My current work in progress:

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


Love Those Sportweight Socks

Talk about immediate gratification.

Van Dyke Lace Sock 111407

Van Dyke Lace Sock 111407

This sock is knit from Dream in Color Classy — a worsted weight yarn. It’s the one I swatched up a few days ago to see if I could get my usual sportweight gauge from it. Well, I could, and I did. I used a 2.75mm needle. Oh, and the colorway is “Happy Forest.” Love that name!

I’m calling these socks “Van Dyke Lace Socks” — not terribly original, but the pattern is a simple Van Dyke lace repeated over the body of the sock.

I split my 4 ounce skein of yarn into two equal balls. The total yardage of the skein was 250, so this sock is made from 125 yards.

Three grams leftover on the first sock:

Leftovers 111407

Leftovers 111407

I toddled into work today, and I’ll be going to work tomorrow, so progress on the second sock will be much slower. But I have Friday off for a medical appointment, and then all next week off.

Roseann asked me if there is any spinning in my future. I’d love to finish up what’s been sitting on my wheel for longer than I care to remember.

Wheel 111407

Wheel 111407

(Please note little Ragdoll feet in the photo.)
This is a Crown Mountain Farms Sock Hop roving. I’ve spun up most of it — here’s the first half, plied into sock yarn. Sorry for the over-exposed pic — it’s much greener in person.

Handspun Sock Yarn 111407

Handspun Sock Yarn 111407

It’s been so long that I can’t remember the name of the colorway. (Hangs head in shame.)

Roving 111407

Roving 111407

Maybe I should set myself this as a task — freaking finish spinning my Sock Hop roving already!

My other plans for next week? Prepare a Thanksgiving feast for the KOARC, Lucy, and me. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’ll likely take me all week. That’s my story, anyhow. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And if the doctor tells me that I’m still on restriction for how much I can lift, the KOARC will be putting the turkey in the oven!

Lucy Sez

Lucy 111407

Lucy 111407

“Don’t forget to feed me!”


  1. Glad you are feeling better. New sock lovely, as always. Happy Thanksgiving to your little family!

  2. As long as you are allowed to lift Lucy. That’s what matters!

  3. It’s great that you’re sounding very perky! Did your operation take away the back/leg pain you were experiencing? Take it easy and have a lovely Turkey Day.

  4. Is that the Good Vibrations roving you were showing off on your new digital scale back in January?? Or not.

    Very Happy Forest (love that name too) socks.

    Lucy, Momma will NEVER forget to feed you?

  5. Glad you’ll have more time off to recoop. Very nice sock.

  6. I’ve never made sportweight socks but your various posts about them are making me think about it. I like the idea of a fast knit / immediate gratification! I also like the idea of using worsted to get a sport gauge – I like a firm gauge on my socks. Do they fit OK inside your shoes?

  7. Shirley, in PA says:

    Your blog post made me laugh – I’m 2 weeks post-op laparoscopic abdominal surgery, and only allowed to lift 8 pounds. So my husband and son will be putting the turkey in the oven. My little dog weights 19 pounds and he doesn’t understand why I’m not picking him up for a cuddle. At least now I can get down on the floor (and up again) to give him some loving. Glad you’re doing so well. You must have a lot of sock yarn leftovers now, have you given any thought to working on the log cabin blanket you started?

  8. Glad to hear you’re on the mend?

    Regardless of what the doctor says, KOARC should do the heavy (turkey) lifting.

    DK as sock yarn works up even faster!

  9. Alice in Richmond says:

    OOO, I’ll bet Lucy loves turkey!

  10. As long as you can lift Lucy’s food… ๐Ÿ˜‰ Another beautiful sock! I’m amazed at all the patterns that fly off your needles.

  11. Love the pic of Lucy! My girls do the same thing!! Anyway glad to know your feeling better and I hope the Dr releases you from restriction.

  12. I love sport weight socks, they really do knit up fast. Thank goodness you can pick Lucy up. Hope all goes well tomorrow at your appointment. Take care.

  13. I’m glad you are on the mend. ๐Ÿ™‚
    As for spinning, maybe you should dedicate a day a week to it, or every other, or even once a month. You know, 1st Monday every month I spin. It might work. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. How comfortable are sport weight socks in your shoes. I think I’d be ok in them in my clogs, but I’m not sure of other shoes.

    Does Lucy get stuffing too?

  15. wow! i have been knitting my fingering weight socks on 2.75 mm needles, DK/sport on US size 4, and worsted on US size 6! i gotta try that worsted on 2.75 mm, and by extension my fingering weight socks on much smaller needles, too! *gasp*

  16. If you are sitting at the wheel, you must be feeling nearly better. So happy to hear it.

  17. I thought your pretty handspun skein was a new skein of Sachi Purls yarn. I hope work goes well and that you get to dig into some of that gorgeous roving very soon.

  18. Ah more time off, life is good. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving Day. Of course the KOARC should put the turkey in the oven anyway. Heck. Let him make the whole dinner. Those pots of food and water for veggies get pretty darn heavy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    You can tell him that just feeding Lucy has exhausted you.

  19. Theresa in Italy says:

    Very nice socks! I’m another one who’s curious about how well they fit inside your shoes, though, if you don’t mind telling.

    And I also vote for letting the KOARC do the turkey lifting.

  20. Lovely sock. I’m glad to know the Classy works up so well. And I’m giggling over what a dainty eater Lucy is! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Enjoy the holiday!

  21. Wow– I know I’m cautious when buying yarn for socks, but I never would have dreamed you could make a pair of socks with 250 yards! Have a great Thanksgiving, and I hope your back keeps healing.

  22. Wendy, so glad to hear you’re on the mend! I’m another vote for the KOARC pitching in for lots of Thanksgiving meal making – it’s a meal best shared from making thru eating :>

    Love the most recent socks. The Diamond Gansey socks are my absolute favorites – the pattern takes wonderful advantage of the yarn, the pattern is beautifully displayed!

    Take care and best of luck with the doctor.

  23. Glad you are feeling better. Sock is gorgeous as usual! Just a reminder for you back…a stuffed turkey is much heavier than prior to stuffing so perhaps KORAC should be on lifting duty. I’m sure he won’t mind as he wants you to be well as much as you and all of us want you to be well. Happy Thanksgiving!

  24. Yes! Please ask the King to put the turkey in the oven! My mom ended up with a herniated disk because of a Thanksgiving turkey, don’t let that happen to you! (ours will be so small that it couldn’t hurt anybody)

  25. anne marie in philly says:

    happy thanksgiving to you, lucy, and the KOARC!

    good luck with the dr. appt. I am sure he will tell you that you are progressing on schedule.

    and LUCKY YOU to have off all next week; I get thurs. and fri. only. this is our busy time of year at work (read: f-ing nuthouse); sometimes I get home and just wanna drink a bottle of (insert wine or gin brand name here).

  26. Nice socks, as usual!

    Does Lucy get the innards? ๐Ÿ™‚ Our cats used to LOVE them. Good luck with the Dr, and happy thanksgiving!!!

  27. I love that Lucy’s feet manage to be in a photo. She is such a model. Still, if I was that beautiful I would pose as well.