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  • knitting1105 10:19 am on May 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

    Sock Vortex 

    The other day it was intimated that all I knit were socks.  Well, reading tis post, one might think that is the truth.  The reality is that they are very portable, which works great for taking in the car, to knitting night or the poolside in the summer.  And yeah, I do knit a lot of socks.

    These are called Sorority Sisters.  My Junior Year of college at the University of Michigan, I lived in a women’s co-op owned by the Women’s Alumni Association, Henderson House. It was there that I made a few great lifelong friends.  The house was situated on Hill Street smack dab in the midst of Sorority and Fraternity row.  We were the polar opposites of those houses.  I remember that the women who came out of the sororities all dressed exactly the same, and the favorite colors were pink and lime green (is that still true?).  We swore that there was only one closet in each of the houses, with a few different sizes, and everyone reached into the same wardrobe.  I really thought that the pink/green color combination was atrocious, and still do.  Somehow I ended up with this variegated yarn in my stash, it must have been gifted, as I do not see how I would have purchased it.  And, immediately, those days on Hill Street came to mind, I knew that I had to elaborate on that pink and green.  I changed out the heels and toes to give it a bit of flair.

    And I am working on the afterthought heels for this pair of striped socks.  The yarn is from Vesper Sock company, and it is a pleasure to knit with.  The stripes work out nice and even, so I did not want to work my traditional slip stitch heel.  Hence, the Thought-out Afterthought Heel, and I needed to refer back to my blog post where I originally discussed how to make this, as it is only the second time that I have done an afterthought heel.



    Now, I am thinking that I will employ this technique more often, as it really makes the sock fit nicely.  My husband particularly likes the socks that I made in the above referenced post, as he has narrow feet and a narrow heel, so he says that they fit really nicely.  For this sock I am using a bright orange accent for the heel, there is a kelly green cuff, both that I purchased as mini skeins from Vesper sock, I am hoping that there is enough for the toes in orange also.


    Lastly, I am knitting socks with the Mrs Crosby’s yarn that I won at YarnCon.


    It is a single ply, which gives me some pause as to durability in socks.  I must admit that I am not loving how this is knitting up, both in the handling of the yarn, and in the way the colors play together.  I will say that it is a very very soft sock, knit in a 1×1 twisted rib.  The toes and heels will definitely have to be knit with a much sturdier yarn, and I think that they will be for my husband.  Some fun contrasting colors are in order.


    • salpal1 1:41 pm on May 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      all those fun heels and toes! Love’em. Interesting to hear about Mrs. Crosby – how does it feel to knit with? I actually like the colors, although it is darker than I would have expected from the skein.

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      • knitting1105 2:37 pm on May 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Not my favorite yarn to knit with. Since it is a single ply, I find that my needles get stuck in it periodically.

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    • 1marylou 3:55 pm on June 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Nice colors.

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    • Yvonne Creanga 5:02 pm on June 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      can you do those heels on two circular needles? Somehow I could not figure out how to carry just the yarn for each needle as I have the front/top of the sock on one and the rest on the second.
      Can you see what I am talking about?


      • knitting1105 5:14 pm on June 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        You should be able to. I must admit that I have never made socks on either one (magic loop) or 2 circulars. I love the 5 double point needles. You are simply doing the heel in the round, so there should not be an issue with using 2 circulars. You might want to seek help from someone locally who uses that technique. Sorry that i could not be of more assistance.


  • knitting1105 1:23 pm on May 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    The Best Husband! 

    I have the best husband ever!!!  Last week I had arranged to have AT&T come to upgrade our internet service, it had gotten very sluggish, and now we both work from home.  (Not sure it is that much better…but).   I was at school all day, and asked Dan if he could wait and meet the technician, my assumption was that he would just plug in a new box and be on his way.  No.  The upgrade required a new line to the house, new service box, and new plug in for the router, and then a new router.  Problem is, the router lives in my knitting room, and was located behind the bookshelf that housed all of my knitting books (well almost all).  Dan had to remove all the books, he carefully laid them out on the floor, with a note indicating which shelf they came from.  Then he labeled the shelves, so that I could put everything back where it came from.

    This took him quite some time.  I felt really bad, and apologized for all the books that he had to move.  His statement was “You love knitting, I am glad that you have the things to support your craft.”  I didn’t have the heart to tell him that there were 2 more new books sitting upstairs…

    Having the books all out and in piles gave me the opportunity to relocate the books to a different area.  The room had gotten too crowded to work in, it really needed to be twice the size.  So, I stayed up working on the book relocation until after midnight.  Still have a few more things to do, but the room is much more manageable.

    Knitting has not been anything too exciting as of late.  I am working on miles and miles of iCord for the shawl that I recently knit.  This is going to take quite awhile.



    • V o n n a | DVon 12:44 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It’s always sweet to have a loved one who respects and encourages your hobbies.

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    • Inga 10:54 pm on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      So sweet of him, I am trying to remember the last time I actually took books out of a bookcase in order to move it. I know you are supposed and we have really heavy bookcases too but I am more the push and shove type. 😉

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      • knitting1105 10:21 am on May 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Oh, I don’t know how you can push and shove a bookcase!! Mine would break under the stress.

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    • 1marylou 12:41 pm on May 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      What a special guy! I love my knitting books too.

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      • knitting1105 10:22 am on May 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks! I sometimes think that maybe I have too many knitting books, but then can not figure out which ones I would purge.


