Handmade Gifts, Hat, Mittens/Gloves, Socks, Tin Can Knits

September Finished Projects

*this is just a test post to see how I like a monthly project round up

Sport weight socks are so fasts to knit up and it turns into a lovely dense warm sock! These are for my Hubby for Christmas.

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: Hubby
  • PATTERN: 64 sts with sport weight yarn
  • SIZE: Men’s 10.5
  • STARTED: June 11th 2017
  • COMPLETED: Sept. 6th 2017
  • YARN: Knit Picks bare sport weight – hand dyed by me with jacquards sapphire dye
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 294 yards
  • NEEDLES: 2.75 mm/US # 2
  • METHOD: two at a time toe up magic loop
  • MODIFICATIONS: I casted on 28 sts (14 on each needle) – inc to 64 sts – knit foot of sock for 8.5 inches – added gusset and heel from the socks on a plane pattern – knit leg for 1.5 inches – knit 10 row 2×2 rib for cuff – stretchy bind off
  • NOTES: next time knit the leg for three inches and the cuff for 20 rounds

The waffle stitch pattern gives fun texture with out a lot of fuss. It’s easy to knit yet at the same time it adds just enough stitch change to keep it interesting.

RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: Daughter
  • PATTERN: none
  • SIZE: 10.5
  • STARTED: April 4th
  • COMPLETED: September 15th
  • YARN: Heels, Toes, & Cuffs with Knit Picks Bare! And Knit Picks Felici in the shade of Bubble
  • HANDDYED: na 
  • YARDAGE: 319 yards
  • WEIGHT: 72 grams
  • NEEDLES: 2.25 mm/US 1
  • METHOD: two at a time toe up with an afterthought heel
  • MODIFICATIONS: na
  • NOTES: na

I love the way a ribbed hat looks. I’m not the biggest fan of knitting ribbing. However, this donation hat knit up really well.

RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: Scarves for Troops via Operation Gratitude.
  • PATTERN: two by two by Anne Gagnon *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: Large
  • STARTED: July 8th
  • COMPLETED: Aug 26th
  • YARN: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in the shade of Ash
  • HANDDYED: na
  • YARDAGE: 169
  • WEIGHT: 81 grams
  • NEEDLES: 4.5 mm/US 7
  • METHOD: circular needles and magic loop
  • MODIFICATIONS: I started the ribbing and got tired of knitting ribbing so I switched to stockingette
  • NOTES: hat turned out huge because of my modifications – next time follow the pattern

I love the Barley Hat pattern it has just enough stitch texture to keep it interesting yet at the same time I can knit on it while watching NASCAR and not have to worry about messing the pattern up as I either cheer on my driver or curse out the drivers that get in his way. On a side note… keeping my hands busy has probably saved my remote from being chucked across the room a time or two.

RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: Scarves for Troops via Operation Gratitude.
  • PATTERN: Barley by Tin Can Knits *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: Large
  • STARTED: Sept 15th
  • COMPLETED: Sept 16th
  • YARN: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in the shade of Alalfa
  • HANDDYED: na
  • YARDAGE: 125 yards
  • WEIGHT: 60 grams
  • NEEDLES: 4.5 mm/US 7
  • METHOD: circular needles and magic loop
  • MODIFICATIONS: none
  • NOTES: none

Mittens are such a practical gift. They along with hats are much needed in my area for several months out of the year.

RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: Christmas gift
  • PATTERN: Maize Mittens by Tin Can Knits *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: Large
  • STARTED: September 15th
  • COMPLETED: December 20th
  • YARN: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in the Sade of Pucker
  • HANDDYED: no
  • YARDAGE: 121 yards
  • WEIGHT: 58 grams
  • NEEDLES: 4.0 mm/ US 6
  • METHOD: two at a time via magic loop
  • MODIFICATIONS: none
  • NOTES: none

My Grandma saw the pink set of mittens that I knit and dropped hints… This pair is for her!


RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: Christmas gift
  • PATTERN: Worlds Simplest Mittens by Tin Can Knits *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: Large
  • STARTED: Sept 20th
  • COMPLETED: Sept 22nd 
  • YARN: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in the shade of White
  • HANDDYED: no
  • YARDAGE: 133 yards
  • WEIGHT: 64 grams
  • NEEDLES: 4.00 mm/US size 6
  • METHOD: two at a time via magic loop
  • MODIFICATIONS: none
  • NOTES: none

The helix hat pattern has enough interest to make me keep knitting without putting it down. It’s not a hard pattern at all but you have to remember to drop your current strand of yarn and pick up new strands of yarn in the right places. The stripes do not go the whole way around the hat and it has a spiraled look to it if you look closely.

RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: My Son
  • PATTERN: Stashbusting Helix Hats by Jessica Rose *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: one size
  • STARTED: Sept 23rd
  • COMPLETED: Sept 24th
  • YARN: Red Heart Super Saver scraps in the shades of black, bright yellow, and pumpkin
  • HANDDYED: no
  • YARDAGE: 101.1 yards
  • WEIGHT: 55 grams
  • NEEDLES: 4.5 mm/US 7
  • METHOD: circular needles & dpn’s
  • MODIFICATIONS: none
  • NOTES: next time add .5 to 1 inches before starting the decreases

I also finished up my Christmas knitting with these two hats. I love how they turned out and I will be knitting this pattern again sometime in the near future. The pattern has just enough rib to give it an interesting texture but not enough to drive me crazy. I need to learn how to purl continentally so that I don’t have to flip the yarn back and forth. I can knit continentally but my standard go to is English style knitting.

RAVELRY NOTES

hat on mannequin head

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: Christmas Gift
  • PATTERN: Bankhead Hats by Susie Gourlay *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: Large
  • STARTED: September 20th
  • COMPLETED: September 25th
  • YARN: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in the shade of Sliver
  • HANDDYED: no
  • YARDAGE: 122.7
  • WEIGHT: 59 grams
  • NEEDLES: 4.5 mm/US 7
  • METHOD: circular needles & dpn’s
  • MODIFICATIONS: none
  • NOTES: none

RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: Christmas Gift
  • PATTERN: Bankhead Hats by Susie Gourlay *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: Large
  • STARTED: September 20th
  • COMPLETED: September 25th
  • YARN: Lion Brand Heartland in the shade of Mount Rainier
  • HANDDYED: no
  • YARDAGE:116.7
  • WEIGHT: 66 grams
  • NEEDLES: 4.5 mm/US 7
  • METHOD: circular needles & dpn’s
  • MODIFICATIONS: none
  • NOTES: none

During the month of September I finished 8 projects that used a total of 4005 ft or 1335 yards or .76 miles of yarn. I also worked on two blankets. 


I hope that you all have a happy, safe, and creative October. Mine is going to be filled with extra cleaning, laundry, cooking, and of coarse craft sale preparations. See you all on the flip side!!! ❤ Missy

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Handmade Gifts, Socks

Bubble Socks 

I finished another Christmas gift. This one is for my daughter. She requested long patterned socks with this yarn.

I have found that I really enjoy knitting socks from the toes up. It’s great for yarn management and it also helps with measuring length. It’s nice knowing that both socks are the same length so now I don’t have to worry about miss matched socks. 

I’ve also discovered that I don’t enjoy knitting the afterthought heel. I will continue to use that method for self stripping yarn but I prefer the toe up gusset and heel. 

RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: Daughter 
  • PATTERN: none
  • SIZE: 10.5
  • STARTED: April 4th 
  • COMPLETED: September 15th 
  • YARN: Heels, Toes, & Cuffs with Knit Picks Bare! And Knit Picks Felici in the shade of Bubble 
  • HANDDYED: na 
  • YARDAGE: 319 yards 
  • WEIGHT: 72 grams 
  • NEEDLES: 2.25 mm/US 1 
  • METHOD: two at a time toe up with an afterthought heel 
  • MODIFICATIONS: na
  • NOTES: na 

This is the second pair of socks that I have knit with this yarn. The first pair went to my great Aunt Char. 


