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Pumpkin Socks

So, here’s a beginner friendly pattern for a pair of pumpkin socks~made with moss green and orange yarn. It’s a version of a tuck stitch where you don’t remove needles in the cylinder. My sample pictures were made on a 60 cylinder, so if you are going to make them on a different cylinder, you will need to adjust your marked needles….

Let me describe what I did. There is a companion video on Socktv, but you must be a subscriber to watch older Socktv videos. I think with these pictures and this description of what I did, you will be able to be making pumpkin socks too….

First off, I got a bottle of fingernail polish and put a dot of it on every 5th needle. (because 5 divides into 60, but let’s say you are doing it on a 72 cylinder, you would need to mark every 6th needle. Or on a 64 you would mark every 8th needle…this is the drawback of a 64 cylinder, it doesn’t divide by much) . Don’t make this harder than it really is. (a common problem amongst pattern readers). Start at needle number 1 and count to 6. put a small dot of polish on needle number 6. the next needle would be number one again and put a dot on number 6. Do this all the way around the cylinder and let the polish dry.

Cast onto machine with waste yarn. Change to green project yarn, crank 10 rows, do a picot row, then crank 10 rows. Hang the hem. After the hem is hung, and a row is cranked, stop at 6 o’clock (again, don’t split hairs in pattern reading here. Just get yourself a hung hem and get to 6 o’clock. Remember how you did it so you can do it the same on the second sock.

Begin raising needles over at the first needle marked, raise the marked needles on the back half of the machine (the side that’s furthest away from you), Crank to midnight and raise the rest of the needles. Crank a total of three rows with these needles raised. Stop at 6 o’clock. Lower the back half of the needles and carefully crank to midnight. Lower the rest of the needles and crank to 6 pm. Raise the back half of the needles and crank to midnight. Raise the front half of the needles and crank to midnight, raise the front half of the needles. Crank three rows stopping at 6pm. Repeat the process for your predetermined leg of the sock.

When you come to the place where you would begin preheel operations, only work the pattern on the back half of the needles. Continue for your predetermined number of heel rows.

Crank the heel.

Continue with the pattern down the top of the foot (leaving the bottom of the foot as a stockenette stitch so it’s more comfortable to walk upon).

When you reach the place where you want the toe, do a russian join and change back to green yarn. If the sock needs two more rows to be the perfect length, it is ok to do them in green. Be sure there is at least one row of stockinette stitch all the way around the sock and crank the toe.

Now, here’s a shorty sock (the one I made on Socktv) that I made as a footie. I think it’s pretty darn cute, but that green toe sure makes my toes look pointy!!

Also, to show the pattern more clearly, you may want to turn the sock inside out. It’s all up to you….you decide!!

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Miss Jenny’s Famous Sock School

I’ve just returned from Sock School. Jenny Deters and I drove to Valdosta, Georgia to teach our first ever remote Sock School. Due to Covid-19 we had to mask the whole time, but I didn’t mind because it was an opportunity to safely be with others of like minded intentions! So, I am going to describe to you what you learn at sock school. Miss Jenny has a curriculum and she is going to make darn sure you get your monies worth. If you are interested in attending sock school, here’s some of what you can expect.

BEGINNER SOCK SCHOOL In the beginning class you will start with making sure you are ergonomically correct and finish with a sampler and a pair of socks that fit. Ergonomics, Hung hem, changing colors Russian join, mock rib needle removal and insertion, tension, wrapped heels, wrapped toes, matching socks, proper size and fit and how to achieve socks that fit, Kitchener from the right side of the fabric, mistake repair, toe up socks, children’s socks, the use of lycra and discussion on sock yarns of various sizes.

ADVANCED SOCK SCHOOL In the advanced class, you make a sampler with all sorts of fancy stitches and a pair of ribbed socks. It starts with ergonomics and ends with socks ribbed down the foot. Here are some of the skills you will learn in advanced sock school. Socks that fit, tension, lace, cables, fair isle, duplicate stitch, flat fabric, beading, Kitchener from the right side, matching yarns, ribbing, wrapped heels and toes, thumb gussets, half pitch and more.

