Friday, June 29, 2012
I have made a bit of progress in knitting these socks. At this point I have another five or six rows to finish the foot section.
When making two socks at once you don't see the sock take shape as fast as you do when you're knitting only one sock at a time. But it's really satisfying when you bind off at the cuff and you have a pair of socks to wear right away.
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Monday, June 25, 2012
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Friday, June 22, 2012
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Monday, June 18, 2012
I'm starting to get the hang of sewing the diamonds together and matching the points. I starched the fabric before cutting, but I'm finding that the bias edges still do some stretching.
Making the diamonds for the center star took me a lot longer than I thought it would because I made a few cutting mistakes along the way. Thank goodness I added extra into my fabric requirement calculations and had enough to make the fixes. I also made all eight outer diamonds.
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Saturday, June 16, 2012
It's been another busy week, but I'm still plugging along. Thanks for stopping by.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Recently I designed a star quilt that I’d like to make for a Native American friend of mine. The trouble is that I’ve never made a star using diamonds, so I planned out to make a smaller version just to get the technique figured out. This test block will be about 10 inches square and will most likely end up as a potholder.
Before I started cutting, I ironed the fabric with spray starch so that the bias cuts would not stretch out of shape as much once I started sewing the seams. I sewed strips together and then cut them diagonally into the diamond shapes. I took my time and was able to get most of the points to match up (good enough for me).
Now for the more difficult part of inserting the setting triangles and corner squares. The first triangle went in o.k. and I hoping that by the time I get this one block done I’ll be friends with “Y” seams and I can move on to the larger project.
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Friday, June 8, 2012
With all the wind and rain here at the lake, I’ve been staying indoors a lot this past week. I started a pair of toe-up socks using a new (to me) toe style. I am enrolled in the Crafty class “Knit Original Toe-Up Socks” with Donna Druchunas. Check out Craftsy Knitting Classes web page for more information. I chose this class because I’ve already made toe-up socks but have limited experience with some of the optional techniques for the toe, gusset and heel.
|Moccasin Toe side view|
I started out practicing the Horizontal Band (Moccasin) Toe and decided to continue and make a pair of socks. This pair will be a combination of techniques I haven’t done before. I think that I will try the Afterthought Heel on this pair.
I’m using a pair of US size 1 circular needles. I cast on using four double pointed needles and then switched to my preferred method of the circulars. Even though I’m not doing any kind of pattern stitch on these, I like the fact that it’s easy to distinguish the instep stitches from the sole stitches. I seem to have misplaced the label for the yarn so I can’t tell you what it is. The colors are not really “me” and the stripping is a bit loud, but I think this will be a fun pair of socks to wear.
What's your favorite sock pattern? What kind of toe, gusset or heel do you prefer to make?