Jean Murdoch

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Westport, CT, United States

Friday, March 30, 2012

Fresh Air Knitting

So today I did get out and after a couple of walks around my house...I ventured out into the neighborhood and walked around a couple of blocks. Managed to do the knitting, actually working on a Scrunch Sock...lots of cables but I have mastered doing cables without a cable hook, so it was pretty good and didn't drop a stitch. It was sunny and a slight breeze blowing but how energized I now feel. This will become a routine every day, weather permitting!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Walking and Knitting

So today was a nice bright day and although it was chilly I thought I would try out knitting and walking. Sometimes I really sit too much because I am knitting all the time and exercise would be nice at the same time. So I tucked my ball of yarn in my sweater near my shoulder and just walked around the house at first and knitting. I am starting a new pair of Scrunch Socks and it was amazing how much knitting I did and walking not a real speed walk but a normal walk. I was out walking about 30 minutes and it was fun. Tomorrow I am going to go around the block and see if the traffic becomes a problem. I doubt it as I will be in a fairly quiet neighborhood. Let's see where this goes!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Criss Cross Mitts Custom Order

A couple of days ago I finished another pair of these Criss Cross Mitts. Navy and Tan combination for a woman on the West Coast. She has ordered another pair. I do think I can put this on paper except for the tricky part of the pattern where the gusset for the thumb and the pattern meet. I think on my next knit of these I'll really do a write up and figure out a way that would make it simple to do the pattern. As you know this is a pattern I used on my criss cross socks a while back and it is done in the intarsia method so many strands of yarns are flying. Let's hope I will post a pattern by end of month and see how that goes.
Intarsia method for the Criss Cross Pattern.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Stash Socks Lorna Laces

And they are done. Actually was a fairly fast project but so much fun to do. For the record you need 19 lengths of yarn 6 -8 yards long, depending on the width of the stripes you want to knit and a contrasting color for the toe, heel and cuff. I would say probably another 80-85 yds would do it.

These were sent to my Nephew who loves hand knitted socks and I know will appreciate them.

Completed Stash Socks

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Crazy Stash Socks

Yesterday I did some cleaning of my yarns and decided after separating and organizing the yarns that I would do another pair of those Stash Socks. Really interesting to see how much yarn I have accumulated. Not enough yarn to knit a project but enough when put together to make a pair of socks. What was a great discovery it was mainly the Lorna Laces sock yarns with some Knit pick stroll yarns.

These are knitted on US 2 with cuffs on US1. 72 stitches with a rib pattern of K4, P2 around.

This will be fun to do and I always feel sooooo good after I do up these projects using stash yarns that I am not wasting and the results are always so fun and different. We will see how this goes.

Hank is about 6 yards. And made sure I had at least 2 hanks per color.

My palette of color that I have for these socks. 
Knitting two socks at a time insures that they match!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Braided Cable w/Seed Socks

So it did take a while to write this one down on paper. Actually had to figure it out from a past sock I did. Someone ordered it and I had to knit it up. It isn't exactly like the first one I did. Cable Braid is done in 10 row pattern versus 8 row pattern that I did before. Interesting to see the difference. So on sale on Etsy
And on sale on Ravelry

Not sure what version I like better.
This is 8row pattern that was done originally.

This is 10 row pattern that was used on the pattern for sale.


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