My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

Crotalus Socks

Here they are, hot off the needles.

Crotalus Socks 081607

Crotalus Socks 081607

Crotalus Socks, my own design, knit with Stone Barn Fibers sock yarn in the “Ice Cream Sundae” colorway on 2mm needles.

Crotalus Closeup 081607

Crotalus Closeup 081607

I am very, very pleased with these socks. I like the stitch pattern, and I do love the yarn. It’s lovely and soft and was a pleasure to knit. I do have some more Stone Barn Fibers sock yarn in my stash, so I’ll look forward to knitting that up.

It’s Q&A Day!

Isabelle had a question:

Question on your old post re: dividing hanks equally. When you say that you rewind to ensure consistent direction, you’re only referring to the colorway, right? If the yarn is a solid, not self-striping, or if it doesn’t matter that the socks come out fraternal, is it an optional step (knitter’s choice)? I just want to be sure that I’m not missing anything obvious.

Well, even with a solid or non-striping yarn, I still rewind so that both balls are going in the same direction. Just like when I knit a sweater, I knit from the same end on each ball of yarn.

Bonnie asked:

So for those of us who count on you not just for knitting wisdom, but popular culture insight as well, and those of us who didn’t know ‘cat slackers’ existed before you mentioned it the other day, is it worth catching the next episode?

My thoughts on Cat Slackers? Eh. I think it’s been described as being similar to The Family Guy but with cats, but I think The Family Guy is funnier. I’ll watch it again next week (Tuesday, 10pm on the ABC Family Channel here in the U.S.) and see what I think.

Elizabeth commented:

Ok, ok, so you don’t control your computer with your feet…But exactly how many hours a day do you knit? Because I know you have a real job, and a KOARC, and you probably have to make yourself dinner or bathe or drive every so often. Do you just posses super speed?

I do have a real job, I do make dinner once in a while, I play with Lucy, I drive, and I even bathe every day. 😉 The number of hours per day that I knit varies from day to day. But a good vague answer is: a few.

Ronnie commented:

I read whilst I knit , but how do you keep the pages open ? The paperbacks especially “close up,” I would appreciate any help on this .

Happy to help, Ronnie. Here is my high-tech solution.

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Book 081607

Lastly, Brigitte asked:

Do you miss not knitting big items during the summer of the sock?

You know, I thought I would — but I don’t.

I think part of the reason for that is because I’m designing all my summer socks. That keeps things highly entertaining for me. Who knows? I may only knit socks for the rest of my life.

Oh yeah, that reminds me — I need to show you the new sock on the needles.

SIP 081607

SIP 081607

Once again, I’m using Nature’s Palette sock yarn, this in the “Lilacs” colorway. I got this at The Loopy Ewe. It is gorgeous — much more lilac than the photo shows.

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Lilacs 081607

I’ve already named this sock pattern. Anyone want to guess what I called it? L-B and Sheri, you guys can’t guess because I told you. Everyone else, leave your guesses in the comments. If someone guesses it, I’ll send that clever individual a prize.

Lucy knows too, but she will never tell. Not even for Wildside Salmon.

Lucy 081607

Lucy 081607


  1. Just de-lurking a moment to share that I have tried the 2-circ method for socks and it has totally erradicated the ladders YEAH!! I am also doing my first toe-up sock having fun so far.

  2. Lilac lace socks!

    I am really enjoying seeing all of your new sock patterns this summer. Thank you for sharing some of them with us as freebies!

  3. Hi from my new computer!

  4. Love the socks, the name has to be “Lilac hives”

  5. “Freeze Dried Lilacs” I thought that was funny!

  6. Cheerios socks.
    Or Lifesaver socks.
    Hmm, maybe I need to go have a snack.

    I wish I could see Crotalus in person; I think I’d like them even more if I could see more of the stitch pattern…

  7. I would guess Lilac Bush or Lavender Fields, but I think that your name is far more clever and inventive than that.

  8. I know that I should play along like a good sport and try to guess the new sock name, but all I can think of is how you picked such a luscious colorway for those Crotalus Socks that I could just eat them. (I will not, however.)

  9. Jane Wilson says:

    I think your new socks might be called Eyelet Cabletini

  10. Well, Walt Whitman might have called them, “When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom’d”.

  11. I don’t know why but “The Lilac Buds of May” leapt into my head as a name for those socks. They are very pretty. I may have to succumb to a couple of skeins of the Nature’s Palette yarn after all…

  12. Jessica Jacoby says:

    My guess = Figure 8 Socks

  13. “Lavender Fields”. Or maybe “Blueberry Pie”. I dunno. I suck at guessing things like this. It’s a pretty yarn and a pretty sock, all the same. 🙂

  14. “Smells like Spring”

  15. I love the finished socks. As for the new pattern I don’t think you would go with a colour in the name. They do kind of look like cheerios or eyes, maybe lucy was leaving a clue? I am going to guess “Sock Eyes”.

  16. Alice from Pennsylvania says:

    I am also confused about the re-winding yarn thing.

    I am a self-taught spinner, but everything I have read says that it doesn’t matter which end of the yarn you start with, if it’s a Z-twist one way, it’s a Z-twist the other way. The same with an S-twist. So your knitting wouldn’t look different no matter which end you started knitting with.

    Or are you rewinding the yarn to even out the variegation? So that if you have a non-variegated yarn it wouldn’t make any difference? Maybe I am just being dense here.

  17. Dang, I wish they were still making ReadUpons – that’s exactly what you need for reading and knitting!

  18. Since you’re winding center-pull balls, winding once or twice doesn’t make a difference in the direction. You’ll still be knitting from the same end. However, you will make it so that the original ball isn’t as floppy and loose from having the center pulled out. 😉

    I’ll guess the socks are called “lilac blossoms”

  19. hyacinth/grape hyacinth would be my guess…..i haven’t read any of the others before mine so if i dupe, i dupe.

  20. Chain Gang? Chain of Fools?

    LOVE the new socks. I get so jealous of your sock yarn, HA!

  21. I myself love the purples and periwinkles. My guesses for the names are Lavendar Lattice or Lavendar Lace or periwinkle pops. I don’t really think it’s the last one, but I thought I’d throw it in there anyway. Thanks for a the beautiful pics and ideas!

  22. Lacy Lilac Socks! Simple. To the point.

    Love following your sock journey this Summer!