Monday, November 26, 2007

The return of Australia's leading sock model

Back, by popular request, is Equ! Famous for saying "I dont get out of bed for less than $10 000", Equ made herself available for an impromptu modelling session for this half of a finished object.

One Spiral Boot Sock in Cherry Tree Hill's Foxy Lady colourway. (Actually I think it was the name of colourway that persuaded Equ to waive her fees and her policy of not wearing one sock at once.)

A word from Australian voters

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Dabbling in the Dark Arts

Its true that I've lost some of my knitting mo-jo recently. While I still maintain that socks are a symphony of design and practicality, I've been finding that I've fallen for the siren song of the darks arts. Yes. Crochet.

I blame Kim Hargraves. More specifically I blame Flourish.

So you can imagine the excitement, not to mention the rush of creativeness and the challenge of new craft territory, when this package arrived yesterday.

Four balls of Kidsilk Haze in Pearl. 1000 shiny, shiny beads which are added in the final, flouncing layer of the scarf. How will I ever finish my Spiral Boot Socks for Southern Summer of Socks now??

Monday, November 5, 2007

Satan's stitchmarker

Remember the troubled beginning of my Twinnings stole? Four times I cast on and four times I frogged. I'm the first to admit my counting skills have never been that great, but on my fifth attempt I noticed a pattern to my counting failure.

The pattern is six sets of a 16 stitch pattern. I'd put in a stitch marker at every repeat, and regularly at the fifth repeat, marked by a little green heart, I'd get either 15 stitches or 17 stitches no matter how careful I was. Hmmmm. On closer examination of the seemingly innocent green heart, I noticed that the ring on the marker wasnt completely closed. Yup, there was just enough room for a stitch or two to wiggle through as I worked the row.

I'm taking the view that those four previous attempts were good practice at the pattern, and now I'm making reasonable progress. Heres a shot of where things are at, with Satan's stitchmarker in situ towards the top left.