Jean Murdoch

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Westport, CT, United States

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Chevron Lace Socks The process.......

This is a process....I have knitted this style many times now and working with a customer who wants it just the way the sample she sent me was. This pair was knitted using DMC 100% Cotton. Actually cotton thread used in crocheting....never thought of using it. However they do not have the small percentage of nylon in the cotton that I had used in the past. They seem a bit stiffer and not as soft but maybe through wear and wash they may become softer. Also tweaked the edging of the cuff more to give it a flatter appearance. Hoping that these are the perfect fit and style am sending them off to my customer. Really has been a process.....






Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Put Joy in Knitting Socks


It has been a while since I last posted on this blog....many personal sad events have happened. My Sister Grace passed away last year, my father in law Paul, passed away in February and I had a hip replacement in January. It has been quite difficult to even knit and not think of those who I cared about leaving our family. During that time I did have some solace in my comfort by knitting. Why knitting is so comforting I don't know but it gives me that time to think and reminisce about my lost ones and my life. It took me quite awhile to knit this pair but they really helped me through this time.

Love the spring colors and they just ended up looking like so much joy. A fitting reminder of the wonderful smiles of those lost and the new days ahead. 

Slip Stitch Sock using Knit Picks Felici yarn.

Detail of Slip Stitch

Friday, December 29, 2017

And started a new pair of socks using two cakes of Knit Picks Gradient "Beach House". This yarn is dyed in wide color sections. Each cake is enough to knit a pair of socks...so for matching you must buy 2 cakes and you will have enough for 2 pairs of matching socks. I am knitting these as short anklet socks as that is is new section in my Etsy shop that I want to work on.

The pattern for this sock is first of all a Latvian twist on the cuff comprised of 2 rows of knitting and then the twist over 4 stitches.

The pattern is a slip stitch vertical lines worked over 2 rows. hoping that I will be able to finish these fast.



Wednesday, December 27, 2017


And a Merry Christmas! My very creative daughter made me an Advent Calendar!
She participated in an Opal Yarn Swap and collected 25 samples of Opal Yarns! Wow...then put them in little packets she made and labeled them with numbers from 1-25. Ingenious I thought as as I opened the packets I thought of her and her thoughtfulness. This truly was a gift I will remember for ever. The yarn looks to be enough to make up a pair of socks with the addition of a nice solid color will make great stripes. 
Wishing you all a very special Holiday....I certainly had a special one.



Half way thru...looking beautiful


Dec 25 All opened up!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Earlier this month received a photo from a client who wanted me to duplicate a sock she had in cotton. Was an interesting project which will end up being a pattern in my shop at Etsy and Ralvelry.
It basically is an anklet sock with a chevron patten. The heel is a short row heel but interesting I am knitting another pair using a new heel to me...short row Japanese style. Don't know how it will turn out but want to try it out. anyway sent the socks to my client and hoping she will like them.




Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Another Scrunch Sock! Sold!

Well was interesting....finished this pink Scrunch Sock and put it on Etsy for sale.....These were knitted using the Knit Picts Comfy cotton yarn...My husband took these really perfect pictures and I saved them through photoshop. Spent probably and hour just uploading them onto my shop....BOOM...not 5 minutes later....they were sold. Seems that it was on the site for just a few minutes. No one saw the beautiful photos he took...so here they are! 
Thanks Dan.



Thursday, February 9, 2017

Mosaic or Slip Stich knitting

Just finishing up this Mosaic Sock...Interesting that I discovered while knitting this pair that the best heel to use was the "Afterthought" heel technique. I also. through trial and error that you can knit a nice rib pattern for the back of the heel. That makes the fit that much more snug and frankly I don't think I would use any other heel style while knitting an all over patterned sock that I don't want to interrupt the pattern....possibly stripe sock as well. It is a nice change to the basic flap heel.




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