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The footie length socks that I made recently are just not working for me. They come off of my foot when I am walking down the hall! I can’t have that, so I am going to take out the bind off row and put them back on the needles to put more ribbing and hopefully tighten them up a little bit. I think I could do a K2tog or an SSK several times to bring the socks in a little bit to make them fit better. The foot itself is great. It fits my foot wonderfully. My problem is only with the leg. I should have knitted at least an inch above the foot before I started the leg and I didn’t do that. So this time when it goes on my needles, I will make it long enough to accommodate all of this. I am going to run an afterthought lifeline before I try to take out the bind off row. I think that will make it easier for me to pick up stitches and get it back on my needles. I will keep ya’ll posted about how they come along. Here is the sock that I am talking about. Can you see how loose the top is? I think I will be able to reduce the amount of stitches up there by 3 or 4 stitches and they will fit more snugly. I welcome anyone’s ideas to do this!











Until next time, have a great week everyone!


Afterthought Lifeline

The Daily Skein

Having ripped back on a number of projects recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about mistakes. Some mistakes are easy to fix, involving just a single stitch or maybe three or four. Or there are the mistakes that require you to rip back rows and rows of knitting. In detailed lace knitting, knitters will thread a lifeline every few rows or every pattern repeat. A lifeline goes through a specific row of stitches so that when you have to rip back, you know which row you’re on and it’s easy to put the stitches back on the needles.

Well, most of us usually don’t put in lifelines as we’re knitting. I sometimes think about it and then am too lazy to do it. So what I end up using is what I call the afterthought lifeline. Like an afterthought heel, it’s put in after the fact to save you from…

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They are finished finally!! They are too big unfortunately. I am gonna wear them anyway! I know where I messed up, which was when I was knitting the foot length. I made it 8 inches before I started the heel because I was going to do the FLK heel, and folks told me to start it when the foot was 2 inches shorter than the total length of my foot. When that didn’t pan out for me I didn’t take the extra 2 inches back to where I normally start my heels at 6 inches. I just kept going. Well the Fleegle heel knits up to about 3-1/2 inches once completed, which made the foot a total of 11-1/2 inches. My foot is 10 inches long from my longest toe to the back of my heel/ankle. Does anyone have a quick fix for this dilemma that doesn’t involve taking it all out and doing the heel and leg all over again? As I said above, I am gonna wear them anyway. I would like it if they fit better.

I used a hand dyed yarn from an independent dyer. Her shop is called Fluffy’s Fibers on Etsy.

I think she did a great job!

Anyway, I did a simple stockinette pattern to let the yarn do its thing with the self-striping that it was designed to do. I did knit the top with a 1-1/2 inch 2 x 2 rib. I am excited to be done with them so that I can wear them! Yay!

Hope you like them!!



Good Morning Readers!

I know it has been a really long time since I posted anything new, and I apologize for that. Life has thrown me some rough curve balls lately, and I am just trying to tread water here, you know keep my head above water to keep from drowning in it. However, I have been knitting as a stress reducer, and I have been working on a new pair of socks. I call them my Rainbow socks, and you will be able to see why when you look at the pictures below. The yarn was hand dyed by a friend of mine in New York, and she dyed the yarn to loosely match Rainbow Dash of the My Little Pony cartoon series. She has 2 small children, and I think they were her inspiration for this yarn. It is a self-striping yarn, and I really like how it is knitting up.

As I type this blog post, I am listening to the latest Adele CD titled 25 in iTunes. I am still sitting on the fence as to whether I like this album or not. I have listened to it multiple times, and it is growing on me, but it is not as good as her 21 album. Maybe it will get that way before she cuts her next album. Perhaps with more airplay on the radio stations across the world. I actually have several CDs loaded into my iTunes this morning, and I have, since starting to type this blog post, listened to Adele, Seal, and now Natalie Cole’s Unforgettable CD. I have several other CDs loaded, but I won’t get to them before I end this blog post. It is really soothing to listen to music and type a blog post, did ya know?

Anyway, on to my socks because that is why I am writing this post after all. I am knitting them 2@AT (2 at a time), toe up, and I am knitting just plain stockinette because of the self-striping aspect of the yarn. If I were to put a pattern in there it would get lost in the self-striping, so I just made them plain stockinette. I am at the part where I do the inch or 2 of ribbing before I bind them off. Speaking of binding off, here is a web site that offers several different types of stretchy bind offs for those that are looking for same.

