Two For One Money Installment Plan

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Knitting Two Socks on One Needle

When we finished with the last post illustrating knitting two socks at one time, we had all the stitches cast on the Addi Turbo needles. Next we need to knit across the first sock, drop the yarn from that ball, knit across the second sock, turn your work, knit across the other side of the second sock and knit across the other side of the first sock. The socks can get pesky at this point, trying to flip around, so that you are looking at the yarn on the needles wondering which end is up and where do I knit now?

 Look at these photos to help you with the sequence of knitting the stitches. First Sock First Stitch


  • Knit across sock one
  • Drop that yarn








 Second Sock First Stitch

  • Pick up the yarn from the other ball 
  • Knit across sock two.









  • Turn your work,
  • Knit the rest of the way across sock two,
  • Drop your yarn, pick up yarn from sock one,
  • Knit across sock one.

Now you have finished one round on each of the socks. You could try this once or twice just to familiarize yourself with the flow of knitting across and turning your work. Otherwise, you should be doing the ribbing, K1 P1, or whatever ribbing you desire. On such a small sock, K1 P1, seems the best. A rib of K1 P1 has the greatest amount of draw-in as described by Ann Budd in her book, Knitting Socks. She likes to actually work a K3, P1 which she says gives the look of plain stockinette knitting, but still flexible. For me, on an adult sock, I like the K2, P2 rib. Everyone develops a favorite.Ribbing Two socks

Here is the ribbing of the two socks

as it appears on the one set of Addi Turbo needles. I like to continue the ribbing down the front of sock onto the top of the foot. It makes for a nice fit.


See that little blue safety pin type dealy. Those are nice to put on your socks when you first are doing the rib. They keep your stitches from twisting all around the needles. I only have one left on here because I needed the other for another pair of socks, of course.)


The next installment will be the heel of the two socks on one needle. Stay tuned!

Can You Spin Peach Fuzz

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Talk about random thoughts as you’re peeling, canning peaches. Deep in the second bushel, my mind must have been going a little haywire! Sorta like seeing the toad on the steps to our root cellar and thinking of Frog and Toad Together tales we read to our children. Boy, I do hope this freezing and canning is over with soon, so I can get back to knitting. But first things first! My sweaters, and knitting projects will not spoil whereas peaches will really fuzz but even though it’s longer, I don’t think you could spin that either. Now dog hair is another story. Susan at Knit Knight was saying how she spun some Samoyed dog hair to give to a Samoyed rescue project, but wasn’t pleased with her results. Knowing Susan, she was being a little hard on herself, and it is probably lovely.

I had been searching for the perfect pattern to use with one of our yarns, playing with different scenarios while peeling and canning, do I make it top down, vest, sweater, side to side. Finally settled on a vest pattern that is knit side to side and have one row cast on. Those peaches again. But this is the crochet cast on so you have to review it a little every time you use it. You use this particular cast on in this instance, so that both the cast on and bind off edges look the same. Sally Melville uses it in her Einstein coat. Will show the technique in a later post, if you’re interested.

Knit Knight vs Three Dog Night?

Posted by Caroline Hershey

What in the world does “three dog night” and Knit Knight have to do with each other? Not much that’s for sure, except we were talking about “the dog days of summer” the other evening at Knit Knight, while knitting socks and other goodies. No one knew where the phase had come from, so I had to look it up and of course three dog night came up too. “The dog days of summer” refers to the hottest, most sultry days of summer from mid August into September. Certainly true here in Virginia.

It originated with the Romans who were referring to Sirius, the Dog Star, so named because it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (which is Latin for “Big Dog”). The hottest days of summer happened to coincide with the seasonal ascendancy of Sirius as the brightest star in the heavens, and the Romans believed that it was the added heat of the Dog Star which caused their hot and humid weather. Not to be confused with “three dog night” which came from the Australian Aboriginal custom of sleeping with a dog for warmth on a cold night – a three dog night would be very cold. So now you know. Probably TMI. But we happily knitted on, finishing socks this summer, some felted bags, a sweater, learning lots of new techniques and tips from each other. A fun time. Join us on Thursday evenings from 6-8.

Two for One Money

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Summer, now you see it, now you don’t. Knitting projects that have been languishing for months, waiting for summer and all its free time. What happened? There’s the shrug out of Grace yarn started, embarrassingly, last summer for a quick project. And then there is the moebius out of Interlacements Toasty Toes yarn, the Swirl Shawl out of Melody, the socks out of everything it seems. Someone asked me when I joined Ravelry whether I was going to put my stash on. Well, that could mean the shop. It is thoroughly decadent to have a yarn shop at your disposal and perfectly understandable why I have so many ongoing projects. The actual size of this “works in progress” is clear when everything has to be gathered up into a VERY large bag (make that TWO bags) and stored away when the grandchildren come. You definitely don’t want them skewered by a knitting needle while leaping from the couch. (Yes, sorry, Sarah, Melissa and Christian, your children do do that when they are here.)

Back to projects, I dearly love to knit two socks at one time. When you’re finished, you’re finished. No second sock to knit! The last ones finished were out of Tofutsies yarn for baby Caroline. A little pressure there because her Mom says her feet are growing faster than she is and they might not fit. Picked out this lovely girly color (#785) for the grandbaby and off we go. I used the Addi Turbo 40″ size 3 (probably would have used a size 2 for adult socks, but the baby is not gonna be walking in these) and the Ann Norling pattern Baby & Kids Socks (#26).Cast On - the beginning

For the cast on, cast on half the stitches of
sock #1(which would be 20) and all the stitches of sock #2 (40 sts).  



Cast On cable moveSlide all the stitches onto the cable of the needle.On sock #2, the one that you cast on all the stitches, count off half the stitches (that would be 20) and pull the cable through these stitches making sure you don’t crimp the cable.

Cast On - Separating stitches
So now you have half the stitches of sock #2 on one needle and the other half of #2 plus half the first sock on the other needle.

  Now cast on the rest of your stitches for sock #1 on the needle. This is the awkwarCast On - all stitchesd part. Now you have your needles set up with half of sock #1, half of sock #2 on one needle and the other half of each on the other needle.



That’s enough to absorb for today. Check back for the next installment.

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Welcome to Carodan Farm Blog

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Sarah, Melissa & CarolineHello everyone! Welcome to the Carodan Farm Blog.

We have so much information to share on knitting tips, techniques, yarns, not to mention our sheep and farm, that we decided to start our very own blog. We plan to include all that, plus the projects we are working on – knitting projects from our daughters, Sarah and Melissa, and myself, Caroline, as well as from our knitting buddies Michelle, Debbie and Gerry. You’ll see them all here along with our comments, suggestions.

New yarns and books are arriving all the time, and you’ll get news of them here before they even hit the store. Featured products will make you aware of different aspects of our store. And of course there’ll be the special coupons just for our blog audience. And last but not least, your input will round it out to perfection. We learn from each other the best. So, here we go into this new phase of Carodan Farm knitting! Hope to see you here!


The yarn I ordered over the net has arrived safely today. I am delighted with the colours & can hardly wait to get knitting. Last year when I was in Germany I purchased some of the Regia brand & was wondering how I would get some more until I found your website.Thank you again for your efficient service.


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