Friday, July 14, 2017

PAIRfect Socks

I've been knitting... really I have.  I have just not been taking the time to blog about it all very much.  This summer has been busy.  What they say about retirement is true.  "How did I ever get anything done BEFORE I was retired? I feel so busy now. There are just not enough hours in the day!"

We've been hiking and biking a lot.  I enjoy cooking and exercising at home too, and my Etsy shop keeps me busy.  I did finish up this sock several weeks ago and sock #2 is in progress. I am also making good progress on my "Building in Colors" afghan project.  I'll post more about my progress very soon.  Also, I am working on "Trillian" shawl #2.  

I hope you all are having a great summer and finding a little time to knit.

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

PAIRfect Socks #2: In Progress

My last few posts have been about PAIRfect Socks.  As soon as I finished up a cotton pair of PAIRfect Socks, I grabbed a ball of wool blend PAIRfect yarn off the shelf at my local knit shop and cast on right away.  This yarn is fun and yields great results.

The heel looks a bit unusual, doesn't it?  While I was at the knit shop last week, I bumped into a knitter friend named Robbie.  Robbie showed me the socks she was working on and said the heel is a "Strong Heel".  I had heard of that!  It's basically a Fleegle Heel.  I need to do a little more research about this, but I am thinking you use a Fleegle Heel when you knit socks from the toe up and you use a Strong Heel when you knit socks from the cuff down. 

Here is where I found the instructions for the Strong Heel:

I've used the Fleegle Heel before, but in case you missed that, here is some information about the Fleegle Heel:

PAIRfect Socks: Done

I finished up my PAIRfect Socks when I was at the knit shop last week.  I love how they turned out.  These socks were made from one ball of Schachenmayr Regia Pairfect Cotton yarn. I used 2.25 mm Karbonz double pointed needles and I cast on 56 stitches. They fit me really well.  I snapped these photos at the knit shop.

I loved making these socks. Sadly, it appears the cotton version of Regia Pairfect socks has been discontinued, but I did buy a wool version at my knit shop and cast them on right away.  I'll show you those soon. I am nearly done with sock number 1 already.  

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

PAIRfect Socks

PAIRfect Socks

I am making a PAIRfect pair of socks.

Have you seen this special yarn at your local yarn shop?  I found this PAIRfect cotton sock yarn while visiting my mom and dad in Oregon. My local knit shop is now carrying this sort of yarn in a wool blend.  I am wondering if the cotton version has been discontinued. 

This yarn is designed to take the guess work out of making a perfectly matching pair of socks.  The yellow yarn you see is waste yarn.  To begin the socks, you pull the yarn from the center of the ball and you cut away the yellow yarn.  Then you start the cuff.  I cast on 64 stitches using 2.25 mm needles but the socks were way too big for me. I started over with 56 stitches.  The cuff, as you can see, is k2, p2 ribbing. When the yarn changed to blue, then I switched to stockinette stitch for the leg. When the yarn turned to blue again, I began the heel. I took detailed notes about the rows in the heel, the heel turn, and the number of stitches I picked up along the sides of the heel flap.  Right now I am working on the foot and the color has turned blue again.  I just need to keep on knitting until it's time to start the toe based upon the length of my foot. 

The leg portion of this sock is quite a bit longer than I would have ordinarily knit for a sock for myself, but that's okay. I am just following along with the design and concept of this yarn. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Building in Color: Panel #4 in Progress

Building in Color: Panel #4
I just began working on Panel #4 of my "Building in Color" afghan (pattern link HERE). Above you can see a photo of the "right side" of the panel; below you can see a photo of the "wrong side of the panel".  The new skill in this panel is "knit below".  You can see a video of this technique by clicking HERE.  This new skill is not too hard although I kind of like the wrong side of this panel a bit better than the look of the right side of the panel.  I think when I started knitting this panel, my tendency was to try to knit really loosely, kind of like I feel I need to do when there are a lot of slipped stitches in a pattern. I think knitting loosely was making my panel look rather sloppy so I am working on my tension a bit. 

My class on Panel #4 is tomorrow at my local knit shop (The Yarn Shop at Words of Life).  I sure am looking forward to seeing all of my friends at the knit shop; it's been awhile!

Norah's Vintage Afghan: Block #11 Complete

Norah's Vintage Afghan: #11 Complete

Wow!  This was a quick block.  It looks so tricky and complicated but this block was one of the easiest yet.  Most of the rows in this block were simply knit 3, purl 3.  Cable stitches occur on only 8 rows in the entire block if I am not mistaken. The cables themselves are a bit tricky.  The cables are worked over 9 stitches. After you work the first 3 stitches from the cable needle, you do have to move some stitches from the cable needle BACK to the left hand needle and work those stitches,  and THEN you work the last 3 stitches on the cable needle.  Not too hard but just enough to make you feel as if you are all thumbs at times.

The yarn in this block is Berroco Vintage Worsted weight and the colorway is "Smoke".  I am not sure if I am going to start another block right now, or if I will work on some other WIPs.  I have two classes to teach this coming Friday (my "Building Blocks" and my "Building in Color" afghan classes at my local knit shop... the Yarn Shop at Words of Life).  I spent most of today making pillows for my Etsy shop and preparing for Friday's classes. 

Up next, I'll show you my latest Building in Color panel.

Also, if you'd like to see all of my posts about my Norah's Vintage Afghan project, you can see all of those posts by clicking HERE. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Norah's Vintage Afghan: Block #11 in Progress

Norah's Vintage Afghan: Block #11 in Progress

This block is knitting up quickly.  Although this block looks complicated, the block is mostly a repeat of knit 3, purl 3 as you work your way along. Cable stiches are completed on only three rows of the pattern repeat.  Above you can see one pattern repeat (the pattern repeat is 24 rows).  I'll have this block done in a jiffy and will be sure to show it to you when it's all done.

Happy Knitting!