It’s All About The Socks in German

 

Frischer Kaffee by Sylvia

Frischer Kaffee by Sylvia Regenberg

You must, must, must visit Sylvia Regenberg on her Fido blog (after you read this one). See those beautiful socks pictured above, knit using Online stretch? Sylvia knitted the sock and then posted this picture on Addicted to Knitting Socks FB page. I was in love! The pattern, the colors! Yikes! I followed her link to a free pattern on Ravely called Frischer Kaffee (Fresh Coffee). After downloading the pattern, I clicked on another link and was lead to a German sock pattern forum. There are so MANY beautiful, fabulous free sock patterns that it makes my head spin!! Really! No, I cannot read German, however I did not let that stop me from figuring out the patterns.  Copy and paste the pdf text into Google Translate to get the general idea. Knitting Fool has the best knitting terms translated into English site. It also works the opposite way, if you are a German speaker, you can click on German to see the English terms. Always remember that the German language loves compound words! Frequently two are more words are combined together to make one long word. These are the languages available:

Knitting Terms Translated

Knitting Terms Translated from Knitting Fool

Sorry, if you’re hoping I’ll translate a whole pattern for you, not gonna happen. Retired or not, I will always be a teacher. 😎 I’m working on a pair of socks right now and will use the measurements for those socks in this post. This post is with the assumption that you, dear reader, are familiar with the basic design for knitting socks, this one is cuff down. Just recognizing a few terms can help you figure out the pattern without “reading” all of the words. For the socks I tended to like, it was the different legs that I was interested in. You can knit your own cuff, heel, foot and toe. Also remember, that translations from any language cannot be “exact” since sentence construction is individual to each language. Here are some general terms:

Stricken = knit

gestrickt = knitted

krause masche = purl stitch

glatt rechts = stockinette

Maschenanschlag 59 Maschen = Cast on 59 stitches

  • Maschenanschlag = cast on
  • Maschen = stitches
  • Masche = stitch

pro Nadel = per Needle

  • Nadel 1 = Needle 1  – see how many stitches on needle 1, etc for Nadel 2, Nadel 3, and Nadel 4. (Or, use two circular needles as I do, and cast 29 stitches on each needle)

Bündchen die Maschen or Bündchenmuster = Rib stitches

runden = rounds/row

Schaft = leg

10 Runden Bündchenmuster habe ich den Schaft angefangen. ” = Knit 10 rounds of rib then start the leg, see how you only need to recognize a few words?

Schaftlänge (Shaft length) = Leg length

Mustersatz 1 für erste (1st) und dritte (3rd) Nadel = Chart for 1st and 3rd needle
Mustersatz 2 für zweite (2nd) und vierte (4th) Nadel = Chart for the 2nd and 4th needle

  • Mustersatz = chart

Note: Since I use two circulars, I just combine 1st needle and 2nd needle on one circular and 3rd and 4th needle on the second.

29 Maschen für die Ferse = 29 Stitches for the heel

  • Ferse = heel
  • Bumerangferse = Heel row

So, work the heel on 29 stitches. Use your favorite heel pattern or, if there is a chart, use that.  Most sock knitters have a heel they like. Knit your favorite gusset, then knit the foot to the toe. If the pattern pattern continues on the top to the toe, continue the pattern.

Tomorrow I’ll cover the charts. They do not seem to have a “universal knitting chart language” as the US does.

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Tap, Tap, Tap and Design A Quilt

I Spy !

I Spy !

I Spy 2

I Spy 2

I’ve discovered the Quiltography app for my iPad and I’m in love. With this app, the most I’ve ever spent for any app, I am able to quickly design and create quilts. Both of the I Spy quilts above were designed using the app. The Enchanted Pond quilt, in My Quilts below, was designed on November’s plane ride back to San Diego from Honolulu. I had the fabric loaded into the app and just played around trying different blocks, different quilt layouts, etc. Kept me occupied and busy for many fun hours, the trip takes 5 1/2 – 6 1/2 hours depending on the wind direction.

