Saturday, December 13, 2008

It's All About the Sock!

So knitting club went well on Thursday night,December 11th.Nathalie and I met at Reid's in Riverview and had a good time knitting on our December sock.I am now on the heel flap of that sock and am loving it.I was a little disappointed that we no new knitters show up but I am certain you will come.We have decided not to meet again until after the holidays so stay tuned for the date.

It is so nice meeting at Reid's as they always have knitting magazines to look at/ buy and the staff are so friendly. Nathalie and I both purchased an issue of Simply Knitting that came with a free 2009 sock calendar.Woo-hoo!!Check it out.

I worked a 20 hour shift.Oh the joys of being short staffed.The good thing about working a shift like that is that I received my last night off.Another woo-hoo! The bad thing about it is that it takes me a few days to get back on track.I must be getting old.

Have a Great Day.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Let's Catch Up

On November 24th I ended up in Emerg with palpitations and chest pressure.I have been battling heart rate changes, low blood pressure and palpitations since August and I think I became exhausted. Anyway, all my tests were negative cardiac wise.I was told my palpitations are caused by non-lethal extra beats.Um non-lethal! Well they may be but they are causing me to be dizzy,have high/low heart rates and blood pressure.So now I carry spray nitroglycerin with me. Really I am very grateful to the doctors for taking me seriously and my problems have seemingly stopped since I stopped going to the gym.Go figure!

On the knitting front. Club was cancelled on the 8th due to inclement road conditions and will take place on the 11th.All are welcome.

I recently had a chance to visit Yarns on York in Fredericton where I spent an enjoyable 30 minutes or so chatting with Trish (I believe) and an undisclosed amount of $ on sock yarn.What a delightful shop.Definitely worth a drop by.I shall definitely be stopping by next time I am up that way.I was also down to Halifax visiting family and dropping off Christmas gifts recently and of course no trip to Halifax is complete without visiting LK Yarns.Again I purchased sock yarn that is not available at my LYSs.To my great delight I purchased 2 balls of Fixation to make my wool allergic sister some socks.Yeah!

It has been a wonderful week thus far full of decorating the tree last night and finishing up the outside lights.It'll take a day or two to completely decorate the inside of the house but I look forward to seeing the house transformed and I hope to see a few new faces at club on the 11th.

Have a Happy Day
Cinna

Sunday, November 23, 2008

December's Sock

Well the meeting of our little knitting group Thursday night November 20th was very productive.There were only two of us but we knit up a storm. Nathalie chose the next sock we will be working on as a group and it's lovely. She chose the "Cabled Corn" sock pattern from the book Knitting Circles around Socks by Antje Gillingham.I believe you can purchase this book locally at Cricket Cove. You can try Michael's and Chapters as well as purchasing it on-line.It is a good book to have for anyone interested in knitting socks on 2 circular needles. The pattern calls for a light weight worsted sock yarn on 3.25mm needles for a gauge of 7 sts/inch.Well I went to Cricket Cove and London Wool searching for this weight.Here is what I swatched this morning on 3.25mm that gave me the exact gauge, On Your Toes DK Boot Sock, Briggs and Little Sport, Patons Kroy Sock, Lana Grossa Meilenweit Stile Missoni Yarn and, Regia . Swatched at proper gauge from LYS on 3.5mm needles was Trekking XXL and swatched at proper gauge on 3.25mm from my stash was Drops Fabel .

Interestingly I invited the two sales persons who waited on me at both London Wul and Cricket Cove showed interest in knitting socks on 2 circular needles.Let me just state for the record that anyone wanting to join us on knitting night is more than welcome! We are small group of four. As far as I am aware we are not exclusive and we do not charge to attend. Our meeting nights are variable as we all work.Please find the next meeting night in the sidebar. If you do not have this months pattern supply your own.The pattern has a cable running down the sides. I use knit picks harmony wood needles but any circular needle will do. Just a personal preference really.Addi turbos are good needles as well. I like to use a 16 inch and a 24 inch needle but two 24 inch needles work. Here is a site that has a very good tutorial Lazy Perry Ranch Blog,Two Socks at Once Tutorial. Hope to see at Reid's Newsstand in Riverview December,8th at 6pm.

Here are my finished RPM socks that I knit using Briggs and Little Sport.I love that yarn.It is so flexible (stretchy).The pattern was easy enough and I like the choices it offered. I chose the non-spiraled foot and the flap heel. In case you haven't noticed I like just above the ankle socks for everyday but I am considering longer boot socks for the winter.Brrr!


Also Cricket Cove invites you to their Open House in Moncton. Saturday, November 29 10-5pm,303 Mountain Road. I hope I can convince my SIL (who will be visiting from Newfoundland)to come along with me. I know she is a knitter but who knows what she will feel up to.

Take Care
Cindy

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

and so she wept!

I am weeping for joy!

Why?

Last Wednesday my desktop went for a poo and I am just now getting it back up and running.Thank you ever so much.

I would like to actually thank the Microsoft techs,in particular John , who is a Vista tech for their persistent playing of phone tag with hubby and I and their patience.Also thanks to the Aliant techs.

Now before you get all down on Vista let me just say the shut down was in a way my own fault.Due to a massive update about a month ago I had to reformat my PC and forgot to re register my Vista in the required 30 days allotted.Even though I had done so initially.Thank goodness I did or where would I be now.Anyhow, we are up and running again.
... and so she wept.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Socks Revealed

Last night was sock knitting night at Reid's newsstand in Riverview.Woo-hoo!
I love meeting to knit socks on two circular needles and chat.I worked away on the RPM socks and had a great time with the ladies.I am using Briggs and Little Sport in a solid color so the spirals of the RPM pattern really show up.We will be meeting again on the 10th at 6pm, same place.We brought our socks and took pictures of them.I am proud of the ladies for getting through their 1st 2-circular-needle sock pattern and I know they are proud of themselves.Lisette took the pictures because her socks were at home in the laundry.



