Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Science of Socks: Science Project 3

Meet Thora by Kristin Spurkland in Shibui yarn awash in shades of green and gold. The sock is knit with both #1 dpns and #2 dpns at the same time(!). As others who have knit this sock promised, it's really not fiddly. In the photo, the wooden needle is the #2. (You can also see beagle teeth marks on the table.) You use it only in rows 6 and 8 of the 8-row pattern. Honestly, I'm pretty sureyou could just do the whole schmeer with #1sm skip the #2s, and never notice much of a difference.

However, with two sizes of dpn at the same time (!), you get bragging rights. Here's what the pattern looks like:

Please don't notice the fact that I boffed it near the ribbing. I didn't notice you do the #2 dpn thing twice until I'd done a couple of pattern repeats. It's at the top of the sock so no frogging needed, in my opinion.

That was an unintentional change from the pattern as written. I also made an intentional one: on the Knit Purl Sock Club board at, Gale mentioned she found it uncomfortable to walk on these socks because the pattern goes right round the foot. To fix it, I kept the nubby pattern on the top of the foot but knit the sole and toe in smooth stockinette.

Don't you love it when it's that easy to fix something? Photobucket

Monday, March 23, 2009

Harris Tweed Socks

Put A Sock in It's
Harris Tweed Socks just may be my favorite sock pattern. You can knit them watching Chris Matthews eviscerate, say, Ari Fleischer on tv, process the discussion, and still keep track of the sock pattern on the needles.

This is one very comfy sock. The ribbing all the way down the leg and on the top of the foot hugs you. When my daughter put them on, she curled up in a fetal position and began to purr.

And that's why we make handknit socks, people. Until you've tried some on, you have no concept of the glory.

The yarn is Socks That Rock G-Rocks in lightweight, #1 needles. You can click any of the photos to see the details larger.

And also in Sock News, the latest installment of the Knit Purl Sock Club arrived - beautifully packaged with a big yellow bow and the gift of a mini wooden crochet hook - at the beginning of the month. The green grass and yellow flowers of an arboretum in bloom inspired the custom-dyed Shi Bui yarn. Knit Purl Sock Club says "arboretum" and I say "Green Bay Packers".

The pattern that goes with is by Kristin Spurkland. For those who get a nosebleed thinking about working with double-pointed needles, this pattern uses two sizes of 'em ... at the same time. People who have knit this pattern swear it's not as fiddly as it sounds.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Beagle Tuesday ... And More Shawl Pics

Jack has been enjoying the 60-degree weather, the sun, and the fresh air today. He had a walk with Tom and me, followed by a run with Cleo. You'd think that would tucker out a beagle. It most certainly did not. When it comes to exercise, Jack is insatiable.

The outdoors and moving about are the sun, moon, and stars to that dog. It is a lot easier to just take that walk or run than to disappoint Jack. Yet another reason why Jack is a beloved member of our pack.

I'm celebrating the new battery in my digital camera with some more photos of the Vernal Equinox Shawl.

Friday, March 13, 2009

It Never Gets Old

Take two thousand yards of grey wool, a couple of sticks, a pattern and you get this:

The yarn is handspun alpaca from a farm we stopped at during a vacation on Prince Edward Island, the pattern is Lanakomero's Vernal Equinox Shawl, and the model is moi.