My current work in progress:

Moth Cardigan, designed byAmy Christoffers, knit from Rowan SoftYak DK in the Plain colorway, using U.S. size 3 and 5 needles.

Cuz Y’All Thanked Me so Nicely

Because you were so nice about the sock pattern I posted yesterday (and here’s hoping there are no egregious errors in it!), I’m posting the draft of the pattern written for fingering weight sock yarns. It is available as a free download, in Adobe pdf version here. There is a permanent link to it from my Knitting Gallery Page.

(ETA: Laura S. pointed out that the 4th row of the heel turning should be “Sl 1, p9, p2tog, p1, turn” not “Sl 1, p9, p2tog, k1, turn” — thanks. And I noticed it’s the same in the pdf for the sportweight sock too. I’ll fix the pdfs next week.)

Like I said, it’s in draft form right now because it has not been completely tested. So be forewarned. But if you are and adventuresome sort, you might like to try it. I wrote it for a 64-stitch and a 72-stitch sock.

Here’s my Sea Wool sock, hamming for the camera.

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Work it, baby!

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A heel shot:

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And the money shot!

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Thank you also for all the get-well wishes. Fortunately I have scheduled leave for tomorrow and Monday, so I don’t have to go back to work until Tuesday.

Everyone is Talking About This!

And I’m no exception. Yesterday, Ann sent me an invitation to join Ravelry, a website for knitters and crocheters, the brainchild of Frecklegirl Jess and her husband. Rather than reading an explanation here, go see it!

This Week’s Book Giveaway

I’ve got yet another Inspector Banks mystery by Peter Robinson to give away. This one is Wednesday’s Child.

Want it? Send an email to blogcontestATcomcastDOTnet before noon Eastern time on Sunday May 6, and I’ll use the random number generator to pick a recipient.

Lucy Sez

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“Why are there 4 photos of that stupid sock and only 1 of me today?”

Pattern for Toe-up Socks With Heel Gusset

The pattern I put together for the Serendipity socks I completed on Monday is now available as a free download, in Adobe pdf version here. There is a permanent link to it from my Knitting Gallery Page.

I made a slight change to the toe — on the first go-round I used a backwards loop cast-on and picked up stitches in the bottom of the loops. I revised it to a long-tail cast-on. I find it easier to pick up stitches in the bottom of a long-tail cast-on. You, of course, can do whatever you like.

As I said before, I am not claiming to have invented this heel — I’m sure it’s been done before, many times. This pattern is based on what I did last week to figure out how to make a gusset heel toe-up sock without having to pick up stitches along a heel flap.

I’m working on a version of the pattern for fingering weight yarn as well. That should be available after I finish my current socks.

Speaking of the current socks, here’s the first one at the start of the gusset increases. Did I mention I love this yarn?

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(I will confess here and now that I’ve been working on it at home as well as on my commute. Hey, I’m sick. I get to knit what I want.)

Nicole asked:
The Sea Wool looks lovely. How is the fabric it’s making? Is it as heavy as traditional wool? I’m looking for some lighter weight sock yarn for hot California summer wear.

The fabric is about as heavy as a regular merino fingering weight, but I’m guessing these socks will be a little cooler because of the 30% sea cell content. Anyone else who has finished and worn a pair want to weigh in on this?

The yarn is just wonderful to knit — I really love the way it feels.

Maaike asked:
Do you find that the sea cell content in the sock yarn give it a fishy smell? What about when it’s wet? I almost bought some but thought that when wearing, it might make my shoes smell like the sea.

I don’t notice any aroma at all. But that could be due to my current respiratory state. Anyone else have an opinion?

Speaking of Socks

Do y’all know about all the great sock resources over at Lucia’s blog, The Knitting Fiend? There are patterns, tips, tricks, and calculators. Lots of great sock resources!

Speaking of Socks, Part Deux

Jessica is hosting a Summer of Socks 2007 knit-along. Now, I am usually not a fan of the knit-along (does not play well with others), but since I know I’ll be knitting socks anyway, and there are very few rules for this knit-along, I figured this was one that I’d enjoy. So I joined up. Are you a sock-knitter? There’s info on Jessica’s blog and on the Summer of Socks 2007 blog.

Miters

Thanks for all the nice comments about the neckband of my miter sweater. I am very pleased with how it turned out. It is how I envisioned it in my head, and as we all know, what we see in our mind’s eye is not necessarily what we end up with when we execute the plan. So I am very happy.

Here’s the first sleeve, that I have barely worked on in the past couple of days.

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There were some questions about my miter sweater . . .

Frarochvia asked:
If you were gonna do this as a vest, how would you do the armholes, if I may ask? Not that uh, I have fantasies about this. Nope. Not me.

You could use triangles to create the curve of the armhole, I think. Then picky up stitches and do armbands.

Debra asked:
With your 3-needle bind-off seam, is your seam on the outside as a decorative element or the inside?

The seam is on the outside as a decorative element. But I won’t be doing this when I attach the sleeves and sew the side seams — I plan on matress-stitching those seams.

And Deb asked:
Question about the neck: is there a reason why you didn’t seam both shoulders and then knit the neck in the round, mimicking garter with knit 1 row, purl 1 row?

Yup. Given a choice between knitting and purling, I will always choose to knit.

Incidentally, I used a size 1 needle to knit the neckband (the body is done with a size 2 needle). Forgot to mention that yesterday.

Thanks for all the get-well wishes! I’m working on it. I did go in to the office today, but left early to come home and lie on the couch and cough

Lucy Sez

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“Taking care of Momma when she doesn’t feel well is a full-time job!”

Even Super Heros Need to Nap

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It’s exhausting being Super Ragdoll.

Speaking of exhausting, I called in sick today because I’ve been busy coughing up a lung, and it didn’t seem right to let work interfere with that. But I’m feeling better this evening, so hopefully the worst is past. Apart from bruising my ribs from coughing, that is.

Miter Fun

I decided to set aside the sleeve I’m working on and do the shoulders and neckband on my miter sweater.

I picked up stitches along one shoulder edge, by knitting into the chained edge on the top of each square.

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Same with the other edge.

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Then I did a three-needle bind-off.

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One shoulder seam complete.

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I picked up stitches around the neck, by once again picking up one stitch in each of the chains along the edge. I did this before completing the second shoulder seam so I could knit back and forth to do a garter stitch band.

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On the next knit row, I decreased a few stitches evenly around the neck so it wouldn’t end up too wide. I knitted a total of 5 rows, then cast off in knit, decreasing a stitch at each curve of the neck.

Then I did the other shoulder seam using a three-needle bind-off.

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I’m very pleased with the neck now — not too wide, but big enough to fit easily over my head.

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Now, back to the first sleeve.

Oh, and I started a new sock last night.

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This is Fleece Artist Sea Wool sock yarn — 70% merino, and 30% sea cell, in the “Marine” colorway. I bought it from The Loopy Ewe, of course, when Sheri got it in a couple of weeks ago.

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I really love this yarn. The sea cell adds a nice dimension to it — very firm and silky and at the same time, the knitted fabric is nice and stretchy. I’m using my usual size 0 needle and getting 8 stitches to the inch.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll go knit on it some more.