It is a really neat way to compare how stretchy a particular bind off will be because the web site owner took pictures so that one could make a visual comparison without having to swatch them all to see for themselves. As for my choice, I was seriously considering doing the Elizabeth Zimmerman Sewn Bind Off for this pair of socks instead of Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. It is particularly tedious to me, so I decided to see what other options I have for these toe up socks. I have been advised to watch how tightly I sew the bind off if I choose to use EZ’s bind off, and now I am wondering if I should use it or not. I like the Lacey bind off as well. That looks like it is quite stretchy too. **Sigh** I just don’t know which one I will use. I don’t want to have to take a bind off out and redo it. I am not a fan of redoing anything, and this tends to be my decision maker.. What is the chance that I might have to take the bind off out and redo it? I know that shouldn’t be what motivates me to use one particular bind off over another, but it does. What bind off do you use for toe up socks, dear readers?

Did I mention how much of a pain it is to download pictures from my iPhone to my blog? There has to be an easier way to do this! I guess I should just take a picture with my regular camera and upload it from there.

These have been fun to knit. I really like the way that they have knitted up. I like the colors and how they are presenting as well. The colors just blend together seamlessly. I think I will do more self-striping socks in the future. Although, I will find different colorways to do it with because I don’t think I need another pair of Rainbow socks. Unless I wear a hole in them like I did my last pair of Rainbow socks that I paid someone to make for me. I won’t use Wisdom Poem colorway ever. The socks had holes in them before they were 3 months old even though the woman that made them claimed that the yarn had nylon in it, I seriously doubt that was the case. I have other socks with nylon in them that are still going strong with no holes. I bought 2 pairs from this same woman and both pairs wore holes in them inside of 3 months. I was not a happy camper, especially considering the price that I paid for them. I won’t mention that price here because I feel so stupid for doing it when I could have learned how to make my own socks for just as much or less depending on the cost of the yarn that I purchased. I need a workhorse of a yarn for my socks. My foot strike path appears to wear holes on the ball of my foot right under my big toe, and right at the beginning of my heels. When I went to the Good Feet store and they did a strike path analysis on my feet, I could see why my socks wear the way that they do because that is where I put most of my weight when I walk. I purchased a pair of custom orthotics to put in my shoes, and my strike path changed to all over my foot instead of just right where I said above. The only problem with the orthotics is that I can’t put them in my clogs, so I have to be mindful of when I wear my socks and with what pair of shoes I have on at the time.

I managed to get the above pictures saved from Facebook. So, I am a bit further down the proverbial road than these pictures depict.  I took fresh pictures with my iPhone just now and they are not showing up on my phone. Grrrrrrr.. I have taken the pictures twice now, and neither set is showing up in my pictures on my phone. I have powered my phone off and back on to see if they show up and as of yet they haven’t shown up. I will work on getting my other pictures to show up in my phone so that I can post them here.

I have completed the heels, and I have knitted another 1-1/2 inches above the heel turn before I started the ribbing. I don’t care for my socks to be very long. One reason is I get bored just knitting round and round but the biggest reason is that I have thick ankles and if I make my socks to fit my ankles they fall down when I have them on so that they turn out to be anklets or footie length anyway. So I just make them that length to begin with. They are more comfortable for me to wear when they are that length as well. I will post again when I am done with them so that you can see them in all their glory. They really are pretty if I must say so myself. I like them a lot! Here are the pictures! I finally figured out how to post them here!

Until next time, have a great week everyone!


Here is my finished sock. I made it footie length because I don’t have any handmade socks that are this length. I have the heel to turn and the foot to finish on the other one to match this one. I won’t ever use this heel pattern again as it was very difficult to execute as a 2@AT pattern.

I used Lang JaWoll Aktion superwash yarn, color 132.0215 lot 793 which is 75% wool, 25% polyamide. I love the way this yarn knitted up. I think it is gorgeous!

The heel pattern I used was the heel from my Azurea sock from IW Knits Sockupied Fall 2013 issue because it was designed for people who have thicker ankles and wide feet like I have. For the rest of the sock, I just did a K3 P1 rib for 2-1/2 inches and then a K2 P2 rib at the top for 1 inch. I really like the way this sock turned out.



This is a great blog post about fitting yourself for a bra!

Glenna Knits

Springtime is one of those occasions when we make a broad (if sometimes gradual – hello sub-freezing weather forecast this weekend) transition from one set of clothing to a different set. Such occasions are good excuses to take at least a passing glance at that other part of your wardrobe that you wear literally everyday. Friends, if you are a person who wears a bra on a daily basis, let me encourage you to check up on your bras. Not just the condition they are in (they DO need to function as support garments, after all), but if they are in fact the size you need to be wearing.

(If you’re not a person who wears a bra, then by all means feel free to gleefully skip this post and I’ll be back next time with more project chatter. Please enjoy this procrastination moment on me!)

