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Let’s talk about socks

For those that are new around here, I joined a Year long KAL hosted by KnittingSarah, to knit socks. The concept is simple, knit either a row, an entire sock or anything in between everyday for a year. I am a row or two kind of girl and haven’t complete many socks.
Well, a few weeks ago I decided to actually complete another pair of socks! I grabbed my needles and yarn and set off to make socks. I made A sock. Yep, one sock. Then decided I hated it and didn’t make the match.

The problem was the fit. And the holes!! Oh, the holes!!! First off I have huge feet. I wear a size 9 and they are wide. Cute, huh? 🙂
Second up, I tried toe-up socks for the first time and the wedge toe increases made holes all along the toe. For these reasons I couldn’t live with this sock. So, I set off with larger size needles (I went from a size2 to a size 4) and a thin worsted weight yarn and started making socks I liked.
What I learned during this process is that toe-up socks work best(for me) using the magic loop method. This really did make a world of difference.
Those that are scared of magic loop, don’t be!! It is actually very simple and so much quicker than DPNs.

My first problem was the toe. It was very narrow the way the pattern I was using had it. I used Judy’s Magic cast on and it said to CO 10(5 per needle). This made a very pointy toe. So I changed it. I cast on 16(8 per needle) and began to work the wedge.
Now the original pattern had me doing the wedge increases by KFB on the first and last stitch on each needle. This made holes. I hate holes. No matter how tight or loose I tried to knit, it still had holes. After some trial and error I figured out a good increase that eliminated that problem. Instead of KFB, I increased by K1,m1, knit to 1 before the end,m1,k1(repeat for second needle) then knit a row even in between until I had 40 sts(20 per needle).
This really made a nice toe.

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From there it was pretty basic. I knit even until I got to the heel.
Another plus of magic loop, so easy to try on socks while you knit them!
Once I got to the heel I did the sweet tomato heel. I have to say, this is my favorite heel! I don’t care for typical short rows, again due to holes. This eliminates holes and makes a nice round heel. I highly recommend this technique for a toe-up sock.

Now, the problem I am having is finding a bind-off I like. I tried a regular bind-off and it’s very tight. I then attempted the interlocking bind off and while it’s very stretchy, it doesn’t look very neat. I guess a bit more practice may change that. Hmm…

What bind-off do you like for toe-up socks?

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You may be asking yourself “What is up with that yarn?” Well, I have no idea lol. It was variegated in places, striped in others and had no real rhyme or reason to it. It was good practice yarn though haha.

Just another manic Monday

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Hope everyone had an amazing weekend! It was sunny and warm here and I enjoyed every second of it. What I didn’t care for was the dang time change!! Anyone struggling because of the lost hour?
I know I am. I overslept today, so Vicious was late for school. Since she is so anal about being on time and things being perfect, this did not go over well. *ugh* On the bright side, since it is Monday, Thing 2 has school so I am now able to relax for a bit.

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This describes my day, haha 🙂

Now on to what’s important…Knitting
I have a horrible case of start-itis lately. I have so many projects that I have started, half way completed, then started something else. I was able to finish one hat this weekend and deliver it to it’s forever home.

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Next up I started another pair of socks. I am attempting to teach myself toe-up magic loop and after several tries I think I finally have the hang of it.

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Just the toe right now but it is going pretty quickly.
Now you may be asking, “what happened to the last pair of socks you were making?” I didn’t like them and so I ripped them out and started these. The issue I had with my last pair of toe up socks was they had holes in them. I did Judy’s magic cast on and a wedge toe. To do the wedge toe you KFB into the first and last stitch on each needle. Well, this made holes in my sock no matter how tight I tried to knit. So, now I am using the M1 method in between the first and second stitch on each needle and the last two stitches on every needle. Now, no holes and a much better shape for the toe.

I also started a shirt for Vicious. I went into my LYS and saw a sample of the prettiest pullover and knew that I had to make it. It is the Berry Blossom Pullover from Universal Yarn. It is in the new Ebook Bamboo Pop kids. You can purchase it from the Universal Yarn site.

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This photo is Copyright Universal yarn.

