Archive for April, 2011

Clandestine & Candour: Photo Intensive – Short Row Toe – Tutorial

I came across this and thought I would share.

Clandestine & Candour: Photo Intensive – Short Row Toe – Tutorial

via Clandestine & Candour: Photo Intensive – Short Row Toe – Tutorial.

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Summer Dress

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I finished this outfit yesterday. I made it for my 18″ Asian Madame Alexander doll. It’s the Summertime Susie pattern from the Fun-to-knit Doll Clothes book. It’s a VERY easy pattern and would be great for a beginner.

Sock Knitting Methods

I thought I had learned all the different ways to knit socks. I know how to knit them on two single point needles, I have knit them on sock looms, using four double pointed needles, using five double pointed needles, using a single 32″ circular needle (aka magic loop) and using two 16″ circular needles. I thought that was it. I thought I had hit a wall and there were no more options left, but a few days ago, I was happy to discover I was WRONG. Yea!

Apparently there are a few companies who make 9″ circular needles. I didn’t even realize there was such a tiny creature as a 9″ circ! This is exciting! Why is the prospect of knitting with a 9″ so exciting to me? Well because I LOVE all those pretty lacy sock patterns, but I find them extremely difficult on anything but my sock loom and I have a hard time finding fancy sock patterns with the right number of stitches for my loom. You see with all the other methods there are what we knitters like to call “joins”. Where one section of knitting “joins” to the next to make a continuous spiral to make a tube instead of a flat panel that would have to be sewn together afterwards. If you are knitting socks using 4 DPN’s there are three joins, 5 DPN’s four joins, magic loop=two joins, and two circs two joins as well, BUT being able to use only one 9″ circular….. NO JOINS!

Here’s a video demonstration I found on youtube.

Puppy Love Socks

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I’ve been working on these for a few days. I’m using the Puppy Love sock pattern from The Joy of Sox book. It took me a while to figure out how to do the “teeth” along the edge of the cuff, but it finally clicked and I figured out they meant for me to turn the work after row seven. It all fell into place after that. So far it’s been an enjoyable pattern. 🙂

New Member for the Doll Family

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I need to knit her something pretty. 🙂

Sock Goodness!

 

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My box of sock goodness from Knit Picks finally arrived yesterday!

1.) The Joy of Sock book

2.) Harmony wood DPN’s

3.) Two Harmony wood circular needles

4.) Quick Fix key chain (for picking up dropped stitches)

5.) Sock Dr key chain (one side has the anatomy of a sock, kitchner stitch directions on back)

6.) Wooden Darning Egg (to help repair hand knit socks that have developed holes)

All this was purchased completely from the change I save in my piggy bank! Yea! Isn’t change great?! Yes, my bank really looks like a pig. LOL!