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This will be my 1st blog on here so hoping I get it right, this one is more on knitting but hope to share my quilting as well with you.

I guess it a case of trying to get motivated after Christmas they say January & February are months that you tend not to do things so much.

I done a pair of socks using the Online Emotion lll Range this is the latest range I have which I think  is their latest as well in this range.

The yarn is 50% Merino Wool, 25% Bamboo & 25% Polyamid it a lovely soft yarn which does knit up well.

If I am to be totally honest & give the fore & against on this yarn my only moan is that it don't follow a set colour pattern so trying to match both socks up perfectly you can't but you can see that the same colours ect are used & I do like them.

I use Online range a lot they have several different lines which of course Emotion which they have now at least 3 different lines under Emotion which are Emotion, Emotion ll & lll they also do Irish Colour, Canadian Colour, Wellness & Spot colour some knit up more like a fair-isle which I really like but the Emotion range is the softest range so do really like this range.

I hope to if possible get some orders for socks or at least sell some but since my last orders before Christmas I haven't been lucky enough to get any.

I also done some dishcloths which are Darrell Waltrip cloth which you can find the pattern at



I also have done some facial mittens

I used a variegated yarn just as wanted to try these out could look very nice in some pastel shades but solid/plain colours which would work well with a back scrubber as a nice little gift

Well I hope that you like my first post of the blog & hope to do more

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Comment by Janice Aitkens on January 23, 2011 at 2:20am

Hi Crisy

Thanks for your lovely comments i get my yarn from Germany but may be you can do a search for a outlet that sells yarn it called Online which with the name does make it a little harder but i know that the lady does ship worldwide i get it from ebay here a link to one of her sales which is a new range


here is a link to her eBay shop scroll down for it in English



You see for 800 grms shipping is 14.50 euro worldwide not sure if that would be good or bad for you

well i sure you do some great socks what ever yarn you use & if you wait for us to get our summer you have a nice long summer & autumn yet lol well take care

Hugs Janice

Comment by Crisy on January 23, 2011 at 12:06am
Hey Janice, wow, great start 2 ur 1st Blog, I hope I can get mine up sometime this year.  Ur knitting is just fantastic.  I am looking 4 some of that wool that just knits like ur lovely socks (here in NZ).  Not sure of which pattern 2 use just yet.  As I would like 2 make some 4 our Winter that is on it's way maybe when u lot have finished with it, but @ present we r having a fantastic Summer sorrrrrry.  Yes I have made dishcloths also and the blue wool, I have some of that, it knitted up in2 a lovely little jumper.  Can't wait 2 c all ur great quilts 2.  Yes we need some club rooms ladies hehehe.  Bye 4 now, it will be 20 deg 2night, will have 2 sleep with the fan on.  cya later Crisy
Comment by Janice Aitkens on January 19, 2011 at 12:49am

Thanks All

Cellogirl while i did get a few orders before Christmas i don't seem to be getting any now wish i could, here in the UK they don't seem to sell yet once a person has them they love knitted socks & don't want bought ones.

Yes Betty they are cosy i have a pair of my socks on now well it a very frost morning here so need them

Debbie i will help you if you want like i told Barbi i can do it via e-mail & the treats as much as i would love them at least this way it won't hit the hips lol not that i wouldn't want to me you or anyone one of you

Hugs Janice

Comment by Janice Aitkens on January 19, 2011 at 12:29am

Hi Barbi

If you can do a knit stitch & a purl stitch then you can do these, as i do the rib which is 1x1 then rest is knit i use double pointed needles & that the worst part learning how to use those if you not used them before, once you done a few rows it easier.

You can inbox me then i can send you a easy pattern if you give me your e-mail addy

Hugs janice

Comment by Barbi on January 18, 2011 at 6:42pm
Janice, I was just on YouTube today looking at demonstrations on cable knitting and I was wishing how I knew someone who could help me.  I haven't knitted much but I do understand the difference between knit and purl.  I love your socks!!!  Are those a project that requires circular needles?  See how many questions I have just waiting to be clarified/explained!!!  I'd love to "talk". 
Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on January 18, 2011 at 3:04pm
WOW...You are sooooo talented.  I'm sure if I knitting I'd probably poke my eye out.  As it is now with quilting, I'm forever poking my fingers.  Love your socks....I too wish you lived closer...it would be fun to have a down home friendly knitting class.  You knit and I'll fix the treats. 
Comment by Betty Royce on January 18, 2011 at 12:48pm
Janice! socks are very stylish. I think (from working in high school classes 5yrs ago) wearing 2 different socks indicated (silently) anger of wearer over life in general or primitive way to show dislike of school, system of gov or anger over circumstances of life. For me wearing 2 dif color socks, it was the state of my always unfinished laundry & if I was angry over something, students asked, but it was none of their business. Therefore your socks are unique, without lots of loose ends to work in, very beautiful in colors & a special way to care for feet. Always comfy. Love from Betty
Comment by colorado13 on January 18, 2011 at 11:18am
I have been wanting and wanting to knit socks, but I haven't tried yet except for the cuffs!  I got that far and stopped! these are wonderful. Thanks for the inspiration.
Comment by cellogirl on January 18, 2011 at 11:17am
Great knitted projects, Janice!!  Lovely colors, very useful items, should sell well!! Hope that your weather isn't too beastly-- Greetings from Texas!!
Comment by Janice Aitkens on January 18, 2011 at 9:43am

Thanks Gayle & BillieBee

Can you knit BillieBee if so i could help you do it offlist if you wish

I would have never thought hand knitted socks be something i not only do but love wearing but i do

Thanks again to all the kind comments

Hugs Janice

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