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Inspired by Vanilla Latte Socks

Bulk of the work was done July 16 – Aug 5; I started these during or right before my LA trip, but really restarted them after finishing the Foreign Correspondent Scarf.

Lots of knitting while watching training videos.

Really, this pattern is more of an inspiration. Doing toe-up, pattern only on the instep, and a tighter garter rib (k3/p2). Decided I wanted an ankle sock vs something longer, so just a couple of rows of pattern (slightly tweaked) all around before going to an inch or so of a ribbed cuff.

Still trying to decide if these actually fit, though. Possibly the foot is a smidge long; I find Rachel’s heel construction tricky to size to my feet. Possibly the cuff is too big or too loose. Maybe both.

Inspired by Vanilla Latte Socks

Bulk of the work was done July 16 – Aug 5; I started these during or right before my LA trip, but really restarted them after finishing the Foreign Correspondent Scarf.

Lots of knitting while watching training videos.

Really, this pattern is more of an inspiration. Doing toe-up, pattern only on the instep, and a tighter garter rib (k3/p2). Decided I wanted an ankle sock vs something longer, so just a couple of rows of pattern (slightly tweaked) all around before going to an inch or so of a ribbed cuff.

Still trying to decide if these actually fit, though. Possibly the foot is a smidge long; I find Rachel’s heel construction tricky to size to my feet. Possibly the cuff is too big or too loose. Maybe both.

Foreign Correspondent’s Scarf

I actually started making another Hitchhiker with this yarn, but didn’t like the way it looked (too subtle variegation) so I frogged and just looked up patterns for scarves and shawls for fingering weight yarn on #3 needles to have SOMETHING to knit during AlterConf.

And I’m very happy; first few rows required a bit of attention, but it’s quite memorizable. It’s a great pattern to knit and it looks lovely, if absurdly long.

Lady Sweater

I still need to buy buttons, but it’s pretty much done. Overall, I enjoyed the knitting. It was quite straightforward, with the exception of working out the eyelet row. I probably should’ve gone up a size but I’m pleased with my first sweater!


Did 2 swatches – one on #8 which was a smidge large, and another on #7, which was just a hair small. Going with slightly small on the assumption that it’ll stretch over time.

4/24 – first “whoops!” – it’s hard to know how big to make a buttonhole if you haven’t picked buttons yet. : Also, my first-ever buttonhole, and I don’t think I got it quite right. (4 stitches?)

4/26 – 2nd buttonhole, slightly better than the first one, also found a few buttons of about the right size, might not use them but will make a good model.

4/28 – final buttonhole! Much better construction but not 100% sure it’s the same size. Also did the eyelet increase row with just the right number of YOs. (start w/YO, then one every 6 stitches, except last is 5st, then final YO.

5/1 – first row of lace, discovered I was short exactly 2 stitches. Made up for it by not doing decreases in last repeat.

5/2 – separated sleeves!

5/4 – now that I’m just on the body, it seems to go quite a bit faster.

5/6 – achievement unlocked! mild mangling of lace pattern, followed by getting back on track. Looks like it’s just on the front left panel.

5/13 – this feels like it’s going amazingly fast. Now I’ve got the pattern down enough that I don’t even need my reference card AND I can feel if I’ve gotten off track before it goes too far. :)

5/17 – started garter stitch for bottom edge!

birthday socks

Adjustments for two-at-a-time circular

(some of this was copied from notes on paper about two months after I finished the socks. YMMV.)

Heel flap

After the last row of the last leg pattern repeat:

(SL1,K1) across first 32 stitches of sock A
Turn to wrong side, SL1,P31
Continue to sock B, SL1, P31
Turn to right side and (SL1,K1) across same stitches.

Repeat for same number of rows/slipped stitches as in written pattern.

(Also going with (SL1/K1)* instead of SL1/K31 for right side because I like it.)

Heel turn

(something about this didn’t go quite right, but it’s now been two months, so I’m not sure what! here’s what I have written down in my notes, tho)

Turn heel B as per directions
K across
pick up 15

Turn heel A as per directions
K across
pick up 15
Row 1 lace
pick up 15

Sock B row 1 lace
pick up 15

Gusset

not sure where the break is in this

A: K to last 2 – K2TOG – Lace pattern – SSK – K across
B: Lace pattern – SSK – K to last 2 – K2Tog

save vs maudlin

Working out some things from my past and also my present.