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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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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!)

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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. 

CO 48 and join to work in…

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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!

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Have a great weekend everyone!

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