Do you hear what I hear?

We have an old house, with old wood floors. The house makes a lot of noise.

But sometimes, walking around, I can’t tell if the creaks and pops are from the house, or me. 

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Squirrels!

The little beasts have really outdone themselves – they dug up three of my pumpkin seeds from the garden… And replanted them in the middle of the lawn. I tried to dig them up, but our ground is too hard. Between the crows and the squirrels, I’m surprised anything grows in our garden!

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Hermione’s Everyday Socks

In Socks That Rock, no mods to the pattern except to increase 4 stitches after the cuff. The dye isn’t very even in this skein, but I like the randomness. 

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Hue Update

Thanks to a long holiday weekend, I finished the third quadrant on the Hue Afghan. 

The yarn bag is getting pretty light and I feel like I’m entering Yarn Chicken territory…

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Second sock

I know it’s indistinguishable from last week’s post, but I promise that I finished the first sock and this is its mate. 

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Lesson learned (maybe)

After working on the grey Wyrt socks for several days and two flights, the reason for their original grounding became known (again), when I tried them on yesterday.  

The cables are lovely, but they – and the short row heel in the pattern – make them quite uncomfortable and unflattering to wear… The cables end up spaced so that they pull tightly across the instep, distorting the sock and creating a rather sharp crease that pinches the top of my foot. Sigh. 

I recall now that I discovered this when I was first trying them on for the foot length, and set them aside until I could figure out what to do about it. That memory got buried by time, so when I pulled the socks from the WIP box I just merrily picked up where I left off…

Note to self: it’s a good idea to write down, perhaps on the pattern, the reason a project is going on hold. That, along with marking the exact row at which you stopped, will save you many hours and much frustration later. 

I was so irritated that I immediately frogged the socks, and cast on a new pair in a more cheerful colorway and infinitely simpler pattern.

These are Hermione’s Everyday Socks, in Socks That Rock. I adore this yarn, and the confetti-like colors are certainly a welcome diversion from Seattle’s ongoing rainy season. 

(PS: I will reuse the grey yarn, it’s lovely Hazel Knits – just with a different pattern.)

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Wyrt Socks

This blog post is brought to you by a conference that I am on my way to, in Minneapolis. Faced with plenty of uninterrupted knitting time, I dig deep into the abandoned WIP basket and pulled out these socks – which, according to the date on the pattern, are from a KAL I joined in November 2015. Don’t judge me.

They have a wandering cable on the front, and garter stitch short row heels – both new to me. Listening to podcasts and concentrating on the charts *almost* allows me to block out the unhappy toddler in the row behind me.  

The poor tot is not enjoying being confined to a seat for several hours, and bless her parents for trying. Ah, well; such is travel. Still glad for all the knitting time. 

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