New sock pattern! Just in time for… really hot summer weather. Yay?
No, wait you want to get a head start on your fall wardrobe needs, don’t you? Of course you do! Squishy, soft, fun socks will be just the thing. In a month or two. The pattern isn’t ready yet, but here’s a preview. Yeah, the socks aren’t quite done either. Hello ends!
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New sock pattern! Just in time for… really hot summer weather. Yay?
Ok, so I am a sucky blogger, no treats for me.
I’m still here, survived the long, long, LOOOOONNNNNGGGG OMGPLEASEMAKEITSTOPAUUUUGHGHGHGHGKILLITWITHFIRE winter. Seriously, we had over 6 feet of snow on our lawn and it only really went away about a week ago.
I’ve been doing a lot of socks lately. Here’s the most recent pair, just finished this morning.
I like these because I got the yarn on the cheapity-cheap from this bizarre little place (Cambridge Fibres if you happen to be anywhere near Cambridge Ontario). I had no idea what it would look like, but it was $3 and I’ve got loads left to make at least a scrappy pair or something. And they are crazy weird stripes, always fun. I’ve been stuck in some kind of ribbing rut. Not solid ribbing on every sock, but some everywhere. Not sure what that’s all about, but there you go.
It’s actually inspired a new pattern that I made for my friend Dennis, they are called (creatively) Dennis Socks (so creative Heather, way to pull out all the stops.) At any rate, it’s a free pattern, lots and lots of nice ribbing, including on the heels and toes if you are so inclined. Or not if you don’t want to. I’ve even done it in three different sizes, first time for that, let me know what you think ok? Good mindless stuff should you be looking for that kind of project. Also good for that really crazy coloured skein of yarn that you have that doesn’t go with any other pattern, you know the one I mean.
The yarn is Lion Brand Sock-Ease, the colour is called Taffy (really Lion Brand, where are you getting grey, yellow and orange toffee? Ew.) The cuffs, heels, and toes are just Paton’s Kroy, can never go wrong. Dennis really liked them, so yay!
Ok, kids, I’m going to be better about posting here. Really. Joey has some cool motorcycle stuff going on in the garage, so I’m going to go out and do some fun shots out there, you can see the new bikes and bike pieces. Assuming the sun stays.
Just in time for Halloween! Another new monster!
This is Frankie Pie!
The idea for him came to me as I was looking at some other knitted toys on line a while ago. As I was mulling him over in my head I saw a tweet from Catherine of Blueberry Pie Studio about her new green self striping colour way. That solidified what Frankie should look like, so I drew him up and messaged Catherine. She agreed – Frankie needed to be striped! She suggested a second colour for him, and tossed the yarn in the mail. I got to knitting, and here we are!
Frankie is knit flat and in the round and has very minimal assembly – you only have to sew on his arms and legs. He uses basic increases and decreases, so he’s a good beginner monster. There is a very little bit of simple colour work on his head, but it’s optional.
As always, his pattern is available on Ravelry. Shall we have a little sale to celebrate? oh, yes, I think so! Enter the code besquare at the checkout to get $1.00 off your Frankie pattern from now until Oct 9.
Now get knitting and go scare some villagers!
You know I love, love LOVE using up leftover yarn to make something awesome. That was the plan with these striped socks I made for Joey.
I wanted to use two self-striping, faux-isle type yarns striped together. I figured that as the colours and patterns changed within each yarn I’d get some pretty interesting stripes. Here are the two colours I used, knit up as plain socks.
Fortissima Colori Socka Colour in 9095.
Opal Rainforest in colour 4007.
I used my own A Study in Scraps pattern, with just a couple of changes. I did two row stripes instead of single row, just because I could. And I added a third colour for the cuffs, heels and toes (Lion Brand Sock Ease in Taffy) because I wasn’t sure if I’d have enough yarn to finish the socks otherwise. Plus I thought it would make a good contrast.
Here are the results!
I really love them, and they were so fun to knit up! If you are entertained when knitting a self-striping yarn, think how entertained you’ll be using TWO of them!
As I went I weighed my yarn, so next time I wanted to make scrappy socks I’d know if I had enough. If you want to make your own scrap socks, there are a couple of things to keep in mind:
1) My yarns were all fairly thin. You might want to check my weight/yard to your own yarn and calculate accordingly. Or do what I would and just add on a few grams for comfort.
2) Joey wears a size 8.5 men’s shoe. (yeah, that’s pretty small, insert joke here.) I cast on 68 sts for him with a gauge of 8 sts/inch. Bigger socks obviously require more yarn.
3) The cuff of each sock is 2.5 cm/1″ long. The leg length is 11cm/4.3″. Foot length is 19cm/7.5″ measured from the back of the heel when laid flat. If you are making longer/shorter socks plan accordingly!
4) I used a standard heel flap and flat toe.
