My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Newsflash: First “Vague Stripes With Zits” Sock is Done

Exciting, isn’t it?


I am pleased to report that there were no other anomalies or atrocities in the first half of this skein of Opal. Now, onto the second half of the skein and the second sock!

In this colorway it was awfully hard to figure out the beginning of a pattern repeat — but (she says with fingers crossed) I believe that I’ve matched the second sock pretty well to the first.


A number of you weighed in on how to split a skein of yarn into two equal balls — thanks for all the suggestions.

Why, yes, it may seem superfluous to wind the skein into a ball, then weigh it, then wind off two balls. Why not weigh the skein to start with?

I remembered this morning one reason why I don’t.

Because I always forget to weigh it before I start winding. Sad, isn’t it? And I didn’t even think about it when I wrote down the steps I take for dividing a skein into two balls. The first step should really be “forget to weigh skein before starting to wind.” Heh.

I do find it easier, though, to divide after I’ve wound the yarn into one big ball. I am much better at eyeballing what’s half if I do this, so I waste a lot less time stopping and weighing.

The general concensus in the comments seems to be that I was sent Opal color #1127 instead of #1126, and that the skein I received was mislabelled (yes, I double-checked the ballband approximately 40 billion times and it did indeed have 1126 printed on it). I concur that this is very likely, but if so, the colors in the picture for #1127 are way off too. Just sayin’.

Hey, is this a perfect button or what?


I think so.


Whew! These three-day work weeks are rough. Hope y’all have a good weekend!



  1. Danielle M says:

    That button really is perfect!! Love the socks, so much that I may need to find some yarn like that!

  2. Beautiful button! It adds a wonderful element to the garment without drawing too much attention to itself.

  3. Gorgeous button! Looking forward to seeing it attached and accenting your beautiful Kimono jacket. Hey! That’s exactly how I do things like wind skeins into balls. Basically flying by the seat of my pants. Seems to work for me – or not, but it’s familiar and comfortable. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I love your button, it matches beautifully!

    I had 4 knots in one skein of Opal when I was knitting socks for a gift for a man with size 11 feet. The yarn even changed direction at the knots, it was a confusing mess. I almost ran out of yarn.

    I’m glad this skein is working out for you.

  5. I can’t STAND how cute Lucy is in that shot! She makes me smile everytime I see her.
    Those buttons are indeed perfect for the Kimono.

  6. Lurve the button. But then I’ve always loved that irridescent abalone shell look. My favorite colors, after all.

    As far as the socks, I have to admit I’m not a big fan of the “faux isle” yarns. Although if I had to choose, Opal # 1126 (the REAL # 1126) is the best of those pictured. Too bad that’s not what you got. #1255 isn’t too bad either.

  7. Those socks are nice, and, yet, simple. They’d look good with business greys.
    Yeah, holiday work weeks seem to go by slower…and it’s STILL not the weekend yet.

  8. That’s Lucy doing her little roll-around-on-the-floor-looking-at-things-upside-down-see-how-flexible-and-cute-I-am happy dance, which always reminds me of Snoopy’s happy dance.

  9. I sure am glad you don’t have a job naming yarn!!

  10. The sock didn’t turn out nearly as bad as I thought it would! I may even be wearable.

    And that is a beautiful button – I actually have some jewellery made out of the same kind of stone!

  11. RE: splitting sock yarn

    What if you weighed the empty ball winder? Or just the spindle? Then you could weigh the yarn and the spindle together after forgetting to weigh the yarn, subtract the weight of the spindle, divide by two – voila! Now you know at what point to stop by weighing the original ball.

  12. I think it looks more like #1128 than #1127 or #1126. EXCELLENT button!

  13. Hi Wendy,

    I don’t think you got 1127 either. I’ve knit a pair of hubby socks with it and the color for 1127 in the Opal pic that you showed in your last post was fairly accurate.

  14. It look more like 1130 to me, but what do I know. I know I really, really want Lucy. How many ragdoll adoptions have you been responsible for, do you think?
    And why, whenever you post a pic of Lucy rolling on the carpet, is the carpet cat-hair free??

  15. That is a perfect button! Is it dichroic glass? I have a necklace that looks similar.

  16. very cool button!

  17. My partner also suggested weighing the ball winder (once) so you’ll know the tare weight. However it occurred to me that a lot of yarn has the weight on the band (50g)- yes?

  18. Beautiful button and beautiful kitty! And I too wonder how your carpet manages to look so cat-hair free….

  19. Love that diachroic glass button… SO pretty! I think you did get 1126, just an ugly version of it. You can see some sort of mauve-y stripes, whereas the other one has dark brown, blue, and rust. I also found knots in my Opal, just FYI! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Gorgeous button. So perfect.

  21. Used the same yarn for a sock for the beloved son……..he thought that I made it pattern that way & was mighty impressed…….then I told the truth…….and he laughed…… it is a joy to see it again……I think that particular yarn is so fun to knit up…….and I agree with those who love the button…….it is fantastic!…..Lucy reclining like an Odelisque…..quelle artiste!

  22. Man, but that is an ugly sock. Technically beautiful I’m sure, but uuuuuggggly. But it’s a sock, it’s warm, and it was knit with skill and care so I’m sure the recipient will be very grateful.

    It’s just so darned ugly though!

  23. 100 % perfect the button and Lucy!
    thanks for entertaining us daily,

  24. The button is perfect (and absoulutely gorgeous!)

  25. Hmmm … can’t decide what I think about the colorway in the socks. I most likely won’t be buying any Opal in any colorway.

    Thanks for the “demo”.


  26. Definitely a perfect button. If ya really don’t like the socks when they’re done, I’ll take em off your hands…or feet as it were…

  27. Beautiful buttons! They are a perfect finishing touch to your kimono.

  28. I’m gobsmacked by your matching up of the toes!!!And by the button, it’s perfectly lovely.Can’t wait for the Kimono pattern.

  29. You’re right – it IS the most perfect button!! And of all the buttons in the world… you found it. Wow. Imagine the chances of you two hooking up. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. That button is just gorgeous.

  31. That button is gorgeous… and, yes, perfect.

    Thanks for posting such a cute photo of Lucy. I’m allergic to cats, so I’m reduced to getting my cute kitty fix from blogland. ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. It really is perfect. You made a wonderful choice. But since we’re discussing buttons I came across a little story in Yankee Magazine about a woman who makes sea pebbles (you know, the nice flat one’s that skip across the water so well) into buttons. Kariska Puchalski 207-691-0199.

  33. Dear Lucy:

    You are so beautiful. Just the sight of you warms my heart to the very cockles.

    Please tell your Mom that she sure knows how to pick a button. Exquisite is a word you could use.

    Also, let her know I’m struggling through a 3 day work week myself. Poor me. I miss the pit when I’m not here. (UH-OH, think I could go to H*ll for that lie).

    Have a good nap! One of your many adoring fans.

  34. I never bother with getting my socks to match… I kinda like the fact that people look at me funny, noticing that somehow my socks match, but don’t match! I figure if the yarn came off the same skein, close enough! ๐Ÿ™‚ PattiO

  35. Cheeky friend that I am, I’m renaming those socks Indigo Ocelot!

  36. Memo to Lucy: My ZoomGroom arrived today and I love it and my Mommy loves it. She likes it because it makes me purrrrrr all over. Love, Puma

  37. Is the Kimono jacket your own design? Is it going to be for sale???(hint) I might have missed where you said that…. Love the pretty button. It does look like the perfect color. MY perfect color. LOL!!!