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 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 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

• 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)

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

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
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

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


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.