I still have two 7 gram balls left over from the first pair of socks. So I plan to knit a tiny pair of baby socks with it.  

I’m almost done with my Christmas knitting. Four more gifts to go. I’ve finally decided to knit mittens and hats for those gifts. I’ve had the hardest time picking patterns this year and I am so happy to be close to done. 

I hope that you all have a great weekend. I’m planning on watching NASCAR and crafting. I suppose that I will have to cook and do some laundry and housework too. 

Handmade Gifts, Introvert Personality/ISTJ, Me Time, Socks

Sport Socks

Hey, all! Wow, last week was my kids first week of school and it was insanely busy even though they only went to school for three days. This week has been better! I’ve been getting up a little earlier than normal than I do on school days. I’ve been making coffee and a little something for breakfast and it seems to be giving me a little more ambition to be productive. My allergies are doing better for the time being and I often find myself working on a craft project before I even take my kids to school.

I’ve been coming home and doing a few household chores before settling in with  my knitting and a knitting podcast or two. I’ve been making healthy veggie filled lunches before finishing up with chores and some quiet time in the afternoons. It’s crazy how inhuman the introvert in me felt after being laid up in the house with my foot injury, allergies, and two noisy kids for most of the summer. The balance is good at least until harvest season starts! The crop dust and dying leaves really bothers me too.

I’m finally getting a few gifts checked off my Christmas gift list. These are for my hubby

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: Hubby
  • PATTERN: 64 sts with sport weight yarn  
  • SIZE: Men’s 10.5
  • STARTED: June 11th 2017
  • COMPLETED: Sept. 6th 2017
  • YARN: Knit Picks bare sport weight – hand dyed by me with jacquards sapphire dye
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 294 yards
  • NEEDLES: 2.75 mm/US # 2
  • METHOD: two at a time toe up magic loop
  • MODIFICATIONS: I casted on 28 sts (14 on each needle) – inc to 64 sts – knit foot of sock for 8.5 inches – added gusset and heel from the socks on a plane pattern – knit leg for 1.5 inches – knit 10 row 2×2 rib for cuff – stretchy bind off
  • NOTES: next time knit the leg for three inches and the cuff for 20 rounds
Box0Sox, KAL/CAL, Socks

Bright & Cheery For My Dark Soul 

Hello All! Wow! Summer has arrived! It has been so hot and dry these last few weeks. My yard and landscaping are dead but the stinky tree is still alive and well. 

The other day my daughter over heard me saying that my newest socks will be bright and cheery in the dead of our Midwestern winters. She replied that they are perfect for my dark soul. I’m pretty sure that was not a compliment but it sure was funny. 😂

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: me
  • PATTERN: Afterthought everything 
  • SIZE: Women’s 11
  • STARTED: June 1st
  • COMPLETED: June 14th 
  • YARN: white – Bare Stroll Fingering Sock Yarn & striped – Patons Kroy in the shade of Meadow stripes 
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 65 yards 
  • NEEDLES: 2.25 mm/US 1


I thought that I’d share some pictures of how an afterthought everything sock is knit up. 

Hope you all have a great week! Take care! 

Allergies, Box0Sox, Socks

Melted Crayon Socks 

Wow! I love how these socks turned out. This is the last skein of my anniversary yarn. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to knit with it. I think that they make great cheery socks. The ribbing that I added makes them extra soft and squishy. 


RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: me
  • PATTERN: basic sock plus 3 x 1 rib 
  • SIZE: Women’s 11
  • STARTED: May 22nd
  • COMPLETED: May 29th 
  • YARN: Knitted Whit Victory Sock in the shade of Melted Crayon 
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 335 yards 
  • NEEDLES: 3.00 mm/US 2.5 
  • MODIFICATIONS/NOTES:  – Judy’s magic cast on 32 stitches  – Increase to 60 sts – Knit 3, purl 1 rib


Here are the other items that I knit with my anniversary yarn… 

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: me
  • PATTERN: Grand Central Socks
  • SIZE: Women’s 11
  • STARTED: March 24th
  • COMPLETED: April 26th
  • YARN: Mountain Colors Twizzlefoot in the shade of Periwinkle
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 292.5 yards/65 grams
  • NEEDLES: 2.25 mm/US # 1
  • MODIFICATIONS/NOTES: true afterthought heel

RAVELRY NOTES

  • PATTERN: Sockhead Slouch Hat
  • STARTED: October 24th 2016
  • COMPLETED: December 20th 2016
  • YARN: Knitted Wit Pixie Plied in the Shade of Bad Santa
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 280 yards/70 grams
  • FIBER CONTENT: 92% Wool – Merino/8% Other
  • NEEDLES: 2.25 mm/US # 1 and 3.25 mm/US # 3

* School is out for the summer so I have extra helpers in the house. This year I ordered workbooks from Amazon and I plan to bribe encourage my kids to do a page each week day. They also have; reading goals, creative goals, cooking lessons, chores, and outdoor activities to complete before they are allowed to play with their electronic toys. Their response was that I’m the worst Mom ever. 🤣

I managed to get food poisoning at the end of last week. I’m pretty sure that I made a smoothie with spoiled Greek yogurt. I figured out that the yogurt was bad when I went to make another smoothie a couple of day later. I don’t think I’ll eating yogurt anytime soon. 

If that wasn’t bad enough my sinuses are so swollen and irritated that I’ve had a headache that has settled right behind my eyes for the last five days. All I’ve wanted to do is sleep. 

I hope you are all having a happy and creative week! 💞 Missy 

Box0Sox, KAL/CAL, Socks, The New York Collection

Grand Central Socks 

Hey All! I’ve had another productive crafting week. I’ve finished this pair of socks and I’ve knit four dishcloths. The weather hasn’t been the greatest but hey that’s spring in the Midwest.

I received some good news and not so great news since my last post about our refrigerator that decided to die on April 12th. Last weekend we were able to purchase a new kitchen appliance set (refrigerator, stove, and microwave) on sale at Lowes. The bad news is that the refrigerators that were on sale were on back order and won’t be delivered until May 17th!!! Part of that delay is because we live in a small populated area and they only deliver here one day a week. Over all we were really happy with the service that we got from Lowes! Yay for businesses that sponsor NASCAR drivers. 🚗

Anyways, back to these super cute socks that I knit. The designer is Mina Phillips of the Knitting Expat fame. She designed a series of sock patterns based on her experiences of moving to New York City. I just had to buy the New York Sock Pattern Club. The club includes 7 patterned socks that are released monthly starting on March first 2017. Plus a bonus pattern plain vanilla sock pattern. I paid $17.00 for 8 well written sock patterns which is a great deal when the patterns that I generally buy are priced in between $3.00 – $6.00. I plan to knit all of the socks to add to my #boxosoxkal2017. I have already started the second pair of socks in the series called The Avenues Socks 

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: me
  • PATTERN: Grand Central Socks
  • SIZE: Women’s 11
  • STARTED: March 24th
  • COMPLETED: April 26th
  • YARN: Mountain Colors Twizzlefoot in the shade of Periwinkle
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 292.5 yards/65 grams
  • NEEDLES: 2.25 mm/US # 1
  • MODIFICATIONS/NOTES: true afterthought heel

I hope that you all are having a wonderful week! ❤ Missy

Handmade Gifts, Socks

Sport Socks 

Hello all! My kids have been on Spring break the last few days and my free time really took a nose dive. We have been cleaning out closets and reorganizing some of the house.  The Spring break weather has been nice for the most part. Saturday it was 80° and beautiful Monday morning we woke up to snow. 