That’s all knitters and friends. Hope you all enjoy your week! Here’s a little diddyy to get you through the day 🙂

What I’ve been up to

I finally finished the Baby and Child sophisticate!!! It turned out so cute!!

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Seriously, how stinking cute are those buttons!! I knit this in the 12month size and it was a super quick knit once I actually sat down and worked on it. I plan to make several more of these for my kiddos and for some friends.

Next on my knit to-do list was learn to knit a toe-up sock. I went onto Ravelry and found a pattern and set to work. I used the Basic toe up sock pattern. This pattern was very easy to follow and the socks turned out great. I used Universal yarns Bamboo pop in color Pastel swirl. I LOVE this yarn!!!
I did have trouble figuring out the cast on but I watched this video and got the hang of it rather quickly. I think toe up is my new fave way to knit socks.
My next new technique was the sweet tomato heel. It is a type Of short row heel that doesn’t have wraps. Wait..short rows without wraps you say? YES!! Short rows without wraps!! I loved this heel. No snags or holes from picking up those dang wraps. Just a nice smooth, well fit heel. I used this video to figure out the heel and can’t wait to knit another pair of these socks.

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I started my next PIF project this weekend also. Yes, I know I have all year but I just HAVE to get them done. It is really bothering me lol. I decided for the next one I would make a highway hat! I saw a picture of one and knew I had to make it. So, since I was too lazy to find a pattern and it looked fairly easy, I grabbed a bunch of yarn in colors I thought would work and did this…

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I order car buttons to sew onto the “road” to add detail. Can’t wait for those to arrive and ship off PIF #2.

Last but not least, I started and restarted a slouchy hat for an order. I have no idea what was wrong with this hat but it did not want to be told what to do. I kept finding holes or the yarn wouldn’t tighten properly or the tension would go all wonky in spots for no reason. It was really irritating! By the 5th time ripping it out and starting over, I decided to double strand it and that seems to be doing the trick. I do not want to rip this hat again. It’s already one step away from going into a time out.

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That’s about it for now. Hope everyone has a happy Monday.

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The happenings

Happy Sunday Knitters!! 

I have been on pins and needles excited all day waiting for tomorrow to come!! It’s like Christmas eve when you were a kid and you couldn’t wait for the day to hurry and end because you knew the BIG day was just hours away. That’s how I have felt all day today because…SCHOOL STARTS BACK TOMORROW!!!! I have been dreaming of this day for 2 weeks now. Vicious goes back to school..8 hours holla…and Thing 2 starts preschool …4 hours, thank you lord…and I get to sit and drink HOT(as opposed to luke warm) coffee,and watch grown up tv and knit things without tiny humans ripping my needles out because they neeeedddd something. Oh what a glorious day it will be, indeed! 

Now on to the What-have-yous of my weekend…..

First off I Joined a year long sock KAL, thanks to Rachel over at All night knitter. I know I have said in the past I was joining a KAL and never actually Knit a long BUT this time is different. Really it is!! First off my hubs has been begging for socks so it works that this is a sock KAL. Second there are no patterns to follow or rules or any of that hoopla that really turns me off from most KALs. This is just picking up and knitting either one row or a whole sock every day. Completely up to me. Love it. You can check out the details on KnittingSarahs page.  

Make sure you follow me on my Facebook and Instagram to check out all my socks and other things that are coming off my needles. I post there much more often..IE:daily…then I do here. 

 

Lets see…What else…

Ah yes the actual knitting. I have accomplished a few things this weekend. First off I finally took pictures of some of my FOs. 

Here is a picture of a Creeper Hat I made for the Hubs.

ImageFor those who don’t know, a Creeper is a bad guy from the video game Minecraft and they have a cameo appearance in the game Borderlands 2. Since my hubbo loves both games, he requested the hat. And since he is the one who works and keeps me in yarn money, when he asks for a hat I make it 🙂  My opinion may be biased but he looks really cute in the hat. Not kid cute, more like “How you doin’?” cute. 

Next up is a hat I made for a customer. 

ImageThey sent me a picture of a crocheted hat and said can you make this?. I said sure and this is what happened. Not to bad if I do say so myself. 

