When making socks one at a time, I find I have the added challenge of making both socks pretty close to the same. By this, I mean if I leave a noticeable angel kiss(mistake), I should repeat it with the second sock. To give you an example of how long this sock making is taking, I posted a blog around New Year’s; I made a mistake… posted on December 37, 2013; and Gussets and Lace posted on January 10, 2014. I’m now at the same point on the second sock, three and a half months later. These socks take time. I also knit other projects, begin quilts, read and sometimes make jewelry-among other hobbies I collect. Some days, I teach kindergarten or preschool and I forget I own knitting needles on those days.

 

Time-consumption aside, a good pair of socks does take many hours to knit. Since I chose to keep the mistake, instead of ripping out two one hundred plus stitch rows, I feel I should refer to it, and figure out what the mistake was so I may repeat it, with reasonable closeness. I’m approaching the heel-flap, and I know I’ve made one of my mistakes here. I actually thought I made both of them here. However, it appears I made the mistake of wrapping the heel flap, when I was simply supposed to move the yarn to the front or back. I have not decided if I need to repeat this mistake. I do not suspect I do, as it seems to be mostly unnoticeable.

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Progress of First Sock From Late December

But in a lace pattern that leans towards the delicate side, I feel I should repeat this mistake once I finish the heel flap and heel turn. I reviewed my own blogs today, to figure out what I did, and how I did it. I also looked at the sock, but so far, everything looks okay…its not an easy pattern to decipher in this high contrast variegated yarn.

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Scamp “helping” me photograph my sock progress

One piece of advice, if you are knitting a project in two parts and choose to leave a mistake, write it down so you can refer to it when you get to that part of your knitting again. You will likely need it.

In the meantime, happy sock-making. I will try not to bore you with too much info on heel-flaps and heel-turns, but it may be what I have to blog about next week….

ImageSock Progress As of April 19, 2014

Unless I take a break to talk about Easter or other Knitting Projects. Wish me luck with the socks, please! Happy Easter for those of you who celebrate it.

 

Scamp’s letter to Mom:

Dear Mom:

Since you let me help you with pictures tonight, perhaps I’ll leave your knitting alone. Then again, I do love yarn. But, perhaps I’ll try.

Love, Scamp

My reply:

Dear Scamp:

I know how to zip the bag closed and keep you out. Go find Squib.

Love, Mom

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I’ve knit four sock monkeys, which are knit similar to a pair of socks, just with bigger yarn. I’ve knit two complete pair of socks and am on my second sock of the third pair. I’ve had to work with increases and decreases in each pattern, and began one of my earliest patterns with increases and decreases  as a challenge to keep me interested in the pattern. I need challenge, or I am likely lose interest. In many of these patterns, I’ve encountered a number of ways to increase and decrease stitches. Today I plan to focus on two specific decrease stitches.

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Progress from two weeks ago, with little concern over correct knitting of ssk or k2t

Originally, when knitting a project and I encounted a ssk(Slip, slip, knit) decrease, I treated it much like a k2t(knit 2 together) decrease. The achieve the same purpose, to decrease the stitch. Since I didn’t notice much difference between the two stitches, I often just knit two together on both sides of the sock or sock monkey in order to decrease the number of stitches. Most of the time this wasn’t noticeable.

I also noticed over time and multiple projects, that ssk was often on one side of the gusset or toe, and k2t was on the other side. I thought perhaps it was a directional thing. But my socks are comfy and warm; so I did not worry about the difference between these two stitches. As I knit my current pair of socks, I reviewed my lace chart for the next row one day and realized I had both ssk and k2t in this pattern, and was expected to use them at different times and places. the ssk is on the left side and bottom half of the lace pattern and the k2t is on the right side and top half of the lace pattern.

 

The goal of this design is to create a diamond or “Almondine” shape. As I was knitting, and reviewing this pattern, I decided to review my definition of each type of stitch and investigate the difference, if, in fact, there was any. There is a difference. While it is not a huge difference on some simpler patterns, or something that uses bulky yarn. I noticed that the ssk left a smoother stitch in its wake.

ImageCurrent Progress with more concern for the difference between the ssk and k2t

The ssk is defined as: “With yarn held in back of work, separately slip two sts(stitches) as if to knit. Insert the font of both slipped sts and knit them together.”

The K2tog(k2t) is defined as: “Insert the right needle into the front of the first two sts on the left needle as if to knit, then knit them together.”

