My current work in progress:

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


Sawk Tawk

I am madly knitting along on the second Bamboo Sock and according to my calculations, I will complete it tomorrow.

See, on the first sock, I knit 99 rounds for the leg after turning the heel. I am currently on Round 80. I am averaging 26 rounds per day on my commute (to and from work), and I have 19 rounds  rounds left for tomorrow. Piece of cake. (Mmmmmmmm, cake!)

Did you see what I did there? Math. Please hold your applause.

I almost always count my rounds when making socks. I facilitate this by attaching a row counter (via an 0ld stitch holder) to my sock in progress.


When I knit socks for myself, I know that to get the foot the proper length I need to work 56 rounds after completing the toe before I start the gusset increases. Then, after the heel turn I keep track of how many rounds I knit for the leg, so that my second sock will match exactly.

Now, if I am making a sock with easy-to-count pattern repeats, I don’t bother with the stitch counter.

Speaking of socks, there is a fabulous, comprehensive entry on short rows over on the TECHknitting blog, here.

Speaking of socks, I have jumped the gun and written up the pattern for the Bamboo Socks. It is a pdf download, here. It is also linked to from my Free Patterns page.

And now for something completely different. A photo of part of my desk at work.


The following important items are present in this photo (and easier to see if you click on the photo to enlarge it, if you really care):

  • a plastic hair clip
  • a rearview mirror
  • birth announcement for my brother’s grandson
  • photos of Lucy
  • headphones
  • my Stitch-a-Day calendar
  • the label from a skein of Alchemy Juniper
  • the list of Wollmeise colorways that I own
  • a post-it note with my Mega Millions lottery numbers on it
  • a letter from the Professional Hockey Players’ Association that I just responded to but am too lazy to file away
  • headphones
  • a postcard with a giant Dala horse on it
  • my coffee cozee
  • water bottle w/ filter
  • phone charger
  • ipod charger
  • coke bottle caps

among other things.

This tells me I need to clean my desk.

Lucy is happy — her Momma will be home this weekend!