Monday, June 29, 2009

Mom's Sock (with the Fleegle Heel)

I got this yarn on a trip to Stitches South. It was free! Universal Yarn hosted the trip and they had prizes for everyone. This is Universal Yarn Bamboo Sock . I got it free but the price online is cheap, and I have enough to make a set of footies.

Mom liked them a lot. It's so good to see someone enjoy a pair of hand knit socks. She was surprised by how good they felt on her feet.

The pattern was a standard sock design: size 2 needles, loosely CO 64 ( I used long tail and size 3 needles for this) , make 2 inches of 2 x 2 ribbing and start the pattern. The pattern is a odd basket weave I found in a pattern book that worked for 64 stitches. Then the good part:

The Fleegle Heel!

I am so impressed with this style of heel that I don't think I will ever knit a different style. I have been so frustrated with the Short Row Heel and I never liked the Heel Flap. I have finally found the heel for me! It is comfortable and there are NO HOLES!!!!!!
Now I have to find the best toe and I can settle back and be happy with my socks.

A Spider For My Brother

I'm not sure why he wanted it, but I'm always up to a challenge. You can't see it clearly in the photo: there's a heart on the Black Widows back instead of the usual hourglass. It was a final change that I jokingly suggested and he said it would be cool and different.
I put pipe cleaners in the legs to give them the ability to pose And the eyes are beads I sewed in with standard thread. I warned my brother that this wasn't a kids toy (may cause choking hazard.)
The picture was taken by my cell phone and edited with picnik. Its a free photo editing site one of my youth kids told me about. I like it.

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Mice

The Mice are from Simply Knitting. I was asked to make one that was brown with white spots on the back. I hope this is what was wanted. I'm very pleased with the Princess. The different colors are perfect and the little rose was a great addition. The bow on her tail was a suggestion from a friend. I have more mice (a prince in armor and a nurse with babies). I will post them soon!