Three Birds One Sock

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You’ll never believe this.

Well, maybe you will.

Still not done those socks yet.  And do you know why?  I ran out of yarn.  AAARRGH!!

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Sometimes, I really wish I was one of those anal people that counted every yard spun and kept a notebook of all the details of my spins.  You know..what wheel I spun it on…Whether it was worsted or woolen spun…What day I spun it on and corresponding temperature .  I’m just not.  Sigh.  I know there’s a lot of value to that.  But when I start spinning or knitting, it’s purely for enjoyment.  At least it is for now.  So, I just don’t want to have to worry about any of that.  Which is why I find myself in my current situation:  Not done.  So why do I have a huge ball of yarn sitting there?  Well, I had to unravel the sock and start over with an eye towards making these afterthought heel socks a heck of a lot smaller.  After all, it’s still a challenge.  So what if it was a November challenge and it’s almost Christmas?! Yikes. 

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I really should have known.  With a little forethought, I could have remembered that this spin was not really evenly spun and it was a cable yarn using basically around the same amount of ounces I use to spin a standard 2-ply yarn.  The yardage was bound to be cut down significantly.  That really wouldn’t have taken a notebook.  Just some good, old common sense.  Duh, Stace.

The problem is I’m still waaaayyyy behind on my Christmas knitting.  I really don’t want to have to table another project just to get through Christmas (done that already)…So, I’m extending this project to do a few things.  Not only is it going to finally finish off that challenge, but it’s also going to be a Christmas gift for the Girl Child.  And since her daddy wants her to have a new pair of Uggs for Christmas, it will be a nice accessory to show off when she takes those boots out for a spin.  Let’s hope there are no more hiccups on these between now and then, lol.

To date, I have only completed one (as in, 1) Christmas gift so far and that’s a scarf that I kind of like for myself. I know, I know…

It’s really not my fault.  Ever since Weekend Knitting, I’ve loved that super long, very simple, yet very dramatic uptown scarf.

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See what I mean?  It’s so simple, but lovely in every way.  Love that Melanie Falick!

 

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This scarf was made with a bulkier yarn, but kind of comes close in simplicity and I was just thinking…who else in my family would appreciate that besides me?  ;)  Plus, it’s so soft.  I want it (whine).

Instead of gifting that I was thinking, I could attempt to fit one more pair of socks as a gift in after Girl Child’s socks from this book.

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Knitted Socks East and West is by Judy Sumner and though I haven’t knit anything from it yet, I definitely will.  The photos are gorgeous!

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I’ve seen a lot of sock books-and I own quite a few as well, so a sock book has to have some kind of hook for me to want to get another one.  This one actually works out because it has a pretty nice idea behind it…All of the socks are based on Japanese stitch patterns and culture.  That’s pretty different! Plus, the book is kindle-ized! So, I’m in heaven.  We’ll see if I get to try one before the holiday is over.

Speaking of Japanese culture…I decided to put my etsy gifts into rotation for this Christmas.  Maybe that will help me gain a little ground on my Christmas knitting?  Who am I kidding?  Anything would be an improvement on my GTD rate at the moment, lol.  One thing I love to do (and you may already know), is wrap my gifts in furoshiki cloths.

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It’s an ancient Japanese tradition and a lot greener than buying papers that get torn off and thrown away. They’re a beautiful solution and can be embellished any way you like.  If you have the time to try it out this year (here’s a tutorial; here’s an app), make a wrap or two and see how you like it! I know the recipient will LOVE it! My recipients always do. :)

Comments

  1. grayseasaylor says:

    Thanks for the link to furoshiki, Stacey! I have tried “doing my own thing” with material wrapping, so am interested to see what the tutorial suggests I should do:) Merry Christmas to you and yours! xx from Gracie

  2. I love your packages! I have always admired them and you are right – it definitely IS green.

    Don’t get yourself stressed up too much! I’d probably never collect that much information about my spinning (if I ever get to finish a skein) as well.
    And if it makes you feel any better: I now have less than two hours to knit about 14cm for my mum’s socks after having a crochet marathon because of the owl my sister gets for Christmas (from my mum …) … So since yesterday, I haven’t been doing anything but knitting my mum’s last sock (and won’t finish that, I suppose …). So my SIL and a friend of mine won’t get socks for Christmas. don’t trouble yourself. Let them choose their favourite pattern with you. :D

    • Hmmm…let them choose their favorite pattern sounds like a nice idea too! Wish I had thought of that some time…

      Be careful now. Once you start making wraps, it becomes addictive for gifting AND receiving! I think folks that get these from me would be a little upset NOT to get these from me at this point, lol!