There are a lot…

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What do y’all think about this endeavor?

Mad Man Knitting

IMG_5671That, of course, would have to be you. Oh, come on, now. Think about it. Look at what you’ve done for me, and what it’s meant. You got me out of homelessness, you fed me, you gave me a career and a life, all wrapped neatly in knitting. But, of course, it goes beyond knitting. It moves into compassion, into hope, into something much deeper than just the hands moving repetitiously to create something.

IMG_5521Much like monks, there is something much deeper and more contemplative to our craft. It isn’t the craft itself, but what the craft can accomplish, not only for the soul, and not only for the individual, but what it can accomplish in human contact, in the courage to be kinder, in the desire to extend to wherever you can a sense of peace and soulful connection. There is a prayer in our stitches, a divine communion…

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Spiral Legwarmers

Lilliputian Stitches

OK, I’ve been making legwarmers as gifts for my daughter’s dance teachers, so I have for you here another legwarmer pattern.  They are worked in the round with a simple spiral lace pattern which wraps up the legs in opposite directions.

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft (Worsted / 10 ply)

Needle: size 8 – 5mm(circular or DPN for your preferred method of working in the round) I used 2 circular needles, but 2 at a time (on 1 circular with Magic Loop or 2 circulars) doesn’t work because of the lace pattern.

Gauge: 5 stitches per inch in stockinette

Sizing:  Average adult woman [infant and child sizes below]

yo: yarn over

k2tog: knit next 2 stitches together

ssk: slip next 2 stitches one at a time as if to knit, Insert the left needle into the fronts of these two stitches and knit them together. 

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How do you get yourself out of a knitting rut like the writer describes below? I have just recently finished up several UFO’s, and now I am looking at starting something new as a reward.. More about that in a later post.

Glenna Knits

If you’ve been knitting for a longer amount of time – long enough that you’ve done enough knitting projects to think of yourself as “A Knitter,” then you may every so often start to find yourself in a rut. You still love knitting, you still look fondly at the yarns on your shelf and the projects you’ve made, but you’re just not feeling as excited about it at this particular moment. You want to push past that feeling and get back to feeling excited about your knitting again.

I think plateaus like this are a normal part of the pursuit of crafty-ness, and they happen to me still after 10+ years of knitting, too. They can also be opportunities to take your skills to another level, to push yourself towards a new aspect of the craft that will make you love it all over again in a new way. Allow…

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I have completed 44 inches of the scarf I am making. I think I may have another 10 inches to go before I bind off! Woo Hoo! I am SO close to being finished! It really is turning out beautifully. I love the stitch definition of the ribbing, how fluffy it is and how lofty, too. Can you see how pretty the ribbing looks? It looks different from any other ribbing that I have done and the weight of the scarf is heavier than a normal scarf. It comes up to my hips now, and it is just beautiful to me. I can’t wait to get it in the mail to Dina. I think she will love it.

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On another note, my stepmom loved her afghan! She was very pleased with my color choices and how it turned out. She said that she was cold all of the time these days so this afghan will get some use for sure! I knew that I was pleased with the way it turned out, but it is very gratifying to know that she loved it too.

How many of you sell your knitted items? How many of you sell your stash? I am about to list some of my stash for sale on eBay. I will keep you posted for the link to my eBay auctions. I really need to sell some of it. It is humongous and it needs to be pared down to something more reasonable. I have so much to sell. I just hope that I can sell it for a reasonable price. So, if you need some yarn wait for my auctions and buy from me.🙂 Thank you!

Hot Pink Yarn for Sale!

Have a great weekend everyone!


My latest project is a…

My latest project is a scarf! I haven’t made a scarf in a long time, mainly because they bore me to tears. In this case, I am making another scarf to match the first one that I made for my former supervisor, Dina. She is married, so I thought it only fitting that I make her partner a scarf that matched hers in every way except color. The first one I made was a periwinkle color, and this one is a beautiful emerald green color. I think the emerald green would go well with Dina’s coloring but it will be totally up to her which one she chooses. Even though I have not seen a picture to know what color would go best with each person, I am sending both to Dina and she can decide which one she wants to use. She gets first dibs.. LOL.. I hope that she likes them as much as I liked doing them for her. I made her first grandchild a baby set when she was born 2 years ago now and Dina just had a fit over it. I love knitting for people who appreciate the effort that it takes to knit anything for any specific person. Dina loved the baby set so much that I thought that she would enjoy having a scarf made for those brutal Chicago winters that they have there. I think she will enjoy using one or both of them..🙂 I can’t wait to finish this one and get them both in the mail to her. She is not expecting either one of them so they will be a total surprise for her! YAY!! Unless of course, she stumbles upon my blog.. Ooops! Here’s hoping that she doesn’t stumble upon my blog. She crochets so hopefully, she won’t be looking at knitting blogs.

