Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Speed Bumps


This is the second pattern in a four part self-striping sock series! If there are any questions or comments please leave a note below or send me a message through Ravelry. Thanks!



Speed Bumps 
Self-Striping Sock Series
All Knit Up Designs

Ravelry: sierrak2010
Instagram: allknitup


Supplies: 

437 yards/400 meters or 100 grams of fingering weight yarn (Knit Picks Felici used in sample) 
Needle: US 1.5/ 2.5 mm
Two different stitch markers
Darning Needle
Pattern uses Modified Eye of Partridge Heel Flap and Wedge Toe

Abbreviations: 

K: knit 
P: Purl 
P2Tog: Purl two together
K2Tog: Knit two together
SSK: Slip, slip, knit 
SM: Slip marker 
WYIF: With yarn in front
WYIB: With yarn in back
WS: Wrong Side 
RS: Right Side 
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Starting Cuff:

Cast on 64 Stitches. (Place a marker at the beginning of the round)

Knit 2, Purl 2 for 18 rounds

Leg: 

Roman Rib
Round 1, 2, 5 and 6: Knit round
Round 3 and 4: * Knit 1, Purl 1 * repeat around
Round 7 and 8: * Purl 1, Knit 1 * repeat around 

Repeat these two rounds for your preferred leg length. (I repeated the pattern rows seven times) 

Heel Flap:
 
(You will be working flat on half of your stitches, right side and wrong side will now pertain) 

- Note: If you would like to add a contrast heel flap start knitting with your second color

Turn work with wrong side facing, you will be working back across the last 32 stitches

          Tip: I switch to using a DPN for the heel flap and turn when using a 9 inch circ

Row 1(WS): Knit 3, Purl 29
Row 2 (RS): Purl 3 * Knit 1, slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3
Row 3: Knit 3, purl across
Row 4: Purl 3, * Slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back, Knit 1 * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3 

Repeat these 4 rows eight times total (You will have 16 Garter bumps along the edge) 

Heel Turn:

Row 1 (WS): Slip 1 purlwise wyif, P16, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 2 (RS): Slip 1 knitwise wyib, k3, SSK, k1, turn
Row 3: Slip 1 pw wyif, P4, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 4: Slip 1 kw wyib, K5, SSK, k1, turn  
Row 5: Slip 1 pw wyif, P6, P2Tog, P1, turn 
Row 6: Slip 1 kw wyib, K7, SSK , K1, turn
Row 7: Slip 1 pw wyif, P8, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 8: Slip 1 kw wyib, K9, SSK, K1, turn
Row 9: Slip 1 pw wyif, P10, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 10: Slip 1 kw wyib, K11, SSK, K1, turn
Row 11: Slip 1 pw wyif, P12, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 12: Slip 1 kw wyib, K13, SSK, K1, turn
Row 13: Slip 1 pw wyif, P14, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 14: Slip 1 kw wyib, K 15, SSK, K1 

(You should have closed all ‘gaps’ and have 18 stitches from the heel flap and turn) 

            If you used a contrast heel, you now cut your second color and add your first color back in before picking up your gusset stitches. 

Now you will pick up and knit 16 stitches along the heel flap (one stitch for every garter bump) 

Once you’ve picked up the first side of the gusset, pick up one extra stitch in between the g
usset and top of the foot (This helps close up any small hole between gusset and foot)

       Tip: Stitches picked up between gusset & foot should be knit through the back loop. 

Place marker A after picking up and knitting the stitch between gusset and foot
Work pattern across top of foot, place marker B. 

Now pick up and knit one stitch between the top of the foot and the next side of the gusset, pick up and knit 16 garter bumps from heel flap. (You now have 84 stitches on your needles, 32 from marker A to B, 52 from marker B to A) 

Knit one round plain (no increasing/decreasing, follow pattern at top of the foot) 

After knitting this round, stop three stitches before marker A 

Round 1: K2TOG, K 1, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm, K 1, SSK 

Round 2: Knit to marker A, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm B knit to last three stitches before marker A.

