Friday, February 27, 2009

Yet Another Circus Bracelet

I just finished another treasure woven bracelet, seen here residing next to the original one. I probably won't make another since there are only three of the clay base beads left, and I'm also running short on the other beads. But at least the new one fits me! I was pretty sad that the first one was too small, but I know one of my granddaughters will most likely snap it up.

Thanks to all the lovely folks who left comments for me about various and sundry projects. I have seen a very large contingent of UK people sent here from Woolly Wormhead to look at my beads. I'm thrilled that people enjoy my items.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Bright Funky Treasure Woven Bracelet

Yes, you need sunglasses for this bright and cheery bracelet. It reminds me of a circus or carnival for toddlers. I purchased the base polymer clay beads online and when I received them I was stunned by their large size. I was anticipating much smaller beads! I really wanted to use them somehow and putting them in a treasure woven piece seemed right to me.

I even have more beads left so watch out!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Discussion About Toe Up Socks

Lucy asked if toe up socks were hard to knit. I think they are the easiest for me, because I have done so many. Any new technique seems difficult at first, but the more one practices, the easier it becomes.

Casting on for the toe was probably the hardest part for me. I normally use a figure-8 technique or Judy's Magic Cast On. Both can be found by googling.

There is a fabulous tutorial, with lots of pictures, techniques, and discussions on the socknitters site. Here is the link to Denise's Toe Up Socks upon which I base most of my toe-up socks. I find that short row heels do not fit my foot well, as I have a high instep (which I did not know prior to knitting socks.) For me, I much prefer the dutch heel which is explained in detail at the socknitter's site. One of the biggest problems I can see about toe-up is binding off too tightly. But it's easy to rectify that without too much trouble.

Another area which presents difficulties is deciding when to start the gusset increases. For my size 9 foot, I start increasing at 6 3/4" and normally increase about an inch worth of stitches on each side. In otherwords, at 8 stitches per inch, I increase 8 stitches. Once your sock fits correctly, you will know the right length for all your future socks.

So, it comes down to this: learn a new technique and use every last inch of your yarn, or continue working socks top down, and sweating all the while that you will run out of yarn! I think it's an easy choice!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Honeysuckle Rose Socks from Start to Finish

This roving is from FiberOptics etsy shop and is the softest, most wonderful stuff. Comprised of 80% merino and 20% it should hold up for socks, which is a good thing since I am wearing them right now.

The socks started out as a wonderful roving, and then spun and made into a 2-ply. I only got 222 yards out of the 4 oz roving because my spinning was not fine enough, but they made great toe-up socks. You can see where the two socks are still attached to the skein, so that I could use up every last inch. The final picture shows the only yarn left over, and those are the pieces from the toes where I cast on, after I had woven the ends in.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Turquoise Beads

I've been busy spinning and don't have anything I want to show right now, so I'm posting pics of beads I made a couple months ago. I was studying tints and tones. A bracelet has been brewing in my brain...........