When you attend sock school with MIss Jenny and myself, you will learn so much that you are exhausted at the end of each day. Class runs from 8am to 4pm and with Miss Jenny at the helm, this means you are set up, in your seat and ready to go at 8am. Typically, lunch is served with a discussion of sock related learning. The cost for sock school is $220 per session. This includes lunch, project yarn and a manual. Students provide their own waste yarn, machine and necessary equipment. Miss Jenny will make sure you get more than your monies worth in learning. I am the helper and I get to teach certain topics as well. Since there are two teachers, we can handle up to 8 students per session. In order to enroll in Sock School, you will need to email Jenny Deters at jennydeters2003@gmail.com

Our next Sock School will be held at the Deters’ homestead in September in Boonville, Indiana, near Evansville. The dates are: Beginner September 23/24, 2020 and Advanced September 25/26

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Scary Times

March 31, 2020

I’ve been sick. Last Wednesday I woke in the night with a fever. I called the Covid-19 hotline in Cape and was given questions. I answered all questions and did not qualify for testing. the good part is, I did not qualify for testing. The bad part is I will never know.

I try to live my life honestly and openly before God, my husband, my children and you. I know a lot of you are worried about me so I will tell you what happened as best as I can remember. The prayers, texts and kind thoughts have kept me going when I couldn’t face facebook. Well, plus I constantly listen to 99.1 Joy FM in St. Louis mostly because I know the lady that’s been doing mornings and she just calms me and I am still sad that she moved from Cape and left our radio station here. She used to do mornings here and we listened on the way to school, but then there she would be dropping her kids off right when I was dropping mine off. I made a game out of it. I wanted to hear her voice on the radio and see her at the same time. I pretty much thought it was magic. She would read the daily devotion in Jesus Calling for Kids. It spoke to me (still does) every single day. One day I finally asked. Truth was, she prerecorded the first two hours of her show the afternoon before so she could get her kids off to school every day. Now, when the new girl reads Jesus Calling every day, I still miss that voice…and smile because I knew her secret. (sorry, I digress)

So, the big question about being sick right now is pretty obvious. Covid-19?

Honestly, I don’t think so. But you know how it is at night when there’s no one around but the evil one to scare you. I spent two solid nights not sleeping a wink. This did not help my recovery. At first fever I called the hotline and did not qualify for testing. (we had been sheltering in place for 9 days, I had not come into contact with anyone who had the virus, taken all recommended precautions. The head doctor at southeast said that it would be very unlikely (it was still too early in our town). I didn’t want to go to the doctor to get anything checked out. 

We received a letter from our insurance company saying that they were offering visits with MDs via video chat so I called the number and waited 6 hours to talk with a doctor who determined that I most likely had the flu She asked me the same questions as the hotline nurse asked. She prescribed tamiflu and Tesson perles for cough.

My friend is a nurse practitioner and the day before I got a fever I mailed her masks. Well, the next day I had to tell her that I got a fever and to sanitize the masks when she got them. She did and she kept checking on me every few days. I would get better but get scared at night then fever would return. I drank tons and tons of water and peed and peed (could this be the reason for the need for toilet paper?). Jeff would show up at the door and set food down for me. My fever would go up and down. I alternated sitting up and laying down and pacing a circle in my bedroom. When I felt well enough, I asked Jeff to open the front door and I left for my little craft castle. It has a longer pacing path. Through the whole sickness, my fever did not go over 102. I could eat and smell and taste and felt hunger. (Our large animal vet always says, “If they’re eating and $^i3, they’re not dying” so I took that as encouragement! I got delivery of eggs, bananas, oranges, suppers, and three glorious Doctor Peppers.

