on afterthought heels and negative ease

28 10 2014


heel-less tube socks

i am making my nieces socks. unfortunately, they live on the other side of the country so i do not have the luxury of having them try on said socks. instead, i decided to make some simple tube socks and add in an afterthought heel when i figured out their foot sizes. simple!…right? well, maybe. but i didn’t insert waste yarn for the afterthought heel. aaaand…don’t i have to account for negative ease when considering heel placement? aaaaannnnnnddd….where is the optimal place to add this heel? i didn’t know. so i went a-google-ing to find some answers.

the googles said that i should figure about 10% negative ease for socks. i think this would depend on preference and style of sock, but i thought that to be a reasonable number. what is negative ease? let me google that for you. (ha! love that)

this pattern is quite straightforward in regards to adding the heel.  it even has a handy chart with foot length sizes.  i decided to insert the heel at 2 inches less than 90% of the foot length.  for example, a size 10 ladies foot is 10 inches.

90% of 10 inches = 9 inches

9 inches – 2 inches = 7 inches <— start heel here


wish me luck!

up next!

28 10 2014


well hello there!

22 10 2014

look! knitting!


2×2 ribbed socks
pattern: my own
knitpicks yarn
started: unknown
needles: US #1 2.25 mm knitpicks nickel plated options
notes: jmco 12, increased to 64.  basic 2×2 rib.

i love the idea of blogging again. i was finishing up the first sock of this pair and couldn’t remember how to do an invisible bo…so i looked up my tutorial! couldn’t help myself and practically read the entire blog. (sigh).

also my friend becky, aka “momma”, started a blog of her own: endurance epicurean.

see you again soon?

the bread chronicles…getting started

29 01 2011

for as long as i can remember, i’ve always wanted to bake bread.  i’ve tried it once or twice; but i ended up with something that resembled more a paperweight than a perfect loaf of bread that i want to sink my teeth into.  since those failed attempts i convinced myself that i was a cook (not a chef, and definitely NOT a baker) so i should focus my energies elsewhere.

but as i was browsing one site or another, i came across this…

artisan bread in 5 minutes a day
honestly i didn’t think it would work.  experience has shown us that ‘quick fixes’ just don’t work.  but i kept stalking the reviews on amazon.  and i kept getting curious-er and curious-er…so i bought the book.

meanwhile, when i was grocery shopping i would discreetly chuck a bag of flour into our shopping cart.  (nevermind that we don’t use flour for anything we cook)  by the time the book was delivered i counted 3 bags of whole wheat flour, 2 bags of bread flour, another bag of cornmeal and a tupperware full of a mystery flour.  the irony in buying all that flour: i didn’t have the all-purpose flour the recipe calls for.  (sigh)

In a nutshell, this method allows you to pre-make a wet dough that is stored in the fridge for up to 10 days.  When you want to make bread, you snip off a piece, shape it, rest it, slash and bake it!  Even a non-baker like me was able to make a decent looking loaf:

my (second-ever) loaf or “boule”

i made the dough on day 1, on day 3 i made the first loaf (not pictured), on day 4 i made another two loaves, and today, day 5 i finished off the rest of the dough.
VERDICT: (loaves 1 &2) nice crisp crust that softened slightly when cooled.  the crumb was dense and moist.  aaron really took a shine to this basic recipe.  i think the crumb could be less dense and more chewy. i will switch to bread flour as it has more gluten and may give me a bread more to my liking.  (loaf 3) gifted to the neighbors. (loaf 4) in the oven!
i’ll continue to post to the bread chronicles as my adventure continues….

skewed green smoothie socks

25 01 2011

i’ve cast on for yet another sock project:

skewed green smoothie (rav link)
pattern: skew by lana holden in knitty winter ’09
ty-dy socks in green colorway
1 skein | 436 yds : 100 g | 80 superwash wool : 20 nylon
started: jan 2011
needles: US #1 (2.25 mm) knitpicks nickel plated circs
notes: brilliant!

we’ve been blending up a storm at chez crankygrrrrrl. husband just bought a blender and has been mixing up some green smoothie goodness. that, coupled with an insane desire to knit something for me…and an itch to do something different, but not mind-bending…led me to cast on for this…wait for it….brilliant sock.

i bet all clown vomit yarn would like awesome in this pattern. and pending the completion of this pair of socks, i will be flagging this pattern for many of those yarns in my stash. that is not to say that the pattern isn’t worthy of pretty sock yarn, cuz i’ve seen some beauties….i’m just saying that this will work for the ‘difficult’ skeins.

that being said, this yarn isn’t producing dazzling color patterns…but i’m still loving the knitting and it produce a -tame- and handsome sock.

off to drink my dinner smoothie…in this one we used: spinach, kale, carrot, celery, cucumber, avocado, banana, blueberries, clementine, vega whole food health optimizer, apple juice and some water. sounds “eww” but really “yum”!

more socks for the hubster

21 01 2011
amazing how quickly one finishes projects if they put their mind to it, no?  too many times i’ve found that i flounder when it comes to producing fo’s.  i just don’t have the staying power when it comes to finishing projects – and let’s attribute that to lack of time because i still drool over all knitting and fiber related things.

i’ve been working on these socks for quite a while.  they were started on a weekend that we visited a friend’s chalet on her property in southern ohio.  i was really creative with the name…are you ready for this?….

chalet socks for aaron
pattern: my own (my ravelry link)
yarn: geez…can’t remember and i can’t find the ballband!!
started: november 2010
needles: US 2.25 knitpicks nickel plated circs
notes: measure twice, knit once.  toe up, co 12, incr to 60, my own
cable pattern,short row heel, 1x1rib cuff with tubular bind-off

cryptic note?  measure twice, knit once. had i been a good blogger i would have chronicled my follies.  long story short, i knit the foot too long.  it was *a pain* picking up stitches and snipping off the toe…i tried to save the yarn at first, but gave up shortly thereafter since it didn’t frog smoothly (think of the agony of pulling the length of theyarn through each loop rather than easy peasy frogging).

lesson? pay attention!! and measure twice before you move on to the next part of the sock, else you create more work for yourself.  by the way…the picture?  courtesy of my phone camera.  amazing what good light will do for a photo!

meet leif “aaron”-son

18 01 2011

you’ve heard of warrior dash.

yes of course i’m running it.

no, i’m not crazy.  no, really.  shut up.  NOT CRAZY.

we signed up for the run then, POOF!, twist collective winter 2010 came out. it was inevitable that i would  knit up mascots for us. jennie eveleigh lamond created leif & astrid, an adorable pattern for knitted viking dolls. look at that picture!  so cute!  (i can’t remember bloggy etiquette…am i allowed to save that picture and serve it up on my blog?)…

meet *my* creation (in the likeness of my husband…with a more yellow-peachy complexion and sans hair).



leif aaron-son (rav project link)

he comes complete with a smirk and badly stitched facial scar.  i love the shoe lace detail…and the cape…i mean cloak (hubby insists that he will NOT fly, so it must be a cloak, not a cape).

you also know not to mess with him because of his tell-tale tatoo



don’t mess with this bro-tha

[gotta forgive the picture editing...no photoshop on my computer and the online tools provided by adobe kinda suck...better to blog and regret than to never blog at all]


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