Figuring out how to stitch doll socks by trial and error.
I feel like I haven’t finished any crafty items lately. I have some very slow going Work-In-Progress projects. I guess I’ve just been a bit preoccupied and scatter brained!
Here’s the sock. I’m not sure how the rest of the sock will stripe because there’s still a green bit in the yarn that have yet to make an appearance (you can see it in the middle of the ball of yarn). I’m making it stripe by alternating yarn pulled out from center and yarn that’s unwrapped from the outside of of the same ball.
And here’s the scarf. It’s about 1/3 of the way done. I’m hoping to make it long-ish. It’s been chilly enough for a scarf lately, but I’m sure that it will be suddenly hot outside should I manage to finish it anytime soon.
And here’s my spinning project, I only get done about few inches a month it seems (because it requires my full attentions, something I rarely have!). I’m making a core-spun yarn (fluffy fiber is spun around the “core” — I’m using cotton crochet thread for this) that has fluffy thick bits and tightly spun thin bits. This technique seems to be quite popular for yarn spun on a spinning wheel, but I searched through the internet for spindle version of the technique and didn’t find anything. It wasn’t too difficult to figure out how to work it on a spindle but it’s really time consuming process.
March is my favorite month in terms of crafting because it’s my birthday month, which means to me that crafting budget stretch a little and I get something special! I often use this month as an excuse to get tools and supplies necessary to learn something new (last year I got spindles and really nice fibers to learn spinning).
This year, I wanted to further my recent adventures in sock knitting, so I made Todd promise me not to get me anything else for my birthday because I wanted this super extravagant set of needles in size 2.5 mm (which I decided was a perfect size for making socks — if I only get to have 1 set…). It’s made of aircraft grade aluminum with surgically precise points. And it’s really really really nice, a whole lot easier to knit with than other needles I’ve tried, I really think that good tools make a world of difference (besides, these will last forever unlike the bamboo ones that are notorious for breaking, and my other stainless ones that keeps getting bent…not to mention BLUNT!).
…now I just need to get better at knitting! Here’s another start of a sock. I’m trying out stripes using yarn that gradually changes colors. I have no idea how the colors/stripe will turn out yet, it just might not work out at all but we’ll see!
I finished the very first pair of socks! It’s Ashland sized. I used “Short-Row Toe and Heel Basic Socks” pattern in Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy D. Johnson as a starting point, but it’s hardly recognizable now because I’ve recalculated the adult size socks into baby size (good to know algebra has practical use! I have yet to find any use for calculus — not that I remember any…), ribbed the top part because Ashland has chubby feet but skinny ankle, and added one row of purl above the toe to make fake seam (…to imitate mass produced socks!, it was just an idea I had and I tried it out).
It’s not perfect, but hey, it’s my first try, and it does fit Ashland pretty well!
I invented something! …Sort of.
One thing that sucks a lot about knitting compared to crochetting is that it’s difficult to put down work-in-progress items casually since it has a lot of active stitches on the needle that can easily slip off. And with 2 kids, I do have to put down knitting projects really often and store it out of reach.
Anyhow, I’ve seen the double ended stitch holder (plastic needle thing with 2 end caps held together with paralell elesticky bits) and I thought it would be nice if I can 1) slip it on/off onto the actual needle, and 2) put multiple needles all in one holder so that the project doesn’t get tangled up. …So this is what I came up with:
It’s made from felt lined with interfacing (to prevent needles poking through the felt) with elastic in between the two end bits. Some decorative stitchings and sequins just for fun. It’s really self explanatory if you wanted to make one, it looks like this without the needles:
Oh, and this is a sock! …For Ashland. Because he has smallest feet of all of us, so I thought it’s a good one to practice making socks for. I’m amazed that it’s starting to look like a sock, even though the stitches are uneven in places.