The last time my fever rose, I got on my knees and layed my burden down. That night I slept and had pleasant dreams. I woke to fever but I still felt better. On her daily check I asked my friend to call me in a script for an antibiotic thinking that it could have been a sinus infection that moved into bronchitis. Which given my sinuses and spring and the time we’d been outdoors and the fact that we were sheltering in place since the president told us to and sanitizing everything in site makes a whole lot more sense than the other. I started the antibiotic yesterday and have been fever free since yesterday evening for sure. I haven’t taken Tylenol or ibuprofen since Sunday. The triage nurse says I have to be fever free for 3 days in order to return to my family. I feel incredibly guilty. I want to be taking care of them. But my friend Sue says I am doing the very best thing I can do for them.

Right now, I just have a cough. But when I get any kind of sick, I get powerful coughs. I don’t want to video chat because of the coughs, but I am looking forward to the CSKMS sponsoring Zoom events for us to be able to get to visit. Tonight I did a Zoom meeting with our Grandma day crew. It was so good to see them. We are planning another one tomorrow and hopefully by then Gma will get to do it too!

In this, I am so blessed and haven’t missed a chance at giving thanks to God. Right down to when I finally got to see my Church service on Sunday, the first words I heard our wonderful pastor said were “do you have anxiety right now?” https://youtu.be/XcsoVGtN4U0 God is with me, as He is with you my friends.

So all in all, yes, I’m feeling much better! I hope this finds you in good health and counting your blessings as well.

happy cranking my friends. or mask making. whatever we can do to help in this time is much needed and appreciated.

jamie

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Toe Up Short Socks

I don’t normally do toe up socks…now, I’m talking about toe up socks that you don’t have to Kitchener closed. I always laugh when people talk about doing toe up socks (typically, they’ve tried the Kitchener and given up or come from a hand knitting background where they only Kitchener every once in a while and don’t find it easy). The rub is that the socks have to be bound off of the machine somehow and I think when I tried my first toe up (way before I ever thought about ribbing) coinsided with the discovery that you can’t do a reverse hung hem. You’re left with live stitches! Once I got that part figured out, I gave up and went back to cuff down.

I made these socks at socktv.tv where we filmed a two part series on them. Part one was a total disaster! If there could have been a problem, there was. In the end, when it came time to hang the toe, I gave up and scrapped the project. I had the tension too tight and it was a struggle to hang the stitches for the toe and when you film live tv, there’s no take backs. That episode is a good one to watch if you feel like you’re the only one out there struggling with their machine. Let me just tell you, you’re not alone. Promise. I’ve been doing this sock knitting gig for 10 years now and there are days when things just don’t go my way! And that’s ok, I always think of how long it would take me to actually knit a sock…probably at least a year and a half since I only knit two things: washcloths and the Sand Bank Cabled Hat Pattern! Plus, everytime I make a mistake, I learn something. Sometimes I have to make the mistakes more than once to make sure that I’ve learned it well!! Ha!

Anyway, to make a toe that is long enough so you can hang the stitches across to the other side you’ll have to add in extra rows. In this pattern we add 6 rows on the decrease and 6 rows on the increase. Easy enough, right? Sure! To make the extra row, you just wrap the yarn behind the first standing needle and knit the row. And we already know that if you do it on the left side, you have to do it on the right side, so that’s a piece of cake! Don’t make it harder than it actually is! That would defeat the purpose!

So, when you knit the first row of project yarn, take careful note of the bars in between stitches. Those are the ones you will end up hanging. so that you don’t have to sew the toe closed with the Kitchener stitch. Now, note that we have to make a long enough toe to get those exact bars to be able to hang on the other side. The next thing to consider would be to determine if the waste yarn is dramatically different than the project yarn. That way you will be able to see the bars when you’re hanging them. You can see on the picture that some of the bars are already trying to hide, so make sure you are hanging the right ones!

If the hung stitches create a piece of fabric so tight you could bounce a quarter off of it, it might be too tight! And if you’ve made a soft weight, this is the time to use it. I will caution you that once the soft weight gets close to the floor, it’s tricky to get it up out of the tube without lifting stitches off of the needles too! So once the foot gets long enough to put the buckle on, it would be prudent to do so, especially if you are a fan of the sock snake.