Well that is all for now.
Have a Great Day

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Oh the Cost!

I am certain that many of you who knit,quilt,sew,scrapbook excetera have noticed the cost of supplies and classes.The cost of classes are to pay the teacher's fee and offset other costs.The cost of supplies is for the very same reason.I am all for supporting LYS, teachers,designers and yarn manufacturers.I am not here to tell anyone not to do so.My goodness I am a huge shopaholic.

Hello my name is Cindy and I have a problem.

What I want to tell everyone is you buy the best you can afford.If what you can afford is some value yarn at a department store then do so.Feel no shame.It is great that you are creating.Do however ensure that you have the correct type of yarn and needles for your chosen project.Check the gauge on the ball band.Knit up a swatch and adjust needle size as need be.For my recent class I recommended a particular needle brand.Let's just say that, that brand of needle is rather um pricey.When a teacher or pattern recommends a particular needle or yarn they are not insisting you use them they would like you to perhaps and the project will look pretty close to the finished project that attracted you but there is no insistence that you follow their recommendations.There are no knitting police who are going to tell you that you can't use your 10 year old beloved needles or a different yarn.However,if a particular pattern is specified or a kit is supplied then you should endeavor to use them.

Also, every now and again treat yourself to that ultra expensive yarn, book, pattern,tool excetera.You deserve it.I always like to ask for gift certificates for birthdays and holidays.My favorite thing to do is to order or buy what I want and say a huge thank you to hubby or my daughter for the thoughtful gift and I will always treasure it and there are so many holidyas out there to celebrate now.Knitters even have there own
Gee dear I had to buy that yarn.Do you want me knitting in public for Knit in Public Day with that acrylic yarn? or I had to buy that tote.I can't be dragging my stuff around in a plastic grocery bag!
Geesh how do you think I got my Namaste bag?

Hugs and have a Great Day

Knit,Knit,Knit!

Well it is Thursday, October 30Th and I am in between my days and nights at work.It has been an interesting week or so.Last Thursday had knitting club or sock group.I have actually started the RPM socks Joanne chose as our next sock project.Friday night I attended a party for a colleague and friend who has changed jobs and no longer works in my area.I presented her with the Potato Chip scarf I knitted her.A free pattern from Knit Picks.What a quick and easy project that gives fabulous results.I used Estelle Watercolor mohair to make the scarf and it took under 2 balls of yarn and under 2 days to make.I am thinking I will have to make a few more.I just love it.It would be so easy to adjust the length so one could use even less yarn from their stash.This is a 10 out of 10 project as far as I am concerned.

The sad part of my days off came after the party when I arrived home to find a message on my phone from my mother informing me that my Aunt Eleanor had passed away and her funeral was Saturday.I knew she had been ill but was quite shocked to hear of her passing.So Saturday was spent at her funeral.My heart goes out to my cousins and their families.God Bless and comfort you.

I of course found comfort in knitting up a quick project to relieve my grief.I pulled out my November, 2008 issue of Creative Knitting magazine which has a number of great projects in it.I made up the "Cabled Wristlets" by Silka Burgoyne.They are done by magic loop and are coincidentally a mock cable pattern!Go figure.It is listed as an intermediate pattern and was a real snap to knit up.I used Patons Classic Merino Natural Mix for my wristlets and think they are quite lovely and warm.The magazine offers 5 good diagrams of the magic loop method and the magazine's website and this particular issue offer an article on knitting with 2 circular needles.Here is a picture of the wristlets I made.

I want to also tell you about this great neck warmer pattern that I found on the Internet and I have knitted 5 of them so far.I have used Bernat Glacier and Lionbrand Wool Ease Thick and Quick to knit them.They take me under 2 hours to knit and are great.You can make them look as stylish as you want depending on the yarn used,the button used and how loose you knit them.I made the 1st one not adjustable but I now make them all adjustable.You can get this wonderful free pattern from
Breeanelyse'sblog.I also rate this a 10 out of 10 pattern.Below are pictures of 2 that I have on hand.I plan to make a few more for my sister-in-laws.


I am still knitting hats for my nieces and nephews.These are for youngsters and I am using Lionbrand Wool Ease Thick and Quick and I have some Moda Tweedle Dee to use as well.I am using a variety of free patterns I have found on the Internet and I have 3 done and just a few more to do.Here is what I have so far.

Now before I sign off to do my housework and grab a siesta before having to go to work tonight I want to remind my friends that the sock group will be meeting at Reid's in Riverview at 6pm on Monday the 3rd of November.Bring your projects and the socks you have finished.So I can post some pictures of them.See you there.

