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.

Comfort Crafts in Tribulation

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There is turmoil in the world and country. We won’t be able to stop it completely ever. Life has its ups and downs and the word of God says that He sends rain on the just and unjust. That is everyone.

 Matthew 5:45   That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

I realize that there are some universities and colleges are trying to help the students cope by giving them coloring books, puppies to pet and Play-doh to knead to help them calm down. I think that is a direction that is immature in my opinion and it may be working but we have something that is time tested and sure that does the same thing which is to pray for strength, protection and help and to read God’s word. It is to come together and love one another in kindness.

Something we could do for our well-being and our comfort is to do our crafts not only to calm down but to help people. During WWI and WWII the women and children would knit for their husbands, fathers and for anyone who needed it. They made socks, hats and items to stay warm. It was a way to cope with all that they were going through. We are going through this and in the future it may be worse as we get closer to the time Jesus comes back and makes everything right.

Yarn is very soft and comforting to just even touch. I am sure it will help you and help others. People are making Christmas gifts right now and making charity items. This is also very important for us to do. You spend hours as you make something and think about that person. Even if you don’t know who it will be, you can pray for them. Prayer does work and helps and giving is a wonderful therapy as well. God seems to know exactly what we need to help us us in all situations.

 2 Corinthians 1:3   Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

  2 Corinthians 1:4   Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

 

Please see our Charity Page for places to donate to and also please “like” us on Facebook for daily free pattern links.

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Exercises for Knitters and Crocheters

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I realize this will make some upset and offend people because they are enjoying Yoga but there are other ways to stretch that have nothing to do with Yoga and Hindu spirituality. We are Christians not Hindus and we do not believe all gods are the same and we should unite with other religions for peace. That is Tower of Babel peace. Christians are super nice and helpful and want to do what is right and we love all people but we don’t want to dabble in other religions or practices. That is a form of idolatry or spiritual adultery….don’t go there, eeeks!

Lion Brand has just posted a series of Yoga poses for yarn crafters. A great idea and concept but not really the direction we want to go in. While we don’t have to force our view on others and realize that some will not stop or care to understand or see the dangers of this, we need to respectfully decline invitations and avoid Yoga if you are invited into it by friends or family. The following videos will help you stretch before you knit or crochet to avoid injury and help if you get tense and need a stretch break. Hope this helps!  God bless you, sisters in Christ. 🙂

 

Union Rescue Mission LosAngeles

[DeAratanha, Ricardo -- B58427900Z.1 LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 10, 2010 - Hanna Moses Hines, cq, 60, who lives in the mission, is among hundreds of homeless people at the Union Rescue Mission eating a free meal on Monday, May 10, 2010. Moses, as she is known by, has breast cancer and she does not qualify for Medicare or Social Security, she says. To get by she sells the earrings pinned up to the teddy bear, on the table. This dinner was brought by Sportsman Channel Hunt, Fish, Feed, in partnership with cable show's CableCares. They were served fish and venison tacos made from meat donated by fishermen and hunters. The meats included elk, deer, bear, wild pig, sheep, tuna, yellowtail, salmon and tilapia. (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times)] *** []

I want to point to a fantastic ministry here in Los Angeles. I am not far from downtown Los Angeles and there are some places I would not be at night and even during the day by myself. Skid row and South central L.A. is the sad part of Los Angeles where there are a lot of homeless people. Half of them are mentally ill. Many of them are on drugs and are alcoholic. Some are just regular people that ended up there. Who knows, I may be there one day myself, I don’t know.

Praise God for a ministry like Union Rescue Mission that provides meals and a safe place to sleep. Some women and their children come there because they are being abused and need to get away. Some need help. They get it there and some even are able to go to Hope Gardens which is their halfway housing. I raised my children not to be afraid of these people but just be aware….you know some are just unpredictable. You don’t know what they are going to do. It is scary. Some of them are Veterans. Some of them are prostituting themselves to get drugs. It really is a sad situation but these people don’t need our pity party to make them feel worse. They are human beings.

