Tuesday, November 27, 2007


OK, I made the socks using this pattern: http://yarngear.com/looms/projects1.htm They were pretty quick and easy to make, taking less than an hour per sock. I made them very loose because my plan was to felt them. It I had used thicker yarn they would have turned out perfect. These socks even have a turned heel! No tube socks here.

Here they are prior to felting, you can tell they are a loose knit and pretty big, this is on purpose since felting shrinks things up.

And boy does felting shrink things up!! This was my first time felting and I over did it. The socks are now tiny! But felting is so cool, I loved watching the process.

So I learned making socks on the Knifty Knitter, pretty easy. Felting socks, maybe not the best idea. I'm now working on a purse I will felt and I'll make socks again with a thicker yarn and not felt them.

I'm loving this Knifty Knitter thing so much! I made another hat that I donated to a hat drive at my work and I have plans for a number of other projects.


Deanne said...

Thank you for sharing this, Christy! Now I know what I'm making my mother-in-law for Christmas. ;)

farm mom said...

Ohhh! I'm so jealous! Knitting my first pair of socks is like....bigtime for me! I'm starting to wonder if I need one of these things!!

Chile said...

I need to see felting to understand it. Hm, off to look on Youtube. LOL!

Liz said...

Wow! I thought I had no interest in knitting and we had even decided that the type of sheep we would raise would be Katahdin - hair sheep - so that we wouldn't have to deal with wool. You're making me reconsider and I'm now inspired to give this more thought!! What type of yarn do you need to do these projects?

Erikka said...

Christy, you're a farmer in training so I thought I might enlist your help.

The USDA is considering regulations on leafy greens that would harm sustainable farmers. You can comment on this at www.regulations.gov. Click on "All documents with an open comment period," then "Handling regulations..." - the third one down. It tells you what to do after that. I just copied some language from this press release into my comment - it took maybe two minutes.

If you want more info, please email me at smadaakkire at yahoo dot com. Do forward this to other farmers and earth lovers.


Christy said...

Farm Mom - I love the Knifty Knitter! I made the socks on the small blue loom, I think you can buy them individually but I got the 4 loom set. I've used 3 of the 4 looms so far so I think the set is great. The small loom is good for socks and stuffed animals (which I'm working on now), the 2 medium looms are good for hats.

Liz - I've gone back and forth on hair versus wool sheep. I think it depends on what you are doing with them. If you are raising them just for meat it makes sense to have hair sheep and not deal with the wool. You could always have a couple of wool sheep in with the flock if you want some wool to play with. I'm not sure I want to raise them for meat so I think I will raise wool sheep to have more options. I'm leaning toward shetland sheep right now.

If you want to felt something you need to use 100% wool yard, it should say on the skein feltable. If you don't want to felt it than any yarn you like the looks of will do.

Erikka - I'll check it out. For some reasons I don't get notified of your comments so I may have missed a few you've left, I'll go back and look.

Maile said...

You are such a nonpurist! Where is the joy of holding tension on circular needles while knitting for days just to make a hat or socks?? Hmmm...you may be on to something.

Christy said...

Maile - I know, I'm awful! What was I thinking, finding an easier way to knit the fun stuff? I'm making slippers right now, it really is so easy.