Sunday, January 28, 2007

KAL: Where ya' at?

So who is where on their socks?

Still on the foot or getting ready to turn the heel?

What heel are you using -- the gusset toe up heel or the short row heel?

How's the Magic Loop process working for you?

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

KAL: Moving onto the foot of your sock!

Once you are done with the toe increases, it's time to start the foot of your sock.

Now, you've got a decision to make! Are you starting your cuff patterning the top of your foot? If so, what pattern are you using?

NOTE: Remember you only pattern the TOP of your foot, leaving the bottom 1/2 of the sock foot plain stockinette. (....rolling eyes...remembering the time I start to K2P2 rib the bottom of a sock because I wasn't paying attention...)

KAL Chat: Flickr Group and Sock Photo

I think to upload the photos you need to have a free Flickr account to sign into. I've had a Flickr account for awhile which allows me to store all my digital pictures online to link to my blog and what not. :)

I'm interested to see Laurel's socks in Knit Picks "Dancing" sock yarn, it's always hard for me to tell how a yarn will work up from a photo of a skein -- and this is one yarn I've looked at a few times with interest! I cheated and started my socks before the Jan 19th kick off date, but they were CTH method in Cascade Sassy Stripes Superwash yarn on a US 1 needle using Magic Loop . They are plain stockinette stitch with just a bit of K2 P2 ribbing at the top of the leg.

I really liked the yarn and know that my local yarn store has some more in a dark blue/maroon stripe that I *need* to go get for myself so that I can start another pair of socks for moi!

Monday, January 22, 2007

KAL Chat: How's it going?

I saw that Dawn is done with her toe increases! So, I created a Flickr group where we can post photos! I've never made a Flickr group before, so I hope I did it right.

The direct address for the Flickr group is:

Friday, January 19, 2007

KAL: We're off and knitting!

Ok, so you have your sock yarn, your long cabled needle, your stitch markers and your CTH book, right? (The KAL is assuming that you already know how to knit socks on two circulars using the method explained in the CTH book and have experience in knitting socks. It's not going to teach MAB's method step by step but will give some basics on Magic Loop.)

Well, then what are we waiting for?

  • Cast on sock on using the aloha cast on method in the book. You're just casting on the initial stitches for sock one using both ends of your long cabled needle.

  • Gently schooch those cast on stitches down towards the cable -- you're still holding the two needle ends together of the one long needle so the you can cast on the initial stitches in the aloha method for sock two. Now you're either using a second ball of yarn or the other end of one large ball of yarn, just like when you are using two circulars in the book!

  • Hold the needle in your left hand with the yarn hanging in the back and the needle ends parallel and one on top of the other, but with the pointy ends even pointing to the right. Now gently push the stitches for sock number one back up the cable towards the second sock that you cast on and is sitting on the needle edges.

    Now you have two socks cast onto the one needle right? 1/2 the stitches of each sock are on each needle side so that they are divided in a similar way to when they are on two circulars -- so instead of pointy needle ends hanging off to the left of your cast on socks, you have the long loop of your cable needle!

  • Carefully pull on the pointy end of the lower needle (yes, there are stitches on it, they'll start to slid onto the cable) and use that end of the needle to start knitting your stitches on the upper needle using the standard aloha CTH method with both the yarn end and the ball of yarn. Go across the first sock, drop the yarns and do the same thing on the second sock -- just like with the two circulars.

  • As you are knitting across the socks the long length of cable will be pulled across the back stitches of each sock and start to appear looped out on the right side as the loop on the left side gets smaller. This is the "magic loop" part.

    There are various online tutorials, one with some good photos is:

    Another good link is:

So, if you have questions or better yet great photos, post 'em on here! Now, let's get moving on our toe increases!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

almost ready

I have the needles, the book, the yarn, but I haven't decided on a pattern yet. I think I want to go simple. This is the first time to do two on one. The first time to do socks even. Am I making a big jump. Yes. Can I do it. I don't see why not. I have done every thing involved in socks. I've just never sat down and did them.
This group of Sock-A-Long ladies are going to be my incentive. Now to go decide which toe up I'm going to use.

Monday, January 8, 2007

Admin Post: Blog Stuff

A couple of things as we get this KAL going.

- Pixie is leading the KAL, since she knows how to follow the CTH method on 1 long circular (Magic Loop). All posts that are official "instructions", etc. for the KAL will be tagged KAL, and can be found together by clicking on the 'KAL' label at the right.

- Ann (that's me) is maintaining the blog for the KAL. All Administrative posts will be tagged 'Admin' and can be found together by clicking on the 'Admin' label at the right.

- If you'd like your blog or flickr or any other thing linked to your name under the list of KAL Participants at right, please email me.

- Likewise, if you'd like your name changed on the list of participants, email me.

- All members of the KAL can post to the blog. If you are responding to someone else's post, please use the 'Comments' feature. If you are starting a new topic, then create a new post.

- If anyone has graphic talent and wants to create a button for this KAL for others to put on their blogs, feel free to do so!

- And if anyone wants to create a graphic for the header or elsewhere on this blog, go for it. If not, this blog will simply maintain its generic flavor.

- Lastly, this is my first time hosting a KAL blog. If anyone has any suggestions/comments/how-tos that would be helpful, please let me know.

Sunday, January 7, 2007

KAL -- Set up & Materials Needed for January 19th Cast On

Here's the materials that you'll need to get started:
  • Sock Yarn: either two balls of 50 grams each, or one 100 gram ball *which will require you to work from both ends of the yarn* Be aware that using a self striping yarn and knitting from both ends will make the socks "fraternal" and the striping will be upside down on one sock.

  • Needle: Your favorite size needle in a 47" to 60" cable length. Some people use a shorter cable, if that works for you then go for it, but for two socks at the same time, it's helpful to have lots of cable to move everything around on. I prefer my Addi Turbo, but I also use the KnitPicks or Denise needles with the long cable when I am using a larger needle size, like a 4 or 5. Your needle size will be up to you and your yarn. :)

  • Other materials: Standard stitch markers and double loop markers for CTH method.

  • Pattern: We're going to make this up as we go! wooo-hoooo! You can use your favorite leg/cuff pattern once we get cast on.
Get your materials together and we can cast on Friday, January 19th -- this should give everyone enough time to get their materials together, ok?