FO Friday

Ta-da! The Show-Off Stranded Socks are ready for the wearing.

Show-Off Stranded Socks in CTH Supersocks “Birches”

I really like this stitch pattern, but I don’t care for the heel the designer uses, so I made a traditional heel-flap-and-gusset heel instead. I kept the heel flap in pattern except for knitting the first two and last two stitches to make a garter-stitch border to ease the picking up of the gusset stitches. Also, I made a round toe, which is my usual toe. I had just enough yarn to complete the socks, which fit my gunboats quite nicely. The Cherry Tree Hill Supersock yarn is very soft and wonderful to knit with. And the stitch pattern used for the sock is a good one to use for hand-painted sock yarns.

The Spider Queen hasn’t been blocked yet. I’m planning to stretch her out tomorrow while watching football. Yes, I’ll take pictures. 🙂

Here’s a shocker. It was about 12:56 am when I snipped the last woven-in end on Show-Off last night (technically early this morning, LOL), and because it was so late (or so early, depending on your perspective) I didn’t cast on a new project. At this very moment, I have nothing OTN.

Well, sort of. I have a second sock in my knitting basket that hasn’t been touched in at least a year, but I need to dig out the pattern so I can finish it.

I also have an afghan that is in the middle of being put together that I should finish up.

And then there’s St. Moritz. I don’t want to talk about St. Moritz. And we won’t even mention Melanie, a lace shawl from Sharon Miller, that needs frogging.

But the sock and the sweater are in time out for the foreseeable future, so they don’t count as OTN; the lace shawl is destined to be frogged, so it doesn’t count as OTN, either. The afghan is knitted; it just needs finishing, so it cannot be classified as OTN, either.

Therefore, I currently have NOTHING on the needles. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Something must be done to correct this horrendous situation! I have a plan brewing, and it involves some of my handspun as well as some commercial sock yarn and at least 3 different projects. I’ll let you in on it all tomorrow. 🙂


WIP Wednesday

Let me explain something to you, dear reader. I’m retired. That means that one of the first things I do when I wake up in the morning is ask myself, What day is it? Lucky for me my computer tells me what day of the week it is, or else I’d be lost in a total time warp. One day is the same as the next for me. Every day is a day off.

So this morning, when I realized it was Wednesday, I knew I had to write a blog post. What point is there in joining WIP Wednesday if I forget to post something on Wednesday, right? So here is where my WIP stand today.

I have completed a few more rounds on the second Show-Off Stranded (not stranded) sock, so there’s no point in taking a new picture because it won’t look any different from the previous picture.

I don’t know whether The Spider Queen still counts as a WIP because she isn’t blocked yet. I think not. The knitting is done, and she doesn’t need any making up, so in my not so humble opinion, she’s a finished object.

So that leaves me with a spinning project. I started working on a lovely braid of BFL and Sparkle from Woolgatherings.

The colors are brilliant, and I am really enjoying spinning the sparkly yarn. The Sparkle Nylon is soft and isn’t even noticeable aside from the sparkle.

I’m spinning this yarn very fine and planning to chain-ply it to make a sock yarn. But I have a long, long way to go before this project is completed.

Stay tuned to the channel all week because I will definitely have a report for you on FO Friday.


Football Means Knitting!

College football has completed week two, and the NFL season is now underway. And that means I have been knitting my ass off. Okay, it really means that I have spent a lot of time sitting on my ass knitting and watching football. 🙂

I’m way proud of my progress. The Spider Queen is nearing completion. The last border is nearly done, and the edging is coming up.

The Spider Queen still in the yarn vomit stage, but nearing completion

The regal arachnid should be finished before October arrives.

The Show-Off Stranded Socks are coming along. Sock # 1 is finished and sock #2 is underway.

And, the pièce de résistance, the Mystery Cable Socks are done.

What’s that you say, dear reader? You’ve never heard of these socks of mystery cables? That’s hardly surprising. These socks are kit from the sock-of-the-month club at, a kit that I got in December of 2004, nearly 8 years ago. I have big feet, and I ran out of yarn. Since the yarn was Cascade 220 Superwash, I wasn’t concerned. Even though I hadn’t gotten around to starting these socks until quite a while after I had received the kit, Cascade 220 is a very popular yarn that is readily available, so I could order more, right? Wrong! When I tried to order more, I discovered that this particular color of Cascade 220 was no longer available. Anywhere. And this was before Raverly, so I couldn’t search stashes or do an ISO (In Search Of). So I did what any self-respecting knitter would do. I stuffed the project bag into the back of my yarn closet and forgot about it.

Fast forward a few years, actually more than a few years. I’m cleaning out my yarn closet and find these unfinished socks. Just for the hell of it, I checked on the intertubes to see if maybe by chance this color of Cascade 220 Superwash was available again. Guess what? It was! So I ordered a ball figuring that the dye lot wouldn’t even be close. But it’s a pair of socks. It’s no big deal to rip back part of the foot and reknit it, alternating the old yarn and the new. But when the yarn arrived, I was very pleasantly surprised to see that the new yarn matched the old exactly. EXACTLY!

Sometimes the knitting goddesses are on my side. 🙂

The Itch

Yes, I’m getting “the itch,” that feeling virtually all knitters get that they just HAVE to start a new project. I’m doing my best to resist scratching that itch, but I don’t know how long I can hold out.

I’ve been working on The Spider Queen for a while now, although it’s been maybe a week since I have knitted a single stitch on her. I am determined to finish the regal arachnid before I cast on any new projects. And it really shouldn’t be very long before she’s done. After all, college football starts Saturday. (Well, actually, it starts tonight.) And that means that on Saturday, there will be college football noon to midnight, and that means knitting noon to midnight. 🙂

Fortunately, socks do not count as new projects, so I can cast on as many socks as I like. I’ve been working a little on my Show-Off Stranded Socks and I’m nearly finished with the gusset increases of sock number one. I have to admit that I really don’t understand the “Stranded” in the name of this sock pattern. There’s no stranded knitting whatsoever in the entire sock. But that’s neither here nor there. The pattern is fun to knit and I think it shows off my Cherry Tree Hill Supersock to the max.

Show-Off Stranded Sock #1 in CTH Supersock in Birches colorway

I hope to finished these socks in less time than it took me to complete the Brown Garter Rib socks.

As much as I am enjoying the socks,  what I’m really jonesing to knit is a sweater. One might think that I would satisfy my craving for a sweater-knitting project by resuming work on the Dale of Norway St. Moritz that has been waiting patiently for my attention for many months. But you’d be so very, very wrong. If only!  Believe it or not, there are visions of a raglan-sleeve cardigan dancing in my head. Really? A raglan cardigan?!?!?!?!? Yes, a plain, stocking stitch raglan-sleeve cardigan. In red. Yikes! If I ignore the voices in my head, maybe they will go away. 🙂