Month o’socks wrap up

4 pairs of socks and a lone sock without a match have been knit this month. It has been a long month, and I feel pretty good about ending it here. I’ve got other great stuff to work on anyhow!  I am eager to get back into knitting that doesn’t involve socks, and use my sock knitting as icing on the cake.

The final pair is the March mystery sock. The yarn is creatively dyed luxury sock yarn.  Quite a lovely sock really, but a bit large with all the lace. I am satisfied with them though.

This years month o’socks went much better than last year. I will most certainly be doing it again next year, as it really does help to bang out a bunch of socks all at once. Not to mention using the pretty patterns and learning new techniques.

Second to last pair

Of the month.

Another real serious win fron Vintage Socks.

My final pair are done through the gusset decreases, so they should fly right along now and be done by Wed. night.

In other news, my brother and I cleaned out my basement. What a job! What a dirty dirty job.  I now have about 1/3 less stuff in my basement, and empty bins. We already took a load to goodwill, and I have one more load to take.  I also have a load or two of stuff for friends with younger kids. What a relief to have all of it sorted! Sadly I feel a little yucky tonight, I am sure it has everything to do with breathing in dust.

I won’t blog again this weekend, I plan to enjoy the last two days with my family as thoroughly as I can!


My mom and brother are in town, so I’ve not had much interest in posting. The amount of knitting I’ve been doing is a bit low too.  But, I do feel inclined to remind you that month o’socks ends on Wednesday and I have 2 pairs left to complete!


To keep month o’socks fresh, I decided to do one more pattern from the Vintage Socks book. This is the Gentleman’s socks for evening wear. I chose Wollmeise 80/20 in Frosch due to its bright springtime flavor.

I am enjoying knitting some longer socks, they feel fantastic on my feet and they fit well under boots.  Unfortunately, all this hard work may not pay off overly well until next winter. But it will be nice to wander into my stash of socks and know I have ones which cover my calves.

After this pair is done, there is one more pair I am working on. I’ve been working on them this entire month, but since they are mystery socks, I decided not to show them until they were complete.  Once those are complete, I’ll have finished 4 pairs of socks in a month and I will be more than ready to work on other projects.

A worthy trade

I did mention how much I disliked my latest pair of socks yes?  I still can’t put my finger on why, it is a yarn I love, in a weight I love, in a color I purchased for a reason. No pattern issues, that was pretty too. I just didn’t like them.

Fortunately for me, I have knitter friends who sometimes feel the same way about their socks. And sometimes, that happens at an opportune time, and the stars align just right and a worthy trade is born.

(Actually, those of you who know me know I am ALWAYS up for a worthy trade, par for the course for me.)

So Orangekathy was working on some zauberball crazy socks. I knit with this yarn once and decided I wasn’t going to do it again, even though I loved the look of the socks. I warned orangekathy, but the colors called to her (in particular the color orange, who knew?). So she went for it, and became so frustrated she could barely look at the socks by the time she was done.

Know what? I can look at them. I can wear them. And I can give them all the love and care they deserve!

I’ve run into a problem

With  month o’socks. The problem of hand pain. I thought it was ok, but when it starts to wake me up at night, I realize it is time for a break.

So spinning commenced.

366 yards 2 ply BFL yarn

This really is a sunshiney looking yarn, it makes me quite happy. The BFL was a bit more fluffy than I anticipated, but it spun very nicely.

I am taking it easy with the socks, but I do hope to complete another pair before the end of the month. In the meantime, you may see more spinning from me.  Now to go hang up that hank of yarn, it is still wet!

What spring looks like

Today we have 60F weather. We have sunshine, we have little children riding bikes, running around, and making tons of noise. And we have me spinning on the front porch. Because that is what spring looks like to me.

I will make little mention of the snow we are supposed to get tomorrow and Saturday. But it hardly seems fair.

Shall we have another?

I can’t say I am in love with this pair. I just think that the thickness of the yarn is better suited for a texture pattern than a lace pattern. But, I have one sock done so I feel somewhat committed to the second. Plus, I should be able to get a good bit of it done over the weekend.

And I’ve decided exactly what yarn I am going to use next. Think green!