Last month I started using a weight loss app to track my food consumption and I’m learning that carbs and sodium are my downfall. Apparently eating pizza three times a week isn’t healthy! I managed to loose 6.8 lbs in the first month by cutting back on coffee creamer, Coca Cola, candy, pizza, cheese, and carbs in general. I switched to whole grain pasta and I’ve been trying out my new bread machine. The goal is to make a low sodium healthy multi grain bread that tastes good too. I’ll share a recipe once I get one that everyone really likes. 

Last night I finished knitting these socks for my Son’s Christmas gift. Now I have three out of 20 people on my list covered. I’m thinking that I might set my July goals as Christmas in July just to knock out the rest of them. 



RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: my Son for Christmas 
  • PATTERN: cast on 14 sts and increase to 60 sts 
  • SIZE: Men’s 10.5 
  • STARTED: April 6th
  • COMPLETED: April 10th
  • YARN: Knit Picks Stroll Sport – Handdyed by me 
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 236 yards
  • NEEDLES: 3.00 mm/US 2.5 

I hope that you all have a happy, safe and creative week. It’s back to school days for us… until Easter break! 

Box0Sox, KAL/CAL, Socks

March Socks

These are from some yarn that I dyed last year some time. It was one of my first experiments with using multiple colors and I wasn’t too sure how I was going to like it knit up. However, am really pleased with the results but I didn’t think there was enough purple in the yarn so I added some left over yarn from my Ridge and Eyelet socks.

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: myself
  • PATTERN: stitch counts and heel turn are based on the Socks on a Plane pattern
  • SIZE: Woman’s 10.5 – 11
  • STARTED: Jan 22nd
  • COMPLETED: March 19th
  • YARN: Knit Picks Bare! Stroll hand dyed by me
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 259 yards/57 grams
  • NEEDLES: 2.25 mm/US # 1
  • MODIFICATIONS/NOTES: skipped the cable – shortened to ankle socks – bind off knit two stitches and then knit two together across –

I am enjoying the productivity that comes with feeling healthy. My house is cleaner and my WIP (works in progress) pile dwindled to just 3 projects towards the end of last week.

  1. Granny Stripe Afghan
  2. The Coziest Memory Afghan
  3. Granny Rectangle Afghan

I decided to reward my good progress by starting some new projects for myself.

  1. April Socks/Grand Central Station Socks
  2. Flax Sweater
  3. Spring into Summer Shawl

I hope that you are all having a happy, safe, and creative Spring!!! ❤ Missy

Socks

Ridge and Eyelet Socks 

I started this pair of socks way back in September but I lost interest in knitting them because they were being knit top down. I find that I prefer to knit socks from the toes up. I finally decided to just get on with it so I could use the needles for something else. These won’t count for my #boxosoxkal because I started them last year but they are done and I get to wear them right away. Oh and they are PURPLE 💜

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: Me
  • PATTERN: Ridge & Eyelet Socks by Kathleen Taylor 
  • SIZE: Woman’s 10.5 
  • STARTED: September 3rd 2016
  • COMPLETED: March 11th 2017
  • YARN: Bare Stroll Fingering Sock Yarn
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 70 grams
  • NEEDLES: 2.5 mm/US 1.5
  • MODIFICATIONS/NOTES: I knitted a tube and closed the toes with a rounded toe. I’m not a fan of knitting a rounded toe but I don’t mind the way it fits. I added an afterthought heel 
Handmade Gifts, Socks

Striped Blueberry Waffle Socks 

Last week I was super productive. I managed to finish three pairs of socks, a cat blanket, and I made some stitch markers and progress keepers. I was pretty happy with all of the progress and then I woke up Friday morning with a sore throat and by Saturday I was pretty sure that it was strep throat. uhg… I for one can’t wait until summer break when my kids will quit bringing germs home from school.

