Without fail when I finish knitting a new pair of socks I’m in a good mood. Hand knit socks make me happy; I love that I’m able to create what I need and customize the fit.
This pair is knit with 1.75mm needles in Lion Brand Mani-Pedi, Crew colorway with the heel in Anzula Haiku, Mariana colorway. They follow a cuff-down construction with a french heel.
If you would like to see more photos, you can check out this project in my notebook. I’m slowly working on this new site, please let me know what you’d like to see, beyond more frequent updates.
My hope is that the yarn will wear as well as a another pair worked in Lion Brand’s Sock-Ease (sadly, both of these Lion Brand yarns are discontinued). I knit this pair in late 2009 and I wear them weekly! They weren’t taken out just for the photo shoot.
All the driving to and from Conneticut for Shadow’s appointments and waiting allowed me to finally finish E’s birthday socks. Don’t worry, I wasn’t the one behind the wheel!
I knit these in Old Rusted Chair Tough Sock. They are in the Diminutive colorway, a gorgeous mix of variegated blues, teals, and plums with speckles. The toe is in Overcast, a semi solid medium grey. I absolutely loved knitting this yarn and I hope to knit more Tough Sock in the future. If I ever decide on a colorway.
This pair helps me reach a special milestone, E now has 7 pairs of socks! This has been my goal for years and I’m thrilled to finally reach it.
Shadow is recovering very well. His stitches came out yesterday and he needs to wear Cone until Saturday to make sure the incision heals completely.
He’s become very adept and navigating his life with Cone.
We’ve spoken more with his oncologist and have a better idea of the prognosis. I hope how we choose to approach chemotherapy can help both him and all cats.
Dot has been amazing since his diagnosis in May.
She’s incredibly patient with him and us. Her routine has changed and she’s rolled with it. Ok, all the extra treats haven’t hurt.
Over the years, we’ve worked to improve the energy efficiency of our old house. My basement studio was once one of the coldest spaces. It’s now much warmer, however, I still face a unique challenge when I sit at my desk for hours. The solid wood work surface and metal supports underneath tend to retain cool overnight temperatures. This means that if I rest my arms on the desk while I’m working, they end up chilled pretty quickly and then my entire body feels cold.
I have a favourite cardigan I love and have worn for years. I adore almost almost everything about it — the body length, it has pockets, and it’s a Penny neutral colour (tabby browns). However, the sleeves are bracelet length. That leaves quite a bit of arm and wrist open to my desk’s frigid surface.
I thought about knitting fingerless mitts with a long cuff or simple arm warmers but I wasn’t excited by the idea. For most of December, I used my “watercolor washcloth” as a layer of protection. This is what I use instead of a paper towel to clean my brush for years now. It worked well, unless I had just used my paints. The cats enjoyed knocking it off my desk, it became a fun game for them!
I knew a better solution was a garment with long sleeves that I could toss on top of everything when I’m cold at my desk. So I decided to work a top-down raglan cardigan. While I prefer set-in sleeves for most sweaters, raglan construction allows for a greater range of motion which makes sense if I’m wearing it over multiple layers.
However, I only had two skeins, or 800 yards. Combining the garment oversize I knit and my tension, I knew I was going to play yarn chicken. After the I finished the first ball of yarn I worked the sleeves. This was because having them the correct length was more important to me than the body or hems.
It worked out, I had enough yarn to knit the sweater to the correct length, a sweater that was to my minimum length, and enough In the end it was yarn chicken. This small amount is all I had leftover!
I’ve worn it almost daily at my desk since I wove in the ends. The sleeves are long enough to provide warmth when I rest my arm on my desk. It’s loose enough that it fits comfortably over anything I’m wearing. I wish it was an inch or two longer, it lands exactly at my hip, but it’s not something I often think about which means it works.
When I posted the project to instagram, a friend pointed out my sweater matched my desktop wallpaper. The image is of M33, The Triangulum Galaxy. The image was taken from the Subaru telescope (NAOJ) with image data assembly/processing by Robert Gendler.
Haircut is by my trusted partner E; after I started snipping and needed help with the parts that were hard to manage by mirror reverse. He won’t let me go near his hair!