New slippers

A pair of knitted slippers in green, brown, and black

They look kind of crude, but I made these slippers myself. The green and brown pair is for my son. The brown and grey pair is for his girlfriend.

A pair of knitted slippers in brown, grey, and black

How to knit

I’m parking this here for reference: How to knit, from About.com.

Okay, I need more than that: how to knit socks.

Maybe I need this: how to turn a heel (from Kelley’s sock class).

This is very useful: the rest of Kelley’s sock class (playlist of 13 videos).

How to knit basic top-down socks on five needles.

Other ways of casting on

Besides long-tailed cast-on, there are other, more elegant, more confusing ways of casting on for knitting.

More cast-ons similar to long-tailed cast-on: The old Norwegian cast-on. It’s a good cast-on for socks, as it’s stretchier than a long-tailed.

Here’s a nice video showing casting on of knit stitches in the Twisted German technique.

You can do an alternating knit and purl cast-on, also called German Twisted. It’s very stretchy for socks.

Knit and purl cast-on

Finally, there’s Judy’s magic cast-on for toe-up socks.

Other little knitting tips

How to knit an i-cord border.

Increasing and decreasing stitches.

Increasing stitches: knit into the back loop, yarn-over, make one.

Increasing by knitting or purling into the front and back.

Purl two together through the back loop.

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New blue scarf

I’ve decided to use the remaining blue yarn to make a reflective scarf in the ‘wurm’ pattern. It will go with the Wurm hat.

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Small Wurm hat

I’ve completed the smallest Wurm hat yet, with only three bands.
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This is in the black and brown Ashes colour.

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More mending in sight

The old quilt that I repaired has sprung a leak. I replaced all of the fabric squares and reinforced some of the strips in between the squares, but not all of them. Here, some of the old fabric has given way.

A blue-and-white square n a quilt has some torn cloth beside it, showing the batting