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Good morning everybody!
Here is a picture of the sleeves for my Drift cardigan from Berroco. These sleeves seem to have taken me forever to finish! In reality, I have been working on 2 sleeves at the same time, and it has been all stockinette, which is very boring to me. I have been working on them since September 4, 2017, so let’s see.. 21 days today, 3 whole weeks!! I started the back of the cardigan on July 12, 2017, and finished that on September 04, 2017.  The back took me 7 weeks and 5 days to finish.  Once I bound that off and lovingly admired it from every angle, I immediately started on the sleeves.  I am in the home stretch with them, having only 16 more rows before I bind them off to wait patiently with the back of the sweater until I do the 2 fronts at the same time! That will challenge me for sure!  So, I have been working on this sweater now for 10 weeks which equates to 2 months and 2 weeks.  I have to have it done by Christmas, and I am using every available moment to knit on it so that I get it done in time.  My only challenge will be figuring out how to sew all of the pieces together once I am finished with the fronts.  I know that putting the ribbing around the neck and down the fronts of the cardigan will bring it together somewhat, as will sewing the shoulders, but what I cannot figure out is how to do the mattress stitch so that it stays put once I weave the ends in.  Every time I have ever sewed something together that I knitted, (i.e., a shawl that has pockets, an afghan that needed the ends woven in, etc. ) the ends have always come out and they never stay where I put them according to the schematics of everything.  I have looked at countless YouTube videos on weaving in my ends, and I have tried to follow those directions in the aforementioned projects, but alas the ends seem to wiggle themselves out and comes undone every time.  I get so frustrated with that, and I definitely do NOT want this sweater coming apart once I have sewn that pieces together.  I have thought about using a sewing machine to close the sides and arms together, but sewing machine thread doesn’t give, so I think that might be a disaster waiting to happen if I try that.  Can you imagine having to rip the sewing out with a seam ripper without cutting your project?  I shudder at the thought of that!

Maybe I will look for someone locally that can show me how to do the mattress stitch and have it stay in place for the duration.  I am a visiospatial learner, and I learn things by watching and doing what the other person is doing.  Wish me luck finding such a person please!

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Berroco’s Drift pattern here

I have to get back to knitting on the sleeves now.  I have come so far that I can’t stop now.  I am sure that knitter’s who read my blog will understand my sentiment.  Please feel free to comment if you are so inclined.  I thank you for every comment.  They mean a lot to me.

Until next time,

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Good morning!

First, let me start this post with the link to this pattern for those interested in maybe doing it either with me now or later by yourself!

Drift pattern here

Now, let me say that this pattern requires all of your attention but it does become repetitive so you can get in a groove and keep going. I memorized the pattern stitch by the 4th time I went through all 4 rows of it and after that it was a breeze to keep knitting without having to look at the instructions. The good thing about memorization is that you know when you make a mistake. Your hands can tell because you get out of that groove you were in just a few minutes ago! The bad thing is that you will make mistakes and either wind up tinking back, ripping out, or fixing a dropped stitch. Ask me how I know!! I am using lifelines religiously, running them every time the pattern changes dramatically.

This morning I am starting the top part of the back of the cardigan where the sleeves and armholes will eventually be.

While I was working on the bottom part, I realized that I was going to make it longer than 15 inches from the beginning because I hadn’t finished all of the increases to get back up to 106 stitches. So I kept going until I increased back up to 106 stitches and added 2 inches without blocking it to see exactly how long it will be. I imagine when I finish the back, I will be washing it and putting it on my blocking mat and pinning it to follow the schematics, and letting it air dry for a few days. Here’s the link to my blocking mat if you are interested.

Blocking mat here

That’s when I will know the true length of it. I am guessing that it may turn out to be 17-1/2 to 18 inches long. She’s going to be tall so that length will work as she grows up into a beautiful young lady. If she continues with her gymnastics this cardigan may fit her well into her adult hood, which would be really cool!

This is Katie showing her ending pose after she does whatever routine she is going to do. Isn’t she just the cutest gymnast? I will admit that I am biased, just a wee bit! I just love my niece and nephew! I’m so proud of both of them that I could just burst!

