Socks with Sarah: Turn the Heel, Pick Up the Gusset, and Shape the Gusset

I hope the sock knitting is still coming along! I have to admit that I usually don’t work socks 2 at a time when I am using double-pointed needles, but with making the video tutorials I have been in order to be able to sit & film in fewer installments. It’s been kind of fun!

So today, I promised to have completed the heel flap & walk you through how to turn the heel, pick up gusset stitches, and begin gusset shaping. The videos for today are a bit on the long side, but it is only because I literally walk you through the whole process. Because this is kind of the action series for socks I want to be sure I don’t want to lose anyone along the way!  When it comes to knitting socks, today’s maneuvers are the most challenging and require the most attention to detail. I won’t say they are hard, but they do require focus. Hang with it and you’ll be cruisin’ away on the foot before you know it!

First up, the big kahuna: turning the heel. If you haven’t worked short rows before, this may seem a little crazy. Trust me. Focus. And follow along and I promise you will end up with a perfectly shaped little cup-shape perfect for your heel.

Next up is picking up for the gusset. In this step you will pick up stitches along the heel flap & join your sock in the round once again.

And finally, you will begin the gusset shaping.

Once you’ve completed the gusset shaping  and are back to the number of stitches you cast-on you are officially in the home stretch! Work the foot even until it measures 2″ less than the overall length desired from the back of the heel to your needles. This should be 2″ less than the total length of the foot for which you are knitting.

Have questions? Pop on over to the Ravelry thread where I’ll be happy to help!

The next video tutorial will be live on January 31st when I walk you through how to shape the toe. Until then, happy knitting!

Socks with Sarah: Here We Go!

The day has finally come for us to start the first day of the next year of our knitting life:

SOCKS.

A little (or a lot) every day.

Here we go!

As promised, I am providing a timeline for the pace I’m going to use when knitting my Churchmouse Yarns & Teas Basic Sock should anyone want the structure.

This is how I will proceed:

January 15: Cast-On & begin knitting the cuff

January 22: Set-up the heel flap & begin work on the hell flap

January 24: Turn heel, pick up gusset stitches, and begin gusset shaping — continue on through the foot

January 31: Begin the toe & finish up knitting

February 3: Kitchener stitch the toe

I will be including a brief video tutorial on each of these dates walking you through the basic how-to of these important steps.

Should you get ahead, it’s a great idea to get a start on sock #2 & work the two socks side by side. If you get behind or are knitting slower, that’s totally fine. The tutorials will be online for you to access at your leisure.

And without further ado, pardon me while I get to it.

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I have a feeling my Instagram account may get a workout this year!

Happy Sock Knitting!

All About Socks: Organizing your Ravelry Queue

I may very possibly be the last Raveler to learn how to put a tab in my queue, but probably not. So with that in mind, today I’m going to talk about some ways to keep your Ravelry queue organized during the Socks with Sarah KAL. It is 100% true that these organizational techniques are not specific to this KAL — you can use them in all your knitting — but today I thought I’d share what I’ve been doing to try to keep my knitting organized in the face of all the amazing inspiration I’m seeing through the Socks with Sarah Ravelry thread.

First, let’s talk about this Ravelry thing. If you are like me, you hop on Ravelry and cruise new patterns, search for projects, read yarn reviews, pop in on some forums, and kind of get a little lost. Then you realize 2hours have passed in the blink of an eye and you quick run to move the laundry from the washer to the dryer & otherwise turn into a whirlwind to get done the things you maybe should have been doing while you were instead trolling on Ravelry. I choose to look at it as a tremendous boost to my productivity. That’s my story & I’m sticking to it.

Back when I was teaching, the bulk of my knitting was for class or shop samples so I never really used my Ravelry queue. Since I was always knitting on things that were hush-hush, items that might become classes they all stayed on the down-low — posting them up in my queue would kind of defeat that purpose. When I stopped teaching, it was like game-on and I added at will. Maybe I went a little overboard….Screenshot (21)Now I’ve got no fewer than 3 pages in my queue totaling about 80 patterns.

Whoops.

In my defense (sort of) about 20 of these patterns are new since the Socks with Sarah KAL thread was born. Everyone has such good taste, my to-do list just keeps growing! Anyways these 80 amazing projects were all kind of lumped into the line-up with little or no organization other than some very lazy attempts at number order. Then I saw a post by Chloe (Ravley ID: mysparklyshoes) about using her queue tabs to get organized. Say what now? Tell me more Chloe! She directed me to her very tidy Ravelry queue and I knew I had some work to do.

By the way, these screen shots are small — click on them to make them bigger.

Screenshot (22)I mean, seriously, check this out. She’s got her tabs all set up — ‘ready to cast-on’, ‘small projects’, ‘snowflake cal’, & ‘socks’. Perfect. She is so set to go!

Since I am not the most tech savvy lady in the world, I hopped onto my queue and played around for a little while until I figured it out. In case you are like me & need a little direction, here’s how to create a tab in your queue:

1. Go to your Queue.

2. Go to the far right tab labeled organize — click that. Your queue will pop up looking like this:

Screenshot (23)3. With your queue kind of looking like its in a box. Look at the far left, upper corner in the box. There is a button that says create new set — click that.  This will happen.

Screenshot (24)Hey! Your cursor is blinking the Name for this set box.

4. Name your tab (aka ‘set’) — if you type in socks with sarah that’s what’ll pop up like it did on my second tab in the photo above.

5. Now here’s the tricky part (or maybe it was just tricky for me): getting stuff to show up in that tab! To do that, see the text box just above Name for this set? It says Tags to include in set — choose a tag & type it in. In my case, I went with the super creative sockswithsarah tag to go with my socks with sarah tab.

6. When both step 4 & 5 are done, click the Create button.

7. Admire your new tab.

So now that you have the tab, how do you use it?

Say I want to add a pattern  to my queue and to include it in my new socks with sarah tab. Let’s use Jennifer Donze’s Top-Down Socks as an example.

Screenshot (25)1. First click on the add to queue button up in the upper right (I highlighted it in the screenshot here).

Then this window will pop up:

Screenshot (26)2. Now you can add your yarn, notes, etc. like you normally do. And then, go to where it says Tags.

Screenshot (27)3. In the Tags spot type in sockswithsarah — exactly as you did up in step 5 above.

4. Click Save.

And voila! Jennifer Donze’s Top-Down Socks should appear in your wonderful Socks with Sarah tab within your Ravelry queue.

Screenshot (29)Perfect!

Phew! I feel like that was a lot of work, but please rest assured it is not. Once you get the hang of it you’ll be adding patterns at will to your Ravelry queue and organizing them along the way.Whether you’re joining up with us in the Socks with Sarah KAL or just starting the new year off with some good ‘ol fashioned organizing, I hope this helps!