Striped Ankle Socks

Yarn: 4 ply, #1 Weight or Fingering Weight Sock Yarn in 2 contrasting Colors.

Main color (MC) is the cuff, stripes, heel and toe.

Contrasting Color (CC) is the 2nd stripe color.

Gauge: 9 sts and 12 rounds per inch.

Needles: US size 1 (2.25 mm) Double Pointed Knitting Needles and Size 0 (2 mm) 9”or 10” circular knitting needles.

Other tools needed: measuring tape or ruler with 1/16” increments, scissors, darning needle about 3 removable lock stitch markers. (One stitch marker is for beginning of round and should look different than the other 2 stitch markers.)

Adult Sizes: Small 3.5” (Medium 3.75” ) This measurement taken is across the foot while sock is laying flat.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cuff

Using MC and a Spaced Apart Long Tail Cast On or German Twist Cast On, Cast on 60 (68) stitches on DPNs.

Knit 5 Rounds of 2×2 Rib.

2×2 Rib: [K2, P2] repeating this for the entire round.

Heel Flap

Turn work so you will be working on the purl side or wrong side (WS) of half of sock in rows. The front of the sock (Instep) will be left alone on the cable or 2 double pointed needles or a stitch holder while you work on the heel.

Row 1: (WS) Sl 1, P to end, turn

Row 2: (RS) Sl 1, K to end, turn

Repeat Round 1 and 2 for total of 15 (17)times or 30 (34) rows.

Heel Turn

Row 1: (WS) Purl 17(19) P2tog, P1, turn

Row 2: (RS) Sl1, K5, SSK, K1, turn

Row 3: (WS) Sl1, P to 1 st before the gap, P2tog, P1, turn

Row 4: (RS) Sl1, K to 1 st before the gap, SSK, K1, turn

Repeat Rows 3 & 4 until all stitches are worked ending on Row 4. You now have 18 (20) stitches left on this needle.

Gusset Set Up

(RS) Pick up and knit the slip stitches 15 (17) plus 2 stitches more before the instep to close up the gap until you have 17 (19) picked up stitches. Knit the 30 (34) instep stitches that you were holding as you put them on 1 needle if you are using DPNs and keep them separated by stitch markers. Now pick up and knit 2 stitches in the gap with the working yarn, pick up and knit the 15 (17) slipped stitches. Switch to the circular needles. Knit half of heel stitches to reach your new beginning of round starting point. Place a beginning of round (BOR) stitch marker here to remind you.

Add CC yarn to begin Stripe Sequence Pattern while working the gusset decreases and then while working on the foot. You will be carrying the switched yarn up to the toe at the bottom of the foot.

Stripe Sequence Pattern:

Knit 2 rounds using CC yarn. Knit 2 rounds using MC yarn. Do not cut any yarn until instructed. (You will cut CC yarn when working the toe.)

Gusset Decreases

Round 1: Knit all stitches for the entire round.

Round 2: K to 2 stitches before the instep, K2tog, K30 (34) instep stitches, SSK, K to BOR heel marker.

Repeat these 2 rounds until you are back to the original 60 (68) stitch count.

Foot

Continue in the 2 color Stripe Sequence Pattern for the foot area ending on a CC stripe until you are 1 3/4” (2 1/4”) before final sock foot length. The final foot length is the actual foot length minus approximately 1/16” to 1/8” for negative ease for the best fit.

Toe

This makes a rounded wedge toe. It is divided in 3 parts of instructions.

Toe Set Up

K15(17) with same MC yarn. You are now at a new beginning of round (BOR) and the beginning of the instep. Put a stitch marker here. Put another stitch marker at the end of instep. You have 30(34) for the instep and 30(34) stitches for the sole stitches as separated by stitch markers or needles. Use only the MC yarn for the entire toe area. Switch to DPNs starting with Round 1. Cut CC yarn with 8” tail.

Toe Part 1:

For size S and M:

Round 1-8: Just Knit only 60(68) stitches. If you are using DPNs, arrange your needles as follows: N1-30(34), N2-15(17), N3-15(17)

Round 9: [K1, SSK, K to 3 sts before the marker, K2tog, K1] Repeat this one more time within the same round. This results in a decrease of 4 stitches.

