Knitty Keen

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Sock Break June 12, 2013

I’ve had an epiphany about the sooper seekrit project and it’s going to be smaller and much more manageable than I originally intended.  As such, I’ve lessened the pace at which I’m working on it so I’m not posting a WIP Wednesday picture of it on my Facebook page.  Instead, I pulled out a hibernating WIP, my toe-up heel-flap sock.

Toe-up sock


If it doesn’t look that much different from the last picture I posted of it, it’s because it isn’t.  I took it with me to work on while the kids were playing in the park tonight, so I only got a few rounds done.  I think I’ve figured out how I’m going to alter it to accommodate my high instep.  I need about an extra half inch of heel flap, which would translate to an extra inch of gusset so instead of starting the gusset at 7.5″ for my foot as recommended in Socks from the Toe Up, I’m going to start my gusset at 6.5″ and place a life line before I turn the heel.  It will still probably take a while before I get there since this is my park and doctor’s office knitting, but when I do I’ll post the changes I made to Wendy’s pattern.

So it’s sock knitting for tonight then back to seekrit projects tomorrow.


The Knitter’s Book of Socks January 14, 2013

Filed under: Books,Knitting,Socks,What's in the Works,WIP's — knittykeen @ 11:28 pm
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I just got this in the mail today and was very excited to read it.  The beginning of the book has all sorts of technical information about different fibers and yarns and how they work in different patterns in the book.  Some emphasis is placed on making your socks more durable through stitch and yarn choice.  What it does not have is information about fit and adjusting your patterns which is what I thought it would contain.  As written, there looks to be only a few patterns that I can use for my big, wide, high instep feet.  There are several socks that I’d like to make from my quick perusal of the patterns, but as per usual I am going to have to do some heavy revisions to make socks that will actually fit my feet.


Thankfully, I have my handy copy of Cookie A’s Sock Innovation which does have info on how to alter patterns to accommodate different sized feet.  The chart she has on how to do a trapezoidal heel for any sized heel flap is priceless and one that I use all the time in my sock knitting.


Sensational Knitted Socks is another good reference book as it has size charts for practically every sized foot available, and not just length but circumference as well for narrow, medium and wide feet.  It has some nice things to say about sock structure and all of the patterns in the book can be altered to fit any sized foot.

I look forward to reading the individual patterns more closely in The Knitter’s Guide to Socks but I have to say I’m not as excited about it as I though I’d be.  It’s definitely worth having in your library, the designers she got for the book are fantastic, just don’t expect information about fit from it.

In knitting news, I’m well on my way with my second No Purl Monkey sock, about an inch to go on the heel flap before I turn the heel.  In an effort to keep the stitch pattern intact, the socks are a little bit longer than I usually like for my foot, so there’s not a nice, snug fit.  I also made the cuff much longer than I normally do and it fits my large calves nicely, any higher and it would be too tight.  I’m also working on mittens for my kids in some Peace Fleece and US Size 6 (4.0mm) needles.  The youngest’s pair should be finished tomorrow and then I can get the measurements the older’s pair and hopefully have them done by the end of the week.


Foreign Concepts January 5, 2013

I’ve heard of Norwegian purling before but never went any further to investigate it.  I found a YouTube video tutorial for it on one of my knitting groups and since I was doing some 1×1 ribbing I decided I would give it a shot.  I’m sure it’s because I’m new at it, but I’m not seeing any time difference over bringing the yarn forward.  It also may have been the yarn I was using (Noro Kureyon Sock), but my Norwegian purls seemed looser than my regular purls.  Again, it could totally be the yarn, Kureyon Sock is by no means smooth and it was from a frogged project so it was a bit wavy to begin with.  I’m going to wait and try it with some worsted weight yarn and see how it goes, until then the jury is still out.

My No Purl Monkey socks are moving along nicely.  I’m into the instep on the first one and I’m loving the way the Colinette Jitterbug is working up.  The yarn is nice and springy and the colors are fantastic.  Here’s a picture of it before I finished picking up the heel flap stitches.

WIP No Purl Monkey socks

I haven’t made much progress on the socks because I’ve been cheating on it with the Sock Yarn Slouch Hat.

Sock Yarn Slouch Hat


I’m using some Noro Kureyon Sock that I’ve had in my stash for ages and doesn’t match anything I own, but I like the colors and I need a hat in the worst way.  I’ve made a few changes to the pattern.  I’m using a size 3 (3.25mm) needle because that’s the smallest 16″ circular that I own.  I changed the cast on to 150sts to accommodate my gigantic head and changed the increase to 50sts so I got a nice even number.  I have about two more inches to go before I start doing decreases.  If I can keep up the pace, I should be able to be done with it by Monday or so at the latest.




Fine Tuning December 22, 2012

I finished the first fingerless mitt last night (well, almost finished — I only have the thumb left) and it looks pretty good.  The problem is that I think it’s going to be too big for my dad.  I had my husband try it on and it fits him perfectly, but he has HUGE hands, like regular men’s gloves don’t fit his hands.  So I’m getting ready to cast on with about a half-inch’s worth of fewer stitches and a few less rounds here and there and hope that this time I get it right.

Fingerless Mitt

I’m doing it in Knitpicks Stroll in Fedora on my size 2.5 addis.  The pattern will be up after Christmas.


All the knitting December 21, 2012

Due to a couple of snafu’s with getting my order processed, the yarn for the socks I was going to make my dad didn’t get to me until this past Wednesday.  I started the first sock and got three inches into the leg before admitting to myself that it just wasn’t going to happen.  I’ve since changed my mind and started on fingerless mitts for him.  He does a lot of work on his 33 Plymouth and this way he can have warm hands while leaving his fingers free for delicate work.  I’m just about ready to separate the thumb stitches and finish the hand which should be done by tonight.

I’m still not sure if I’m going to be able to finish them in time for Christmas at this point because I just can’t spend every waking moment knitting, so he may be getting one mitt and an IOU for the second.  Once I’m done with them, I’ll post the pattern here and then eventually get around to making it pretty and putting it in my Ravelry store.


Finished Objects at long last! December 18, 2012

I started winding the yarn for this pair of socks back in March of 2011 and last night I kitchnered the toe on the second one and wove in all my ends and they are now on my feet.

ImageThey are made with Three Irish Girls yarn on size 2.5 needles.  Nothing fancy, just plain stockinette socks using my own pattern to fit my freakish feet.

This pair I also finished last night and are to be gifted to my mom for Christmas.

ImageThey are the No Purl Monkey socks done up in Knitpicks Stroll Tonal using a size 1.5 needle.  I actually cracked the needle knitting these and unlike addis, the kintpicks needles don’t bend.  I’m going to be calling customer service to see if I can get a replacement, but I don’t have high hopes of it holding up any better than the first one.

Right now, I’m swatching for a pair of plain stockinette socks for my dad, who even with his size 10 feet the socks will be smaller than the ones I make myself.  I have a ton of appointments this week so I’m going to have to really buckle down if I have any hope of finishing these by Christmas.


’tis the season May 30, 2010

Filed under: Crochet,Free Patterns,What's in the Works — knittykeen @ 11:30 am
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…for crocheted market bags!

mesh market bag

mesh market bag

It’s a bit too big, so I want to make one that’s a little more manageable, so check back in a day or two for a quick and dirty pattern.