Friday, August 28, 2015

More Socks

Some more of the socks I've knit in the past year-and-a-half.

These were knit with a strand of Cascade 220 Fingering and a strand of Regia Creativ. The Regia yarn was a sock blank died by Regia. It's the yarn I love to hate. Sock blanks aren't my favorite to begin with, but these were dyed at a diagonal with one color at either end of the blank and the second color in the middle, which actually knits up to half the sock in one color and the foot in the second color. Weird! But at a sale price of about $2 per100 grams, I just couldn't pass up the bargain. When mixed with the  Cascade it doesn't look too bad.

The pattern is the basic sock pattern I have known since "Hector was a Pup." The leg is a simple cuff of k2, p2 and the rest of the leg k3, p1. The foot is knit with a flap heel (my favorite) and the toes are knit with the following formula: No. of stitches on one of the four double point needles less 2 stitches. If each of the four needles holds 14 stitches, the formula is as follows: 14-2+12. Dividing the 12 stitches by 2 = 6. Decrease 4 stitches every other row six times, then decrease the same no. of stitches every row until 2 stitches remain on each needle. Break off yarn, pull yarn through the remaining 8 stitches, tighten and pull end of yarn to the wrong side and sew in. If the stitches on the needle are an uneven no., e.g. 15 stitches, decrease 7 times x every other row and  6 times every row. Simple and no Kitchener stitch.

The second pair, a pair of knee socks,  is also knit with 2 strands of yarn; one strand of light worsted JoJoland Baritone (a leftover from a sweater I knit for a girl at the Akkol orphanage) and 1 strand Knitpicks Stroll Heathers and Twists sock yarn. I inserted a 2x2 left leaning cable with 1 purl stitch on each side of the cable and 6 stitches stockinette in between the cables. The cables are my own design; I think the overall sock pattern was someone else's idea but darn if I remember where I saw it.

As always "Knit on!", merrily.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Some eye candy of finished socks

My sock knitting came to a standstill when I decided that this woman needed some sweaters and tops, but I realized that I have neglected to post any socks I knit during 2014 and the beginning of 2015. So here are some photos of socks that have gone or will go to the orphanages in Kazakhstan.
These boot socks were knit with left-over Debbie Bliss Donegal Tweed together with one strand of Regia Design Line Garden Effect. The pattern is fashioned after the Wisconsin Winter Socks pattern.
I am calling these socks “Doodles” because that was exactly what I was doing: doodling. After getting ready to pack a batch of socks for the Motherless Child Foundation, aka Mittens-for-Akkol, I was at loose ends and didn’t quite know what I wanted to do with this yarn. None of the thousands of patterns on Ravelry enticed me nor came I across a pattern in my vast collection of sock pattern books. So I just started to knit.
Pattern: Cast on 56 stitches, 14 stitches per needle. Cuff k1, p1 for 14 rows. 1. 4 rows stockinette. 2. For next two rows purl across first needle of 14 stitches, knit next 14 stitches; repeat one more time. 3. Knit 2 rows. 4. Repeat #2. 5. For the next six rows on fiirst needle: p2, k2 across 14 stitches, ending with p2, knit 2nd needle; repeat once more. 6. Repeat #2. 7. Repeat #3. 8. Repeat #2. Repeat 1-8 as often as needed for the leg.
Just a plain pair of socks knit with Regia Creativ yarn.

Until next time. "Knit on, merrily."


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Breezy Comfort

While talking to my son the other day, I was told that some knitters in the Tacoma, Washington area wanted me to update my blog. I can't believe it, but the last time I posted was in 2013. Ravelry and Facebook have taken over. 

A lot has happened since then. I've gotten two years older, the bones in my spine want me to know that I have a spine and that it's not very happy. After being my constant companion for 15 years I have lost my beloved Pepe Le Pew, the rat terrier. He was approximately 16-1/2 years old. He was suffering from kidney failure and dementia and was just as stubborn and independent as his owner. I adopted him from the parking lot of the prison at which I worked and didn't regret it one single day. 

Besides life happening, I've been, of course, knitting. Socks and sweaters for the kids in the Kazakhstan orphanages, shawls and scarves for one of my daughters, and this year, sweaters and tees for myself. 'Twas about time. Our not so local yarn shop had a "clean up the shop" sale. If you bought three packs of yarn (each bag the same color and dye lot) you got 50% off. Now how can a knitter pass up such an opportunity. 

One of the treasures I found was a boucle yarn called Yardley by Bristol Yarn Gallery, an Alpaca/Silk yarn. I had been coveting it for some time. The yarn knitted up into a light weight, drapy, but warm cardigan that will be just perfect for the fall here in Northern Michigan where the white stuff usually starts flying in October. The pattern is free from Drops (, a Scandinavian yarn company and is called I had to make some slight changes to the front and I made it a little longer so it would warm my derriere when the weather gets colder. All in all I am pleased with it.

