Archive for Sock Yarn

Passap Perfect Circles by Billie Hall

Okay, why did I try these knitted circles? I DO NOT like short rowing. Well I came across an article by Billie Hall  in one of the Passap University manuals and I read the article on making circles. The sample she gives you is a placemat. In the article it says “if you want to avoid  the” holes” in the knitting, knit to the left. Hang the purl st of the last st formed on the left on the needle to the left.” I made the circle so I could try this way of avoiding the holes. The blue sample is coaster size instead of a whole Placemat. I used a sock yarn and I really like how it looks as far as no holes. However, it would not absorb any liquid . So I had some serenity sock yarn in vibrant colors and decided to make some drink holders for a plate set that I have. I love them and the yarn feels like cotton, I ironed it and it absorbs liquid. However, it was more difficult for the passap to knit by using the heel of the purl stitch like she said in her directions. So I just short rowed by lifting the needle next to the one with the pusher in work and wrapped the yarn and it was easier and faster! Hahahah, so at least I tried it. On my colorful coasters, I crocheted the outside and put two single crochets at each of the twelve points so it is not perfectly round. I used the pie crust trim on the blue one  and I like it but it took forever to do or so it seemed like it. 🙂  I have to say that I would make a Christmas tree skirt doing short rowing. So now I do not dislike short rowing .

p.s. the dark spot on the coaster at the bottom in the picture of the four coasters is my reflection taking the picture and not the yarnDSCF2331.

Christmas In July


My hubby is home from the hospital so now I can play around. My friend in Maine sent me a cone of sock yarn that is cream in color and you can dye it. She had been talking about dyeing yarn so I asked her about it. I tried it with food coloring but I want to get to the real dyes now. Well, yesterday I looked at an email and their was a message for sock patterns on the circular sock machine. I went to this site

and found this adorable wine bottle cover done on the sock machine. The problem was that I did not have sock yarn in red or green. Oh, I know, I can wind off the small amount of the yarn my friend bought me and dye it!! So last night I was up until 12:30 dyeing the red and green amounts of yarn. Today, it was dry and I knitted this wine bottle cover. I have to tell you a couple of things. First of all I would end the last two rows doubling up stitches and then knit two rows and take off on tail of yarn. Minor detail but it is easier gathering less stitches. Second, you can knit this much, much, much ,faster (lol) on the flat knitting machine but not doing the body of it circular. For machine knitters you can just do the ribbing , go right into the body. Change the colors for the bands and hang the hems  and continue to the end. Then you just have to sew the seam. Granted, I love this without the seam and it is finished when you take it off of the machine. It was so nice of this lady to give this pattern for free. She did all the hard work figuring length of rib and body on the 72 needle cylinder! I just had fun knitting it AND dyeing the yarn! And what are the odds of me having a bag of jingle bells since I have decluttered my knitting room. 🙂


Sock Machine Water Bottle Sling-Just for the Fun of It



I mentioned in a previous post that I wanted to try a water bottle sling on the sock machine. Sock yarns are so colorful. Diamonte yarn I don’t think comes variegated. I could be wrong. However, if you don’t have a passap to use the other design you can just do ribbing like I did on this one. On the machine you can’t knit circular rib but sewing a seam up side is no big deal. Also, the fit it there because rib tends to pull in to snug up against the bottle.

This is thicker yarn than diamonte but on the sock machine it worked fine. I knitted 78 rows of 1×1 rib. Then I knitted 14 rows plain but should have only done 7 so the bottom would fit without the stockinette going up on the sides. No big deal there. Then I took out every other needle on the sock machine and knitted two rows. Then I took the work off on double pointed needles and did another row of decreases and 2 stockinette rows and took off with bodkin and gathered. Actually, the bottom looks nicer ….but who cares. lol

I did use the passap machine for the strap. I did a cord with 7 needles on the sock machine but I like the flat cord better.