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.
The Charlie Hebdo (“weekly Charlie”) cover shows Mohammed holding up a sign that reads, “Je suis Charlie.”
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.
I’m stealing this from a friend’s FB page so it doesn’t get lost. Homemade light whipped butter:
This has less saturated fat and cholesterol than butter, fewer calories, it spreads, and it’s cheaper than comparable prepared spreads. It’s also delicious.
1/4 cup (four tablespoons) butter, cut into pieces, at room temperature
1/4 cup neutral-tasting oil, such as canola, grapeseed, etc.
1/4 cup Greek yogurt at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon salt
drops of warm water as necessary
Make sure everything’s at room temp. A stand mixer works best, but you need at least an electric hand mixer. Whip butter on high for two minutes. Scrape bowl. Whip on high while slowly pouring in oil. Add salt. Continue to let whip for five minutes (really, all the way on high). Add yogurt while whipping a bit at a time. Use drops of warm water to soften if the mixture is clumping.
Let whip on KitchenAid mixer high setting for at least 10 minutes. Just walk away from it.
When thoroughly whipped until the barest soft peaks form, scrape into a bowl and refrigerate. For best taste serve in a mid-century pressed-glass refrigerator butter dish.
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.