Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sock-Knitting Confessions

Hof off the needles are these Mona Socks, pattern by Cookie A., yarn by S.R. Kertzer On Your Toes Bamboo

Your mileage may vary but ...

1.  I never do a gauge swatch for socks. For men's socks, a set of #2 dpns and 60ish stitches and we're good to go.  For women, the same but a set of #1s.  Socks are usually stretchy.

2. A sock yarn with bamboo in it is best.  I like Boofly Sock (60% merino, 30% bamboo, 10% nylon) the best to work with, to wear, and to wash.  It's dreamy.

3.  I've yet to suffer from SSS or Second Sock Syndrome.
"Second Sock Syndrome. This is an affliction that prevents the victim from knitting the second sock of a pair." - Common Abreviations and Phrases Found in Sockknitters Mailing List
 4.  There are sock patterns I had to slog through.  The iconic and widely-beloved Monkey  left me stone cold.

5.  I'm impervious to the charms of magic loop,

knitting two socks at a time,

 novel cast-ons,

and afterthought heels which really seem like a solution without a problem.  Hello, it's a sock and you forgot to knit a heel???

That afterthought heel baffles me..

6.  I'm enjoying the Knit. Sock. Love. KAL on  We have a choice of two for each month with the option to knit only one or both, however you like.  So far, I've knit one a month.  The Mona Sock at the top of this entry is April's sock.

6.  I like color pooling.  The boldness and surprise are part of the fun.

7.  My all-time favorite sock pattern is Cascade Locks.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Laurel, Beret with Bobbles and Poetry

Laurel, pattern from Brooklyn Tweed

 It's April.  We're at the very beginning of what e. e. cummings called "just-Spring when the world is mud-luscious".   There's a vase of the first daffodils from the garden on the kitchen table and rain/sleet/snow outside.

I spent the morning finishing this hat. 

The yarn is Shibui Knits Baby Alpaca DK, as soft as a breeze, as soft as snow. "The snow doesn't give a soft white damn whom it touches," says e.e. cummings. 

Happy National Poetry Month!

[in Just-]

in Just-
spring          when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman

whistles          far          and wee

and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it's

when the world is puddle-wonderful

the queer
old balloonman whistles
far          and             wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and




balloonMan          whistles


Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Pattern:  Orchid Thief by Ysolda Teague
Yarn:  Fleece Artist Sea Wool

Tom and I have been traveling a little bit, giving talks about our upcoming book.  This is the knitting that came along.

There's serious errata for the pattern and some ambiguity, as well.  For me, it would have been unknittable without the help notes for the pattern at

The Sea Wool is fingering weight, 70% merino, 30% seacell, which is made from seaweed.  Some have issues with this yarn for socks but I loved working with it for this shawlette.