Anyway, back to this cardigan. I am doing a double moss stitch right between decreases every right side row 7 times. The thing is the moss stitch pattern tells me that it should be a purl 2 stitches then *k2, p2* across. Well when you k1, K2tog, you throw the stitch pattern off by one stitch. Is it supposed to do that? I am very worried that I’ve done something wrong but if I have I can’t figure out what it is right now. I have ran a lifeline before I started the decreases just in case I have to rip it back to the start of the decreases again. It won’t go further than that because I have another lifeline ran at the beginning of the garter stitch rows that separates the top from the bottom. Everything below that lifeline is perfect without any mistakes, and I intend for the top to be that way too.

Here’s a picture of where I am at right now.

The cardigan has gotten so long that I can’t seem to take a good picture of my project so far. I just took these pictures of the double moss stitch pattern as I have done it.

Does it look right to you? This is my first experience with a sweater with so many different stitches in it. I haven’t ever done the moss stitch before so I don’t know if I am doing it correctly! Please give your feedback below if you managed to get this far in my blog post. I thank you in advance for your help! Well, it’s time for me to go. It’s 6 a.m. on the East Coast, and my darling man will be up soon. Y’all have a wonderful day!

Until next time,

I have cast on to start this cardigan. The Dewberry colorway is beautiful, and it got 5 stars by Katie, my niece. She loved the colorway, and she doesn’t know the colorway will be what her sweater will be knit in. I love surprising her at Christmas!

I am having trouble figuring out the instructions though. I don’t understand what “work even in pattern stitch” means.  I should know what it means, but I am confused with the instructions. If you are reading this blog post, and you know what it means, please comment below. Please help a girl out!

You can find the pattern here:

http://www.berroco.com/sites/default/files/downloads/patterns/Berroco_FreePattern_Drift_v2.pdf

There are several sizes available. I cast on 106 stitches, which is a size small. This sweater will be big on Katie, but it will last her until her mid teens at which time I can either make her another just like it in a larger size or I can make her something else. She can decide at the time it doesn’t fit her any longer.

The pattern stitch is 38 stitches long, and 38 doesn’t evenly go into 106 stitches. I think I need to do the extra stitches and follow the pattern stitch as described continuing with row 3 of the pattern stitch. At least I hope that is what I am supposed to do. I don’t want to have to tink or frog it to start over. Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Until next time, take care!

lindatulips

I wrapped up my swatching today for the pattern that I am going to make for Katie’s Christmas present. For those that want to know the particulars, here they are:

The pattern is called “Drift” by Nora Gaughan through the Berroco website. I included the download in a previous post I believe. Here is the link to the post on KP:

http://www.knittingparadise.com/t-477009-1.html

The yarn suggested was Berroco Vintage in a Dewberry colorway. I found the yarn called for at Little Knits for $6.80 a hank. It retails for $8.50 per hank at Webs. I need 6 hanks. I bought those the other day, and I think they will be delivered this week. 🙂 I am chomping at the bit to get started on this sweater and I hope it goes smoothly throughout the process.

I got gauge with the Vintage in a dark charcoal gray colorway. Someone suggested that I do another 3 swatches in the Dewberry colorway. I can’t say that I will. I will measure WPI and compare to make sure I get the same wraps per inch with both colorways.

For those who are interested in Drift, here are the pictures of same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Good morning everyone!

I am thinking of making this sweater for my niece, Katie.  She is 8 years old, and even though I know this is for an adult woman, I think I could make it for her in an Extra Small and it would fit her for several years to come.  She is growing up so fast!  She is tall for her age, all legs, LOL.. I decided to take my tape measure with me yesterday, May 30, 2017, and measure her chest to see what size would be the best one for her.  I was thinking between an extra small and a small size.  Well, when I got home and plugged her measurements into the pattern, I decided on an extra small size.  Her chest is 22 inches, her hips are 23 inches, and the length from the back of her neck down to her thighs is 22 inches as well. The Extra Small size covers from 28 to 30 inches in the bust.  She doesn’t have a bust yet, but she will, and I want this sweater/poncho to work for her for several years.  I think the extra small will carry her into her early teen years before I need to come up with another pattern to fit her into adult hood.