My first pair of complete socks during month o’socks are stockings. Stockings which I am thrilled with because they fit so perfectly.  These are the Evening Stockings for a Young Lady from Vintage Socks. They are beautifully sized and the pattern is beautifully written. The lace pattern is simple and addicting. I could easily turn right around and do this again. Paired with the wollmeise, it makes for a stunning pair of socks!

So what is next for my month? Sadly, a pair I am not overly pleased with. These are done in Socks that Rock mediumweight. Really not the best pairing of yarn and pattern. In fact, I’m considering ripping them back out and starting over. But…it seems a shame since I’ve turned the heel. They fit, there is no issue, I just don’t like the dark and light yarn that hides the lace pattern.

Actually, I am almost ready to say that I’ve lost my enchantment with STR entirely. Perhaps I just need to switch to lightweight patterns? I’ve got way too much of this yarn to fall out of love!

Round the twist

Hello all who are here from Round the Twist! Glad to see you here.

For those who aren’t watching yet, you really should. My friend Carin does a videocast once a week. Her latest video cast revolves around month o’socks.  I cannot tell you how much it thrills me to have thought up an idea which causes people to use up that sock stash!  I think knitting with people is always a bit more fun than knitting on my own. I am so very privileged to know so many wonderful knitters who are willing to share in this.  It makes me want to do it twice a year!

As an update, I am working on the toe of my second wollmeise stocking. They will be done tonight, so hopefully blogged tonight. Providing it stops snowing and I can get a decent picture that is.

I’ve already pulled out more wollmeise for another pair of stockings, but am now leaning in another direction. I’ve got to make a decision about that. Additionally on the needles is a pair of socks that rock mediumweight socks done in another vintage sock pattern, and a pair of mystery socks that I have sitting here at work.

So…enjoy the rest of month o’socks, we aren’t even halfway through yet! And do let me know what you are working on!

The first stocking

We are now a week into month o’socks and I am already tiring of this.  My attention span never was particularly good. Luckily I do have Bug’s blanket to keep me company when a sock will no longer do.

I have completed the first stocking of the month and it is wonderful! I cannot believe how easy it fits my calves and the lace and yarn combination is just stunning.

I am trying to resist the urge to cast on yet another sock. I think my other projects and interests will hold, but only time will tell.

The spinning part of my month

Has yielded 214 yards of worsted weight singles.

I purchased this colonial wool top at my first Stitches Midwest.  It was sort of one of those last minute “this is my very last moment at my very first stitches and I must buy one more thing” purchases.  I am not generally inclined to purchase roving that is all one color.  This has a tiny bit of sparkle in it, but not much.

I am hoping that the weather will be nice again this week and that I can bring my wheel out once more. I really do get a lot of spinning done if I am with people.

My first sock of sock month

Turned out to be a very different sock than I expected.

This is rib pattern from Vintage Socks done in Opal yarn. A friend of mine refers to opal yarn as the cockroach of yarn, meaning it is indestructible. This is good, since so many of my favorite yarns don’t hold up well for people I give them to.

The second sock for this probably will not get done until next month, but it was a satisfying and mindless knit.

I hope to present you with a full on stocking by the end of this weekend. If I am lucky!

Bug on Dr. Seuss

Miss Bug came home today and informed me that today is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. She then told me that she could bring a Dr. Seuss book to school.  So she went upstairs and got her Dr. Seuss books out.  She came downstairs and showed me a book that did not say Dr. Seuss, and the following conversation occurred…(I swear, word for word, I am not making this up!)

Bug: Mom, is this one Dr. Seuss?

Me: No sweetie, this has a different author.

Bug: Well, Mom, I really think it IS Dr. Seuss, he did publish under a different name you know.

Me (Thinking PUBLISH?!?!) Ok sweetheart, let’s look it up.

Sure enough, she had picked out not only her Dr. Seuss books, but also the books which were written under his other name.

Then later tonight as I was putting her to bed…

Bug: Mom…Dr. Seuss is the author AND illustrator right?

Me: Yes love, he does both.

Bug: But most people just do one or the other right?

Me: Yes dear…good night now.