Three years later, a sock

It’s actually a little astonishing how many works-in-progress I have languishing in nooks and crannies around my house. And I never know what might actually motivate me to pick an old project up. It’s sort of a nice surprise to find myself suddenly finishing up a very old project.

In October of 2010, I participated in one of Kirsten’s wonderful Mystery Sock Knit-alongs. A lot of stuff happened that month, and I never actually finished the pair of socks. I conveniently solved Second Sock Syndrome for myself though, by breaking my ankle:

solved: Second Sock Syndrome

(not how I would recommend getting yourself out of finishing a pair of socks)

By the time I was out of my aircast, I had moved on to other projects, and I never managed to pick those socks back up. In the meantime, the yarn got terribly tangled, so every time I considered the project, I was daunted by the untangling that would ensue.

Then all of a sudden this past Friday night, I wanted to finish those suckers up. I was ready to cast on for this year’s Through the Loops Mystery Sock Knitalong, and I guess I wanted to clear the decks, so to speak (though in all honesty, I also still have my 2012 TTL Mystery Sock still in progress as well!). So I picked it up and was stunned to discover that I was totally done with the gusset – all I had left was the foot and the toe. You know, basically four inches of knitting. Yes, there was untangling to be done, but even that took less time than I had expected. And before the weekend was up, I had a new pair of socks.

TTL Mystery Sock 2010

TTL Mystery Sock 2010

I love the texture of the socks – the cable pattern is fun to knit and so pretty to wear.

sock toes

sock toes

And the cables flow into a beautiful toe, too.


The yarn was great, too – Kitchen Sink Dyeworks Luxe Merino Fine, in “Dram.” I mean look at the lovely depth of color:
in progress :: TTL Mystery Sock 2010
Kitchen Sink Dyeworks, by Mercedes Tarasovich, is now closed, sadly. This is a Merino/Cashmere/Nylon blend, so it definitely is a little “luxe.” But the truth is, I’ve decided I prefer to work with just straight-up wool. Cashmere-blend yarn is just a little too drapey and soft for my taste, at least for socks.

a little slouchy

a little slouchy

And I had trouble with gauge. I’m a loose knitter, so I always knit my socks on size 0s (unless I’m knitting with worsted weight yarn, in which case I typically knit them with 3s). I made the size Medium but probably should’ve made the size Small, because these are actually quite loose and slouchy on me. In fact, they fit my husband perfectly, but he felt they were a bit too feminine for him. So I will happily wear them. The color is perfect and the pattern is glorious, and if the worst thing I have to deal with in a day is slightly loose socks, then I have a pretty good life.

Now I am moving forward with this year’s Mystery Sock Knitalong with an almost clear conscience!


knitted, gifted :: The Fisherman’s Wife (Cowl) + Whitefish Point Armwarmers

20131226-112114.jpgThis is my stepson’s adorable girlfriend and she rocks so hard. In addition to many other things I love about her, she also has a true appreciation for things that are handmade (as a massage therapist, she understands the care and energy that go into working with your hands). So when my stepson showed me a picture of a cowl that she had indicated on Facebook that she liked, I knew what to do.

First, I got to work reverse engineering it – I thought perhaps it was a neck warmer from a store, rather than a handknit; the picture on Facebook didn’t indicate. But before long, I found a pattern for it –¬†The Fisherman’s Wife on Ravelry.

The Fisherman's Wife

The Fisherman’s Wife

This knit is about as fast and easy as they come. I rarely knit with super-bulky yarn, but when I do, I am astonished all over again at how quickly it knits up. If you don’t mind the feeling of knitting with tree trunks, it’s pretty fun. I used Cascade Magnum, which I’d never used before, and I really liked it.

After that, I decided to create some armwarmers to go with it, so, as I’ve already mentioned, I designed these Whitefish Point Armwarmers.


I think she likes them:



I also designed some boot toppers (pattern coming soon), but I only managed to get one of them knit before Christmas (so the gift is coming soon, too). This continues a long tradition of mine, of giving partially-knit gifts. Sad but true.

aren't they adorable?

aren’t they adorable?

It was very fun to give gifts so well-received. Her gift to me included a gift certificate for a massage, so as you can imagine, that was mighty well-received, too!

planned :: Tour de Fleece!

fiber :: Tour de Fleece plans!, originally uploaded by earthchick.

Just popping in to show you my very ambitious Tour de Fleece plans. They’re ambitious because I’m traveling for most of the tour, but I did bring my wheel with me (I still need to show you my! new! wheel!). I’m excited about what I’ve got planned:

Above is my main plan for the tour:

From left to right:

4 oz. Spunky Eclectic Mixed BFL, “Forest

4 oz. Funky Carolina Mixed BFL, “Carrots”

4 oz. Southern Cross Fibre Mixed Shetland, “Dessert Sun”

4 oz. Spunky Eclectic Mixed BFL, “Cranberry”

3.8 oz. Southern Cross Fibre Mixed Shetland, “Decadent Chocolate”

I’m planning to spin this up for a Sugar Maple . GAH! Isn’t that just a totally gorgeous sweater?! I’ve had my eye on it since before the pattern was published. This will be my first gradient type spin – any pointers?

One of my favorite knits from last year is my handspun Cladonia . I’d like to start a beach-inspired one while I visit the Emerald Coast this summer. So I want to spin this undyed Masham to go with these other handspuns:

options :: handspun TTL Cladonia

The yarn at the top is my handspun Hello Yarn Wensleydale singles in “Smells of the Sea” – I’m thinking to stripe it with itself for the main part of the shawl. I think I’ll use the undyed Masham for the lace part of the Cladonia. And then the trim will either be the teal (Funky Carolina 2-ply merino in “Dragonskin”) or the yellow (Spunky Eclectic Romney singles in “Sumac”).

I’m also breaking out my spindle for a few days of the tour – I don’t think I’m going to take my wheel to the beach with me, so I figured the spindle would be a good alternative. I totally suck at spindle spinning but figured I would give it a go. I brought along this Abby’s Batt that’s been in my stash for a few years:

the goods

I got a lot of spinning done this month and hope to show you some soon. I also finished my Through the Loops Mystery Shawl but still need to get it blocked and photographed.

Happy tour, y’all! And happy summer!