Using the Power of Knitting to Raise Awareness about Endangered Species

Most people tend to knit scarves, hats, and blankets for a hobby. However, not all of us are as unique as Ruth Marshall. Ruth knits life-size wildcat pelts in order to help raise awareness about endangered species. Ruth explained during an interview with Vogue that one of the messages behind her work is to show the struggle to conserve these wildcat species. She really knows how to use her knitting to benefit the well being of animals! If you are interested in learning more about Ruth check out her website, Ruth Marshall.

A Fun Summer Read

If you are looking for an enjoyable summer read while on vacation go and pick up your own copy of Ashley Paige’s book Sexy, Little, Knits. Her knitted swimwear has been spotted all over hollywood’s elite. Ashley’s designs have even been featured in magazines such as Sports Illustrated and Elle magazine. Make sure to check out this great book!

Exciting Summer Activity!

There is still plenty of time left to enjoy the rest of your summer. Why not design your very own vibrant pair of striped socks to help brighten those sunny summer days even more? These colorful socks designed by Nicola Susen are the perfect summer activity to keep you busy! Directions on how to make your very own pair are listed below:

Cast on 18[22, 27, 36, 38, 46, 49, 51, 55, 55, 56] stitches on each end of the circular needle for the foot using Judy’s Magic Cast-on.

Place a marker after the last cast-on stitch on the bottom needle – this will be used to place the heel – and then cast on 13[18, 25, 31, 38, 38, 42, 41, 44, 42, 49] more stitches onto each needle for the leg. 62[80, 104, 134, 152, 168, 182, 184, 198, 194, 210] sts total – 31[40, 52, 67, 76, 84, 91, 92, 99, 97, 105] on each needle.
The bottom needle – the needle with the marker – is the sole needle, and the marker indicated where the heel will be worked.

A row of knitting goes down the front of the leg, over the top of the foot, over the toes across the sole, the heel and then up the back of the leg. The toe-cap is worked at the break between the two needles, and the heel is worked on the point with the stitch marker, on the bottom needle.

Check to make sure that the first st to be worked is on the top needle. Note that if the stitches on one of the needles are oriented the other work, knit them through the back loop on the first row.

Setup row [RS]: Knit, working any twisted sts through the back loop. Mark the RS of the fabric with a safety pin or removable stitch marker.
The increases and decreases for the toes and the heel are always knit on the inside [WS] of the sock.
Left section
Row 1 [WS]: K to 1 st before heel marker, kfb, slip marker, kfb, k to last st of heel needle, kfb; on top needle, kfb, k to end of row. Turn. 4 sts increased.

Row 2 [RS]: Knit.

Repeat Rows 1 & 2 5[7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 13, 14] more times. 86[112, 140, 174, 196, 212, 226, 232, 246, 250, 270] sts.

Center section
Knit 10[10, 12, 12, 12, 12, 12, 16, 16, 16, 22] rows.

Right section
Row 1 [WS]: K to 2 sts before heel marker, k2tog, slip heel marker, ssk, k to last 2 sts of sole needle, k2tog; on top needle, ssk, k to end of row. Turn. 4 sts decreased.

Row 2 [RS]: Knit all stitches on both needles, turn work.

Repeat Rows 1 & 2 5[7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 13, 14] more times. 62[80, 104, 134, 152, 168, 182, 184, 198, 194, 210] sts.

Knit 1 more row.

FINISHING
Final row [RS]: Knit all stitches of the sole needle. Stop at center of toe.

Cut the yarn, leaving a tail of approx. 60 inch. Join the stitches using Kitchener stitch, making sure to maintain the garter stitch pattern. Weave in ends.