Repeat these two rounds until you have 32 stitches left between marker B and A 
(You now have 64 stitches total, stitch count will stay the same until you start the toe)

Continue working in pattern across top of foot and knitting along the bottom until foot length measures 1.5 inches less than desired length.  

Toe: 

Start toe decreases three stitches before marker A (When knitting in the round becomes uncomfortable, switch to Double Point Needles) 

Round 1: K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK, knit to three stitches before next marker, K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK

Round 2: Knit entire round 

Repeat these two rounds until sock measures length of foot. 

Complete the sock with a kitchener stitch. (Here are links to two different tutorials) 


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

This Trips Fiber Shops

As most have read, my trip last summer to Europe increased my stash by a ginormous amount. This trip didn't include quite as much yarn but I did bring home a ton of fabric.

The yarn and fabric shops weren't quite as prevalent in Spain and Italy as they were in Germany, Austria, Scotland, and England last summer. Although they weren't as prevalent does not mean I didn't come home with awesome purchases.

We hit up a yarn shop in Madrid, Spain: Lanas, El Gato Negro as well as a fabric shop we stumbled upon.





In Rome I visited a huge fabric shop called Bassetti Tessuti was so excited/overwhelmed I didn't actually take any photos. But I bought my first garment fabric to sew! Totally too nervous and inexperienced to sew with it quite yet but I think by the end of the summer I'll have at least one new top, possibly two.

After Rome I made my way to Amsterdam where I was able to visit... Stephen & Penelope!!! I had so much fun exploring their shop and pulling a few WestKnits projects together from their exclusive colors. I actually went back to the shop later in the day (afternoon for me, early morning for my mom) and FaceTimed with her so she could see the shop too! The women working the floor were fabulous and didn't look at me like I was completely nuts.






Right next to the yarn shop was also a fabric shop, two store fronts converted into one giant fabric and notions shop. I found the most amazing stretch cotton with origami birds on it for a skirt! All in all I had a great time visiting new shops in new cities. I will definitely continue on my trend of exploring different parts of cities by searching out yarn shops!





Thursday, June 1, 2017

Frontage Road Pattern


This is the first pattern in a four part self-striping sock series! It's also my first pattern, thanks for coming to take a look! If there are any questions or comments please leave a note below or send me a message through Ravelry. Thanks!


Frontage Road
Self-Striping Sock Series
All Knit Up Designs

Ravelry: sierrak2010
Instagram: allknitup


Supplies:

437 yards/400 meters or 100 grams of fingering weight yarn (Knit Picks Felici used in sample)
Needle: US 1.5/ 2.5 mm
Two different stitch markers
Darning Needle
Pattern uses Modified Eye of Partridge Heel Flap and Wedge Toe

Abbreviations:

K: knit
P: Purl
P2Tog: Purl two together
K2Tog: Knit two together
SSK: Slip, slip, knit
SM: Slip marker
WYIF: With yarn in front
WYIB: With yarn in back
WS: Wrong Side
RS: Right Side
----------
Starting Cuff:

Cast on 64 Stitches. (Place a marker at the beginning of the round)

Knit 1, Purl 1 for 18 rounds

Leg:

Garter Rib
Row 1: * Knit 2, Purl 2 * repeat across round
Row 2: Knit across round

Repeat these two rounds for your preferred leg length. (I repeated the pattern rows twenty-seven times)

Heel Flap:
 
(You will be working flat on half of your stitches, right side and wrong side will now pertain)

- Note: If you would like to add a contrast heel flap start knitting with your second color

Turn work with wrong side facing, you will be working back across the last 32 stitches

          Tip: I switch to using a DPN for the heel flap and turn when using a 9 inch circ

Row 1(WS): Knit 3, Purl 29
Row 2 (RS): Purl 3 * Knit 1, slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3
Row 3: Knit 3, purl across
Row 4: Purl 3, * Slip 1 knitwise with yarn in back, Knit 1 * repeat to last 3 stitches, knit 3

