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Sunday, August 27, 2006

Progress Toe Up

Getting there. Here is the progress on my socks. The marker shows the first set of stitches. The white loop tells me whether I am on an increase row or non increase row. The little white strand hanging from the loop is my lifeline. I highly recommend using one. If you have to frog, it will make it so much easier to pick up your stitches.

I am doing the gusset right now. You really can't tell by the pic but the gusset is looking very neat with no holes. So far I am really enjoying the Crazy Toes and Heels book.

Sunday, August 20, 2006


Just had to share LovesManyCloths little mascot. Her name is Purl and we think she is just perfect for our group. Our little lamb of love.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Starting Crazy Toes and Heels

This first pic doesn't look like much but it took me about 2 hours to get this far. I finally learned the Aloha cast on. After you get the feel of the needles it does get pretty easy.

The 2nd pic is starting to look like something. Now I would definitely recommend the lifeline. Put a fine contrasting yarn, crochet thread or even unwaxed dental floss (according to Mary Ann Beattie the author of Crazy Toes and Heels). The lifeline makes it very easy to pick up stitches if you have to frog (rip it) You can just start to see the toe. And let me tell you **making 2 at a time is really easy. This pair will be with the fan toe. The next pair will be the traditional toe. I am learning this method as I go. I have no idea how the gusset and heel will be. But I know that if I have trouble the Crazy Toes and Heels yahoo group will be eager to help.

I sure hope that I can get this pair done. Hubby wants a pair in camouflage. I wish I had a bit more time to work on them. It looks like it will be mostly weekends. During the week I make cloths for LovesManyCloths. Now this is a yahoo group that you must check out.

There is a link on this blog.

Friday, August 11, 2006

First Pair of Socks

Here is my first pair of socks. I had a time with the easy kitchner stitch on the 2nd sock. See the loose yellow stitch on the right toe? I would like to make them with a much finer yarn and on size one needles. I don't think I can walk on these all day in a pair of sneakers. The wrong side is too ridged. These where done with Bernat's Hot Sox and size 3 DP's.

This weekend I plan to do some study in the book Crazy Toes and Heels and try to learn on circulars knitting from the toe up. Wish me luck

Can't you see that Molly just loves them. But she doesn't want any for herself.

Saturday, August 5, 2006

My 2nd sock

Here is my 2nd sock getting started. I must admit that I have finished it and have started on the mate. I will post a pic when they are on both my feet. These are unbelievably fun to make. I hope I can learn to do them with other techniques as well. The DP's are getting very comfortable to use. Next pic should be both socks. Oh I must tell you. When I started the toe I thought I had made a mistake on the row count so I frogged the toe area (a little hesitantly) and then picked up the little stitches and started the toes again. Now that is a first. I used to take all my mistakes to my Mom to fix for me. Now that isn't possible since I am 1100 miles from her. Hey Mom aren't you proud of me?? I love you. My name is Diane and I am a budding sockaholic.

My Molly

I needed to take a pic of my precious Molly. We are watching the Dog Whisperer and learning how to behave better. Molly's next step is to learn that people don't really come to visit to see her. She is so excited to see company that she doesn't leave them alone. She is a good girl and will learn how to greet people in a very acceptable way.