Wednesday, November 22, 2006

I'm a Dodo-Head

Ever since I knit Widdershins I have been wanting to do another toe-up with heel-flap sock, but the measurements for Widdershins are just too small using my preferred sock yarns and needles. Then I saw someone mention on her blog that she used the toe-up heel-flap instructions from Sensational Knitted Socks when she knit her socks. Doh! I never realized there were instructions in there for a toe-up heel-flap! I love that book and peruse the patterns often, but I never noticed that in the twelve stitch pattern section it sets out the customizable pattern for a toe-up with heel flap sock! Yea! So, now I can use the fabulously easy toe cast-on from Knitty and the heel flap instructions from the book.

And so last night I cast on for my newest pair of socks using Yarntini in the Pure Fall self-striping colorway. There would be a picture here except that even though I swatched the sock it was knitting up a bit too big so I had to frog back the 3 or 4 inches I got done last night...Oh well...Instead here's a picture of the scarf I cast on yesterday. It's Rowan Tapestry Pot Pourri and I'm using the scarf pattern the Yarn Harlot blogged on October 12th.

Here's a picture of all the knitting that's going along on holiday: the Pure Fall socks, a replacement We Call Them Pirates Hat (I'll explain that one later), and the tapestry harlot scarf. I figured I would need a variety of projects to work on while spending the Thanksgiving holiday with family. (You may notice the new bag - I reached my workout goal for the past month so the Zelda Tote is all mine!)

I'm also taking along my latest read, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. I'm just 80 pages in, but it's hard to put down and I expect to finish it quickly. So I'm taking a back-up book as I do not want to be left stranded without reading material. I think I'll bring along a short story book by Alice Sheldon a.k.a. James Tiptree (a sci-fi writer).

What is everyone going to be working on over the long weekend?

***Knitting Group is tonight (Wednesday) at the Borders' Cafe in Wilmette (corner of Lake & Skokie). We meet from 6:30 until 8:00 and any yarn enthusiast is welcome!***

Due to the holiday, I'll be taking a little break from blogging until Monday, November 27th. I hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving Day!


Kim in Oregon said...

Happy Thanksgiving Alyssa! Have a safe and happy one, and I'll look forward to seeing 100 new socks on Monday!

Lynae said...

Have a safe trip!

I hope to make group if for no other reason than to get a break from cooking and baking!

Liz said...

Does this mean you'll be at group tonight? I'm with Lynae, I'm going to get a break from my family, on top of all the holiday preparations, my husband is sick & we all know a sick husband is worse than a sick kid!

Chicago Jen said...

Hooray!! I'll be there! I can't wait to see anyone who can make it! (I'll be bringing my ENORMOUS shipment from BMFA... just in case you needed any fuirther incentive) :)

crazy.knitting.lady said...

Thanks so much for that toe-up cast-on link and the book rec! I've been grousing over the same thing for ages, wanting to knit toe-ups with heel flaps but knowing that Widdershins will be too small. I'll put that book on my wish list!

aija said...

The Tapestry looks so nice! I always feel up the skeins when I go to the LYS, nice to see how it'll stripe if I take the plunge for a scarf.

Happy t-day!