Repeat these 4 rows eight times total (You will have 16 Garter bumps along the edge)

Heel Turn:

Row 1 (WS): Slip 1 purlwise wyif, P16, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 2 (RS): Slip 1 knitwise wyib, k3, SSK, k1, turn
Row 3: Slip 1 pw wyif, P4, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 4: Slip 1 kw wyib, K5, SSK, k1, turn 
Row 5: Slip 1 pw wyif, P6, P2Tog, P1, turn
Row 6: Slip 1 kw wyib, K7, SSK , K1, turn
Row 7: Slip 1 pw wyif, P8, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 8: Slip 1 kw wyib, K9, SSK, K1, turn
Row 9: Slip 1 pw wyif, P10, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 10: Slip 1 kw wyib, K11, SSK, K1, turn
Row 11: Slip 1 pw wyif, P12, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 12: Slip 1 kw wyib, K13, SSK, K1, turn
Row 13: Slip 1 pw wyif, P14, P2TOG, P1, turn
Row 14: Slip 1 kw wyib, K 15, SSK, K1

(You should have closed all ‘gaps’ and have 18 stitches from the heel flap and turn)

            If you used a contrast heel, you now cut your second color and add your first color back in before picking up your gusset stitches.

Now you will pick up and knit 16 stitches along the heel flap (one stitch for every garter bump)

Once you’ve picked up the first side of the gusset, pick up one extra stitch in between the g
usset and top of the foot (This helps close up any small hole between gusset and foot)

       Tip: Stitches picked up between gusset & foot should be knit through the back loop. 

Place marker A after picking up and knitting the stitch between gusset and foot
Work pattern across top of foot, place marker B.

Now pick up and knit one stitch between the top of the foot and the next side of the gusset, pick up and knit 16 garter bumps from heel flap. (You now have 84 stitches on your needles, 32 from marker A to B, 52 from marker B to A)

Knit one round plain (no increasing/decreasing, follow pattern at top of the foot)

After knitting this round, stop three stitches before marker A

Round 1: K2TOG, K 1, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm, K 1, SSK

Round 2: Knit to marker A, sm, work in pattern to next marker, sm B knit to last three stitches before marker A.

Repeat these two rounds until you have 32 stitches left between marker B and A
(You now have 64 stitches total, stitch count will stay the same until you start the toe)

Continue working in pattern across top of foot and knitting along the bottom until foot length measures 1.5 inches less than desired length. 

Toe: 

Start toe decreases three stitches before marker A (When knitting in the round becomes uncomfortable, switch to Double Point Needles)

Round 1: K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK, knit to three stitches before next marker, K2TOG, K1, sm, K1, SSK

Round 2: Knit entire round

Repeat these two rounds until sock measures length of foot.

Complete the sock with a kitchener stitch. (Here are links to two different tutorials)




Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Spain, Italy, and The Netherlands

What an adventure I had in April! My mom and I made the journey across the pond and visited Spain! We started off in Malaga staying with my friend Katie from college and her boyfriend. Malaga is a city on the south east Spanish coast with the most amazing sunshine and beaches. Katie and Fredrick live in Torremolinos, a small town in Malaga county, their apartment is 10 minutes from the beach. Heaven.



We spent 4 days in the Malaga area and were able to visit Gibraltar! I could see Africa! The history nerd in me was so happy to be at the 'Straights of Gibraltar' and we had a fantastic time seeing monkey's and exploring. (That's mountains in Africa!)



During our time in the actual city of Malaga we were able to experience a Santa Semana parade, that was a bit shocking, and unusual, and cool. We left Malaga and headed for Madrid where we stayed in a great AirBnb and explored the capital city. I loved Madrid. It was city without being over whelming, but also very comfortable and clean. Mom and I were in Madrid for five days and explored lots of different neighborhoods and parks.