Here’s what I started with:
Lion Brand (blue): 28 gr
Fortissima (blue stripe): 34 gr
Opal (orange stripe): 32 gr
Here are the amounts used for each part of the sock. Amounts are for ONE sock:
Total amounts used:
Lion Brand: 11.5 grams (cuff, heel, toe)
Fortissima: 11.0 grams (leg, foot)
Opal: 12.0 grams (leg, foot)
Total yarn used for ONE sock: 34.5 grams.
(If that chart is too small for you click HERE for a bigger version)
I don’t know abut you, but I was a little surprised by how little yarn you need to knit each bit. 4 grams for a toe is not a lot of yarn, y’know? So you can really get out the small balls of leftovers and still do something cool with them! Let me know if you conduct a similar sock knitting experiment – did you like the results? Did you use a lot more yarn than me? If you want to give me specific amounts for a specific size I’ll post them here for others to use too!
Every year my LYS, Shall We Knit does something for Knit in Public Day (info for this year’s gala HERE). It’s always fun, there is always a fundraiser and there are quite frequently surprises.
This year they are raising money to help favourite dyers Indigodragonfly build a new dye studio.
This year Joey’s House is one of the surprises. (MWAHAHAHAH!!!)
Kim, of Indigodragonfly has a bit of a thing with squirrels. So when I went in to Shall We Knit about a month ago and said “What’s up for WWKIP Day?” I was not too surprised by Karen’s request.
“We need squirrels.”
Of course you do.
However, they couldn’t be just any squirrels.
Obviously we need a Cute and Cuddly Courier Squirrel, and a Mutant Zombie Squirrel. Of Doom.
How cute is this one with his little courier bag and wee skein of yarn?
Ok, so Zombie Squirrel isn’t as cute, but he sure is fun to zombify. And he’ll guard your vegetable garden if you ask nicely.
Of course, the yarn is from Indigodragonfly – the Squirrels were knit in her MCN Sock in the colour People Are Particularly Stupid Today. I Cannot Speak To Any More of Them.
Which is why you need a Squirrel – so you don’t end up just muttering to yourself in a corner. Folks might get the wrong idea.
Zombie Squirrel’s red eye is from Closure Fine Fastenings, a wee little button shop located inside Shall We Knit. I promise, Lynn won’t look at you strangely if you ask for Zombie eye buttons.
For anyone able to make it to Shall We Knit they will be selling kits complete with the pattern, foam stuffing and eyes, andyou’ll be able to visit with not only the Squirrels tomorrow, but me too! Come by and say hi!
If you’re not in the area no worries!
The pattern is available now on Ravelry.
I love a good pattern collection, don’t you? So I’ve put my three $2.00 patterns all together in one place, at one low price! Come on over to Ravelry and get your $5.00 eBook now!
This book is a really good deal – three sock patterns for less than what you might normally spend on one! They are all fun, easy patterns – maybe just the thing to knit on vacation over the summer? Grab a skein of sock yarn (don’t tell me you don’t have any you big fibber), download the eBook and you are ready for some fine beach knitting! Or hey, Sunday is Mother’s day, right? Does your mom knit? Voila, instant present! No, she won’t think you’re cheap, don’t be silly, it’s your mom, she’ll be proud that you made a smart purchasing decision and aren’t going into debt to buy her something goofy. If you have a bit of extra cash, toss in a gift card for her favourite coffee shop and a skein of sock yarn. What knitter mom doesn’t want some quiet knitting time with a nice latte? It’ll help make up for that time in high school. You know the one.
ATTENTION KNITTERS! This eBook is only going to be available until July 31, 2013. Grab it now if you want it!
I like to use safety eyes on my knitted toys. I think they look good (better than my embroidery heh), they’re easy to install, and not too hard to get hold of. Eyes are the most important part of the toy – your knitting may be perfect, your colours inspired, your making up flawless, but if you put those eyes on crooked or in the wrong place that’s all anyone will notice. When I’m ready to put a toy’s eyes on I stuff the head first, then stick the eyes through the knitting and then assess. I move them around. I fuss with them. When I finally have it right then I finally take the stuffing back out and attach the backs to the eyes.
Now, my toys either stay here – and Punky is old enough not to try to eat them – or go to yarn shops as displays. Also not a big worry that someone will try to yank the eyes out. But I am always concerned about people with little kids – those of the everything-in-the-mouth age. Safety eyes are so called because when you attach them to a piece of sturdy fabric (I’m talking commercial fabric here, not hand knitting) they are pretty difficult to get off. I’ve never had one come off a knitted toy either, but I really think that a determined enough toddler could do it, given enough time. Hand knitting stretches, and if you yanked on that eye enough and stretched out the knitting, I could see how it might maybe one day come out. However, my test knitter for Ciel, the wonderful Val has come up with a very easy solution to this problem. Take a look:
Brilliant! Just a little scrap of ribbon, with a couple of holes poked into it so the eye posts can go through. The grosgrain type of ribbon that Val used is nice and sturdy, and in a light enough colour not to show through the pink she used as for the head. Turn it right side out, add some stuffing and…
Cute! A lady bug kind of Ciel! Thanks Val for sharing!