Friday, September 28, 2012

Socks

Knitting Board is my latest craze. I stated out with a small  10 inch board. I then brought a purple plastic one , which I have used for several scarfs. The  All in one  was my next purchases. I have made a pair of sock's on this but will have to order the extra sliders if I am going to make some more socks. I found a pattern for loom socks but found it hard to understand because it expected you to have watched CD that comes with the sock loom. I didn't have to sock loom but muddled through.

Sock pattern
2 x 2 rib of sock .  
Tammy's Sock Slippers
2 balls 100 mt 8ply yarn 
all in one loom

Set the loom at 48 stitches 
e wrap cast on, mark stitched with tape to help you remember which is purl and which is knit. as you can see from the above photo I used white tape for the purl stitches. repeat rib for about 2 inches or so . then change to stockinette stitch holding thread in front of hooks. I tried e wrap for the stockinette stitch but this is what it looked like    



 in this photo I have 2 inches of rib then stockinette stitch holding yarn in front of hooks but it was very tight and quite hard to make each stitch, so I changed to e wrap with was much easier and fast to do but it was much too loose. So I reversed knitted back to the tight stockinette. 
working stockinette stitch 
first step of purl stitch 
 
placing stitch back on hook for the finish of purl stitch 
to turn a heel you us short rows over half the stitches . I have used short rows in normal knitting so had some idea what the pattern meant. You stop and turn wrapping  an extra loop around the last stitch. in the photo below I have 4 wrapped stitches of the heel .


I hope this help you make your own knitting loom or board socks.  

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Orchid's

My Grand mother had lots orchid plant, she loved them. I was lucky to be given some by her a few years ago. Every time they flower I am reminded of her and how much she meant to me. I was taught how to do lots of crafts by her . She loved spinning her own yarn, experimented with dyeing using strange things like onion skins and moss. I was taught how to crochet by her at the age of 3 or 4 and then to knit when I was 8. I cant remember learning to spin but or my 40th birthday everyone chipped in and got me an Ashford wheel, for me 50th next year I would like a majacraft Aura. I will cut an orchid spike and send it down to grandpa next week for his 98th birthday.




Sunday, September 9, 2012

More knitting Board


 While we were at my brother's I made his wife three scarfs on the plastic knitting board. I love how fast I can make them and I think they look good too. I have got the larger all in one knitting board from fox collection thanks for the comment. Its great now I am planning on making some socks on it just have to get the right wool / yarn for the double knit pattern. If anyone has patterns for knitting boards I would love to hear from you.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Perth / Mandurah

river cruise 

Kings park glass walk way

Kings park

Wayne with my parents kings park

Wayne and I 

Knitting on the plane
Wayne and I flew to Perth to spend 2 weeks with my brother and his wife. We were staying at mandurah which is about an hour south from Perth. We had a fantastic holiday. the Boat cruise on the canals looking at the birds and dolphins. the homes were amazing . We had lots of visits to coffee shops ,which was nice. Kings park in perth is the best native park I have ever been too. 

A Sock blank

I gave one of my striped sock blanks to my friend Helen to knit up so I can see how it will work for socks . I think it looks amazing