We’re all going on a summer holiday …

No more working for a week or two.

Except, of course, with doing the Open University you only get time off from the middle of October to the end of January.

I’ve made my decision regarding the Sockapal-2-za sock pattern:

We like?

They are called the Lava Flow socks from here (biiigggg PDF file awaits – 99 pages), or the pattern on it’s own from the author.

I made a start on “I Don’t” – 46 rows to be exact – and realised I had frelled-up big time!

I read this part of the pattern:

work in Circular Pattern, decreasing 1 st in last repeat every round until 3 full repeats have been decreased.

I understood it as:

work two full repeats (all 18 rows) of Circular Pattern and then decrease one stitch every round in the last repeat.


Out it all came (no pictures because I was too heartbroken) and re-started it like this:

In the flat, on straight needles, and I still haven’t got it right. I’ve worked 6 rows, decreasing one stitch every row and I’ve only managed to decrease two stitches. How???? Because I kept doing the yarn overs on the other rows that’s how! Bloody idiot that I am! I can’t bear to rip out again, so I’ll do a couple of double decreases to get me back on track and then I’ll pay attention! I think it’s safe to say that this won’t be making it with me in completed form on holiday.

Mariposa has stalled while I work on “I Don’t”, as have the Chutes & Ladders socks. The Sockapal-2-za socks were always intended as “Holiday Knitting”, so they are packed in their little bag.

So, this is my holiday knitting (bear in mind I’m going to be in a place with no electricity and where the TV is run off a battery):

From top left, working clockwise, Lotus Blossom Shawl, Chutes & Ladders, I Don’t shrug and Sockapal-2-za socks. Enough? Too much?

Well, that’s me off to rust for 12 days (I looks like I got tanned, but it’s really just the rain!). Glorious photos of knitting in rain-sodden hills will be forth-coming!