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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Perfect Tube Sock Legwarmers--BabyGirl Knit Products

Starting off here! With a K2P2 for the top of the leg warmer. Then switching over to a contrasting color for the stripes to emulate tube socks!

Worked on 3.25 needles with Worsted Weight yarn, I always found that this created the stitching that I wanted. Very tight. They were very fun to knit and it took me two days to make them. I could have finished both in one day if I had not taken breaks. 

Im still looking into what colors that I want to make them in. Custom colors are available as well. But they count as a custom order. 

 Here the leg warmer is halfway done. It’s really nothing at this point but working around on circular needles or double points. I wouldn’t recommend a circular needle for this but if you did use one, I would go with a 9”. I have one and it’s my smallest one. LOL.

They were so fun to make and just beautiful. My daughter took one look at them and she had to have them. She loved the stirrups and wanted a pair for herself immediately. I told her that these were for my customers!! So if you’re interested in this pair, let me know.

Here is the finished product! Normally when I make a leg warmer, I do the bottom first especially when I’m creating the stirrup part. But I didn’t do that. I added the stirrup later by BO at least half of the stitches and then adding them on the next row using a Knit cast on, which is better than the Backwards loop cast on. That creates a sloppy ridge where you would need that end to be more sturdier since this is the part of the foot that will make contact with the floor in many cases.

 Don’t you just love the color! It’s KnitPicks in Wine.

The colors offered are

White/Black and it’s inverse (black with white stripes)
Blue and White (inverse)
Green and White (inverse)
Pink and White (inverse)
Blue and Orange (inverse)

Cream can also be substituted for White. But that would be a custom order. 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Ode To Knitting Socks....

Oh how I can knit and knit
And never find,
An addicting hobby, 
Such as mine,
With needles, yarn and my two hands,
Creating fabric that others demand.
But nothing as precious, 
As hand knit socks for your feet.
Because knitting a pair.
There's no bigger treat.

-Sonya Dickerson © 2016

I love knitting socks.

I was always scared to do so but now that I know how to do it, But now that I know, I'm addicted! I love Dutch heels and doing Heel turns. I  kind of hate picking up the instep and gusset but it's all worth it as I make my way down to that all deserving toe! 

I love looking at sock yarns, yarns that I would snub unless I was making a sock yarn shawl. Since socks were so intimidating to me, the only thing I thought of using sock yarn for was for shawls. Never socks! **clutches pearls** 

Now....I love different textures as they blend together. I think of how magnificent the sock will feel on my feet. I think of how pleasurable it will feel when I try the sock on for the first time. It feels divine. You don't know heaven unless you've had handmade knit socks. I heard that saying over and over and over again and never paid attention to it until I tried on my first pair. 

Sigh. A dream come true. The softer the yarn, the better they feel on my toes! 
Seriously. Sock knitting is addicting. I don't wear too many socks but if I could get use to knitting them, I sure can get used to wearing them. Don't you think?