  • knitting1105 2:00 pm on May 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: art Institute of Chicago, color theory, Van Gogh, van gogh yarn balls, Yarn Balls   

    Van Gogh’s Yarn balls 

    Last Friday we finally made it to the exhibit at the Chicago Art Institute, Van Gogh’s Bedrooms.  (I think that I would have titled the exhibit Van Gogh’s Bedroom, singular, as he set up his bedroom for the first painting, and copied from the first for the other 2) The exhibit had been receiving rave reviews, and had been on our to-do list for quite some time.  Word had it that the exhibit was very popular, and it seemed more so as it was in the last few days.  It was very crowded, and hard to move through.  We did a prolonged tour, reading all the story boards and looking at the paintings as best we could.  Then, we went to the Art Institute courtyard to sit and had a couple of glasses of wine under a gorgeous blue sky.  About 30 minutes before the exhibit was to close, we went back again, this time to really get a good look at the paintings.  It was a brilliant plan, as there was hardly anyone in the exhibit at that time.


    The premise of the exhibit was to compare the various versions of Van Gogh’s bedroom painting. There were of course leading photos and background information on his work.  He really only painted for a few years, but was incredibly prolific.  There were 3 versions of the Bedroom painting, one that resides in Amsterdam, one from Paris, and of course the Art Institute version. It was really interesting to see them side by side.

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    They had even recreated his tiny bedroom that he had painted.


    But, the most intriguing thing to me was the collection of Yarn Balls that he had in a small red lacquer box.


    The one at the exhibit was a copy, and so it got me interested in how this compared to the real one.  I had never heard about this before.


    I felt that much of the yarn from the exhibit looked like modern commercial yarn, and that the curators could have done a better job of matching the yarn to what was really in the box.  I feel like they did not do a great job of replicating the yarn.  I wonder if I am the only one who noticed that.


    It was interesting to hear that Van Gogh used the yarn for his color theory.

    One of the most curious objects preserved at the Van Gogh Museum is a slightly battered Chinese red lacquer box containing 16 colourful balls of wool and a few loose strands of yarn. Some of the balls are a single colour, a golden yellow, or an intense blue-green, while others combine two or three colours of twisted yarn, such as dark violet and bright yellow, or yellow-orange and light green. It is known for certain that the balls of yarn belonged to Vincent van Gogh because his close friend, the artist Emile Bernard, mentioned them in an elegiac article on Van Gogh written shortly after he died. Bernard noted that during a visit with Van Gogh in Paris he saw on a table, along with some Japanese crépons, a few ‘balls of wool whose interlaced strands played a surprising symphony’ of colors.

    When I look at his paintings, I can almost see the brush strokes as pieces of yarn laid side by side.  This gives me a new appreciation for his work.  He has always been one of my favorite artists.  Now, with a renewed attraction.  Fiber.

    Starry Starry Night really evokes the feeling of yarn to me.  Perhaps that is why it has always been a favorite.

    What a gifted, yet tortured artist.  What would he have produced had he lived longer.

    • Gracey 4:09 pm on May 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This was very interesting to read…I’m not such a student of art, but I do like reading about fun historical facts…..and the bit about the wool that Van Gogh used is kind of fascinating…

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      • knitting1105 1:09 pm on May 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I too found it fascinating. I asked another knitter friend who went to the exhibit, and she totally missed this part.


    • Helen 11:01 am on May 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This is something I had never heard about Van Gogh and yet it makes perfect sense for looking at the effect of two complementary colors on each other and as you say I see how it would mimic his brush strokes. Thank you for this piece of information.

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      • knitting1105 1:08 pm on May 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        You’re welcome. Glad you liked it!


  • knitting1105 6:09 pm on May 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    A bit of sparkle 

    It seems that I have been busier the past couple of weeks, so my knitting has been mainly socks and shawls that do not require a lot of concentration. These socks were knit with yarn that I purchased at YarnCon in 2015; from The Cyborg’s Craft Room, color way is Bangarang.  I loved the colors and the sparkle.


    The yarn did not disappoint (as happens from time to time).  It was a joy to knit with, and the colors are gorgeous.  The sparkle is just a little bit of bling here and there, and does not overwhelm the socks.  Because of the strong colors and the sparkle, I knit a simple twisted rib sock, perfect for this yarn as a pattern would have taken away from the material.


    Here are a couple of detail photos.  They are really much prettier in person as they catch rays of light when you move.


    I love carrying the twisted rib on the top of the foot.  It helps to keep the socks snug when wearing them.


    And on a gardening note, we got a lot of plants in the ground last weekend.  Dan started everything from seed in our basement.  He set up an elaborate system of lights and pulleys and timers and heaters.  I am sure that our house glows at night.  In spite of planting a lot, and already giving some away, we still have a lot of starters.  Some things need to wait for a bit warmer weather.  Basil especially, as we killed it twice last year by putting it out too early.


    This was our Rhubarb last weekend.  My friend Stephanie came over to draw the flower.  I don’t remember ever seeing it flower like this.  Quite interesting.



    • Diane Hamilton 6:20 pm on May 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You have been busy as usual. Love the socks! In all the years that Dad grew rhubarb on the farm I don’t ever remember it flowering like yours, very interesting!

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      • knitting1105 6:52 pm on May 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks! I never remember having the rhubarb flower before either. It was a great year for our plant. had to give a lot away to stop it from shading the neighboring seedlings. I cut the flower and gave it to my friend to take home and draw. It was hallow on the inside, but a thick skin.


  • knitting1105 4:35 pm on May 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , poodle knitting   


    I finished my poodle mittens about a week ago.  This pattern had been gifted to me on my Birthday a couple of years ago.  I used Dale Tiur.  They are big, but so are my hands!



    And for the inside of the thumbs, in honor of the coolest poodle ever…



    To be used next winter, that I will always remember this smiling mug!  I miss him so.

    • Diane Hamilton 11:12 pm on May 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Frances, great job as usual but even more special because they will always remind you of Lloyd. He was a cutie for sure!

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    • knitting1105 10:15 am on May 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Diane!


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