I am still nursing sick kids – although they have both managed a spot of dinner so I am sure they are on the mend a little …………………. so today being a “Tackle it Tuesday” again I needed to be doing something that I could tackle whilst being within nose wiping range of a toddler.
One of my “biggies” was learning how to put a Blogroll on this site – way overdue BTW but something I had never managed to sit down and figure out – the back end of these blog themes can be a little confusing for a technological luddite like me, BUT ………………..
I finally figured it out – after all these weeks of promising myself I would go and do it – I actually did!!! I now have an official “Blogroll” of places that I love to visit. If you fancy a peek then just scroll down and have a look in the left hand column below the “Tag Cloud”
The other thing – well much more tongue in cheek
A pattern was requested a couple of days ago – for a tutorial on bed-socks to keep a set of chilly toes warm in this snowy weather.
At first I thought – too complicated!!! Knitting in the round, rib, turning heels, forming toes……………Eeek!!!! But this morning inspiration struck. They don’t need to be all-singing all-dancing socks ………. they just need to keep toes warm.
So stripped down to the very basics – here is a set of Beginners Bed-socks. As simple a pattern as you could wish for and made from chunky wool and large pins so they could be made in an evening.
So – a ball of chunky wool and size 6mm pins are what’s needed.
Cast on 30 stitches and work 75 rows in plain knitting (garter stitch)
Look!!!! remaining true to my principles I am reusing the wool from a half made cardigan that came in a bag of wool I inherited. I am literally knitting it up as I unravel, but one proper ball is all you really need.
Then you need to shape the toe end – like this:
ROW 1 Knit 30
ROW 2 (K2tog, K2) 7 times K2tog
ROW 3 Knit 22
ROW 4 K1 (K2tog, K1, K2tog) 4 times, K1
ROW 5 Knit 14
ROW 6 K1 (K2tog, K1) 4 times, K1
ROW 7 Knit 10
Which forms a curved end to your bed-sock like this:
Cut the wool about a metre from the pins and thread onto a large sewing needle. Run the wool through the loops left on the needle, slide them off and draw up tight to close the toe end.
Now you need to sew from the toe end right down the length of the bed-sock.
And flatten it out so that the seam sits centrally – this will run under the sole of the foot.
Fold over the top to make the sock sit snugly and it is ready to wear.
Sheesh!!! My toes are warm but I have the hugest cankles in these toasty beauties LOL
Once you slip them off you will find that they have moulded themselves into quite a presentable sock shape without the faff of turning heels and grafting toes.
Even better each sock only took me about an hour to knit – so I have one finished and the other will be done tonight before I pull my jammies on.
So tonight I will have re-purposed a front and a sleeve of a half knitted cardigan into some cosy toes bed-socks. FRUGALTASTIC!!!
And it should earn me some Brownie points from Mr Hex in keeping Hex’s freezing feet well away from his.
So, Mme Hex!!! Challenge accepted and accomplished Tell me you are going to make a pair?
So what “frugaltastic” things have you all accomplished today – please share I am getting a little stir crazy stuck inside with my poorly boys