Inspiring YOUR Creative Side

Hello February 2

First off, Happy February.

Ok, I’m a day late, but I’ve been snowed in with nothing but a warm fire, a hot cup of coffee and my knitting/micron pens/colored pencils and a sewing machine. I’m sure you understand.

So, here’s what I’m thinking. Inspiring A Creative Life is the theme to this blog. Why not, for the month of February, have a daily or every other day challenge. However you want to work it. I know, this will be for my own good as well as yours. It will keep us from being challenged with “what do I do now”. Yes, I have work stuff I could do, but this will be more fun, as well as, continue to feed OUR creative side.

I will provide a list below for the month of February. Yes, today counts.  You can choose to check off all 20 or pick the ones that speak to you. You probably noticed I didn’t do one for each day of the month.

That’s unrealistic. We all have busy lives, yet if you’re following along here on the blog, it’s because Creativity IS in your vocabulary.

Either way, you will be inspiring YOUR creative side. I’d love to see pics–which can be posted on Instagram by using #inspiringyourcreativeside OR here if you’re not an insta kind of girl or guy. Your comments below will be fun to read as well.

I want to be inspired by YOU!

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THIS is what inspire me to be me. What inspires You?

Keep in mind, we all interpret differently, so this may be your own idea of what each is. Your style is what’s important here.  This can be photography, drawing, knitting, crochet. It can be sewing or a coloring page. Maybe you doodle or create beautiful hand lettering. Whatever your interpretation is, is what makes it YOURs.

Here Goes…Let’s have funcreativity

 

February-Inspiring YOUR Creative Side

1: Flower

2: Texture

3: Playtime

4: Family

5: Home

6: Simplistic

7: Circle

8: Line

9: Happy

10: Morning

11: Hobby

12: You

13: Joy

14: Nature

15: Color

16: Mealtime

17: Inspire

18: Knit

19: Round

20: Heart

So, go be inspired, friends! Let’s share, chat, and be AWESOME this month. Show me what you can do.

CoLoR OuTsIdE ThE LiNeS and Find YOUR happy!

~Deb

How I make my "Vanilla Socks"

(Photo is “Opal” Sock yarn.) 

Hi Knitters,

I have had countless people ask me how I do my easy peasy “vanilla” sock. Now, you ask, what do you mean by vanilla? 

Think of vanilla ice cream. Plain, nothing fancy. Just. Plain. It’s perfect for those beautiful self-striping yarns. 

That’s what I mean by vanilla sock. A simple ribbing, stockinette stitch for leg (knit all rounds), a simple heel flap and gusset, and more stockinette stitch down the foot. I finish with easy toes.

FREE for you! So print away. I didn’t create a PDF for this. Feel free to copy and paste this text into a word document and create a pdf of your own, simply print it out or add it to your favorite app on your ipad. Mine is Notability. 

Click here for the Ravelry Project Page on How I make my “Vanilla” sock. 


Deb’s Vanilla Socks
by Deb Buckingham/Dishcloth Diva

Abbreviations
ssk – slip 1 stich knitwise, slip 1 stitch knitwise, knit both stitches together through the front
P2tog – purl 2 stitches together
K2tog – knit 2 stitches together

Materials
1 skein of your favorite sock yarn, fingering weight
US #1 double pointed needles (dpn’s) set of 5 
Yarn needle
Scissors
Tape measure to measure your foot and the sock

Gauge
This is one thing that people question me about again and again. I do believe it’s important so you get the right fit. Though, my sock will fit the average size 7 1/2 -8 1/2″ foot. 

Measuring Your Foot
This is used for the foot part of the sock. You want to make sure you get the right length so when you’re finished it won’t be too short, therefore causing it to be too tight around the toe.
Here’s what I do: take your tape measure and measure the length of your foot, or the foot of the one you’re knitting for, by starting at the bottom of the foot, from the end of your heel to the end of your longest toe. You will subtract 2″ from that number and stop knitting at the point. You will then begin your toe decrease.
Example: Mine measures 9 1/2 inches so I stop knitting at 7 1/2 inches. Then begin my toe decrease.

