The Drunken Yarn


10 Pretty, Textured, & Free Sock Patterns

I’m daydreaming about when I’ll be done with my afghan for my friend’s wedding and can knit whatever I want again.  Here’s a medley of delightful and charming sock patterns that I’ve been looking at to tide myself over until then:



Hermione’s Everyday Socks




Simple Skyp Socks

Broken Seed Stitch Socks

Leyburn Socks

Owlie Socks


Crochet Elephant Bookends!

I would just make two butts.


So! Purl Bee has done it again in the tutorial department. Here is a step by step with pictures “How to make a pair of socks.” I’m pretty excited about this because I have a pair of socks I’ve been making for Bear for a year and a half now. I have 3 inches on the cuff (year and a half with some gaps…)

My friend was teaching a sock class and I obviously didn’t get to the heel by the time the class had concluded so she said “Don’t worry, when you get to it, I’ll be here to show you how to do it.” AND THEN SHE MOVED! And then I moved and now my little ankle cuff sits all alone. But now! This tutorial has given me the strength, They make it look so easy!


DIY Rebecca Minkoff Inspired Stitched Sweater and How To Dye Tee Shirt Yarn.Tutorials by inspiration & realisation: how to dye tee shirt yarn (what fabric paint to use that will not run later and make you really upset), and how to stitch an open weave sweater here. 

EDIT: this is how a real designer acts:

Kool-Aid dyeing! Super easy way to revamp some yarn you don’t like or make the yarn of your dreams. This is what her particular yarn looks like knitted up but who knows what yours will look like! I’m a big fan of gradients and ombre (because it can be so cool! Btw: that hat is here, but it’s kid sized.) so I would dye the yarn to get that effect. You can do it this way or this way.

     So the US Olympic Committee (USOC) Public Affairs Officer Patrick Sandusky (what an unfortunate last name to have in this circumstance…) has issued an apology for the cease and desist written to the Ravelry group “Ravelympics 2012”. He states it was a “standard form cease and desist letter” and to show the Olympics support of the Ravelry community they would accept any handmade items to motivate the athletes.

     Since when does a “standard cease and desist” tell the offenders that by using their artistic talents they are “denigrating” others’ physical talents? And since when is it a good plan to insult a large group of people, rile them so much you have to submit a public apology, and then in your apology ask for free shit from the people you insulted? Since when does the USOC hire someone (cough, Brett Hirsch, the author of the cease and desist) to make a fake Ravelry account so they can search the patterns to find any violating Olympic copyright and ask them to be removed?

     So I’m supposed to feel totally cool about my skills being insulted, send you my Olympic themed handiwork to motivate people whose skills are apparently more important and far less insulting than mine, and then not show my friends on Ravelry what I’ve made because that infringes your copyright?

     (Does anyone else feel slightly more pissed that this copyright business was all started because the USOC didn’t want to be associated with the Gay Olympics now known as the Gay Games which was founded by Dr. Tom Waddell, a former Olympic physician? It’s not anything negative either, it’s just a sports contest organized by and for homosexuals.)

     The Ravelympics was supposed to be a friendly worldwide competition highlighting artistic talent and speed through fibercrafts and the fact that it was ever construed as denigrating to the efforts of the competing athletes is insulting and frankly denigrating on the part of the USOC.

I’m a huge fan off BBC’s Sherlock. I even made Bear a fan. And Bear will even admit that Benedict Cumberbatch is somewhat decent looking in the facial area when he’s moving. (He’s a man-creature, I plead with you Cumberbitches please don’t sacrifice him to the Cumbergods for his indiscretions. He doesn’t know any better.)

But while the only thing I’ve ever crocheted are tiny wings for Cthulhu baby booties I will have to expand my stitching repertoire to make these little cuties by Retsnimel.

Tutorial for Sherlock.

Tutorial for John.

How to Sew a Fine Crochet Seam

Many cro­chet pat­terns are made in pieces that must be attached. We show four of the most pop­u­lar tech­niques, although there are many more. Always choose the best tech­nique for your project.

Whip Stitch Seam
Place the two pieces f…