Sock Knitting Machine, make your own!

Just when you’ve given up ever having a Sock knitter!

A 3D printer can be used to create this circular knitting machine.

3D-Sock knitting Machine

Well if you can make friends with someone with access to a 3D printer; here is an open source program to manufacture one, supply list and instructions included!

Here is a video showing it being made!

and How to cast on.

I call that awesome!

I have a Plan!

Pretty Basic scarf – May Kal

Only a few more rows to go!

Raglan Baby Cardigan – Church fundraiser done!

Namaste Yoga socks #1- Finished!

My design, will publish soon.

This is a fundraiser for the Sick Kids Hospital Yoga rehab program.

Aquisition: Crown Jewels by The Yarn Therapist

Self stripping, designed for shawls! I have plans on knitting this on my vacation :0)

WIP List = 9

  1. Namaste Yoga socks #2
  2. Pretty Basic scarf – May Kal
  3. Without Moonlight #2 
  4. EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket – Fb/Kal almost done! 
  5. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  6. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  7. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  8. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  9. My Fair Cardi 
  10. Buttermere #2  ran out of yarn!
  11. Zuzu’s Petals frogged I have a better plan
  12. Namaste Yoga socks #1 – done
  13. Simplicity Lace Scarf – Kal/feb2015 done 
  14. Raglan Baby Cardigan – Church fundraiser – done

WIPS 2015 = 14 – 5 = 9

FO’s 2015 = 23 + 2 = 25

Other FO’s (not fibre) = 14

Long-term Projects = 4

 Stash Used 2015 = 21 + 2 = 23

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 7

cya next week :0)

I’m off on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0 

I also have a Ravelry shop and an Etsy shop!

for my Literary blog, see Totally Austentatious.

Event: Happy Victoria Day Canada!

I have to admit I have been percolating a bunch of ideas.

Let me see, what first?

Remember these Yoga Socks for Sick Kids Yoga rehab program. Well I don’t like them! They are like standing on marbles,

Yoga Socks for Sick Kids Hospital rehab program

Yoga Socks for Sick Kids Hospital rehab program

so I am making up a more comfy pattern that can be easily sized up or down.

Namaste Yoga socks – for Sick Kids Hospital Yoga Rehab Program. (My design)

Namaste Yoga socks - and my new project bag. It reminds me of my first reader, guess that is a bit telling ;0)

Namaste Yoga socks – and my new project bag.
It reminds me of my first reader, guess that is a bit telling ;0)

I’ve also been motoring away on my latest Kal. Must finish by the end of the month!

Pretty Basic scarf – May Kal 

 At 201 stitches, starting the border.

At 201 stitches, starting the border.

Oh, and all you Canadians out there Happy Victoria Day!

Queen Victoria, the longest serving monarch in British history. Elizabeth will reign longer in a few months.

Queen Victoria, the longest serving monarch in British history. Elizabeth will reign longer in a few months.

FYI: For you non-Canadian types;

Elizabeth is also the Queen of Canada, as was her Great, Great, Grandmother, Victoria.

Canada is part of the Commonwealth of Nations (one of 16 nations Elizabeth is Queen of)

We are a sovereign state, with a Constitutional Monarchy.

Therefore we celebrate with a long weekend, and a few fireworks! 

We are taking a stay-vacation. Almost as good as a vacation, but you can sleep in your own bed with your books, knitting and kitties. Kitties don’t like it much, lots of hiding going on.

WIP List = 14

  1. Namaste Yoga socks
  2. Pretty Basic scarf – May Kal
  3. Raglan Baby Cardigan – Church fundraiser
  4. Untangled #4
  5. Without Moonlight #2 
  6. Buttermere #2 – ran out of yarn!
  7. EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket – Fb/Kal almost done!
  8. Zuzu’s Petals
  9. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  10. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  11. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  12. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  13. My Fair Cardi 
  14. Simplicity Lace Scarf – Kal/feb2015 done

WIPS 2015 = 13 + 1 = 14

FO’s 2015 = 23

Other FO’s (not fibre) = 14

Long-term Projects = 4

 Stash Used 2015 = 21

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 7

cya next week :0)

I’m off on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0 

I also have a Ravelry shop and an Etsy shop!

for my Literary blog, see Totally Austentatious.

Something new!

knitting with cat

It’s been another rather busy week. I’ve been beavering away finishing a few things, and starting my next Kal.

Pretty Basic scarf – May Kal

3 pattern repeats

3 pattern repeats

 One pair of Yoga Socks done and handed in 

Yoga Socks for Sick Kids Hospital rehab program

Yoga Socks for Sick Kids Hospital rehab program

Published 2 new Patterns on Ravelry.com this last week.