This is a SweaterBabe.com pattern, #182, and it is called the Noe Valley Sweater, but it looks like a poncho to me.  The sides are open and it is closed with one button on each side.  The premise is that you can put a long sleeve t-shirt on and slip this over your head and wear it on chilly mornings to keep warm.  It is made using Berocco Ultra Alpaca yarn, but I will be substituting another worsted weight acrylic yarn so that her mom can throw this in the washer and dryer without any problem.  If she was older, I would probably use the Alpaca called for, but as she is still a child I think acrylic yarn is a better choice for this sweater.  I will make it with a bright fuchsia pink because that is her favorite color.  The yardage calls for 990 yards for the extra small size, and I have 2 skeins with 876 yards in each skein, so I have plenty of yarn to complete this with.  I just have to get gauge, and I think I can do that with the size 8 needles that the pattern calls for.  This acrylic yarn is a worsted weight yarn, as is the Alpaca, so it should come out right.

I plan to use my Signature fixed circular needles, size 8, to complete this project.  If I have to go down a size, I can use my size 7 or size 9 needles.  I have had several people advise me on how to change the pattern, but I am getting confused with all of the information.  I am not a master knitter, yet..  and I don’t know how to make a project based on stitch and row gauge.  This pattern calls for a stitch gauge of 18 stitches per 4 inches and 24 rows per 4 inches..  That comes out to 4.5 stitches for 1 inch and 6 rows per inch.  It also gives a cable panel gauge in 2 of the cable charts that I have to do in order to meet the gauge called for. Did I mention I don’t like doing swatches?  However, I will do one for this sweater because I want it to work for her and not swallow her whole.  I realize that it will be big on her for at least a year before she starts to grow into it, but her mom wants me to make her items that are bigger rather than that fit her now because she is growing so fast.  Given the open sides, it might even fit her mom!

I am excited to get started on this project, but I will finish my socks first.  Once they are done, I will start the swatching for this pattern.  I have turned the heels on my socks, so it shouldn’t take me too much longer to finish my socks. I don’t make socks that are full length.  I make them about 2-3 inches above where the heel sits and then I bind them off.  I don’t like socks that are too long for me.  My ankles and calves are larger than most, and the socks that fit my foot length don’t fit me in the legs if I make a typical long sock.  For this pair, I will make them longer than I usually do because of the lace pattern being so pretty.  See one of my previous posts about the socks that I am working on.

Anyway, I am going to knit this sweater by the charts, even though this will be a first for me.  The cable panels are very intricate and challenging so I shouldn’t get bored with the pattern because it has so many different cable panels.  At least I hope I don’t get bored!  The front and the back are made exactly the same.  I wish I could do both sides at 1 time like I knit my socks, 2@AT. I don’t think I could pull that off, so I will stick to making the front and the back separate from each other and join the shoulders with a 3-needle bind off. I think that will be a sturdy join and that it will withstand the test of time.  I seem to have trouble with keeping my seams together when I knit something.  I bind off and then hide the tails, but the tails eventually work themselves out again.  I don’t know what I am doing wrong.  I will keep trying until I get it right.  I am determined!  See picture below of the sweater that I am making for her.

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Until next time, take care and have a great week!

lindatulips

 

 

 

Hello everyone!

I am currently working on a pair of socks done toe up and 2 at a time.  I am using Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock yarn, and I think it is a pretty color.  It is taking me a LONG time to finish these socks because I am only working on them catch as catch can, usually for about an hour every other night while I am watching TV. The pattern is called Butterfly Socks and it has a really pretty lace pattern on the instep and stockinette on the bottom of the foot.  I am 4 rows from finishing the heel, and then I have to turn the heel. I am using Fleegle’s Heel on these socks because it is the easiest heel that I have tried to date, and I don’t have to keep looking at the pattern to see where I go from here.  I have 4 more rows to do before I turn the heel, and then it will go pretty fast after that.  The butterfly lace pattern is worked all the way around on the leg part of the pattern, so it will go pretty fast as I have it memorized now.  I never make my socks as long as they are made in the pattern because I don’t like to wear long socks.  I like my socks to fit my foot well and maybe another inch to 2 inches up the leg before I start the ribbing and eventually bind off the socks.  For those who are interested, here is the link to Fleegle’s Heel:

http://fleeglesblog.blogspot.com/2006/11/leegles-toe-up-no-flap-no-hassle-sock.html

Here is the link to the Ravelry page that has the socks (paid pattern) that I am doing on the page:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/butterfly-socks-4

