could already see one in last Friday’s Finished Object Friday.

I love love love these socks and this project has really shown me that i like making socks. So definitely more to come in the future (the yarn is already mine!

Love, Renée