Be Simply Different scarf – a freebee 

Be Simply Different

Be Simply Different

and The Herman Hat 

Made for our friend Herman

Made for our friend Herman

I came across 2 interesting Articals:

A Quick Guide to Stitch Markers and 

Make your own Stitch Markers

by

WIP List = 13

  1. Pretty Basic scarf – May Kal
  2. Raglan Baby Cardigan – Church fundraiser
  3. Untangled #4
  4. Without Moonlight #2 
  5. Buttermere #2 – ran out of yarn!
  6. EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket – Fb/Kal almost done!
  7. Zuzu’s Petals
  8. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  9. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  10. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  11. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  12. My Fair Cardi 
  13. Simplicity Lace Scarf – Kal/feb2015 done
  14. Be Simply Different Scarf  
  15. Yoga Socks – for Sick Kids rehab
  16. 6X6″ afghan squares or Ukrainian Orphanages (2)

WIPS 2015 = 16 – 3 = 13

FO’s 2015 = 19 + 4 = 23

Other FO’s (not fibre) = 14

Long-term Projects = 4

 Stash Used 2015 = 21

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 6 + 1 = 7

cya next week :0)

I’m off on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0 

I also have a Ravelry shop and an Etsy shop!

for my Literary blog, see Totally Austentatious.

Charity Knitting: Stitches to make the world a better place

knitting with cat

Spring has sprung in these parts, shorts and tshirts have been pulled out of winter storage and sandals are abroad in the land. The sun is shining and the cats are at the front door watching the kids heading off to school. 

Jack and Willow watching the kids go off to school.

Jack and Willow watching the kids go off to school.

The garden is coming up flowers too.

Tulips and Grape Hyacinths

Tulips and Grape Hyacinths

Meanwhile I have been working on a couple of Charity projects that my local LYS is sponsoring.

Yoga Socks – for Sick Kids rehab 

I leave a long tail when casting on. Weaving back and forth at each pattern repeat. Works for me! Knitting these magic loop.

I leave a long tail when casting on. Weaving back and forth at each pattern repeat. Works for me!
Knitting these magic loop.

Raglan Baby Cardigan (Top-Down)by The Students of Subway Academy II

A 6 month sized cardigan for the Church Craft Sale May 30th.

A 6 month sized cardigan for the Church Craft Sale May 30th.

6X6″ afghan squares or Ukrainian Orphanages 

One a week, to be delivered on Knit night. 2 so far.

One a week, to be delivered on Knit night.
2 so far.

FO: His Birthday Socks

Finished these beauties just in time for my sweethearts Birthday. Every year he asks for socks for Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Christmas. He doesn't always get them, but this is a special one so why not?

Finished these beauties just in time for my sweethearts Birthday. Every year he asks for socks for Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Christmas. He doesn’t always get them, but this is a special one so why not?

WIP List = 15

  1. 6X6″ afghan squares or Ukrainian Orphanages (2)
  2. Raglan Baby Cardigan – Church fundraiser
  3. Untangled #4
  4. Without Moonlight #2
  5. Yoga Socks – for Sick Kids rehab
  6. Be Simply Different Scarf
  7. Buttermere #2 – ran out of yarn!
  8. EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket – Fb/Kal almost done!
  9. Zuzu’s Petals
  10. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  11. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  12. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  13. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  14. My Fair Cardi 
  15. Simplicity Lace Scarf –  Kal/feb2015 almost done
  16. His Birthday Socks

WIPS 2015 =  13 + 2 = 15

FO’s 2015 = 16 + 3 = 19

Other FO’s (not fibre) = 13 

Long-term Projects = 4

 Stash Used 2015 = 19 + 2 = 21

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 5

cya next week :0)

I’m off on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0 

I also have a Ravelry shop and an Etsy shop!

for my Literary blog, see Totally Austentatious.

Feeling like a Heel Tutorial

knitting with cat

First, I want to wish everyone a Happy Easter/Passover or Chocolate day, whichever you celebrate.

Easter bunny

Ok, “His Socks” are to the point of Inserting the Heels.

In this case I am making Toe ups

First make the socks, sans heels…

Thought a short photo tutorial would show you how easy it is. 

I start out with an outline of the foot I am making the sock for. Mark a line across the heel directly across where the ankle bone meets the heel. 

The outline

The outline for a custom sock, in this case 7″ to the heel line.

First make your sock, top down or toe up doesn’t matter. Magic loop or 5 dpns, works either way. 

Ok, I want to pause and explain something before we get under way.

Anatomy ala the Vitruvian man: 

Image result for vitruvian man

You know how some sock just won’t stay up. They sag and drive you nuts.

Well if you follow this simple rule, your socks won’t do that.  Make your socks as long as the measurement from your toes to your ankle bone. Yup, then add your cuff. You see if you measure up from the floor, for example 7″ as for this custom sock, you will note that your calf starts to curve out and that is why your sock is sliding down. You can make socks longer, but past this point in order for them to stay up, they have to be above your calf muscle (to your knee) not to slide down. Thank you Leonardo! 

In this case I am making Toe ups

In this case I am making Toe ups

When knitting, I knit the whole sock cuff and all, inserting and knitting over the waste yarn at the ankle line. 

Note: this is a 60st sock on 2.5mm. Using 1/2 the stitches, (30st) I have knit 15st with my waste yarn, then left a loop in the yarn and continued to knit the remaining 15st. I usually to this with a separate dpn. I then continue knitting over this waste yarn row as usual.