These were the first pair of socks that I finished but since they were a gift I wanted to mail them before I shared pictures since the recipient is a blog reader. I hope that you like them Aunt Char

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: Char
  • PATTERN: Blueberry Waffle Socks
  • SIZE: Womens  8 1/2 – 9  72 sts
  • STARTED: Jan 21st 2017
  • COMPLETED: March 6th 2017
  • YARN: Knit Picks Felici in the shade of Bubble
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 370 yards/85 grams
  • NEEDLES: 2.5 mm/US 1.5
  • MODIFICATIONS/NOTES: I casted on 18 sts and increased until I had 72 sts
Handmade Gifts, Socks

Sport Socks 

Good Morning! It sure is a bright and sunny day!!! 

I decided to try something different with these socks. I have never knit sport weight socks before and now I can see why people enjoy it so much. These worked up really fast. I intend on giving them as a Christmas gift to my Momma! I hand dyed both of the yarn colors in a kettle on my stove top and I really love the way the colors dispersed even though I was aiming for a specked yarn. It’s definitely a happy mistake. 

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: Mom 
  • PATTERN: I casted on 14 sts and increased until I got to 60 sts 
  • SIZE: Women’s 10 – 11
  • STARTED: Feb 7
  • COMPLETED: March 7
  • YARN: Bare Stroll Sport Yarn 
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 268 yards 
  • NEEDLES: 3.00 mm/ US 2.5 

I also finished a second pair of socks but I’m waiting until the recipient gets them in the mail before I share pictures. I’ve made a good dent in a third pair of socks too. 

I hope that you all have a great week! 😻 Missy 

Box0Sox, KAL/CAL, Socks

February Socks

I’m so happy to have my February socks finished for the #boxosox KAL. I’m still feeling unproductive and unfortunately this cruddy cold is still making its rounds through our house. Hopefully soon I will start sleeping better so that my productivity can increase.


RAVELRY NOTES

RECIPIENT: Me

PATTERN: stitch counts and heel based on the Socks on a Plane pattern

SIZE: Women’s 10.5

STARTED: Jan 17th

COMPLETED: Feb 18th

YARN: Knit Picks Bare Stroll Glimmer – hand dyed

YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 208 yards

FIBER CONTENT: 70% Fine Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon, 5% Stellina

NEEDLES: 2.25 mm/US # 1 – 47 inch Knit Picks circular

MODIFICATIONS: two at a time – I also skipped the cable – shortened to ankle socks – bind off knit two stitches and then knit two together across

 

these socks were knit from the scrap yarn left over from this sockhead hat that I knit last year

 

RAVELRY NOTES

RECIPIENT: me

PATTERN: Sockhead Slouch Hat

SIZE: one size

STARTED: July 18th 2016

COMPLETED: Aug 20th 2016

YARN: Knit Picks Bare Stroll Glimmer – hand dyed

YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 254.7 yards

FIBER CONTENT: 70% Fine Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon, 5% Stellina

NEEDLES: 2.25 mm/US # 1 & 3.25 mm/US # 3

MODIFICATIONS: none

 

I hope that you all are having happy, healthy and creative weeks. ❤ Missy

Box0Sox, KAL/CAL, Socks

Ugly Ankle Socks

I managed to knit a pair of socks with some yarn that didn’t quite turn out the way I had wanted it too. I figure that ankle socks to wear a round the house will be a perfect use for yarns that I am not totally satisfied with. I also knit a little mini sock to hang up in my craft room

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RAVELRY NOTES

  • PATTERN: loosely based off of the Socks on a Plane pattern
  • STARTED: Jan 11th
  • COMPLETED: Jan 17
  • YARN: Knit Picks Bare Stroll Fingering weight hand dyed by me 😉
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 255 yards/55 grams
  • NEEDLES: 2.25 mm/US # 1
  • SIZE: Women’s 10.5/11
  • MODIFICATIONS: loosely based off of the Socks on a Plane pattern. I followed the pattern from the toes to just after the heel turn. Then I started the cuff
  • NOTES: next time knit one round and then decrease one round (4 stitches) to see if the cuff fits over my scrawny ankles better

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