Posts Tagged ‘socks’


The Peasy Scarf is finished!  I really liked the pattern – like I said, it was easy.  I’m just slow.  And I love the result – it looks kinda fancy, don’t you think?  I started this on size 11 straight needles, but… I couldn’t do it.  I’ve been spoiled… so I picked up my KnitPicks Harmony Options set and used my size 17 tips and a circular cable… I can never go back.  Maybe I should start collecting the Harmony straight needles.  What do you think?

Nutkin roll cuff

I have cast on for my Domestic Betty Baker’s Dozen KAL October sock – finally!  The pattern is the ever popular Nutkin – and no, I’m not using Wollmeise.  Sigh… I’m making these for my mom, and she has a wool allergy, so I’m using Kollage Luscious sock yarnin Rusty.  It’s 63% cotton and 37% elastic, so she should have no problem.  I’m hoping the elastic starts to appear, because as of right now, the fabric is pretty non-elastic.  And the yarn is kinda splitty.  But I like the color a lot.

Here’s something funny for you – while I was winding my Kollage yarn and casting on for the socks (using a Harmony Fixed Circular Knitting Needle Recital screen shot - 1998natch!– to do 2 socks at once on Magic Loop), I was also copying old videos to DVD to get rid of the bulky VHS tapes.  I was working on my recital tapes, and I took some pictures of the TV while it was on so I could blog about it on my family blog… but here’s one pose I caught, and I have no idea what I’m doing here.  I look rather Diva-esque, don’t you think?  I can’t tell if that’s supposed to be a Diva pose, or if I’m supposed to be emoting something different…. Anyway – that was 10 years ago, and I’m glad I’m knitting and not singing!  I got butterflies in my stomach just watching the videos!


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Where did it all go?

Forbidden Fleece Sock MonkeyI had so many posts running through my head a while ago, but… they’re gone.  I have no idea what I planned to write about…. I should start some drafts as soon as I get ideas, then I won’t lose them again.

Anyway, Impress Your Kids is going strong.  Sorry about the incoherent postabout the new blog – I am feeling much better now, thankfully.  I’ve been online a lot trying to find new ideas, and when I’m playing online a lot, I tend to… well, let everything else slide.  So now I feel like I’m back into everything…. and here are some yarn pictures to prove it…. 

I mentioned Ravelmpics briefly a while back – what a bust that turned out to be for me.  The point of the Ravelympics was to start and finish a kntting project (or several!) during the time frame of the Olympics.  I was doing well on a pair of socks I was making as a gift – until I tried the socks on.  I was about to start the heel flaps, when I Schaffer Anne - Denim, maybe?thought I should try them on just to see how they were looking.  Well, trying them on for fit would’ve been a better idea, say, about 5 inches before the heel flap.  I couldn’t get those suckers up over my heel.  I even had my sister-in-law try them on – she has smaller feet – but still no luck.  So I threw up my hands in defeat, dropped out of my Ravelympics event, and bagged those socks up.  I need to get some pictures of them for my KAL group, so I’ll post some here too so you can see how promising those socks were going to be. 

Since then, I’ve started 2 more pairs of socks – one pair (Winding Cable Knee Socks) of knee socks(!!!) on 2 circulars, and one pair (Phineas) toe-up on a Magic Loop!  I am a crazy woman!  I’m loving learning the new techniques, and I love the fact that both of these are 2-at-a-time techniques.  No second sock syndrome for me!  The toe-up socks are from the Schaeffer Anne in the picture above (bottom pic).  The knee socks are in a totally yummy, squishy Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock.  MMMM – I cannot believe how nice it is to knit with Lorna’s Laces!  The Forbidden Fleece Sock Money yarn (above top) is destined to be Cookie A‘s Monkey Socks – on magic loop, no less!  I just need to get some gift crocheting done before I cast on for those.  And then I need to figure out when to knit all of these.  The Winding Cable Knee Socks are supposed to take a while (all year for my KAL), but the Monkeys and Phineas are both supposed to be finished in September.  Hmmm.

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Even though I haven’t knit many socks, I definitely have a bad case of second-sock-syndrome.  Heck, I have a bad case of first-sock-syndrome… except for the socks I made for Baby D, I have never finished a sock.  Hmmm….

So I told you I joined a sock KAL, right?  I thought this would give me the push I needed, the encouragement and accountability to actually finish a sock.  It didn’t work with the first sock in June.  Remember?

Well, I bought a book (at KnitPicks’ huge summer book sale) that taught me how to knit 2 socks at ONE TIME.  And I am in love.  I know, I know – I fall in love way with things too often… but this technique is a sock-saver!  And it’s so easy once you get the hang of it!  I even knitted on my sock while watching SYTYCD last night – I only messed up once (and it wasn’t even a big mess up – I just wound up with 3 of the 4 sides of the socks on one needle.  Somehow I figured it out quickly and fixed it during a commercial break!).

Here are some pictures…  I have several more inches done as of now.  These pictures were taken a week ago, and I’ve had several naptimes to work on them since then…

My new needles also make this super-easy.  I am so glad I splurged on this set.  Now I need to get some of the smaller needles so I can keep this up with the fingering weight socks to come.

Does anyone else out there knit socks like this?  I looked into the Magic Loop technique, too, but I really needed something that would let me knit both socks at the same time.  And that isn’t like this.  Extreme knitting?  It gives me a headache just thinking about doing it like that!

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I remembered!

Wow – that really did drive me crazy! I spent the next couple of hours trying to figure out what else I had done new with the Coachella tank top… And then it hit me – it didn’t really have to do with the actual knitting – just the prep for knitting. I had heard that you could dip the plastic wire of the circular needles into hot water and then they wouldn’t curl as much. I did that with the metal size 7s with which I started the piece (Mrs. Johnston would be so proud! I just typed this sentence ending with “with” – but her HS grammar training overpowered me, and I felt guilty, and so I rearranged the sentence so as to not end with “with.” Wait – was that a run-on sentence?). It did work for a while, but they finally returned to their original shape. The bamboo size 9s I’m using right now I did not dip in hot water – I heard that it might swell the wood. So the Coachella is a little ball in the middle of the circular needle’s curl….

Also, I realized I was doing something else new. I’ve never really wound the yarn around my left hand to help control the tension while knitting – but I’ve found that if I wrap the yarn around my pinky and then around my index finger, it really does help! Gosh! and even when purling, I wrap it a couple times around my index finger. I’ve read several knitting books that recommend doing this – and I’d tried it out, too, but I’d always dropped the wrapped yarn, thinking it didn’t help me that much. Now, it’s almost a habit to pick up the yarn like that. Maybe I’m making big strides….

Amanda, the NH Knitting Mama, has designed a really cute candy bag that looks like it will be a fun knit. I think I’m going to start one up, so I can stop stressing about the fact that the Coachella won’t be ready in 2 weeks, and so I can get entered for some swag!!! Check out her site here for more info!

I just heard from my sock-knitting mommy friend, and I think we’re going to knit these socks from Knitty.com. I am so excited!!! They will be my first socks, and I love short socks (whatever you call them – ankle socks? anklets?). I think I want to have them started up so I can knit them while lying on the beach in St. Thomas in 2 weeks. We’ll see if I really want to knit while lying on the beach – at least I’ll be able to knit them while flying down there!

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