Friday, June 18, 2010

Saraz Tips For Sock Knitting

Here are my tips for sock knitting:
1) Buy as many sets of size 0-3 needles as you can afford. Double pointed ones and circular ones in all lengths. Keep them in a plastic zip-lock bag. Don't try to stuff them back in their original packages. Have at least three sets in all sizes. That way, you can start as many as three pair, in different yarns, all at the same time!
2) Buy as many yarns as you can and keep them in a pretty basket. That way, you will be inspired to use them and if you don't, they will be a nice decorative accent!
3) Don't worry about gauge. 7.5 stitches to the inch, 8 stitches to the inch, who cares. The socks will fit somebody!
I am being facetious but I sort of mean it!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Tower Of Babel

12.5 x 5

This is a thread painting on muslin. I had a hard time getting the design transfered on this one. I kept getting it backwards and of course it matters because of the letters. I finally realized, that on my printer, if you check T-shirt transfer in the options box, it automatically reverses the image. So, if you reverse it yourself before printing, it will reverse again and you are back to where you started. Naturally, I thought all would be well and printed straight on to the transfer paper. Consequently, I have several transfers featuring backwards letters to use some day!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Consultant

I have been getting a lot of expert help lately. Tess has definite ideas about how things should be done.

Friday, June 4, 2010


I've been knitting socks. I thought I would just make a couple of pair for fun, but now I have finished two and a half pair. I am knitting them toe up and I find that much more fun then knitting them from the top down. I had to buy more needles because I like to work on more then one sock at a time. So, at any given time I may have the toe of a blue sock in work, be turning the heel on a red one, and be working the top of a green one. That way I can pick up the one I feel like working on and I don't get bored making the second sock. Of course I have to eventually work the matching sock, but I just do that the same way. Right now, I have the toe of a turquiose sock and the toe of a red sock in work. The red is more fun as the strand changes color more often, but the blue is soft and nice to knit. When I turn the heel on either of those, I will start the toe of the matching black and tan sock. When will it all end?