Take care.Hugs.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Defining Tiredness and such

OMG! I am tired.
I got off work this morning around 7:15 and was in bed by 8 am and asleep by I am certain 8:01.I was up by 10am to use the bathroom and up for good by noon.
Why?
Well because I had knit club this evening and I wanted to have my socks knitted up to the toes so I could show the other ladies how to knit those. And yes it took me until almost 5pm from noon to get to that point.The speediest knitter I am not.
Oh yeah I should mention my sock class is finished but we had the desire to continue on together and are now meeting at Reid's Newstand in Riverview,N.B. to carry on.
Yeah!
I enjoyed the teaching experience very much and as this was my first class I think it means that much more to me and that the ladies struggled through not only learning a new technique but through my first pattern as well makes it even more special.
I was so tired I forgot to take my camera with me.I so wanted to share some photos.Well we are meeting again at 6pm on November 3rd so I will get some pictures.
JoAnne has chosen are next sock project and much to my surprise and delight she chose the RPM sock pattern by Aija Goto from Knitty.com, Summer 2006.
Little lapse there for an obscene phone call.
I have been busy as usual working and knitting.
I hope you have been enjoying the free patterns there are more on the way so stay tuned.
Love Ya

Friday, October 17, 2008

Knotted Openwork Stole

Finally got back to that free stole pattern. this is such an easy pattern that it can be knit in a day and looks very nice.I used an acrylic yarn as I plan to give tis to my sister Sherrie for Christmas and she is dreadfully allergic to wool.I have tried to get her to try alpaca but her allergy is so bad she won't even touch it. So without further delay here is the pattern.A PDF version is available for download in the sidebar.


Knotted Openwork Stole

A free pattern by;

Cindy Greenslade


Materials:
12.5mm (17 US) needles
1 ball Bernat Satin Wine 221yds (or any yarn for gauge)
21 yds yarn for fringe
Crochet hook

Gauge:
1 pattern repeat= 4 inches

Finished size:
Without fringe 64”long X 32” wide

Pattern:
Cast on 42 sts
Row 1 (all WS rows): Purl
Row 2: K 2,* YO, K3, pass 3rd st on RH needle over first 2 sts* rep to last st (do not YO before last st), K1
Row 4: K1, * K3,YO* to last 2 sts, K2

Repeat above 4 rows until desired length and end with a purl row.

Fringe:
For each fringe cut 9, 12 inch lengths of yarn and with crochet hook bring through at corner of stole with WS facing. Pull through ½ of fringe yarn and knot.
Do this at every other knot (more often for more fringes) for a total of 7 fringes on each end of stole.

Copyright Cindy Greenslade OCT,2008

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Of Socks

As I am new to designing knitwear you won't be surprised at the following. I had asked anyone knitting my pattern "Mock Cable Socks on 2 Circular Needles" to let me know if they find any mistakes.Well I guess I am the first one to do so. Last week I was convinced that there was a mistake in my chart depicting the mock cable stitch. I was wrong to be so easily convinced.My original pattern was correct and I have changed it back.I do apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused anyone.
Also just a note to let everyone know that Cricket Cove is hosting a "Knit In" on October,25th.Please go to Cricket Cove to sign up or call the shop.
Have a great day

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Birthday Gift Revealed

As you know I have made a little birthday gift for my daughter Ashley who will be 26 on the 8th of this month! I find it odd that I can have a daughter of that age.I also find it extremely satisfying that she and I can enjoy a hobby together.Ash had asked me a number of months ago to knit her some fingerless gloves.So I sat myself down and found a nice pattern on Ravelry called Feeling Violet Mitts for which I used the Magic Loop technique. They knit up very nice. I also made her the
Ribbed Keyhole Scarf from The Blue Blog and the Touch of Aran hat from Patons. I made the entire ensemble using Patons Classic Wool in grey mix.I knit the hat on a 5mm, 16 inch circular needle.This is a very soft yarn that my daughter loves.We also got her a Chicks with Sticks book and 4mm bamboo straight needles.We had a great birthday lunch.
One of my favorite things we did was, yes you guessed it, we went yarn shopping. Well I like shopping at all times but shopping for yarn lately has become very exciting to me and doing that with my daughter was extra special. We found a fab LYS of Halifax called The Yarn Shop/LK Yarns on Young Street.OMG! What a nice shop and we had numerous conversations with the ladies that were working there and we bought some lovely yarns for our stash.There is just something so deeply satisfying as discovering a shop and finding it chalk full of so much things that you want and then having that experience enhanced by great and friendly staff.
All in all a great day.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Corrections Made

A very quick note as I have about 10 minutes before having to get ready for work.
Class on Monday night was interesting as the alarm had been set at the shop and not knowing that I didn't know to disarm it.You guessed it, it went off.I frantically called one of the girls and managed to get it turned off before class started.Just a bit of excitement to start the night.
The ladies of my sock knitting class are working very hard to learn the technique of knitting 2 socks on 2 circular needles.I am certain we have all struggled learning a new technique and I am sure they will get it.Thank you to JoAnne in my class in pointing out the mistake made in the chart of my sock pattern.I have made the correction this morning.
Yesterday was a great day in that I went to the gym and then spent the rest of the day watching DVDs and finishing my daughter's birthday gifts.
Yeah!
I will post the pictures of what I made her after I give them to her.I wouldn't want to ruin her surprise.
Have a great day all.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sunday Musings

Well I got off work on Friday morning and of course there is a tropical storm blowing in.
I am busily working on my daughter's birthday gifts and AI am happy to report they are almost finished.
I received my package from elann.com on Thursday and I was delighted with everything.The yarn is yummy,the Debbie Bliss magazine is worth every penny,the Patons booklet "Where did You Get That Hat?" is exactly what I wanted and the Namaste Cali Laguna knitting tote is great.I toook it to work with me on Thursday night.Man this tote can hold a lot of knitting stuff.I also purchased a little book on designing knits and I am enjoying it very much.
I own Knit Picks Harmony Wood Options and I love them.Do you feel a "but" coming on? But I need more needles.I swear I have extra cables but I find I need more.I need shorter ones.I also own Knit Picks fixed needles for magic loop and knitting 2 socks/mittens on 2 circular needles.I purchased these separately because they need to have smaller sized shafts.I mean like size 2.75mm excetera.I also own other larger fixed needles and some DPNs and a few straight needles.But and here's the rub.They are not enough!! I need more.
I perfer the Knit Picks over any other type of needle I have used.The 16" Harmony Wood fixed needles are easy on the hands and are very tiny but easy to use.The options are great as well but I am telling you I need more.
It's a sickness!
I was just on Ravelry and am excited that there is someone else in my area who is interested in starting a knitting group in the area.So if you are a knitter in the Greater Moncton area leave a comment if you are interested and I shall keep you posted.
Well back to knitting and waiting to go to the Elton John concert tonight.
Peace Out.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sick Again!!