Once the toe is complete you’re pretty much on the home stretch. You can manage a heel after you make the foot (but remember that you’ve added extra rows on the toe, so the foot is going to need to be 5-10 rows shorter. I like to make mine a little too big and let them shrink in the first wash. I also like to make them with lycra…but that was another post a ways back.

The next task that might throw you for a loop is stopping the project yarn on the last needle of the row and starting waste yarn on the first needle of the next row. This yarn change creates a hole in the fabric. Don’t panic! It should be there! You can barely see it forming in the above picture, but it’s there and that’s right.

Now, the pattern shows a picture of cutting a V leg on the waste yarn to remove the waste yarn from the toe. Cut about 6 little V legs all the way around the sock, then find tails to pull and the toe will separate from the waste. Be careful here, if you have any waste yarn fibers knitted with the project yarn you might have to make some careful snips. If you pull to hard you’re going to make your stitches uneven. Don’t worry if you do, they will sort themselves out in that first wash.

And then it will be time to do the back stitch bind off. The pattern explains how to do it and don’t get all wrapped up in semantics. If the first one doesn’t look that great, the next one will be better. This is a great time to learn how to do the bsbo because the sock is going to roll at the top and no one will ever notice if you flubbed on a stitch or two…just make sure that you don’t skip a stitch or you’ll have a live stitch just ready to run like grandma’s pantyhose!

So what I am saying is get those socks made and send me a picture so I can add it to this post!!

Happy Cranking!

Jamie

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Let’s Talk about Boobs.

So, just about any place you find a group of knitters, you always find a group that’s knitting for a cause. Do you think it started in WW1 when the troops needed socks? I don’t know, but it sounds good. So, a long time ago I read an article in a magazine about a lady near Springfield, Missouri that was making Knitted Knockers and making them available to women who needed them. I did a little research and found this pattern. http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/PATTbits.html At the time, it was the only pattern…now there are several organizations, patterns and countless knitting groups who create these wonderfully useful boobs! www,knittedknockers.org seems to be the largest one.

Back to my quest…It looked to me like something that could be made on the circular knitting machine. So I gave it a try. I came up with a semblance of one on the machine. Basically, I made a toe up toe then knit a few rows then made another toe, that I Kitchenered closed. It was a pretty good likeness. I showed them to some people and greatly offended a dear friend who thought I was joking about the whole boob thing. I felt terrible. I shelved the project because I didn’t even know if it would work like it should. Several years later, we got to talking about it at a crank in. There was a woman there who admitted to wearing a prostethic breast! I summoned my courage and asked her to try one (I had to sit down and make it on the spot). She happliy installed it and wore it for the whole day! She reported that it was very comfortable, did the job and that it was much cooler than her silicone one. I was thrilled…thinking that finally, my pattern would take off. It didn’t.

So, last year our friend Mike Yeomans lost his wife Nancy to metastatic breast cancer. She lived a wonderful life and boldly discussed her disease with anyone who cared to. Mike made gazillions of Chemo Caps on the Bumblebee and gave them to the place where Nancy got her chemo. He reported that his caps were the first ones snatched up by the bald patients, as his hats were made from merino/bamboo and approved by Nancy’s sensitive head. After so many chemo caps, one gets tired of the same old thing. So Mike mentioned to Sue and Sue told him that I had a breast pattern. He asked me about it at the November crank in and I told him what to do. He looked at me like I was speaking a foreign language because he doesn’t do toe ups. So…I revamped my pattern and sent it to him. He told Sue what to do to make one and she gave it a whirl, making some changes. And ta-da! Here’s the pattern!! https://csmsupplies.com/store/patterns/csm-knitted-prosthetic-breast/

You can download it for free~you can give it a try~you can maybe make someone’s day when it’s just not very cheery for that person~the sky is the limit here! Go out and do something for someone else and see how your life is blessed.

as always, happy knitting my friends!

