FO: Sassy Socks With a Difference

FO: Sassy Socks With a Difference


Pattern: (name, author, source) Toe Up Socks With a Difference (PDF) by Wendy Johnson from [My Ravelry Project Page]

toeupdiff2Size(s): (to fit, finished size) To fit 9″ foot, knit standard as pattern

Yarn: (name, fibre, weight, colour) Cascade Sassy Stripes in colour 769, wool/nylon fingering weight (from OldBean – contest prize)

Needles: (size, material, style) Two 2.25 mm circular needles for two-socks-two-circulars method

Knitting style: (for stitch patterns) English for stocking stitch in the round and Combination for ribbing and heel

Heel and toe style: Judy’s Magic Cast on, flat toe and toe-up gusset heel with flap.

Modifications: None (I know – you may have to lie down now!)


sockwithadiffheel2No problems with the pattern; it’s very clearly written and I got a pair of socks that fit well.

The yarn (which I don’t think is available in the UK – feel free to prove me wrong!) feels quite hard-wearing and would be a good basic sock yarn to have in your stash.  The stripes do repeat but there are long intervals and the stripes are not even.  It’s for this main reason that I didn’t bother trying to make the socks identical.

sockswithadiffheelThe “difference” in these socks is due to the gusset increases being placed on the bottom of the foot, rather than on the sides.  Other than aesthetics, I can’t see any fit advantage to placing the increases here.  That’s not to say there’s no point knitting them, but there’s no need to abandon a “standard” toe-up gusset-heel sock pattern.

I knit these socks because I needed another pair of wool socks with a decent leg length and at least I can now say I’ve knit them!

FO: Reverser

FO: Reverser


Side 1


Side 2

This is not my dad (obviously.  Maybe not obviously, I don’t know.  But in any case, my dad is much less plastic and only slightly more talkative!  Love you dad!)

Pattern: (name, author, source) Reverser by Woolly Wormhead from “Going Straight” [My Ravelry Project Page]

Size(s): (to fit, finished size) To fit my dad’s 22/23″ head

reverser3Yarn: (name, fibre, weight, colour) King Cole Fashion Aran (acrylic/wool) aran-weight yarn in Granary (#89)

Needles: (size, material, style) 5 mm aluminium circular (used for flat knitting)

Knitting style: (for stitch patterns) Combination

Modifications: None.

Notes: Really great pattern from Ruth (as usual) and I had no problems with it.  It’s a fantastic men’s/unisex pattern and I would have knit this in a day if I hadn’t got the deadly lurgy on Friday and thought I was going to collapse/die and spent most of the day lying down in a darkened room (literally).  I didn’t die, and I managed to finish the hat!

This is the same yarn I knit my dad’s Gansey in and my Strawberry Joe hat (also from the Going Straight book).  It’s a fairly work-horse yarn and I expect it to stand up quite well to my dad’s head! 😀

Now with added crochet!

Now with added crochet!

Hang on!  Come back!  Sorry for mentioning the c-word, I promise this isn’t going to turn into a crochet blog!

See how pretty?

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I love the texture you can achieve with crochet and how lacy stitch patterns are so much easier.

And also – woohoo!  I managed to start with 41 stitches and I currently have 41 stitches.

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3 pattern repeats of the lace.  You’ll have to trust me that the sides are straight; the lace part pulls in quite a lot.

You have no idea how happy this makes me!  The above is the Treenah scarf from the inaugural issue of The Inside Loop and is destined for my neighbour’s neck.

I keep checking and it does look like the pattern photograph.  The designer used alpaca, but my neighbour can’t have anything woolly/itchy near her, so I’m using an acrylic.  I’m hoping I’ll be able to block it out and I may even apply heat to try and “kill” the yarn so it stays blocked.

An “interesting” week:

The past seven days haven’t been easy because it contained anniversaries of both of my grandfather’s deaths.  It’s also been very cold and I don’t do well when the temperature drops below about 20 C!

Look what happened on Saturday:



More traditional pursuits:

I’ve been knitting steadily on my three active projects and here is where I am with all of them;

Veste Everest/Cricket vest for my mum:

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4 repeats completed, with 1 full repeat of 14 rows plus 12 rows to go before armhole shaping.

Toe Up Socks with a Difference:

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Just knitting around on the leg now – totally mindless, but has to be done!

Mystery socks/Mad for Plaid:

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I’m only doing a couple of rounds a day on these so it’s slow-going and I’m still on the gusset decreases on the second sock.  The first sock’s toe has been grafted.

Erm … yeah.  So.  A mixed time in the past seven days, but could have been worse!

If you celebrated Thanksgiving I hope it went well.  As well as large gatherings of family ever can, of course!

Next time, I’ll tell you why I agreed to design a garment for a knit along for free!  Hint: the answer may involve questioning my mental stability!