We can help. I know I want to help. I am gonna make some beanie hats…I wanna send them a package. Maybe I can get my brother to go with me and take them some things. They said you can make some Outreach Kits to pass out.  Ziplock bag with some food and socks and toiletries….whatever you think they need. Inside include an invitation for them to come the the Union Rescue Mission so they can have a meal. Pass them out to the homeless people near the Mission. I don’t know… it is just me and my son and we would take a public bus to get there. My son is afraid of those things. I don’t know if we could do this. Perhaps my older son may go, I don’t know.  About five years ago I did go to a rescue mission trip with a different church. I took my 2 boys and we served food. It looked like the school cafeteria. The square columns inside had bible scripture. I never forgot that.

WHAT TO DONATE  << Here is their Gifts-In-Kind List

 

JOYFUL IN TRIBULATION UNION RESCUE MISSION DRIVE – Help donate handmade and bought items with the Joyful In Tribulation Ravelry Group.

 

Please visit the LOS ANGELES UNION RESCUE MISSION WARM UP PAGE” for more information and tips

Here are some of the things I will be taking next week!

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Update 12-12-15

Just came back with my brother from dropping off the items.

Here is the tally: 40 hats, 14 scarves and 3 headbands/ear warmers.

When I got there it was so incredibly scary. My brother did not want to even park or get out of the car. The streets were lined with tents and it was scarier than youtube shows because I didn’t realize the amount of crazy drugged up people there were and how they just walk in the street not caring if there are cars. It happens to be close to the toy district and the fashion district where people go to do bargain shopping the 3rd world way. The parking lot next to the Union Mission was gated up. Perhaps the employees have remote control gate access. I am not sure. Since my brother did not want us to even park in the area we ended up with a plan B. We went around lots of one ways until we got back to the mission and I dropped him off at the front with the 2 large bags we had. He said keep the doors locked and keep your phone nearby. I went for my big circle route again which took about 15 minutes the first time and tried to go down a different street that looked less busy but unfortunately it was blocked off and had to make lots of detours to get back there. When I got back my brother was waiting near the door and he said he never wants to come down to skid row again.

He said inside there were lots of dangerous people and the front desk person was behind bullet proof glass. He said it looked more like a prison. My brother and I are average looking Hispanic people and we are not wealthy or stuck-up so we didn’t think we would look different than the crowd.  We came there wearing clothes to blend in, too.  I went to school near downtown Los Angeles and we both worked there in the business district a little ways off before so it was not like we had reason to be too shocked. I just want you to know, suprisingly, that little turn on San Pedro St where they are gets ugly quick. Skid row is hell on earth and the streets were lined with tents and carts when we got there. It must be one of the worst places to live. I don’t know if I will be going back to dropping off more items but these people definitely need prayer and help. If you want to send them items or donate, please do. Union Rescue Mission is doing more than we can do ourselves. They are a light in that pit of death and despair.  This is a place filled with people we definitely need to pray for and not try to ignore.

 

Here are some pics I took while I was circling the block by myself.

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Are We Using Toxic Yarn?

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I started off this website talking about natural yarns and then I got caught up in lots of acrylic yarn trying to do a lot of charity work and they DO ask for acrylic yarn. But somehow just recently I came across some articles and websites that make me want to stop using acrylic yarn or use it with caution.

Acrylic yarns are popular because of their affordability. But these petroleum-based products are usually made from vinyl acetate or methyl acrylate, both known carcinogens that can cause nausea, nose, throat, eye and skin irritation. The chemical process to create synthetic yarns also uses the solvent NN-dimethylformamide, a chemical linked to liver damage. More chemicals are used to wash, stretch, twist and dye the yarns. – greenlivingonline.com

 

The chemicals in many synthetic yarns are harmful to people. We use this yarn a lot for cancer patients and for babies but could we be doing more harm than good? I don’t know but since I am taking a month off from charity-work because my funds are low and I need to concentrate on my family responsibilities more… I am going to take some time to re-think about ever buying acrylic. I think I will switch to natural fibers as much as possible. I  don’t want to contribute to more suffering but to help suffering.  I know it is a little shocking but we need to face this.