Cuff
CO 64 stitches, divide onto your 4 dpns, and join to begin working in the round.
Work a k1, p1 (or 2×2 (k2, p2) if you prefer) ribbing for 1.5″ 
If you forget to stop ribbing, that’s OK. It will be just that much longer.

Work Stockinette stitch for 6-7 inches or desired length. 


Heel Flap
As if you were starting a new round, *sl 1 purlwise, k1; across first needle. Using the same needle, continue working in this way for needle 2. You will have 32 sts on your 1 needle that you have done a (sl 1 purlwise, k1) 

Make sense? 

You will now have 32 stitches to work the heel flap with. You will be working back and forth on just this one needle.
Turn work:
sl 1 purlwise, then, purl each stitch to the end of the needle (still 32 stitches)
Turn work and continue working these 2 rows a total of 16 times each or 32 rows total:

Row 1: *sl 1, k1; repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2: sl 1, purl to end of row
Work Row 1 once more

Yay!! You still with me? 

Turning the Heel
You should have just completed a right side row. This is where you’ll continue to work back and forth on just this one needle. It will seem awkward, but just do as each row says, it will work out in the end. You will end up with 18 stitches.

Row 1: Sl 1, p16, p2tog, p1, turn to work back in the other direction
Row 2: Sl 1, k3, ssk knitwise, k1, turn to work back in the other direction
Row 3: Sl 1, p4, p2tog p1, turn to work back in the other direction
Row 4: Sl 1, k5, ssk knitwise, k1, turn  to work back in the other direction
Row 5: Sl 1, p6, p2tog, p1, turn  to work back in the other direction
Continue in this manner until 18 sts remain on the needle. DO NOT TURN.
(You basically work until 1 stitch before the gap, then ssk or p2tog. Don’t forget your p1 or k1 stitche before you turn)

Fantastic! You got this

Gusset
You should have the right side of your work facing you. 

Step one: With an empty needle, pick up and knit 16 stitches in each of the slipped stitches along the heel flap. You may have to grab another stitch in the corner to keep from having a hole in the gusset.

Step two: using a new needle (or empty needle), knit all the stitches across needle 2 then needle 3. These will be your foot, or instep stitches.

Step three: Using an empty needle, pick up and knit 16 stitches in each of the slipped stitches along the opposite heel flap. Again, you may have to pick up an additonal stitch in the corner before beginning to pick up stitches all the heel.

Step four: Knit 9 stitches on the the needle from step 3. Then slip the last 9 stitches on to needle 1.

Needles 1 & 4: 25 (ish) stitches each (you may have more or less stitches depending whether you  picked up 16 or 17 stitches)
Needles 2 & 3: 16 (ish) stitches each 

Stick with me!!

Gusset Decrease Rounds
Round 1: knit all stitches
Round 2
Needle 1: knit to last 3 stitchs, k2tog, k1
Needle 2 & 3: knit all stitches
Needle 4: k1, ssk knitwise, knit to end of needle

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 a total of (10) times OR until you have 16 stitches remaining on each of the 4 needles.

You are now back to the original 64 sts!! You got this!!

Foot
Continue knitting until your sock measures approximately 2″ from the end of the foot. (refer to Measuring your Foot above)

Toe
Round 1:
Needle 1: knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1
Needle 2: k1, ssk, knit to end of needle.
Needle 3: Knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1
Needle 4: k1, ssk knitwise, knit to end of needle
Round 2: Knit

Repeat rounds 1 & 2 until 8 stitches remain on each of the 4 needles.
Repeat round 1 only until 4 stitches remain on each of the 4 needles.

Closing the Toe
Now, knit the 4 stitches from needle 1 onto needle 4. Slip the 4 stitches from needle 2 onto needle 3, or visa-versa. It doesn’t matter, as long as there are 8 stitches on each of the 2 needles.

Cut the yarn, leaving a 10 inch long. Thread it onto your tapestry needle, and use the Kitchener Stitch to close the toe. The video link is for the Knit Witch. A favorite of mine. 

That’s it! I hope you make many socks. Don’t ever get, what we call, the second sock syndrome. 

Quickly cast on sock #2. Like Now. Have fun with color. 

So, for now, knitters,
{HUGS} and Knit On!

Deb

Not So Crazy Sock Pattern