Queen Emily’s Vanilla Sock Recipe

I had a question in the Raverly group that I thought I’d also answer here. It may be helpful to someone else.

M wrote:

Hello,
Have been watching your podcast noticing you mention often using the Vanilla Sock Pattern. Is this your pattern or can I purchase on Ravelry? I have searched but nothing that says only Vanilla Sock pattern. I probably missed it.

Love your podcast. So nice and joyful.
Thank you.

 

Here is my reply:

That is a great question! Usually “vanilla sock” is a term used to describe a plain, stockinette sock. It’s kind of misleading because there is no one right way to knit a vanilla sock. But it doesn’t involve any textured, lace, or cabled stitches in the leg and foot of the sock.

I’m hapy to share my “recipe” with you. There are myriad tutorials on youtube for any of the terms that you may not understand. I’ve tried to write this down in a way that would be adjustable for a lower stitch count. I know that 64 stitches is a very common stitch count for women. I knit with fingering weight yarn on a 2.25 mm needle.

Cuff:
I cast on 68 stitches and join to work in the round (usually on magic loop). I work 20-24 rounds of rib, either 2×2 or 1×1 depending on my mood.

Leg:
I usually prefer a shorter sock and so usually keep the leg to about 30-40 rounds. This is when you would insert your heel. There are many different heel options but my standby is a heel flap, turn, and gusset.
Here is my version.

Heel flap:
Work the following pattern only on half of your stitches. For me that is 34 stitches.
RS: k3, sl1pw,k1, repeat from to last three stitches, k3.
WS: k3, p to 3 stitches before end of row,k3
Repeat those two rows for a total of 18 repeats. This means you have 18 garter ridges along your edges.

Heel Turn:
We will now be using short rows to create a heel turn.
Row 1: k to middle stitch (for me this is 17 stitches), k2 more, k2tog,k1 turn.
Row 2: slip 1 st to right needle, k4, p2tog,p1 turn.
Row 3: Slip first stitch, knit to last stitch before gap, k2tog (you’ll knitting the stitches on either side of the gap together), k1 turn.
Row4: sl 1 stitch, purl to last stitch before gap, close gap with p2tog, p1 turn.
Repeat row 3 and 4 until you have worked all your stitches. In my size I’ll now have 20 stitches on my needle.

Heel Gusset:
We will now be picking up stitches along our heel flap edges, and decreasing gradually to form the gusset.
Round 1: with heel flap right side facing you, pick up and knit 18 stitches along the garter edges, pick up one more stitch to close any hole,pm to mark beginning of front of foot, knit across front of leg stitches (these are the stitches that have been on hold while we’ve been working on our heel), pm to mark ending of front of foot, pick up one stitch at the base of the heel flap, pick up and knit 18 stitches along right side of heel flap, knit to center of heel turn stitches, pm. This marker is your beginning of round.
Round 2: knit to three stitches before marker, k2tog, k1, k to next marker, k1, ssk, k to marker.
Round 3: knit
Repeat rounds 2 and 3 until you are back to your original stitch count.

Foot:
Continue in stockinette until you are about 1.5 inches shy of the total desired foot length.

Toe:
Round 1: k1, ssk, knit to 3 stitches before end of front of foot, k2tog, k1,pm, k1, ssk, knit to 3 stitches before end of round, k2tog, k1, pm.
Round 2: knit.
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until you have half of the stitches on your needles. for me that is 16 stitches for the front of the foot and 16 stitches for the back, for a total of 34 stitches.
Now repeat round 1 only until you have half the stitches again. For me that is 8 front and 8 back stitches.
Graft the toe closed with kitchner stitch.

A note on markers: I actually rarely use markers in my socks but instead set up my magic loop so that the loops in my cord (or the ends of my needles with DPNs) deliniate the place where markers would be.

I hope that is helpful for you! If you have any other questions, let me know!
Queen Emily

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Episode 14: Shawltastic!

Hey! We’re back! And we are knitting, sewing, and yes, DYEING up a storm! Plus, we are loving seeing all your photos from our Neon-along KAL! Show notes are below the video.

Come Join our KAL!

The neon-along kal will run until the end of May. The rules are simple: just knit something you can wear that uses at least fifty grams of neon yarn and come post photos of your finished objects in our Ravelry Group. You can enter multiple times, so keep knitting!

Our prizes are amazing and include a project bag by Chestnut Fibres, a skein of Hedgehog Fibers Sock in Envy colorway, stitch markers by Knitty By Nature, and the gorgeous Pacifica shawl pattern by Lisa Seifert. Come see a photo in the Ravelry Group!