The below three pictures are the main screens; the welcome screen, the second screen swipe, and the third screen swipe. I’ll be going from left to right through the screens, capturing projects and showing what each item is.

Welcome Screen

Welcome Screen

Swipe to second screen

Swipe to second screen

Swipe to third screen

Swipe to third screen

Welcome Screen:

First column – My Stuff 

My Stash:

My Stash

My Stash

Some of the fabrics in My Stash. You can see that I have 209 fabrics in the stash. The ones in this picture are Enchanted Pond by Moda. Curls has a fabulous quilt top made from these fabrics and they are so totally my colors that I was green with envy and had to order a Layer Cake too.

My Blocks:

My Blocks

My Blocks

Just a SMALL sample of the 210 blocks I’ve created. You can see my latest, three blocks in the top left. The other blocks are for I Spy quilts, with just a hint of the Enchanted Pond in the bottom right.

My Quilts:

My Quilts

My Quilts

These are some of the quilts which I’ve designed. Super easy and fun to design.

My photoQuilts

Doots PDF

Doots PDF

My photoQuilt is awesome. Chose a picture and the app will quickly change it into a quilt pattern, showing all of the colors needed. Then save as a PDF which gives page-by-page instructions for creating the quilt. This is one of my daughters.

Second Column – Block Template:

Block template designer

Block template designer

Now you can create your own block templates from scratch. Pick a shape to add it to the grid, it positions itself ready to be resized, rotated and flipped into place.  I’ve used the template block designer both to create something unique and to replicate a blocks I love. You get to name your custom-made blocks. The one drawback is that the app does not allow the rotation of the shape to the exact degree I want.  I wanted to place a square at a 60 degree angle and could not.

Third Column – Fabric

Add Fabric

Add Fabric

This is the add fabric screen.  You can take pictures of your stash, or, which I did for Enchanted Pond, grab online pictures of the fabric from the manufacturer.  What pictures are in my stash you ask? The Enchanted Pond fabrics by Moda, about 100 I Spy fabrics, colorful prints for the I Spy blocks and my new Kiss Kiss fabrics by Moda for the latest blocks. Hey! I’m beginning to sound as a Moda rep! Hum….. You are able to record how much you have, where you got it from, when you purchased it and even how much it cost. The program even scans the fabric and picks out the top five colors to automatically tag the fabric, see where it has spots for Color 1 – Color 5? The app fills that in for you. So if I want to search my stash for “Blue” fabric, all of the tagged blue fabrics show up. Nifty!

Second Screen

First Column –  Block

Stock Template blocks

Stock Template Blocks

Custom Template Blocks

Custom Template Blocks

Use the stock blocks or design your very own custom block! See the custom blocks which I have designed? The modern star is based on a block I saw by LaineyBug Designs and Red Pepper Quilts was seen at their site. Click on the + tab on the Template Block Screen, upper right, to get to the Template Designer.

Second Column – Quilt

Quilt Design

Quilt Design

Now that you’ve added your fabric and designed your blocks, it’s time to create your quilt. I found the app so easy to use, that I was able to design the quilts quickly.  Search through the blocks you have previously created, or maybe new ones designed specifically for this new quilt. Enter the number of rows and columns needed for your quilt. Add a border around your quilt if so desired.

The app allows you to adjust the sashing width, add cornerstones, and flip and rotate blocks. The quilt design tool also allows you to link matching blocks, this saves you time and lets you change multiple blocks instantly. Which is a tool I’ve used many times. Just tap and highlight the squares to be changed on the quilt, then tap the block that’s to be place in the squares. This app is all about the tap, tap, tap! Tap on a quilt square, then tap on the block on the right and voila! The block is placed into the quilt. Also, notice the ? – you can click on that anytime in any screen and it takes you through a guided tutorial on how to use that function. Super great!!

