Archive for the ‘Socks’ Category

Caution: this post is heavy with links many from Ravelry and pictures.

It’s time for me to issue an accountability update. It’s been a slightly productive time but I don’t have much to say about it.

1. Ply on the Fly yarn. Someone on Plurk sent me this great tutorial. I’ve never seen this before but knew instantly that this would be the thing for me to master. Amazingly I did. I got 32 yards of Navajo plied yarn on my first try. I will be using this a lot in the future.

40 yards

72 yards

2. 2 Ply yarns. I spun 2 skeins of yarn. 40 yds and 72 yds. That’s 112 yards to add to my  stash dash total. I plan to use these small skeins for a baby blanket that I’ll eventually make. I can see it in my head. Someday it will translate and come out my hands.

3. Large Beaded SMS Shawl. I’m making progress. I’ve been working on this for the last few days. I’m starting to worry that I might run out of yarn. I have 3 plans to deal with a possible shortage.

4.Summer Flies Shawl. This will never run out of yarn. I’ve decided that this project is stuck in the black hole of knitting. The plan is to knit until I run out/low on the main yarn. Then cast on the mini matching skein for the edging. I’ll see how that plan goes.

I cast on a pair of socks and a pair of fingerless mitts so that I have some more travel knitting. That might work out a bit better if I wasn’t always the driver.

I need to get back to work on the GM Tablecloth. That’s my Secret to finishing the Stash Dash. Chart knitting has been difficult lately.

I also need to work on Evenstar. I’m still waiting on my bead order. I think if the ones I chose don’t come soon I’ll have to change plans.

I did finish a cute pair of socks for DGD. I’ll have to get a picture of the socks. (I gave them to her at the party and I didn’t take a picture) OD also asked for a sweater for DGD’s birthday pictures. I have to get her measurements (another thing I forgot to do) so I can start. I have 2 stash yarns that I’m gonna have to choose from soon.

That’s a lot. And it’s not even all of it. I better get back to the knitting.


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These are a project that I started for hubby as an anniversary gift. Our anniversary was in March. originally when I started these I expected to be done on time. Then I realized it was gonna be a little late. Then I figured out that they would actually get done just in time for 80 degree weather.

I was right. But they’re done now. Winter and the cold will return sooner than we want it. And hubby will have a great pair of boot socks to keep him warm this winter.

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When I was in school I hated math till 3rd grade. Then I had a teacher that made it click for me. By 4th grade that was over. I can add, subtract, multiply and divide. I know how to balance a check book (not that I do it). I can estimate how much I’m spending. I actually took a class for my GED that made it make sense. They taught math in Real World ways.We learned perimeter by figuring out how much fence we would need to get for a yard. Area was taught by figuring out how much carpet to buy.

My kids actually had a math class available as a choice that teaches in this style. I personally feel that this course should be a requirement of graduation. If nothing else it puts these things into definitions that make sense in the brain.

This has come back to help me now.


These are my baby basket socks. My first socks for DGD. I made an outline of her feet last week when she was here. They look huge to me, but they fit the outline so hopefully they will fit. Here’s where the math comes in. Since I made this up I have no guide to figure out how many yards I need to add to the 5K. So I weighed the socks.  that’s 36 grams. Then I measured out 10 yards of the leftover yarn. I still have more than enough for another pair of socks.  That’s 2.5 grams.

So now comes the figuring out. If 10 yards of yarn weighs 2.5 grams, and a finished pair of socks made from that yarn weighs 36 grams. How many yards are in the socks? If my math is right, the answer is 144 yards.

That puts my 5K stats so far at 430 yds knit and 72.3 yds spun. Cool.

I can now show you my mystery gift project from last week.

     This was a little something that I just needed to make after hearing Erin say that she didn’t own any beading hooks on her podcast. I think it was in episode 17. Erin has a great podcast. If you haven’t listened to it go check it out. (warning; She is a mommy & her very cute son often makes an appearance)

I have some more updating to do, then it’s back to knitting and spinning. Happy Knitting.

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I’m out of control this week. I have managed to sign up for the Tour De Fleece, and a Mystery Shawl Along. I still have my Summer Mystery Shawl #2 on the needles, The Evenstar Along with Erin and Steve, and my Stash Dash 5K all going. I’m also doing a Quilt A Long, but that will be a little easier since I’m not trying to make the quilt, but a bunch of holiday gifts.