I am using Brown Sheep’s Lanaloft in Emerald Green for the second scarf. I used Brown Sheep’s Lanaloft in Periwinkle for the 1st scarf. This yarn is a thick and thin yarn, meaning that in some places it is thick like roving and in others it is tightly wound and thin but strong. It is 100% wool that has been moth proofed, and I have never seen yarn that claims to be moth proofed before, have you? The thick and thin wool makes for an interesting texture in the scarf and it looks quite neat across the rows. I am doing the Easy Mistake Stitch scarf pattern by Purl Bee Soho. Here is the picture of what I have so far:

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The pictures do not do the color any justice. It is such a beautiful emerald green. The green looks like a true emerald ring that you would wear.  Anyway, you can find the pattern here:  Easy Mistake Stitch Scarf

It can be either a feminine scarf or a masculine scarf depending on how long you make it I think. This pattern calls for it to be 8 inches wide x 48 inches long, and given Dina’s height that would be perfect for her to be able to wrap it around her neck once or twice. I may make it longer just because. I guess it will depend on how bored I get with it by the time I reach 48 inches.. I will probably start a pair of socks or some other project to break the monotony of this scarf. (See below.) It took me a while to finish the first scarf because I put it away for a LONG time before I decided to get it back out again and finish it to get it off my needles. I recently finished an afghan for the same reason. They had both been on my needles for over a year, maybe even a year and a half, before I pulled them back out to finish them.  I finished the periwinkle scarf first because that was the closest to being finished, and then I pulled out the afghan to finish it. I finished that last week and posted about it here on my blog. I am seriously considering starting a new pattern, again by PurlBee Soho that is what I call a partial sweater. It has arms, back, and neck but nothing else and it looks like a sweater that you could tie around your neck, pairing it with a buttoned down shirt or another sweater. You have to see the picture to visualize what I am talking about. See it here and get your free pattern too!

Sweater Shawl pattern from PurlBee Soho

Here is 1 picture of the above pattern:


Isn’t that just the coolest thing you have ever seen? It is, IMHO, an ingenious idea! Seriously! The pattern looks like it will be challenging but not so hard that I cannot do it. I haven’t ever done a brioche stitch, so I will learn something new with this pattern as well. I think I could make it without too many problems. My bestie, Therese, tells me that it would be a perfect fit for her! Ya think? She doesn’t get too cold in the NC winters, at least not cold enough to warrant wearing a whole sweater, so she tells me that this would be perfect for her. We shall see if I attempt to make it for her. Time will tell. Of course if I am going to attempt it, I need to get cracking on it cause Christmas is coming up fast! I don’t know that I would get it made by Christmas. I would have to work on it  pretty much nonstop in order to complete it by then. I am such a slow knitter.

I also have to find the right yarn for it in my stash. THAT I think I can do just fine because my stash is huge! I will just have to take a lot of it out to see it all spread out and see what I have to work with. I have so much yarn that I don’t remember it all. Hence the spreading it out to look and see what I have. There really is no rhyme or reason to it, no organization. Just yarn put into those huge Space Saver bags and vacuumed down to remove all the air out so that I could stack the yarn on top of each other in my closet. When I open my closet the yarn comes tumbling out. I have gotten more yarn since I did the Space Saver bags about 2 years ago, and I need to put that yarn in a bag and condense it as well. I won 50 hanks of yarn and a Jordana Paige Quinn bag about a year and a half ago now, and that is sitting on top of all of my other yarn which makes it slide out onto my carpeted floor when I open the closet door. I need to figure out a new system of indexing it all so that I can know what I have at any given time. Any ideas from my reader’s? If so, please post them in the comments! Thank you so much!

Anyway, this is what I am working on and contemplating starting. What are you working on right now? What is in your to-be-completed pile and why haven’t you finished yours yet? I get bored with mine and put them in the pile, but I rarely put where I am when I do that, so I have to read my stitches to find out where to pick up and start again. Note to self: Start pinning a piece of paper to each incomplete project with the row number you are on and the stitch pattern you are using. Maybe you could even pin the actual pattern to the project so that you know where you are and what you are making! Keeping notes is essential if you put things in a to-finish pile!

Until next time, happy knitting!