ImageScamp (The “Kitten”) helping me photograph my knitting as she’s not allowed to help me knit

Someone scanning this or casually reviewing it might think both definitions mean put both stitches onto one needle and knit them together. They don’t. The ssk requires extra steps, and it leaves you with a much smoother work I hope my pictures explain, as for the bottom half of this lace pattern, I was careful to knit all ssk stitches as defined. It left a smoother decrease than the bumpy knit two together. I hope my pictures can do this stitch justice as I don’t have any cool draw on my photo tools that I can use with the understanding which I have displayed regarding these two stitches.

Dear Mom,

You did not tell me you were taking pictures of socks. You did not include me when you knitted with that lovely fun yarn you have. Therefore, I shall steal your sock knitting yarn, even if it’s still attached to the sock and run away with it…Drat! You caught me.

Playfully yours,
Scamp

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Scamp with second skein of yarn she was caught running off with this evening

Dear Mom,

I’m serious. The yarn is not safe. If you can play with it, so can I. Go ahead, take it out to knit…I dare you.

Still, Playfully yours,

Scamp

 

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Scamp pretending she’s not attempting to run off with more yarn

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Squib, Scamp’s “brother from another mother” asleep in his duty of keeping The Kitten busy. Zeus’ nose is at bottom, wondering if he can “chuff” Squib off the couch

Dear Scamp,

Do I really have to wake up Squib to keep you entertained? Stay out of my knitting.

Seriously yours,

Mom.

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Scamp pretending she is not at all interested in my knitting bag…only when the camera is present.

Lucky for her, and Squib’s nap; she decided she was hungry and is finding other things to get into.

A Saturday night in my life, or any night in my life;-).

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Again?!? really?

Dear Mom,

Go ahead and try to chat with Dad(aka, boyfriend, aka James)…or wake up Squib. I’m taking the yarn, again.

Playfully yours, until you play with me,


Scamp

…30 Minutes Later…Squib woke up. Thank goodness!

 

This week’s blog is about the sheer act of determining that an act needs to be done, then doing it. I had the week off. This would translate to lots of time to knit and read in a perfect world. I’m not sure when I’ve ever felt as if the world was perfect…perhaps for a week while you’re falling in love with that great guy which I’m still lucky enough to want to be around.

 

I set about my week off with plans a plenty. I would get work done on my book. I would knit. I might clean. I should clean. I might read. I want to read. I have so much time. I decided to contribute some of my free time to scrapbooking. I did make some nice pages. Then I couldn’t find my corner-rounder punch. I called my best friend and asked if she hadn’t, even though I knew I didn’t. I searched and searched. Then I started clearing out a spot of my bedroom for my scrapbooking space. I began clearing off my scrapbook table to organize things a bit. I still didn’t find the punch. But now, I needed to finish setting up the new scrapbooking space.

 

When I wasn’t working on the scrapbooking space, I decided to devote some attention to a new quilting book. I was planning my nieces’ quilts and needed to give them some attention as well. I’m aiming for an art quilt for my oldest niece, so I spent the morning attempting to draw it out on graph paper. One might argue I could have been knitting.

 

I took the knitting to my boyfriend’s. I didn’t touch it. Finally, after days of setting up scrapbook space and focusing on quilts, I sat down one morning and said, “I am going to knit.” I decided that I promised myself knitting when I wasn’t working on other projects or applying for jobs to help pay those pesky bills. So, Friday morning, I sat down with my cup of coffee and determined that it would be done.

ImageWhat my sock looked like going into Spring Break

I picked up my needles and pattern, reviewed where I was and set to work. I decided I would knit all sixteen rows of one pattern repeat. I drank my coffee and refilled my mug as I knit that morning. The knitting went well and simple, because I knew what the yarn and the pattern would ask of me. I got through about thirteen of the sixteen rows before I started getting noticeable errors. When I realized the error, I did what I could to fix it in that row. I honestly hate ripping out an entire row of just done work for something that will likely be unnoticeable in the larger scheme of things.

As I “repaired” the error, I realized it was getting close to lunch time. I set the knitting aside and went to get lunch. Then I finished setting up some of my scrapbook space and worked on other small stuff. I did not get back to the sock that day.

ImageCurrent Sock Progress

This morning, I got up to have my cup of coffee and got out my knitting once again. I knew I only had three rows to finish to complete my original goal of one pattern repeat. Though I was a little later than planned, I was making the progress I had determined to make. My scrapbook area looks neat and tidy, for now. I have now completed sixty percent of the leg, or three total pattern repeats, with only two left until I begin the heel flap. I think that is enough motivation to get me moving.

ImageGetting there…one row at a time…(one stitch at a time, somedays)

Perhaps I will race Summer, and see if I can complete the sock before she moves in and takes over the warm-up job for Spring. In the meantime, wish me luck and motivation, and perhaps fewer interrupting projects. Though I admit, it is nice to have a space to complete my knitting project scrapbook. What can I say? I’m a crafter at heart.