Jamie

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Ribbed vs. Mock Ribbed

Oh my gosh, I just had to share this with you….those are Joyce’s legs in the picture. And her long underwear with her jeans hiked up showing me the socks she was wearing yesterday. She made them 7 years ago!!! You see, when Joyce first came to the shop, she came to learn how to use the sock machine. So, being the opportunist that I am, since she didn’t know anything about anything, I decided she would make a ribbed sock and I would video it. I mean seriously, I told her to open the latch on a ribber needle and she asked, “what’s a latch?” So, I held the video camera and taught her how to make a sock at the same time. The video was AWFUL, but the information it contained was invaluable. Anyway, she thought she was pretty much a hotshot after that first pair and sat next to me and tried to do it again (without my help)….well, you know how that went. She quit the ribber and asked two of our friends if she could be in their nonribber club. I showed her how to make mock rib socks and she declared this to be the only style of sock she would ever make. Thus ensued a major discussion of ribbed vs mock ribbed socks. (For those of you that know Joyce, you probably think I am making this up. She doesn’t have a lot of words, but when she gets on a roll, you can’t shut the woman up!) I forced her to make a ribbed sock and a mock ribbed sock then wear them and decide which one she liked best. Can you imagine my laughter when, 7 years later, she shows up wearing this very pair of socks? She says that they are some of her favorites and she wears them all the time!!! I am still laughing today! So, I asked her, which do you prefer? She said, “Honestly, I can’t tell the difference!”

So, which do you prefer??

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Lemonade!

So, this should have been my very first blog post!! What do you do when you’re the recipient of what was meant to be a bowl of sour lemons??? Well, you go to your friends house and she meets you at the door with a glass of…you guessed it! LEMONADE!!! For those of you who don’t know, I used to work at the family machine shop. I started there when my stepfather was alive, he built a sock knitting machine and I found my passion in making machines, selling them and teaching people how to use them….Last spring, three years after my stepfathers passing, my mother relieved me of my duties there. So I started my own business.

Since sock knitting machines are my passion, I travel the country teaching people how to use them, people make the journey to Cape Girardeau for private lessons and three times a year I host a SOCK SCHOOL with Jenny Deters. In 2020, we will be taking sock school on the road, more info will come soon! I also (with the help of a really great friend!) started this website to selling supplies needed to make socks on the machines. I know what I like, and I’ve tried an awful lot of things that I would not recommend do it’s easy to choose what things I would like to sell people for knitting on their machines!! I now use different types of antique machines, which was and continues to be a fun challenge and is broadening my knowledge of machine knitting. I have learned some new skills (turning wood, and using lots of power tools to make machine stands) and make things every day.

But the real thing that has made this transition down a new life path easy has been the support and encouragement of all of my friends in this segment of the fiber crafts. I cannot tell you how much the thoughts, prayers, and words of encouragement have helped me know that this path is the one I am supposed to be on. Above all, I can see the hand of God in this whole situation. I am at peace!

So now you know why lemonade is my theme! And, having this cheerful theme really helps me in those dark quiet moments when the evil one whispers in my ear…I simply look around and just about everywhere I look there’s something with a lemon on it that someone sent me or gave me and my soul is restored.

I thought I would share Sue’s Lemonade recipe. It really is the best I’ve ever had!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!! And remember this post.

Last summer, we (Sue and I) were playing around at a crank in and we revamped an old pattern into the Lemonade Sock pattern! It’s pretty easy to make, and now that spring is just around the corner, we’re all thinking about shortening our socks for the warmer weather…Here is the pattern link: https://csmsupplies.com/store/patterns/lemonade-socks/ all written out and downloadable for free. It’s a fairly straightforward pattern. Essentially, you will hang two picot hems, with one being shorter than the other, so one sticks up and one lays down. Then a deep heel (a deep heel means you use more than half of the needles to knit the heel…this is essential when you make shortie socks, so they don’t fall down inside your shoe) a foot and a toe. These are pretty much the first skills you learn on the knitting machine, so it makes a great beginner project. Now, it makes a really cute sock to wear in a tennis shoe if you ask me!

