This week’s knitting.*


Another pair of double-thick socks!

Yarns: Zwerger Garn Opal Schafpate ‘8903 Silberdistel‘ and Kollage Yarns Sock-a-licious 7803.
Needles: US#2-1/2  (foot and ankle) and US#4 (leg).
Pattern: Wendy’s Generic Toe-Up Sock.

Note that the legs are done in 1×1 ribbing. That is slower to knit, but I recently realized that I needed some double-thick socks with ribbed legs. Last fall I bought a smock-type dress in dark blue-gray heavy cotton, which I wear with tights and ankle boots (mine are almost identical to these, same brand, but not nearly as tall). Because me feet tend to get cold, I also wear a pair of coordinating heavy socks folded down over the boot tops. That means that what is exposed is reverse stockinette, and that offends me. Hence, ribbed and reversible lags.

o.m.g. brain flash! Wear the totally stockinette socks inside out = problem solved!

You know how sometimes all you need to do is verbalize a question or problem and it solves itself? That’s what just happened. Thank you for your support 🙂


*Full disclosure: I started these socks weeks? months? ago, but I got really sick of them hanging around, so I spent one evening of TV-watching last week to finish the darned things.

Posted in knitting, Socks, Yarn | 6 Comments

To the frog pond, part 2.

While I found myself in a frogging mood, I unraveled another thing that had been a WIP since at least November 2014.


I found this photo from January 2015, when I added the project to Ravelry.


How it looked pre-frogging.

IMG_0367 (1)

Why it was being frogged.

It is a little hard to tell from the photo, but the edge of the shawl was w-a-y tight. That is a perennial problem with crescent-shaped shawls, but it was even worse with this one because that variegated yarn had absolutely zero elasticity. The light and dark gray-blue are both Knit Picks Gloss fingering (70/30 merino/silk); the variegated is a handspun wool/mohair blend (my memory tells me that it had some llama in it, too (the spinner does have llamas) but Ravelry disagrees).

There are ways to combat that excessive tightness at the edge, primarily by doing a yarnover one stitch in from the edge, then dropping it on the next row;  that adds a few extra millimeters of yarn at the edge every other row. I tried that, but it wasn’t enough — the edge was still very, very tight.

The real problem, I think, was that I was having so much trouble keeping track of which row of the pattern I was on. Anyway, I decided there was little to no chance I would ever finish this, so to the frog pond it went.


I do really like those three colors of yarn together, so I shall have to find another pattern.

Posted in Color affection, knitting, Shawls | 4 Comments

Dyeing to knit.


“Kuhn said that knitting has also been found to be relaxing, which might do double-duty: teaching math concepts while simultaneously easing math anxiety.” via

Knit a pie lattice for Pi Day!

Another tag for your handknit gifts.

The knit life = the spy life.

This seems appropriate for Wednesday Addams.

I really like this cable pattern, but I don’t want to knit the entire sweater — maybe on a scarf?

Let’s reverse global warming!

Joining squares with I-cord.


Posted in LInks knitting | 3 Comments

Roots and wings.


Elder Son will finish his residency in family medicine in June. Last weekend he was flown to New Mexico to interview for 3-4 days at the Indian Health Service medical facility on the Zuni reservation there. His best friend from med school, who has similar values and aspirations to practice world medicine, started working there last year, and ES had questioned him extensively about what it was like, its strengths and weaknesses, etc. It all sounded pretty good to him; hence, the application and interview. He will start there later this year. Even better, his girlfriend is going with him. Amanda is a delightful person, and we are very happy for both of them. Love!

When we talked to him on Saturday, he offered this mathematical equation. If M=the number of medical schools he applied to, R=the number of residency programs he matched with (accepted at), and J=the number of jobs he applied to, then:

M times R times J = 2.

The equation for a more typical doctor would be something like this:

8 times 5 times 10 = 400.

I told him this reminded me a lot of all the times he would call home during college and tell us about the test he took, didn’t study for, and got an A. Sometimes luck is as important as skill and knowledge.

