Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Transitioning to Spring

Back in the winter, my Kansas-sister complained of the cold draft in her office, and the fact that she regularly sits at her desk with a sweater half-on. You need a shawl, I said. A lacy shawl wouldn't keep me warm, she said. A little working out of details, and now she is wrapped in this, instead:

Pattern: Beth Kling's Henslowe

Yarn: Davidson Old Mill Yarn Heather in Charcoal

Needles: Size 4 (3.5 mm) circular

Mods: I made it as big as mine! It is exactly the same as my shawl, except for color.

I hear it is getting daily use, and if that confuses you when thinking of Kansas in May, remember that office air conditioning is set for the benefit of the computers, not the people!

I love the DOMY Heather so much that I bought some in forest green at this year's Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, and learned the heartbreaking news that they closing by the end of the year! I am busy figuring out what would constitute a reasonable lifelong supply...

Next up in the summer sock race (and an added bonus for those of you who wanted a picture of our "woodified" stairs):

Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Fingering in Lilac Mist

Pattern: Lisa Dykstra's Panda Cotton Periwinkle Socks

Mods: I sized down again from 68 to 56 stitches, cutting the extra stitches out of the knit columns of the pattern.

These are my favorites so far, very comfy and pretty (the fact that they exactly match one of my shirts has only a little to do with it). I made the leftovers into two pairs of baby booties yesterday.

The next pair in the race have been frogged (the pattern and I did not get along), and the fourth pair are already well underway.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


There are reasons my husband is the cook in this family:

pile of badly burnt bacon
I swear I only walked away from my cooking breakfast for a moment, just to jot down a better paragraph in a story I'm writing. The coffee beeped when it was done, the muffins beeped when they were done, but long before that, the bacon just silently turned to char. I need a bacon timer - want to get on that, son?

Meanwhile, I hatched a plan to knit five pairs of cotton socks, quickly, at the beginning of the summer. I purchased 100 grams of fingering weight mostly-cotton (with a little acrylic to help it stretch) in each of five lovely, summery colors, picked out five different patterns for summer socks, spent a lovely evening pairing colors with patterns, and off I went. My one-pair-per-week speed turned out to be more like two-pair-per-three-weeks,but I'm moving right along. Pair the first, already in circulation:
Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Fingering in Peony

Pattern: Raquel Gaskell's Dottie Sock - easily memorized stitch pattern, lovely heel construction.

Mods: Sized down to 56 sts around to fit my foot, adjusted heel accordingly. The picot bind-off was just too floppy in cotton yarn, so I converted the cuff to 10 rows of 1x1 ribbing and Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off.

Results: They're about a half inch too long in the foot, but it certainly doesn't make them unwearable, and I'm learning about the ways cotton stretches after the knitting is done. Also, they only took one skein, so I have added a 6th pair/pattern to the race!