A yardage calculator was added in the latest update! Hurray, the designer of the app really listens to what quilters want/need. When you’ve designed the quilt, click on the circular button under “NEW” towards the bottom right. The yardage calculator screen pops up.

Yardage Calculator

Yardage Calculator

 Third Column – photoQuilt

Doots photoQuilt

Doots photoQuilt

Have you ever wanted to turn a photo into a quilt? This is so totally easy. Click on the photoQuilt button, select the picture and it’s done. The photo is now a quilt with all of the colors needed. Click on the PDF button and the app makes an instructional PDF for you. No fuss, no muss! A photo quilt pattern in under a minute!

I’m not going to discuss the third screen. It’s all of the “other stuff”. BTW, I’m not being paid, or bribed, or otherwise coerced to write this review. I just LOVE the app. So the next time you wait at soccer practice for you child, in the dentists office, fly, etc create a quilt!

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FO: Tidal Wave Socks

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Tidal Wave Socks by Deby Lake

 

Tidal Wave and Shoes

Tidal Wave and shoes

Love, love, love the way these socks fit! Softer that soft! No judging! But….. I actually blogged about starting these socks on July 15, 2012, This Sock Pattern Is Much Better! Yarn? Debbie Macomber Petals, (merino, angora, and nylon). Pattern? Tidal Wave Socks by Deby Lake. WIP finished = check!

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Here’s The Plan

Blog Planning Chart

Blog Planning Chart

Something needed to be done! We originally started the blog to include our mom, in Montana, in our daily life, to let her know what we were doing. After she passed away last March we floundered. Now that we’ve been posting on the blog again, I was getting a bit overwhelmed on what we’d be posting, and which day, and about what, etc. Deep dark secret? I’m a list maker! I like nice columns of what to do. After looking at blog planners online, and DIY blog planners, and These-are-my-blog-planning-ideas on Pinterest, none of which fit me I said, “Eureka!” I originally purchased this $1, magnetic, tear-away planner for meals! Yea, right! It’s so perfect for planning the blog. I can jot down ideas on the post it notes which are then tentatively placed on a day. See that post-it note line across the bottom, those are other ideas. If I get to that day and the planned post doesn’t seem a good fit, I change it. See what was to have been posted last Thursday and Saturday? Watch for those posts, they’re still in the queue. For Christmas, The Hubs gave a journal to me. I use the journal to list the blog for the day, which pictures are to be included and a bit about the text. For me, this is the perfect, low-cost solution! What are some of your blog tools?

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Zentangle Zaniness

Zentangle on Sketch Book

Zentangle on Sketch Book

I love Zentangles! My go-to doodles. Is that a problem you ask? Well, I used to see quilt patterns everywhere, and now I see Zentangle patterns. Other tourists are taking pictures of “the whole” scene and I’m hunkered down over a bit of tile, grating, ironwork, etc seeing Zentangles. On a recent trip to Old Italy, a section in downtown San Diego, this is what I saw.

Zentangle1 (1 of 1) Zentangle2 (1 of 1) Zentangle4 (1 of 1) Zentangle5 (1 of 1) Zentangle6 (1 of 1) Zentangle7 (1 of 1) Zentangle8 (1 of 1)

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Nostepinne Madness

Just the beginning

Just the beginning

Finished

Finished

My "nest" with a center pull

My “nest” with a center pull

What was I thinking? Winding 100 grams of my hand-dyed, amethyst-colored, sock yarn on a nøstepinde is not a quick undertaking.  I guess I was trying to “feel-as-one” with my Norwegian ancestors. Been thinking a lot about my grandma, Grandma’s favorite gem was the amethyst and flower the violet. As mentioned in yesterday’s post, this month’s sock is based on the amethyst and violet. Grandma was a first generation American, her parents came from Norway. With her foremost in my thoughts while working on this project, it’s not surprising that I eschewed my swift and winder.

