I’ve made dozens of socks, but most miraculous use of these tiny needles is for stranded knitting. I can’t even begin to imagine trying to do stranded knitting on 5 double points!! But it’s EASY on the Chia Goo 9 inch. Here is the pair I’m most proud of.
These took me a rainy week in Jamaica to work out. The main leg pattern is a traditional Estonian stitch. Usually stranded knitting patterns for socks call for about 80 stitches around. That creates a sock that is far to loose for my taste. So, I charted my little heart out and created a custom pattern that yields a fabulous slim-fitting sock, 66 stitches around.
Life can be complicated Does this look confusing? It should. THIS is both a sock disaster and triumph of knitting engineering. It is also both a disaster of yarn stashing and a triumph. The completed sock in the centre is … Continue reading →
I’ve written about a couple of knitting areas that have captured my rapt attention, but I have not yet addressed what got me so jazzed about knitting in the first place.
Now is a good time to clarify that I am a new knitter. This is a bug that bit me just one year ago. I did knit in the past, I knew how to do the the basics, but honestly, I had to “You Tube” the purl stitch in January 2013. (Thank-you Knit Witch).
I am a mere kitten in this world of yarn; rapt, eager and full of awe and wonder.
My daughter showed me her blog about a year ago. I was learning basic knitting as was she. The thing she showed me first was The Beekeeper’s Quilt vlog post. Frankly, I thought this girl was insane. INSTANT ADORATION. She is simply adorable and had come up with a project for the truly insane. Here was a project I could wrap my soul into. I travel a great deal, all over the world. This was portable, and had the miracle of a shopping component. I could buy single skeins of yarn around the world, knit them up, and forever be reminded of my travels. And I did just that. Here is my suitcase from a trip to Japan and Singapore.
Like so many of you before me, I puffed and puffed for months. I have completed about 200, but must admit I’m stalled. I will return to that project, and I will take my Beekeeper’s quilt with me to my old age home (I’m 50 by the way, despite my kitten knitting status).
Since then, I have been knitting socks obsessively, but I have fit in a few of Stephanie’s other designs. Here is her darling Bow Peep Scarf.
And this little number is my personal favourite, the Mr Fox Stole.
Stephanie doesn’t know she is my muse. It amuses me to think she would be tickled.
Lace is the valentine of knitting. Soft, feminine and romantic, it enchanted me early in my knitting journey and I swooned and acquiesced to it’s allure. It’s so much more interesting than simple knits and purls, yet of course, it … Continue reading →
***New**** I’ve created a gorgeous printable PDF of these instructions along with an original design for Canadian Juliet socks! Here is the link to find it: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/smitten-socks Stranded patterns available too! Here is the link to find them: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/julie-coffey Size: … Continue reading →
I wrote my first posts about how I learned to knit socks on straight needles. After two pairs, I really wanted to do them in the round, but was still finding knitting with 5 double points to be frustrating. I was not any more jazzed about magic loop or two circulars though, so I was pretty much resigned to not continuing doing socks.
It all changed when I stumbled upon this little beauty:
The Addi Turbo 12 inch. Look how it’s constructed to work for knitting socks in the round. Angled needles on a 4 inch flexible cord. You won’t find this in any interchangeable sets that I know of. You have to buy the needle separately. Not going to lie, it’s pricey at about $20.00. I have it in US 1, which works perfectly for standard sock yarn. I also have one in US 6.
I was not been able to locate instructions on line anywhere on how to make my socks using this, but with my knowledge I gleaned from constructing socks on straights, I worked it out. I am going to share those instructions in a separate post.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE making socks with this needle!!!
My first attempt at knitting socks was a dismal failure. I dutifully and hopefully cast stitches on 4 needles as directed in the “basic”book I had acquired. Then I gleefully began knitting away. The result was disappointing. Jogs where the needles … Continue reading →
I became smitten with knitting about a year ago. At first I walked right on past the samples of socks in the yarn shops. I was intent on knitting dresses and sweaters. Making socks made no sense to me, why on earth would I knit on tiny needles to come up with an item one can buy manufactured for $2.99?
I carried on my merry sock snubbing way until IT happened. I stumbled upon a pair of hand knit socks in a hospital gift shop in Clarenville, Newfoundland. I put them on that evening under the influence of a glass of red… And WHAM… Smitten. You can feel every lovely stitch caressing your feet and ankles and toes. It’s pure magic!
There is a lot about socks for me wax on about, and I’m going to. Over the next few posts I intend to walk you through how I navigated the confusing waters of sock knitting and am now happily knitting my 6th pair. The yarn, the books, and most importantly, the needles. The ones above are my latest, and God forbid you say those are Christmas socks, they are watermelon.
I leave you now with a photo of the Clarenville socks that captured my heart and left me smitten, a bargain for $6.00. Incidentally, there is no way in heaven I would ever sell a pair of hand knit socks for $6.00. If you are interested in a $200.00 pair, feel free to contact me. ‘Cause, man, these take at least 15 hours a sock.
Welcome to my place to share my current infatuations. Those who know me in person know that I flit from pursuit to pursuit in the flick of an eye. I become smitten with my current interests. I won’t ever claim … Continue reading →