Vacation Brain (or: How I lost my USB camera cord)

Guess what? I was so excited about posting photos of our Cape May trip, complete with a mini-film of our rather “swell” (pun intended) ferry crossing.

I also have lovely photos of yarn, knitting, and a bag filled with eight luscious ounces of Federico’s True Black Alpaca fleece…Mmmmmmmm…Ahhhhh…

BUT: When dropping off our rental car I managed to leave my camera case in the glove compartment (Hey, it was dark & the case is black!). My camera, thank God, was in its Camera Sock in my purse.

BUT: The camera’s USB cord was tucked in the case. Which now seems to be permanently missing.

It was an expensive case. And the car has already been rented out again. Enterprise said they’d put a note in the system to check for it when the car is returned, so I’m holding out hope. (I tend to be cynical about people in situations like this, even though I’d be wracked with guilt for life if I took someone else’s property. Go figure.)

So…we’ll buy a new cord in a day or two and then I’ll be back in business.

Until then, imagine golden sunsets over calm water, rich shades of Dale of Norway and Noro yarns, Alpacas frolicking in an idyllic pasture…

It was hard to come home.

Bon-Bon Socklettes (free pattern!)

Designed to wear while you pad around the house sipping hot chocolate, or when you feel like curling up for an afternoon of knitting, these socks are soft and cozy, like a hug for your feet.

They also make great gifts–quick and easy to make, and the mini mock-cable pattern doesn’t require a cable needle. Enjoy!

BON-BON SOCKLETTES

Yarn: 2 skeins Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in color 300602
Needles: US #4 (I used a 32” circular needle for magic loop, but you can easily substitute your needles of choice)
Notions: Stitch marker (optional), yarn needle
Gauge: 20 sts x 28 rows = 4 inches

Petite Mock Cable Pattern
Row 1: *K2tog and then work first stitch again before removing stitches from left needle, P2; repeat from * to end.
Rows 2, 3, and 4: [correction] Work in K2 P2 rib
Repeat these four rows for pattern.

Cuff
Cast on 48 stitches.
Work 10 rows K2,P2 rib.

Leg
Work petite mock cable pattern three times, ending with Row 1.


Heel flap
Heel flap: Knit 12 stitches, turn and purl 24 stitches. These stitches will form the heel flap.
Row 1: Slip 1 as if to purl, K to end.
Row 2: Slip 1 as if to purl, P to end.
Work these 2 rows 12 times, then work Row 1 once more.

Turn Heel
Slip 1 as if to purl, P14, P2tog, P1, turn.
Slip 1 as if to purl, K7, K2tog TBL (through the back loop), K1, turn.

Row 1: Slip 1 as if to purl, P to one stitch before gap, P2tog, P1, turn.
Row 2: Slip 1 as if to purl, K to one stitch before gap, K2tog TBL, turn
Continue working these two rows until all stitches have been worked.


Pick up gusset stitches
Using needle holding heel flap stitches, pick up and knit each slipped stitch along edge of heel flap (a total of 12 – 13 gusset stitches); place marker if desired; pick up and PURL the stitch below the first instep stitch; transfer this stitch to the instep-stitch needle.

Using needle holding instep stitches, work across instep stitches (you should be on Row 2 of Petite mock cable pattern); pick up and PURL the stitch below the first stitch on the other side of the gusset gap; place marker if desired; pick up and knit each slipped stitch along edge of heel flap (a total of 12 – 13 gusset stitches)

You should now have 26 instep stitches; from here on, always purl the first and last stitch on the instep-stitch needle, forming a column of purl stitches to set off the edge of the instep pattern.

Heel-stitch needle: Knit across half of heel stitches, place marker to mark beginning of rounds from here on, then knit the other half of heel stitches; next, knit each gusset stitch you picked up through the back loop.

Instep-stitch needle: Purl 1; work instep stitches in pattern; Purl 1; next, knit each gusset stitch you picked up through the back loop.

Decrease gusset stitches
Round 1: Heel-stitch needle—Knit to 3 stitches before instep; K2tog, K1; Instep-stitch needle—P1, work instep stitches in pattern, P1; K1, K2Tog TBL; knit to end.

Round 2: Knit to instep stitches; work instep stitches in pattern (including the P1 you’ve established at either side); knit to end.

Repeat these two rounds until 50 stitches remain (24 on the sole, 26 on the instep). Arrange so instep stitches and sole stitches are on separate needles.

Foot
Instep: Purl 1, Work mock cable pattern, Purl 1; knit across sole stitches.

Continue working mock cable pattern on instep 12 times, or to desired length, ending with row 3. Sole will continue to be worked in stockinette stitch.


Next round: Knit sole stitches and on insetp, P2tog, P across to last two stitches, P2tog, to create a purl ridge before beginning toe decreases.

Toe
Round 1: Work to 3 stitches before end of needle, K2tog, K1; K1, K2tog TBL, knit across to last three stitches on needle, K2tog, K1; K1, K2tog TBL, knit to end of round.
Round 2: K to end

Work rows 1 and 2 until there are 12 stitches on each needle, then work decrease row only, until 6 stitches remain on each needle. Arrange stitches and graft together. If you prefer, you may also thread yarn through remaining stitches and draw tight to close.

Weave in ends and block as desired.

NOTE: I tried to be as accurate as possible, but nobody’s perfect. So please do let me know if you find any errors in this pattern. Thanks!

(c) 2007, Hannah Six.

UnRavelry-ing?

Is it just me, or could Ravelry be the most addictive thing invented since knitting hit the scene?

Jeez. I hardly have a smidgen of stash posted, though there’s some stuff I’d like to swap or sell. And then we have the library, the projects, the friends, the groups, the volunteer editing…It’s taking over! It’s eating into my knitting time!

Must. Break. This. Habit. Or…maybe someone will offer to pay me for full-time Ravelry-ing…What do you think?

Oh, and I have a new pattern coming soon, for a pretty pair of bon-bon pink anklets. Keep watching this space!

Meanwhile, see you on/in Ravelry ;-)