  3. Can I gush again? I love every single thing you post. It’s amazing and inspiring to know that you do all of this while raising children. You’re my hero.

  4. Those are beautiful. Now to get to the matter at hand. I need help! I know, I can look on youtube and I will but I thought I would ask you when I saw your gorgeous photo. Here is the situation: I stupidly bought stuff to knit a pair of socks today. Me, the person who has never made anything more than a plain scarf. Since my mom was just diagnosed with cancer I wanted to knit her a pair of socks. Yes let’s add to the stress in my life. That would be me. So I have a set of five needles. That just sounds insane. It is insane. So I have all my 40 stitches cast on. I have transferred the first 10 to another needle. Now how on earth do I transfer the next 10?! From where? What needle? Which end? If you can show me it would be great! Thank you

    • I had this lonnnnggg response written out and then I lost it!! So, hopefully, you see this in time! At first, it’s like a juggling act. But you get the hang of it after a while and it’s a piece of cake! First off, the goal is to get these stitches divided up across all four needles as though it is one needle-only kinda broken in a couple places-WITHOUT twisting any stitches, if that makes any sense. If you have seen a straight needle with all of it’s stitches ready to be knit with, that’s what we’re going for. It’s just spread across four needles.

      So, with your needle that contains the 30 stitches to the left and the other needle containing 10 on the right (again without twisting the orientation of the stitches between these two needles), take your next fresh needle and insert it between these needles into the first stitch on the left needle (which contains the 30 sts). It should be inserted into the rightmost stitch on that 30 st needle. Take that stitch and the next 9. Just let the stitches slide on down toward the center of that needle. It’s a double-pointed needle, so no worries. You’ll be able to get them back off. ;) Remember, keep an eye on the very first needle as you are taking these needles off. You want absolutely no twisting and you don’t want those stitches slipping off either. You want to do the same thing with the next fresh needle, only this time it goes between the needle with 20 sts and the needle with 10 sts that you just completed. Take 10 sts allowing the stitches to slide down toward the center of that needle too. When you are finished, lay the whole thing down on the table in a straight line with all the stitches facing the same side. Make sure that all of your stitches are in a straight row with no twisting-just as if it were a straight needle. There will be some overlap of the ends of the needles because they are dpns. But the stitches themselves should be in a nice straight row-just like you’d see on a straight needle. As long as there is no twisting, you are ready to start knitting. For now, have the needle with the working yarn (the yarn that leads to the yarn supply) toward the right. At the other end of these four needles is the first needle you will be knitting into. Keep all of the stitches in the center of the circle that is being made as you draw the end tips of these needles closer together for your first stitch. Then, while the working yarn is behind the needles for a knit stitch, you will insert the tip of the needle from the working yarn (technically if this were straights, the right needle) into the end stitch of the last needle for a normal knit stitch. You want to do this in a way that there is again, no twisting going on. After your first stitch, place a marker. That will be the beginning of your rows.

      Now, I tried to put in this explanation everything I could think of that might come up. But I still think a visual is really good for a first dpn experience, so here’s a link to one of the best places on the web for knitting help: http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/play/double-pointed-needles If you can’t see the vid, refer to my instructions and let me know if there are any hitches. But, if you can see the vid, I think you will be well on your way. :)

      Good luck!

      • I lost my reply also! Ok so I am sure you can hear me laughing, like a crazy woman. Who invented this nonsense?! Thank you so much for your patient answer. So before I came back and found your answer I watched several youtube videos and I think I found one finally that I can follow. Oh my gosh it looks insane though. But after reading and watching I catch a bit more everytime. So maybe in a few days I will have something to show for it! Thank you so much.

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