FO: Vortical socks

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Pattern: (name, author, source) Vortical by Phoenix Bess from Knotions Winter 2008 issue [My Ravelry Project Page]

vortical fo3Size(s): (to fit) 9″ circumference, 9.25″ foot length

Yarn: (name, fibre, weight, colour) Sock it to me Puzzle in yellow/pink/blue/fair isle colour 719, sock-weight, wool/nylon designed to out-last the cockroaches and Cher, 60 g total (276 yards/252 m)

Needles: (size, material, style) 2 x 2.75 mm aluminium circular needles

vortical fo1Knitting style: (for stitch patterns) English for toe, foot and leg, combination for heel and ribbing

Heel and toe style: Toe-up; Judy’s magic cast on for toe, standard wedge toe, wrapped short row heel

Modifications: Knit toe-up with short row heel

Notes: Really simple, easy to memorise sock pattern which works well with self-striping and handpainted yarns.

The socks really, really want to bias so when they are on the foot, the instep pattern is desperate to skip off your foot!

Anyway, I’ve sucessfully completed another pair for the Sockdown Challenge on Ravelry (this was January’s challenge of a sock pattern from an online magazine)!

Back but busy

How’s that for alteration?!

I worked frikin’ hard in sorting through one small portion (4 full filling cabinet draws of papers going back to childhood) of my grandpa’s paper work, but it has inspired me to plough through my own “stuff” so no-one has to curse me under their breath when I’m gone.

I got one afternoon of tourist-time and my grandma took me to a couple of my favourite places




I did get some knitting done (not much, but the odd round or two watching TV and on the train did add up)


Photo taken on the train home

The socks are the only things I’m actively working on now because I’m designing a top for the Ample Knitters and that’s taking up quite a bit of my brain right now. The visit has put me back about 2 weeks, but the list have been quite understanding about it!

With that in mind, I’m probably not going to be blogging much in the next couple of weeks, but I’m a month in to the Project 365 thing (a self-portrait every day for 365 days) and I’m still “doing” Plurk if you want to see what I’m doing with my non-blogging time!

This ‘n’ that

Watch as this female specimen of Homo sapiens emerges, blinking, into the post-Christmas and New Year light.  Shell-shocked from actually having people to entertain during this time, she managed without resorting to excess amounts of chocolate. I don’t have photos of the two young Swedes who visited (they were male and all together too young, so mind out of the gutter) but I do have photos of the cake


Hmm… one of those dots of marzipan looks like PacMan! 😀

the hat I started (and finished) for my brother


Flappy hat (only available via Ravelrymy project page)

the sock I cast on just after midnight on New Year’s Day


my first (and so far, only) cousin on our first meeting


She’s the one on the left – isn’t she cute?!  Kind of looks like a Vulcan to me (that’s a good thing, by the way), but I’m a geek !

and an update on the socks from the 1st of January

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Vortical socks from Knotions Winter 2008 issue in Sock it Too Me Puzzle

So, to conclude – I’ve been busy!  I know!  It’s not going to stop any time soon, either.  My birthday’s on Thursday (which I’m hoping will be quiet) and then I’m off to Wales on Tuesday to act as secretary for my Grandma (definitely not a holiday!). I’ll be looking forward to any chance to stop and breath, but I’m not sure if that will happen soon enough!