Well I woke up at 4:30am with a very sore throat and I am freezing cold.
I did manage to knit on my shrug today and I started a birthday gift for my daughter Ashley.I can't tell you what it is just in case she reads this.
I went to Michael's yesterday instead of LW and bought,you guessed it yarn! Guess what they had there? The new Debbie Bliss magazine that I ordered the day before from Ram Wools! Oh well it would've been just my luck that if i hadn't ordered it that Michael's wouldn't have had it either.
My sister is relocating and I shall happily drive her to her new city of residence as it means I'll be able to see my daughter 2 days before her birthday.I have told her I would enjoy a trip to the LYS.Since she is a novice knitter that shouldn't be a problem.
Just 7 more days and I will be attending the Elton John concert.Woo-hoo!I wonder if he knits?
Well my dears I am off to bed.Perchance to read,sleep and dream.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Ack Why did I do That!

I would've posted yesterday but Ack! made the mistake of accepting a security upgrade from Microsoft and had no use of my computer from 4:30 am until this morning.Talk about frustrated.Why did I do that?
Anyhoo,I had my first sock class on Thursday evening.It was scheduled from 6-8pm but went until 9pm.As you know from previous posts I am teaching 2 socks on 2 circular needles at Cricket Cove.I have 4 students and they are all very nice ladies and seem eager to learn this technique.It is a bit frustrating learning something new and the ladies certainly experienced that 1st hand.I can only hope they stick with it as all us 2 circular sock knitters know it is so worthwhile.I have included in the sidebar some "You Tube" videos that I think will be helpful to anyone who is having trouble with this technique.There are videos such as the longtail cast on and knitting on 2 circular needles.I am happy to offer my sock pattern here for free.It is a basic mock cable sock and a great learning pattern.I will make a separate post of just the pattern as it is long.
I am also pleased to let you know that I have figured out that whole math thing and am happily knitting along on the shrug I am designing.I will be posting that later.
I ordered some yarn, a book, Debbie Bliss' new magazine and, the Namaste Laguna knitting bag from elann.com the other day.Can hardly wait for them to arrive.Well I am off to Curves and then London Wul.Sigh!Shopping is such a burden.

Mock Cable Socks on 2 Circular Needles



Mock Cable Socks on 2 Circular Needles
A Free Pattern
By Cindy Greenslade

Materials:
• 16” circular needle in size 2.75mm or 3mm or 3.25mm
• 24” circular needle in size 2.75mm or 3mm or 3.25mm
• Fingering weight yarn apx 325 yards(if this is your 1st sock on 2 circs try using 2 coloured yarns.I recommend Patons Kroy or a similar type yarn)
• Tapestry needle
• Stitch Markers
*point protectors (use the point protectors on the needles that are not in use)

Guage:
9stitches and 9 rows= 1 inch on #3 circular needles in stst

Abbreviations:
CO: cast on
K: knit
K2tog: knit 2 together
Cst: cable stitch
P: purl
Rep: repeat
rnd(s): round(s)
rs: right side
sl: slip stitch
Ssk=slip, slip, knit= slip the next 2 st knitwise, one at a time onto working needle, then knit them together with other needle
st: stitch
sts: stitches
pm: place marker
ws: wrong side
wyib: with yarn in back
wyif: with yarn in front
*Note
cable stitch: knit 2 together, do not remove needle. Insert Right hand needle through 1st stitch on Left hand needle knitwise and knit it. Then slip both stitches off the needle.

This pattern uses the same amount of stitches for 3 sizes, ladies small, medium and, large. It is the size of the needle that determines the size of the sock. With the smaller needle corresponding to the smaller sock and so on. The pattern is a basic pattern and is a learning pattern for the technique of knitting 2 socks on 2 circular needles.
The heel stitches are the stitches on the 16” needle and the instep stitches are the stitches on the 24” needle

Casting On:
Using "long tail cast on" cast on 60 stitches onto the 24 inch needle
Slip 30sts purlwise on to the 16 inch needle and ensuring that the stitches face in towards each other.
Slide the sts on both needles to the opposite end.
Take the tail and thread through a tapestry needle, bring the yarn through 1st stitch on the opposite needle and then through the 1st stitch on the other needle. The round is now joined and will be “A”. Now repeat and call this “B”.
The picture below shows all the stitches casted on and separated.


Knitting the Cuff:
Begin the cuff by knitting from the 16” needle of A (heel stitches) in a K2, P2 rib ending with K2 . When you have completed these 30sts move you must flip your needle so that the unknit stitches from sock B will be on the left hand side and the knit stitches of sock A are on the right hand side with yarn over needles. Knit the 30sts of sock B. Now stitch the 30sts on the 24” needle of sock B (the instep stitches) beginning with P2 and ending with P2. Then rib those on needle A. 1 round has been completed. Continue in rib for 1 to 2 inches, width of cuff is your choice.
*Tip: It is beneficial to place a stitch marker after the first knit stitch. I like to use 2 different colour markers and on my pattern I write which colour corresponds to which sock. For example the blue stitch marker is sock A and the white stitch marker is sock B
When your desired cuff width is achieved begin knitting leg on 16” needle sock A .

