Carnivorous, Slippery Socks

Pattern: A combination of TATU Sock by Carolyn Kern and Tern by Pam Allen
Made for: My mom
Yarn: 2 balls of Elann Esprit in Tarragon
Made in: 2013 and 2014

My mom wearing the natty socks! With beautiful cords and other electronic paraphernalia in the background.

My mom wearing the natty socks! With beautiful cords and other electronic paraphernalia in the background.

I’ve knit socks before, and I’ve knit socks with this yarn before, but I’ve never been particularly excited about them and I’ve never worn them that much. But my mom really admired my knitted socks, so I decided to make her a pair in her favorite color, green. I had her pick out a pattern (she chose TATU Sock) and then I finished them in just a few months – they went really fast! As it turned out, I didn’t really use the pattern she picked out – I went by the Tern pattern instead, but I used the TATU Sock design thing on the leg, and I made some other changes to the Tern pattern, too.

I do like this yarn – it’s nice to have a cotton yarn I can use for socks, and it’s quite soft – but it is still a bit heavy for socks, and it leaves fluffs all over my clothes while I’m using it! If I ever knit socks again for my mom or anybody else who’d be living in the climate I do at the moment, I’d probably use it again…but partly because it’s the only reasonably priced cotton sock yarn I could find.

I call these my “carnivorous, slippery socks” because the bottom part of the first sock reminds me of listening to an audiobook of The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket…

Note the pen sticking out of her toe.

Note the pen sticking out of her toe.

…and the top of the first sock reminds me of listening to an audiobook of The Slippery Slope, the next book in the series.

I'm actually quite proud of how that heel turned out on the side, too. Certainly an improvement on my earlier socks.

I’m actually quite proud of how that heel turned out on the side, too. Certainly an improvement on my earlier socks.

The second sock doesn’t remind me of anything in particular.

The pen has migrated.

The pen has migrated.

Of course, I can’t really tell apart the two socks unless I look closely, so functionally both socks remind me of those things.

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My mother was rather alarmed at the name and wanted me to call them my “natty green socks,” but I can assure her that I do think they’re very natty green socks – calling them carnivorous and slippery is a compliment, since I so enjoy having memories of books wrapped up in my knitting.

Ciceros shawl

(By the way, I am working on an article that has to do with Sheesania and is not full of linguistics. I’ve just been rather busy this week, so I haven’t had time to finish it. But it’s coming! Don’t lose hope!)

Pattern: Undine by Christine Ebers
Made for: ?? Me, I guess?
Yarn: 1 ball of KnitPicks Shimmer in Blue Glass (now discontinued, sob)
Made in: 2012

The name “Undine” reminds me of the Ciceros Undines, traveling whirlpools in the Wii game Endless Ocean: Blue World. Knitting this shawl made me want to play Endless Ocean again! But it’s only now, in 2014, that I’m actually bothering to replay it.

This shawl was also a really fast knit. I started it partway through a trip to America and easily finished it before we left, and we usually spend only a month and a half in the US! Since I didn’t have any way to block it while we were in the US (I can assure you that I tried, though), I was extra impatient to block it, so I pinned it out as soon as we got back to our home country. Then, jetlagged, I lay in bed, trying to go to sleep, thinking that maybe it would be dry by the time I woke up…

As you can hopefully see, this pattern worked really well with the variegated yarn – I’ll definitely keep it in mind next time I get hold of lace yarn like that.

Fylleryd

Pattern: Fylleryd by Mia Rinde
Made for: Christmas swap gift
Size: Medium, with added repeats
Yarn: 1 ball of Elann Peruvian Baby Lace Merino in Aubergine

Lace shawl. End of story.

Okay, fine, I do have a few things to say. I added beads in the center of each flower, flanking each nupp, and on every decrease stitch in the last edging row. 4 repeats of the flower pattern & 2 of the blueberries; 5 stitch nupps. Despite fearing that I’d run out of yarn, what with all the nupps, I still had quite a bit left. The blueberry chart was pretty labor-intensive, but it would be easier without beads, and it is really pretty. But for some reason, all my right-leaning nupps are twisted in a funny way.

I knit this while staying at a friend’s house, so I have memories of going to horse-riding and swimming lessons, playing I Doubt It, and having conversations about books and obscure words while knitting this.

Oliver Twist shawl

Pattern: My Heaven
Made for: My friend Whitney
Yarn: 1 skein of KnitPicks Shimmer (alpaca/silk) in Blue Glass – it’s been tragically discontinued now

My sister and I had stayed at Whitney’s house for a few days while our parents went to a conference in another country. At the time, I was knitting my Fylleryd, and Whitney was very interested, so I showed her a bit about how to knit. Later on, I was trying to come up with an excuse to knit another lace shawl – I had already knit so many and I never used them – and I thought that Whitney would probably like one. So after some advice from her mom about what color to use, I knit this using a pattern I had enjoyed before. It was fun to knit, it turned out beautifully, and Whitney really liked it! Unfortunately it eventually got shrunk in the wash, but too bad – now Whitney’s little sister is enjoying it! 🙂

I knit this while listening to my mom read Oliver Twist. I do enjoy Dickens, but Oliver Twist was a bit…well, unplanned and a bit cheesy for me. But still fun to read. (Or listen to, rather.)

Jane Eyre cardigan

Pattern: 116-1 a – Jacket in ”Alpaca” and ”Glitter” with 2-colour pattern in raglan by DROPS design (catchy name, I know)
Made for: Me!
Size: Small
Yarn: 10 skeins of Knit Picks Comfy Sport in “Fedora,” 2 skeins of KnitPicks Comfy Sport in “White”

I made quite a few changes to this pattern – I put in a zipper instead of buttons, added hoodie-style pockets, and crocheted a neckline instead of knitting the ribbed neck the pattern called for. I didn’t knit the pockets according to a pattern, but just figured them out as I went along based on the size of my hands. For the neckline, I bound off and did a double crochet edging. I did not knit anything special to accommodate the zipper – I just sewed it in. This is the great thing about knitting: I can get a traditional colorwork sweater but also have a zipper and those pockets!

The other great thing about knitting is how I can do other things at the same time, and so then I have all these memories associated with the finished product. This particular cardigan reminds me of Jane Eyre, different parts of the sweater reminding me of different parts of the book; hence the name. (And besides, it’s in a dark color, which rather fits the mood of Jane Eyre.)

The pictures are from my visit to Ur and the nearby town of Nassiriya. The piece of pottery I’m holding I found on the ground in Ur – there were huge heaps of pottery-filled sand there, probably left by archaeologists excavating tombs and other more interesting stuff.