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January 2008


Spring perhaps?


Look look look:
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Do you see? Genuine, actual, non-artificial and completely not created by photoshop – SUNSHINE!! (Cue happy Morris Dances heralding the arrival of spring – or something – there should definitely be a lute involved!)

All of this wonderful windy warm weather can mean only one thing in a knitting household; outdoor pictures. Sadly the extent of the garden’s cooperation is this:
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Even I can’t artfully arrange knitting on top of one primula and some daffodil shoots, it would be the end of the daffodils!

Instead we return to the trusty evergreen bush to reveal that:
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I have Azure socks to match the azure sky. I finished these on Thursday but didn’t get around to posting before. As you can see the cuff is a little longer on both socks – the second ball had a bit more yarn in it so I unpicked the sewn cast off and added rounds in one of those almost Heath-Robinson manouvres involving every 2.5mm sock needle in the house, knitting one row on one sock and then one on the other!

And the fit?
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Perfect. Although from my view it’s a bit more like this:
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Having finished the socks I’ve been cracking on with the shawl, which also came out to see the sunshine:
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I am now 4 rows into chart 2 with 4 charts and a 4 row edging to do.

I still don’t know whether I’ll have this finished in time for the wedding next Saturday. I know I’ll need to have it off the needles Thursday night to block it, let it dry Friday and then wear it Saturday – only time (and a lot of knitting) will tell but in the meantime it’s a great pattern to knit and the colour is just … well, just look at this:
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Isn’t it amazing…


…what you can accomplish in a relatively short space of time when you stop kicking yourself in the teeth with your own stupidity!

Today I went to court (again) and spent a total of 3 hours on a train.

I did the toe on the second Azure sock last night because the kind of manipulation required to start a toe up sock is not possible when at any moment you may need to grab hold of something if the train jolts, someone might open their newspaper into your face, or, my personal favourite, someone standing in the train next to your seat will dangle their handbag over their shoulder so that it repeatedly swings into you with the motion of the train (actually that was the tube!).

Apart from the toe I did this today:
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I’ve almost finished the gusset increases – yipee

I’ve got at least two more trips this week so these should easily be finished in time to keep my toes toasty at the weekend.

Which leads me onto a side point – there are reports of heavy snow in northern England today. Here it’s 12 degrees C – does anyone know of an unknown, unreported giant volcano located under the West Midlands? – I have my fears!


A happy ending


Thank you for all your good wishes for the state of the sock and the state of me. I have finished the sock – voila!
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And, more importantly, it is a perfect fit:
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I am so relieved!

In the end I had 5 pattern repeats before the increases and 9 up the leg (counting to include the heel) and ended with 8 rows of rib and a sewn cast off. I had to pinch a bit of yarn from the other ball to finish the cast off but I know that that ball is heavier so I should have no problem completing the second sock (in terms of yarn – whether I can take the mental strain is a completely different matter!)

I also played around with the rib at the top – the pattern calls for a 1 x 1 rib but I wanted the pattern to flow into the rib rather than be an abrupt line so I substituted p1, k1, p2, k2, p2, k2, p2, k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, p2, k2, p2, k2,p2, k1, p1 across each repeat and that way the pattern swoops int0 the rib – it looks a bit like this which will make far more sense:
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This sock will be forever mingled with memories of Anna Karenina (on the train), court appearances (the reason I was on the train and so tired) and the Poirot marathon I finished it to. One of H’s Christmas presents to me was the entire David Suchet Poirot series and I love it – I just wish they would do the Orient Express – it’s one of my favourites of the Christie novels.

Having completed the sock (and pranced around wearing it for a bit), I settled down to some soul restoration in the form of my Icarus scarf. It’s not very photogenic at the moment because it’s all scrunched up on the needles but this is as good as I got:
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I’m now on the fifth repeat of the main body section which according to the pattern is the last before the edging. I think I might add an extra repeat though as my gauge is nearer 6 sts to the inch rather than the 21 to 4″ called for in the pattern. By my reckoning that should make the shawl 60 ish inch wingspan rather than 72 and as I am not on the small side I think I should go big and add the extra repeat.

My aim (over optimistic as usual) is to finish this in time to wear it over an orange-red dress to a friend’s wedding on the first weekend of February. If I am too optimistic there’s another wedding at the beginning and end of March, we will just have to wait and see…..


One upon a time…


There was a sock. An embryo toe-up sock to be exact. It belonged to a knitter who had never tried a toe-up sock before but took upon herself its creation with good cheer and much confidence. The toe itself was intriguing and ultimately satisfying as the little square of knitting turned into a recognisable toe.

At this stage it looked like this:
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The Knitter knit on, recognising that now she was on the foot it really should be plain sailing and all would be well (foolish knitter). It was only when the heel was turned that she noticed that in addition to the little mistake she was happy to live with she had in fact misread the whole pattern and on every row knit 2 sts that should have been purled. The Knitter (on a train at the time) pulled out the needles and ripped back to the toe. At this stage it looked like this:

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Peeved but not discouraged our knitter valiantly started up the foot and round the heel. She contemplated posting a picture on her blog and sharing the giggle of how she was so silly to have mis-read the pattern. She ran out of time to post but the sock looked like this:
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The knitter kept knitting and finished the heel turn. She then tried it on. (minus points to the knitter for only at this stage having noticed how long the sock was) It was too long.
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The knitter ripped back, deciding to take out one of the 8-row pattern repeats.

The knitter spent several hours reknitting the gusset increases and the heel. And tried it on:
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Still too long (it’s like Cinderella in reverse).

The sock currently looks like this (now sporting 5 rather than 8 pattern repeats).
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The Knitter thinks that the yarn is beautiful, the pattern is charming but toe up socks may not be the salvation they are often advertised to be. Also the knitter could do with being less tired and paying more attention to the pattern and to the details of her mistakes.

Now I know that to climb Everest you end up climbing the height of the mountain three or four times before you eventually make that summit bid but seriously, is that really necessary with a sock? It’s like trying to run in a dream only to find yourself rooted to the spot. The number of hours I have put in on this sock!! I’m off to knit some gusset increases and a heel – send me positive vibes!

A sad and woeful tale of woe (with a happy ending)


With apologies possibly to Henry VIII depending on your preferred Tudor-age music scholar:

Alas my sleeve I knit you wrong
and cast you down discourteously
for I had knit you pretty long
Alas it was mistakenly

Green-second-sleeve was all my joy
Two finished sleeves my intended delight
Greensleeve I ripped you back
Oh, will I ever have two sleeves

Your increases placed on the wrong row
oh, why did the pattern misguide me [hint: probably user error]
8 inches knitting all wrong, so
I ripped back my latest greensleeve

Green-second-sleeve was all my joy
Two finished sleeves my intended delight
Greensleeve I ripped you back
Oh, will I ever have two sleeves

Now you have been re-knit by my hand
A finished sleeve is what I crave
You’re longer now than a wrist band
My sanity has now been saved

Two green sleeves you are all my joy
Two finished sleeves I am full of delight
I have finished both my sleeves
And there ends my ditty of greensleeves.

Do you see what I see?
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Both sleeves now joined to the body. 3 and a bit inches of stst to go and then the fun begins!

In the meanwhile – there is another embryo sock commuting to Birmingham:
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And this one is toe-up – a new and exciting venture in sock knitting

The pattern is Azure from the winter Knitty; it’s written for 1 skein of Jitterbug and what would you know, I just happen to have skein of Blue Parrot in the sock yarn stash – mmmm pretty!

In unrelated points of useless information they have had snow in Bagdhad but still no snow here. Not fair.