Sock Study

I am taking my time with this pair of socks. I am calling it a “sock study” because I am more interested in the process of this sock, than in the end result. I have ripped out the heel flap twice. I have turned the heel and ripped it out three times. I am not feeling bad about this either. I am using it as a tool to learn.

I have successfully knitted three pairs of socks. I carefully followed the suggested pattern. At times not even understanding the pattern, but trusting that the person writing the pattern knew what they were talking about. I certainly didn’t. (especially when turning the heel)

Making each pair was a challenge. Oh and the finished product… and being able to hold up the socks and say “I knitted these” is perhaps why people put in the time and effort. Not to mention the money, for tiny knitting needles and yarn that costs about as much as a half-dozen store-bought socks.

Even though there are so many of us who call ourselves sock knitters, still, there is something “special” about us. We know it.

In this sock study I am making the simplest of socks. I am however, paying close attention to detail. For instance, after the heel flap (which is exactly 6cm) and turning the heel, we know it is time to “pick up stitches along the side of the heel flap. In this pair, I wanted just the right amount of stitches picked up. I picked up too many stitches at first. They were way too tight and puckering. I fiddled on paper, trying to look at it mathematically. I read sock patterns. They were always for a different sized yarn, and a different knitters natural gauge.

I happily pulled out the stitches as though I was on a sock knitting expedition. I settled on just the right amount of stitches in the end. The number of stitches were not based so much on math or someone elses sock pattern, but on my basic knowledge of knitting and design. So, this brings me to the photo. I took a picture because I found myself liking what my sock looks like right now. (Reminds me of ms. pac man)

Onward, to shaping the gusset!
(thanks for reading, knittnrose)

Leave a Comment October 3, 2010

Hemp Peyote Bracelet

I love it when I just get to take the beads I have on hand and just “make something”.  I had some hemp twine, and made a cute little tube, with larger beads for the ends. This was a “make it up as I go” bracelet. I love it, and I want to wear it every day! 

Thanks for reading….. beadnrose

Leave a Comment May 1, 2010

I love this cotton washcloth

This is the washcloth made of the “I love this cotton” yarn from Hobby Lobby. It has been washed several times and put through the dryer. It is much softer than the kitchen cottons. The cotton costs a little more, but makes a great bath cloth. It is a pleasure to knit with because of the extra softness.

Thanks for reading…. Knittnrose.

Leave a Comment April 13, 2010

Making Beads out of Wool.

I love knitting, and I like to mix fabric, textiles with beading.  Here is a link to my knitting blog where I show some felted beads that I made. http://knittnrose.wordpress.com/

Leave a Comment April 9, 2010

More Beaded Beads

Leave a Comment March 23, 2010

Felted Beads

A friend showed me some really cute beads she bought that were made of roving wool. The ones she showed me had added seed beads as decoration. These are some I had made, and I am looking at them to see what I want to do with them. I made them individually at the kitchen sink with roving wool and dish soap. All you do is grab a small amount of wool, and get it all soapy with warm water. When it shrinks into the size and shape you want… rinse with warm water…

…and you have a felted bead! It is also fun to mix colors of roving to see what you can come up with.

2 Comments March 22, 2010

Beaded Bead

This is a great tutorial on making a beaded bead with delicas.   I found it so easy,  that I attached a photo of one I just made. http://jewelrymaking.about.com/od/seedbeadprojectsinfo/ss/peyote-beaded-bead.htm

Leave a Comment March 22, 2010

Peyote Tube with Turtle charm.

I like making the tubular peyote stitch.  I strung this one on rayon ribbon also.   I love turtle images, so I added a little charm as a central focal point.

Leave a Comment March 14, 2010

Peyote Tube Pendant

It is possible to do a peyote stitch in a tube.  One way is to make a rectangle and seam or “zip” it up.  This one , however was made without a seam.  I contrasted brown seed beads with translucent clear beads.  I strung the tube on to a rayon ribbon, and attached a silver clasp.

Leave a Comment March 13, 2010

Peyote stitch bracelet

The beading part of this bracelet. is finished …. Oh the delica beads with the green Nymo thread worked so beautifully.  Taking the class really paid off. I  didn’t even know what delica beads were before the class.  Now I just need to purchase and attach a clasp.  Thrilled with the beading results!!

Next, I intend to tackle some peyote stitching with graphed  patterns using  colors. But for now … I highly reccomend the delica beads for peyote for uniform even look.  Though the round seed beads are still charming and earthy looking.

Leave a Comment March 10, 2010

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