I loves me my socks!

I loves me my socks!

Look what I got from the lone star state this morning:

It says: “Treats for your feets”

A Postcard from Dallas (including big scary buildings – I get nervous above three storeys)

The shiny things are two lone-star charms (I likes shiny things).

How cool is this:

Riddle me this: why is it that someone I’ve never met, and who lives thousands of miles away, can knit a pair of socks that fit me perfectly, yet I can’t?

Thank you Chris (Skittermagoo). Can you beleive that these are Chris’ first ever cables?! You rock!

Now, I just have to check that my pal got hers! You’d think that the Royal Mail would be able to deliver a pair of socks to …. somewhere else in the UK???

EDIT: so, she got them and guess what? They don’t fit :((((( They measure 6 1/2″ instead of 9 1/2″. What the hell did I do!? Did I not measure them correctly? Did I get my nines and sixes mixed up on the tape measure? Did they shrink a lot when I washed them? Quite frankly, any or all of these are a possibility. Anyway, they fit her daughter perfectly and she loves them (so not a total waste then).

[wanders off muttering: measure three times, check twice, cut once …..]

Attack of the killer paper clips

Attack of the killer paper clips


Don’t worry: they are only my high-tech, super-expensive stitch markers.

I’ve actually finished the shawl and I’m just about to start blocking it. 36 hours it took me to cast off – not really! I did the casting off in hour-long bursts over one and a half days, but it felt like 36 hours!

The good thing about finishing the shawl is I now have two 70 g skeins plus about 20 g remaining of a third. So, I’m thinking SOCKS! I hope suggestions will be forthcoming for suitable patterns (I’m thinking maybe lace would be good) and also suggestions as to needle size. The reccommended size on the ball band is US 4s (about 3.5 mm) and I usually go down half a millimeter or so from what you’d knit a jumper on. So that would be US 2 or 3 (3 or 3.25 mm). Sound about right?

Knit Tracker images:

I had a comment asking about the tracker images in my sidebar. The original code comes from Indigirl Amy, here. However, the multi-coloured ones I use were modified by Celia Ng’s partner Chris Hernandez. If you aren’t confident in viewing HTML/Javascript code, I’d suggest using Amy’s original version. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been coding HTML since the (internet) year dot, and I am fairly confident in winging my way through this kind of thing!


Everything is parcelled up and ready to go. I’ve included a print out of two landmarks around my way: the local town hall (better than it sounds) and a really beautiful lake just up the road. I also included the rest of the yarn that I didn’t use and the Lava Flow pattern.
Thanks for the comments on the socks – I’m now just hoping that they fit the recipient!


I need something plain and simple to work on next (since it’s lace, texture and cables on the needles now or will be soon), so I’m planning on Picovoli sans pico.

Here’s the swatch I did in Jaeger Cadiz (viscose/silk mix aran-weight):

Obviously, I’ll have to change the numbers to make it work with my yarn, but I’ve done that before and I “heart” maths!

So, here’s a little equation:

no assignments + cricket = mucho knitting time.


See you next week!

Watch the lava flow

Watch the lava flow

Stick a fork in them (or two ciruclar needles), they do be done!

I liked this pattern and think it works really well with a regular-striping yarn like the Regia Mini Ringel I used.

As usual, all the details of the yarn, needles and pattern on it’s own ickle webpage. (Yes, I did just use the word ‘ickle’. I put it down to the assignment and revision stress. At least, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.)

I worked the grafting using the instructions I found here. I am so chuffed with it you wouldn’t believe. In fact, I may have to break out the happy-dance bunny!

Martha gets attention (at last)

Martha gets attention (at last)

Do my politics look big in this?

OK, not really politics, because this is a knitting blog and you do not want to hear my opinion on the social structures of another country. So, hurricane relief: you know where to go.


Remember Martha? She’s the cardigan from Rowan International magazine 37 that I started a long time ago. Well, now that my Sockapal2za socks are nearly done (see below) I’ve stopped neglecting her so much and managed to get this far:

Compare this with the last time she made an appearance:

See – progress!

Sockapal2za/Lava Flow socks:

I have toe-age!

Now, all I have to do is learn to graft!

Copper Desert:

Remember the yarn-winding nightmare in the last post? Well, this is the swatch:

Can you see how it biases at the bottom? That’s the result of taking the yarn from the inside of the ball. It put too much twist on it and made it behave like (gets the only spinning book she owns) an engergized single – apparently! So, I switched to the outside of the ball and ended up on 3.25 mm needles.

Looking at the yarn, I think something in stocking stitch, maybe with a simple lace pattern somewhere, will be great. I also get the feeling that the garment will need side seams to stabilize it because it is quite drapey.

Still writing:

My penultimate assignment is done and waiting to be posted. So, just the Oceanography one to do this week and it’s on to revision.

See you later this week (probably). TTFN.

EDIT: the spammers struck, which means I’ve implimented word verification to make sure that it’s a real person on the other end! Sorry about this. It does mean an extra step for you, but no annoying crud in the comments for me.

Say Cheese!

Say Cheese!

My skein and balling hell:

Tabloid headline aside, in order to transform a skein from Mystical Creation Yarns you need:

  1. An infinitely adjustable swift and/or
  2. Nerves of steel and/or
  3. No sense of danger.

I didn’t have 1, but I did have 2 and 3.

So, after four days of much swearing and untangling I have this:

300805 001

The colour moves from copper, to yellow, peach and khaki green. I love it!

The name for balls I made is “cheeses” – hence the title.

EDITED for Lou: It’s a cotton/rayon mix from Mysical Creation Yarns in “Copper Desert” colourway (or rather colorway, since it’s American!)

Lava Flow/Sockapal2za socks:

I think “slowly but surely” would be a good truism to attach to these socks. I like the pattern and I love the fact that I’m knitting them for someone I’ve never met, but there’s no shaping, no yarn overs, no cabling, just a “slip one purlwise” every five stitches.

Thanks go to Bagpuss for ably modelling the socks! Just in case you think I’m completely mad (you didn’t already?) he is a pyjama case as well as being cute! Plus – no claws to dig into my knitwear!

I’m now just one and a half inches off starting the toe, so I should be finished in time. Good news for my sock pal!


I’ve had the pattern for ages (and the yarn for even longer) and I hope that this will be the year I’ll finally cast on!

The yarn I have is the discontinued Rowan Magpie Tweed in the colourway Jewel. It’s purple with little flecks of red, green and brown in.

My first cardigan:

OK, not really my first cardigan, but it will be the first cardigan I’ve designed wholly from scratch. I’m using Knitting from the Top for the instruction part of it and the Harmony Guide for Aran Stitches for the cables. It will be a saddle-shoulder, round neck cardigan for my mum in a cotton/acrylic yarn from Elann.

Essays galore!

I’ve got a 3000 word infectious disease essay to do this week and then my final, final, ever assignment next week. After that, I’ll collapse in a jibbering heap for two day before starting on my revision. Oh joy.

See you the other side of leishmaniasis!