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I finished knitting a sock late Saturday afternoon, blocked it on Sunday, and now I present my newest FO:

Pattern: Pomatomus by Cookie A.
Yarn: Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino in color P439
Needles: US0 Plymouth bamboo DPNs

My main modification was the use of a Dutch heel, which, as predicted, does fit me rather nicely now that the socks have been blocked.

Also, I only did 1 1/2 repeats of the stitch pattern for the leg, because that’s about as tall I can make a sock before having to do calf shaping (yes, I really am that short). I started the leg on row 11, knit to the end of Chart A, then did one full repeat before starting on the heel.

I’m pretty happy with this pair. I think the stitch pattern shows up fairly nicely. And I adore the colorway (it’s much prettier in person), and I love how the socks feel on my feet. Koigu for the win!

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April progress report

Haven’t finished a project yet this month, but I have made progress on most of them!


The sleeves continue. Slowly. This project has been hurting my hands, so I’ve been keeping work on it to a minimum, but I should still be on track to finish by the end of the month.

No pictures yet, because they’re not particularly interesting, but just know that the current sleeves already fit better than their predecessors.

Forest Path Stole:

I pinned out a section of the stole to see how large it would block out, then did some math. Stopping at the end of tier 15 should give me a stole just under 6′ long, give or take a couple of inches, which is a good length for me.

I’ve almost completed the top seed stitch triangles.

Next up, the uber-boring seed stitch borders!


One sock down, one to go!

Don’t let the picture fool you – the stitch pattern is actually a little less clear when it’s stretched out over a human foot. That’s variegated yarn for you. Oh, well. At least the colorway’s pretty.

I decided I’d try a Dutch heel with this sock, as the round ones seem to be too loose for me. This heel fits okay (and will probably fit even better after blocking), but I’ll have to keep playing around with different types to see if there’s another one that fits me better.

In other news, I’ve been absent from local knitting meet ups lately. It’s not because I’m deliberately being antisocial, though! A couple of weekends ago I was sick, and the weekend before last I was up in the Bay Area visiting family (which is my excuse for forgetting to hit East Bay yarn stores). And this past weekend, well… I just forgot. Oops! Hopefully I’ll be there this Saturday, though.

Oh, and I have no willpower. I went to Common Threads on my lunch break yesterday, just to get size 3 DPNs (for the FPS borders). I came away with not only the needles, but with two skeins of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Mineshaft. It’s a good thing that they only stock one other colorway that I like, because otherwise I might have come away with even more yarn.

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Too early for cheating

So, as anyone who knows me well enough may have guessed, there’s no possible way I could achieve April goal #3 without sneaking a new project in at the very end of March.

What? I wasn’t exactly going to sit and twiddle my thumbs when I was sick, and a new project is about all the excitement you can get while bumming around the house. (If you live alone and have quiet neighbors, that is…)

I started Pomatomus last Friday.

This is actually the second attempt at the leg.

I’d completed one and a half repeats for the leg over the weekend. (The pattern calls for three, but given my row gauge and how short my legs are, I could practically get knee socks out of that many repeats. And I don’t like knee socks.) I’d also gotten the heel and gusset done.

But I couldn’t quite suss out how to do the foot. Maybe it was the cold meds, maybe not, but in either case, I didn’t know what to do with Chart B. I mean, I couldn’t just start with row 12, because the chart doesn’t work that way.

So after several attempts I gave up. That’s when I ripped back to the ribbing and decided that I would start the leg on row 11 of Chart A, rather than at the beginning. That way, I could just start the foot with row 1 of the second chart.

I’m happy with it so far. I normally find that variegated yarns obscure stitch patterns, but I think the color distribution actually works pretty well here.

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