Round 10 & 11: Just knit

You now have 56(64) sts.

For size S and M: Repeat Rounds 9-11 once (twice).

You now have 52(56) sts

Toe Part 2:

Size S and M: Repeat Rounds 9 & 10 two (three) more times.

You now have 44 stitches for size S and M.

Toe Part 3:

Size S & M: Repeat Round 9 five more times. You now have 24 sts.

Divide these 24 stitches on 3 needles with 12 on each needle.

Graft toe using Kitchener Stitch.

Congratulations! Make the 2nd sock, wash in cold water and dry on delicate or hang dry. For blocking, lay flat so the cuff will remain stretchy.

If you like this pattern, please donate a few bucks to my Ko-Fi account. Thanks in advance. 🧦🌻

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Comfort Knitting Basic Socks

This is my basic sock pattern. It is very comforting to do stockinette with wood needles. I like the 5” or 6” ones because the wood helps you from losing stitches and it is compact and light weight. This commercial faux fair isle yarn is so fun and interesting to knit and hides all the imperfections of your knitting.

Yarn: Rico Design, Superba Bamboo Superwash Sock Yarn (50% Virgin Wool/ 25% Bamboo Viscose/ 25% Polyamide) 100 grams

Gauge: 9 sts and 12 rounds per inch.

Needles: Double Pointed Knitting Needles US size 1 , 5-6” length bamboo or wood (2.25 mm), Set of 5

Other tools needed: scissors, darning needle about 4 removable lock stitch markers.

Adult Sizes: Small 3.5” Medium 3.75” (measurement of sock across the foot)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cuff: Using a Long Tail Cast On or German Twist Cast On and the larger needles, Cast on 60 (68) stitches on one needle, then transfer to 3 needles.

20-20-20 or 24-20-24

In 2×2 Rib, make a 1.5” cuff.

2×2 Rib: [K2, P2] repeating this for each round.

Leg: Knit in stockinette stitch (just knit stitch) for 3.5”. Use an extra needle to transfer stitches evenly on 4 needles, 15 (17) stitches each needle.

Heel Flap: Turn work so you will be working on the purl side of half of sock in rows.

For 1st row, combine half of back stitches on 1 needle. You will be working these stitches in a flat manner.

Row 1) (WS) *Sl1wyif, P1*, repeat to end of row, turn

Row 2) (RS) Sl1kw, knit to the end of row, turn

Repeat Round 1 and 2 for total of 15 (17)times.

Heel Turn:

Row 1: (WS) Purl 17(19) P2tog, P1, turn

Row 2: (RS) Sl1, K5, SSK, K1, turn

Row 3: (WS) Sl1, P to 1 st before the gap, P2tog, P1, turn

Row 4: (RS) Sl1, K to 1 st before the gap, SSK, K1, turn

Repeat Rows 3 & 4 until all stitches are worked ending on Row 4. You now have 18 (20) stitches left on this needle.

Gusset: (RS) Using a spare needle, pick up and knit the slipped edge stitches of the left side plus 2 more before the instep until you have 17 (19) picked up stitches on that needle. Pick up 2 more stitches before the instep stitches to close up any gaps. With a new needle, knit 30 (34) instep stitches putting them on 1 needle, with another spare needle, knit 2 stitches in the gap with the working yarn, pick up and knit the 15 (17) slipped edge stitches.

You now have 18 (20) heel stitches, 17(19) stitches on both sides of flap, 30 (34) of the instep stitches on one needle. This is total stitch count of 82 (92) stitches on 4 needles. The middle of the heel stitches is now the new beginning of round. Place a marker at this point to remind you.

Gusset Decreases:

1. Knit all stitches

2. K to 3 stitches before the instep, K2tog, K1, knit 30 (34) instep stitches, K1, SSK, K to heel marker.

Repeat these 2 rounds until you are back to the original 60 (68) stitch count. K15 (17) with one needle to get back to the original beginning of round. K60 (68) and arrange stitches as you go so you have 15 (17) stitches per needle again.

Foot: Place a marker at the first stitch at the beginning of round that will stay there until you finish both socks. At the same time you can remove the stitch marker at the middle of the heel. Knit in stockinette stitch each round until you are 1.75” (1.5”) before final sock foot length and before doing the toe part of the sock.

