Ed’s Perfect Fit Socks

Not long ago, having hit a knitting brick wall, and not knowing what I wanted to do next,  I told my sister to send me measurements for her husband’s foot so that I could make a pair of socks for him.  He’s big on outdoorsy stuff, bow hunts, makes maple syrup, farms, etc.  A pair of wool socks would be a good choice.  However, sister hasn’t sent me the measurements yet — have you sister? ;)

Anyway, after some thought I decided Sweet Baboo could use a pair.  Off to Woolworks, found some fabulous yum yum yarn called Malabrigo which is pure Merino wool and superwash to boot.  I knit socks with two circular needles rather than 3 or 4 or 5 or whatever is needed for double points.  What’s nice about that is that you can stretch the sock in progress over the foot of the intended recipient.  I must have asked him to try the first one on 43 times.  Good natured as he is, there was no complaint.  He’s been down this road before and knows what he’ll get at the end.

There is nothing like being able to measure and re-measure a foot during knitting.  The fit is fabulous and if there’s any tightness or looseness anywhere,  it’s not a hardship to frog a few rows back and knit it correctly, rather than finding out at the end that there’s a problem.  These are like a second skin for him, plus the yarn is so smooth and itch-free. The colors aren’t even close, but he’s happy!

This pattern is a mishmash of several that I have, but mostly starts with Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles by Cat Bordhi.  Love her pattern, just kind of improved on it for these socks.  Plans are to add the pattern here.

Some people drink, I knit…..

Pretty yarn,  isn’t it?  Thursday was a day from hell.  This is my version of a middle of the week margarita.  After feeling like I had been beaten up at work,  I had stopped at my LYS, Woolworks on my way home on Thursday and picked up a couple hanks of Malabrigo Rios.  Believe it or not, they are from the same dye lot (sort of)  but Jen & I unwound all the hanks and chose two that were somewhat close, without any lime highlights.  Aesthetically, I’m really the only one that cares about how close the shades are. This will be socks for Sweet Baboo, and he wouldn’t care if one sock was blue and one was orange.

Next was picking a pattern that would be different from the one that I’ve been making socks from for a couple of years now.  I love the pattern from Cat Bordhi (Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles, the very first pattern in the book, just a basic crew sock) but I thought I’d look for something else.  Well, that something else turned into a huge search (incredible how many patterns there are out there) but I didn’t want anything too complicated.  Then I found this pattern Quick Knit Socks and it was a free pattern — two of my very favorite things!!  Check out Chris’ site, Chris Knits in Niagara — lots of really cool knitting patterns.

Anyway —  I don’t do dpn’s, so I’ll do a little shuck and jive with the pattern so that I can use my two circular needles.  Nothing like creating something to clear out the cobwebs and drive away the poor little me’s!!!

Flap Cap for Jillie

Cute as a bug’s ear and takes practically no time to finish.  This pattern is The Little Flap Cap #109 and can be purchased here at Cabin Fever.  They have lots of patterns here, including an adult version of this one, which is a baby size.   I used Patons Shetland Chunky Tweed Medium Blue and size 7 needles.  And I actually swatched it so that I knew the gauge was correct!!!

Just a side note — if you linked through to this post hoping to find the pattern — sorry!!  This pattern costs $5.00 through Cabin Fever, so I can’t write out the instructions.  At the time I bought the pattern, there weren’t many flap cap patterns (like none!!) floating around the internet.  Since then, there have been a lot of very similar patterns listed on Ravelry, if you’d like to take a hop over there and look around.

GrandDolly Slippers

ARGH!!!!  I am having technical difficulties with my camera — the images are totally subpar, but I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong.

Anyway, two pairs of slippers down, and a few more to go.  One pair definitely for daughter and one pair definitely for the GrandLad –

These are for GrandDolly #1.  I can’t seem to get a crisp pic out of my camera, so this will have to do.   They really look cute on her — I had a picture of that too, but it was even worse than this one. :(

This one is just a little bit better.  I made them from my original pattern (click here) but with larger needles — a lot larger, size 10.5.  She hates anything even remotely itchy.  These are nice and soft for her, but I’m sure that they will wear out sooner.

These are for GrandDolly #2 — note the square toes!!!  I made them a little bit tighter than #1′s, because #2 is an avid barefooter.  Hopefully, these will be harder for her to get off.  I kind of combined several different patterns that I have and kitchenered off the toes so that they would be more square.  #2′s feet are VERY square — I guess most babies feet are.



Pretty yellow kimono sweater for GrandDolly

This would be a great project for a beginner — it’s knitted all in one piece, starting at the lower edge back, up over the shoulders and down the front, leaving just side seams and under the arms to be sewn up.  I learned a new technique for sewing up the side seams called a mattress stitch. (Check out this video for the how-to.  It’s about 2/3 of the way down the page.) It gives you an invisible seam, even for a first timer like me!!!  I was very pleased with the result.

The yarn that I used is Lion Brand Baby’s First, an acrylic and cotton yarn that is absolutely mouth-watering and comes in 6 or 8 colors.  The pattern is a free Lion Brand pamphlet that I got at Michaels, Jasmine Kimono.  You can pick up this pattern here or here, no dinero needed!!

A size 10 needle is recommended, but I ended up with a 10.5 after swatching a few inches.  Because of the nature of the items that I knit and crochet, I don’t usually worry too much about swatching, but I did do it for this item.  I also did a light steam blocking just to square everything up when I was done and before I sewed the seams.  During that light steam blocking,  I found out that my very nearly new Rowenta steam iron leaks like a sieve!!  That does NOT make me a happy camper.  More on that another time.

And of course, this post wouldn’t be complete without a picture of GrandDolly modeling the sweater, would it? She’s such a ham for the camera!!