The nostepinne, also spelled nystepinne or nøstepinde, is a traditional Scandinavian tool for spinners, weavers, and knitters to wind a center-pull ball of yarn. Nostepinne translates to “nest stick”. It looks like a big dowel, a really fancy one.  Grandma’s sisters told me that it was the traditional engagement gift in Norway. A young man would carve one for his bride-to-be.  Some of them were very elaborately carved, lucky women who received them. How wonderful it would have been to have inherited one from my Norwegian family.  The nice thing about the nostepinne is that it’s easy to travel with, sturdy, not easily broken, does not need a clamp or batteries, or even a swift, and it doesn’t change the yarn twist. Picture this: I’m sitting on the couch with legs up and my feet are acting as a swift. Wind, wind, wind, rest, wind, wind, wind, rest, etc. It took hours since I was trying to be ergonomic, but, finally, success was mine.  I now have a wonderful, center pull “nest”. I’m ready to start on this month’s socks.

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Antique Nostepinne

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Carved antique nostepinne

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Against-Drunkenness-With-a-Dash-of-Love Socks

Heddas Socks by Elisabet Erikstad

Heddas Socks by Elisabet Erikstad

Happily optimistic, I joined the Sock It To Me 2015 sock group on Ravelry. Ok, so I didn’t get a sock finished for January. Can I blame it on the fact I joined on Feb 1? Well…… I did look at the group at the beginning of January, I just didn’t jump in. The club is based on a theme monthly gemstones or flowers. I totally love it! Those of you older folks, remember running to the Hallmark store as kids to pick up the free, purse-sized, yearly, calendar-book? The best part was that for each month the gemstone and flower was given. I always thought that the gemstone and flower for my birth month, November, was yucky. Once I found blue topaz I like it! February is lucky, it’s the best!

Here is a list of Monthly Themes for 2015:
January: Garnet/Carnation
February: Amethyst/Violet
March: Aquamarine/Daffodil
April: Diamond/Daisy or Sweet Pea
May: Emerald/Sunflower or Lily of the Valley
June: Pearl/Rose
July: Ruby/Larkspur
August: Peridot/Gladiolus or Lily
September: Sapphire/Forget-Me-Not or Aster
October: Opal/Marigold
November: Topaz/Chrysanthemum
December: Turquoise/Holly or Narcissus

All of this rambling leads me to these thoughts? What to knit? Did you know that the word “amethyst” is derived from an ancient Greek word loosely meaning “against intoxication”? They believe that wearing an amethyst would prevent intoxication. Along this line of thought I could knit sock with straight lines symbolizing sobriety, or cables with straight lines indicating the overcoming of intoxication, or……. Then there is the Sweet Violet with it’s heart shaped leaves. I love hearts and socks with hearts on them in purple, my fav color, what’s not to love? Perhaps a sock combining hearts, for the violet, and lines, for the amethyst, is the best choice. Which ever pattern I pick, the socks will be knit in a purple color.

The socks featured here are ones I’m considering, all free on Ravelry:

Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku

Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku

Socks On A Plane by Laura Linneman

Socks On A Plane by Laura Linneman

Viking Socks by Karen S. Lauger

Viking Socks by Karen S. Lauger

Mandy's Heart Socks by Alexandra Richards

Mandy’s Heart Socks by Alexandra Richards

Hearts Abound Socks by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence

Hearts Abound Socks
by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence

Any thoughts? Input?

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Nothin’ Like A Cat Butt

Cat Butt coaster

Cat Butt coaster

After spending a few days with daughter Darcey and son-in-law Todd and their cats, sisters Roxie and Pepper, I had a total giggle fit when I saw some Cat Butt Coasters by Krystin Long.  Definitely a must have for my daughter and s-i-l. There were some free patterns on Ravelry, but I really liked the curved tail on this pattern AND I do like to support Indies. After buying the pattern, I searched for the perfect acrylic yarn which would match the cats’ coats and then quickly crocheted four coasters. You can see how well the yarn matches Pepper in the below picture.

Coaster and mug

Coaster and mug

Roxie and coaster

Pepper and her “twin” coaster