Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.


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Rust Baby Cable Socks

Here’s another pair of socks. This marks a third Christmas present off the list!

Baby Cable Socks

Close-up Baby Cable Socks

Here is a close-up of the cable stitching.

Yes, this pattern is also from Cindy Guggemos’ “I Can’t Believe I’m Knitting Socks.” This is my first attempt at this pattern — Baby Cable Socks. I have to say I really like it. It’s pretty simple and knits up very nicely.

I’m not sure which pattern I like best — this one or the eyelet chevron pattern. I wrote about the eyelet chevron pattern here and here.

Now I have this on the needles:

Dish Cloth

This will be a dish cloth, and will serve as a last minute gift. I have enough of this yarn to make 2 or even 3. I’ve used this pattern in the past. It’s a simple pattern with knit (k), yarn overs (yo), and knit two together (k2tog) stitches.

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Vintage Rose Garter Socks

I had to frog (knitting and crocheting parlance for, “I f-ed up and I had to pull out all the stitches”) this sock a couple of three times. It’s not a particularly difficult pattern, but I miscalculated the size I needed to fit a particular ankle circumference. I also forgot to consider that the sock cuff will stretch, therefore I didn’t need to knit to the exact circumference, just enough so that the sock will stretch to fit comfortably. It’s been awhile since I knitted up a sock. Can you tell?

Vintage Rose Garter Socks

This pattern is from Cindy Guggemos’ book “I can’t believe I’m knitting socks,” published by Leisure Arts. I’ve written about this book before (here and here). I don’t really like this pattern. It’s much more simple than the eyelet chevron pattern, but it doesn’t seem to be as pretty. This yarn is an alpaca blend so the comfiness of the socks should make up for the lack of beauty.


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More Christmas projects

More Christmas projects are underway! I’m very proud how I’m already tackling things and finishing them so early!

This will leave more time for other Christmas ideas, baking and shopping as the season draws near.

Here’s the latest projects — knitted dish clothes. The pattern is here.

I bought the yarn at A Yarn Among Friends in Moundsville, W.VA. Chris and I were in the area last week visiting a friend and vacationing. You can read about that trip in various posts on Small Travels and Musings.

This pair of dish clothes are a set and I’ll make another set just like it.

I bought this yarn to make a pair of socks.

I’ll use “I Can’t Believe I’m Knitting Socks,” by Cindy Guggemos. I’ve used this book to make three pair of the Eyelet Chevron Socks. This time I’m thinking of Crest O’ the Wave Socks or maybe Little Arrowhead Lace Socks.

I haven’t decided if I’ll make a pair for me or make them for a gift.

Also, Nannie told me this week that she bought me a book. She has picked out a sweater in it she wants me to make for her. I’m so honored and excited to do this for her!

Nannie fell and broke her hip last week and will be at a nursing home for up to 3 weeks for rehab. (Prayers would be appreciated.) So I’m not sure when I’ll get the book from her. She wanted to finish looking at the book before she gave it to me. She also said she’d buy the yarn, but I’d rather pick it out with her and pay for it myself.

Hopefully someone will take the book to her and a baby quilt she’s been working on to the nursing home. That way she’ll have some things to keep her busy while she’s there. She’s not dealing with being away from home too well right now.


Finished the last (belated) Christmas gift

I finished my final (belated) Christmas gift Saturday night!

I plan to drop these socks in the mail later this week. By this time, my sister, Jamie, may have already forgotten about them. So maybe it’ll be a nice surprise for her later in the week. 🙂

I used the same pattern to make socks for my mom and myself here, and spoke of the book here. I plan to try the other patterns in Cindy Guggemos’ book, but I still recommend this as a beginning sock maker’s guide.

Now I’m working on some fingerless gloves for the hubby. I’m improvising since I couldn’t find a pattern I really liked. More on this later . . . I hope.


Review of final 2009 crafting

Here is a quick review of the final projects I hammered out in the final few months of 2009.

For me, there was the A-line skirt that laid around for months. I finally finished it when there was snow on the ground, way to cold to wear it until summer 2010 rolls around.
I struggled over how to sew on some fabric to make the back part of the skirt as wide as it needed to be. I finally cut out some fabric and just sewed a simple seam. I can tell where the additional fabric is, but the pattern is busy so it shouldn’t matter much.
Since this was a remnant given to me by my grandmother, I shouldn’t have been too worried if I messed up or if someone noticed where I added on the additional fabric. But I did. So I kept putting of completing this relatively easy pattern.
Now I don’t know why it took my so long. This is made from Simplicity 2906.