I do have a few purchases on the way. I bought my own birthday gifts this year. What a great way to get what I want. I’m hoping that the mail man/lady has some goodies on the truck for me soon.

I am having a hard time with one thing though. Beading hooks. So far I have broken 2 of these this week. I must be pulling on them too hard or something. I’m just gonna have to order more since the beading bug that has bitten me doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. It better not, I have a ton of half-finished projects with beads.

I better get my butt back to work or I’ll never finish for the Stash Dash. Happy Knitting.

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Theres lots of little things going on here. Caution; This is a photo heavy post. One is just waiting for a fitting. One is waiting for other friends to join it. Some spinning has started. Then there’s just Spring Entertainment. So let’s recap.

 These are some hats that I’m helping a cheer mom with. She’s providing me with the yarn and I’m knitting up the hats. There’s some customization that she will be doing. These 6 hats needed a little extra love knitting.  As with any project trying to match what someone else is doing, getting the gauge/sizing exactly right can be tricky. But I’ve been at this long enough to fix it quickly easily.

 Here’s the tank top that I was finishing for another Cheer mom. It’s first fitting surprised me. I thought that it would be too small but it fit’s beautifully.  Now It’s waiting for a last fitting just to get the straps right.

 This is not just yarn, but yarn that I made. It will be a long time before I get good enough to spin my own yarn for a shawl (that’s the goal). Good thing I bought all that other yarn on sale.

 The socks are plugging along. I’m working on the gussett increases. It’s simple knitting. I took it with me the other day but didn’t get much done. I forgot the rule of how many increases I needed so I put it aside until I could look it up. Now I know the rule but can’t get it back into line for more knitting. I like the idea of this being DH’s anniversary present. There’s just no way it will be done on time. Well, it’s not like it would be the first time I gave a ball of yarn or a half-finished project as a present.

 Simple socks in a self patterning yarn became the project instead. Plain simple socks. Nothing special. Just knit. So I didn’t have to pay much attention to these and was able to watch the cheer competition instead of my knitting.

 I started another shawlette. The Ravelry link is here. The pattern is for a shawl but since I only have 1 small skein of this yarn I’ll just knit till I run low. I have large shawl patterns on the needles galore. Spring is coming and I need a few little pops of color to brighten my mood.

And on the topic of spring. The forces have figured out how to help me to get the windows cleaned. I’m being entertained.

 Kitty has found that she can sit in the office window and watch the squirrels and birds at the feeder. It’s a source of entertainment for me to watch her from my knitting chair. Of course the view I have only makes me realize how many doggie prints are on the windows and doors in the sunroom. So in my own fashion, I’m starting on getting those windows cleaned. 1 at a time. You can’t rush these things. They really are staring to get on my nerves. After months of everything being closed up it’s time to enjoy the unfiltered sunshine.

Back to work on all those little things that are waiting for me. Happy Knitting.

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Since I woke up to this today

I won’t be rushing out to get my work done today. So instead it turns in to this.

There’s a bunch of things in there. A shawl, a few bibs, a couple of pairs of baby socks, and a baby outfit. After a good soak (I’m using a nice smelling shampoo) they’ll hit the towels, if I can find any, and then the blocking boards. Finished pictures will follow later.

After that I need to get going on this

before spring gets here. That top sock needs to be just a schooch bigger than the store-bought one on the bottom. I’m finding this is a good way to measure the desired length without showing the socks to the giftee.

Yes, Schooch is a technical word. It’s in the same category as smidge. Stay warm and enjoy Presidents Day.

Happy Knitting.

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I have warm feet again.


These are my own design, based on the stitch Ostrich Plumes. I found it in my copy of The pattern library, Traditional Knitting.  I used 2.75 mm needles and 60 stitches. I used my favorite toe, did 1 panel on the top of the foot and a basic gusset heel. On the leg I knit 3 panels separated by 3 stitches which I just k1, p1, k1. After 3 repeats I did approx. 1 inch of 3X1 rib and bound off.

Another way to warm the heart (and your lap)

We’re still working on getting Mickey and Brandy to feel comfortable with each other. They play nice in my lap but Brandy won’t yet come downstairs on her own.

The last thing warming my heart this week…

The Warde Mustang Cheerleaders placing First in their competition this weekend. Way To Go Girls. We are very proud of you. Keep up the hard work.

Now back to a WIP. I’m itching to get this one done.

Happy Knitting.

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