Saturday, July 19, 2014

Distraction!

July 19, 2014

I’ve been having one of those weeks, yarn-wise…

First of all, my stash totals are through the roof.  A friend of mine found yarn in his attic.  Yes, you guessed it—it’s now in a big box in my office.  I still need to go through it and figure out what I’m going to do with it.  It appears to be mainly acrylic, but nice, soft acrylic, so it might be nice for an afghan project I have in mind.  This is in addition to the many other projects I’m working on.

Back to my week of distraction.  I have had an entire week where I keep getting distracted and end up making dumb mistakes with my sock knitting. I’ve been knitting socks for AGES, for heaven’s sake, but this week you’d think I was a rank novice.  First of all, I was watching TV with people the other night and discovered that I’d forgotten to decrease the gusset stitches every other row, like I usually do.  THEN, the other night, we had a new member join the knitting group, and I was so busy chatting with her that I discovered that about an inch down, I’d dropped a stitch.  I picked it back up again, but now the sock is looking sort of odd and tight in that area.  I’m hoping that with a few washings, it will loosen up.  Lastly, I was at my beloved once-a-month knitting group and got distracted…again, I managed to lose track of the decrease rows.

Honestly, what is WRONG with me?  Granted, I’ve had a stressful week trying to work and pack up my belongings to move to a new office building.  DUH…you think that could be it???

In the meantime, I DID promise more steps to the sock process.  We last left off with the heel.  So:

TURNING THE HEEL

Row 1: (RS) Knit to 2 sts past center marker, k2tog, k1, turn. 
Row 2: (WS) Purl to 2 sts past center marker, p2tog, p1, turn. 
Row 3: (RS) Knit to 3 sts past center marker, k2tog, k1, turn. 
Row 4: (WS) Purl to 3 sts past center marker, p2tog, p1, turn. 
Row 5: (RS) Knit to 4 sts past center marker, k2tog, k1, turn. 
Row 6: (WS) Purl to 4 sts past center marker, p2tog, p1, turn. 
Row 7: (RS) Knit to 5 sts past center marker, k2tog, k1, turn. 
Row 8: (WS) Purl to 5 sts past center marker, p2tog, p1, turn. 
 
Continue decreasing like this until the last 2 sts at each end of the needle have been knitted or pulled together, ending in a WS row. 18 stitches left on Needle 1. 


 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Sock Chronicles 2 - Crisis du Jour

I've come to the SAD conclusion that I'm just a knitting crisis junkie. How else can you explain some of the crazy yarn dilemmas I find myself in?

Last night, we went to a wonderful outdoor concert and I, of course, brought my knitting.  Granted, I wasn't going to get a chance to knit, but I tend to tote a knitting bag around with me because - well, I probably need professional help, but let's be creative and say that my nickname should be Linus.  Anyway, we made the mistake of putting an item in my knitting bag that mated disastrously with my sock yarn, the end result being no more heel to my sock, which had been going so well up to that point. 

Now, someone normal would probably have set aside a little time this morning to put the stitches back onto the DPNs before I needed to bring my knitting to a 10:00 a.m. event.  Notice I say NEEDED.  Those of you who are fellow rabid knitters will understand that "wanted" would not have been a suitable substitute in that sentence. I unfortunately left this all to the last minute, when it was going to be quite impossible to fix the sock.  Instead, I rifled through my knitting magazines 15 minutes before I needed to be out the door, and hit upon a lovely cowl.  Do I wear cowls?  No.  Do I know anyone who does?  Of course not; however, with 10 minutes left, I decided this would be a WONDERFUL Christmas present...for someone.  I then ransacked all my yarn stash until I found a hunk of Vanna's Choice yarn (the only yarn I could find on short notice that would work for the pattern), grabbed some #9 needles, and raced out the door. 

This is all sort of a roundabout way to explain why I don't have installment #2 of my basic sock directions done yet.  However, when I finally fix the heel, this is what's next:

Place the next 30 stitches on Needle 1 for the heel flap. 
Distribute the remaining stitches evenly on the two remaining needles (15 on each).
Work the stitches on Needle 1 only (heel flap) as follows:

Row 1: (RS) *sl1, k1, repeat from * across. 
Row 2: (WS) sl 1 stitch, p across.
Repeat rows 1-2 until Heel Flap measures 2 1/2 inches. 
Place st marker at center of the Heel Flap. 

Next week I should have more to show you, plus I'll more than likely have some lame explanation for why I picked yarn for the cowl that's going to necessitate buying MORE yarn for the contrasting colors...




Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sock it to 'em!