Posted in Amanda, Andrew | 3 Comments

Friendly links.

friendship bracelet

Bats make good bookkeepers. Who knew?

Our dogs when Smokey opens the treat can.

Pure gold.

Updated candy slogans.

Dictator chic. via

Humans are adorable.

Emperor Trumpatine.

So true.

Posted in Links | 2 Comments

More knitting.

For the past couple years I have knitted something to contribute to an annual silent auction in May.







Since this fundraiser is supports progressive causes, I think I will knit a couple pussyhats, too.

Posted in knitting, Scarves, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Things that make me say, “Hmm…”

yarn shop.jpg

How do yarn shops, awash in scores of skeins of wool yarn, deal with moths? (Asking for a friend.)

* * * * *


We have all seen the hexipuff blankets bouncing around the interwebz. Whenever I see someone making the puffs, I think Won’t that blanket be like a sheet of stiff foam rubber? How can it drape properly? Any hexipuff knitters out there to answer my question?

* * * * *

“I don’t check out men on the street. I check out women. I am always checking out women because I love stories, and women in clothes tell stories. For years I watched other women to learn how I might someday be a woman with a story.”

from Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti, via

* * * * *



I have a friend who has a black and white knit hat where the white is angora yarn. And I feel the need to pet her head every time I see the hat.

I may need to acquire a skein of angora…

* * * * *



  • King Cheeto von Tiny Hands.
  • tRUMP
  • The Cheeto Bandito
Posted in afghan, knitting, Rants, various, Yarn | 7 Comments

Keeper of the flock.

Keeper of the flock.jpg

Perhaps we all need some of these tags.

Another method for jogless stripes.


“The entire knitting community needs to hear this.”

Justifiably proud.

Animal oortrait mittens. The cat should be knit from this yarn.


Posted in LInks knitting | 3 Comments

Hi ho, hi ho! It’s off to the [frog] pond we go…

It was almost three years ago when I started the Fairfield sweater.


This image is from the pattern page. My sweater is red. Bright red.

I knit the back to the armholes, then started the sleeves, knitting them both at the same time in an effort to ensure that they would be the same.

When I got to the sleeve armholes, I discovered that, while the sleeves were identical, they identically were both missing a number of increases along the way — ten, to be exact. The sleeves would not fit into the armholes properly, and they would be too tight around my upper arms.


The sweater went into time out while I pondered what to do. The obvious fix would have been to frog the sleeves back to the beginning of the increases and try again. But doing that required a fair amount of courage and perseverance that I couldn’t quite muster at that moment. So Fairfield sat in time out.

And sat.

And sat.

While it languished in its basket, almost but not quite out of sight, I began to reconsider the color. While I wanted a red sweater, this yarn was really, really red. It occurred to me that I would look like a fire truck — a really big firetruck — when I wore it. And my enthusiasm for the sweater began to fade.


Clearly, someone does not understand red.

The sweater sat some more.

Eventually I came up with a potential solution: overdye the yarn a darker color of red. (Duh.) I have had some success with overdying; it is not difficult, and I would start with a half-strength dye bath. I don’t want to end up with a dark, dark red sweater.

I think I can manage to make that yarn a better color, don’t you?

And so off to the frog pond I went. It will be a while — probably a long while — before I actually dye the yarn and reknit the sweater, but I feel good about it now.

Note: if you are wondering why I didn’t just frog to the beginning of the increases, finish knitting the sweater, and dye it then, there is a reason. It is difficult to get the dye to take evenly across a garment. But if the yarn has a few lighter and a few darker spots, that is okay. It’s called tonal, and I’m fine with that. 

Note 2: I found a better method for marking my increases in the sleeves than using a row counter. So that little problem is also solved.

Posted in Dyeing, Fairfield sweater, knitting, Uncategorized, Yarn | 5 Comments

Links on a Saturday.


Quoth the Raven

Dog in the wood.

Lion in camp.

Hair removal. via

Robin Hood restaurant in Madrid.

How did I not know about sashiko mending?

Christmas Day, 1912, in northern MN.

Problem solved.

“A giant sack of assholes.”

Posted in Links | 3 Comments