My current work in progress:

Comfort Fade Cardi by Andrea Mowry, knit from Miss Babs  Kaweah in the Parchment, Old Gold, Petrified Forest, and Espresso colorways, using 3.75mm and 4mm needles.

Sensitive Readers Take Note

Warning: Content in the next paragraph may shock and alarm sensitive readers. Proceed at your own risk!

Over the weekend I started knitting Theresa’s new pattern— the Whiskers and Paw Prints socks. Why is this shocking? Because I am knitting them . . . wait for it . . . top down.

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Alert the media.

This is the first pair of top down socks I’ve knitted since . . . well, in this century. While this pattern could very easily be adapted to be knitted toe-up, I thought, just for grins, I’d knit it top down. You know, to show you that I can be flexible. Heh.

I did finish the first sock.

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And it even fits.

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Although I am knitting them top down according to the pattern, I did make some mods.

The pattern calls for a gauge of 7 sts/inch over a 2.75mm needle. My gauge is slightly looser, but I started with a size 2.75mm because I have fat shapely calves. After three pattern repeats, I switched to a 2.5mm needle, and knitted the rest of the sock with that.

I did not do the whiskers on the heel because I plan on wearing these socks in a closed shoe. If I thought I’d wear them with an open-back birkie, I certainly would have added that detail. And I did the toe plain, because I am a delicate flower and was afraid the texture in the pattern would irritate my dainty toes.

I did my regular short row heel. And I even kitchenered the toe closed.

I am using Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport in the Island Blue colorway:

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This yarn has 200 yards per skein, so I knew I had plenty of yarn. I added two pattern repeats in the leg to accommodate my fat shapely calves.

This is a wonderful pattern — very clearly written and easy to follow. While the pattern may look complicated, it is quite easy to memorize and fun to knit. Theresa has charted everything out, and provides mirror image charts for the left and right socks, should you wish to make them mirror each other (which I did). I give the pattern two “paws” up!

Heifer Project

There’s another raffle drawing tomorrow afternoon. There are seven, count ’em, seven wonderful prizes to be given away this week, so if you were thinking of donating but hadn’t gotten around to it yet, you might wanna do so now. Just sayin’!

Another Way to Help Heifer International . . .

Buy Mary Lou at Yarnerina’s extremely cute Tiger Hat pattern! The price is $6.00 and she is donating 100% of the proceeds to Heifer. Way to go, Mary Lou!

Lucy Sez

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“This is my paper ball and don’t even think about trying to take it from me.”

Ball of Confusion

Here is the state of my desk when I left work on Friday:

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And a close-up of the organizer thingie that I keep in the top desk drawer:

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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.

Whaddya think?

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.

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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.

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My mom and I sat and knit.

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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.

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But all in all, a fun day. Lucy elected to stay home and nap.

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Here’s a bad cellphone pic of Lucy in her daddy’s lap before we left for the party.

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Fine=Gauge Patterns

yarnyoga asked:
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!!!