I also made socks for myself from “I can’t believe I’m knitting Socks,” By Cindy Guggemos. I’ve spoken of this before and I love it. This pattern is the eyelet chevron.
It’s a difficult pattern, but I liked it so much, I made my mom a pair for Christmas. And I plan to make my sister a pair too. Hers will be made in variegated yarn in beige, blue and brown.
I also made Mom placemats out of quilting fabric and a wide piece of double bias tape.
Since Mom, Dad and my younger sister and brother went to Hawaii a few years ago and really enjoyed the vacation, I thought I’d try to capture that. I went in search of a pattern with palm trees. But instead I found this and fell in love with it.
It depicts all things Hawaiian, from the islands and their names, to hibiscus flowers and ukuleles.
I also made some of Chris’ family members how fiber treats.
For Anita, Chris’ sister-in-law, I made her a sleeveless hoodie.
The pattern is from “Crocheted Sweaters: Simple Stitches, Great Designs,” by Susan Huxley. I actually received that book from Anita and Richard, Chris’ brother, last year for Christmas. I thought it fitting to make a gift from it. 🙂
I made a size medium and it fit Anita pretty well. It was a little snug, but that’s what she liked about it. It wasn’t big and boxy as some crocheted sweaters tend to be. I also made the shirt longer than the pattern called for because it seemed to be pretty short.
For Chris’ dad I brushed up on my embroidery and picked out three designs to stitch onto handkerchiefs — a “B,” a snowflake and a mortar and pestle, since he’s a retired pharmacist.

I’m also finishing up a wool shawl for my mother-in-law. I didn’t get it or my sister’s socks finished in time for the holidays. But I’ll get their presents to them as soon as possible. They know they’re coming.
I also baked four zucchini, two sweet potato and two lemon poppy seed breads for
Christmas and gave them away with homemade peach honey. I’ve heard rave reviews all since Christmas. 🙂


Crafty vacation week

My husband, Chris, and I couldn’t quite agree on what to do for our vacation the week of June 29.

Chris wanted to go camping and give our new tent and supplies, which we received as Christmas gifts last year, a second time out of their bags. And, boy, was it beautiful weather! Perfect for camping. Chris imagined sleeping under the stars somewhere in the North Carolina mountains.

Although I like to camp, I really wanted to spend a week at home relaxing and crafting. With all the commuting I do on a weekly basis, I really longed to stay at home and enjoy the homestead.
Understanding of my feelings, Chris agreed to take a staycation. He worked in the yard, planting new shrubs and flowers while I happily got busy completing projects I’ve had laying around for weeks.

One of those projects was a pair of shorts I had cut out of a thin blue, yellow and pink plaid material my grandmother had given to me. Double lined with the same print, the project taught me the new skills of pocket making and belt carriers, or loops.

I quickly whipped them up, wanting to wear them for the upcoming July 4th weekend. Unfortunately, the waistband was too short. But, impatient me, I tucked and pulled at the shorts to make them fit, causing a pucker in the front right of the shorts. Pretty unsightly.

I also had trouble with the hems. I couldn’t figure out what made the material pucker. With both problems, I couldn’t bring myself to wear the shorts as is.

Consulting with Janice Saunders Maresh’s “Sewing for Dummies,” my trusty sewing Bible, I learned how to expand the waistband to make it fit better and learned to taper the leg seams so that the hems to prevent puckering. I haven’t tackled either technique yet but am happy that the shorts aren’t a total loss.

Another techinque I’ve been wanting to learn is knitting socks. The idea of knitting with five double-pointed needles scared me. How in the world would I be able to keep stitches from slipping off of the needles. That seemed like it would be a pretty common problem with a sock project. Using a size 4 set of double-pointed needles and Cindy Guggemos’ “I Can’t Believe I’m Knitting Socks,” a Christmas gift from my mom, I decided to give it a go.

I was certain I’d be all thumbs, but so far it’s been fairly easy. I’ve got a couple of holes here and there, but that’s most likely from dropped or stretched stitches. I hope to soon graduate from the basic sock pattern to the basic chevron pattern, which I think is by far the prettiest pattern in the whole book.

I can’t wait to get good enough to knit some socks for my mom and sister for Christmas. I’m thinking the little arrowhead socks in pink for Mom and the crest o’ the waves, my second favorite pattern in the book, in a purple, red or black for my sister. Or maybe knitting them up with some verigated yarn would be nice.

So, lots of progress this week. There’s nothing like getting some creative time in and catching up on some projects.