Here is a picture of a pair of them in a fuchsia colorway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They are really going to be beautiful when I am done with them, IF I ever get done with them!  It seems to be taking me forever to get this pair done! Here are the pictures of the socks where I am at right now.  As you can see, I have the foot almost completely done, and once I am done there it won’t take me that long to reach the finish line.  I don’t want to start another pattern before I get these done.  So, back to the knitting I suppose!  I am getting bored with these socks so I need to hurry up and get them off of my needles!  Boredom will get me every time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My next project will be the Central Park Hoodie pattern from the Knitscene magazine, Fall 2006, and updated for larger sizes in the Winter of 2007.  I love hoodies and I have been wanting to make this pattern for a long time now.  I have some Cascade 220 in purple tweed that I am going to use to make the hoodie.  It is a gorgeous colorway with little neps of color all through it.  I will post pictures of my work once I get started and also pictures of the yarn that I will be using as well. See how beautiful this hoodie pattern will be?  The cables are nicely spaced apart, not right on top of each other, and I like that stockinette is between the cable rows instead of reverse stockinette.  I don’t care for that between the cables.  It makes it look like the sweater is on wrong side outwards, to me anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I plan to do the pattern in pieces as the pattern suggests, although I was thinking about doing it all in one piece up to the arms.  The hoodie is picked up from the neck and the sleeves are done from the bottom ribbed cuff to the top.  I know that I will do those 2@AT using the Magic Loop technique so that they both turn out the same.  I just have to figure out what size to make for me as I am losing weight at a fast pace right now and I have put off making this sweater because of that.  I fear that when I decide what size to make it will not fit me when I get done with the sweater.  It will be too big then.  However, I want to have it made by the winter 2017, so I have to get hopping on it.  I am a very slow knitter and it will take me months to complete this sweater.  I am excited to get started though.  It will be the first sweater that I have made for me, and I am pumped about getting it started and then done. 🙂 Maybe it won’t take me months like it did when I first started knitting and I made a sweater for my SIL that didn’t fit her because it was too small. It will fit my niece, Katie, in a couple of years though.  I have thought about remaking the sweater to fit Stefanie, but I just can’t bring myself to pick up the needles and finish the sweater that I started several years ago, but that is another story for another blog post. 🙂

Here is what Cascade Yarns has to say about the yarn:

The classic Cascade 220® is the perfect combination of affordability, quality and versatility that can be used for a wide range of projects. Each hank of this worsted weight 95% pure wool,  5% Donegal Tweed comes with a generous 220 yards. With a nearly unlimited color palette to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect color(s) for your next project!

DETAILS

  • 95% Peruvian Highland Wool, 5% Donegal Tweed
  • Weight: 100 g / 3.5 oz
  • Approx. Yardage: 220 yds / 200 m
  • Knitting Needle Size: US 7 – 8 / 4.5 – 5.0 mm
  • Knitting Gauge: 18 – 20 = 4″ (10 cm)
  • Crochet Hook Size: H / 5.00 mm (I / 5.50 mm, J / 6.00 mm)
  • Crochet Gauge: 14 sc = 4″ (10 cm) (13 sc = 4″ (10 cm), 13 sc = 4″ (10 cm)

Anyway, here is the picture of the yarn:

Don’t you think that the sweater will be beautiful?  I just LOVE the Donegal tweed bits in this yarn.  It just adds something to the yarn that regular yarn doesn’t have.  The only downfall to this yarn is that I will have to handwash it and lay it flat to dry instead of being able to throw it in the washer and dryer.  I may change yarns because of that fact, although I don’t think I will. I bought 14 hanks of this yarn to do this sweater when I was at my largest size, so I need to use the yarn for the purpose I bought it for.  Right?

Until next time, take care!  I will talk to you soon!

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Okay, so I decided that I wanted to knit a pair of socks 2@AT on one 47 inch size 0 needles. I remembered that I had some Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock that looked like this:

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I had no idea that the yarn would be self-striping like this. The 1st picture is the back of the sock. The 3rd picture is the instep with the lace pattern started. It just wasn’t speaking to me. I thought they were vying for attention (meaning the yarn and the pattern together). So I decided to do a reactive lifeline and I put a size 000 needle under the right leg all the way across my work. Then I pulled my needles out and started frogging. When it got down to the needles that I put in there I was SO excited because the reactive lifeline worked! See the first picture above. My excitement quickly turned to frustration because the yarn ends were on the opposite end of each other and there wasn’t anything I could do to get the yarn flowing in the same direction. Just so you know, I was doing 2@AT Magic Loop, and I couldn’t get the socks to line up with the yarn coming off the front needle!