When life gives you lemons, what will you do? Happy Cranking!!

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Flat Fabric Scarf with Fringe

flat scarf

The bad part about this blog is that most of the time, I only have myself as the model! So you just have to get used to seeing me in my latest creation…sorry about that. Nothing like putting the disclaimer up front!

So, I showed everyone how to make flat fabric using all of the needles on Socktv. (look up socktv.tv if you are not a subscriber*) The fabric here was made on a 54 cylinder with the loosest tension I could manage and still knit. I have found that anything going around your head or neck needs to be at a much looser tension than a sock or it will feel like you are being strangled. That’s my personal observation and you must consider that I am in my mid50’s so hot flashes are a real thing for me at this lifestage! So, you may find that you like a tighter tension and that’s ok. Always, always and most of the time, I show you how I do it and you take the information and do it the way that’s best for you, ok?

I am going to attempt to describe how to do flat fabric using all of the needles on a circular knitting machine with words here. People learn all sorts of ways, and so if you are a read a book learner, this is for you.

PRACTICE THIS BEFORE YOU START A PROJECT!!! READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE ATTEMPTING FLAT FABRIC. TAKE MY ADVICE, i DID NOT USE IT!

Before I tell you how to do it, we’re going to establish a couple of things. When I say “raise needles” in these instructions, you will use your crescent and raise the needles the width of the crescent, plus two or three needles. When I say “lower needles” you will lower the raised needles down, but not all the way down and make darn sure all latches are open. These two steps are vitally important to understand in order to make this project work for you. You raise enough needles so that the cranking can be reversed, just like on a heel…if you don’t go far enough, the machine will jam when you try to go the other direction. Now, lowering needles is easy when you know how to do it….if you push them down too far, the latch will begin to close and your stitches will drop and run like old lady pantyhose.

Stop with the yarn carrier at 6 o’clock. Select a fin at the midnight position to be your marker where the flat fabric begins. Raise needles to the left of the marked fin. Crank until the vcam is under the raised needles and the trailing cam has cleared the last needle so the machine can be reversed don’t stop, just reverse crank until the yarn carrier is almost to the raised needles. Lower the raised needles to the left of the marked fin and raise the needles to the right of the marked fin. Crank backwards until the machine is able to reverse then reverse and crank to almost the raised needles. Practice this until it’s comfortable, then change to project yarn.

Now as far as making this scarf, I knew that I wanted to to touch the floor then come back up to be even with the machine. In hindsite, I would have made it a little longer.

There should be at least 2 inches of waste yarn at the top and the bottom of the scarf. There is no selvedge on either end of the scarf, the fringe will make the selvedge.

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Toddler Socks….

If she knew I called her a toddler, I would not be in her good graces. She’s three and was only too happy to put that sock on and whip her foot up on the kitchen table!

If you’re a socktv fan and you happened to catch the 2019 black Friday episode, you caught me with my pants down! Not literally…I mean really…what were you thinking? The weekend prior to Thanksgiving is Sue’s annual Show Me Your Socks Crank-In and at that event my friend Teri saw me start a ribbed sock and claimed she had never seen it before. She was heading out the door soon so she didn’t want me to teach it to her right then, but I promised I would do it on the next socktv.

So, the very next Friday….BLACK Friday if you will, I packed up and went to Ron’s studio fully prepared to show how to start a ribbed sock. With examples already made and an iron to show how to finish the top of the sock so it’s nice and tight. I even remembered that Joyce couldn’t make it because she had to work. Even though he was previously fired from the job of telephone at socktv, I convinced Jeff to try it one more time. The only thing that I might have forgotten was the ribber. Pretty important when you are showing how to start a ribbed sock…

So, we arrive in plenty of time to get set up, situated and organized. Ron and Jeff always have a lot to talk about, but we got that out of the way and I cast on and was getting ready to go when I realized that I couldn’t find the ribber in the box. It was 8:58. I think I might have dropped the F bomb, because I didn’t have enough cylinder needles with me to fill the cylinder (I had at least 100 ribber needles along).

