Friday, June 11, 2010

Fiber Arts Friday: Duck Feet, part 3

I'm still working on the Duck Feet.  They're awfully cute, if I do say so myself.

Things were going pretty well, but I got stuck at the heel.  I set it aside and took a different project with me when I went out of town last week. 

I reviewed a few You Tube videos while I was gone and felt like I could make the heel.  So I sat down to try it again last weekend.  But, the instructions still didn't make any sense to me. I showed them to my mom when she was over.  She's more of a crocheter than a knitter.  So I called Kristi, the Fiber Fool.

Kristi is a knit wear designer and instructor based in Northern Colorado.

We met for lunch yesterday and I asked her a few questions. Then, ta da, the heel made sense.

Check that out... it looks like it's going to be a slipper soon!

Since I was feeling pretty good about the heel, I applied two I-cords to the socks to make the side toes.

Being at this point means that I have learned how to do a bunch of stitches and cast on methods.
  • Judy's Magic Cast On
  • Turkish Cast On
  • RLI - right lifted increase
  • LLI - left lifted increase
  • S2KP - slip two knit pass over
  • SSK - slip two knit
  • applied I-cord
Thanks to Krisi, I now also know how to correct a stitch that was completed incorrectly without tinking.  :-)

I have only the center toe, heel to close and the cuff to complete.  That doesn't sound like a lot, but I'm only on page 8 of 13.  So I hope to be able to show you one finished foot next week.

In the meantime, please head over to Wisdom Begins in Wonder to see all of the Wonder-ful Fibery Goodness that is being shared for today's Fiber Arts Friday.


Allison said...

I've chosen many patterns this year that have challenged me to learn new skills even after many years of knitting. I like determined knitters! Great job!

AllyB said...

I love those little slippers. I'll have to find a little person who can wear those so I can knit up a pair. Oh, and Rena is my daughter...even more reason to pass off her heels on me, don't you think?

jessecreations said...

They are so cute! Thirteen pages for slippers, though? Egad!

Kelly said...

Adorable! Hilarious! I love these.

Kathryn Ray said...

Thanks Allison. If I'm not learning or improving I tend to get bored. These socks have been just the right amount of challenge, so far. Of course it helps that I really want to give them to my sister.

AllyB - I've been toying with the idea of making these feet for me, but that might be a little out of reach for now. And you're so nice to make the heels for your daughter. :-)

Jess - to be fair, there are alot of pictures. :-)

Kelly - thanks. :-)

WonderWhyGal said...

Adorable! It's cool to pick up so many new stitches with a new project too and also great to have a knowledgeable person close by to help. The Duck Feet are a great gift idea.

Jaimie said...

They are so cute! And your knitting is so flawless and beautiful.

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

I'm so glad the insight yesterday got you moving forward! I was a little nervous since you didn't try moving forward while I was there :-)

Kathryn Ray said...

Kristi - once we got past the nine stitches and you helped me see I was visioning the sock upside down, the rest of that section made sense. Anyway, it was more fun chatting with you. :-)

Jamie - you are very kind. :-)

Allison said...

Kath - they are coming along quite nicely. You have plenty of time before the little one comes and I bet the second one will be easier. I can't wait to see the end result.