Archive for February, 2006


project stop

Only four more weeks.


How many different yarns and patterns will I go through before I find something that works for my sockapalooza socks?

For anyone wondering, the current count stands at three yarns and three patterns, and I’m not finished yet.

Playing catch-up

A quick rundown. I finished the Manos Clapotis, and promptly blocked the shit out of it. It (and I) made the trip to Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat where I ran into Cat Bordhi every time I turned around and found the rumours about Sally Melville are true. She is an awesome teacher, and if you ever get the chance to take a class from her, DO IT. Worth. Every. Penny. I spent far too much money on sock yarn, fiber, and a drop spindle. I drank too much and slept too little. All in all, a wonderful weekend.

Now I’m freezing my ass off (hellooo, northern weather system) and preparing to fail another math test. And one of these days I’ll get a picture of that finished Clapotis. That is, if I take it off.

Clap clap!

on fire, yo

Problem Solving

Knitter S is working on Clapotis using five skeins of Manos del Uruguay yarn and size eight needles. If she did one less increase repeat, has used three and a half skeins of the yarn, and her toddler throws a tantrum a hour, at what point on Thursday does she become a slobbering mess?

Bonus Question: How many episodes of Thomas the Tank Engine will said knitter also have to watch?

Toe Up Socks


Yarn: Artyarns Supermerino, Colour #114
Needles: Addi Turbos Sz 3 24″ and 32″ Circulars
Pattern: My own

As a rule, they were a Christmas present. Yes, I know it is a month and a handful of days past Christmas. But in my own defense, I dropped a stitch in the second sock and had to rip back past the heel and back to the damn toe. And really, after doing that, who wants to knit on that project again?


I did the first sock on two circulars, the second using the magic loop method. The heel was short-rowed using PGR’s directions. And they were knit using a pattern that only exists in my mind. I bought the yarn at Churchmouse Yarns and Teas back when I took the original toe-up class at work, and after several false starts I finally got the first sock completed in October. Needless to say, Mum is totally not getting socks for Christmas next year.