Toe: This makes a rounded wedge toe. Place a marker on the first stitch and let it remain there until you complete both socks. I use the stitch markers to help me measure the 2nd sock so they match.

Round 1: [K1, SSK, K to end of the 1st DPN, K to 3 sts before the end of the 2nd DPN, SSK, K1] repeat on next 2 DPNs.

Round 2 & 3: Just knit

Repeat Rounds 1-3 one (two) more times. You now have 52 (56) sts total.

Round 4: [K1, K2tog, K to end of 1st DPN, K to 3 sts before the end of the 2nd DPN, SSK, K1] Repeat on next 2 DPNs.

Round 5: Just knit

Repeat rounds 4 & 5 one (two) more times. You now have a total of 44 (44) sts.

Round 7: [K1, K2tog, K to end of the 1st DPN, K to 3 sts before the end of the 2nd DPN, SSK, K1]

Repeat Round 7 until you have a total of 24 sts.

Arrange remaining sts on 2 needles. 12 instep sts one 1 needle and 12 soles on the other needle. When you do the sock multiple times, it will be easy to figure out how to do the toe using 4 needles instead of 5 with all the instep stitches on one needle.

Graft toe using Kitchener Stitch.

Congratulations! Make the 2nd sock, wash in cold water and dry on delicate.

Slouchy Scrunchy Socks

Free knitted sock pattern in sport weight yarn.

Yarn: Briggs and Little, Durasport, Denim Blue, 80% Wool/ 20% Nylon

Gauge: 8 stitches and 10 rounds per inch, in sport weight with size 2 needles, For smaller size – 8.5 stitches and 12 rounds per inch in fingering weight. Use whatever size needles gives you the correct gauge. Make a swatch tube in the round at least 2” in length.

Needles: Medium Size – Double Pointed Knitting Needles US size 3 (3.25 mm) for the cuff and US size 2 (2.75 mm) for the foot

Small Size – Double Pointed Knitting Needles US size 2 (2.75 mm) for the cuff and US size 1 (2.25 mm) for the foot

Other tools needed: scissors, darning needle and 2 dozen removable stitch markers.

Adult Sizes: Medium is 3.75” across the sock, Small is 3.5” across the sock

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cuff: Using a Long Tail Cast On or the German Twisted Cast On with the larger needles, Cast on 68 stitches.

In 2×2 Rib, Make a 10” (9” for small size) cuff.

2×2 Rib: [K2, P2] repeating this for each round.

Foot: Switch to the smaller needles and reduce the stitches to 60 stitches in the following manner:

[K6, K2tog, K7, K2tog] Repeat this 3 more times, 4 times total (8 stitches reduced)

Knit in stockinette stitch (just knit stitch) for 4 rounds.

Heel Flap: Turn work so you will work the last 30 stitches you just knitted.

For 1st round, combine all 30 stitches on 1 needle. You will be working these stitches in a flat manner.

Row 1) (WS) K2, P26, K2, turn

Row 2) (RS) Knit only, turn

Repeat Round 1 and 2 for total of 15 times. Tally on a piece of paper to avoid mistakes.

Heel Turn:

Row 1: (WS) Purl 17, P2tog, P1, turn

Row 2: (RS) Sl1, K5, SSK, K1, turn

Row 3: (WS) Sl1, P to 1 st before the gap, P2tog, P1, turn

Row 4: (RS) Sl1, K to 1 st before the gap, SSK, K1, turn

Repeat Rows 3 & 4 until all stitches are worked ending on the last stitch of Row 4

Gusset: (RS) Using a spare needle, pick up 1 yarn of the outer most part of garter stitch nubs on the edge of the left side of heel until you have 15 picked up stitches on that needle. With working yarn, knit those 15 stitches. Pick up 2 more stitches before the instep stitches still held on DPNs to close up any gaps. Knit 30 stitches of instep stitches and put them on 1 needle, with the spare needle, pick up 2 stitches in the gap, pick up 15 stitches on the garter edge nubs on the right side of heel flap.

You now have 18 heel stitches, 17 picked up stitches on both sides and 30 instep stitches. 18 + 17 + 30 + 17 = 82 stitches total on 4 needles. The middle of the heel stitches is now the new beginning of round. Place a marker at this point to remind yourself.

