Tracey's Journal

This is just a place for me to post some pictures, write a few lines, and hopefully share some of my crafts.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Demo videos of sock heel

My husband and I have made 2 videos of how to do short row sock heels. The pattern is Isela Phelps of Decor Accents ribbed sock pattern. It can be found here: Ribbed Sock Pattern The loom I use to make my socks is also from Decor Accents and they can be found here: Sock Looms I use the extra fine gauge sock loom for the socks you see on my blog.

The videos were done on a Knifty Knitter loom so you could better see the stitches. They are fairly long videos, so please be patient while they load. Please remember that Isela's pattern tells you exactly how many pegs you need to do your socks based on your loom size. This is just a demonstration of how to increase and decrease. You do the same increasing and decreasing for the heel as well as the toe. I like the Kitchener stitch to sew my toe seam. You can do a Google search if you need directions on that. :)

Decreasing Sock Heel Video


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Increasing Sock Heel Video


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Second pair of socks

Well, I've finished the first sock of my 2nd pair. I knit this one with Knit Picks yarn Simple Stripes. It is much softer than the Lyon Brand Magic Stripes yarn I used for my first pair of socks. I wish I made the leg portion a little longer on these. I had plenty of yarn to do it, but I was in such a hurry to get to the heel portion I couldn't be bothered to knit the leg any longer. The next pair will be longer. :)

Close up of Kitchener stitched toe


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1st sock of 2nd pair


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Monday, May 22, 2006

What temperment am I?

I took a temperment test and I thought it was pretty accurate, this is the result:

You Have a Melancholic Temperament

Introspective and reflective, you think about everything and anything.
You are a soft-hearted daydreamer. You long for your ideal life.
You love silence and solitude. Everyday life is usually too chaotic for you.

Given enough time alone, it's easy for you to find inner peace.
You tend to be spiritual, having found your own meaning of life.
Wise and patient, you can help people through difficult times.

At your worst, you brood and sulk. Your negative thoughts can trap you.
You are reserved and withdrawn. This makes it hard to connect to others.
You tend to over think small things, making decisions difficult.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Close up of Kitchener Stitch

This is a close up of the 2nd sock.  I used the Kitchener stitch to close the toe and I really like the way this toe looks.  It wasn't any more difficult than the zig zag method I thought, and it sure looks lots better.  I found directions to do the Kitchener stitch here:
http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/basic_techniques/misc.php
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Close up of Zig Zag Stitch

This is a close up of the first sock.  The toe was stitched together with the zig zag method.  It was a little lumpy for my taste, and since it was done with the self-striping yarn the color of the stitch was different than the sock color which doesn't help matters.
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1st Pair of Completed Socks

These are the first pair of socks I knit on my EFG sock loom from Decor Accents.  I used Magic Stripes yarn for these socks.  They fit very nicely.  The stripes don't exactly match from foot to foot, but hey, they are hand-made. :)  They are thin enough to wear them with my Birks, but heavy enough to keep my feet warm in the winter.  I finished these socks Friday night, 5/19/06 and started my 2nd pair the next day. :)  I can't wait to finish them as I'm knitting them with yarn from Knitpicks. :)
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1st Pair of Socks Complete

I finished my 1st pair of socks!!!! They are in the dryer now. As soon as I can I'll be uploading pictures of them too. I sewed the short row toe together with the zig-zag method for the first sock, but didn't like the look, so for the second sock I removed it from the loom stitch by stitch and put each stitch on knitting needles. Half the stitches were on one needle, and the other half were on the second needle. I then used the Kitchener stitch to sew them together. It is seamless looking. I'll definitely be using the Kitchener stitch from now on. I found great directions at http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/basic_techniques/misc.php

I highly encourage you to try it. It isn't difficult to do, you just have to get the hang of it. :)

Knit 1 Purl 1 stitch

If you listen to this video I'm sure you'll realize I live in the south. :) Believe it or not, I've lost most of my accent. :) I hope this video helps you. If you'd like to see any other videos just ask. My DH has already asked what we are going to video next. :) I think he had more fun doing it than I did. :)


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Saturday, May 20, 2006

Knit 1 Purl 1 stitch

My DH and I took a video of me demonstrating the k1,p1 stitch, and I plan on uploading it here. I'm using my EFG sock loom from Decor Accents. I'm only doing a short section because I prefer the k2, p2 rib stitch for my socks. Well, let's see if this works. :)

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

2nd sock and this one fits. :)


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More sock knitting

My new EFG sock loom came from Decor Accents on Thursday May 4th. I of course started knitting right away. :) By Sunday I had knit enough to try my new sock on, and IT FITS!!!!!!! I'm so thrilled. I'm trying to finish this sock so I can get the 2nd sock started this weekend. I'm using Magic Stripes again for this sock. Everybody says that it softens after washing, and I hope so since it is a little scratchy. I'm just so happy that I can knit socks that fit me. :)

I've attached a couple of pictures. One is the entire sock (at least so far), and the other is a close up of the short row heel. See Mom, no holes! :) I'm using Isela's pattern and it is so easy to follow. Thanks Isela. :)
 
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