Here is the 1934 "Ladies Home Companion" (Uk version) Christmas stocking. The finished one is by "granny" for client in 1971. It is being knit in fingerling weight acrylic/nylon (hard to find christmas colors these days in real wool). I am turning the heel on the sock right now and should have it completed in an hour or two. I will be swiss darning the name and various details on it.
I think I will detox after I finish the second one by knitting some "Dr. Seuss" Christmas socks...big candy striped ones in red/white or green/white with 7 toes, or something. Or maybe with one long pointy toe, ala "Who-ville". I am just a little cutsie-d out. I need something bizarre.
The chart is in there. I am loathe to post it as it has a copright.
CRAPPY WEATHER. I work outside as long as I can bear it. The flat is halfway turned into a fiber studio, and looks like a tornado hit it. My current projects are mostly repair, BUT I got a coolish commission last night: To knit a pair of Christmas stockings from a 1930ish pattern for two young kids. Evidently granny has knit abot 30+ of these stockings for the family, but is too old to do it anymore, and the youngest are the only ones bereft. It's not hard: The pattern is poorly written, but I have a sample to work from...Just a long skinny stocking with chilren in intarsia, then a panel with santa, and then a panel with pine-trees before it becomes a standard stock bottom. What I stand to make from these will pay half a month's rent. AMEN! And, I borrowed a digital camera, soI can finally photograph some of my knit projects. Hoo hoo!
So I am making my first foray into lace and I am at a loss. How do I not do a stitch and carry the yarn with me in the squares that are marked as black boxes?
I did post about the NEW "Warm Winter Exchange" last post!
Dead Line of "Warm Winter Exchange" is Nov 10 on Veterans Day! MAKE SURE SIGN UP for the COOL exchange coming cold winter!!!
INFO and RULEs are in my blog:
My Sock Wars death has arrived. Actually, I traveled to Portland this past weekend and met my killer, Grandcarriage.
Thanks, Bob, for killing me with such handsome gray socks.
For the next 30 days I'm going to go on a knitting fast. It's NaNoWriMo time! I've failed to complete it for the past two years... here's hoping for a new result (a minimal RSI)!
Wore my crazy new handknit socks last night. They are textured all the way around, and you know, I like the sensation of the texture underfoot. They felt fabulous but are a little loose, I could probably knit the same yarn on needles 2 sizes smaller. I think I will felt these a little and see how that does.
I wore the socks that killed me (SOCKWARS) last night to keep my tootsies warm (I am putting off turning on the heat in the flat: My electric bill goes from $28 a month to $128 a month, and that's just with having it on in the evening. OUCH!). They too, are a little too big: Kept falling off. So I have a question for you guys who felt: If you were to do partial felting for size: Would you hand wash it and let it felt in the hot dryer, taking it out and trying on the size as you go?
I am looking for a hat pattern. I have decided that it is time to make myself a hat ... it is getting rather cold here in Maine... but I don't really know what I'm looking for.
What would you suggest?
I have been looking for a good board to block my sweater (yes I know I haven't even finished it yet) - but I am a shop-a-holic and love finding things - the more "stuff" I have relating to knitting, the happier I am! .... anyway, I found a great one - it's on this site:
it was costly, but I think it'll be the only one I'll ever have to buy - and it folds up!
I also found some cool tools called Knit Klips (I don't like when people use a "k" instead of the "c" in words just to be clever... (or should I say "klever") ick! :)
BUT the clips are cool! here's the site:
which are kind of like hair clips - they are used to attach pieces together and hold them in place (the same way a clothespin would) - as you are attaching the pieces. I ordered some of these as well (after looking at Wal Mart in the hair aisle at little hair clips and deciding they wouldn't work, and figuring out that clothespins are big and not very strong) - I'm waiting to get them -
I am a spending fiend! let's hope it all works out and is worth the investments!
Just thought I would put a little bit about what I am up to at the moment. I am in the middle of a pair of socks for my friend Clare. I am using self patterning Opal wool which comes out in Purple and mottled stripes (right up her street!). My next project is to copy a rather nice knitted jacket that is in one of the shops here. I want to move away from just following patterns to the letter and move into adapting them to fit my requirements. You never know it might work, and if it doesn't then all I have to do is rip it out and start again. Feel free to drop me a line if you are bored I will get back to you as soon as I can.