So, I frogged it all and I have since put the yarn in time-out. I will have to wait until I want to do a totally boring pair of stockinette socks that are self-striping. This morning I went to my stash and found another Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in a solid color this time. See the 2nd picture above for a picture of the yarn that I chose for the butterfly socks above. It is the first picture. The pattern was written by Wendy Johnson of the Wendy Knits blog. I think my new yarn will make the pattern pop. What do you think?

Lastly, my niece, Katie, helped me pick this pattern out. She is 8 years old, and she loves pink in any shade! She also loves to watch the butterflies. As a nod to her, I will name these socks my Katie’s butterfly socks! I think it is a very fitting name!

Until next time,

lindatulips

Good morning everyone!

I have recently fell in love with the tubular cast on. I love the edge that it creates and this is for a 1×1 tubular cast on. This video by Very Pink Knits shows us how to do a 2×2 tubular cast on. I hope it helps someone!

Good Morning everyone!

What are your goals in terms of knitting for 2017? I want to learn Fair Isle and Double Knitting. I also want to make more socks as I am wearing the pairs that I made for about a year before I walk a hole in them, so I need new pairs of socks! I want to try my hand at stranded knitting at the very least if not Fair Isle. I have a kit for a hat done with Fair Isle, and I plan to knit that this year. I want to get my stash better organized so that I know what I have in it. So what are your goals in terms of knitting this year?

It has been a long time since I posted on my blog, I know; however, I have been busy trying to get all of my Christmas hand knits done, blocked, washed, wrapped, etc. I finally finished them late last week, with the exception of my aunt’s hat and I am currently working on that. She loves vintage clothing and I found a vintage looking hat that I can knit for her. It is called the Women’s Rosette Cloche. Here is the link to it:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/womens-rosette-cloche.  What do you think? Does it look vintage to you? I am a little worried that it might not fit her head. I casted on 96 stitches as the pattern called for, and I did the 2 inches of 1×1 ribbing before starting the hat in Stockinette. The only difference that I have done is I decided to do it in the round on a 16 inch circular, size 6, because it was originally intended to be knitted flat and then seamed up the back. Seaming would take up even more room and it surely wouldn’t fit  her then. This way it is in the round, I can knit and knit and knit and the outside always matches. The tension looks great, and I am satisfied with the hat. She does have a smaller head than I do so hopefully it will fit her head. Here is the stock photo of the hat. I am using Brown Sheep’s Nature Spun in a stone colorway for her hat because it matches most of the coats that she has. I decided to add a pop of color for the rosette, and I will take a picture of it when I get it to lay right. I think I am going to have to block it and let it dry to be able to make it look like the picture.

Women's Rosette Hat

Women’s Rosette Hat

Here are some of the completed projects that I worked on in these last months. I have been a busy girl making hats for my friends and family.

The colorways that I used for Katie’s scarf and hat were pink and white. I am very pleased with the way both items came out. (See picture.)  The gray and red hat was made for my bestie’s son, Josh. His coat has these colors in it, and the hat matches it perfectly! He was quite pleased with the hat and wore it most of the day when he got it. 🙂 He is a huge NC State Wolfpack fan, and this works with that obsession!

I have the scarf wrapped already, and I will have to take a picture of it when she unwraps it on next Sunday. Snow has preempted our Sunday this week. That is when we are going over to my brother’s house to celebrate Christmas. I can’t wait for them to see what I got them for Christmas. I just can’t wait! I hope that they like it. John, my nephew, is 16 and I am giving him cash for his Christmas present because he has a lot to buy for his old but new to him Chevy Tahoe that he is fixing up to drive. Now, look at how big Katie is getting! She is only 8 years old in this picture, and it was taken a couple of weeks ago. Her mom is wearing the same boots that Katie is and this would have been taken on Christmas Eve I believe.

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Until next time, take care and I hope everyone has a very prosperous 2017!

lindatulips

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!

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Until next time, have a great week everyone!

lindatulips

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.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Fluffysfibers?ref=hdr_shop_menu

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!!

 

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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.

http://www.stitchdiva.com/tutorials/knitting/stretchy-bind-off-comparison

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!

 lindatulips

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.

 

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