Knitting! Plus some gardening, cocktails, and whatever else strikes my fancy.

Month: February 2010

Socks 2010: February: Check!

Socks 2010: February: Check!

My February Socks are done! Retro Rib Socks by Evelyn A. Clark from Favorite Socks. They turned out fine. Just fine. I kind of hated knitting these. The stitch pattern is attractive if understated. It’s not mindless enough not to pay attention to it but […]

Progress Report: Frost Diamonds and Seussian Vine Scarf

Progress Report: Frost Diamonds and Seussian Vine Scarf

My Frost Diamonds shawl in BMFA BFL Sport in the Corvid colorway has two repeats of Chart B done, so I am supposed to do the 8 rows of edging now. This is 1/4 of the shawl, which is shaped like a pentagon with one […]

Kitty No. 34 and some Stripey Socks

Kitty No. 34 and some Stripey Socks

Kitty No. 34 returns
Hello! It’s me again–Kitty No. 34! You must be delighted to see me again! I’ve been spending the inclement weather of winter indoors, snug and warm. But now it’s Spring! Flowers and trees in bloom, Brenda is sneezing, but most importantly the weather is warm, and the pavement is dry. So I am out and about in the perfect weather. Or is the weather perfect because I am out and about? That must be it; that makes much more sense. I journeyed over from No. 34 to No. 30 to dig in the new mulch of Brenda’s and M’s garden and to let Brenda scratch around my chin and behind my ears. I behaved very graciously by purring a lot and shedding all over Brenda. Aren’t I just a perfect kitty! Yes, of course I am. Well, I think Brenda wants to talk to you about her sock knitting. What sorts of creatures need socks? Not perfect ones, that is for certain.

Even though I have spent time entertaining Kitty No. 34 on our patio, and getting coated in tabby fur in the process, I have made excellent progress on my February sock, the second Retro Rib:
Second Retro Rib Sock: gussets
The navy blue yarn makes it hard going in the evening to knit, so I decided, I was far enough along to risk starting a sock in lighter colors for late evening knitting when I don’t want hundreds of watts of light messing with my circadian clock.

For sentimental reasons I decided to knit a new pair of Rib and Cable Socks by Nancy Bush (IK, Fall 2005). In my very first blog post, I wrote about the first pair of these socks I had knit. However, they have succumbed to 3.5 years of wear.
Original Cable Rib Socks: holes

I’ve decided I should always have a pair of these socks, because they were the first socks I knit that were more than just a simple rib, and the Welsh heel and star toe were fun. I’m using some Panda yarn from Seacoast Handpainted Yarn in the Truffle colorway, which I bought eons ago. And it’s knitting up stripey!
Truffle Cable Rib Socks: leg
Well, it’s still daylight now, so I should work on my Retro Ribs or my Frosted Diamonds shawl, which is black. Much easier to see when I’ve repeated a double decrease instead of a single in the daylight. Don’t ask me how I know that.

Things I’ve Got

Things I’ve Got

I’ve got a brand new yarn bowl! (This line can be sung to the melody of “I’ve got a golden ticket!” from the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie, and it can make you very happy. However, I don’t recommend singing this in front […]