Last but not least, I made myself a hat. I rarely knit for myself and I have only ever made myself 1 thing in the past. (Well besides dish cloths) And since it is balls a$$ freezing here, I needed a hat. 

ImageI knit this with Malabrigo 100% merino wool. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this hat!! It is so soft and so warm. I used the pattern The No ouchy slouchy. I had to adjust the decrease since there were a couple mistakes the way its written, but otherwise it came out great and I plan to knit another soon.

ImageNot quite slouchy enough yet but this is a before blocking picture (I know, I know, bad) but I wanted to have a pic for this post. 

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Bad pic of me wearing it straight off the needles in my ugly tie dye shirt! 

 

I have also started a bit early on the sock KAL. 

ImageI am using Universal Yarn 100% wool worsted weight with 2 strands held together. The pattern is a VERY altered version of the sasquatch slipper sock. My hubs foot is no where near a size 12 so I will have to cut back on a few of the measurements but otherwise I think it will be a great pattern. I have only knit and completed one other pair of socks,so I am going with simple. 

 

Right now I am also working on a bunch of baby leg warmers for customers and I have had more orders for the Minnie Hat. Hopefully I will have a bunch of that knocked out soon since THE KIDS GO BACK TO SCHOOL TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!

 

That’s it for now. Off to pack up back packs since THE KIDS GO BACK TO SCHOOL TOMORROW!!!! I am just a little excited about the kids going back to school in case you couldn’t tell 😉 

Happy Knitting!!!

 

 

I lost my sockginity

I lost my Sockginity this week.  I have messed around with socks in the past but they always ended up ruining the good thing we had going before we could go all the way. My first attempt at socks ended in massive heartache and it took me a while to get over. I tried my hand at a pair of Tardis socks (Those who don’t know what a TARDIS is, I am sorry, so so sorry) (Those of you who didn’t get the “sorry” reference please stop reading and go watch Doctor Who) Anyway, before we could finish what we started things went horribly wrong and I mourned the loss of that relationship. Thing 2 Pulled the needles out and unraveled the second sock, and there was no way to really pick up the stitches plus I had already frogged these socks about 3 times per sock. So sad.

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We had a good thing going for a while.

Well after a long break from from socks I finally decided to dip my toes back in the act of making socks. My next socklationship went great from the start. The first thing was they were toddler socks so much easier for me to deal with then Adult socks. (Size does matter)
Second there was just simple stripes so no crazy color work or dropping stitches and all the other craziness required in the Tardis socks. I finished both socks in no time. And it really doesn’t count unless everyone finishes, know what I mean 🙂
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Now they are on their way to Alaska to be with the one they were made for.

Goodbye!
Goodbye!

How I price

I have been asked by customers and by other bloggers how I price my hand knit items. I do everything by a set price plus cost of yarn. I do this for 2 reasons, 1) It makes it simple for me to remember what I quoted to which customer and 2) I really LOVE to knit and want people to enjoy the things I make and by having a set price it seems to bring in return customers a lot. I couldn’t imagine paying $20 for a hat, so why would I charge someone else that price. I will be knitting either way so if I can make a couple dollars while at it great, but I don’t want to make it a job or have people iffy about coming to me for things because they have sticker shock. With that said her is my list. I have this also in PDF form that I send out to people when they show interest in ordering:

Pricing Guide
All prices quoted are that price PLUS cost of yarn, unless otherwise stated. Yarn prices depend on what materials you want.
1. Hats (all sizes) $10
2. Gloves/Mitten Child $8
Adult $12
3. Socks(Price includes yarn) Child $12
Adult $15
4. Scarves Child $15
Adult $20
5. Dish cloths(price includes yarn) $3
6. Hand Towels(Price includes yarn) $6
All other Items are priced per order.

I find these to be fair prices and I don’t feel like I am losing any money doing it this way.

I actually feel like I am gaining since I don’t give back left over yarn(one of my rules) so I always have extras to use for personal use(BONUS) and I use the money I make to buy more yarn!!

So thats how I do it for those who had asked. Hope this helps you maybe get started.