I’ve decided it's high time to resurrect the blog again.  I'm not sure why I even stopped, except that life (and continuous crafting) got in the way.  I can't let that continue, though, as I adore writing just as much as I do knitting and crocheting.

My latest knitting venture is to knit a pair of socks. Yes, I know…I've probably knit more socks than anything else.  However, I've never consistently followed one pattern.  I actually knit socks based on several instructions and patterns I've read, because no one pattern is completely comprehensible to me—especially any instructions for turning the heel.  To this end, I've decided to keep track of exactly what I'm doing over the course of knitting the socks I'm currently working on.

So, without further ado, here is my beginning.

I'm one of those people who likes to knit just plain old socks—no cables, no textured stitches, no nothing except ribbing and stockinette.  I find it's easier to have the sock be a true KIP project.  Also, while some may find this boring, I find there is something comforting about knitting stockinette stitch on DPNs.

Yarn: 2 skeins of Alpaca Feet from A Touch of Twist (70% alpaca, 30% nylon, 215 yards). Dye Lot AF7 which is sort of a maroon color.

Needles:  Size 1 DPNs (2.25 mm), Size 3 DPNs (3.25 mm)

1. Using the #3 DPNs, cast on 60 stitches.
2. Spread the stitches over 3 needles and connect, being careful NOT to twist.
3. K1, P1 for 1 round.
4. Switch to the #1 DPNs.
5. K1, P1 in the round, until you have 2" in length.
6. Then switch to ss and continue until you have 7" from the cast-on row.

In subsequent posts, I will update my progress!




Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Yarn Fairies have been active...




A Happy New Year to all!

I'm happy to report that, lately, I seem to be charmed by the Yarn Fairies...

This would not be the same as the Yarn Sirens, who's sole purpose in life seems to be to lead me astray into the LYS and the Great Holy Trinity (Michaels, AC Moore, and Joann's).

To sum it up, PEOPLE KEEP GIVING ME YARN! I'm not sure, Karma-wise, what I've done to deserve this...

The first incident occurred several weeks ago, when a male friend of ours came up to me at an event and said, "Psst! Do you need yarn?" and led me out to his truck. Come to find out, his sister was giving away some Caron One Pounders she didn't want--it was a whole Hefty garbage bag-full.

Then, over Christmas, my sister gave me a Stop & Shop bag full of Patons Shetland Chunky, that she decided she didn't need. Originally, my plan was to take the yarn off her hands and make a sweater with it for her, but quickly realized she seems to prefer a thinner sweater. No sooner did I think this before a good friend contacted me...she had some Cascade 220 she was looking to get rid of. I offered to pay her, but she insisted she just wanted to make room for more stash. I went over to her place and was presented with TWO HUGE BAGS of tons of different types of yarn. The picture is what she gave me.

At this rate, we're going to need to add an addition onto the house...

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Okay, an update to my previous post...hold off on sending shawls!  I found this update on Ravelry:

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Thank you everyone for the generous outpouring of prayer shawls. The report from Kathleen is that they have an overabundance right now, so hold on to any shawls you haven’t sent. If things change and they need more, we will let you know.


Blessings,

Janet & Vicky

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Prayer Shawl for Newtown


I've been working on a shawl for the longest time...

I started this shawl because I just liked the pattern.  It's a simple granny stitch triangular shawl that I thought might be a nice gift for someone.  I just didn't know who that someone was going to be.

Until Newtown.

It's simply unfathomable to me that Newtown, CT is now going to be thought of in the same vein as Columbine--forever.  It's horrifying that something that heinous could strike so close to home.  I can't begin to imagine the profound grief all the parents of lost children are feeling right now, or of the trauma the surviving children must experiencing--not to mention the first responders.

Most of us feel powerless to help, other than to pray.  I know my shawl is a small thing, but I'm hoping it will bring comfort to someone in grief.

The particulars are on my Ravelry page:  http://ravel.me/PBELKNAP/gss

If anyone else wishes to donate a prayer shawl, you can find the particulars at:  http://www.shawlministry.com/

May all affected be blessed.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

I'm happy to report we survived Hurricane Sandy! Our power blinked a few times, but that was it. Such a change from last year, where we all felt like we were living in a war zone. Unfortunately, the southern part of CT didn't fare as well, and my heart goes out to them--especially the families who lost loved ones.

We spent most of Monday watching the news coverage, and may we pause to say here that if I had to see one more TV news correspondent standing hip-deep in flood water (after every official, including the President, told people NOT to do that) I was going to scream. My personal favorite was the guy standing at the edge of a drop-off where, if the wind had blown just right, he could have tumbled down into Long Island sound and probably his death.

And, yes, I did do a certain amount of knitting! I'm busily working on yet another garment (with help from my adorable assistant).