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Socks for Someone Six

Plain, chidren's ribbed socks

After my monthly knitalong in March featured a very intricate and involved pattern, I was ready for a no-brainer.  I had a beautiful skein of yarn in my stash that was just enough for a child’s pair of socks.  (The yarn is a Louet Gems 100% superwash merino, fingering weight in Wendy Knits Sunrise colourway.)  I decided to make a plain, 2 x 2 ribbed pattern with a fleegle/gusset heel.  I almost don’t need a pattern anymore since these are so simple.  One thing I love about plain socks is that I can knit them without looking for the most part, making it really easy to participate in conversations or even to read at the same time.

I made them extra big since we are just entering into the warm season and I want them to fit all fall/winter.  My six year old has super-skinny feet, so a ribbed knit is a good choice for her since they hug her feet and legs well.  I added a little picot hem at the top just for a little fun girly-ness, too.

Picot Hem

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A cozy, warm mug

I only have a few minutes to post, but I thought you might like to see this awesome mug cozy I whipped up yesterday. It is called the Cabled Coffee and Hand Warmer, pattern by Ali S., though the pattern is now discontinued.  It took me about 2 hours to knit.  I love it because it dresses up my favourite mug which is just plain cream-coloured pottery.

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A few days ago, I walked into the bathroom to find, once again, our lovely handmade soap bar soggy and squished with bits of brown soap all over the sink and the counter.  UGH.  I have lectured our little girls several times about wasting soap and even considered switching to liquid soap.  However, I love handmade soap and I wouldn’t give up easily.

I remembered an idea I read years ago about using an old onion bag to act as a soap scrap collector. I thought this might also work to prevent our little ones from using our lovely soap as a sculpting medium.  Five minutes later…

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It worked great.  For those of you not into crafts, but having the same problem I was having might find this tip useful.  I used a double layer of onion bag stretched around our scraps and secured with a twist tie.  Highly functional, highly eco-friendly, but sadly ugly.

Since I am always on the lookout for how I can use knitting to solve my problems in life, it wasn’t hard to come up with a prettier solution. I present to you the “Itty-Bitty Soap Scrap Sack”, using leftover sock yarn.

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At first I made a larger version, about the size of a bar of soap, but found this unnecessary for our purposes. We have lots of scraps of gorgeous handmade soap since my sister is a soap-maker and we get all the leftover bits we want!  This bag is only 1 3/4″ x 3″ and is perfect for us.  It can be whipped up in less than an hour.  I particularly love projects like this because I am a ‘product knitter’ through and through and really enjoy the instant gratification of quick knits!  This is my first time sharing a design of my own, so  I would love to know if you make one and to see your photos, too.   Click below for the pattern:

Itty-Bitty Soap Scrap Sack

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Over the last few months, I have knit several pairs of socks. As you know, I am involved in a knitalong on  Ravelry where members are knitting through the patterns from Cookie A’s book, one per month.

This month’s pattern was Angee. It was a fabulous pattern, easy and fun.  I have had times where I am scrambling to finish my socks by the end of the month, but this month, I finished in a week!

 

Angee socks, pattern by Cookie A

I used a wonderful yarn, Zen Yarn Garden Smooshy, in the colourway ‘Robyn’s Gold’. I think the pattern works well with both variegated and solid colourways.  I also knit this pattern two-at-a-time, toe-up without inverting the pattern, so if you look closely at the finished socks of other knitters, you will see that mine differs (compared to others — upside-down).

 

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Socks for Steve

These are knitted from the free pattern, Temperance by Liz Abinante. I really like the way they turned out, though they took me a very long time to knit.  I did the 80 stitch version with 2mm needles.  As usual, they were knitted toe-up and two at a time.  I bought the yarn, Kettle-Dyed Essential in the Oak colourway from KnitPicks (on Sale!).

Temperance Socks

Temperance Socks

If I were to knit these again, I would probably go up to 2.25mm needles and I would also not do the twisted stitches as the pattern suggests. I found the pattern’s method very time consuming and fiddly and wish I’d thought to switch methods before I was on the last repeat!  In the end, I switched to the method used for cabling without a cable needle.  Ahhhh.  Much better.

If you would like to learn how to cable without a cable needle, I suggest checking out the quick how-to video at Knitting Help. If you go to advanced techniques and scroll down, you will see the video marked, “Crossing Cables without a cable needle”.  Don’t worry — it’s a cinch.

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I have noticed…

…that many of the knitting-related posts I do here don’t get a lot of comments. Perhaps you are just speechless with my knitting genius or maybe you wish I’d just skip the crafty/knitting posts and stick to homeschooling and food and homemaking topics. Anyway, I thought I’d use this as an excuse to do a poll.
I would love it if you would vote.

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YES!! I won!

In a knitalong group I participate in on Ravelry, I was the lucky one to win the prize for April. It was not because of my talented knitting, but rather my name was randomly drawn.  Nevertheless, I was very excited.  My prize arrived on Tuesday all the way from Scotland.

In the photo you will see: A sweet card from the group administrator, a lovely bag of tea called ‘a moment of calm’, (which is great for a mom of six kids!), a cool key chain and some delish-looking hot chocolate that is calling my name right now.

April Makin' Cookies KAL Prize

April Makin' Cookies KAL Prize

In terms of yarn, you will see:  the beautiful lavendar/pink/lilac yarn which is from Old Maiden yarns, a stunning skein in bright red with a touch of yellow and purple from the Knitting Goddess (colourway is Goddess Chakra Red) and a skein of Tofutsies from South West Trading Company in green/blue/purple/white, which I can’t wait to try out.  You will also see my very own lavendar bag kit from the Knitting Goddess, which I am very excited about! (I have never tried BFL yarn.) I am also looking forward to receiving a cool book from Larissa Brown called Knitalong as well as this skein of gorgeous yarn from colourplay fibers!

What a great prize.  I am so excited.

(Did I mention my excitement?)

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