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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: does anybody else think these boots / socks are gorgeous? on: October 07, 2007 05:41:35 PM
By request, here is the pattern to the original boots/socks that I designed. It hasn't been test knit (except by me) so feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Also note that I designed these to fit my feet which are a size 8 to 8 & 1/2 but this pattern is pretty forgiving. Enjoy!


Yarn: Light Worsted Weight (Red Heart Hombre used for the sample)
Needles: Size 5US/3.75mm circular needle
Hooks:  Size E crochet hook
10stitches = 2inches


M1: Make One: Lift up strand between stitches from the front and knit into the back.

Sl1: Slip One (all stitches are slipped as if to purl)

Short Rows
Wrap and Turn (w&t): slip next stitch on left needle to right needle, bring yarn to opposite side of work, then slip stitch from right hand needle back to left hand needle, bring yarn back to appropriate side of work, turn work.

Magic Loophttp://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/mloop.html
Toe of the sock is worked using magic loop method. You could also use two circs method.


Using Judy's magic cast onhttp://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATmagiccaston.html, cast on 6 stitches on each needle.
Row 1: K
Row 2: *K1 ,M1 ,K4 ,M1 ,K1 repeat from * on other needle
Row 3: K
Row 4: *K1 ,M1 ,K6 ,M1 ,K1 repeat from * on other needle

Repeat rows 3&4 increasing the number in between increases by 2 until there are a total of 24 stitches on each needle.

Row 21: K
Row 22: K7, BO10, K1, SSK, K4, Knit across second needle, K4, K2TOG, K1.
(rows will now be worked back and forth instead of  in the round)
Row 23: Slip1, purl across
Row 24: Slip 1, SSK, K across to last 3 stitches, K2TOG, K1
Row 25-28: repeat rows 23 & 24 two more times.

Work in straight stitch, slipping the first stitch of each row until work reaches middle of ankle (where the little knob thingie is on the ankle) ending ready for a right side row

K27, w&t
P22, w&t
K21, w&t
P20, w&t
K19, w&t
P18, w&t
K17, w&t
P16, w&t
K15, w&t
P14, w&t
K13, w&t
P12, w&t
K11, w&t
P10, w&t
K9, w&t
P8, w&t

K8, Knit next stitch together with the wrap, w&t
P9, Purl next stitch together with the wrap, w&t
K10, Knit next stitch together with both wraps, w&t
P11, Purl next stitch together with both wraps, w&t
Repeat the last two rows until all stitches have been worked

Continue working in straight stitch until leg is as long as foot (Hint: fold work in half at the heel, leg should reach tip of toe)

Next Row: Sl1, M1, K30, M1, K1
Next Row: Sl1, Purl across
Next 8 Rows: Repeat last two rows 4 more times (42sts)

Work in straight stitch for a bout 4 more inches.
Then work in Seed Stitch for an inch.
BO on a right side row leaving last stitch on needle.

Replace knitting needle with crochet hook. Turn work about 45 degrees and crochet down side of work in slipped stitches going all the way around the beginning of bound off cuff. Finish off.

Create a chain about 3 times as long as the length of the sock front opening. Thread chain through single crochets on sock edge at regular intervals, as if lacing up a shoe (lace up loosely). Try on, tighten laces & youre done!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 10/05/07 on: October 05, 2007 08:36:30 PM
I just wanted to say that I absolutely *HEART* all of the handspun showcased today. You guys inspire me so much! I'm working on my own offering for next week.
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 5/4 on: May 04, 2007 06:30:11 AM
Vanillaxlight, I find that the boyfriend is hardly ever as excited about my spinning as I am. I love your oscar the grouch. Plying like a pro already  Cheesy

It seems like I'm on a one skein a week schedule but some of my other hobbies seem to get in the way.



Crown Mountain Farms Roving (superwash merino)
Colorway:Wild Thing
Yards: Approx. 100
Weight: 2.15 ounces
WPI: 20

I can't wait to see what everyone else has spun.
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 4/27 on: April 27, 2007 04:41:16 PM
I *heart* fiber Friday Grin Here's my offering. This yarn was spun fromthe Spunky Fiber of the Month club. It's called Strawberry Fields and I think she did an excellent dye job. It's 4 ounces of sport weight and approximately 320 yards. (I apologize for the dark pictures)

5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - April 20th on: April 20, 2007 06:31:36 AM
Yay, I get to participate in another Fiber Friday. I love all the yarns already. Knitwit I see you went above and beyond the call of duty huh? I love the contrast on those rolags 100bean. I can't wait to see what they look like all spun up. Like grayling40, I only have one, two ply yarn to offer for your viewing pleasure.

This is two ounces , approx 160 yards of fibery goodness. This was hand dyed Corriedale that I purchased from the Yarn Tree (The owner is so nice). I couldn't resist the colors. Here's a close up.

Happy Fiber Friday.
6  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: New dyed fiber!!! on: April 10, 2007 09:38:26 AM
Wow! I can't wait to see the neon all spun up also. It would be truly psychadelic if you plyed it with a black single. Can you imagine that? I was wondering what dye you used to get such bright colors?
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Re: Opinions and advice about drum carders on: April 07, 2007 11:43:26 PM
Thanks Vanillaxlight! Reading through all the pages helped a lot with my decision. I decided on the Strauch Petite. Sorry adore_one but I'm just too impatient to wait for a Pat Green. Maybe in a couple of years if I ever decide to open a crafting business or something like that. Thanks for the advice though.
8  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Paton's wool....in natural....best dye to use? on: April 05, 2007 01:09:34 PM
I agree with Gwydion. I've dyed that yarn with all three and I've never had a problem as long as I add a little glug of vinegar to the dye bath.

I too am so anticipating Sunday.
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / I'm looking for opinions on Drum Carders on: April 05, 2007 08:52:08 AM
Yeah, so I'm in the market for a drum carder and I was hoping you guys could help me with your opinions. I've been trying to convince myself that I don't "need" a drum carder and that my handcarders are just as good but it aint working. I recently acquired the book "Spinning for softness and speed " and it basically recomends that your fibers have to be carded on a drum carder. The 5 punds of fleece I just got in the mail played a part in that desicion also.

The only specifications I'm looking for are that it be kinda compact because I live in an apartment. Also I think I want it to be already assembled but it's not that important. I want the fine teeth too. Right now, I'm looking at the Strauch Petite and the small Louet one. I'm not ruling out the Ashford because it's at a pretty reasonable price. I don't think I'm ready for a Pat Green or anything like that (yet). If anyone owns a drum carder and lives in an apartment, please do tell. Thanks!
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday - 30th March on: March 30, 2007 05:11:58 PM
All of the fiber this week is just gawjus, as usual. but I have to say, that feralfeminine's braided hand dyed roving picture won my "computer screen background of the week" contest. I had a really hard time choosing though. To tell you the truth, I didn't want to get rid of my one from last week  Wink

This Fiber Friday is extra special for me because this yarn was spun on my new Victoria. It took me a while to get used to the speeds and to adjust the tension the way I like it but little Vicky Irsabo (I named her Irsabo because my tax refund and bonus from job helped pay for her, get it?) is a little trooper. Anyhoo, enough talk, more yarn...

This is around 150 yards of navajo plied Corriedale roving. I dyed it using wiltons and I wasn't crazy about it when I dyed it but now, eh, it's growing on me. I would've had more to show if it hadn't been for two coveted knitting books coming this week (Yarn Harlots & Charlene Schurch). Dontcha just luv fiber friday?

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