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Cozy Toesies!

I finished up my second ever pair of knitted socks last night. I cast them on in March, worked up about 2 inches of ribbing on each one, then put them aside. I cannot remember exactly but I believe I used a Lornas Laces sock yarn. I knit them using US2 DPNs (I much prefer DPNs over circular needles for socks)  mainly because they were the smallest DPNs I had on hand. I have since ordered US1 DPNs because it seems most sock patterns call for them.

I picked them back up the week of Thanksgiving and knitted about every evening on them to finish them up, so I am saying it took me almost three weeks to make them.

cozy feet view

I didn’t really have a pattern for them. I like 2×2 ribbing, and I had used 64 stitches on my last socks, so that is what I started with. Because I wasn’t using a pattern, I knew I would have to do internet searches for each part. One completed pair of socks done a year ago does not an expert make!

When it got time to do the heel flap, I lucked up and found the Knit Along sock series by Hands Occupied, (This link is for day one. Here are the links for the Day 2 Heel Flap, Day 3 Heel Turn, Day 4 Gusset, Day 5 Toe) which I went back to time and again when I was stuck on how to do something.

I also found Have A Yarn‘s instructions for the eye of partridge stitch heel flap, which makes a very sturdy, thicker heel flap. I absolutely love it! Here is a closeup photo of my second sock’s heel:

heel closeup

On my first sock, I somehow missed the part of the instructions where on the knit side all the slip stitches are slip as if to PURL…I slipped as if to KNIT, and while just as thick, the heel isn’t nearly as pretty and it doesn’t seem to have as much stretch. I used half my stitches for the heel flap (32), and when I turned the heel, I used the short row method from Hands Occupied (Day 3 Heel Turn). I continued to knit the top half of stitches in the ribbing since I wanted it to extend all the way to the toe. Once I got to the start of the toe, I changed to all knit stitches and decreased as per the tutorial (Day 5 Toe):

toe closeup

I had used the Kitchener Stitch on my first pair, so I went back to the internet and found a tutorial (I don’t know about you, but that stitch, while easy, has several steps that I have trouble keeping in order. Also, I found that watching a video of it made it much easier for me to grasp). The one I used is by The Knit Witch, found on YouTube. I really like the Kitchener Stitch because it seamlessly grafts two rows of live seams together. I always hated the toe seams on RTW socks so I definitely didn’t want to put one in socks I spent forever knitting!

full side view

Second sock finished. Ain’t it pretty! ;-D

I am wearing them today for the first time, and today just happens to be my 29th (haha) birthday, so these will forever be my birthday socks!

wearing socks

Casting On New Socks

I am loving my first pair of handknit socks so much that I purchased two more skeins of sock yarn; a charcoal color of Lornas Laces and a cream color of Madeleinetosh Sock yarn.

I decided to knit the charcoal pair first, and attempted the magic loop method of knitting two socks at once. My size US1 and US2 circulars are 24″, and it was just a fiddly mess to say the least.

Undaunted, I just decided to cast on both socks, each on its own set of DPNs, and knit on one a few rows, then switch to the other. I figure it may not be the most efficient method, but I hope it will solve the problems I had with my first pair (namely differing gauge and second sock syndrome).

So far things are going swimmingly ;-D

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Creating up a Storm!

I know I have been quiet here on the blog-front related to creating, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been sewing and knitting. In fact, I have been doing more of both than usual. On the knitting side, I am currently working on two projects.

The first is a pair of socks, which I will admit is taking forever! I have taken large chunks of time off though, so that makes me feel a little better. These are the first socks I have ever knitted, and at first the small DPNs and circular knitting were a real challenge for me. Hence, the first sock isn’t perfect, but I do love it! It fits really well, and I HATE socks that slouch or “crawl” around on my feet. This sock definitely stays in place…at least, from trying it on it seems to. I won’t be able to test them out until I get that pesky second one made. If you have ever knit, you have undoubtedly heard of the “second sock syndrome”. I am here to tell you it is real! It is much harder to make progress on the second sock than the first; I think my steam ran out after two straight weeks of knitting only produced the one sock. I know I will probably get faster the more pairs I knit; I actually read a knitting blog the other week where the knitter can turn out a PAIR in a week. I was impressed!
socks in progress

sock 2

sock 3

My second knitting project is for a sweet friend whose youngest daughter is having her first child. I am knitting these soft baby booties for her; The yarn is a luxurious silk/merino wool blend that I just love. I was getting nervous about being able to finish them after I realized how slow going the knitting on them was; however she made me feel better this week when she told me the baby isn’t due until December! I am still knitting every night on them however; I would rather finish a little early than late. These pictures were taken when I was knitting the cuff of the first bootie (Okay, I have ONLY finished the cuff of the first and am now knitting the cuff of the second before I proceed to the challenge of creating the bootie part…it looks a little complicated, and I am a newbie knitter after all!)
bootie 1

bootie 2

bootie 3

On the sewing front, I have been doing a mixed bag of alterations for friends/aquaintances and costumes for school and Halloween (I will save the costume post for Halloween day!). Alterations is something I have done here and there for years, but lately it seems to be a legitimate little side business. I have become a regular in my local doctor’s office hemming scrubs and doing everything from zipper repair on shoes to taking in a blazer

My goal for my sewing (I think I mentioned it in a previous post) is to make items that fit me well and that will be timeless & classic that I can incorporate into my RTW wardrobe. I have been scanning my favorite RTW retailers for inspiration. For instance, Talbots has this scarf on their site for $49.50 right now.
talbots buffalo plaid scarf
I found this buffalo plaid on Girlcharlee.com. You can buy a 1/2 yard for $4. buffalo plaid girl charlee
I think it would make a great infinity scarf!