Gusset Decrease Round 1: Knit all stitches.

Gusset decreased: K to 3 stitches before the instep, K2tog, K1, Knit Instep stitches, K1, SSK, K to marker.

Repeat these 2 rounds until you are back to the original 60 stitch count. Remove marker, K 15. You are now back to the original start of round.

Foot: marking every 10 rounds at the beginning of round with a stitch marker to easily know how many rounds you have done, knit in stockinette stitch (just knitting) each round until you have made a a foot length 1.75” (1.5”) before final sock foot length and before doing the toe part of the sock.

Toe: This makes a rounded wedge toe.

Round 1: [K1, K2tog, K24, SSK, K1] repeat 1 time, 56 stitches remain.

Round 2 & 3: Just knit

Round 4: [ K1, K2tog, K22, SSK, K1] Repeat 1 time. 52 stitches remain.

Round 5 & 6: Just knit

Round 7: [K1, K2tog, K20, SSK, K1] Repeat 1 time. 48 stitches remain.

Round 8: Just Knit

Round 9: [K1, K2tog, K18, SSK, K1] Repeat 1 time. 44 stitches remain.

Round 10: Just knit

Round 11: [K1, K2tog, K16, SSK, K1] Repeat 1 time. 40 stitches remain.

Round 12: Just Knit

Round 13: [K1, K2tog, K14,SSK, K1] Repeat 1 time. 36 stitches remain.

Round 14: [K1, K2tog, K12, SSK, K1] Repeat 1 time. 32 stitches remain

Round 15: [K1, K2tog, K10, SSK, K1] Repeat 1 time. 28 stitches remain.

Round 16: [K1, K2tog, K8, SSK, K1] Repeat 1 time. 24 stitches remain.

Round 17: [K1, K2tog, K6, SSK, K1] Repeat 1 time. 20 stitches remain.

Graft toe using Kitchener Stitch.

Congratulations! Make the 2nd

Sock and wash in cold water and dry on delicate.

If you have completed this pattern, please let me know by posting it to social media using the hashtag #jitproject or #ecojoyknits

Navigating MeWe

It has come to my attention that some people find MeWe confusing. I am no expert, I’m still learning the ropes and I’m sure I am not the best at explaining it. If anyone in the craft community has a video or makes a video on this, please let me know.

MeWe is the best alternative to Facebook and does not require a phone number. I will do my best to briefly explain it.

Download the app or sign up on the web page. Look for the ‘Communities’ symbol or word and click on it. A ‘Community’ is a community group of like minded people. There are many to choose from. Scroll down and look for ‘Browse Communities’, click on it. Scroll down and look for ‘Crafts’ and pick the one you like best. The ones with the most members is at the top and at the bottom are the ones with 5 or more members. If you want to start one, you will not be listed as a new Community until you have 5 members. Join or Request to Join a Community.

There are two pages on each ‘Community Group’ and they look different whether you are on a desk top or on a mobile phone. There is a post page and a chat page. The administration will choose how these two pages are to be used. For my post page, I have stationary post on the top of the other posts of my choosing that can stay there as long as I want. I post daily pattern and video tutorial links that I find around the web. I have it set that only I can post or I can approve a post from a member. The members can comment on posts freely. Some groups allow their members to post but I don’t because I want members to post in the chatroom instead. You can switch to the chatroom from the top of the page. In the chatroom I allow anyone to post, put up links or photos or use emojis as much as they want including the ability to post a pic and a link for a way for people to buy a product. If you are a dyer, make stitch markers or project bags, or want to sell your unused yarn or tools you never use, please post a pic and a price and hopefully someone will buy it.

On the post page you will see a banner picture at the top. On the lower right hand side you will see an ‘i’ in a circle. Click on this to go to a group information page where you can make a profile page and avatar just for this group. You can access the group’s PDF files or see more group information including a way at the bottom of the page to leave the group forever. I joined too many groups the first day and had to leave some of them.