My mind was racing and so was my heart. But on the fly and as that beautiful computer music started rolling, I decided to make a sock with every other needle. It was a 72 cylinder and set up for normal sock tension. I would call it a toddler sock.

So, I opened the show…Jeff is keeping up with the shout outs, though, they were coming in at a pretty quick rate, changed to project yarn, cranked about 18 rows and hung a hem. Then I cranked 25 rows and began to make a heel, I added an extra needle on each side to make a deep heel and that’s when the fun began. The heel spring decided it didn’t want to work. I was dealing with that when it was time to install some sort of downward pressure…you know, like heel forks or a v hook. Guess what!?!? That was at home too! I made it through the heel and cranked about 20 rows and made the toe. I got if off the machine (miracles never cease) and delivered the news that all sock gremlins were at my house so the whole world should not have dropped a single stitch for the rest of the day Friday!

With all that being said, I came home and closed the toe. Then I washed and dried that little sucker and Joyce took it to her granddaughter’s house. It fit! She liked it! Joyce said it had a little problem at the toe, but that’s no surprise if you saw me make the sock!

Toddler Socks on the CSM: Use every other needle at normal sock tension. Example was made on a 72 slot cylinder and modeled by a 3 year old. Crank 18 rows of project yarn. Hang hem. Crank 25 rows. Make a deep heel by using one extra needle on each side of the half marks. Crank 20 rows for the foot. Make the toe. Cast off onto waste. Close the toe, then wash and dry the sock.

At the end of the episode, I claimed that the sock (though the tension looked hideous) would be fine with a little wash and dry action and that I would show the sock off…so here it is. I didn’t take a before picture and I am sorry for that.

Moral of the story? Never, ever judge a mock rib sock until it’s been washed my friends.

Until next time, I hope the sock gremlins can’t find your house. Well, actually, I hope those gremlins at socktv on Friday took a long walk off of a short bridge!

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Happy Thanksgiving

I just got the Ross family tradition of Cranberry Fluff into the fridge and had a little time to kill before finishing chores, showering and heading out to kick off the holiday season with Thanksgiving dinner with family. I thought it would be a good time to pause and reflect my thankfulness. I feel like a broken record because I keep telling you guys how thankful I am to have you in my life. Without you, I would be jobless….and let me tell you, I was raised that productive work is right up there with God and Family as far as priorities go. So, I took a little stroll through my recent pictures on my phone to see if I had any that would mesh with Thanksgiving…..here’s what I found….

There are no dead horses in this picture. That’s my Mocephus basking in the sunshine like a turtle. He’s a chubby dude and lives to aggravate me! Nortica is laying down in what I call the lamb position. She’s dirty and muddy, but perfect. Sassy, the baby mini, has her butt to me. She will be two at the end of March. Sierra is in the back, snacking on some dried grass. I am thankful that I can look out and see my little herd any time of day.
Here’s a funny picture that you are looking at wondering how could I ever be thankful for a picture of some logs and an excavator….well, I am thankful for my silly thoughtful friends who send pictures of logs. But wait! In the red circle? Do you see it? It’s ET!!! I am thankful for laughter and silliness. It sure makes the world a funner place!

I know that it’s obligatory to be thankful for family. But this year I am especially thankful for my husband and my children. They are my anchors in this sea of craziness called life. My dad and stepmom are right there on my thankful list too. Their love, encouragement and support have been amazing, but Jeff’s family has outdone themselves in this season of change in my life.

In everything, there is a purpose. In this season of Thankfulness, take a minute to count your blessings as well. See the connections and embrace your season of life. So, next time, I will post on sock knitting. I just felt compelled to post this today.

Happy cranking my friends! Love, Jamie