Friday, 24 May 2013
I've been wanting to make some socks for myself for a while now. Some of you will remember that I was making some knitted socks a few months ago. Yeh, I totally gave up on those. The yarn was too thin and the needles were too small and my sock was taking forever to knit up. Chunky socks ftw!
To make my chunky socks, I used two strands of DK yarn held together and a 5mm crochet hook. You can use thicker yarn instead of holding two together, I just used what I had on hand.
These socks are a perfect fit on my feet. I am a UK size 7, my measurements are 9" around the widest part of my foot, 8" around my ankle and 9.5" length along the bottom of my foot.
Gauge: At the end of round 8, your sock should measure 2" and at the end of round 26, your sock should measure 6".
Crochet Chunky Socks
1. ch8, sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 5sts, work 3scs in last st, flip your sock so you are working on the opposite side of the foundation ch, sc in the next 5sts, work 2scs in the same place as the 1st sc, then join with a sl st to the 1st sc (16)
2. ch1, turn, 2scs in next st, sc in next 7sts, 2scs in next st, sc in last 7sts, join with sl st in 1st sc (18)
3. ch1, turn, 2scs in first st, sc in next 8sts, 2scs in next st, sc in next 8sts, join with sl st in 1st sc (20)
4. ch1, turn, 2scs in first st, sc in next 9sts, 2scs in next st, sc in next 9sts, join with sl st in 1st sc (22)
5. ch1, turn, 2scs in first st, sc in next 10sts, 2scs in next st, sc in next 10sts, join with sl st in 1st sc (24)
6. ch1, turn, 2scs in first st, sc in next 11sts, 2scs in next st, sc in next 11sts, join with sl st in 1st sc (26)
7. ch1, turn, 2scs in first st, sc in next 12sts, 2scs in next st, sc in next 12sts, join with sl st in 1st sc (28)
8. ch1, turn, 2scs in first st, sc in next 13sts, 2scs in next st, sc in next 13sts, join with sl st in 1st sc (30)
9-26. ch1, turn, sc around, join with sl st in 1st sc (30)
27. ch1, turn, sc in 15sts, leave the other 15sts unworked
28. ch1, turn, sc across (15)
29. ch1, turn, sc in 14sts, sk last st (14)
30. ch1, turn, sc in 13sts, sk last st (13)
31. ch1, turn, sc in 12sts, sk last st (12)
32. ch1, turn, sc in 11sts, sk last st (11)
33. ch1, turn, sc in 10sts, sk last st (10)
34. ch1, turn, sc in 9sts, sk last st (9)
35. ch1, turn, sc in 8sts, sk last st (8)
36. ch1, turn, sc in 7sts, sk last st (7)
37. ch1, turn, sc in 7sts, turn your work slightly to the right, sc into the side of the previous row, then sc into the unworked st on the row below, sl st into the side of the row below that (9)
38. ch1, turn, sk st at base of ch, sc in 9sts, turn your work slightly to the right, sc into the side of the previous row, then sc into the unworked st on the row below, sl st into the side of the row below that (11)
39. ch1, turn, sk st at base of ch, sc in 11sts, sc2tog in side of previous row and unworked st, sl st into side of row below that (12)
40. ch1, turn, sk st at base of ch, sc in 12sts, sc2tog in side of previous row and unworked st, sl st into side of row below that (13)
41. ch1, turn, sk st at base of ch, sc in 13sts, sc2tog in side of previous row and unworked st, sl st into side of row below that (14)
42. ch1, turn, sk st at base of ch, sc in 14sts, sc2tog in side of previous row and unworked st, sl st into side of row below that (15)
43. ch1, turn, sk st at base of ch, sc in 15sts, sc2tog in side of previous row and unworked st, sl st into side of row below that (16)
44. ch1, turn, sk st at base of ch, sc in 16sts, sc2tog in side of previous row and unworked st, sl st into side of row below that (17)
45. ch1, turn, sk st at base of ch, sc around, join with sl st in 1st sc (34)
46-49. ch1, turn, sc around, join with sl st in 1st sc (34)
50. ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc in 7sts, sc2tog, sc in 6sts, sc2tog, sc in 7sts, sc2tog, sc in last 6sts, join with sl st in 1st sc (30)
51-70. ch1, turn, sc around, join with sl st in 1st sc (30)
71. ch3, sk st at base of ch3, dc around, join with sl st in top of ch3 (30)
72. ch2, turn, *fpdc in next st, bpdc in next st* rep from *-* till end, join with sl st in top of ch2, bind off and weave in ends.
Repeat to make your second sock :)
Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Labels: what I've made wednesday
This week I have been making a cute little blanket for my two girls. I am loving the colours together. I have gone for hot pink, lime green and dark turquoise. It is looking lovely! It is just a giant granny square. I can't wait for it to be finished and to snuggle under it with my two gorgeous princesses :)
Monday, 20 May 2013
Lots of things have been happening in the Mammy Made garden this week :)
My potatoes have grown so huge now that they are growing out of the top of my container!
