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.


I know I had said that I wasn’t going to do any knitting for Christmas this year.

I kind of technically didn’t, because these socks weren’t meant to be a Christmas gift, but things got shifted around, and these ended up as a gift for my Mother in Law for Christmas instead of her birthday.

Basic MiL Socks |  Elann Esprit |  US 3 [3.25 mm]

They are cotton, as she shares the same wool allergy that Matt does. Summarily put on over her stockings, she declared them ‘wonderful’. I’m glad she likes them! [And am even more glad that I only have enough left of this yarn for myself to make a short pair of Gentleman’s Saki socks.]

Et viola- we have something other than a secret project or an update on Matt’s socks.

I had friends come into town last week to visit. I only get to see them once, maybe twice a year, so my excitement was HIGH.

Knowing that we were going to have more of a BE vacation, I picked something that I could pick up and put down at random, and would take little to no thought.

Enter the Hemlock Ring blanket.

[Yeah, the artsy shot is always the one I try to make look good, and ends up looking a bit odd. I had a random urge to blog, and that was the last bit of sun coming into the back of the house this evening. I think my favorite part is the little sliver right over the edging.]

I don’t really have all that much to add that hasn’t already been said. Big lace = pretty. I did have a bit wherein I was epically attacked. I made mention of it on the Knitmore Girls Ravelry group. I would say I’m a fairly competent knitter. That opinion flew out the window when I reached the feather and fan chart and was a whole repeat short of stitches. Apparently, I still cannot count past two.

My hubby was kind enough to help me block it. That’s why it’s wonky looking.

The yarn came from a delightful friend, Colleen, who was having a trunk sale. I’m tempted to buy another few cones as I liked knitting with it that much.  It’s a mohair blend, and bloomed and haloed so prettily. I’m looking forward to using this as my computer lap blanket this coming winter. It’s WARM.

ELLE! Yes you! DO not read this post! 😀

I’m using up more of that handspun. Foliage, from Knitty. I love that the pattern details two different weighted yarns- it makes using up those single skeins of handspun a little easier.

A better picture of the Christmas gift.

Cute, CUTE, label sleeves. I don’t remember where I found them last year, but I’m sure if I bothered to look at the PDF, it would tell me.

14 rows and a bind off, and I’m DONE with Christmas knitting. How about you?

Step 1 : Toddle out of bed and find pants.

Step 2: Wipe sleep out of eyes as the computer is turned on.

Step 3: Download podcast of choice.

Step 4: Prepare smaller needle for the picking up of stitches.

Step 5: Ruthlessly pull out needle in lacy bit, pull out two rows.

Step 6: Pick up stitches with smaller needle.

Step 7: Wake up all the way, and realize what you just did, and then be thankful that you weren’t completely awake when you did do that tricky bit of fixing, because if you had been completely awake, you would have been swearing and fretting and sweating.

Mission Successful

Bonus: Remember to put glasses on before knitting.

Continue as planned, pretending to do the maths necessary to figure out that you can probably knit 3 to 4  more repeats of the lace before starting the edging.

Note: This does not mean you’ll finish today.