Cutting In The Heels

I finally worked up the courage to cut the afterthought heels on my sister’s Christmas Socks! (I was at my parents house with the toddler distracted and using Mom’s Ott light.)

I started by watching KirbyWirby’s YouTube tutorial and with my blank canvas of a sock.


Then I threaded my needles in at the correct measurement and stitch count.


Then I held my breath and……cut my knitting! And ever so carefully pulled out those stitches.


Doesn’t look half bad! I managed to cut and get needles in both socks. I only dropped one stitch and just caught it with a removable stitch marker for now. I didn’t have the time to start actually knitting the heels. So I just slipped on a WIP cozy and put them in my knitting bag for later. At least the stressful part is done!

Happy Knitting!!

Knitting In Public

Yesterday I talked about my festival adventures. Well, after dragging my momma and auntie around the festival I took them to a quilt shop to support their craft addictions. They browsed fabric and notions while I knit in a easy chair!


My sisters second Christmas socks saw some good progress! And no one batted an eye at my podcast listening and knitting in public. I love being around crafty people!

Happy Knitting!!

Cast On: Nicole’s Christmas Socks Take Two

I am still working on the first pair but I’m on hold because of not having the foot trace for the afterthought heels. So I started her second pair. 


More Felici from deep stash and following the same recipe as before for a toe up vanilla sock. This was yarn I got from a destash so the dye lots don’t match. The first sock has me a bit worried because the stripe transitions aren’t as crisp as I normally see in Felici. At least in the lighter shades. My sister won’t mind or honestly know the difference so I’m just going to keep knitting!

Happy Knitting!

All But The Heels

My sister’s Christmas socks are really really close!


I have the tubes done and the remaining sock yarn stuffed in there (so I don’t lose it 😃)! I am going to see my parents soon so I hope I have time to get her foot trace. Then all I have to do is whip out two afterthought heels!

I am for sure going to insert lifelines through the stitches before I start snipping. Then I can insert the dpns into the stitches using the lifeline after the opening is created. I’ve done some googling and I feel like this is going to reduce my anxiety level. Stay tuned…..

Flying Felici

I’m plugging away on Nicole’s Christmas socks and I’m just about to the ribbing on sock #2.

This self-striping sock yarn is just so darn addictive. And Felici is so soft that it’s a treat to work with. My dad informed me that he has the traces of my sister’s foot. We just need to be in the same place at the same time to exchange. I’m still nervous about cutting into perfectly good knitting, but I shall persevere!

Happy Knitting

FO Friday: Dad’s Camo Socks

My second Christmas present for 2017 is done! Dad’s Camo Socks are officially a FO…

I’ve actually had them done for awhile, but I couldn’t coordinate a toddler free moment in the natural light of day with the husband to get some modeled shots. Even then I was only able to grab two snaps before the toddler required saving from some perilous adventure like trying to jump off the furniture like superman does. Even then the second shot includes blurry wiggly toes, lol.

For those with inquiring minds, these are a 72 stitch toe up vanilla sock with gusset heel. I used size 1.5 US needles and a single skein of Cascade Heritage Prints 150. This yarn is just such a great way to make socks for size 13 US feet. It’s basically sport weight so it goes very quickly and the 150 grams is the perfect size for these huge socks! I stopped in my LYS to grab another skein and I they were out….now I need to find where to source more

Happy Knitting!

Cast On: Nicole’s Christmas Socks

My sister and I didn’t always get along, especially as teenagers. But now that we are both…ahem…over 3o, we’ve settled into more of a comfortable place. She is most definitely knit worthy as she lives in upper elevation Colorado climate. I have given her many of my sweaters that I knit Pre-Jellybean that no longer fit. But one thing I haven’t knit for her specifically are socks…

I decided to rectify that. I had my dad get a trace of her foot on his last visit. And I pulled some Knit Picks Felici from my stash. I lost the ball band but I believe this is the splash colorway. I know my gauge and tension in this yarn so I could start straight away.

This is a 68 stitch sock on size 0US needles. I’m going to make a toe up sock with afterthought heel. I don’t have her foot outline yet so I may have to knit a tube and do a true afterthought heel without waste yarn if I get that far before I reach the heel section.

Wish me luck! Happy Knitting!!

Just A Wee Bit

My Dad’s Camo Socks have surged forward. I made a concerted effort to focus on them since finishing the first sock last Friday. I felt a bit under the weather over the weekend so I got some extra knitting time. 


I have just a wee bit of yarn left! This yarn is a sport weight and goes crazy fast (when I actually knit on it). I have two stripes left and the bind off. Fingers crossed I can make it!

Happy Knitting!!

HO Friday: One Camo Sock!

I managed to finish the first Camo sock for my dad!

I made my husband stand in as the foot model. It really helps my gift knitting that my hubby and father both have size 13 US feet. Wait, did I really just type that?? This thing is huuuuge!

This sock is a 72 stitch toe up vanilla sock with gusset heel. That’s roughly 11 inches of foot alone. It’s a good thing they are both knitworthy!

Now I guess I better start the second sock….

WIP Wednesday: Dad’s Camo Socks

The Camo Socks are moving along nicely! 


The heel is turned and I’ve started the ribbed leg. I took one small detour to knit some of this yarn into my scrap blanket before I ran out. I definitely wanted this yarn in my memory!

Now I’m just in the tedious portion of knitting and weighing my skein so I know when I get close to halfway and to cast off. I want to make sure I have enough for sock number two!

Happy Knitting!!