My current work in progress:

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


Flat Out Fun!

The sock flat I posted yesterday sure spawned a lot of comments. ๐Ÿ™‚

Disclaimer: While I had heard of them, I have yet to knit with a sock flat, so anything I say ought to be taken with a grain of salt.

I have seen the flats sold as “blanks” — plain white or cream, ready to be handpainted. I bet that would be a lot of fun!

You can unravel a flat, wind it into a ball and knit with it that way, but I think a lot of people knit their sock directly from the flat, unraveling as they go. Because my flat is knit with 2 strands of sock yarn, it would be perfect for people who want to knit their socks two at a time. I’m not a two-socks-at-a-time kind of gal, so I would need to unravel and wind mine into balls (and since it is double knit, the advice is to get a friend to help you with the winding!)

Would I hand it and wash or steam it to get the kinks out? Nope. Too lazy. I’ve knit with unraveled kinky yarn before and never had an issue. But that’s just me. And it probably depends on the yarn itself and how riotously it kinks. Your mileage may vary.

(I paused there to open iTunes and start playing some Kinks music. Don’t know why I felt the urge . . .)

Daily Sweater

The lovely and talented Ms. Kay of Mason-Dixon Knitting gave me a heads up about the charts for The Daily Sweater — the size “large” chart is missing from the book — she posted a link to it on the patterns Ravelry page here and the chart will be posted over at Mason-Dixon Knitting as well. Thanks, Kay! I’ll be starting the Daily Sweater just as soon as I complete the shawl I’m knitting.

. . . mumble-mumble . . . knit-along, anyone? . . . mumble-mumble . . .

Speaking of my shawl . . .

I’m almost to the point where I will start the edging chart. The edging chart is 30-something rows long, so it will take me a while to get it done, cuz the rows are getting longer and longer, but it is progress!

Ms. Lucy the TV Cat

After her initial excitement over the new tv, Lucy has not gone near it again. Because at this point there is nothing on the bottom shelf of the tv stand, she will go sit on that shelf from time to time. I’m planning on putting DVDs on that shelf, so it will no longer be cat-accessible. Will Lucy push the DVDs off the shelf to make room for herself? Who knows?

Lucy sez:

“Hey, that’s a good idea!”


  1. It seems like everybody is coming out with sock flats these days. Wish I’d thought of it first.

  2. I’ve wanted to get a knitting machine to make sock blanks. I know Knit picks sells them. I had a local yarn store turn me down for an order because I said I had used KP a few times. Henry’s Attic only when dealing with lys.

    Love the progress on your shawl.

    If Lucy is anything like Miss Bootsie she will make room for herself.

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  3. I wondered about the kinkiness of the flats. I guess its something you just have to try for yourself. Of course if you wind it into balls the kinks should come out to a certain extent. I would love to try dyeing flats with Kool aid…such way cool colors…

  4. Sally Weiner says:

    I have made socks with a flat and I really like it. I just unravel as I knit. Something different for a change.

  5. I’m not gonna mumble. As I plurked earlier, I really like the idea of a Daily Sweater Knit-a-long. I’m deadline-oriented so knit-a-longs work for me. I even impose deadlines for all my projects. Keep us posted.

    I haven’t looked a the whole book but so far like this Mason-Dixon book better than the first.

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  6. just finished a pair of sox with the sock flats and found it mildly irritating to try to maintain tension with all the kinks. to some degree they relax with a blocking, but when a kink got in at an angle, there is just extra thread there. .. if i had it to do over i would wind into a ball, thus defeating the whole point of it! just one knitter’s opinion.

  7. The Daily Sweater should be a big hit. It is very much like Sidna Farley’s Refined Sweatshirt from “Knitters” Spring of 1999. I have knitted it and it is one of my most favorite sweaters. I would love to try this version.

    Thanks for the heads up on the errata – printing it down and slipping it into my book which just arrived today.

  8. Ha! I heard that mumble! My book just arrived today and I’d love to knit it. But I’m working knit alongs on 3 other projects right now. Can I lurk along?

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  9. It must be frustrating to put out a book and then go ‘oops’ like that…

    I think you should just give in to Lucy’s secret desire and put a comfy cat bed on the shelf and get a DVD tower. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Will you be writing up the shawl pattern so we can all share in the love?
    BTW…it’s lovely, as always!

  11. Lucy is a thing of beauty against a blue backdrop.

  12. These are the times that try the mettle of a knitter – long rows! Hang in there, you are still making progress! We just need to find a better way to judge that progress.

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  13. I sell Flat Feet in my shop; they’re the same thing, except you knit one sock at a time if you wish (there’s waste yarn right up the middle which divides the flat into two sections). The yarn is indeed kinked when you knit it and the stitches come out uneven, but a wash (and a block if that’s what you want to do) set everything right. The yarn blooms, the stitches straighten out, and the results are gorgeous. Everybody is coming out with them now, but I have to say that the lady who invented Flat Feet spent two years coming up with just the right merino blend and getting the painting just right. She knew there would be imitators, but she made sure that her yarn was spun just for her at the mill she uses. I’ve used some of the others and have found that their quality isn’t up to hers. Of course, I haven’t tried them all – I’m just speaking of the four or so I have tried.

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  14. I unraveled my flat all my my lonesome, I pulled one string and wound for a row, then the second string, it took me at least 30 minutes but I didn’t get one knot, so I was very thankful.

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  15. Will Lucy knock down the DVDs? Well, duh…

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  16. I guess those DVDs are going to have a very short shelf life. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  17. Hey–how about the Northern Lights shawl for the lace samples? I was thinking about that, too, and I think that’s what I will do. The fun will be in arranging the color progression. I have been looking for the yarn for the Northern Lights shawl for a while now, and when I received the sampler, I thought it just might be the stuff for it!

  18. Theresa in Italy says:

    Thanks for the heads up on the errata page. It’s all printed out. Now I just have to wait for the book itself to arrive!

    As for Lucy and the shelves, well, at least she’s not a huge animal—our Newfoundland dog tries to climb onto the bottom shelf occasionally. I know they feel more secure in a small, protected space, but geez!

  19. There are times, when the look on Lucy’s face is just priceless!! It’s as if she heard you mention that something would no longer be cat accessible – THE HORROR!

    I could, perhaps, just maybe, kinda sorta, be slightly interested in a KAL for that sweater. (In truth, my knitting needles are screaming “knit the darned thing!!!”)

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  20. I have never been intrigued by sock flats for some reason, but I have discovered everything has it’s time. I might one day wake up with a wild and crazy urge to buy sock flats. I’m right now going through a MUST KNIT LACE phase, but I’m helping my daughter who just had a baby, so I’m knitting plain vanilla socks between screaming baby fits, getting a 4 year old ready for school, changing diapers, well you get the idea. Can’t wait to see the Daily sweater in progress.

  21. Still drooling over the shawl…

  22. That is the most beautiful shawl I’ve ever seen. No joke.

    And the sock flat is really cool. I like the idea of a sock blank myself, as it would give you so much more control over the color scheme…

    One question, though. On the doubleknit flat, I assume the gauge is pretty loose. It seems to me as though if it was really tight the dye wouldn’t get all the way through and it would leave white spots. Just a thought.

  23. Hey Wendy –
    I think a KAL would be great for the new pattern. Good way to get people reading the new book too! I can’t seem to keep my cats from playing with my TV stand either, I think its just another way to be the center of attention!

  24. Goodness girlie, how do you young people expect people to understand you when you mumble? Speak up.

    KAL? yes

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  25. The shawl is looking great!!!

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