Knitting the Leg:
The pattern for the sock is as follows:
Rnds 1,2&3:
Needle A heel K30
Needle B heel K30
Needle A instep K10, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K10
Needle B instep K10, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K10
(counts as 1 round)
Rnd 4:
Needle A heel K30
Needle B heel K30
Needle A instep K10, P2, Cst, P2, Cst, P2, K10
Needle B instep K10, P2, Cst, P2, Cst, P2, K10
Repeat rounds 1 through 4 until leg is desired length.
*note the heel stitches will always be knit

Pattern Chart for instep stitches only(24 inch needles)
k k k k k k k k k p p k k p p k k p p k k k k k k k k k k row1
k k k k k k k k k p p \ \ p p \ \ p p k k k k k k k k k k row4
k k k k k k k k k p p k k p p k k p p k k k k k k k k k k row3
k k k k k k k k k p p k k p p k k p p k k k k k k k k k k row2
k k k k k k k k k p p k k p p k k p p k k k k k k k k k k row1

Chart Abbreviations:
• k=knit
• p=purl
• \\= cable stitch
* because the chart is for the instep stitches only read it from right to left
*cable stitch: knit 2 together, do not remove needle. Insert Right hand needle through 1st stitch on Left hand needle knitwise and knit it. Then slip both stitches off the needle.
End with right side facing and next round starting on Needle A heel.
If you have to knit a ½ round or a full round to get to start position that is okay.

Heel Flap:
Row 1 (rs): on A sl1st as if to purl, * K1, sl1wyib* rep until last st, K1 now move to B and repeat
Row 2 (ws): on B sl1st purlwise,P to last st, K1 now move to A and repeat
Work these 2 rows for a total of 22 rows ending with row 2. The heel flap should measure 2 ¼ “,
2 ½ “, 2 ½ “
*TIP: the heel flap will be worked back and forth on rows of the 2 heel needles (on the 16” needle only). You will work 1 set of stitches on A and then on B. Do not work instep stitches.

Heel Turn:
Start with sock A and make the heel turn for each sock separately. That is 1 sock at a time.
Sock A:
Row 1: Knit 17 sts then turn
Ssk, K1, turn
Row 2: Slip1, P5, P2tog, P1, turn
Row 3: Slip1, knit to 1 stitch before gap, ssk to close the gap, K1, turn
Row 4: Slip1, purl to one stitch before gap, P2tog to close the gap, P1, turn
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until all stitches have been worked leaving 18 stitches on needle. Continuing with the same needle pick up 14sts along the left side of the needle and 1st in corner for a total of 15 stitches and the yarn hanging in between sock A and B
Repeat the above for sock B

*Ssk=slip, slip, knit= slip the next 2 st knitwise, one at a time onto working needle, then knit them together with other needle.Here is a link that includes a video KnittingHelp.com


Pick up Stitches for Gusset:
Knit across the 30 instep stitches on the 24” needle for sock B and sock A maintain pattern.
Pick up 1 stitch in corner and 14 stitches along side of sock A for a total of 15 stitches. Knit the heel and other gusset stitches on sock A. Now pick up 1 corner stitch on sock B and 14 stitches along side of sock B, knit remaining heel and gusset stitches.
The gusset stitches have now all been picked up.


Gusset Decreases:
Knit across all instep stitches continuing in established instep pattern.
Row 1: (on 16” needle Sock A) Knit to last 3sts, K2tog, K1
Repeat on Sock B
Row 2: (on 24” needle sock B) knit across
Repeat on sock A
Rnd 1: (on 16” needle sock A) K1, ssk, knit to end of sock A.
Repeat for sock B
Rnd 2: (on 24” needle sock B) knit
Repeat on sock A
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until there are 30 stitches per sock on the 16” needle and on the 24” needle for a total of 60 stitches per sock.

The Sole:
Work the stitches on the 16” needle (now called the “Sole” stitches) in knit and follow the pattern for the instep stitches on the 24” needle until the sock is at the base of the big toe when tried on. Or the sock measures from the back of the heel for small 6 ½ “, for medium 7”, for large 7 ½ “. This should be about 1 ½ “ less than the length of the foot of the wearer.

The Toe:
Knit 1 more round and move the stitch marker from center of sock A and B to beginning of sole stitches. That is the stitches on the 16” needle.
Rnd1: sole and instep: K1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches of sock A, K2tog, K1.
Repeat for sock B
Rnd2: knit across both needles for each sock.

Repeat these 2 rounds until there are 8 stitches left per sock on each needle. That is a total of 16 stitches per sock. Cut yarn leaving a 10 to 12 inch tail. Graft the toes using the Kitchener stitch.


Copyright C. Greenslade 2008

A PDF file of this pattern is available on the sidebar or leave a request for it with your e-mail in the comment section and I will send it to you.

Please leave a comment if you find any errors.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Seriously!

Here it is less than 24hrs before I teach my 1st knitting class and I am seriously nervous.I hope it goes well and I will certainly let you all know.
I am still struggling with increasing properly when I am designing items.I think it is the whole math thing.I have never been good with math and admit to having problems with stitch pattern multiples.I would appreciate any tips sent to me on that subject.
It is late at night and I just got off work this morning so this post is a bit short.
Sleep well my lovelies.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Wasp stings and knitty things.