A Canadian study found that women who work with some common synthetic materials could treble their risk of developing breast cancer after menopause.  The data included  women working in textile factories which produce acrylic fabrics   –  those women have seven times the risk of developing breast cancer than the normal population, while those working with nylon fibers had double the risk. – oecotextiles.wordpress.com

 

Here are some links I am looking at now:

acrylic yarnAre Your Clothes Making You Sick?

Chemical Clothing: Which Toxins Are You Wearing?

Should Clothing Have Toxic Warning Labels?

The Health Risks Of Toxic Fibers and Fabrics

Best Type of Yarn To Use For Chemo Caps

6 Synthetic Fabrics You Want To Avoid And Why

How Safe Is My Yarn?

Is Acrylic Yarn Safe?

Knitting with Organic Yarn

 

 

Yarns You May Want To Try That Won’t Break The Bank:

Universal Bamboo Pop YarnNiabi Studios Yarn

Lion Brand LB Collection Cotton Bamboo Yarn

Knit Picks Simply Organic Sport Yarn

Hemptique Hemp Yarn

Himalaya Deluxe Bamboo Yarn

Vinnis Colours Bamboo Yarn

 

 

Herbal Teas for Health

 

I drink 1-5 cups of tea every day. I gave up drinking coffee, not because I don’t like coffee, I still like it and drink it occasionally but the reason I have become a tea drinker is for health reasons. I like chicory as an alternative to coffee too.engraved-glass-tea-mug_LRG

I believe it is medicine and helps to prevent disease cancer. Drinking water and tea is essential for me. In addition to drinking herbal teas, eating plenty of vegetables is keeping our family healthy. Eat natural organic foods for high nutrition in your diet.

 

Please use purified drinking water that has been purified by reverse osmosis. I find that the best and most inexpensive water is the store brand purified water by the gallon. Don’t get me started with water fluoridation either! You DON’T want to ingest fluoridated water which is actually toxic waste shipped from China. (I use non-fluoride toothpaste, too) Fill up your house, apartment, room, shack, hThyme in bowlut or whatever you live in as much as possible with water. This is the most essential thing you can store up!

Do not use a microwave. Try to stay away from microwave ovens. Natural gas is actually cheap if you use a stove.  Any kind of water heater for tea or coffee is great. Campfires are fine too. Stay away from teflon coated cookware or using plastic to warm anything. A steel mug is great. I’ve had mine for about 20 years. Glass is also great.mug

 

 

 

Avoid Starbucks and fancy labels. They are overpriced and promote the worst organizations.

 

For tea, please get organic tea. Green Tea has so many benefits! It is $5 at the Chinese supermarket for 100 packets!

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Vitacost

Prince of Peace Organic Green Tea

$6.09/ 100 Packets

 

 

 

Ginger is also very healthy. You can also save a lot of money by buying it online in bulk.

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Vitacost

Frontier Ground Non GMO Ginger Root

$10.59/ 16 oz.

 

 

 

 

I use unbleached coffee filters or tea bags from Daiso. Everything there is $1.50 🙂

I use a staple to close them and store them in tin or glass containers. Please see the Organic Prepper website to see 10 essential teas. Please also see freehelpinghands.wordpress.com to see Top Herbal Teas For Health.

Another way to get it dirt cheap is to grow your own. Lemon Balm, Thyme, Mint and Rosemary thrive here in california but you can check to see what thrives in your area. Buy a baby plant from the local plant nursery and add it to ground you mixed with compost with full or mostly full sun.

Check out nativeamericanherbalism.com

 

Here are 2 sermons from Pastor Joey Faust called Medicine in the Bible and The Bible and Cancer for some interesting information to bless you with.