Contact Us

You can find Queen Deborah on Ravelry as IndigoChicken, on Instagram as IndigoChickenDolls, and on Etsy as Indigo Chicken. Queen Emily can be found on Ravelry as Egclawson and on Instagram as SaltCityKnits.

The winner of Queen Emily’s sock giveaway is Karen who is Grammietknitterbug on Ravelry. Congratulations, Karen. Just get in touch with me with your address and I’ll send those right out!

 

 

Show Notes

Patterns and Yarns 

Flowers for Yvonne shawl by Romi Hill, knit in Anzula Meridian Lace in the Emerald colorway.

Lancashire Dream sweater by Gabriella Danskknit, knit in Madelinetosh Sock in Dustweaver colorway.

Shawl pin by Woodraspshop@gmail.com

Pacifica Shawl by Lisa Seifert, knit in ChileKnitz in Bliss 2.0 colorway and teal handdyed skein by Queen Deborah.

Good Vibes Shawl by Nadia Cretin Lechenne, knit in Hedgehog Fibers Sock in the Banana Legs colorway (yellow), and an undyed skein.

Rainy Apple shop on Etsy

Plymouth Yarns Neon Now in Orange and Pink

Lartha sock pattern by Lara Smoot

Books

All My Friends are Dead

50 Yards of Fun (knitted toys, including a Mexican wrestler!)

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Episode 13: Neon-long KAL

We are just a bit goofy this week! We had so much fun talking about all the projects we’ve been working on over the past couple of weeks and we are loving seeing all your photos from our Neon-along KAL! Show notes are below the video.

Come Join our KAL!

The neon-along kal will run until the end of May. The rules are simple: just knit something you can wear that uses at least fifty grams of neon yarn and come post photos of your finished objects in our Ravelry Group. You can enter multiple times, so keep knitting!

Our prizes are amazing and include a project bag by Chestnut Fibres, a skein of Hedgehog Fibers Sock in Envy colorway, stitch markers by Knitty By Nature, and the gorgeous Pacifica shawl pattern by Lisa Seifert. Come see a photo in the Ravelry Group!

Contact Us

You can find Queen Deborah on Ravelry as IndigoChicken, on Instagram as IndigoChickenDolls, and on Etsy as Indigo Chicken. Queen Emily can be found on Ravelry as Egclawson and on Instagram as SaltCityKnits.

Queen Emily is also giving away a pair of handknit socks. If you are interested in those, you can find details here.

 

Show Notes

What Queen Emily is wearing – Pure Joy shawl by Joji Locatelli

Patterns Mentioned

No-purl Monkey Socks – just change all the purl stitches in the lace chart to knit stitches for this version.

Split Back Snowflake Hat by Susan B Anderson

Pinwheel Scrap Blanket by Mina Phillip

In Threes Baby Cardigan by Kelly Herdrich

Marian Shrug by Taiga Hilliard

Fleegle Heel

Pacifica Shawl by Lisa Seifert

Good Vibes Shawl by Nadia Cretin Lechenne

Canyonlands Shawl by Very Busy Monkey

Fusion Blanket (that link is just a reference to the idea. Queen Deborah is designing her own version)

Yarns Mentioned

Malabrigo Sock in Impressionist Sky

Patons Classic Wool

Malabrigo Rios in Sunset

Shepherd’s Wool in Peaches ‘n’ Cream

 

Spectrum Fiber in Rainbow Bright

Plymouth Yarns Neon Now in Orange and Pink

ChileKnitz in Bliss 2.0

– Up in Yarns Christmas Minis (closed)

Hedgehog Fibers Sock in Banana Legs

– Up in Yarns Sock in Naked (closed)

– Sweet Nesting Fibers – unnamed colorway (only available through Instagram)

Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton

Yarn Stores Mentioned

Willow Hill Yarn Company (LYS)

The Wool Cabin (LYS)

Snippets from the Past

www.HeroicYouth.com

This is the Place Heritage Park

What are you Reading?

– At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon

– The Once and Future King

– The Great Courses “The Medieval World”

– Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson

– Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson

Podcasts Mentioned

Potter and Bloom

The Gentle Knitter

Kristy Glass Knits

TV

– Inspector Lewis

 

 

 

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Episode 12: Not So High-Brow After All

We’ve settled in now and are feeling comfortable enough to let a little of the inner crazy out. In this episode we start our first KAL, a NEON  themed knit/crochet along! #neonalongKAL

 

Where to Find Us

You can find Queen Deborah on Instagram as @indigochickendolls, on Ravelry as purplepinwheel, and on Etsy as IndigoChicken. We also have a Ravelry group for Meanwhile, At the Castle. 