There is something called ‘Profile Page’. You can have your own banner and a whole different avatar pic that the ones you choose on your group page. You can have an inner circle and connect to other people’s profile page. You can post to your profile page and people you want to see this page is controlled by you. This is confusing. I realize that. But it is worth learning because the amount of people on it is enormous. It is better not to connect to people’s ‘Profile’ page but see them in a ‘Community Group’ if you are a private person or don’t agree with their personal views. My Profile page which is personal and my Community Page which is public are very different. I like to keep them separate with different people. The Community Page is my oasis from all the madness going on in the world.

Then there is something called a Feature Page. A Feature Page is like a fan page. You can see posts from famous people, news pages, websites and even stores. A Group page costs only $1.99 a month. You can find them at the bottom of the ‘Browse Groups’ area. You interact with the people or company through the comment section of each post. You will be notified when they post something when you join their feature page.

I hope you will join the ‘Joyful In Tribulation’ MeWe Community Group Page in the ‘Craft Community section. We are at 100 subscribers already! https://mewe.com/join/joyfulintribulation

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Basket of Socks KAL

Ok, so maybe I have huge plans for 2021 that are over my head. I am actually thinking of doing a year long KAL called Basket of Socks. It’s like the 52 weeks of socks or the box of socks KALs that many have been doing but this one is a basket that you buy or find or make yourself. And you do one pair of socks per month until you can fill the basket by the end of 2021. You can add any other item or fill it with other items as long as it is DK, fingering, sport or lace weight in a small accessory or toy or anything you knit or crochet to fill the basket with. You can use a kitchen towel or pretty cloth or anything you can to keep the dust out but you can keep photographing the items or the basket as it fills up.

I am looking on Instagram for basket of socks and there isn’t a lot but there is basket of yarn pics. Of course you can put the yarn in the wicker basket, basket bin or basket bag as you get it. I don’t have money for prizes and this is only an idea in my head but I’m going to keep going with it for 2021 and in December 2021, I hope to have at least 1 giveaway prize. I think the hashtag should be #basketofsocks without the year to take off pressure off when to complete this. During the year we can do related projects, prospects and prizes.

Maybe we can even have a way to merchandise it or sell our work. The are many possibilities. Let me know what you think. Connect to me on WordPress, Instagram and/or the MeWe Joyful In Tribulation Group to see more as it blossoms and more information comes out.

DeeAnn

jithandmade@mail.com

3-3-21 :

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Relaxing Sock Pattern – DK Weight

Simple cuff-down gusset and flap 2 color DK socks

Yarn: DK weight: 100g of main color, 50g of coordinating color

Needles: US Size 3 (3.25 mm) for working in the round.

Gauge: 7.5 sts = 1”   9 Rows = 1”

Other: removable stitch markers or safety pins.

Size: Women’s Medium, Men’s Small

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cuff:

Cast on 48 stitches using German Twisted Cast-On using one needle. Divide stitches to needles. Do any ribbing for 1-2”.

1×1 Rib Stitch Pattern:

Every Round: *K1, P1*

Leg:

Work any stitch pattern for 4-6 inches.

Mini-thermal or Broken Rib Stitch Pattern:

Round 1: K entire round

Round 2: *K1, P1*

Heel Flap:

K24 and put these instep stitches on hold.  Without cutting the main color, attach 2nd color,  K24 putting these on 1 needle. Turn work to work on the wrong side. You will be working in a flat manner for these 24 sts. 

Row 1: (ws) *Sl1, P1* for entire row

Row 2: (rs) Sl1, K only

Repeat these 2 rows for a total of 12 times

Heel Turn:

Round 1: Sl1, P13, P2tog, P1, turn

Round 2: Sl1, K5, SSK, K1, turn

Round 3: Sl1, P to 1 st before gap, P2tog, P1, turn.

Heel Turn Continued:

Round 4: Sl1, K to 1 st before gap, SSK, K1, turn.

Repeat rounds 3 and 4 for two more times.

Round 5: Sl1, P to 1 before gap, P2tog, turn

Round 6: Sl1, K to 1 before gap, SSK, turn

There are 14 heel stitches left. Put a stitch marker in the middle of this last row to help you measure the foot.  Cut contrasting yarn with a 7” tail. 

