Magic Minis

On Sunday, I taught a Magic Loop sock class at Dog House Yarns &  More.   I wanted a wee sock that even a novice knitter could cobble together in the span of one afternoon class, so I reached out to a friend who had written up her own mini sock ornament pattern, and received her permission to turn it into an anklet and re-write the pattern specifically for Magic Loop.  We’ll be releasing the pattern soon… we need a cute name for our joint designing efforts.

The variegated model is the one I whipped through Saturday, just to be sure the concept would work.  I knitted it in 20 minutes, not including the times I stopped to let the dogs in or out or back in, nor the time it took to edit the pattern from dpn ( double pointed needles) language to ML (Magic Loop).  I even kitchenered the toe closed (a very specific grafting method that is well-suited for socks knitted from cuff to toe), but decided I like a mini sock with a rounder toe, the kind produced when you just break the yarn and “sew” the toe closed with a needle.

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The foot of the blue one is a little short, because I started toe decreases when the students were ready, even though I hadn’t done enough rounds.  I also crocheted the little loop on the back of the blue one, so it could be a little ornament if I’m so inclined.

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One well-protested anklet, summer 2010

They’re quite tiny.  I should have dropped a quarter or something in there for reference, but Gretchen could wear them if we didn’t have a deal that she doesn’t EVER have to put anything on her feet again.

While we’re talking about Dog House Yarns, are you going to the Lawre’s Laine trunk show on Saturday?  (11-6)   Lawre’s added magnetic closures to her fabulous bags, so come with your own fabric or just an idea of what you want in your dream bag, and you can place a custom order, or walk away with one of the pre-made samples… if you’re lucky.   Follow the link to Lawre’s website to see samples and styles.

Oh – and I’ve almost finished Sabriel.  I need to assure I can download the rest of the trilogy on my Nook ASAP.  I very well could finish it tonight.  Pardon me…  I need to go look into that right now.  Otherwise, after I vote, I might have to go to town and buy paperbacks!

Please don’t forget to vote if you live in the US and haven’t done so already.  A lot of women truly suffered greatly to assure us that right, so don’t take it lightly!  Be an informed voter if you do go to the polls…

16 comments on “Magic Minis

  1. gMarie says:

    Look at you! What a mish mash of a post 🙂

    Love the wee sock – dang. Forgot to ‘try out’ the pattern last night. I’ll get to it – promise.

    Voted! Dropped my ballot in the mail this morning. Only one county in Washington still has polls – everyone else is mail in and of course I wait.


  2. Nichole says:

    The socks are adorable! 🙂 Glad the class went well…

  3. AlisonH says:

    Vote! Vote! Vote!

  4. Anniebananie says:

    I’m so glad that the pattern worked out well! I already voted – took the kids…

  5. Sue says:

    We just voted. These were the longest lines we’ve seen since living in Missouri. In Maryland we were used to long lines.

    The little stockings are cute. I need to knit up some little ornaments to attach to the top of gifts.

    It’s cold and rainy here today, a good day for reading.

  6. Marjie says:

    I went to vote at 2PM (7 hours after the polls opened) and I was voter #440. That’s how big our little town is. Those are cute socks. I’d almost like to think I could handle those. Almost. Actually, I did learn to knit when I was about 11, but I’ve forgotten everything I sorta knew.

  7. Kathy says:

    Vote? You better bet. Went to our local fire dept polls and dropped the ballot :D.

    Congrats on your sock class, it’s a very cute little sock.

  8. nancyr says:

    Voted!!Wore my sticker all day to remind people to vote. Love the sock-especially little ones.

  9. Taught class, check. Voted, check. Ran errands/shopped, check. Taught again…baked cupcakes for the Dear’s b-day…free time now, and I’m too tired to think, much less read or knit! Love your mini’s…must make some for ornaments, I think.

  10. You can now add teacher to your resume, what great socks!!!

  11. Barbara S. says:

    Now I suppose The Knight shall blame me that you have to go buy books…..

  12. Bubblesknits says:

    I hate that she doesn’t like things on her feet, because that anklet is precious!

    Congratulations on teaching a great class! 🙂

  13. What adorable wee socks, and how fun to teach a class! I voted early (last week) and felt very accomplished after doing so.

  14. Mr. Puffy says:

    How about Tiny Toes Tree Ornament – LOL Okay so I don’t have a future in publishing.

    I love your exhortation to go vote and then your plea that only do so if you are informed. Obviously in CA a lot of voters showed up without reading anything.

  15. Anita says:

    Cute socks! I take it the class went well? 🙂

  16. Dianne says:

    Those baby socks are soooo cute!

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