Queen Emily can be found on Instagram as @saltcityknits, and on Ravelry as egclawson.

 

Patterns  mentioned

Little Spring Mandala by Barbara Smith

Ophelia Bonnet by RDP Knits

Lancashire Dream by Gabrielle Danskknit

Pinwheel Scrap Blanket by Mina Phillips

Rye Socks by Tin Can Knits

Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Socks Therapist

No Purl Monkey Socks by Cooki A.

Dot Shawl by Cassapinka

Geek Socks by Wei S. Long

Good Vibes by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne

Fusion Blanket tutorial by Coriander Quilts

Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Leuder

 

Yarns and Fibers mentioned

Up In Yarn Designs (business no longer open)

The Alpaca Yarn Company – Glimmer Yarn

Yarn Bee – Urban Chic

Knit Picks Stroll Tweed, “Flagstone Heather”, and “Down Heather”

Rhapsody Fiber Arts, “Darlene”

Malabrigo Sock, “Impressionist Sky”

Mrs. Crosby Loves to Play, Satchel, “Bahama Woodstar”

Knit Picks Felici, “Bubble” – discontinued

Hedgehog Fibers, “Banana Leg”

Frabjous Fibers, #249 “Kaleidoscope”

Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton, “Silver”, “Ice”, “Natural”

Created by Elsie B Fiber Braids

Spectrum Fibre

Chile Knits

Plymouth Yarn

Vintage Fairie LLC on Etsy

 

Books mentioned

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

The Bathroom Guest Book

 

Other mentions

Willow Hill Yarn Company at Gardner Village in Utah

 

Introducing our first Knit-Along/Crochet-Along!

Visit our Ravelry page for more details. Use the hashtag #neonalongKAL on Instagram and other social media to share your ideas, progress and creations with everyone.

Prizes will be given away at the end of the KAL in May.

Prizes from:

Chestnut Fibres Project Bag

Hedgehog Fibers sock in “Envy”

Pacifica shawl pattern by Lisa Seifert, DoleValleyGirlKnits

 

Podcaster Shoutouts

Amber of the Yarn Hoarder Podcast

Opera Jo of Stitching the High Notes

 

 

 

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Episode 11: Socks, sock blanks, and sock yarn blankets

Whew! A month has flown by since our last episode and it was such a joy to be talking about wonderfully yarn-y things again! Here are the notes for this episode. We hope you enjoy!

Products Mentioned

Up In Yarns Designs in Fart Flowers

Knit Picks Hawthorne in Parkrose

Knit Picks Felici in Bubble, Kaleidescope, and Time Traveler

Loop Shawl and Dot Shawl by Casapinka

Anzula Nebula in Denim

WN Yarns

Mrs. Crosby Loves to Play, Satchel in Bahama Woodstar

Malabrigo 400 in Repestre

Split Back Snowflake Hat by Susan B Anderson

Cascade 220 Superwash

Barenwolle in Wild Orchid

Bluebird of Happiness by Sara Elizabeth Kellner (misattributed on the podcast to Susan B. Anderson – Sorry!)

Ophelia Bonnet by RDP Knits

Knit Picks Glimmer Yarn

Blazing Needles LYS

Malabrigo Sock in Impressionist Sky

Rohrspatz und Wollmeise

Chestnut Fibers

Patons Kroy Socks in Meadow Stripes

Wildflowers and Honeycomb by Olivia Villarreal

Rhapsody Fiber Arts in Darlene

Rye Socks by Tin Can Knits

Schoppel Das Paar

Knitterly Things – Rainbow of the Month Club

 

People mentioned

vintagefairiellc on Instagram

Holland Handmade Podcast

Yarn Hoarder Podcast

Little Bobbins Knits Podcast

 

Books

These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner

Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas

Middlemarch by George Eliot

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

 

TV

Poldark

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Episode 10 – Meet Our Crazy, Creative Children

We’ve invited our children to join us as we interview them each separately to discover what they have been creating and reading. We also share updates on our own knitting.

Where to Find Us

You can find Queen Deborah on Instagram as @indigochickendolls, on Ravelry as purplepinwheel, and on Etsy as IndigoChicken. We also have a Ravelry group for Meanwhile, At the Castle. 

Queen Emily can be found on Instagram as @saltcityknits, and on Ravelry as egclawson.

