Toasty Tootsies

Hello everyone, I hope you’ve all been keeping warm and dry these past few days. We’ve had some wild weather here in Alberta. And its a icey but quiet morning after a full day of wind storms across the province. While the house shook and yes it shook with 100kmh winds I knitted away. My plan for yesterday was to get a few hoopings on the embroidery machine done, but with the nasty weather outside I didn’t want to chance the power going out and a stitching being ruined. So between working on the SAL project and knitting I kept myself quite busy. Knitting socks and slippers always reminds me of when we were children, we would come in from playing in the snow, kick off our boots and snow gear and put our feet up on the open oven door of the old Kemac wood stove. Now that felt good. There is nothing like the fire burning in a  wood stove to warm you on a winters day. 🙂 Ah memories !

That’s when you know its time to dig into the stash, and I have quite the stash of yarn, mostly sock yarn of various kinds. Yes its a lot 🙂 I seem to gather a couple when ever I go out shopping…an illness? I do not believe so ! Ha who am I kidding. Its something I love to do. My Mom taught me to knit when I was 11 and after a couple of scrappy scarves as learning tools and wanted to try knitting mittens. Mom made it look so easy… knitting so many mittens to outfit 4 children for winter and the scarves and hats..in those days we didn’t have thermal mitts. We wore several pair of mittens and it kept our hands pretty warm,  after the top pair was sufficiently caked with snow. Well after getting past the part where you feel like you are wrestling with a porcupine it wasn’t too bad. My knitting was tight at first, I think I was worried my stitches would fall off the needles. After a few attempts Mom gave me a new ball of yarn and that was to be my official pair of mittens. I was proud.

It wasn’t until I had children of my own when I wanted to try knitting socks. Mom was not a sock knitter. She confessed she was a bit intimidated by the heel turning. My grandmother was the sock knitter. That idea got put on the back shelf until I came across this great little booklet in 1994. I taught myself to knit socks from this book and there’re not so far removed from mittens as I found out. Once you get through the heel its all a piece of cake, which took a couple of unravelling until I got to the cake! ha ha.  I’m not a fan of unraveling my work, but when there isn’t a chance of improvising or letting a flaw goes as “character” I will unravel 😦

Cool Weather

Cool Weather

Since I’m posting about knitting I thought I should gather the photos I took of earlier work as well. Like these cute camo slippers I made for my grandson, C for Christmas. I used a free pattern online. At Lion Brand Yarns Its a very easy pattern, I would recommend it for anyone who is new to knitting and wants to make  slippers for a toddler. I increased my needle size and used chunky yarn for the Camo slippers.

camo slippers

camo slippers

Then came the blue socks, a friend of mine ask me to knit for her, fair trade for a big bag of fabric she was cleaning out of her craft room. The orange and black yarn you see on top of the basket is the next pair for her. I used a basic sock pattern from a knitting magazine, which is great for the striped or self pattern yarn. I have an few books for the more decorative patterned socks.  Oh yes and the Phentex slipper at special request by N. These slippers are from Patons “Next Step Four” booklet of socks and slippers.  My models live so far away that I don’t have them to try on things like slippers as I go. I hope everyone took actuate measurements lol. Which brings us to the ballet slippers for N. They are knit with a Marl chunky yarn and the pattern is called Sasha Slippers, free at Berroco. They look a little odd shape in the photo because I have stuffed small bits of yarn in them.

blue socks

blue socks

phentex

phentex

Ballet slippers

Ballet slippers

vintage booklet

vintage booklet

Thinking back to first knitting projects, I recalled I have an old booklet of my mother’s, I had knit my daughter a sweater when she was 5 or 6.(photos of sweaters are from the booklet)  While paging through the booklet what do you suppose I found? Yes, the mitten pattern I had used to knit my first pair. The paper feels quite fragile and there are tears where it was folded. A quick pic and back in safe keeping it goes. I wish Patons had put a date on their booklets back then. It would be nice to know the date for nostalgic reasons.

cardigans

cardigans

First mittens

First mittens

Not only are my feet a lot warmer today but so is my heart. I like the word serendipity !

As Ive been writing this post and thinking Its taking me quite a while to write , Ive also been running back and forth to my knitting basket of books so I can give you accurate info. I am so happy that I did or who knows how much longer before I would come across these little treasures.

I hope you have enjoyed this little “yarn” as much as I have enjoyed writing it. Always make time to knit and another thought.. take time to swatch. its has saved me a lot of unravelling.

Thank you for dropping by, and have a toasty warm day …..Izz

 

 

grey socks

grey socks

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3 Comments

January 16, 2014 · 1:34 PM

3 responses to “Toasty Tootsies

  1. Pingback: Just Socks | Isabel's Needleworks

  2. Hi Izz, I know exactly what you mean about coming in from the snow. As a kid, on returning home from school in the snow, I would turn my back to the coal fire and lift up my skirt LOL. Now I’m thinking “Why were we not allowed to wear trousers?”. Memories … 🙂

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