My current work in progress:

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


More Completed Socks

There were some interesting comments on the yarn weighing experiment I posted yesterday. As you know, it was done under very un-scientific conditions, but I did use the same scale for each skein. And I left the labels on the skeins when I weighed them.

Whether a sock yarn seems slightly over or slightly under, I can tell you that I’ve never run short of yarn when knitting socks from any of the yarns I weighed yesterday.

I took today off from work and have been doing this and that.

I took my car in for routine maintenance this morning. Here is the odometer reading:

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Odometer 111307

Pretty low mileage for a 2004 car — you can see that I don’t drive a whole lot.

While waiting for my car to be serviced I had some good knitting time so I was able to finish these:

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Diagonal Lace Socks 111307

Diagonal Lace socks knit from Dream in Color Smooshy sock yarn in the “Strange Harvest” colorway on 2mm needles.

Marnie asked in the comments:

I notice your diagonal lace pattern isn’t flipped for the second sock. Do ever worry about making socks symmetrical when they have directional patterns?

Good question! I tend not to make specific left and right socks particularly when I’m doing a smaller all-over pattern. But within a sock, I’ll make the pattern symmetrical. For example, the side cables on my Asparagus Cables Socks are symmetrical to each other.

Kat R asked:

When you do the M1 for your toe increases, do you make them a mirror image of each other? Or do you just do the same thing for both sides? I know you said you have been increasing at the gusset by k1f&b. I was just curious about the toe increases.Β 

I do the K1 f&b on both sides. If I’m doing a sock on two circulars, for example, I work it as follows:

K 1 f&b, knit until 2 stitches remain on needle, K 1 f&b, K1.

Anyhow, other than finishing these socks I’ve not done much that is blog-worthy.

Several of you have asked how I am feeling. Much better, thanks for asking! It doesn’t take much effort to tire me out, so I’m taking things as easy as possible. I’ve got a follow-up appointment with my neurosurgeon in a couple of days and I have every reason to believe he’ll say I’m recovering from surgery well. He’ll likely give me the go-ahead to return to work full-time.

But I have taken next week — Thanksgiving week — off from work, so that’ll be postponed for a bit. πŸ˜‰

Lucy has been demonstrating what a tough life she has.

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Lucy 111307


  1. I’m glad to hear that you are feeling better. Do you feel as good as you did before all this started to happen? Your Diagoal Lace Socks are gorgeous! Do you think there is any spinning in your future, like during your holiday vacation week? I’m having so much fun with Maia that I almost think about selling my Walnut Lendrum. I do have the Very Fast Flyer for cotton for it (1:22 to 1:44) so that stops me.

  2. Next week off is wonderful for taking time to get ready for Turkey Day (and knit a bunch, too!) Glad you’re feeling much improved.

  3. So glad you’re feeling better! It’s amazing what surgery does, isn’t it?

  4. Week off form work = more blog right? Right? πŸ™‚

    Glad to hear you are feeling better. AND can take time off. And knit, of course! πŸ˜€

  5. Whenever I see “Diagonal” anything these days, I think of Diagon Alley from ‘arry Potter! And on a totally unrelated subject, I’m looking at a TV commercial now for the Lego Star Wars video game. I’m also thinking about MAGICAL MONKEYS! Now where the heck did I leave my anti-psychotic meds?

  6. If you flipped the design for the second sock, that would make one left and one right, it’d just make them reversed….like a V or an inverted V, when you look at your feet, depending on which sock was on which foot. Not that I think you should, I just don’t think it’d make them left and right. I often do that, making all my decreases at one side of the toe, when making stripes, so that my wedge shaped feet don’t twist them. But that is what I consider fun πŸ˜‰

  7. Good timing for me on the weighing. I’ve been wanting a scale for yarn weighing for some time. And I’ve decided that now is the time to ACT. Does anyone have advice on how to choose a scale for weighing yarn. Of course, I love to save money whenever I can, but I also want accuracy, since in this case, there’s no point to weighing without it.


  8. I was just wondering how you were feeling as I read your post. Why do pets have such “horrible” lives having to lay around and snooze like that. My dog likes to find a sunny spot and take a nap.

  9. Wendy-very glad to hear you are feeling better-hope you get a good report from doctor.

  10. And here I was impressed by only hitting 100,000 miles last weekend on my 1996 Ranger!
    You always win! Always! Sigh. πŸ˜‰

  11. I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better. Next week is a great week to take off. Any special plans for Thanksgiving?

  12. I’m really glad you’re feeling better! I hope the surgeon finds all in good order, and you can enjoy the holiday week off feeling fine.

  13. I just had to say that I have a 2002 Thunderbird which has 3900 miles on it. It’s the only car I’ve ever had that’s appreciating in value. So it sits in the driveway under a cover (it’s always been garaged until we moved here) acting like a giant paperweight. I do drive it once in a while – mainly to blow the carbon out of the pipes. πŸ™‚

  14. I love it! Get the OK to go back to work full time…just when T-day week is here. Excellent planning! (I know that your surgery and pain is not a planned type thing..) I am super glad you are feeling better. You have gone through a lot so it will take time and patience to get that strength back. You’ll get there!

  15. So glad you are feeling better. The socks are lovely! And Lucy deserves a rest after helping you recuperate!

  16. Glad to hear that you’re feeling better. You had us worried there for a while. I think taking the week off to prepare for Turkey Day is a grand idea! My husband had the same one — although for different reasons. We’re using the time to get new kittens, as we had our older cat put down for heart trouble in August. It’s time to make the new adjustment, but prep time and knitting time may suffer with all that kitten-y goodness abounding!

    Congratulations again on the recuperation.

  17. I am glad to know you are resting and taking your time getting back into things. That will really help your recovery in the long run.

    And I didn’t say so yesterday but I enjoyed the weighing results. My scale is medium-good, so not quite perfect for these things!

    I started another of your sock patterns yesterday, so here’s one more thank you for sharing.

  18. Pretty socks!
    9000 miles over 4 years? WOW.
    Isn’t public transportation wonderful? πŸ™‚
    GREAT NEWS on how you’re feeling!!!

  19. Lynette Holzer says:

    I assume that you brush Lucy pretty often. About a month ago I was aqcquired by a blue point ragdoll adult male cat named Izzy. (Photos available on request… Izz and I read your blog every day, though he’s really more fond of bead work than he is of knitting.) Izzy loves to be brushed more than anything and we have one or two grooming sessions every day. I’ve been just stuffing the fur that I clean from his brush into a baggie, and I’m wondering whether you’ve ever tried to spin any Lucy-fur. I’m not even certain I’d want to, but it is the softest, fluffiest stuff, and as I’m not a spinner, I’ve considered asking a spinning friend to give it a shot. I’m also curious to know whether you’ve spent more than 30 seconds alone since you first adopted Lucy? Izzy is sticky! He wants to be wherever I am at all times.

    One more comment about your yarn weigh-in. I know that Socks That Rock have around 350 yards per skein. I have size 11 feet, and I live in the Frozen North and prefer tallish socks. How does that yardage compare to some of the other yarns you reviewed? I love STR yarn, but have avoided buying it because I need a little over 400 yards of sock weight yarn to make both ends of my sock sufficiently long.



  20. Ok, what’s REALLy funny here is that your speedometer goes up to 140…WHAT do u drive? *wink**wink*

  21. 9000 miles! I have 90,000 on my 2004 car. Gah! Wanna trade? πŸ™‚