Hello I am your new hostMay 20, 2012
Dear Lovely knitters,
My name is Elizabeth (But people call me Liz). I am happily married, have 2 cats, and one beautiful girl (who is about to start school). My hobbies are vast but here are some of them:
* Listening to and composing music
* And of course Knitting!!!
I have inherited this blog from the original owner, she has had many medical issues and the doctors are still trying to figure out what exactly is wrong. Unfortunately she has a lot of stress and… chaos that keeps her from maintaining and posting. So she kindly asked me to take ownership. I humbly agreed and we can all hope that she is (one day) able to possess this blog once again.
She has asked me to inform you all that she finished the baby shower socks and is still working on the test shawl. She has also asked me to post a picture when the test knit is over. I shall honor her wishes and do so. Now for my works in progress. Right now I am working on a pair of my plain jane vanilla socks (The pattern I use, is Ayla’s plain jane vanilla socks with a tweak, I change the cast on stitches; more on that in a moment). I am also going to start making my first ever lace shawl, I am having a hard time choosing a pattern but I believe I will make Annis. But instead of making the nupps I will replace them with beads (I apologize to the people that like bobbles and nupps, but I do not).
Here is the “formula” I used to figure out how many stitches to cast on for the plain jane vanilla socks.
Take your gauge and multiply it by your ankle circumference
Take the number you receive from the top and multiply it by 0.9 or 0.8 (this results in 10 or 20% negative ease, which “helps” your sock stay up better.
The last step is to round up or down (as needed) to get the stitches needed to make your sock. If the stitch pattern is quite stretchy, you can cast on fewer; if it is rather stiff, one or two more won’t hurt.
Here are a couple of examples:
8 * 9 = 72
72 * 0.9 = 64.8 (round up to 65)
72 * 0.8 = 57.6 (round up to 58)
8 * 6 = 48
48 * 0.9 = 43.2 (round down to 43)
48 * 0.8 = 38.4 (round down to 38)
** If you already have a whole number just take away the decimal, this only applies to numbers that you round down.
I hope this helps you. Until next time, stay safe and warm and keep knitting 😀