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Knitting Pipeline is sponsored by Quince & Co. and Knitcircus Yarns

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Episode 236 Sock Relative Velocity

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Pipeliner Notes

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch with me and a special welcome to new Pipeliners who have introduced themselves in the welcome thread. Scrappingrn03 who is Jennifer in Phoenix, lajoyagirl who is Nancy in Deep South TX, SewknitC who is Naomi, born in Nova Scotia.

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From Holli:
Hi Paula,
Just wanted to drop you a note after listening to the episode about your Knit Circus socks. I am primarily a cuff down girl, but will resort to toe up in some cases. My biggest problem with toe ups is knowing where to start the heel. The best solution I’ve found to this problem is my foot template which I created when learning the Fish Lips Kiss Heel. Those templates are my favorite things. I have one for me and one for my son, my main sock recipient. I have marked on the cardboard where to start the Fish Lips Kiss Heel, but it’s also great for calculating where to start other toe up heels like Megan Williams’s OMG heel. Of course, row gauge is critical in this, but easy to calculate in order to compare start point to the pattern recommendation. These templates are similar to the sock rulers, but I like them even better because the width of the template matches our feet. If you have not yet taken the time to make one of the templates, I would suggest you get Bronwyn or Sarah to help do that the next time you get together and give it a try.

Hope to see you in 2016!



Knitting Pipeline February Retreat

Feb 26-17, 2016

Break Out Session:

Toe-up Sock Knitting Workshop by Lucia, PearlofthePacific

I knit my first pair of socks cuff down and was so paranoid about running out of yarn that I made the leg much shorter than I would have liked. Of course I had plenty left over, probably enough to knit a whole third sock, but decided that I would knit every pair after than from the toe up to avoid the worry of running out of yarn. Fifty or so pairs later, I’ve learned a lot about toe-up sock knitting. I’ve developed my own heel as well as figured out my favorite cast-on and toe shape, and how to convert cuff-down patterns. I would like to share all of this with you and also answer any questions you may have about toe-up sock knitting.

Knitted Paradise Videocast

2016 Knitting Pipeline Spring Retreat Information Download HERE

Feb 26-27, 2016 (Fri 2 PM to Sat 4 PM)

with optional Yarn Crawl/Workshop Fun Day on Thursday Feb 25, 2016

Crossroads United Methodist Church

1420 N Main St, Washington IL, 61571 (corner of N Main and Rt 24)

  • Friday, Feb 26th Doors open at 2 PM. Dinner at 6 PM
  • Saturday, Feb 27th               Doors open at 8 AM. Retreat hours: 9 AM to 4 PM

Thursday Feb 25th            Yarn Crawl and Workshop Fun Day

Thursday Workshops require separate registration. See Workshop Registration

Cornerstone Inn and Sleep Inn have room blocks.

Do not book online as you cannot access the block of rooms. Call directly and ask for a room in the Knitting Pipeline Block. We have 40 rooms reserved.

Georgia Retreat

April 3-6, 2016

(Sunday 1:00 PM through Wed 10:00 AM)

January 15 Registration opens by mail

Needle Notes

January is for woolen repair:

  • Bob’s favorite sweater, worn neckline. Doubled yarn in front and for BO.
  • Replaced heels in socks Gnome Acres. Afterthought heel socks so EASY to fix.

Two pair of socks both cuff down with traditional heel flap on size 0. Knit mostly on dpn’s. Current favorite dpn’s are Knitter’s Pride Dreamz. Also like Knit Picks Harmony. Not as wild about Signature dpn’s or Karbonz at the moment.

Favorite Socks: 25 Timeless Designs from Interweave edited by Ann Budd and Anne Merrow. 2007. Spiral bound. (19 previously published and 6 new ones.)
Waving Lace Socks (cover photo) by Evelyn Clark (2285 projects on Ravelry)
Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn Clark
Hazel Knits Entice MCN (it is fingering but not really sock yarn)
Waving Lace Socks by Evelyn Clark

Waving Lace Socks

I hadn’t done a wedge toe in a while and forgot to eliminate the donkey ears on the first sock after grafting. I used Cat Bordhi’s solution that I talked about in Episode 67. It really works.

Zigzagular Socks by Susie White (PrairieGirlSusie)
Cascade Yarns Heritage Paints from The Fiber Universe March 2012.
This is a fantastic pattern with a classic heel flap and wedge toe. The traveling stitch pattern is easy to memorize and holds my interest. Once you get past the 1 x 1 twisted rib cuff you are zooming along especially if you can work the traveling stitches without a cable needle.
Highly recommended.
Spectacular Zigzagulars by Susie White

This would be an excellent opportunity to learn to cable without a cable needle. Right cross and left cross are used throughout and knowing how to do this without a cable needle will really speed things up.

1.      Look at where the stitches will be going and their relative positions.

2.      Knit them in the order where they will be ending up.

 Sock Relativity

Myth busting: Men’s socks vs women’s socks

Paula’s Sock Knitting in 2015: 10 adult pair in fingering weight

  • 7 pair men’s—oops! There were 8 pair. Missed one.
  • 2 for myself
  • 1 for Emily in Aran weight

Men’s socks are not that much bigger.

For Comparison:

  • Women’s shoe size 7 (38 European) foot length is 9 ¼” or 23.5 cm
  • Women’s shoe size 10 (41 European) foot length is 10 ¼ or 26 cm
  • Women’s Shoe size 11 (42 European) foot length is 10 5/8 or 27 cm
  • Men’s size 12 (45 European)  foot length is 11 ½ or 29 cm.
From a Women’s Size 7 shoe to a Men’s Size 12, that’s only a difference of 2 ¼ inches in length—not really that much for knitters. Width might be another inch or so larger. So don’t be intimidated by socks for large feet as there really isn’t that much more knitting in them.
In The Pipeline
Knitcircus Podcast (audio) with Amy Detjen and Jaala Spiro
Unraveling with Greg and Joey

#2 Knitting Pipeline Extra Thanks for your support
New to me videocasts:
Mandarine’s (Melody)
Hue Loco (Nicole)
The Hundred Foot Journey (2014) On Netflix

We Belong to the Land: Memories of a Midwesterner by Beulah Meier Pelton. Iowa State Press 1984 OP
The Flying Circus by Susan Crandall
Come Away with Me by Karma Brown
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt 2013 published. Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss, and Hope in an African Slum by Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner (Five stars) Good book club discussion.
The Girl Who Slept With God by Val Brelinski. 4 stars Coming of age in 70’s. Intriguing. Well written.

Haste ye back!


Elena Fuentes-Afflick said...

I really enjoyed the tips, thanks!

Tobie said...

I felt the same way about the Goldfinch. Actually I did listen to it on a roadtrip-it kept me driving!

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