Sunday, May 22, 2016

Jerri's Crazy Socks

These socks are affectionately known as "Jerri's Crazy Socks" at my local yarn shop. They ARE really crazy. The construction and shaping are incredibly creative!  Jerri is the instructor at the shop who teaches folks how to work up these socks. 

This sock has been on my needles for probably two months?!?  I am not sure. But since I am focusing on finishing WIPs right now, this is the next project I want to focus on. I finished up sock #1 this weekend. It fits pretty darn well. 

It's hard to describe this pattern but I'll try to break it down. 

There is a right sock and a left sock. The pattern calls for knitting on two circular needles but I am using one 40 inch long circular needle (2.25 mm).  Each sock starts at the big toe and the socks grow on the diagional. When the sock is long enough for the foot, a gusset is formed; it kind of reminds me of how a thumb gusset is created in mittens. Several stitch markers must be used to keep track of the increases for the heel shaping. At one point in the heel shaping, some stitches are placed on double pointed needles and grafted together. The grafted area is at the side of the heel on the outside of the foot. The leg portion is made from a series of short rows. The pattern is like a puzzle with one surprise after another: super creative, somewhat challenging, and so much FUN!

Above and below, you can see the heel gusset being formed. 

Above. The pattern calls for right leaning and left leaning increases which were new skills for me (different from "make 1" increases).  The increases look nice and tidy along the inside of the foot. I love the look!

Above and below:  Yay!  One sock is done. 

I took a class to learn how to make these socks, but the pattern is free on Knitty. Here is the link:

Saturday, May 21, 2016

More Socks for Zach

I am focusing on finishing WIPs and it feels good. This is a pair of socks I started for Zach in August before he took off for college. He just came home over Mother's Day weekend for summer break and I still had not finished these!  

Now they are done. Yippee!

The yarn is Plymouth Diversity. The color  way is Stormy Sky. I took these photos at my knit shop today. The backdrop is the tablecloth on the table where we sit and knit. It's cheerful and bright!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

B & B Socks

B&B Socks

Yay!  It feels good to finish something. I've been working on these socks for about a month and I am glad to have them done so that I can focus on something else.  As always, I have too many projects on the needles.  As you can see from the yarn label, this yarn contains some silver bling-y threads, but you can't really see that in the photos. 

The B&B in this pattern title refer to the basket weave and the braided cable design elements.  The braided cable runs from the cuff to the toes along the front of the leg and the top of the foot.  It was a bit labor intensive and you have to keep track of the rows closely of course, but well worth the effort.  As I was knitting these socks, I kept thinking how my friend Mrs. W would love the colors in this yarn so these socks will be a gift for her.

Now I am focusing my attention on some socks I am making for my baby boy. I started them in August when he was about to leave for college. He is back for the summer after completing his first year of college, so I really need to finish these socks!  They will be done soon.  In the mean time, I will try to not cast on any more new projects. 

Saturday, May 7, 2016


Here's Marilyn (AKA "My Knitting Guru"). She's an amazing knitter.  I am lucky enough to spend quite a bit of time with her at my local yarn shop, The Yarn Shop at Words of Life. 

I've been feeling overwhelmed by my stash of yarn. It felt as if the floor space in my craft room kept getting smaller, like the walls were closing in. I went through all of my yarn a few weeks back and brought some yarn down to the shop to donate. Some of the yarn was worsted weight acrylic yarn and I knew I'd never use it.  Many folks at the shop are knitting for our local Humane Society and I knew some one would grab it for a little cat blanket. 

I also had this yarn called "Nancy" and I've been struggling to find a pattern for it. After several failed attempts and/or false starts, I admitted defeat. 

I offered the yarn to Marilyn and she said she'd love to knit something with it. I saw her about a week later and she had whipped up this great asymmetrical sweater. And doesn't she look just fabulous in it?  I think it really suits her. 

Friday, May 6, 2016

And Done

Ampersand Socks 

I hiked 9 1/2 miles over the past two days. My feet are tired. I put my feet up this afternoon and finished these socks. It does feel good to finish something.

The wavy design adds a little interest to the look of the socks and it is a little more interesting to knit, as compared to plain old Vanilla Socks. 

I changed the pattern to work these up two at a time from the toe up. I used a Fleegle Heel. The socks are not the best fitting pair I have made but I love these squishy warm socks to wear around the house.

The yarn is Bernat Sox Multi in the "camouflage" colorway. The yarn is from my Mom's stash. Thanks, Mom!!!!

Here is the pattern link on Ravelry:

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Nubby Cowl #2

Nubby Möbius Cowl

Here is a recent cowl I made. I actually have made two of these cowls, but haven't taken photos of #1 yet. I am sending this off in the mail today so I snapped some quick photos. Rainy/snowy today so the lighting and photos are not great. 

This is a möbius cowl which means it has  a twist in it. It's a very simple pattern, cast on an ODD number of stitches and join to knit in the round. Normally patterns say "be careful not to twist the stitches when joining in the round", but this pattern instructs you to twist the stitches on purpose to put the twist in the cowl. For this pattern, you just knit 1, purl 1, over and over, which creates seed stitch.  You just need an odd number of stitches for it to work. There is no need to mark the end/beginning of the round because there is no beginning or end in a möbius design.  For this cowl, I cast on 111 stitches on US Size 11 needles. 

This yarn is some hand dyed and hand spun yarn which was gifted to me. My mother-in-law found this beautiful yarn at a Farmers Market in Iowa. 

This last photo looks a bit yellow but I included it to show a close up of the texture. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Entrelac Socks

Entrelac Socks

Oh, somebody stop me. Why did I start another pair of socks?

This is actually my third attempt at entrelac socks.  I decided I wanted to use this great pea green yarn from Knit Picks and I kept pairing the green yarn with scraps of sock yarn. I was never happy with the yarn combination I selected... until now.  I have the first cuff completed as you can see in the photo above.  Boy, oh BOY!  Entrelac is a lot of work.  I am already worried about Second Sock Syndrome for sock #2 in this pair. 

I've recently finished up two Mobius cowls. I just need to take photos.  I'll get to that soon.

Until then... happy knitting!