Archive for May, 2014

Have you ever done this?

It is official. My brother in law is giving up his sock machine so I don’t have to go scout around for one.  Yay. I finished a pair of socks using Sock Ease yarn. I started the second sock and when I was finished with the rib I knitted 24 rows of stockinette stitch. I started the heal short rowing down to 14 stitches and was so proud since it was going so well. When I finished the heel I knitted 54 rows for the body of the sock and then I started short rowing the toe. It was then that  I realized that I did not do the second part of the short rowing on the heel! So I rewound the yarn and rehung the sock on the machine just before the heel started and did it again. I have never ever done that when I have knitted socks on the knitting machine. Have you ever done that?

My Slipper Sock Pattern Instructions


My husband wears the slipper socks that I made him. He had a pair at the hospital but they were thrown out. His ankles are swollen and my slippers still fit him. So I made another pair and decided to share the pattern with you. This is adapted from a baby bootie pattern.  You can see the women’s slippers in previous posts on my blog. I would suggest knitting it plain before trying the lace design. I can make a pair in a half hour not counting grafting the toe stitches. Here is the pattern. I used Cancun yarn. The tensions are in the pattern. I also included my notes from a Lesley Solomon video our club had years ago on how to measure for a sock. I made this on the Brother 940.

Here is the link.




I am Missing Daddy Again

imissmydaddy copy

Poor Petey does not get it. Hubby has been back in hospital twice and still there now.


I will get back to my machines. However,I have been reading a manual on a sock machine that I borrowed from my sister and brother in law. They have had it for ten years and never used it. I asked if I could try it. Each nite when I got home from the hospital I tried to figure out what I was doing. I finally finished a sock without mistakes that was supposed to be for me but fits my husband!! lololol
Well, it did when I tried it on without sewing the seam at the toe. But I just tried it on and it does fit me. It is a little loose around the toe but I know it will shrink. Yay, it is for me. Jim has tons of socks. I don’t. The yarn is a charcoal color in a wool blend.

My friend Susan has a sock machine and she said they can be pesky at times. Right about that! It probably took about 20 hours to make this. I tried the sock without ribbing but I like rib so I had to figure out ribber. Since I have knitted so many socks on the knitting machines, it helped to know what I was doing. Tension is a big thing on the sock machine. I know with time I can get these done right but it sure is fun. Love ribbing without a seam. It was unique how the selvedge edge is done with the ribber to start the sock. You knit one row on main cylinder and ribber. It is like knitting across on a knitting machine for 1 by 1 to start rib. But then on the sock machine, you move a lever to take the ribber stitches out of work and you knit three rows around which is like knitting on the main bed. Then you move the lever to engage the ribber needles and carry on.Here is the sock on my foot.:)

Machine Knitted Buttonhole and Band by Thelma Viers

Thelma Viers-The Needle-witted Woman's Buttonhole

Thelma Viers-The Needle-witted Woman’s Buttonhole

Well, I managed to get this buttonhole demo done. I felt like a thief sneaking off into my knitting room late at night. That is why the pictures appear dark.

I love this finished buttonhole by Thelma Viers. It was in one of her patterns that I bought years ago and have used it ever since. It seems complicated but it isn’t. It is just a matter of knitting up to the buttonhole, working on the buttonhole , and then knitting the rest of the way to the left to complete one row. I wrote up instructions that I hope you can follow. I also have 22 pictures in detail in case you get stuck. I do hope you will try this band just making one buttonhole. Once you can knit this , you can try a sample of two buttonholes and then move on to doing a whole band.

I made this buttonhole on the Brother Standard Machine. It can be done on the Bulky too. I am sure it can be done on the Passap  using setting so certain needles don’t knit. Hmm…am I up for the challenge?

Here is the link to my dropbox for all of the pictures and instructions. Please let me know if anyone makes this and likes it as much as I do. If something is not clear to you with my pictures and directions, please email me.

If you double click on the first picture in the upper left in the drop box it will become screen size and you will see it will go through the pictures from number 1 to number 22.


Oh, also, I found the right size bottle for the dish liquid dresses. I was disappointed that they did not wrap around the bottle. The correct size for the bottle is14 ounces. I found them at Drug Mart for $1.39


Correct size dish liquid bottle

Correct size dish liquid bottle

Daddys Home



Daddys Home...finally!

Daddys Home…finally!

I am happy and I have a happy little doggy. His daddy is home where he belongs. My husband had to put his cane over his lap so the dog would not jump on his stomach. Both are resting comfortably. Now, hopefully, I will have a little time to start knitting again. 🙂