Gifted Socks

My stepmom asked me earlier this fall if I would knit her some socks.  I told her I would, but she wanted to pick out the yarn.  A couple of weeks later, I got a box of yarn in the mail – three different kinds!  She told me to chose the yarn for her socks, and keep the rest.  I chose  Zitron Trekking Maxima in colorway 906, which was a twist of blues, gray, yellow, red and purple.  It has nice long color changes.  The pattern I used was a free pattern called Globe Trotter Socks which can be also downloaded as a PDF from Ravelry.

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This was a great pattern for this yarn.  She asked for plain socks but I didn’t want to knit the whole thing in stockinette.  This is a seed stitch rib which was just enough to keep things interesting.

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There is truly nothing warmer than a pair of hand-knit wool socks for cold feet in the winter!

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2012 in review

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600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

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600 Monsters Strong

We have all been left reeling from the tragedy in Connecticut a week ago.  Some really wonderful folks on Ravelry’s group called LSG (stands for Lazy, Stupid and Godless) decided they wanted to get knitters and crocheters from around Ravelry to spend some time knitting a cute monster for each child at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

In just a few days, it exploded.  There are now more than 2000 people in the Ravelry group and about that many “likes” on their facebook page.

I am happily knitting away on a monster and I will post photos here when it is completed.

I would encourage you to check this out if it resonates with you.  This group has a lot of great ideas for also helping other young children who have experienced gun violence.

Ravelry group:  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/600-monsters-strong

Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/600MonstersStrong

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Need photographer!

I have a couple of large projects I have finished but I need to get my pictures taken! It is very difficult to take photos of yourself wearing a sweater you knit… so I will need to get somebody to help me out when the lighting is good, when it’s not too hot and when I’ve been inclined to put on a little makeup and wear my hair in something besides a pony tail! I’ve completed a great ribbed tank top and a short-sleeved spring/summer cardigan – will post pattern links once I have the photos up!

Right now I have several projects in the works. I am making a pair of thrummed mittens, I am making a lacy drop stitch wrap out of sock yarn, and I am also working on a cotton/linen blend tunic. It’s no surprise that 2 out of these 3 projects are green. I have noticed that out of the large projects I have done, only one of them has no green in it! So green must be my color. Summer knitting is sort of hit or miss for me. If it is hot and I’m really tired, I don’t want to knit… other times I am busy gardening or doing other things with the kids. I do take projects most places I go so that I can knit away from home and that works out well. Happy summer knitting and hopefully I will have some pictures before long!

Splash of Cranberry Fingerless Mitts Pattern

I really love garments and objects that have an unexpected pop of color. I especially love aquamarine blue with a pop of red as an accent. These colors seem to go so well together and seeing them together makes me happy! These little fingerless mitts are perfect for the times in between seasons when it is too cold to have bare hands but too warm for mittens. I knit them using the magic loop method with a long, flexible circular but it can easily be adapted to double points if that’s what you prefer.

You will need:
150 yards of worsted weight wool, or wool blend (Main Color, MC) (I used Berroco Vintage, color #5120)
A small amount of yarn in a contrasting color (Contrasting Color, CC) (I used Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted in Cranberry Swirl)
Buttons to match the contrast yarn (I chose mismatched vintage buttons for charm)
Size 7 long circular needles or whatever you need to get gauge (Or a set of double pointed needles in that size)
Ruler
Two stitch markers
Tapestry needle
Thread to match buttons and a sewing needle

Gauge:  10 st and 14 rows over 2 inches

Abbreviations:
K – Knit
P – Purl
M1 – Make 1 increase
PM – Place Marker
Sl M – Slip Marker

How to make them:
Cast on 40 stitches in the contrasting color. Pull out a loop of your circular to prepare to knit using magic loop (or arrange on double points). The next step could be done in one of many ways, so you can try different things and see what works best for you. You will need to join your CC in the round, but you will actually start knitting with the MC which will be the main body of the mittens. You can tie the new yarn on to the working yarn of the contrasting color, then carefully join. One other method I tried was to cast on one extra stitch, and join in the round by knitting the last stitch and first stitch together. Then you would proceed with the main color, knitting 2 inches of 2×2 ribbing (K2, P2) or until your cuff is the desired length.

Once your cuff is done, knit one round of stockinette.

For the thumb gusset:
Row 1: K1, PM, M1, K1, M1, PM, K rest of round.
Row 2: K all stitches
Row 3: K1, Sl M, M1, K3, M1, Sl M, K rest of round.
Row 4: K all stitches.

Continue in this way, increasing the thumb gusset stitches by two every other round. When you have 17 stitches between your markers, knit one more round and your thumb gusset will be done.
On the next round, K1, then thread your 17 gusset stitches onto a piece of waste yarn or a stitch holder. You will pick up these live stitches later to make the thumb. Continue to knit the remaining stitches of the round.

