Friday, January 23, 2015

Sock It To Me...


Ever since Christmas I have been bitten by the knitting socks bug.  There are multiple reasons for this.  Buying sock yarn is one of my favorite things.  I love to wear handmade socks!  I have cold feet but not the "I'm afraid to do it kind" but, the " Honey, your feet are like ice tonight."kind.   I also love knitting socks to give other people.  I have been doing them one pair after another so I've go  things rolling now.  You know how it is when you haven't used a knitting pattern for awhile.   Your first attempt is sometimes,ahem, slightly irregular. The second pair is better and so it goes.


My latest completed pair of socks is made of Patons Kroy sock yarn, brown rose.  You might notice that they do not match exactly.  I'm working on embracing that sock concept.  When I finished those, I restrained myself and repaired my daughter's favorite pair of socks.  I finally located the matching yarn. My stash of leftover sock yarn is extensive.  Sock repair is not as much fun as making new ones, but this pair of socks had been around since 2008.  By this time the matching yarn no longer matches  since it has been stored and the socks have been worn and washed many times.  The holes in the heels of the socks were between a quarter and fifty cent piece size.  I knitted a patch and buried all the loose ends inside.  I don't know if they will be comfortable enough to wear.  It's not nice and smooth like a new pair.  I only darn socks for favorites socks belonging to  my favorite people!

The sock on the needles is ready to finish the toe.  The white yarn marks every ten rows at the beginning of each round.  For this pair I do ten rows of K1, P1 ribbing, then 60 rows of stockinette stitch.  The heel turn, heel and gusset are always the same, then I do 50 rows and finish the toe.  This way I know the second sock will be the same as the first.  I expect to start the second sock in this pair tonight.  By the time I finish it, a new project that I have been thinking about will no doubt grab my attention.  The yarn is in transit right now!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

First Finished Knitting 2015


 For some reason this year I am off to a slow start with my knitting. My family has become used to getting yarn wrapped up as a Christmas present for years.  My hands are not a fast as they used to be. Well, my first project might have taken awhile, but I am thrilled with the results.  Made with Kroy sock yarn, these socks are machine wash and dry even though they have the warmth of wool.  The yarn is controlled random (I know that is a contradiction in terms.) so the socks are fraternal twins.  I am not able to give up matching completely so I start at the same color at the cuff. After that the yarn takes over control and what you see is what you get.  This was in my stash of sock yarn purchased when my favorite yarn store in Saratoga NY. closed.  I bought 3 skeins.  This pair of socks took two. I searched online and found another skein . I'm waiting for it to arrive. Soon (I hope) there will be fraternal quadruplets  and Amy and I will have matching non matching socks.  

Saturday, December 6, 2014

My Last Catnip Mouse


For years now I have been drying catnip and making catnip mice at Christmas.  I used to make hundreds of them.  Now my hands rebel when I spend hours knitting.  This is my last catnip mouse for 2014.  Will I make a few next year for those special people and their special cat?  Like Yogi says, "It a'int over till it's over."  Spring will come and so will the catnip, but for now I'm done.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Jack Be Little Pumpkins

I have been making these little woolen pumpkins as gifts for friends since last fall.  I found the pattern online at The Sitting Tree. They were designed by Elizabeth Murphy who provides the pattern for personal use at www.thesittingtree.net.  They are easy to make and add a colorful touch for your fall d├ęcor.

Hope you like them!