I gave them their last earthing up this week. I just added soil up to the last two inches of the container and they can now be left to grow. I will keep watering them every other day. I will water them more if it gets warmer obviously but once every other day is working for the weather we're having at the minute. Even though it's May, it's still fairly cold and rainy here in England, unfortunately. I found two snails in my potatoes aswell, luckily before they were buried in soil, so I'm going to have to have a look at finding natural ways to prevent them.
My three tomato plants are doing very well. I was a bit worried they would get transplant shock since I had to pull their roots apart to pot them on, but they are looking brilliant. Really sturdy, I'm very pleased. They're outside during the day and I am bringing them in on a night to acclimatise them to living outside.
My other tomato seedlings are doing well, too. Some of them were ready to be moved into bigger pots, but some I have left to grow a bit bigger first. I replanted them in 4" pots, one seedling per pot. I think next time I will just sow the seeds in these pots to save time and work. They will be kept inside until they are ready to be planted in their big pots.
I also bought some living herbs to put out in the garden. I bought parsley and coriander, to go with the rosemary, sage and thyme that are still growing from last year. I repotted them in 6" pots as the pots they came in were really small. They will be left outside now.
The sage and thyme are in a large tray with some weeds and I think rocket? I'm not sure because it wasn't me who planted these ones. The thyme is dying I think but the sage is huge and makes my whole garden smell delicious!
Monday, 13 May 2013
I had to earth them up a bit more again this week. They are almost at the top of my potato planters! I think one more earthing up and they will be full so I will be able to just let them grow and grow.
Some of you may remember that I was not able to plant my tomatoes on last week due to not having enough compost left. I kept trying to find some free time to go and buy some more but the time never happened (as is often the case for mothers with young children :P), so I ended up leaving it until this week to plant them on.
They were really big and strong. They've grown much quicker than I thought they would!
I separated the three seedlings. Make sure to be very careful when doing this as you don't want to rip the roots. I was as careful as I could be but did lose some roots. I just hope there are enough left to keep the plants going because they have been doing so well up until now. A good piece of advice I heard, obviously after I had planted those three together, was to always keep your seeds at a maximum of two per cell, to make it easier to separate when the time comes, and to minimise the risk of transplant shock.
I used 30cm pots, one seedling in each pot. I added a couple of pieces of broken brick to the bottom, then a good layer of compost (about halfway up the pot) then a sprinkling of crushed egg shells. I will add the method for making crushed egg shells at the bottom of this post. I was originally going to buy some crushed oyster shell to add calcium to the tomatoes and therefore reduce the risk of blossom end rot, but looked on the internet and found it is much cheaper to just make your own version! I know some people just scatter broken egg shells over the soil as they use them but this way makes the calcium much easier to break down so the plant can actually get to it. I then added a bamboo cane. It's always better to add the cane at the same time as planting on, because if you add it later on you may damage the roots. Make sure you push it right to the bottom of the pot, to provide stability.
I pulled off the first two leaves on the bottom of each seedling. I can't remember where I read this but you bury the seedlings quite deeply, up to the point where the leaves were. This makes the plants much sturdier as they put out roots all the way up the buried stem, therefore giving the plants a better footing, so to speak. They look tiny in their new pots! They will need acclimatising to living outdoors so I will be leaving them outside during the day, but bringing them inside overnight, just for the first two weeks. This helps them a lot to get used to living outside. I was originally going to put them straight in my greenhouse but it is just a light one and has been blown all over the yard in the wind we have had lately, so I don't want to risk it really.
My other tomatoes are looking pretty sturdy so will be transplanted into small pots sometime this week.
Crushed Egg Shells
It is really easy to make your own calcium for enriching your plants. This is especially important in containers where the roots can only draw from the nutrients right there in the pot. As I said earlier, I originally planned to buy crushed oyster shell, as I had heard it was really good for adding calcium and therefore reducing the risk of blossom end rot. When I went to buy my compost, I couldn't find any crushed oyster shell and I really didn't have the time to be making more trips than really necessary. I don't have very much time without the kids during the week so when I do have free time I tend to do everything I've been putting off. Obviously I needed to find an homemade way. I googled and found that a lot of people just use chicken egg shells. They need to be dried first and crushed which is very easy to do. Every time I used an egg, I would put the shell into a bowl. I didn't rinse it out or anything, just made sure to get as much of the egg out (make sure no egg yolk is left inside) and then put it straight into the bowl. Leave overnight then crush. You will want to take something flat on the bottom to crush them with. You won't get them too small at first but keep going. Leave again overnight to make sure they are nice and dry throughout. I can't remember where I read this but it is something to do with the membrane. It needs to be dry otherwise the plant won't be able to get the calcium out. You obviously want to get the pieces as small as you can. I actually got them even smaller than in the picture, just by rubbing in my fingers, in much the same way as you would make breadcrumbs. You can see how small the pieces ended up in the tomatoes collage above. You can actually collect egg shells over a period of time and just crush as needed to fit more in. You want to make sure the last eggs to go in the bowl get the full two overnights of drying though.