Orchid Socks: Finis!

I cast off on Sunday, and blocked them to make sewing the picot edge at the top a bit easier. Trying to wrestle a rolling edge into a nice, neat hem is a real pain. Sewing will probably happen today, but in my book this is now a finished project!
Pattern: Orchid Socks AKA Simply Lovely Lace Socks (IK Spring 06)
Yarn: Koigu (Can’t find the band, but I’ll try to remember to look up the color #)
Needles: Addi Turbo 32″ US #0 (magic loop method)
Mods: None! This was a simply lovely pattern, and came out perfectly!

I must say, I really enjoyed knitting these. The stitch pattern is SO easy to remember, so you can just relax and knit. They were a wonderful project for knitting in public, since I love people-watching and don’t like to have to watch my knitting instead. Of course, I keep a close eye on what I’m doing, too…Dropped stitches aren’t a disaster, but they slow you down!

Last Friday I found myself in Georgetown after a doctor’s appointment, waiting for my husband to meet me for dinner at Old Glory. BUT I’d forgotten to put my knitting in my purse! Oh, my God, what an emergency. And it was such a beautiful day. All I wanted to do was find a garden bench at the Old Stone House and knit in the sun. So…I made a quick trip to Stitch DC, spent money I couldn’t afford to spend, and emerged with two skeins of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Watercolor and a rather cheap set of DPNs (US #1).

I cast on for the Waving Lace socks, which you can see on the cover of Favorite Socks. I chose to do a twisted 1×1 rib instead of the prettier pattern shown in the book’s photos. Ribbing is just more practical for me…I like pretty socks, but they have to stay up or I know I won’t wear them.

(Maggie’s feeling MUCH better–YAY!)

Waving Lace sock #1 is much farther along now, so I’ll take more photos today and get them up here. Meanwhile, you can also follow this project at the Favorite Socks KAL: Just click on the button in my sidebar.

Have a great day, everyone!


Cold City, Warm Feet…and Barbara Albright’s Final Book

I am not knitting for charity. I am not knitting for Peace (though we need it NOW).

I am knitting for SPRING. It will come. I believe.

Here’s my expression of faith:
These socks cheer me up a bit, even though they are going to be a present for someone (I won’t name names). The pattern is Simply Lovely Lace Socks from IK (Spring 2006). I’m using Koigu KPPPM in “Purple – P217” and Addi Turbo US#0 circular needles (magic loop, for purse-carrying convenience). I chose the picot edge instead of the 1×1 rib…the jury’s still out on that. What do you think?

Last week I took the sock out to Dupont Circle to bask in the sun. Honestly, it was nearly HOT in the sun (I had a long-sleeved T-shirt and light fleece jacket on). God, it felt good. I was suddenly happy, filled with energy, bursting with a sense of wonderful possibility. Then the damn north wind started to blow.

So, we’re back to cold temps and wind chills in the single digits, and even a chance of more snow. I know, most people living north of D.C.–and I used to be one!–think I’m being a weenie. But we moved here for a reason: Warmer Weather! Guess it’s going to be time to head further south soon…

Meanwhile, though, we’re all cold here. Including this little guy:

(He had a friend, but she flew away before I could snap the photo.) Oh, isn’t he CUTE???

Yep. Spring is on the way. Time to go out to A Tangled Skein (our newest–and my new favorite–LYS!!!) again (with Karida!) and pick up some yarn for a pretty new project. I’m thinking of Tatami, but I’m…what’s the word…voluptuous, curvy? You know. I wonder if it would look OK on me?

Thoughts? Suggestions?

PS. Has anyone seen The Natural Knitter, Barbara Albright’s final work? Absolutely gorgeous. Exactly what you’d expect…and definitely on my short list!


I’m not particularly girlish (and despise the word “girly”). But I’ve always loved pink. My favorite is the tender pink of ballet slippers. I can still smell the leather and remember the simple pleasure of sitting in the dusty dressing room with my friends, sewing the straps on our new shoes before practice…
Then there’s the yummy rose pink my grandmother always called “Bon Bon.” And I love pink that’s so pale it’s almost white…like early spring blossoms. Not keen on “hot pink,” though. I prefer subtlety and complex tones to vivid brights.

So is it any wonder that I chose a lovely salmon-rose (very close to Bon Bon pink!) for these sweet little slipper-socks?
They’re a gift for my sister, who’s been dealing with a particularly painful problem since December.

Feeling helpless because I live 3,000 miles away, I felt compelled to send her a knitted hug–something warm, pretty, and cozy. Here’s what I decided on:

Twisted Slipper Socks
(my own design)
Yarn: 2 balls Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran (color 602)
Needles: Addi Turbo 32″ US#4 Circulars (magic loop method)

I really love these socks, and hope my sister does, too. They’ll hug her feet with soft pink tenderness and warmth when I’m not there to give her a real hug.

PS. I love this photo, and have no idea where I got it. If you know the photographer, please let me know. I don’t like to use anyone’s work without permission!