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September 30, 2006

a month without socks

It began because I am contrary, and then I started to think about it and decided I needed a challenge to shake things up.

Two years ago, before it became a phenomenon, I declared my own personal Socktober and only knit socks during the tenth month.

This year, I've figured I'd turn the concept on its head and knit no socks during October.

This will be quite a challenge. I just renewed my Socks that Rock supply. I just charted out a new stranded sock pattern. I am surrounded by Socktober participants. I'm really in for it.

Is this privation really necessary? Will it accomplish anything? I think probably yes. I hope so.

I have so many other projects that are stalled and languishing. When things get tough, I start another sock to avoid the problem. As a result, I finish very little other than socks.

I'm hoping this little exercise in restraint will refocus me and help me become more aware about why my knitting projects so often end up in limbo.

Must go now, I have 13 more hours of sock knitting left before 31 days without socks.

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September 28, 2006

I have needles in my pants and a pine cone in my bra

Well, not any more...but I did on Saturday afternoon by the time I left the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. That's what you get from a couple of hours knitting under the pines.

I went home with plenty of other organic matter as well (although it was in a new shopping basket and not in my underthings).

Here is the majority of my takings. [Apparently, my color story for this season is oranges, pinks, and purples].


As would be expected, there is sock yarn: four skeins of Socks that Rock. That should see me through the winter.


There is also a bit on lace weight, which has had most of my attention since I brought it home. The pendulum has swung again.

Finally, there is some Cascade 220 for a felted bag. How I have held back from immediately plunging into that one as well is a story of supreme self-restraint.

After visiting the vendors, I hung out with Shannon, NeuroKnitter, and Wool Girl from We Heart Yarn and Iris from our Friday knit meetings. Shannon became a roadside attraction by knitting two socks at the same time on one needle ala the Magic Loop. NeuroKnitter failed once again in her persistent attempts to get me to start spinning.

I also got to meet Heidi of Pick Up Sticks, who came to the festival all the way from Idaho with a group of on a quest for fleece and bunnies. Fleece and bunnies? Yay!

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September 26, 2006

currently playing on an endless internal loop

We all begin out with good intent
When love is raw and young
We believe that we can change ourselves
The past can be undone
But we carry on our back the burdens time always reveals
In the lonely light of morning
In the wound that would not heal
It's the bitter taste of losing everything
I've held so dear

Though I've tried I've fallen
I have sunk so low
I messed up
Better I should know
So don't come round here and
Tell me I told you so

--Sarah McLachlan

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September 24, 2006



Priscilla Gibson-Roberts explains how to knit a heel like this in her book Simple Socks, Plain and Fancy. I recommend the book to anyone interested in short-row heels and toes.

I've had several questions about whether or not I'll make my pattern for these sock available. I'm not really sure; but if I do, it won't be for quite some time. Other than charting out the stranded motif, I made it up to exactly fit my foot as I went along. [I could have made knitting the second sock much easier on myself by making better notes on the first one]. Professional and personal circumstances prevent me from spending the time now to write up and proof a nice pattern that wouldn't cause headaches for others.

Perhaps what I will do is knit another pair similar to these with a different motif while making much better notes and maybe see if I can get someone to test knit at least one. That won't happen right away though.

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September 23, 2006



So, you can see where this is going.

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September 22, 2006

the yarn


The yarn is ShibuiKnits sock yarn from Knit Purl in Peacock and Honey.

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September 21, 2006


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September 20, 2006


Forgive me if this is everywhere because I've temporarily stopped reading most knitting blogs [the pressure, the pressure].

The Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art

I particularly like the knit brain by Karen Norberg with the unzippable corpus callosum.

Reminds me of the crocheted hyperbolic planes.


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September 13, 2006

sock season soon

Back in June, I went to the Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene and brought home a couple of skeins of Socks that Rock.

Over the summer they've turned into of couple of pairs of socks. [clicking the pictures below will get you an enlarged view].


The Star Sapphire became Charlene Schurch's Ripple Weave socks from the Fall '06 Vogue Knitting. Be aware that the chart for the stitch pattern is wrong; and as of today (9.13.06) , there isn't a correction on their website (although there are corrections for other patterns in that issue).

The error is on row three of the chart; which should read from right to left, P2tog, (K1 tbl, P1) three times, K1 tbl, YO, K1 tbl, YO, P1, K1 tbl. It's reasonably obvious if you look at the chart because the rest of the YO symbols line up in nice, neat diagonals.

Modifications I made to the pattern include: adding a pattern repeat around the ankle (for my high instep), a short-row heel, gusset decreases after the heel to narrow the foot, and modified toe-shaping (because my feet are not very pointy).

These are easily some the most attractive socks I've ever knit. Plus, chart errors aside, the stitch pattern is lots of fun. I will knit another pair of these.


The Mist socks also owe a debt to Ms. Schurch. I used my 2x2 sock pattern as the base and added the Elongated Corded Rib shown in her book Sensational Knitted Socks.

I love how the chocolate raspberry swirl of the Mist colorway is broken up just enough by the nubbly texture of the stitch pattern.

I won't have to wait much longer to start wearing these socks. I took these pictures yesterday when it was still sunny and warm. Today, Fall has asserted itself and it's cloudy and cool. Sock season soon.

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September 09, 2006

Portland, Saturday

Russian Dolls

Last Saturday my sister was in town and we rode the train downtown to the Saturday Market.

I took a some pictures there and around the Pearl District and I've added just a few to the Portland album.

However, the next day we drove to Cannon Beach on the coast and I took about a thousand pictures of Haystack Rock. At some point, I will bore you with only a few hundred of the best shots.

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