Plain Jane Knits Up A Storm

A few musings about my needlecraft hobbies - knitting, crocheting, quilting, & cross-stitch along with my other love, genealogy. While growing up, I used to HATE the term "Plain Jane", but when it comes to knitting & crocheting, I've realized that I really *am* a Plain Jane in that I don't use fancy yarns.

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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Fuzzy Feet Revisited

I started a second pair of Fuzzy Feet - this time for my DH - last night. Because he wears a 13EEE, I added 4 stitches to the usual 44 stitch cast-on, which meant that the heel flap is 24 stitches instead of 22. The one thing that I didn't like about my first pair is that when I turned the heel, the K2TOG stitches of the turn were a little loose no matter how much I tried to tighten the yarn as I turned.

So this time around I experimented a little. The first two tries resulted in a bit of frogging, but the third time was the charm. Instead of doing the K2TOG and immediately turning, I wrapped the yarn around the next stitch and slipped it back onto the right hand needle after the turn. When I came to the decrease again, the gap between stitches had shifted one stitch to the left of the wrapped stitch. I knit the last stitch of the heel with the wrapped stitch (I didn't bother picking up the wrap)and wrapped the next stitch across the gap. The result was a much tighter "seam" along the turn that I'm much happier with.

Other than that excitement, I dug through a couple baskets where I'd stored knitting stuff a few years back along with the drawer in a sewing stand where I keep most of my straight knitting needles. The result of maybe a half hour of activity: a half dozen knit cotton dishcloths found along with 5 of my missing yarn needles, some point protectors and the "custom made by" labels I was looking for a couple months ago. I also found a set of size 3 double points - one of the old four to a set Boye aluminum kind, but along with the baby yarn I discovered, I may be able to try knitting a pair of socks without having to put out any $$$.


Blogger Pioggia said...

Thank you for your comments on the bind-off, I'm giving it a try. Who would think that a simple sock would be such a complicated thing to knit? And why are we still knitting them when you can buy cheap socks anywhere? Congratulations on your hidden treasures. Isn't it great when you can start a project directly from the stash, and it is not a potholder or a dischcloth?

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Blogger nanc said...

Thanks for the tips - I plan on making my hubby a pair... um, soon. (Hmmm, I'm not exactly sure where it falls in the knitting To Do list, but it's there somewhere.)

1:56 PM  
Blogger Ev said...

Thanks for your nice welcome on MY blog! :) I intend to explore your blog a little more as time permits.

How DO you get the stuff in the left margin (buttons, lists and such)?


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