Monthly Archives: November 2012

I just got back in from voting. YAY!

I’m blessed to live in a country where I can walk the three blocks to the polling place without a male escort. I’m blessed to live in a country where there are multiple choices on the ballot. I’m blessed to live in a country where I was taught to read so I can read the choices on the ballot. I am blessed to live in a country where my vote is private.

Go. Vote.

(Now, I’m going to ignore the internet until tonight, when we find out the results.)


I’m working on a pair of socks for my friend M. We were at Maryland Sheep & Wool earlier this year, and we wandered into the Tsock Tsarina booth. She had quite a few kits, and the Abbey kit caught M’s eye. She is more of a complicated-Niebling-lace-shawl knitter, so I told her that if she bought the kit, I would knit them for her for Christmas. I cast these on last week, and I’m a bit further than the pictures below. I should finish the first sock tomorrow, when there is more light and my eyes aren’t as tired.


M has teeny feet, so the foot is rather small, and the Daisy stitch patterning makes it nice and snug.

I really like the heel construction on these socks.

The heel flap and gusset is GENIUS.

I’m so pleased with how tidy the cabled details are turning out. These socks are just fiddly enough for my brain to be happy.

In October, I participated in a biscornu swap in one of the groups on Ravelry. My swap partner has already received her biscornu, so I can post pictures here without spoiling her.

Some more information about biscornus, from Biscornu Basics:

A biscornu is an interesting little eight-sided pincushion that has become very popular in recent months. … Regardless, biscornu are basically made from two embroidered squares sewn together on point; the corner of one square meets the middle of the other as the two pieces are whip-stitched together and stuffed, creating the a quirky, skewed pillow. Additionally, many are finished off with a button in the center of the design top and bottom.

I used black Aida, two colors of blue, green, and BEADS. I used the Rhodes Butterfly Biscornu pattern from Kincavel Krosses. I learned a new stitch! I liked making both the Rhodes Butterfly (of which there are many variants) and the Rhodes square.

Img from LlwynogBach