Monday, December 15, 2008

Socks


I finally decided to tackle socks. I have long questioned the popularity of sock making in the knitting community. It seemed like a lot of work for something you can go buy at the store for less than a dollar. Most of the opinions that I've heard are that they are portable and easy to knit. Mindless knitting was actually the term used.

So, I looked for a basic pattern to begin with, and I found Basic Ribbed Socks by Kate Atherly on Ravelry. The general consensus was that this was a great pattern to start with. The ribbing allows a great fit without being a mind-numbing K2P2 ribbing.

After getting the first sock most of the way done, I realized that I was going to need a sock blocker to make sure both of my socks wind up the same size. Being a frugal mother, I decided to make my own. I found a great DIY tutorial for Super Easy DIY Sock Blockers on Little Seasame Knits by Maryann that outlined how to make your own for a dollar. Unlike some tutorials, it actually proved to be right. Without the cost of scissors and paper, it actually only cost me a dollar!


I am now done with the first sock, and it's on my special homemade blocker. (Very exciting!) I am not enthralled with the process as some people, but I can see its uses. Lord knows I have a lot of sock yarn around. I love the way it feels and looks.

I hope this may inspire some of you to give sock knitting a try. Who knows, you may love it and want to knit all of your family members socks for next Christmas!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Chainmaille and Yarn


As some of you may know, not only do I knit, but I chainmaille as well for Renaissance Fairs. It's a lot like knitting, but using wire instead. My husband and I have taught ourselves how to coil wire and cut it into usable rings. It's comparable to spinning yarn for you yarnies.

Well, I was finishing up the gifts list for Christmas, checking off those we have gotten gifts for when I realized that I needed to get stuff for my guys friends. I didn't want to knit something. (Gasp!) First, I don't have the time to knit them all something unique. I also wanted something more masculine. So, my husband and I bought out our box of rings and pliers and got started weaving necklaces and bracelets. I love being able to make something so unique for my friends that usually costs mucho bucko to purchase.

As for my knitting endeavors, I have some pattern that need kinks worked out. But never fear! You'll be in for some surprises if you stay tuned. . .




Yes, that is actually me weaving.