Well what a time I've had!
On August 22nd I was mowing the back patio and apparently hit a wasp nest! Well not apparently,I did hit a wasp nest.The little yellow buggers were on me before I realized I had stirred up a bunch of wasps.I have never been stung by a wasp before.Oh sure I have was stung by a bee once when I was a wee thing but at the age of 46 I have never been stung by a wasp.Anyways I took off like a shot yelling at the top of my lungs.Thank goodness the mower is one of those big wheeled jobbies that runs by hanging onto a handle to keep the thing going.So it stopped as soon as I let the handle go.Oh yes back to the yelling and needless to say running like a gazelle for the house.My dogs not knowing why I was screaming came to me and ran as fast as they could behind me.Around the pool we pelted,I didn't think to jump in the pool,up onto the deck in the back door and down to my bathroom.The entire time I muttering "am I allergic? No I can't be I am still breathing fine.I better take a reactine" I was concerned about being allergic as my sister and nephew are allergic to bee stings.I had an good size bump at the site on my outer right forearm but was otherwise fine.
Now on September 2nd my husband, my sister and I took my visiting mother and aunt to tour a chapel a 45 minute drive away. A lovely place. We had decided to do a bit of shopping and then go pick up some lobsters before heading home.Well! Didn't a bloody wasp fly into our moving vehicle whilst we were zooming down the 4 laner. Bugger me. I said "Ooh something just flew i the window", a 10 to 15 second pause, "and it's stinging me". I fling my arm (and you guessed it,it was my right arm)to the passengers in the back seat.
My sister says "it's a wasp".
"Well get it off me", says I.
It was a yellow jacket wasp.A different type of wasp then the ones that stung me in August.My aunt had a sanitizing hand wipe which I used to disinfect the site and we continued on to our shopping. I was feeling a bit sore afterwards so we came home instead of going for lobster.
So I did the usual stuff you do for wasp stings.That being ice, cortisone cream,benadryl and tylenol.By Wednesday afternoon the sting site was very red, hot, painful, and about 5 inches long and 2 inches wide and my right arm was slightly swollen.When I woke up at 4:30 am on Thursday morning my arm was more swollen and the rash was over 7 inches long.So it was off to the hospital for some expert care. I booked off my 2 days of work and picked up my antibiotics.By Friday night my arm had swollen to my bicep!!! I am happy to report that by Saturday the swelling had receded back down to my elbow and receded slowly everyday after Saturday. It was a surreal experience to say the least and I still have a slight rash that is about 7 inches long.
I was able to start knitting again on Monday and knitted a from my new Rowan book "newshapes". This little book uses big wool and little big wool which isn't available locally. So I knitted up the short version of cinnamon using Moda Dea's Teedle Dee, Surf and Turf.This is a lovely soft wool blend and is shaded. I had been to London Wul in between wasp attacks to purchcase some yarn to make up from the same book "dill" a lovely shrug.I purchased 7 balls of istex "Alafos Lopi" in beige heather and 2 large skeins of Fleece Artist mohair in lovely dark brown to use together to make up dill. I found the lopi very irritating to my right arm where the wasp rash is so I went to Cricket Cove and purchased some of the Brown Sheep Company Inc.'s, Lamb's Pride Bulky in Blue Magic.This is a blend of wool and mohair that is very soft. So now I have this Fleece Artist mohair and the Lopi yarn. What to do, what to do?? No prob Bob I will make something lacey with the mohair and I bought a Lopi book with some yummy projects in them.
I picked up the fall issues of Interweave,Vogue,Knit Simply and For the Love of Knitting by Fons and Porter.If you are into quilting at all you will of heard of Fons and Porter.The magazine is very nice with numerous projects.I was pleasantly surprised with the articles in both Interweave and Vogue on the Canadian knitting scene.Well worth a read and the patterns offered are lovely. I have not been able to obtain Debbie Bliss' new magazine locally as of yet and if I am not able to get a copy by the end of month I shall be buying an issue online.
It is officially 6 days until I start teaching my sock knitting class at Cricket Cove.It was suppose to start this week but life conspired against us and it starts the 18th.Hope to see some of you there.
What's on my needles?
Well I am presently knitting a shrug,I've gone shrug mad, out of some of the aforementioned Lopi yarn.Which I find feels softer the longer I knit with it. I have frogged my stole for the 3rd time! I swear the next time I cast on it had better work out.I was actually getting ready to start the 1st border when I discovered a mistake from the 2nd or 3rd row. Big sigh here folks.So it mattered not about a lifeline I will just start again.
Here are some pictures of my latest projects.
Rowan's cinnamon

Rowan's Dill

Close up of the stitch used to knit dill.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Wonderful Weekend

This weekend has thus far been simply marvelous for many reasons.
On Friday my very good friend Theresa came over to test out my sock pattern that I will be teaching on September 11th at Cricket Cove, Moncton.It was wonderful to get together again with my friend. Something we don't do often enough and it was great to be able to teach.Something I haven't done for a long time and never have as a knitter.Thanks to Theresa I am making a number of revisions to my pattern that will make it easier for people to use.
Yesterday (Saturday)Theresa and I met up once again and headed to London Wul.This is another lovely knitting shop on Melanson Road.Well we arrived a little early so we chatted for a bit and got silly and took our pictures on the porch with the cardboard sheep.
What a great time we had together.I of course spent far to much on yarn and not nearly enough as far as I am concerned.
I am diligently working on the stole pattern I am readying for free.
I must also let you know that Theresa gifted me with a book by Elizabeth Zimmerman "The Knitting Workshop".EZ was a wonderful knitter and if I was to give her a title it would be "The Ultimate".You can find her products at The Schoolhouse Press.
Well the Olympic closing ceremonies are coming on and I must watch.
Take care and good knitting

