Katherine the Great
I like to think of myself as a storyteller. Mostly I tell stories about knitting.

First, if you are a fan of the blue/purple swoopy thing on the foot socks, the pattern is out sometime today on violentlydomestic.com
Handknit Blue Socks

Second, here are my green socks in progress with some bluebonnets because. well. because I LOVE bluebonnets, so I’m going to enjoy the hell out of them while I can!
Handknit Green Socks

And finally, because I was wearing them, here’s a glamour shot of my Linaria Bipartita Socks
Handknit Socks in Bluebonnets

This yarn (Plucky Knitter Primo Fingering) has pilled, but putting these on feels like snuggling happy baby bunnies against my toes, so I don’t care.

Ps. To see what others are working on, check out:
Tami’s Amis
Small Things(I started listening to Uglies but I wasn’t feeling it. Not sure what I’ll start next.)
Frontier Dreams


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The owls is the first sweater I’ve knit. and some people have had trouble with the fit. So, I’m trying my sweater on every 4 rows. Literally.

I put it on 47″ circular needles, pull it over my head, and try not to let the stitches slide off the needles while the attached ball of yarn bounces around on the bathroom counter. I look in the mirror, twisting this way and that to see what I think of the fit.

I recently turned to admire the decreases on the back of the sweater and the yarn bounce bounce bounced off the countertop right into the toilet. It was like some kind of bad slow motion film with me reaching for it, yelling, “Nooooooooo……” It was in the clean toilet water for less than a second, but that was too long for me. I dried it off on a clean towel and thought about what to do. I washed my hands. How to sterilize wool yarn? I took off the sweater and happily ripped back the four rows I needed to, which brought me back to the first ball of yarn. Then, I washed my hands. I put the possibly dirty ball of yarn in a bowl for time out, washed my hands and got a fresh ball for knitting. and then washed my hands one more time, just because.

My knitting and germ consultants seem to agree that soaking the yarn in Euclan for a couple of days should be enough. I don’t know if I can get on that train yet, but one thing is for sure, you can bet your sweet arse that I’m putting the toilet lid down every time I try on my sweater.
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To see what others are working on, check out:
Tami’s Amis
Small Things (I’m listening to the second book in the Legend series, Prodigy. The series is good if you like dystopian fiction.)
Frontier Dreams


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First, US women’s shoe sizes are BS. When I make socks for the dimensions I find online, they don’t seem to fit the matching live feet. This time, I decided to find someone with similar sized feet to the giftee and then talk them into trying on the first sock. Thankfully, even though this sock fit me (size 7.5 shoe), the yarn is just stretchy because my size 6 friend declared them a perfect fit.

Second, while Meghan was admiring the sock, she noticed that maybe I hadn’t woven in the end? but there was very little tail left? Sons of biscuits! I thought I’d done my usual method of knitting in the tail and for some reason I did not and I snipped the cast on tail off way way way too short. So, I carefully wove a bit of yarn through the cast on, tied a discreet knot and will weave in the longer tail…..tomorrow.
 Lycaena sock

On to the second sock!

To see what others are working on, check out:
Tami’s Amis
Small Things (I’m still listening to “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us”.)
Frontier Dreams


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