Gusset:

Set up round:  Using main color, pick up 2 stitches before the slipped sts, then pick up the 12 slipped stitches. (14 picked up sts total) Knit the 14 heel sts. Pick up 12 slipped sts, pick up 2 sts before the instep. Knit the 24 instep sts that were on hold. The first picked up stitch is the new beginning of round for the gusset section.

Round 1: K entire round. 

Round 2: K1, SSK, K to 3 sts before the instep, K2tog, K1, K instep.

Repeat these 2 rounds until you are back to the original amount of 48 sts total.  The beginning of the round is back to the start of the instep stitches. 

Foot:

Continue to knit (stockinette) in main color until you are 1.5” from the finished desired sock foot length.

Rounded wedge toe: 

Set up round:  Cut main color with a 7” tail and switch to contrasting color. Knit the entire round.

Round 1: Instep stitches: K1, K2tog, K to 3 sts before the end of instep            stitches, SSK, K1. Sole stitches: K1, K2tog, K to 3 sts before the end of the sole sts, SSK, K1.

Round 2 and 3: Knit only (44 sts)

Repeat Round 1-3 one time. (40 sts)

Round 4: same as Round 1

Round 5: Knit only (36 sts)

Repeat Rounds 4-5 one time. (32 sts)

Round 6: Repeat Round 1.

        Repeat this round 3 more times until you have a total of 16 sts.

Make sure all of the instep stitches (8 sts) are on one needle and the sole stitches (8 sts) are on another needle.  Graft these stitches to close up the toe using the Kitchener Stitch. Cut the end with a 7” tail and pull in the end neatly to the wrong side to weave in all 6 ends from the wrong side.     Sock completed! 

Finished sock measurements:

Length: Approximately 8.75. – 9.25” for a US size 7-8 shoe. 

Width: Approximately 3.75” width

You can buy the PDF pattern for $2 on PayHip https://payhip.com/b/Hqd4

Email me if you have any questions. – Dee Ann

Don’t Be An Eco-Bully


I was on Instagram just now and many times I see that there are people who love to say that Christians are flat earthers and are ruining the planet and don’t believe in Science. And these are the same people who have replaced God with Mother Earth goddess worship. I don’t believe in a flat earth and I am very eco-friendly. Maybe even more than others but don’t assume because I am Christian or Conservative that I am ruining the planet. People are more important and you are bashing people with assumptions that we are polluting the earth. Science has different takes from different doctors, scientists and scholars with the same amount of degrees. We don’t have to think the same way. Love people and do good. Bashing people’s views because they aren’t yours is bullying people. It doesn’t accomplish anything. It just divides people.
Do your part and offer better choices and give ideas. Forcing people doesn’t help either. If you want to get rid of plastic straws, offer incentives to food establishments to switch to paper straws, let people provide their reusable straws and give them a discount or a chance for a drawing or don’t even use straws.
If you want people to buy less yarn and stop buying acrylic or stop buying overseas shipments then offer some better choices made in the USA including recycled yarn or upcycled yarn. The largest craft stores don’t even offer American natural yarn or American made craft tools. People buy their yarn from WalMart because it is cheap. If they saw the factory and shipment process and how it does not benefit farmers or small business, maybe they will think twice.
Yarn hoarding is a thing now. I think it is ugly keeping a wall full of dusty yarn in cubbies that you never use plus you’re not a yarn store. Use it or sell it and buy only what you need going forward to get rid of the giant hoard. It’s 2020 and we have a new mindset than we did 10 years ago. It’s time to phase out the acrylic and polyester yarn and use yarns that will compost and have less harmful chemicals.
I didn’t do it all at once and everyone is different so let’s cut each other some slack on the matter. I am not forcing anyone and I actually get happy when someone makes a small change so lovingly encourage each other and don’t bash people with climate alarmism that says, “You’re ruining the planet! You don’t believe in science!”

#ecofriendly #ecobully

Stress and Knitting

This Pandemic has affected me in all sorts of new ways I have not had to deal with before. Unfortunately, I see knitting world carrying on as if there is no change except a delay in getting out packages. How many have lost jobs and businesses? How many have wedges between family members? How many like me have new phobias and sensitivities to things around us. Meanwhile, they are continuing to scare us with pandemic restrictions, regulations and I still don’t know if this new vaccine will become mandatory or if it contains human fetal or animal diploid cells or anything else I do not want injected into my bloodstream.