I finally finished weaving in the ends on my Cromwell Court afghan this afternoon! I am so excited to have it finished and off my needles! It was a long project, and I am glad to be done with it. Now when I go to see my step-mom, Rachael, I can bring it to her and give it to her. I know it is still summertime in NC and hot as Hades, but the winter is coming.. So, she can put it up until then. It is being washed as I type this post.

I used Lion Brand Pound of Love in white, Vanna’s Choice in burgundy and charcoal gray heather. I used about 3/4 of the Pound of Love yarn to do the white sections, and 1 skein each of the burgundy and the charcoal gray heather colorways. I always completed at least 5 repeats of the white before I added another color to it, and I started out with 2 repeats of the burgundy, then 5 of the white, then 3 repeats of the gray, then 5 of the white, etc. I repeated the colors burgundy with 3 repeats the next time, then 4, then 5. When I got to the middle of the afghan, when I was at the halfway mark, I did 18 repeats of the white before I started doing the end of it, and I repeated the color changes like they were in the beginning so that they would match when it was folded. I am quite happy with the end result.

Once again, this is the Cromwell Court afghan and you can get the pattern here:

Cromwell Court Afghan from Lion Brand

Here are the pictures of my finished afghan:

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I hope you enjoy the pictures as much I enjoyed doing this pattern. I don’t know that I will do it again because I just don’t tend to do a pattern more than 1 time. Maybe if I put some distance in between now and the next time I do it, it will feel like a brand new pattern to me. Who knows?

On another thought, I found out this weekend who taught me how to knit! It was my Aunt Katsuko. She taught me how to cast on and off and how to knit and purl when I was 15. My brother, Mike, and I stayed with her and my uncle for 2 weeks in the summer, and she taught me how to knit then. She does a lot of crochet as that is her preference, but I don’t do crochet. She tried to teach me how to crochet, but it just didn’t take with me and it hasn’t yet. I know how to do a chain stitch and a single, double, and triple crochet but I just don’t like doing it. It doesn’t bring me joy like knitting does. Even still, knitting didn’t take until 2010. Since then, I have been going strong knitting and purling my fingers off since Thanksgiving 2010. Oddly enough, another aunt got me back into knitting. That was my aunt Dorcas. She started to show me how to knit and purl and cast on and off, and my muscle memory took off and I have not looked back since. When did you learn to knit and when did it take for you? How old were you?

Until next time,



I am in the home stretch of finishing this afghan for my step-mom, Rachael.  She asked me to make her an afghan and I agreed because it would make her happy and because I love her. It is the Cromwell Court afghan from the Lion Brand web site. I made changes to the colors that I used. I wasn’t a fan of a solid colored afghan. I have 4 colors in this afghan, which are charcoal grey heather, heather forest green, burgundy wine, and snowy white as the background color. I have 12 more 4-row repeats until I am done with this afghan. I will breathe a sigh of relief when I am done cause I want to be knitting socks but I am sticking to finishing this afghan before I reward myself with a new project that I am dying to sink my teeth into. Another pair of toe up socks that fit as nicely as my Azurea socks do. I can’t wait to cast on!! Socks excite me, can you tell? LOL! So do shawls if the pattern is challenging but not overly so. I love this one from Dee on Ravelry:

Elizabeth shawl

This is one beautiful shawl, but then all of Dee’s patterns are beautiful!! Go check her out! On that note, I am signing off for the night!! Good night everyone! Have a great weekend!



Dear Person With Mental Illness,

You are not a monster. You are a valuable, unique, wonderful human being who deserves everything grand that this life has to offer. Come out from the shadows and stand proudly in who you are.

You are not damaged. You are WHOLE, regardless of having a mental illness. I like you the way you are. I wouldn’t change you. I see you differently than you see yourself. I am not afraid of you or your illness… I am amazed by you. I am amazed by your courage, willpower, gifts and talents. I accept you and your worlds of light and darkness.

Some people just have a “neighborhood” in their mind and they never get lost. You have endless terrain to explore and sometimes you take a wrong turn and can’t find your way home. I love your vast landscape and remember… we can make you…

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shawl in progress

another thing that my church knitting group does, besides these blankets, are scrappy prayers shawls. the fun part for me is that they nearly always come out of my stash… so i get to coordinate the colors and throw in odds and ends of everything. this is perfect for working with smallish amounts of handspun etc.  in my opinion, having several textures and kinds of yarn is key. click through the picture to flickr to see what yarns i chose. the other thing about these shawls is they can be passed from person to person and knit on by many, while still looking great.

here’s the how to:

get a pile of yarn. for this one, my pile ranges from bulky to worsted.
choose a needle size. we’re using a 10.5 US (6.5 mm) 24 in. circular. i usually do somewhere from 9-11 US.

set up:
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