In honor of the Sock Yarn Sale that is currently going on, Kelley focuses on the humble sock for this week’s episode – a project that most knitter’s are hardly ever seen without in their current work-in-progress line up. Although it may seem simple, the beauty of a knitted sock lies within it’s practicality (both to make and to wear) as well as in it’s ability to be a blank canvas. Kelley walks you through all of the steps of working a top-down sock, along with a plethora of handy tips and tricks along the way. As Kelley pauses to reflect on the clever construction of socks, both new and experienced knitters are sure to be inspired to cast on a pair of socks right away.
Finally, Kelley catches you up with what she has on her needles at the moment. This week, the goal is all about simplicity and portability as Kelley reports from a Spanish language immersion retreat in La Paz, Mexico!
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I’m so glad that the Under 100 Knit Collection is finally out! Now that it’s done (and I don’t have to keep track of tiny tags and missing pairs of things) I can take a breath and really appreciate a few of the projects in this collection!
Lately, we’ve been taking some time to weed through our older free patterns that need a little update and having them reknit for new photos or if the original yarn has been discontinued. I love taking good, solid patterns and giving them a mini makeover to match our current aesthetics. Our most recent redo was the Chunky Slipper Pattern from a few years ago. I whipped these up over two days in Wool of the Andes Bulky Navy and love how they fit. Not too bulky, but perfect slipped over a pair of socks for around the house on cold mornings.
It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are right around the corner. If you’re like me and you haven’t really thought of what to make for the knitworthy on your list, I have an idea – the Hearthwarming Stockings!
This kit contains enough yarn for two stockings. There are a ton of different motifs to choose from, ensuring that each can be unique and just what the recipient would love.
A couple of weeks ago, Glenna C. posted a note on how she decided to keep two pairs of socks on the needles at the same time. One would be an “easy” sock while the other would be a more challenging sock. Her theory was that she would then have a sock to knit when she needed something “mindless” and another sock to serve as a mental distraction.
When Hunter Hammersen sent me a preview of her new book, The Knitter’s Curiousity Cabinet, Vol. II, I was drawn to her Vanessa Antiopa socks. I liked the geometrical design. And, it turns out that it makes the pattern very easy to follow. I knit them using Gloss Fingering in Tranquil.
I’ve knit in public quite a bit over the years – when I lived in Massachusetts, I knit about 2 pairs of socks a month just on my 2-3 hour daily train commute!
Now most of my public crafting seems to be in dark places – bars, coffee shops and especially the movies. I can’t seem to go to the movies without my project – if I don’t, I spend most the film fidgeting, which doesn’t seem to please my other half. It gets so annoying that I’ll realize that I’m nearing the heel turn in a pair of socks that I’ll have to cast on for something new before we head out to the movies!
(Note: I have done a short row heel while watching a movie in the theater. I don’t recommend it, unless you like ripping it out and redoing it when you get home.)
So my craft in public projects tend to be small (so they fit in my bag!) and easy stockinette patterns – things I don’t need to look at when working – which is why I don’t crochet in public very often – I still need to look down at my project when I’m crocheting. My first choice is generally socks – I use the Two at Once, Toe Up, Magic Loop Socks Pattern all the time now (that way I don’t drop my DPNs!).
Winter is SOCK TIME! Take one glance at my bin (yes I said bin)
of WIPs and you’ll typically see a pair of two-at-a-time toe-up socks on
a pair of size 2 fixed circular needles hanging out among all the hats
and mittens. I like being able to pick them up between projects, cruise
through both heel sections over a weekend and then knit in a rather
meandering way until I just can’t STAND to look at them anymore before I cast off and pop them over my toes.
This particular pair of Imagination foot
cozies have been resurfacing on and off over the past month or so. All
the greenery, daffodils and warm sunshine over the past week has
reminded me that soon it would be summer again and time for me to start
casting on more cute toys and fewer cozy woolens. I plopped down on the
couch with a jar of tea and finished them up this past weekend before
all that lovely sunshine convinced me that I could wait until next
winter to get them off the needles and onto my toes!
It doesn’t matter if you’ve completed over 200 pairs of socks (like the inspiring Frances Fisher, from last week’s podcast) or if you have just finished your first pair – every knitter knows the magic that lies within a pair of handknit socks. These special handknits stand up to a lot of wear and tear, which means that more than likely you will eventually see some thin spots showing up and maybe even a few holes here and there.
But just because one or two of your toes have started poking through small holes, that doesn’t mean it’s time to say “goodbye” to your favorite pair of socks – it just means it’s time for a wee bit of darning! And to help you whip your next pair of socks back into working order, we have a handy video tutorial where Kerin shows you how to repair holes at the toe.
In this week’s episode, Kelley talks with Frances Fisher – a knitter from North Carolina who is 87 years young and has over 200 pairs of socks to her name! Back in early 2011, Frances sent one of her “hodgepodge …