I am trying hard to find peace. Without yoga or witchcraft or drugs, I have been working on dealing with stress. Not that it is completely gone because my storage unit keeps continually increasing higher in price and I have to downsize and get rid of things and for me that is traumatic and stressful and doesn’t seem to go away.

Anyway, I will tell you a few things that have helped.

#1 is I stopped watching TV and news stations. Not that I never get news because the grape vine gossip exists in my home. I always get news that affects me without a TV. It’s one less thing that I have to deal with and it helps not to watch repeating bad news.

#2 Do things you love to do. I like knitting. Sometimes I like crocheting, too. Sometimes I knit stockinette in a tube just to frog it back. The process is very comforting and using DPNs is comforting, too.

#3 Get some sun. If I don’t go out in the backyard and get a little bit of sun, I start to feel depressed. Now I know why there is so much depression in Seattle, Washington. Too many dark or grey days without sunshine and green affects health. In the city, I never see nature unless it is planted there. Sometimes I watch amature nature walks on YouTube and it is such great therapy.

#4 Eat for survival and not pleasure. I love chocolate and pizza but at age 50 I can get heartburn easily and I can’t eat super spicy food anymore. To avoid the doctor and taking tons of prescription pills like my mother does, I try to be as healthy as I can. Plus after a divorce with a good cook, nothing tastes the same anymore and I don’t want to reminisce my old relationship. Not getting bigger during the pandemic is making me feel better, too.

#5 Live simply. I have a little that I own. It’s easy to buy too much. Keeping everything simple and maintenance free is easier to deal with. Keep your stash down. Those big stash walls and cubbies full of yarn may make vloggers happy but to me that is ugly. Watch an episode of Hoarders on YouTube and you’ll want to stop collecting things to the point of hoarding.

#6 During this pandemic I am sensitive to colors and sounds. So far the most relaxing audio is the sound of gentle rain or rustling leaves. As far as color, I love bright color but right now I stay away from it because it makes me feel stress. I like vanilla off white, wheat yellow and light spring green, Those colors help me keep me calmer.

#7 Something tried and true that I sometimes don’t want to do is read the Bible. I feel better emotionally after I have read the Bible. I pray often and that is daily but unfortunately and surprisingly, I don’t desire to read the Bible like I did 10 years ago but it always makes me feel good and centered and complete after I read a few chapters. Try it and see how you feel.

I would love to know what you are doing for stress. Please write it in the comments or come and visit me on MeWe or Instagram because I check those daily. See my About page so you know where to find me on Social Media,

I am also thinking about funding a charity for women who might want to learn how to knit and can’t afford the yarn and needles but I need help on figuring out how to do that. Plus how would I find these women? Maybe you have a local charity in your town. I would rather the money or supplies go to the people directly and not through a regular charity where the CEO makes a fortune. What do you think? I would love to know your thoughts on that, too.

Streamed Down Knit Bag

Get the knitting bag streamed down even more. Less stuff, less worry.

