When I grow up

I want to be Helen Mirren.

Seriously. If in 5 years time I’m a tenth as hot as she is now I’ll be one happy girl.

Who do you want to be when you grow up (or grow down!)?

Today, I give you yarn photos!

I got some Socks That Fit in two colours and two weights. What? I’ve got to replace the yarn I’ve given away! That’s a warning for the Lorna’s Laces I’m hoping to acquire in the near future!

Lounging together

socks that fit

And on their own

socks that fit raspberry socks that fit desert rose

On the left is Raspberry Tonal in Some Assembly Required Superwash and on the right Desert Rose in Some Assembly Required Not-So-Light Wool

Just two quick notes;

1: contest winners – Stacey, your yarn was sent Airmail on … Thursday? Something like that. Amy and Britt, I’d only found one padded envelope earlier this week, so yours will be sent next week if I can get into the loft where I know there are some hiding!

2: if you drop a cheese grater from the work surface, do not attempt to catch it with your ankle bone.

I know.

It’s now strapped and elevated. 😦

And the winner is?

Mashup Madness by Kristi, in the “Screaming Dutch Orange” Opal yarn!

overall choice

1. Monkey sock in pink Cotton Fun, or
2. Mashup Madness in Opal Uni Purple, or
3. MM in Orange, or
4. Child’s First Sock in Shell Pattern in Opal Uni Purple, or
5. CFS in Orange
6. Other

pattern choice

yarn choice
In the effort of full disclosure, there was a late entry that got caught in the spam-filter. I got it in time, but not until after I’d done the graphs. Be reassured that your name was in the draw and your vote didn’t effect the outcome of the winning combo (other that to re-affirm it’s winning position)!

Thanks to everyone who voted and helped me make up my mind. I appreciated the reasons you gave as well. The other socks (Child’s First Sock in Shell Pattern and Monkey) will be knitted in the near future, so feel free to stick around and see how that turns out!

17 people entered the contest to help me decide what socks I should knit next (17 on the post, 1 on another post, minus Mrs Dr. Who who was of no help whatsoever!). Nobody said they didn’t want in.

Using this random integer generator the following numbers were drawn:

random nos

And these corresponded to the database as follows:


I contacted Stacey, Amy, and Britt (in that order) and they chose the Esprit, the green and blue Puzzle and the green and blue Puzzle yarn respectively (I had four balls of the green/blue, so it was all good!).

I’ll be sending your prizes off surface mail (what? I’m part Scottish!) as soon as I can get to the post office.

Thank you to everyone for playing, and I look forward to knitting the winning pattern soon!

FO: Turing and the Apple socks

turing long shot

Name: Turing and the Apple socks

Turing on an ApplePattern: (name, author, source) Turing and the Apple, by Moi, available soon.

Yarn: (name, fibre, weight, colour) Wooly Wonka Fibers Bamboo/Superwash Wool, 30% bamboo, 60% superwash wool, 10% nylon, sock weight, Macintosh colour.

Needles: (size, material, style) Set of 5 2.5 mm double pointed needles in bamboo

Construction: (toe/heel/ribbing/cast off or cast on) Top down, rib with garter stitch details, German Heel, grafted toe.

Number of stitches: (in foot/in leg) 64/64 for woman’s medium-ish

Knitting style: (toe, foot/leg, heel, ribbing) Combination for rib and heel flap, English for rest of sock.

Notes: So it didn’t win the Summer of Socks Design contest; I still love the design.

Pattern available to buy here.

turing back view

turing front view


Turing side view

Turing and the Apple socks

31st Dec 2014: temporarily removed from sale due to EU VAT digital sales law.

turing long shot

Turing and the Apple socks

Turing on an AppleInspired by the colourway of my yarn, MacIntosh, I started thinking about apples. I then remembered the tale of the English mathematician and code-breaker Alan Turing who died after eating a poisoned apple. It is said that the Apple Macintosh computer logo is an homage to this brilliant man.

In this top-down sock, garter stitch flows from the ribbing, through the leg, into the heel and on to the foot.turing back view

The ankle-length leg is perfect for a summer sock, but it is very easy to lengthen to your personal taste.

The heel is a deep style called a German Heel (appropriate given the role Turing played during the Second World War at Bletchley Park) and the toe decreases are more widely spaced than usual to fit in with the overall design.

Turing side viewThis would make a great men’s sock, made in slightly more sober colours (or not, as the case may be!).

Yarn: Wooly Wonka Fibers Bamboo and Superwash Wool Sock Yarn, in “MacIntosh” (378 yds/345 m, 60% merino superwash wool, 30% bamboo, and 10% nylon)

Needles/notions: Set of 5 2.5 mm/US 1.5 needles (or size to obtain gauge).

Blunt needle for weaving in of ends,

Row counter and stitch markers (optional).

turing front viewSizes: Small to fit 7-8”/18-20 cm, Medium to fit 8-9”/20-23 cm, Large to fit 9-10”/23-25.5 cm (Size shown is Medium and is on a 9” foot).

9 sts and 12 rows = 2.5 cm/1” over stocking stitch on 2.5 mm needles in the round

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I didn’t win the Summer of Socks design contest, but I’ll make the Turning and the Apple pattern available to buy in a few days, after I’ve posted the “Finished Object” post.

And I’ll also announce the winners of my own little contest in the next few days once I’ve contacted the three winners. Can you stand the excitement? 😀

Kristi said “Jump“. I thought “How High?” 😀

The following is partly for her, and partly for me. I’m currently planning what I’m packing for my trip in October and it’s really got me thinking about colour. So, here goes!

1. What is your current favourite colour?

Hmm … I’d probably have to say orange or purple.

2. Had your favorite color changed over the years?

No – it’s pretty much always been purple!

3. Is your current favorite color one that is currently trendy? (Do you see it in the fashion rags or on the clothes rack or in the linen aisle right now? How about 5 years ago?)

I have no idea. I vaguely follow “trends”, by which I mean I notice them, but rarely slavishly give into them.

4. What is your favorite color combination?

Hot pink and sunset-orange, or red and black.

5. Is that combination a popular one? (Is it use in prints you see in the stores and catalogs and magazines now? How about 5 years ago?)

Again, no idea really!

6. What is your favorite way of using color in your knitting? (Are you a stranded knitter? Do you prefer simple stripes? Do you prefer just accents at the hems/collars?)


Seriously, I like all those techniques for different reasons and different purposes. I tend not to do simple stripes unless it’s on socks, but I don’t shy away from automatically-striping yarn in garments.

7. What colors look good on you?

Brown, red, orange, purple. Generally, strong but muted tones with the occational vibrant splash of colour

8. What colors look bad on you?

Yellow, lime greens, stark white or black.

9. Do you wear colors that don’t look good on you just because you like them?

No. Apart from black and white, I tend to avoid them.

10. What is your favorite neutral color? black/white/ivory/tan/brown/gray – if brown or gray do you prefer cool or warm versions of those or does it matter? And, how dark?

Currently, it’s brown. I gravitate towards chocolate-type shades.

11. Is there a sweater pattern that uses more than one color that you’d like to make, but you wish to change the colors from what is published? If yes, which one? What do you not like about the published colors?

I can’t think of one off the top of my head, but if there was one I was lusting after, I would almost certainly want to change the colours! It’s very likely that I’d want to substitute the yarn in the first place, but it’s highly unlikely that the published colours would be those I’d like to wear.

I have a fair amount of confidence in choosing colours, but I like patterns that provide alternatives and suggestions for colour schemes (such as Philosopher’s Wool).