Return from the Summer!

I know, I know, I disappeared again. Work tends to do that. I find it harder to blog (for whatever reason) when I’m away from home. I like routine I suppose. :)

I didn’t get much knitting done over the summer, but I have since I’ve been home! I finished Cara’s socks:

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I only had the one foot left to do, and it went really quickly because Cara has teeny size 5 feet. The pattern is the Embossed Leaves socks from Favorite Socks by Interweave Knits.

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The yarn was by All Things Heather; I got it for donating to a cause she was promoting on her blog. I love the colours, they are all my favourites, but also very Cara I think. And a good match for the pattern because we all know that green = leaves.

I immediately started a new pair of socks (naturally)! Another Interweave pattern, this time the Annetrelac Socks.

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The yarn I bought off Etsy about a year ago, from Yarn Ahoy. It’s really cool in that the colours fade slowly throughout the skein from light to dark. It took a bit of time to decide whether I wanted dark or light on the feet, but in the end I decided that the cuff should be the light part, the feet dark. Otherwise I think they’d look top-heavy.

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Finishing those pairs…

About time for a knitting update, isn’t it? I’m doing wonderfully on two counts:

1. The Millicent Socks

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Yes, that is Millicent #2! And so close to being done. I finally got over what was keeping me from finishing it, which was an error in the pattern! The directions for the left gusset and left foot are slightly wrong. I mentioned it on Ravelry, and Cookie confirmed it, which was all I needed to get going. I find it odd no one noticed the error before, and I have seen finished Millicents… maybe I was following the pattern too blindly?

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2. Cara’s Socks:

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That is sock #2, partway through the heel flap. Will I have two finished pairs of socks in March? I hope so!

A quick digression on airline knitting: I recently flew from Vancouver to Calgary and back, with the Millicents in my carry-on luggage (I had no checked bags). No one said a thing. On the way back, I stuffed more needles into my bag in case I need them out here, and no one said anything. Not even the security guy who hit me on the head with his beepy paddle thingy. I was making everything beep on that trip through security, even the hooks on my bra made the thing beep.

(Please excuse the photos, I’m staying with friends of my parents, and don’t want to have to explain taking photos of half-finished socks, so I took the pics in my room in the basement.)

Finishing this sock on a bus… could you do it?

Sock Sans Model

I’ve finally taken pictures of Cara’s first finished sock! It is currently unblocked, as I’ve only just started sock #2. I know they are going to need it eventually, but I’m not sure what to do. If we had the same size feet, I could justify buying sock blockers, but Cara has teeny size 5s, and I have whopping size 8s. Any small-footed knitters want to lend me some blockers some time in March?

The sock that needs blocking

I had fun taking photos, because I finally got around to making a little light tent out of a cardboard box and some tracing paper. Opening my Etsy store was the big nudge I needed. But now I can take fancy sock pictures! I do some adjusting in Photoshop, but I did nothing at all to the photo above.

Cara's Sock

That’s my hand, pretending to be a foot. It makes me think of a cobra or something.

Sock #2 for Cara has almost reached the end of the top ribbing, so I’m not too far along on that. Once again, I blame Etsy. I’m sure if my work really knew what I did most of the day, they’d blame Etsy too. But they don’t know, and they all say I’ll be missed when I leave this Friday (who are they kidding, I’m just one in a long line of temps).

Embossed Leaves Toe

I’m leaving on Friday because on the following Wednesday, I’m flying out to Vancouver for work! I’ll be out there until probably the first week in April. I’m taking the Etsy stock (it all fits into a shoe box), and more importantly, I taking my Knitting!

I’ll be staying with a friend of my mum’s for most of it, and I’ll have about a 45 minute commute each way between her house and work. And we all know what car-less commutes mean… knitting time! And reading time! The thing is, I need some advice.

More Embossed Leaves


I was a car-sick kid (never seasick though). This was not fun on the journey between our house at the time, and my grandparents in Vancouver (but there were two ferries between all the twisty driving, so at least my parents had a respite on the boat). I’m not that bad any more, but I can’t read in a moving vehicle, I start to feel gross, and like I’m going to barf. I’m extrapolating this to mean that knitting on the bus may do the same thing to me. Any tips to help me, so I don’t go mad on the rides? Any way to combat knitting-induced bus-sickness? I’ve never really had to bus anywhere regularly, so I haven’t had the time to build up an immunity.

Cara’s Socks

I’m knitting my first pair of socks destined for someone else.

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My friend Cara has had some pretty horrible health news recently (well, before Christmas, I’m just slow) and as soon as I heard about it, I knew she needs some fuzzy, cozy socks made just for her. I had some yarn in my stash that just screamed “CARA!” and the yarn gave me the idea for the perfect pattern.

The yarn is a lovely green, with touches of brown and purple, from All Things Heather. I got it for donating to a kids’ book drive she did on her blog a little while ago.

Because of the gorgeous greens in the yarn, I knew the pattern had to be leafy. And Cara is all about the outdoors, so I narrowed it down to either Elfine’s Socks, or Embossed Leaves from IK. I finally settled on Embossed Leaves, they seemed slightly less lacy, and she lives somewhere colder rather than warmer.

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These socks are filling all sorts of purposes. I have a whole list of resolutions/goals that I will post about later (I’m doing this), but these socks get me on the way to lots. It is stash yarn, a stash pattern (in Favorite Socks), I’m knitting socks, and… I’m sure there was a 4th one. Either way, great.

This is also the first of my close friends to have any sort of huge health issue like this. Well, technically she’s been told she’s only at risk, but a very probable risk it seems, for some biggies. She’s only 24… just a year older than me, and I can’t imagine a doctor telling me the things hers has told her. But she’s strong and amazing (she is Cara, after all :)) and deserves something fuzzy.

Giving them will be interesting, as I don’t think any of my high school friends know I knit. I’m not keeping it from them, we just don’t talk about stuff like that.