Note: this is a 60st sock on 2.5mm. Using 1/2 the stitches, (30st) I have knit 15st with my waste yarn, then left a loop in the yarn and continued to knit the remaining 15st. I usually to this with a separate dpn. I then continue knitting over this waste yarn row as usual.

So I knit my socks, (usually both) then I insert the heels at the same time.

Optional: I often make my heels in a complimentary yarn colour. This makes repairing and re-knitting the heel so much easier. I’ve never had to replace the heels in my own socks, but my guys have needed many replacements over the years. 

Knit by the Dozen Socks. I started knitting these while I was ill socks.

I was lucky to find a nice Kermit green yarn for these beauties  :0)

Ok, we are going to pick out the waste yarn. At first it is a little like a battle with an octopus, but it gets easier as you go along. Start at one side with 2 dpns; pick up the top live stitch on the waste yarn on one dpn and the bottom live stitch on the waste yarn on the other dpn.

Using the 3rd dpn, gently unknit the waste yarn being very careful that each stitch is securely on the upper or lower needle before persuading the waste yarn out of the stitches.

When you reach the middle, you will have 15 st on the upper needle and 15st on the lower. Now flip the sock over and work from the other end to the middle with 2 more dpns, (one for the top row and one for the bottom row). 

This is what we're aiming for.

This is what we’re aiming for.

Oops you say, why do I have 61st instead of 60st? Technically the lower row is upside down and there is always one more stitch going the opposite direction. Therefore knitting upward, 60st, turn the knitting the other way up 61st. Weird but true!

We are going to reduce the stitches back to 60st by k2tog at the end closest to the ankle of the sock on the needle with 16st, on the first heel round. Clear as Mud?

How this works with whatever number of stitches your sock is. Use Half the number of stitches in your sock, (must work out to an even number) one stitch here or there is fine. 

Therefore if your sock is 72st, you would knit 36st on your waste yarn. Which would work out to be 18st on each of 4 dpns for a total of 72st for the heel opening. 

Note, that this method gives you only one tail to darn in at the ankle.

Inserted heel close up

Inserted heel close up

Instructions for 60st heel

  • Row 1: knit
  • Row 2: knit (on 4 dpns rearrange stitches) dpn 1: 2st,pm 2st, dpn 2: 26st dpn 3: 4st dpn 4: 26st) (on Magic loop) 30st either side.
  • Row 3: (on 4 dpns rearrange stitches 2,pm) pm *K2, ssk, k12, k12 k2tog, k2* (on Magic loop) pm *k2, ssk, k24, k2tog, k2*
  • Row 4: knit alternate rows
  • Continue reducing 4st every other row  to 24st. 
  • Now reduce 4st every row to 14st.
  • next row k1,*k2tog* (7st)
  • Thread tail through stitches. Darn in tail.

WIP List = 11

  1. Dish Soap Poncho – for church craft sale
  2. Buttermere #2
  3. EZ’s Baby Surprise Jacket – Fb/Kal
  4. Zuzu’s Petals
  5. His/Hers Socks
  6. Cabled Hood with Pockets 
  7. Sea of Dreams Blanket
  8. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  
  9. Rose Harbour Shawl 
  10. My Fair Cardi 
  11. Simplicity Lace Scarf   Kal/feb2015 

FO’s 2015 = 9

WIPS 2015 = 9 + 2 = 11

Long-term Projects = 4

 Stash Used 2015 = 13

Yds of Handspun 2015 = 0

Sewing FO’s 2015 = O

Books 2015 = 5

cya next week :0)

I’m off on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0 

I also have a Ravelry shop and an Etsy shop!

for my Literary blog, see Totally Austentatious.

DIY: Darning and mending socks

knitting with cat

I knit a lot of socks people, so when one breaks…

Which never happens to my socks, (but does happen to my guyz socks) out comes the Darning kit and repairs ensue.

Here are some good tutorials!

Thank you Knitpicks and Susan B. Anderson

– Introduction to Sock Darning 

Swiss darning Part 1 and 2 (using a sewing needle to replicate knit stitches)

Picking up and knitting a patch Part 1 and 2 (see tutorial for Grafting)

Filling the Hole Part 1 and 2 (another needle method)

Repairing Toes (knit method)

Susan B. Anderson’s Traditional woven method 

Clear as mud?

What do I do, to replace toes?

This is my preference.

Same method works for short row or inserted heels. Good reason to use these methods. Most toes can be repaired using a variation of this method.

Same method works for short row or inserted heels. Good reason to use these methods. Most toes can be repaired using a variation of this method.

I restart the toes by picking up all the stitches before the toe decreases begin. Then I tear back the yarn of the sock to my first needle stitch and reknit the sock toe! 

Open up heel and reknit.

Open up heel and reknit.

For short row and inserted heels, basically same thing!  

Enormous advantage to having heels and toes in different coordinating colour!

Enormous advantage to having heels and toes in different coordinating colour!

Good Luck :0)

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