 

Yarns, fabric, and patterns mentioned

Barenwolle in Wild Orchid (yarn)

Loop by Casapinka (pattern)

Anzula Nebula in Denim (yarn)

WN Yarns

Drops Eskimo Uni in Light Gray #53 (yarn)

Knit Picks Felici in Time Traveler (yarn)

Deborah Norville Serenity yarn

Lang yarn

Cotton + Steel fabric by Sarah Watts

Black Apple Doll (pattern)

Kit Kat hat by Andre Sue

Everyday shawl by Jenny Faifel (pattern)

Quince & Co. (yarn)

Mrs. Crosby Loves to Play in Bahama Woodstar (yarn)

Malabrigo in 400 Rupestre (yarn)

Up In Yarns Designs in Fart Flowers

Knit Picks Hawthorne in Parkrose

Split Back Snowflake Hat by Susan B. Anderson (pattern)

 

Websites mentioned

My Froggy Stuff

Custom fit by Amy Herzog (pattern generator website)

 

Books mentioned

All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry

These is My Words by Nancy Turner

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia

Wings of Fire book series by Tui T. Sutherland

The Ranger’s Apprentice

Series by John Flanagan

Lord of the Rings

Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo

The 5000 Year Leap by Skousen

The Giver quartet by Lois Lowry

Carry on Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham

Harry Potter

The Mouse Mansion by Karina Schaapman

Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

 

Other mentions

White  Buffalo Pottery (local Utah potter)

Hidden Figures (movie)

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Episode 9 – Knitting Goals and Hand Knit Sock Swap

We finally made the time to podcast in the new year! We recap Christmas projects, talk about our knitting goals, and announce our hand-knit socks swap! It’s going to be SO much fun and we hope you will join us. Also, a huge THANK YOU to all of our wonderful viewers and friends who have been in touch over the last few weeks. What a delightful bunch you all are!

 

 


 

 

Show Notes

Where to Find Us

You can find Queen Deborah on Instagram as @indigochickendolls, on Ravelry as purplepinwheel, and on Etsy as IndigoChicken. We also have a Ravelry group for Meanwhile, At the Castle. 

Queen Emily can be found on Instagram as @saltcityknits, and on Ravelry as egclawson.

Yarns and patterns mentioned

Paca Peds yarn

Summer Slice Sock Pattern by Cassandra Dominick

 

Knit Picks Felici in Bubble Gum

 

Everyday Shawl pattern by Jenny Faifel

Cove Cardigan by Heidi May

Teeny White Daisy bag

Up In Yarns Designs in Fart Flowers colorway

Knit Picks Hawthorne in Parkrose

Barenwolle in Wild Orchid and Lucid Dream

Lancashire Dream by Gabrielle Dansknit

Yarn Bee – Urban Chic yarn in Gray 06

Frabjous Fibers in #249 Kaleidoscope

Gleener “the Ultimate Fuzz Remover”

Piratenwolle

Amanda Makes Yarn in the beautiful Meanwhile, At the Castle colorway!

Chileknits Strong Sock in Bliss 2.0

WN Yarns

Podcasts Mentioned

Cherry Purls

Holland Handmade

Yarn Hoarder

 

Come join us on our Ravelry Group and sign up to be part of our hand knit sock swap!

#matcsockswap

We will be closing the thread on January 21st and pair you up with a swap partner. We can’t wait to hear from you! Thanks for watching!

 

 

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Episode 8: Giveaway!

 

Episode 8 is live! Christmas projects are piling up all around us and we are knitting as fast as we can. We share our update on our Dad and talk about our favorite Christmas Eve traditions. And apparently I crunch on ice while Deborah is talking (what’s up with that Em?). Best of all, we announce the winner of our awesome giveaway!

 

 

 

Show Notes

Where to Find Us

You can find Queen Deborah on Instagram as @indigochickendolls, on Ravelry as purplepinwheel, and on Etsy as IndigoChicken. We also have a Ravelry group for Meanwhile, At the Castle. 

Queen Emily can be found on Instagram as @saltcityknits, and on Ravelry as egclawson.

