Fat Knitting Superhero, disguised as Mild Mannered Yarn Shop Employee.

Gone Bird CRAZY!!

Linda‘s Little Birds are SO ADDICTIVE!  I finished 6 more today.

Post-Holiday laziness

I haven’t forgotten you, dear blog, just been busy with Thanksgiving and enjoying some post-Thanksgiving sloth. 

I have gotten several new crocheted birdies done.  I’m so addicted to these!

Anyway, tomorrow, the top-down sock series will continue, with heels!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Would you like a way to cook your turkey quickly, leaving more time for knitting on the holiday?  Try this!

And Happy Thanksgiving, Y’all!

A Cure for Tired Brains

It’s been a long day!  It started with almost 4 hours at Yarnivore getting everything ready for the big sale that starts on Black Friday (lots of really FANTASTIC yarns will be on sale at 20% off!).  Then I came home and have been working my BRAIN typing up a fantastic new sock pattern!  I’m really excited about this one, but I’m keeping it SECRET for now.

Anyway, after all this, my brain is tired.  Very tired.  Wiped out.  Fortunately, Wren Ross has a cure.

The cure?  Her delightful CD, Wren Ross’s Greatest Knits.

I have a weakness for the silly and sweet and this CD is both.  It has everything from a very bluesy Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, to a sentimental tear-jerker about a sister who spins and weaves, to a sad spoof of Greensleeves that addresses all our fears about fit.  It even has an adorable parody of 76 Trombones, made into an actual, workable pattern for a basic knitted hat!

It’s just the balm I need to soothe and relieve my tired brain!  Get a bit of brain-cure yourself, with this free (shortened) mp3 version of Baa, Baa, Black Sheep.

Off I go to slip the disc into the machine (and perhaps to order a copy for my giftee at our local knitting groups’ Secret Santa).

Four Calling Birds?

Four of the birdies are done.  Thought you’d like to see ’em!

Click to Biggify!

Today’s post…

…isn’t really a post.  It’s a statement that my back frickin’ HURTS and I want it stop and I’m cranky.

I’m going to go self-soothe by knitting crocheting birdies from the most awesome Linda Permann‘s book Little Crochet to use as gift Christmas ornaments.  Darned things are supremely addictive – I knitted crocheted 2 of ’em so far today, using Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn, like she did for hers.  I do need more beads, though, as I haven’t anything appropriate.  Which means I have to go bead shopping before Christmas.  DARN!  (HEH)

Crappy Cell Phone Pic because my back hurts too much to go search for the camera

Top-Down Socks – Leg

Now that you’ve cast on, and presumable done a bit of ribbing for the cuff, you have a choice.  Either continue with ribbing all the way down the leg, or just do an inch  or so of ribbing and finish the leg in some other stitch pattern.  Your choice!

The only thing you want to remember is not to make the leg too long.  It can be as short as you like, but calf anatomy limits the leg.  Basically, you don’t want the leg to be long enough to need calf shaping, unless you plan to go all the way to the knee, in which case, it’s technically a stocking, not a sock.  Just make sure that your sock-leg won’t go higher than the base of the gastrocnemius muscle (aka calf muscle – but gastrocnemius is fun to say).  For most legs, that means about 8 inches max – maybe 9 inches for a tall guy or 6 for a small woman.

Anyhoo, just make the leg as long as you want it!  Easy!

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