Which way did it go?

Pardon me, but have you seen my weekend?  It was here, and then I blinked and it was gone…

The Knight was in class all weekend, one of those boring but required things where he learned what Federal form to fill out when during a BIG, ugly disaster.  Yay for him.   

10616038Saturday was Vera day girls’ day out.   MJ, Sis and I ventured out for some shopping and lunch.   We all came home with a little (some, a lot) Vera.   Sis did get a few items in Hope Garden, and MJ got quite a collection in Pinwheel Pink, but I ended up with Mod Floral Pink.   I love the new Lisa B bag, and I discovered the Taxi Wallet is best-suited for my phone and ID.  I like the look of Lisa B, but I haven’t carried it enough to bond with it yet.  For now, it’s my daily bag.  I can’t carry a camera in it, but my phone has a camera, and it sure is nice to have a light bag.

Last night I made dinner for the crew, had a meeting, and came home and frogged the scarf I’d worked on most of the afternoon.  (Note to self:  ripping back and picking up stitches isn’t as easy as it sounds at midnight.)  I’ll be casting on again tonight, because I’m loving the Argosy pattern and the Silk Garden (#203) colorway.  It’s too soon to tell about the square needles.  They’re fine; I love palmwood, but the tip isn’t pointy enough for a love affair, and I haven’t sat and knitted for hours on end with them yet to know if they really do help with hand aches and pains.

Along those same lines, I had a couple of FOs over the weekend.  We’ll start with the socks.

Not-so Summer Socks



Pattern:  Um…  #1 was an altered version of Summer Socks.  #2 was the brainstorm for what will become my own pattern, but I noted the most obvious changes in the project page on Ravelry.  I’m not kidding when I say I had to ask THREE other sock knitters to help me interpret the original pattern (at the heel/cast on 24 part), and then I didn’t like the ridge that section made when I pickted the stitches up, so I took Gmarie‘s advice and used the afterthought heel method on #2, only it’s not for the heel, it’s for the leg/cuff section! 

In short, I liked the CONCEPT of this pattern, but the pattern itself left a lot to be desired.   A couple of friends are going to test-knit my adaptation and I’m going to knit a second pair so I can provide step-by step photos, since the construction is a bit unusual.

I *do* have ankle bones; I have my foot cocked sideways.

I *do* have ankle bones; I have my foot cocked sideways.

Yarns:  Well, I loved the Heart & Sole so much I wanted to use it all up and make a pair for me, but I didn’t quite have enough.  The first sock weighed 40 grams and I had 35 remaining, so I cast on with a similar Tofutsies colorway and used that for the toe and heel on #2.  I like the colors together so well that I bought one more skein of the Heart & Sole and will do a simple, stranded stripe with both yarns at some point (2010, since I’m knitting socks from my stash this year).

Needles:  Addi Turbo #2, because I wanted to make the fabric a little more open than I normally do for socks.  40″,  because I Magic Loop all the way now.

Verdict:  I wish they matched perfectly, but they’re to be house socks, so it’s all good.  I allowed myself more freedom to try new things than I ever have before, and a pattern I hope others will find an easy, introduction to toe-up socks was born.  I’ll be knitting another pair in *MY* version just as soon as I find my cotton sock yarn.  (Hem, hem…)

Oh – and just so you know, they’re heel huggers.  That awkward looking heel cups the foot and the picots just skim the ankle bone.

Phew!  That’s enough for one post.  More on the rest of the shopping and the other FO later.

How was your weekend?

19 comments on “Which way did it go?

  1. Dianne says:

    Those socks are adorable. I love the picot edge.

  2. I’m intrigued to see your mods. You have me interested in the Vera stuff…Jim will thank you, no doubt!

  3. Sue says:

    I like the picot edge, too. Very feminine. Sounds like a good weekend. Did you get some rest?

  4. AlisonH says:

    At first glance at the first sock picture, I thought you were going to be telling us your dogs attacked your yarn for the first time. It was a phew! moment to see that, oh, okay, that’s how they look on. Okay!

  5. gaylen says:

    They look funny on the blockers but very cute on your foot. I’ll be starting my test knits soon – very soon, hopefully by the weekend. I want to knit them with the leftovers of the red/yellow socks for VDK (who gifted the yarn to me). I also may try them with my Heart & Sole 🙂 Lovely. Gotta remember to print the pattern at work. g

  6. nichole says:

    Whoever stole your weekend must’ve snatched mine too… sigh.
    I love the socks … and I love that they don’t “match” perfectly… cute! Can’t wait for your pattern!
    LOVE the Vera… the mod in pink is one of my faves!

  7. Natalie says:

    Wow…that is a lot! Love the Vera. Glad sissy had fun! 🙂 Good luck with tonight’s cast on and the socks look great! heelhuggers. 🙂 Like it.

  8. grace says:

    Tommo says you are a bad influence on me, now I want a new Vera, I adore both the bag and the wallet, do I need them absolutely not, do I want them oh yes but I indulged in Patons SWS today and Loopy Ewe has some good stuff coming if I get in on it in time, what is a girl to do!!!!

  9. Robin in VA says:

    Those socks are too cute! Yeah–where did the weekend go?

  10. Anita says:

    I think we missed a day somewhere between Fri & Mon…. I know we didn’t have a full 2 days off, no way!

    And SNOL about the ankle bone… you’re funny. 🙂

    I like those two yarns together, great match! And your sock looks really cute. I hope my thumb heals quick so I can try knitting a pair up for myself.

  11. Bubblesknits says:

    What cute socks! I need some shortie socks. Although, my feet stay so cold, I end up wearing my regular ones all year long. lol

  12. Amanda says:

    Love the new Vera. They are quite an addiction of mine as well.

    The weekend did go fast!

  13. Sue J. says:

    Oooh, love the Vera bag! And cute socks, too. Great idea. I know about weekends being gone in a flash. Mine are always like that.

  14. Miss Me says:

    love the bag. the picot edge on the footies is cute! however, being north, my ankles insist on being covered and won’t allow for footies. (they ache from the cold in winter.)

    weekend? what weekend? 4.5 hours at work on saturday (year end), a kid sleepover saturday night, 3 loaves of banana bread, 2 loaves of blueberry lemon bread, a pot of chicken soup, homemade pizza and laundry later, i’m not sure i had a weekend.

  15. Marjie says:

    Someone stole part of my weekend, too. I am seriously honked off about it.

    Poor Knight. I know federal forms, and I do not love them. MSDS sheets for hazardous chemicals including water? And air? Yeah. The government always has its act completely together *snort*. Give him my sympathy for the lost time.

  16. Marjie says:

    Oh, yes. I ranted so hard that I forgot to say I like the little ruffled edge on your socks. They’re cute!

  17. km says:

    I really like your version of the sock. Super cute little picot. I think these would be fantastic for my little one. Maybe a matching Mommy / little girl set.

  18. Kathy says:

    The bag is awesome! I’ll say the same for your socks:) Not so for the pattern but the socks turned out really cute.

  19. Nancy says:

    Nice new bag. Just what we need more of, right?? 🙂

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