I have learned something new in the past few months as far as shaping is concerned. I have fairly narrow shoulders, but my bust is ample. That leaves me with two possibilities: Have the neck so wide that it falls off my shoulders, but fits my bust or have the neck fit properly, but the garment is too small to fit across my front. If I knit from the top down, I use a smaller size, but increase stitches either across the front or on the sides of the front only, depending on the pattern.

Both the Breezy Comfort and the Gemini tee are knit with increases across the front. By the way, the Gemini pattern can be found on It was knit with a very well aged bamboo sock yarn. 

So folks this is all for now. As Elizabeth Zimmermann used to say "Knit on!" To that I add "merrily."

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Trying to catch up with postings

Once again it's been too long since I posted.  My excuse:  I got busy knitting.  Finally sent off a box full of socks to the Motherless Child Foundation and as of the weekend after Thanksgiving they have arrived in Kazakhstan.  It's always a surprise how many pairs I was able to knit during the year when I pack them up for shipping.

I already have two pairs started for next year's gift box, but have taken time out to knit myself a sweater.  The older I get, the more woolly things I need to keep warm.

Here are the socks:

Odds and ends socks knit with dark green Wildfoot yarn and patterned yarn of unknown history.

Knit with Opal Diamant yarn from a free pattern on Ravelry . You can click on Ravelry to get the pattern.

Knit with yarn hand-spun by my youngest daughter.  The pattern is Kalajoki by Tina Seppala.  Again, the pattern is free.  

More to come.  Knit on, Merrily! 

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Oh my, it's already the last day in October

It's Halloween or All Saints Day, but the little goblins won't be out tonight due to the weather.  It's miserable outside. It's raining, it's pouring, but thank goodness it isn't snowing. Not that any goblins ever visit us since we live outside the village and the house cannot be seen from the street. More socks have been finished since the last time I blogged and all of them will shortly be packed up and sent to the Motherless Child Foundation for transportation to the orphanages in Kazakhstan.

So here are photos of two more pairs of finished socks.
The pattern is Rainbow Cable (Regenbogen Zopf) by Sonja Koehler.  The pattern can be found on Ravelry . The yarn was hands-pun from roving by Yarn Hollow, a Michigan yarn dyer.  She can be found on Ravelry as well. 

The yarn used was Plymouth Stiletto. As far as I am concerned the yarn was a disaster: 3-1/2 knots within a fairly short length. The 1/2 knot were 2 pliĆ©s of the 4 plies. On top of the knots, the yarn knotted together was a totally different sequence than the rest of the yarn. Yikes. It’s a pity since the yarn was nice to knit with. I cast on 60 stitches and decreased to 56 stitches on foot since the pattern was not continued on the foot.
I have seen this pattern on various website. Basically the stitches are divided equally into as many sections as wanted and then the last two stitches of each repeat are crossed with one stitch offset each row so that the running stitch becomes a spiral.
Knit on, Merrily!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

More Socks!

I am still trying to catch up with photos of finished socks.  Here are two more pairs ready to be taken to Kazakhstan by the founder of the Motherless Child Foundation.  I am still having fun finding odds and ends and putting them to good use.

This pair was knit with some hand-dyed navy blue yarn and scraps of unknown origin. Of course the hand-dyed portion was master-minded once again by my daughter.

The netting over the summer squash is to discourage the deer from eating the leaves and protecting the summer squash.

The second pair was actually knit with a brand-new skein of sock yarn from the Yarn Hollow bought at the annual fiber festival in Charlevoix, Michigan.  This pair is also going to the kids in Kazakhstan.

Aren't these luscious colors?

More socks to come. 
Knit on, Merrily!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Oh my, it's been a month since I last posted.

How time flies.  But I've been busy knitting socks and more socks. The pile of odds and ends seems to be multiplying rather than being depleted.  Of course, every so often our cat dives into his private stash of yarn balls and supplements my stash with an odd ball of yarn.  We can't be the only household in which the cat has amassed his own stash of yarn in a place only known to him, or are we?

So here are the next three pairs in the series.

These are knit with the remainder of some ancient Brown Sheep sock yarn on a 1 lb. cone which I bought for the huge sum of $1. 
A pi shawl and another pair of socks emerged from that pound cone as well.  I think I've used up the last of it. The lighter color is yarn I do not even remember buying. 

This is what happens when you forget to rewind one of the patterned balls which you have divided into two.  You get two different socks. These socks are made from a mixture of yarns, the blue cuffs and heels are knit with a hand-dyed yarn and the toes with a dab of Opal.

A variety of Opal, Regia, hand-dyed and ONLine. I weighed the yarn, halved it and knit until the yarn ran out.   

So now you know what I've been doing.

Knit on, Merrily!