Mom headed back to the states and I headed to my first solo trip ever and it was pretty freakin amazing. I've been to Rome before but it was different this time because everything was on my schedule and exactly what I wanted to do. My mom and I are great traveling together, I love to plan and she just wants to go and explore. But having the confidence to go and take care of myself in a foreign country was invigorating.

I mainly saw the major sites again in Rome: Vatican, Colosseum and Roman Foreign, Trevi. But I also walked along the river and visited the large city park along with visiting a pretty awesome fabric shop.







After my six days in Rome I flew to Amsterdam. I cannot wait to go back, this was such an enchanting city. So unlike anything I had every experienced, it was magical. I wasn't alone in Amsterdam, I stayed with my dads cousin and his partner. I really enjoyed being able to discuss with an American born what it was like living in Europe, the differences and similarities to the US.




In Amsterdam I was unexpectedly there for a holiday, it was King's Day (the Kings birthday) and that was a party like I've never seen. There wasn't anything too extravagant just different than the way we celebrate in the US. Overall, it was an amazing trip (though they usually are) I will definitely be going back to explore more of Spain and the Netherlands.


I'll have my yarn and fabric adventures in another post later this week!


Sunday, May 7, 2017

I'm Back!

Sorry for a bit of an extended break, I planned to post right before I left for Europe but I completely ran out of time. But I'm back with some pictures and memories from my trip. I was gone for a total of three weeks, the first half was spent in Spain with my mom while the rest was my first solo trip!

After Spain I went to Rome and then on to Amsterdam where I was able to stay with family. I had a completely amazing trip and I can't wait to share with you!

I'm currently in the process of having my first pattern tested and planning a baby shower for my best knitting friend! So many exciting things going on and I can't wait to meet Baby Duke! I'll put up a travel post some time this week, just wanted to say I'm back!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

#transformyouryarn Part 2

Okay, I'm obviously way behind in posting for the #transformyouryarn photo challenge but I would still like to complete the prompts. So here is the next weeks worth of prompts!

8. #wip

Current #wip for #transformyouryarn photo challenge. All the socks #handknit #sock #yarn#operationsockdrawer #socktawk#sockyarn #knittersofig #knittersoftheworld#knittersofinstagram #knit #handmade


9. #FO

Here's my latest #fo for #transformyouryarn this will be one of my first published patterns! Coming soon from my blog to you  #pattern #socks #handknit#operationsockdrawer #socktawk #knit#knitting #knittersofinstagram#knittersoftheworld #knittersofig#handmade


10. #knittingfun


11. #fibremuse

My #fibremuse would have to be my yarn stash! There is so much potential at my fingertips that I can turn into anything I want.  #operationsockdrawer#socktawk #sockyarn #yarn #knit #knitting#transformyouryarn


12. #sharing 

Instagram and my #blogare the place where I do the most #sharingabout my fibre life and my life in general. Come check me out at my blog, link is in my profile #transformyouryarn #knit#knitting #blogpost 


13. #favoritefiber

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Shorty Sock Season

With the temperatures rising now is the time for shorty socks! I've just finished two pairs, one dubbed the ugliest socks every featured in this post and this lovely spring pair I just finished out a 50 gram ball that I had in stash.


This first pair done is Regia that is the perfect colors for spring! So bright and happy but very warm for short socks. I like the sturdiness of a Regia sock, I don't worry about what shoes I'm wearing and they always look great even after tons of wear.



Look at how cute these socks are! They scream spring! I think they'll be coming to Europe with me in a few weeks. I really love these socks because the gusset increase runs along the bottom of the foot (these were knit from the toe-up) and they fit like a glove!


And my ugliest socks ever are done too! My mom and I had a good laugh because we checked her stash and she has a hank of this too! LOL! We are so predictable, we have very similar tastes and usually end up with the same yarn. She's going to try and sell hers.


I've just started The Yarn Whisperer by Clara Parkes for my yarn shops book club. Joining Frontier Dreams for her along this week. So but also happy to note Ginny from Small Things is stopping her along. Enjoy your life Ginny, I'll be following along!