Here is the state of my desk when I left work on Friday:
And a close-up of the organizer thingie that I keep in the top desk drawer:
Gotta have a Chibi at the office. You never know when you might need one.
The move into temporary space, which was supposed to occur tomorrow, has been pushed back until Wednesday. So I’ll be working in the middle of upheaval just a might longer.
All this upheaval has lead to introspection . . . and not in a good way. For example, while sorting through stuff last week I had an idea I thought was a flash of brilliance. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to have your forearm marked off in inches, and have those ruler markings tattooed onto your arm? That way, you’d always have a ruler with you for measuring your sock-in-progress.
About a Sock
Thank you for all the nice comments about my wild Thing knee sock. I used my generic toe-up pattern and did the following mods:
I started with 48 stitches around (because the yarn is denser than the usual fingering weight sock yarn I knit with, I was able to go with fewer stitches).
After turning the heel, I increased 4 stitches — 2 on each side of the heel “seam” to close up the hole that otherwise would have formed there — 52 stitches total. I knit straight until the sock was 4″ tall from the bottom of the heel.
I increased 4 stitches on the next round — 1 at each side, and 2 at the center back — 56 stitches total. I knit for 4 more inches.
I increased 4 stitches on the next round (same distribution as the last increase round) — 60 stitches total. I knit for 4 more inches.
I increased 4 stitches on the next round (same distribution as the last increase round) — 64 stitches total. I knit for 2 more inches.
I then worked k2 p2 ribbing for 2.5″ and cast off loosely. End of sock.
My Sock Hop yarn is in two 2.75 ounce skeins with approximately 210 yards each. One skein was enough for one knee sock.
West Side Raglan
Here it is, captured in the wild. I, of course, made it way too big for me so it’s not exactly a flattering look. But damn, is it ever comfy.
I am standing under a Swedish flag, to authenticate my ethnicity. No, seriously, the photo was taken yesterday by the KOARC at the American Scandinavian Association’s Christmas Party.
The Swedish ambassador, Gunnar Lund, stopped by and said a few words.
My mom and I sat and knit.
Johanne, kindly note the pulse warmers I am wearing.
(I’ll talk about what I was knitting tomorrow.)
And of course my nemesis, Lucia, was there.
But all in all, a fun day. Lucy elected to stay home and nap.
Here’s a bad cellphone pic of Lucy in her daddy’s lap before we left for the party.
Do you know of any reliable sources for tailored, fine-gauge, stockinette-dominant patterns? (Rowan is the best source I’ve encountered, but I’d dearly love to expand the inventory!)
A pattern collection that springs immediately to mind for me is Marion Foale’s Classic Knitwear. This book was published in 1985 and I believe is now out of print, but that Amazon link above will take you to copies for sale by third-party vendors. Amazon third-part vendors also have it for sale in paperback. I note that Marion Foale now has a website where she is offering a few patterns for sale as well — hopefully she’ll expand her offerings in the future.
While you are surfing her site, read the “About Marion” section — very interesting reading about her part in the history of fashion! I do believe Marion Foale has done some recent designs for Rowan, and an article about her was featured in one of their magazines recently.
Anyhow, I have the book mentioned above — I bought it when it was first published. I’ve made a number of the designs in it and they are for the most part fine-gauge tailored stockinette dominant designs, so that might be right up your alley.
As for what my next big project will be, one of you guessed correctly. But I’m not saying who. I’m mean like that.
We’re over $19,000 for the Heifer project!!!