Knitting, Socks

Vanilla Latte Socks – May 30th!

Ok, so I’m a little late on the update for this one, but you all know I’ve been a little busy. ¬†ūüôā

As the title states, we have a new group project proposed to begin on¬†May 30th at Susan K.’s house. ¬†We are getting started on this year’s Christmas presents a little bit early (since we never finish most of what we had planned to) and what better gift to give than some lovingly crafted socks!

So Simple Sport Socks are a somewhat simple pattern that create a flattering pair of socks for any age, and either gender!  The best part of this project is the pattern is completely free!  Even better, since they are knit in the sport weight, they will go even faster!

I’m sure we all have some extra sock¬†yarn lying around, but if not, you can always order some Dream in Color Smooshy¬†for some beautiful Kettle-dyed yarns, or¬†Lorna’s Laces Solemate¬†for some fancy self-striping. ¬†Any old fingering yarn will do, just make sure you have at least 350 yards before you start!

(The yarn used in the above picture is Noro Silk Garden Sock РColorway 211, turquoise, fuchsia, gold.)

Patterns will be provided, so no worries about bringing a copy, just be sure you bring your desired yarn!

Casting on is the hardest part, so check out my previous post so you can practice some of the more professional looking edges.  Your loved ones will thank you for it!

Happy stitching!

Knitting, Uncategorized

Troublesome Cast-Ons!

I remembered in our most recent meeting that some of you were having trouble with the more difficult (and often more professional) cast on methods. ¬†In this post, I’m going to provide a few links to some Youtube videos that I found helpful when teaching myself these methods.

Hope they work out for you!

^^^This one is by FAR my favorite when it comes to starting a new pair of gloves (or even a hat!) as it gives you a very clean edge that appears to come out of nothing.  It is technically termed the Italian Tubular Cast-On and requires a bit of extra work.  But it is totally worth it!

^^^This video covers similar content, but using the Long Tail Tubular Cast-On method.  It gives the same result, but some of you may find it to be easier to achieve.

And finally…

I apologize for the quality of this video, but it is the only one that specifically deals with the tubular cast on methods in the round, and on circular needles!  This one is my go-to method when beginning a bottom-up hat.  I wish she would record this video again, and make it a bit easier to see, but maybe someone else (possibly myself?) will have to do that for her one day.

I hope you find these videos to be more helpful than you do confusing!  Take care and Happy stitching!

Informational Posts

Hopes for a Bright Future!

With the conception of this website, we hope to bring the joy of fiber crafts to a broader audience in rural South East Arkansas! ¬†Keep an eye on this page as there will be updates in the future to the faithful knitters of Chix with Stix on all kinds of different subjects. ¬†We hope to provide convenience to the group, and bring a new layer of learning! ¬†Technology is taking the world by storm–so why not add a little bit of rainfall to our part of the world. ¬†Happy stitching!