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21  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Guess what? Socks! (Two more pairs) on: May 02, 2017 06:28:16 AM
Wow, the lattice pattern looks neat! How much does it stretch compared to stockinette?
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Custom shark socks on: May 02, 2017 06:26:56 AM
Thanks Smiley
23  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: One Tiny Stuffie Round 10, SO 05/16/17 on: May 01, 2017 11:11:18 AM
I've thought about this swap on and off this weekend, and now I'm ready to start sketching...
24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Custom shark socks on: April 30, 2017 08:03:54 AM
Thank you! I love knitting lace, but socks are fun too.

Here are some pretty helpful notes on sock sizing. For when you try it out Wink To start out I used several patterns with a rib pattern on the leg and top of foot. A bit more forgiving when it comes to size.
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: ASL Blanket on: April 30, 2017 05:16:33 AM
Very impressive level of details!
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Pussy hat from a beginner knitter on: April 30, 2017 03:48:47 AM
Nice! I kind of want to make a pussy hat, but there are so many projects ahead of it... Great work with the math and the knitting!
27  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Custom shark socks on: April 30, 2017 01:54:37 AM


These socks were knit for the Geezer swap, a swap where everyone crafts a really big, really nice item for their partner. I almost never knit socks for swaps since it takes forever... If I'm making socks for adults and they're not thick slipper socks I have a hard time getting them done in a normal crafting time.

These socks are completely custom, and knitted two at the time from the toe up. That way I could make them as long as possible in the time I had.



I started with a tab cast on to give a nice rounded toe. After knitting a few rows on the first toe I transferred it to another cirkular needle and started a second from the other end of the skein. When both toes were started I arranged them on my long cirkular needle to be able to work both at once.

I measured gauge on the stockinette part of the toe to be able to figure out how much to increase. I calculated for 10% negative ease to give a good fit, and then fudged the numbers a bit to give the same number of stitches on top and bottom. I wanted something going on on top of the foot, and modified a herringbone stitch for the amount of stitches I had.

There are three collumns of purled stitches to make everything fit. The first and last stitch on the back needle was purled, and the middle stitch on the foot was also purled to divide the two sections of herringbone.

My intention was for it to look a bit like shark skin. Not sure about that, but at least it gave the body of the sock a bit of interest.

I increased a bit before starting the heel since I was worried about a tight instep. You can hardly see it on the picture, I think there was just 2-3 increases on the back needle for each side.

After much research I settled on a German short row heel. It looks good and doesn't produce any holes to speak of in the turns. My numbers were a bit off when estimating where to start the heel, but after some ripping back it turned out quite nice. I thought about ripping both heels out yet another time, but decided I'd have to live with the fact that the sock was 1-2 rows longer than intended.


Since I don't trust my skill with two color knitting yet I opted for embroidering the sharks and fishies with duplicate stitch. Stranded knitting has less give, and no one likes socks of strangulation...

I did the embroidery and fastened ends before finishing the sock. I did not want to get stuck on finishing touches and send late because of that. (Spoiler alert: I still did just that...)



Little fishies on the toes and big bad sharks on the legs. Here is the shark chart I used (just modified the length a bit).



It would have been neat with blue socks with sharks all over, but sadly that lovely ocean colored yarn is pure wool and wouldn't have survived the wear on foot and heel. The leg takes less abuse so I only used it there.

I didn't decrease back all the stitches for the leg. The herringbone pattern gives way to a colour changes with a few purled rows thrown in for effect. The first blue part is just stockinette to give a nice canvas for the sharks. There's one row of grey stockinette before a k2p2 rib starts. When the rib stitch changes to blue again there's another row of stockinette to make the color change prettier.

I used Jeny's super stretchy bind off to finish the socks.

All in all a very fun experience to invent these!
28  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 25 Gallery on: April 30, 2017 01:03:53 AM
I had to look up what an elephant ear is! We have something a bit similar looking at fairs, but it's a savory dish.. And speaking of savory dishes...

We went to Balkan steak house yesterday. It used to be located just a short walk away, and now it's a short drive away. They always had tasty food, but we haven't visited the new location before.



I had forgot that they don't skimp on the meat... That's just my portion. Perhaps I should have clued in since the dish of skewered meat was deskribed as "rejl" (hearthy, solid). I had pictured something smaller, but it was very tasty and I have a styrofoam box of meat left over for today... G couldn't finish his portion either, and it looked smaller.  Grin

Other fun stuff since last time:

Found a geocache! (That's just the container, not the original placement)


Replaced the log for one of my caches. Can you guess where it is hidden. (McCoy can't guess, he saw me hide it)


Released a bookcrossing book at the hospital.


Watched art tapestries in the hospital.
29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Rise of the Cougars Geezer Swap, Round 7 GALLERY on: April 29, 2017 07:35:13 AM
Whew! I can breathe again Wink

Thank you for the opportunity of making shark socks for you. It was lots of fun!
30  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: One Tiny Stuffie Round 10, SO 05/16/17 on: April 27, 2017 02:41:07 PM
We're talking and I'm in the idea gathering stage. I'm torn between two ideas, both with their own appeal.
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