  1. Buy less, use what you have. Wash an old canvas shopping tote that you used for shopping for groceries. Use as a knit bag. Use cleaned up pencil bags for DPNs, Use clean produce bags, make up bags or , purses, clutches you never use for project bags. Try to keep things down to 3 or less as far as working on several projects as once. I have a plan to buy only $25 worth of knitting needles this year. Of course I always want more!
  2. Buy used and yard sale craft supplies. Don’t buy it because it’s cheap as the main reason. You don’t want to hoard things. Have self discipline and buy what you need and is good quality. Buy vintage things made in your country. I like to check out Etsy for vintage supplies and wool yarn items under $10.
  3. Hand-me-downs are great! Half my stuff comes from my mother. Ask your mother or grandmother if they have any supplies they don’t want anymore.
  4. Choose 1 or 2 things you like and keep the yarn down to 1 or 2 weights. For instance my favorite is sock knitting and fingerless gloves. Make everything in Fingering and Sport Weight. If I wanted to I can use a crochet hook or double the yarn. It cuts your supplies down to a fraction.
  5. Don’t buy books. Give them away or donate them. Buy the digital patterns or ebooks. Better yet, know where to get free patterns. I have downloaded over 100 or more to my PC. I keep them in 2 places. Patterns are in my hard drive files and also in a cloud storage space. Just in case there is a problem with one. To keep off off electronics, I occasionally print some and keep them in a 3 hole binder if I am working on something. I only have so much space and have to throw away what I am not using if it gets too thick. It’s hard and it feels like I am having a funeral for the patterns I have to throw out! LOL!
  6. I like the way straight needles look but they are hard to store. I put them all in a rectangular tin (a Scottish whisky tin from a yard sale) and I hardly use them. Circular needles are great alternatives even for flat knitting. I have so many now. I have another tin (it had cookies) that is round that I put them in. I have a cheap pouch with a pretty pattern that I keep the ones I use the most. I think I am down to 7 now. I have some longer bamboo DPNs that I can use as straight needles. I use red, blue and orange rubber bands for end stoppers. Everything I don’t use goes in the round or rectangular tin but not in my knitting bag.
  7. Yarn goes in an upcycled purse. I haven’t been buying any acrylic or polyester yarn and I stopped buying worsted and aran weight. I only bought a little bit of chunky yarn but I am in a warm climate area and that is something we hardly really need. I already made lots of beanies and berets and market bags so I don’t need any more of those. That is another thing, buy yarn in colors that will go through multiple seasons and match with other clothes you have.
  8. Be goal oriented. Make items you are going to wear or gift in a nice yarn that was made in your country and is eco-friendly. You will treat the yarn and project like gold and buy less because it was harder to get. Don’t be afraid to frog it if you don’t love it. I keep the ends unwoven and loose until I test it out and see if I want to keep it. Socks are always needed by my or my family and take less space. I still don’t get the shawl thing but if you want to make one, go for it. But it makes sense that it be something you use often and not just sit in a closet.

I’m not perfect. I have made a lot of mistakes. I still have a lot of beanies and a lot of acrylic yarn I want to use up. I would feel better if everything were in just one bag and it was a small one that I can take anywhere. I’m trying though. I hope it happens soon!

If anyone wants to check out my shop where I only put a fraction of my work, please check out: https://ecojoy.fws.store/

Also check out my new Pinterest Board called “Poverty Knitting”

I’m Trying It Again, Don’t Let Me Give Up!

You have no idea how many times I have tried to set up my own business. It’s pretty sad. I usually give up after one month but this time I feel motivated. I want to move out of California. Yep. I’m one of the many that wants to head out. I am not even sure what state I am going to yet. I am giving myself until November to at least pick a state. Someplace in the middle of the USA. You guys in the middle of the country are so lucky to be in a state that is not so crazy! It’s almost impossible to work here. They want us to all be at home with masks on, afraid of our own shadow and not working I guess. I need to get my act together so I can work anywhere. My kids are all grown up, too. I know they don’t understand but I have the need to get out of California.

Anyway, I opened up another shop. Don’t roll your eyes cause I already did it for you. LOL! I think this might be an easier one to keep because it’s free but it looks pretty good. I don’t have to worry about fees every month. By the way, WordPress is no longer free!

It’s called the EcoJoy! Shoppe if you want to go visit it and see what it looks like today. I just added my latest FOs. It’s mid August and we are going through a heatwave. It has been in the 90s and humid and usually it’s a dry heat with the desert winds here in Southern California but it has been miserable and muggy. The point is even though it is miserably hot, I need to think about Fall and Winter. I have 2 more summer socks and then I am going to start doing the longer ones.

I have no idea how the other states are doing. It seems like the way of the bricks and sticks stores are fading away. I hope the other states are doing better. There are no yarn stores in the town I am in. No joke! We have a Joanns Fabric and Craft Store but it’s full of Acrylic. My goodness guys that is out of style these days! My car is getting too old to be traveling far, too. I don’t have a husband that can rescue me if something goes wrong. My mom and dad are in their 70s and they are afraid of COVID, so yes, things gotta change for me. My older son lives pretty far and my younger son wants to be independent himself so this is the time to change. Change is so scary but I need to do it!

If anyone has any words of wisdom, please let me know. And yes, I will be praying. I hope you all are doing well and your families are OK. I was feeling stressed out last week but I am better this week. It helps not to watch too much news. God bless and hope to see you later.