 

Yarns and patterns mentioned

Summer Slice Sock Pattern by Cassandra Dominick

Creating With Sticks

No Purl Monkey Socks

Madelinetosh Twist Light in Dustweaver

Primavera Capelet by Paulina Popiolek

Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Baltic

Marianated Yarn in Jungle

Greenwood Fiberworks in Sublime

Cat’s Sweet Tomato Heel

Knit Picks Felici in Bubble Gum

Geek Socks by Wei S Leong

Snowball Buddies by Susan Claudino

Little Cotton Rabbits by Julie Williams

Cascade Eco Duo in Vanilla

Burlap and Blossoms pattern -Rudolph

Everyday Shawl pattern by Jenny Faifel

Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder

Paca Peds yarn

Cove Cardigan by Heidi May

#cozywithtastythings

Kimarie’s Knit Knacks yarn

Hedgehog Fiber’s in Envy and Banana Legs

The Sexy Knitter

Lorna’s Laces

Baby Boo Yarn

 

And our Giveaway goes to Frenchyknits on Instagram. We are so excited to send you this awesome package! It includes :

 

Amanda Makes Yarn in the beautiful Meanwhile, At the Castle colorway!

Project Bag and Progress Keeper by Deborah at Indigo Chicken

 

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Sweet and Spicy Gingerbread

I LOVE gingerbread cookies. The smell fills up your house long before the delicious cookies are done and ready to eat. And I find that I like mine to be sturdy but still soft, and have a little bit of kick to them. This recipe has floated around my family for long enough that I don’t know where it came from, but I’ve adjusted it so many times that I feel okay to call it my own.

Bake up some festive goodies and enjoy decorating them with your children.

 

Gingerbread Cookies

1/2 cup butter, soft

1/4 cup shortening

1 cup dark brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons molasses

Combine the above ingredients, mixing thoroughly and set aside.

2 1/2 cup flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon cayenne (or less, if you don’t like it spicy)

Combine dry ingredients then add to the wet mixture above. Mix until it forms into a ball. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Let dough rest on the counter for about 10 minutes before rolling out on a floured surface. Roll to 1/4″ thickness and cut with cookie cutters. Place 1/2″ apart on a silicone mat and bake for 12-14 minutes. Let the cookies cool and firm up on the pan for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

When cookies are completely cool, decorate with royal icing. I like the recipe for icing with meringue powder found here.

I haven’t tried this recipe for making a gingerbread house but it has been nice and sturdy for large gingerbread men so I’d be interested to know if it works. If you try it out, please share your results!

 

 

 

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Episode 7: Wish Fairies and Harry Potter

Episode 7 is now available. We had a wonderful time chatting about all kinds of delicious yarn-y things including our Christmas knitting, socks and more socks, and an update on a longer-term project. We also rhapsodize over the amazing yarn and fiber community and the generosity that abounds there. And we continue to be obsessed with Harry Potter. To no one’s surprise.

Don’t forget to keep watching until we talk about our giveaway. It’s the most beautiful set!

 

Show Notes

Where to Find Us

You can find Queen Deborah on Instagram as @indigochickendolls, on Ravelry as purplepinwheel, and on Etsy as IndigoChicken. We also have a Ravelry group for Meanwhile, At the Castle. 

Queen Emily can be found on Instagram as @saltcityknits, and on Ravelry as egclawson.

Information about Meanwhile, At the Castle

The quote from C.S. Lewis can be found here.

You can also find more information about our Heroic Youth programs at www.HeroicYouth.com

Yarns and patterns mentioned

Cascade Heritage Handpainted in Sage Honey

Marianated Yarn in Jungle

Fork In the Road Socks by Lara Neel (Thumb Joint Hat heel)

No-purl version of the Monkey Socks pattern

Madelinetosh Twist Light in Dustweaver

Cove Cardigan by Heidi May

Madelinetosh Light in Button Jar Blue

Vernal Equinox Shawl by Lankakomero

Up In Yarns in Kissed, Yonder, Lemon Slice and Fart Flowers

Knit Picks Felici in Bubble Gum

Geek Socks by Wei S Leong

Spectrum Fibre in Rainbow Bright 2

Lancashire Dream by Gabrielle Danskknit

Snowball Buddies by Susan Claudino

Peerie Floores Mittens by Kate Davies Designs

Bucilla Felt Kits

Frabjous Fibers in Kaleidoscope

Created by Elsie B 

Vintage Knitwear for Modern Knitters

Amanda Makes Yarn in the beautiful Meanwhile, At the Castle colorway!

Join our giveaway for the beautiful Meanwhile, At the Castle yarn and Deborah’s gorgeous project bag! You can get one entry into the drawing for each of the following:

– Follow @saltcityknits on Instagram

– Follow @indigochickendolls on Instagram

– Join the Ravelry group for Meanwhile, At the Castle

– tag three friends on Instagram in our giveaway for an additional entry!

The giveaway ends on December 10th!

 

 

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