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

I need help.

CONTEST NOW CLOSED! Come back soon for the winners (both pattern, yarn and the draw!)

Stop it.

Stop it!

Stop laughing!

Not that kind of help.

Well, maybe …

Anyway, I have something of a sock-knitting dilemma.

I have yarn (oh, so much yarn) and patterns (many, many, patterns) but how to join them together? And which to knit first?

The options are detailed below, and I’d love it if you could help make my mind up. All of these are intended for me (my mum will have to wait for her next pair), I physically have all the yarn shown and I have bought/printed out all of the patterns listed.

Now, please help me choose.

Monkey (Knitty Winter 2006) in Cotton Fun (this combo is nailed on, so a vote for this is for me to knit these first).

cotton fun pink

Mashup Madness (Designedly Kristi)

OR Child’s First Sock in Shell Pattern (Knitting Vintage Socks, Nancy Bush)


Opal Uni in Purple

OR Opal Uni in Screaming Dutch Orange (my name, not theirs!)

opal sock yarn no flash

Ahh, all of them are lace socks. I hadn’t realised that when I was compiling the list. How funny!

So, to sum up;

  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.

I’d have one of those poll things, but I can’t have Javascript on WordPress so we’re going old-skool for this one.

  • To celebrate/commiserate the end of the Summer of Socks, if you leave a comment with your preference for what I should knit next (pattern and yarn) in this post only, with or without reasoning, I’ll enter your name into a draw to win some sock yarn! If you want to make a suggestion, but don’t want in to the draw, just say so in the comment and I’ll leave you out.
  • The winner can chose from two balls of Elann’s Sock it Too Me Puzzle in red/green/blue, blue/aqua/green or pink/yellow/blue. The colours can be seen here. Each ball has 210 m/230 yds, contains 75% superwash wool and 25% nylon and is machine washable.
  • If you are sensitive to wool, the alternate prize is two balls of Elann Esprit in Burgandy Rose. This yarn is 98.3% Cotton 1.7% Elastic and has 91m/ 100 yds (relaxed) or 170m/186 yds (stretched).
  • If there are lots of entrants, I may well award four prizes, so spread the word!
  • The comments will close two weeks from the time stamp on the post (14th of September at 12:00 p.m. BST. Note: that’s British Summer Time) and I’ll then make a random drawing of all those who want in!
  • And, there’ll be a spreadsheet and a graph at the end of it (you could also state your graph-preference if you wanted!)

Good luck!

No longer a mystery

This isn’t:

ms3 06-08-07

but The-Book-Which-Shall-Not-Be-Named is!
Yes, my local, friendly library came through and I’m now approximately 0.001% finished (I’m up to Chapter 12)!

Project Spectrum – final triad:

Orange. Purple. Brown.

Three of my favourite colours, all at the same time!

I had to pick one to knit something in, so I chose two!

lace up tank 06-08-07

Remember the swatch from way back when? Well, it’s all grown up!

The pattern is from Elann and is called the “Sonata Print Lace-up Tank” – snappy name!

In total contrast to Wren, there will be few or no modifications at all to this baby! What is very strange though, is I’m knitting the 38″ bust. And it fits. Weird! I haven’t been a 38″ bust since … the last time the Spice Girls were in fashion?

The yarn is from 100% Pure Wool and is the merino worsted in combined colours. I can’t remember the exact colour name, but I think it was something like Chestnut or Marron (French for chestnut!) . Actually, I found that colourway on the site but if it was that, the colour is way off!

Turing sock:

Still motoring along on sock 2, and thanks to my test knitters I’ve discovered some mistakes. I suppose that’s why I have testers! Sorry if you missed out this time around, I have plenty of other sock patterns bouncing around in my head. Not all will be publicized here during the making, but they will be eventually. And the deadlines will hopefully be longer!

I forgot to mention in my last post that you need to have already signed up to the Summer of Socks to take part in the competition. Doh! Sorry.

Next time:

I’ll tell you more about the bombshell my mum dropped on me about not loving me any more not needed any more socks. I know.

Commence Operation Feeling Sorry For Myself

(Mini-whine first, knitting follows) 🙂

Nothing in particular.

The incessant rain.

The persistent pain (ooh, that rhymes!)

The idiot neighbours who think it’s a good thing to lock a child in a room and ignore them while they are having a toddler tantrum. When they’re 11 years old.

I’ve finished the right front of the Wren cardigan and I’m just about to do a three-needle cast off on the shoulders.

There is some inconsistency in the fabric and I don’t know whether to block the pieces now or wait until I’ll finished everything. Any advice?

I’ve made a pretty decent start of my design for the Summer of Socks 2007 competition, but I’d still like to keep a little something back, so here’s a sneak preview:

SOS design peek 1

sos 2007 peek 2

The yarn is a bamboo/superwash wool mix from Anne in the MacIntosh colour. I am reliably informed that it does accurately resemble said apple, but I can honestly say that I’ve never seen one!

The third clue for the mystery stole has been released, but I’m still slogging away on clue 2. I’m a proud member of the Slow-Bee group, as imagined by Bonne Marie. There is a button and everything! If you want one, save it to your own computer and then upload it to your own image server, please. Thank you, darlinks.


Slow-bee shield badge!

Erm … I think that’s it. Yup. Sorry, pretty boring that, wasn’t it? I’ll try and have a more interesting life between now and the next post.

Shall I train to be a fighter pilot or run hobble away and join the circus?

U-knitting Nations

It never ceases to amaze me the places people are who visit my blog. Kind of like the United Nations, only it works and most of us get on!

the UN on my blog


Finished Clue The First and started on Clue the Second.

Mystery Stole 3 clue 1 finished

I’ve already made an error created a design feature by missing one of the beads, but assuming that the other pointy end is a mirror image I’ll make the same mistake design feature again.

I’ve got a photo of the beads in the lace, but in order to see them, you really need to view the image as large as possible. As I know that not everyone is on a high-speed, unlimited internet connection here’s the link to view the photo if you want.

Oh, and as Fluffy Knitter Deb said herself in the comments to my last post, USE HER BEADING TUTORIAL!!!

Wren wrap cardigan:
Progress is pretty good on the cardigan, but nothing photo-worthy. Find a photo of the left front, imagine it half way through the armhole, reverse the image in your mind. Got it? Good. 🙂


Thanks to Anne P. (Wooly Wonka Fibers) I now have some sock yarn with which to knit my design for the Summer of Socks 2007 competition.

macintosh bamboo yarn skein macintosh yarn cake

I’m going to be keeping it mostly under wraps, but you will get the occasional glimpse from now until mid-September!

Whether I win the competition or not, the pattern will be available by late September.

Right, I’m off to put my head back and watch TV, because apparently the 12 hours of sleep I got last night weren’t quite enough to stop me feeling like I’ve been run over by a steam roller. snooze