Saturday, February 12, 2011

Episode 3: The One with the Crooked Lampshade

I just noticed the lampshade. Hope it doesn't drive you crazy, especially now that I pointed it out!!

The video teaching RT and LT can be found here. I'm sure Wendy does a much better job explaining them than I do!

Here is the video explaining L-inc and R-inc. I didn't even TRY to explain those!

The socks I'm making (hopefully making) are the Pink Ribbon socks by Laura Sparadin.


  1. So I was listening to this weeks podcast (and by the way I think that you doing this as a beginner is so brilliant. I wish I had though of it my self a couple of years back) and though I would share with you how I choose sizing for my socks.

    For a regular women size from a 6 to a 8 or so I usually cast on 64 st. I know for myself that I get the guage I like with sock yarn on size 2.75 but that means that my guage is loose cause I like soft pliable socks. If I know that the recipiant as thinner feet I change needle size not cast-on size so as of right now I am doing the pomatomus for my mom who as really small calfs and thin feet I do them on size 2 mm.

    If the pattern as a lot of cables or does not have a lot of give then I go to 72 st. I would go to 72 st as well if I was doing a sock for me but wanted a stiffer fabric and used 2mm for me.

    Lastly I know that one thing that helps me is if I ask the recipient to trace out their feet on card board and cut it out. Then through out the knitting I can try on the sock on the form and be sure it fits.

    Hope that helped you a little.

    By the way my ravelry name is liane-joelle if you want to befriend me.

    Lastly I am very if I write with a lot of mistakes but english is my second language as I am from Quebec Canada and speak french first.

  2. Ho!! and by the way I would really suggest going down to at least 64 maybe even 56 because the yarn you are using is sport weight not sock yarn.

    Ok I am done now sorry for taking over the comment board

  3. Thank you for your help! I ended up going to 64. The cuff looks better already. I'm using 2.75mm needle with the sport weight yarn. I hope I don't have to rip it out once again to a 56! This sock sure has been a learning experience, and the cuff isn't even 1" yet!!

  4. you should be fine with 64 stitches. Tell me how they come out, I always wondered how bernat sport would do for socks.

  5. Don't snip! Find your end and and undo it. You might have to add some more yarn if you need to widen the sock a bit and there won't be much yarn to knit with. Or if it doesn't bother you if one sock is one row shorter then you could rip back two rows and bind off from there.

    Quantum Leap used to be one of my favourite shows. It would be nice to rewatch it.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  6. Yay! Thanks for your help. I have found the end and unraveled it a row or two-I'm not sure. I don't mind if the socks don't match--I just want her to be able to wear them. I'm not sure how to bind them off since they aren't on the needles any more. I'd do some research. Thank you!!

  7. I love your vidcast! You've got such a cheerful voice to listen to! :)

  8. Thanks, Lisa! My father-in-law says I sound like Mickey Mouse....

  9. Great vidcast. I am glad that you are getting the newbie slant out there.
    Thanks for stopping by and watching my show and leaving a comment today.

  10. Another clarification. When a pattern gives number of stitches per inch they are assuming you have knit a gauge swatch and are measuring the number of stitches over a 4 to 6 inches sample of the yarn knit in stockinette (unless the pattern specifies something different).

    They are also assuming you are using the yarn called for in the pattern, in your pattern that would be a fingering weight. As Claude said, since you are going with a sport weight yarn which is thicker than fingering weight you cannot use the gauge or stitch per inches given.

  11. Bev,
    Thanks for that advice. I thought that I COULD change the yarn as long as the gauge is the SAME. How do you swap out yarn then? Thicker yarn means fewer stitches per inch? Maybe there isn't a way to generalize it--it is one of those things that comes with experience?


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