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Sussex Yarn Shopping

Well I spent some time at the General Store in Sussex yesterday.The store is like a yard sale with the most yummy alpaca, silk, cotton yarn from the Devine West Ranch. I splurged and bought a cone, yes I said a cone! of 100% superwash merino wool and a ball of cobweb lace alpaca.
The superwash merino is a sport weight wool with over 3000 yds on the cone.It is deliciously soft and is called "Koau Sport". I am knitting a lovely stole pattern I found at the Yarn Lover's Room. I am hoping to have enough left over to knit some socks.
I finally made a good start on the stole I am creating.It is a very simple 4 row repeat patter I got out of the Harmony Guide to Lace and eyelets book.This is a very nice book of over 200 lace patterns.I do recommend it.
It is not very late her but as I have had a tiring day due to my overactive thyroid I am off to bed.
Take care all and I'll post again soon.

Friday, August 8, 2008

It's all Good

I must say my Noro not done in Noro yarn shrug turned out extremely well.Given the dampness of the weather lately I may be wearing it sooner than I imagined.The shrug I made in Patons Divine will have to be unravelled as my tesion was off.Oh well no matter.I haven't decided whether or not to try and do it again on smaller needles or just leave it for now.
I will be teaching a class at Cricket Cove in Moncton starting September 11th.The class is how to knit 2 socks on 2 circular needles.I am so looking forward to teaching this technique and encourage you do go to Cricket Cove and sign up.It should be a fun 4 classes.
I received my copy of Harmony Guide to Lace and Eyelets this week and I am going through it to choose a few stitches to swatch for the stole I am going to design and knit. I will upload the pattern for that when I have it completed.
My sister, a non-knitter, telephoned last night to tell me about a nice yarn store she went to in Sussex, New Brunswick and it does sound promising.I plan to go to The General Store this week when I am on my days off and I will let you know all about that trip.
I am putting the pictures of my completed shrug below.
I am going to do my housework and watch the Olympic opening ceremonies.
It's all good.
Have a great day.



Sunday, July 20, 2008

Just Another Ordinary Day

Well I am at work!
Of course!!
I finished my NORO with not NORO yarn shrug on Thursday, July'08. No picture yet as my anniversary was Friday and back to work on Saturday. The yarn I ordered from Ram Wools arrived on Friday and I was delighted with it. I am aching to finish my Divine shrug.
I decided to design a lace stole with this gorgeous mohair-silk blend wool I bought from London Wul.It is dyed such a lovely Indigo blue and is wonderful to work up. I must admit I am having a little difficulty designing this and I really shouldn't be as it is an easy enough design. I hope to have it completed by the end of the month as a free pattern. So check back for that.
I will get DH to take pics of me with the Noro and Divine shrugs on this week and post them.
Have a great day!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Shrug It Off


I am taking a break from knitting the socks for my up-coming class and I am knitting shrugs.I discovered a nice shrug pattern on the Lion Brand site "Spring Fresh Shrug"
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/50947.html?noImages=0 and decided to use up the 2 balls of Patons, Divine, Floral Fantasy.Of course I had to modify the pattern a bit but that was easy enough.The only problem I encountered was I didn't have enough yarn to add the ruffle to the body of the shrug.So I had to order a ball of it from Ram Wools because the LYS here and Michael's didn't have any in stock.
While I was in at the LYS I picked up a copy of "Noro Designer Mini Knits" by Jenny Watson and 4 skeins of Manos del Uruquay, MANOS classico color 101 to make Design 6,a sheug.
What the heck is it with all the shrugs?
I am not into sweater knitting.I did that years ago and I am still burned out on them.Shrugs are so much more quicker to knit and very snuggly too.Plus I felt I should have something knitted on when I go to teach my sock knitting class.
It has been unbelieveably warm here and I can't believe I am knitting socks and shrugs but there you have it, I am.
Below is the picture of the Divine shrug that is almost finished.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Mohair Lace stole and stuff

Have you ever wondered what a Mo is? Okay,have you ever wondered where mohair comes from? I have.I looked it up on Wikipedia and according to it Mohair comes from angora goats!Go figure and they are real cute.
Well yesterday was Canada Day.Woo-hoo!I of course worked and I worked with an earache as well.Yuck!Lucky me I work in a hospital and of the doctor's recommended some xylocaine eardrops that are working very well thank you.So well in fact that I was able to finish sewing the borders onto my stole this morning.I had returned from vacation and completed a scarf.I was itching to start a stole from a book I had but didn’t have the yarn.I did have some Paton's lacette and the pattern found at the Ram Wools website.There you go.I must say this is a lovely stole and easy to work up.I only worked on it periodically so it took me from March 'til this morning to finish it and it is 76"long x 16" wide unblocked!