On the next round, K1, then cast on 1 stitch. Knit the rest of the round. You will now have 40 stitches again and can continue to work on the main body of the mitt.

Continue knitting for about another inch past the thumb hole. Then change back to 2×2 ribbing for another inch or as desired. You can make this part as long as you need, for whatever is comfortable. When your mitt is long enough, change back to the contrasting color. Work one more round of 2×2 ribbing in CC, then bind off. Carefully weave in ends so that the CC does not show through the MC.

For the thumb: Place live stitches on your circular, and pick up 3 stitches from the body of the mitten. You will have 20 stitches on your circular, Pull out a loop and work 2×2 ribbing until your thumb is of desired length. Change to CC and work one more round of 2×2 ribbing. Bind off and carefully weave in ends.   You will also have a tail left at the base of the thumb from picking up the 3 stitches.  I like to reinforce the web of the thumb by using the tail to sew a bit from the inside before weaving in that end.  I think it finishes off the thumb nicely and will keep that end from coming loose.  If you plan to do this, remember to leave a little bit of a longer tail when you pick up the 3 stitches.

Repeat for the other mitten!

Once you have two mittens, you can sew the buttons on the backs of the hands, arranging them in a way that is pleasing to you. Be careful to be sure you have one right and one left, as both mittens will be the same. Sometimes it is helpful to put a pin on the back where the buttons will go.   I decided to embroider a spiral on one hand and buttons on the other, I was testing which I liked better and decided to leave them mismatched.  You could also leave them plain if you wanted.

You can easily make this larger or smaller by casting on more or fewer stitches in multiples of 4.

As always, if you find an error or have a question, please leave a comment and I will reply right away.  I strive to make my patterns easy to understand and fun to do!

Little socks

I decided it was probably time for me to knit some socks for my daughter. I have made so many for myself, trying out different colors and patterns. There is nothing like a pair of hand knit wool socks for keeping your feet warm in the winter. She likes them and says, “they won’t be picky after you wash them, Mama.” I don’t think they are picky now, but we have a little Princess and the Pea thing going on here. 🙂

To make these, I bought one skein of Kroy Sock Jacquards. I cast on 40 stitches, knit my entire leg in 2×2 ribbing. Then I did a reinforced heel flap and I like how the angular turn fits so that’s how I turn my heels. Then I knit a plain foot, took it down to 8 stitches at the toe, then grafted it closed. I used size 2 needles, since Kroy is a little thicker.

Kitchen Scrubbies

I had found some old acrylic yarn down in the depths of my stash, and it was so rough and scratchy and I couldn’t figure out what I would ever knit with it. Being the frugal person that I am, I could not just toss it out.  I decided it was coarse enough that it felt like one of those green kitchen scrubby pads you buy at the store.

Then, it hit me. I could knit washable and reusable scrubby pads! This was my result:

Here is how I made them!
You need: Size 7 needles
Scraps or ends of worsted weight acrylic yarn. It will be more effective for cleaning if it has a coarse texture.
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

Gauge is unimportant for this pattern.

Cast on 20 stitches.
Knit first row, turn, and knit back. Continue on in this garter stitch pattern until you have a square.  You can fold it diagonally and see if the edges are even, or you can use a ruler, whichever you find easiest.   Bind off. Weave in ends.

That’s it!

I have washed mine in hot water with bleach and dried in the dryer and they come out looking new no matter how dirty they get.  I have even used them to scrub my stove.  This is a fantastic project for beginners and is great for using up leftover yarn.
Here is a stack of scrubby pads I made for a friend’s wedding gift.  Her kitchen is red, black, and tan.

Fingerless mitts

I absolutely love Fingerless Mitts for the cold time of year. Obviously there are many times when regular mittens are appropriate, but the fingerless type are fantastic for when it is too warm for mittens but too cold for bare hands. Sometimes just keeping even your wrists warm keeps all of you warm!

Here is a pair I knit for a friend. The way the colors worked out reminded me of a Yin/Yang so these are my Yin Yang mitts!

Link to pattern here.

Knitting for friends

One of my New Year’s projects is to try to blog more! I tend to be on Ravelry and Facebook quite a lot, but every time I read blogs I really enjoy them and want to try to make mine more interesting!




All hats and mittens for right now! And that is wonderful, because I have wanted to knit but didn’t really know what to make for myself. It’s all good!

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 3 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 18 posts. There were 9 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 17mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was March 18th with 33 views. The most popular post that day was Fingerless Mittens Pattern.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were ravelry.com, cinnamonamon.wordpress.com, shellssells.wordpress.com, rebelpigs.wordpress.com, and facebook.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for rainbow pig, fingerless mittens knitting pattern, magic loop sock pattern free, knit mittens pattern free easy, and cat bordhi socks.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Fingerless Mittens Pattern March 2010
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Big Squishy Bed Socks December 2009

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Felted Hot Pad and Coaster February 2010

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Toirneach Kilt Hose February 2010
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A few summer projects August 2009