Archive for the ‘socks/footwear’ Category

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Turkish Bed Socks

September 8, 2014

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Here’s a fun little project I recently finished.  These little socks are super easy to make and make great use of all that sock yarn laying around. I guess a lot of people like to wear them with clogs, but I made mine just for something comfy to wear around the house.  The pattern is from Churchmouse Yarns and Teas shop on Bainbridge Island.  If you’re ever in the Seattle area, it’s a great little shop to visit. And they have a lot of terrific patterns on their website.

 

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I made little tassels to go onto mine and I really like the look.  The yarn I used is from Pagewood Farm – it’s hand dyed, super soft 80% merino, 20% nylon. The color is Lavender Fields. I used #3 circular needles and this made a perfect size for my foot, which is an 8-1/2.  I loved the pattern because there was hardly any purling and I could just go round and round on my circulars using Magic Loop.  These knit up really fast and I’m definitely going to make another pair in a different color.

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Pattern: Turkish Bed Socks
Yarn:  Pagewood Farms Sock yarn in Lavender Fields
Needle: US 3 Addi Lace Circulars
Ravelry Page

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Snowy Woods Socks

May 16, 2011

This project was the perfect marriage between yarn and pattern.  This pattern is Robin Gallimore’s Snowy Woods Socks and once I started knitting them, it was hard to stop.  The pattern was so fun to watch emerge and the Berocco Alpaca made for a really soft warm sock.  These are for one of my sisters-in-law for next Christmas – I hope she likes them because they are hard to let go!


There was plenty of tinking back on this project, but it was worth it.  You really have to pay attention to the chart.  I love the pine trees on the back of the socks:

I used my beloved Magic Loop method on these socks.  Made them easy to try on as I knitted.

Pattern:  Snowy Woods Socks
Needles: US# 1.5 circular
Yarn:  Berocco Ultra Alpaca Light in Potting Soil and Steel Cut Oats
Ravelry Page

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Green Stripey Socks with an Afterthought Heel

April 27, 2011

When I got this great yarn at Rae’s, I wanted to get going on some socks.  This is just a plain, stockinette sock using the technique I learned at Rae’s to knit socks without a pattern, toe-up.  I decided to knit the leg in plain stockinette because I just wanted the self striping yarn to show without any texture.

Barbara, who teaches that sock class at Rae’s, really prefers an afterthought heel, placing waste yarn as you knit, which is easily picked out later for the heel.  Having done socks with both a gusset/heel flap and the afterthought technique, I’ve come to prefer the afterthought heel, too.  It’s by far the simplest method, requiring no pattern or keeping track of short rows and Barbara feels it’s the most comfortable to wear.

Another bonus with an afterthought heel  – you basically knit a whole tube for the sock, from toe to cuff, and so it doesn’t interrupt your self striping yarn or any other pattern that you’re doing.

I also did a Russian bind-off for the cuff, which I really liked using this method (love this lady’s accent). I had tried the Russian bind-off in Wendy Johnson’s book, Socks from the Toe Up, and did not like that version at all.

Pattern:  None!
Yarn: Pagewood Farm, Forest Camo
Yarn for Toes/Heels:  Yarn Hollow Bitty/Jade
Needles:
US #0, circular, using magic loop
Ravelry Page

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WIPs

April 18, 2011

Rae had a “Sock Hop” at her store and I couldn’t resist all the sock yarn.  I got some lovely hand dyed yarns from Pagewood Farms and Yarn Hollow.   There was a green colorway I loved and so I just had to start some socks.  I needed some mindless knitting anyway, because I finished the men’s hat.  There is no pattern, because I’m knitting them using the patternless method taught by Barbara in her Sock Class at Rae’s.  It’s really empowering, knowing you can knit something without a pattern. I used Judy’s Magic Cast-On, cast on 16 stitches, increased to 60 on size 0 needles and am working straight stockinette for the foot.  I’m going to put in an afterthought heel and then not sure how I want to knit the leg.

I’ve been working diligently on the Snowflake Socks for my SIL, but this project takes complete focus because it’s two stranded knitting and you have pay strict attention to the chart.

Look at what it’s doing here today:

A good day to get a little knitting in.  I’m starting a tiny project for Easter that I’ll let you in on later in the week:

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Two Socks on One Circ

April 8, 2011

I hate having UFOs lying around.  I really am pretty good at not starting too many new projects before other things are finished.  I like having one mindless knitting project and one more focused, chart intensive kind of thing going at the same time so I can pick which to work on.  So I don’t like having a third thing lying around, which is what these socks were. These socks were from a class I took a few months ago where we learned to do two socks on one circular needle, a technique I wanted to learn and immediately knew I disliked.  As much as I love Magic Loop, I don’t like doing two items at one time – too much fiddling with the cables.

But the class did force me to learn to make socks, which I had never done, mostly because I just don’t wear socks.  I go from sandals in the summer to my UGG boots in the winter, with no socks.  But knitting my own socks may change my mind!  Plus I wanted to start making socks for gifts – I do know that other people enjoy socks.

The instructor taught us how to make socks without using a pattern, which was a great lesson.  These are toe-up socks, with an afterthought heel.  We got to pick which kind of heel we wanted to do (I did a wedge) and which kind of bind off we wanted to do (I did a double crochet bind off).

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The afterthought heel was easy for me, because I’ve done so many afterthought thumbs with my mitten knitting.

picking out the waste yarn

grafting the heel with kitchener stitch

double crochet bind off

I like these socks a lot, although I made them a little too large for my feet.  When you aren’t working from a pattern, you just have to go by feel. I forget to take into consideration that the socks would grow a little when I blocked them.

 

Pattern: None!
Yarn: Abundant Yarn & Dyeworks 100% Merino Wool
Needles: US#1 Circulars
Ravelry Page

 

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Nola Slippers

April 2, 2011

I just finished knitting these slippers on the plane on our way to Utah.  The guys will be skiing, but my bad knees and I will be having our own fun off the hill. I will be driving into Salt Lake City one day to hang out at Blazing Needles and then I am excited to be meeting up with my food blogger friend, Maria, from Two Peas and Their Pod for lunch one day.

I read a post where Adrian Bizilia, one of my favorite knitting designers, wrote about these slippers and I wanted to make some. I thought they were so cute. They are written for a man’s size so I thought I would go ahead and knit a pair for one of the men in my family (Barry has claimed them) and see how they measured out.  I could then adapt them later to make a pair for myself, possibly.

The pattern calls for these to be knitted in a worsted weight, held double, which is what I did (although I saw a few people on Ravelry knit these with bulky weight yarn, single).  I used Ecolana, a beautiful alpaca/wool blend from AslanTrends.  I did change the pattern a little – I did stockinette stitch on the top, the tongue part, instead of garter stitch.  I just thought it looked nicer.

The slippers are knit flat, on a circular needle, in one piece and then sewn up at the end to make the slipper.  I used kitchener stitch on the bottom to knit up the sole and that created a nice flat seam that is comfortable.

 

They were so fun and a very quick knit. It was fun to use #9 needles with big yarn after all the fingering weight yarns I’ve been using and tiny needles. I can see in the future if I knit these again it would be fun to knit the tongue in a completely different color – I’m definitely going to do that!  Maybe even a variegated yarn. Oooh…. the possibilities.

Pattern: Nola’s Slippers
Yarn: Ecolana by AslanTrends
Needle: US#9 Circular
Ravelry Page

 

This is what I’m doing in the condo while the guys are skiing and I am a very happy camper.

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