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Diamond Array Socks June 28, 2016

About 15 years ago, I came to the happy realization that I was equally comfortable with purling as with knitting. I’m not sure why it took so long. But I remember as a child I would always finish with a purl row if knitting stockinette stitch, so that the next time I picked up the project, I would do so willingly because I would be on a knit row. Every project was subject to this rule. Hated purling. Doesn’t everyone, at first?

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But lately I’ve begun to realize how beautiful the knit stitch looks as it travels along in a field of purl stitches. Texture. One of the features that makes this craft of “knitting” so beautiful. Perhaps I should call myself a “purler” instead of a “knitter”!

So, here’s my latest free pattern offering, Diamond Array Sock Pattern, with a cute but true little story at the beginning.

 

 

Knitting Clubs and a Free Sock Pattern August 20, 2015

I haven’t blogged in a while, having come off a very difficult year of teaching. Don’t get me wrong; the kids were great. So read between the lines about the “not great” part. But that year is done. I have changed positions, schools and districts, and I’m ready to start tomorrow! But first things first. Here’s a picture of my 3rd Grade Knitting Club. The kids learned a lot, and I got them off to a good start. We only learned how to do garter stitch, but most of them had someone in their lives who could add to their needlework knowledge, either crocheting or knitting. I’ll miss them so much. They were fabulous! They’d come to club saying things like, “Oh, I can help her do such-and-such because I saw a YouTube video on that last night!” Oh, my heart, isn’t that sweet?!

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    And now, on to my new sock pattern. I am going to be putting out free sock patterns that are named according to how many stitches you need to cast on. If you are familiar with fingering yarns and how many stitches you need to cast on for, say, men’s socks or women’s socks, then these patterns will help you. The patterns are usually just plain ribbing or a simple cable thrown in. So just grab a Stitch Dictionary and make your own design! This first pattern is called 80 Stitch Sock Pattern-updateEnjoy!

 

Longfellow Socks May 30, 2014

I’m so tired of this happening at the end of dude socks:
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“This” being that I run out of yarn as I’m ready to knit the toe of the second sock. This is not the first odd toe that I’ve knit.  I only started running out of yarn after the guys I knit for cried out for longer socks!  AND I’m even using a yarn that has generous yardage (Cascade Heritage Quatro–437 yards/400 meters, color way: Brown Bear).

So being smarter than the average brown bear, I came up with a pattern that uses different yarns for a short cuff, heel, and toe. I’m calling this free sock pattern Longfellow Socks.
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Oh, and I always have my knitting with me, even at (close to) the top of Angels Landing in Zion National Park. I couldn’t justify risking my life and ending my knitting career in order to hold on to chains for the last part of the hike!

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To get the link, go to this Ravelry page:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/longfellow-socks

Happy knitting, wherever you may be! And here’s to longer socks!

 

Held Hostage, Part 2 October 9, 2013

Filed under: My Knitting Life — nancyknit @ 7:49 pm
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  I’ll admit it. I’m a stash and project hostage.  Through the process of moving I saw my accumulation of yarn. The quantity of that yarn stash was paltry by some standards, but it was just too much. (As I teach my students who are learning English, that word “too” followed by a quantity word is never a good thing, e.g. I ate too much, Its too far away, etc.)  I questioned myself: Why do you have so much? What are you missing out on by already having a lot? 

By having that stash, I’ve missed out on yarn trends that I really wanted to try. Like knitting something, anything with Kauni Effektgarn, any new lux fiber, something in Spud & Chloe, a little Madelinetosh number, anything and everything! I’ve passed up simply because of all that yarn that used to be in my basement. I mean, how can I justify spending more? I hope you can feel how long this guilt has gone on, I mean, some of this yarn has been out for a decade! 

So I gave away and sold lots of that bondage in those cute little fiber balls. I still have 2 smallish tubs full (yes, that kind of full, the kind where you almost have to sit on the box lid!), but it’s still only 2 tubs. In the meantime, I’ll continue to finish and knit, and when I do, I’m going to participate fully in trends and fibers, classes and shops. 

Sorry to wax so philosophical here for two posts in a row. Let’s get unserious now. Here are a few UFOs that I’m motivated to finish with accompanying captions below the photo:

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Socks for my brother who, strangely, wears out the toes! Just search for my basic ribbed sock pattern.

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The knitting is done on this nine patch mitered square blanket, but I have about 5 squares worth of weaving in those darn loose ends!

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I don’t want to knit gloves…what was I thinking? Too much fussy-work on the fingers. So I’m making a change to:

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MITTENS! Once I decided to change from gloves to mittens, I was suddenly motivated to finish these. 

And last, but certainly not least:

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Yes, the famous moose hats. It takes about 1.5 hours to duplicate stitch each moose on the hat…x 4 moose = 6 hours just of duplicate stitch! My son better not wash this, or it’s curtains for him!

Now I’ve pared down my UFOs.  What about you?

 

 

Christmas Knitting Done! December 26, 2011

Filed under: My Knitting Life — nancyknit @ 10:17 pm
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For once I finished my Christmas knitting way ahead of schedule, or so I thought.  BUT then I remembered the socks I needed to finish for my mom and dad.  I had one and a half socks knit for each of them, having just turned the heels on the second sock for each of them.  So, crazy knitting ensued on December 18.  Actually it wasn’t too bad because that was all I knitted on for a few days, and then they were done  Yes, done by December 21!

These gray ribbed socks were for my dad, but I decided to give them to my dear husband.

My dad got a pair of tan cabled socks from me.

The socks below are for my mom:

And then I knitted these scarves for my nieces:


And I couldn’t forget my sweet little great niece (whom I rocked to sleep on Christmas Day because she was all tuckered out)! So I used this great yarn from Jojoland called Rhythm Superwash.  It’s super spongy and has a ton of memory.  I’ve used it on socks too, and it’s great. This pattern is called “Cute Little Buggy” and is free here on my blog!

Now I guess I’ll start next year’s knitting!

 

 
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