All in all, a great pattern that really didn’t take very much time at all — maybe 3 nights in front of the TV and with very little frogging!!

Are you ready for OMG cute?

I’ve had a very productive weekend. Friday evening I started a sweater for GrandDolly called Girls Cap Sleeved Spring Top. I have had this yarn forever, it seems like, and didn’t know what I would make with it. Then I found this great sweater tutorial.  (The pattern is here at Soulful Hues Hobbies & Random Thoughts.) I finished it tonight, blocked it and can’t wait to put it on GrandDolly tomorrow. Check this out!!

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And this is the finished sweater on GrandDolly — loves to have her picture taken with her Pepe. When I put the sweater on her, she kept saying “Meme, for me??” like I’d never given her anything before!! Poor deprived GrandDolly!

Pepe and GrandDolly

Pepe and GrandDolly

Hey, did anybody miss me????

blog readability test

I found this test — I don’t know, somewhere out there — so I dropped in my url and voilá!  Elementary school level?????? Depending on how you view it, I either write very simply or I write so that simple minds can read it. Your call.

I had a nice month off from blogging, thanks for asking — truth be told, I was being obsessed with other things.  That’s the way my mind works — I get hung up on something for awhile and it’s all I can think of or work on until I burn it out.

I spent 2 weeks assembling a “household notebook” which essentially has every phone number and financial statement and appliance booklet and road map etc etc in it.  My lists of what I wanted in it were extensive, (read: overwhelming!!) but after putting it together and knowing that anything I want is in there, I’m pretty proud of it.  I got part of the idea for this (mostly the financial and legal end of it) from Lifehacker, a blog/website with some of the most amazing information on it. Check it out if you have the time. Not everything on the site will interest everyone, but if you scroll down to the bottom and click “archives”, there is a list of tags that you can choose from.

I also devoted a bit of time to closet cleaning (found a Christmas gift that I had put away for DD — seems that I do that just about every year and she’s always so excited when I give her the gift a few months later) and going through plastic tote boxes of fat quarters.  I seem to have a serious problem in the quilting cotton fabric department.  I have 5 totes of fabric!!! Smallish totes, but totes just the same. I’m not a hoarder (usually) but the thought of parting with it makes me quite nauseous.

Also cleaned out my (ahem) clothing that will fit when I lose weight.  HA!!  Isn’t going to happen, or at the very least, won’t happen sufficiently that I will be able to get into them.

Sissy and fabulous BIL came down to visit for 42 hours — they live on a farm with a tight schedule — and we had a nice visit and toured Old Sturbridge Village in — duh — Sturbridge, MA. Don’t let anybody ever tell you differently — the good old days weren’t even close to being good!! Sissy and I said over and over that it was such an effort to do anything back in the 1800′s.   It makes you appreciate all that you take for granted.

And of course, knitting.  DD has been patiently waiting for me to finish her French Market Bag (photos when it’s finally finished). It’s just waiting now for a good felting. I also made a few hot pads with some orphan yarn that I had — also waiting for a good felting.

My last obsession has been assembling the supplies that I need to make reusable grocery bags.  You can’t beat thrift stores for sheets — who could pass up sheets for $1.50 each??? That’s a heck of alot of fabric.  Let’s see, full size flat sheet about 80″ x 100″ — that works out to about 6 square yards of fabric.  For $.25 a square yard!!!!! So yeah, I’ve gone a little sheet crazy and will be making these little beauties as soon as I get my fanny to a fabric store for fusible interfacing.

I also saw an idea for lounge pants from a bed sheet on Creative Little Daisy’s blog that I will probably be making a stab at, and finally, just tonight, I found a Pyramid Doorstop pattern from All It Took Was Just One Stitch that is just the thing that I need for about 3 doors in my house. Heavy enough to prop the doors open, light enough that it won’t squash GrandDolly’s toesies when she picks it up and drops it on herself.

So what have you been doing for the past month?

Roll Brim Hat for GrandNephew

Sissy says that her Grandson loves roll brim hats — for some reason, he won’t rip it off his head. This yarn is Marble by J C Brett in colorway MT18, I think. I love the way the striping is so muted. It knits up as a DK yarn. The pattern is from Knitting on the Net, designed by Peggy Pignato. Easy peasy, took about 3 hours.  Now I hope it fits.  It’s going in the mail tonight, Sissy!!!

Baby Flap Cap

Just ‘d this pattern. So easy, even I could follow it. It’s called Baby Flap Cap from Cabin Fever. I bought mine from my LYS but if yours doesn’t carry it, this is the place to buy it. It took me just about one night each to make these. One for GrandDolly and one for GrandDolly’s cousin.  I used James G. Brett’s Marble yarn — very nice to work with and very soft for the money.

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Spring-Like Dawn Sockies for Me, Act II

I’m having a very hard time getting anything done in my house. All I can think about is this sock!! The colors are just knocking me out (Seacoast Handpainted Yarns, colorway Lovebird) and I love the diagonal striping. I’ve finished a little more than what this picture shows. And yes, I have actually done a little housework. The yarn is so fine (I think the term is fingering) that I had to pull out my craft eyeglasses with the flat top bifocal — my progressives just weren’t sharp enough. Ah, the trial and tribulations of getting to “that certain age”. Many thanks to a lady at our knitting night at my LYS, Woolworks a couple of weeks ago. She pointed out toknitting smiley me that I was holding my needles in a death grip, and that no matter how tightly I held my needles, I wouldn’t get my project done any sooner. So she gave me a couple of pointers on how to loosen up and enjoy it a little more. Can I tell you how much better my thumbs feel? I am proud to say that I am no longer a “Black Diamond” knitter!!