Sock It To Me

Monday, September 11, 2006


My daughter gave me this yarn for Mother's Day and I decided I would make a drop stitch scarf out of it. The yarn is called Wick and it is mostly made out of soy. The yarn was a pleasure to knit with and I love the colors. I can hardly wait until it gets cold enough to wear this (I can't believe I said that seeing that I hate the winters here.)

Garter Rib Socks

I made these socks for my husband out of Cascade Fixation (this yarn is starting to be my favorite) in a dark brown and I used a lighter brown for the toe. This was knitted on US #3 needles. I cast on 56 stitches using the long tail method. The ribbing rows were a K2 P2 ribbing for 1 1/2". I then changed to the garter rib which is: Rnd 1 K2 P2, Rnd 2 Knit. It was very simple. I decided to do an Eye of the Partridge heel to jazz it up a little. I used the Kitchner for the bind off.

My husband loves them. He said that they stay up all day which is due to the 1.7% elastic in the yarn.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

A Day at Lake Huron

We spent the day visiting some towns on Michigan's thunb by Lake Huron. One of these towns was Grindstone City. This is where, before the turn of the century, they made grindstones to grind all types of grain. When you drive through the town, almost everyone has a grindstone in their front yard. This grindstone was at a public beach.

I can't remember the name of this lighthouse located in Port Austin but it was very picturesque. We couldn't go up into the lighthouse itself because they were renovating it. There was a museum in the house connected to the lighthouse which was interesting.

Broadripple Socks

This has been my favorite sock to knit so far. I used Cascade Fixation yarn on US 3 needles. The pattern is a simple ripple stitch of only two rounds. Using a few well-spaced increases and decreses, you create a wonderful ripple fabric.

The pattern was designed by Rob Matyska. I got the pattern on

Baby Cable Rib

I got this pattern from the book Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch. I used Paton's Kroy sock yarn and size US 2 needles. It was a fun pattern to do using a 4-stitch ribbing.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Our Pond

This pair of geese showed up one day with 13 babies.

Here is a Blue Heron fishing the pond.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Cascade Fixation

This is my first sock using Cascade Fixation, a cotton yarn with elastic. I used a solid color for the heels and toes. I will certainly use this yarn again. It was very easy to knit with.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Lorna's Laces

I used Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Yarn in Lakeview for this sock. I love the purple and green colors in this yarn and it was a dream to knit with. I used size 1 DP 32=4".

The pattern is Classy Slip-Up from the book "Knit Socks". I had already completed a pair of socks using this pattern and liked it so much that I decided to use it again.

Next sock will be another pair for my DH. I don't get very excited about knitting those socks because the yarn is boring.

While knitting, I have one cat that when she wants attention, will come over when I am not looking and bite completely through my yarn. Her name is Miranda but I have started to call her Chopper. Clara, another one of our cats, is a thief and will steal anything she can and run away with it. She has taken my needle caps (her favorite), tape measure, and has tried to run away with my scissors but they are to heavy for her to carry. Luckily, the other 3 cats don't seem to have any interest in my knitting.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Clara in my handknitted cat bed, Edgar Allan on the Bed and Miranda in the Bag

This is a cat bed I knitted using Lion Brand Yarn Wool-Ease and Lion Brand Fun Fur. The pattern is in the Stitch 'N Bitch "The Knitter's Handbook". The cats love it and usually it is occupied. Clara (the cat in the picture) really enjoys it. I think it reminds her of her mum.


I am a new spinning and my goal is to be able to spin my own sock yarn. So far, my yarn is much too bulky. My daugher is coming for a visit from California and she spins beautifully. I am hoping that she can give me some pointers. I have included a picture of my Lendrum wheel I named Charlotte and a skein of yarn the I recently spun.

Second Pair for Hubby

I made another pair using the Rib it to Me pattern but I used the ribbing on the instep too.
I used Paton's Kroy sock yarn again in Flagstone. US 3 needles, 24 st=4".

Classy Slip-Up

These socks are from the book "Knit Socks" by Betsy Lee McCarthy. I used Knit Pick's Simple Stripped yarn in Vineyard. US 1 needles, 32 st=4".

Sock for My Husband

This sock was for my husband. I used a pattern called Rib it to Me. I used Patons Kroy sock yarn, Flax, 2 skeins, US 3 needles, 24 st=4"
I did not do the pattern on the instep. I used a K3 P3 & K1 P1 rib. He loves the socks and they fit him perfectly. It does help that we have the same size foot.

Second Sock

I made a sock from a pattern called Family of Socks. I used some baby yarn I had, Red Heart TLC Baby, New Mint Sparkle, sport weight. size US 3, 24 st=4"

This was sort of a basketweave pattern. It was my first try using a patterned instep.

My First Sock

This is the first sock I knitted was a pattern from Moda Dea. I used Moda Dea sock yarn Sassy Stripes, colorway Swish, 2 skeins. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be but it would have been nice to have someone who knew what they were doing help me. I am a visual learner and it takes me awhile to understand the directions that are written. The socks turned out a little wide and they are 100% acrylic, which means they probably won't shrink. Isn't it one of Murphy's Laws that if you want something to shrink, it won't. And if you don't, it will?