This a very easy stole to knit and so lovely as well.
Exciting news! I went to Cricket Cove on Monday and passed my sock knitting on 2 circular needles class lesson plan onto the manager,Gail.It looks like I will be teaching the class starting in September.I also left her a sample to show prospective students.I have the pattern all done on paper and am working on the heels.It is by neccessity a simple pattern that I will share after I am certain that there no mistakes in it.
Well I hope you have a great day.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Birthday and Stuff

Well my birthday was the 24th!
Thank you to all the Raveller's on Ravelry who wished me a happy birthday.
I received a lot of lovely gifts this year;pink freshwater pearl set from my sister Sherrie,a pair of pink rhinestone scissor earings and a pink rhinestone dragonfly brooch from my daughter Ashley,a pair of pj's from sister Deb and her hubby Tim(she also brought me a yummy chocolate cheesecake),my mother gave me a Raggedy Anne and Andy wood plagues and $25 gift certificate for Frenchy's,and my hubby Nelson gave to me a $20 gift certificate for Chapter's.From which I did purchase Knit Socks! by Betsy Lee McCarthy and he gave me this gorgeous 14kt gold anklet with accent white gold diamond cut hearts.Even though I worked a 12 hour shift I felt very special when I arrived home.
The day before my actual B-day my KnitPicks fixed circular harmonywoods needles arrived.I ordered 4:2 X 16" and 24" 2.75&3mm needles for the sock knitting class on 2 circular needles that I will be teaching this fall.They are of course wonderful.So pointy.
I also have a confession to make.When my daughter was here she told a couple of her girlfreinds I had taught her basic knitting stitches AWA how to cast on and that her first project was going to be a scarf.Some of the yarn would be coming from a sweater she loves.The girls told her that this was called "frogging".Um I must admit to having of course seen and heard the term but was never certain as to it's exact meaning (blush).Thanks Janine and Kathryn for clearing that up.
Well as to what is going on today.I know I will be working on the socks I am designing for that sock class and going to physio but the rest of my day is an open book that I hope to fill with fun things.
Hugs

Friday, June 20, 2008

Teaching my daughter to knit

Well it is a Friday night and what am I doing?
Why I am teaching my 25 year old daughter, Ashley to knit, of course.
I haven't really seen Ash since our trip to Mexico in March. She lives away. Ash is my 1 and only child and is a wonderful beader. I have been enthusing a great deal as of late about knitting 2 socks at a time and while we were in Mexico I was knitting an old shale lace scarf.This has led Ash to become interested in the art of knitting.
Hooray!
Ash is up for a few days for a wedding and we have set aside a few hours to learn (me teaching)to knit. As the train arrives in town just as the LYS closes we headed up to Michael's. We purchased a "Susan Bates Learn Knitting!" kit. Ash refused to let me buy her the interchangeable needle set. I think they were "Needlemaster". She picked out a scarf pattern in a Better Homes and Gardens book called "1-2-3 Knit" which we purchased. We also bought a few balls of Lionbrand's Cotton Ease and a few of Bernat's Satin and a set of DPNs.
Then it was back to the house where I dug out an old knitting bag for her. I know I have another needle holder around here as well.
We dove in. I taught her the "Long Tail" cast on.
Did I mention I knit holding my yarn in my left hand but throw my stitches on from my right hand.A bit confusing for Ash but I think she has mastered the cast on, knit and perl stitches.With much huffing and puffing.
Ash tells me learning to knit is very hard work.Yet I feel confident that she will master this craft and surpass her teacher.Below is a picture of Ash knitting.

Have a knitty night everyone.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Yoga Socks Finished

What a great day!

I completed the yoga socks for my instructor.Unfortunately I won't be able to attend the last class tomorrow as I will be working.Sigh!I will just have to email her and ask her to stay a few more minutes after she is done so I can give them to her.



I think they turned out pretty well. They took a little under 1 ball of Schachenmayer nomotto Bravo Crazy Color yarn.Each ball is 50g,150meters/166yds,100% acrylic.Guage is 22 sts over 30rows.I used 3.2mm DPNs.They will fit a lady's size 7 foot.

Now it is back to the Ram Wools shawl I have been working on.Just until my KnitPicks harmony-wood fixed circular needles arrive.Then I have to quickly knit up a pair of socks for the class I will be teaching in September at Cricket Cove.The class is knitting 2 socks at a time on 2 circular needles.I hope the pattern I have designed for the socks works out.I will let you know.

Have a great day.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Well another night in the trenches.Actually I have managed to knit a bit on the yoga socks I am making for my wonderful yoga teacher.The sock pattern is an easy one I found on-line by Rebecca Bathje.The socks are available as a free pdf download here http://www.rebeccaknits.com/socks.pdf. I am making them in Schachenmayr nomotto Bravo Crazy Color acrylic yarn. I chose the acrylic as I wasn't certain if my yoga teacher would want to bother with handwashing and what not. Interestingly enough when my yoga class saw my yoga socks they all clamored for a pair.
Want socks?
I know attend my sock knitting class this fall.Woo-ha!
Just a thought.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Hello and the art of knitting on Coffee Break

Happy Father's Day!
Well yesterday was "knitting in public day".
Did you participate?
I was working and it was extremely windy outside so I had to participate whilst on break and in my vehicle in the staff parking lot.Sigh!I did have a few people pass by and notice what I was doing but not one came over.Maybe I should've put a sign in my window:"I'm knitting socks.Come on over".
I quite often knit in my vehicle on my break.Especially lunch and supper.I work on an intensive care unit and it relaxes me to knit.So I dash outside and over to my vehicle and knit a round or two,or3,or 4.
Why do I knit in my vehicle?
Because at this time in my life I feel a real need to actually get away from the unit,the hospital and,people during my breaks.It's a destressing thing.Oddly on my nights I don't mind whipping out a project and knitting a few rounds.Less people you see.It has absolutely nothing to do with any fear of being in a parking lot late at night by myself with nothing other than knitting needles as weapons of defense.