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Cascade Heritage sock yarn in "Teal Mix" My first socks of the year are knit from last year's souvenir yarn from Utah, Cascade Heritage Paints in the "Teal Mix" colourway. I used my own pattern, the Cakewalk Socks, which are available for free on Ravelry.

I'm sure I knew what I meant when I wrote the pattern, and lots of people have knit the socks without asking about the stitch counts, but I thought it could use a little bit of clarification (and a new picture) so I rewrote some sections to make them easier to understand, and published the update to Ravelry this morning.

Apparently my tension wasn't exactly the same from one sock to the other, so the spirals came out a little bit differently on each sock - but how cool is it that the heels and toes match almost exactly! I wasn't trying to make that happen; it was just a happy coincidence.

These were a fun pair to knit, and not just because it was my own pattern. A good portion of them were knit on an airplane to and from vacation in Colorado; some of them were knit whilst chatting with friends, and the last section of the foot was knit as winter gave way to spring. That's one of the best parts of souvenir socks - remembering where I bought the yarn, and then knitting memories into every stitch.

A pair of ribbed socks in a variegated teal colourway.

And now, onto the next sock... even though I have other projects that are already started, and I should probably focus on those for a bit as well. But none of them are good traveling projects like this one is going to be! So there.

A ball of rainbow-striped yarn sits above a pair of knitting needles. The end of the yarn is wrapped around the needles in a figure-eight cast-on.

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Michael and I visited friends earlier this month. We both worked on our socks on the plane, which was a good conversation starter with our seatmate (she crochets!). One of the flight attendants commented, "Whatever it is you're making, I wear a size medium," which was both funny and not at the same time. I know people mean that sort of thing as a joke, but it comes across as having no concept of the time and effort that goes into these things - probably because I get similar comments so often that I almost expect to hear "could you make me a--" or "you should knit this for me--" or even "you *need* to make me one." Yikes.

It was warm when we got on the plane, but cold when we landed. I pulled on my Fleeps and immediately noticed that a crucial strand of yarn towards the top of one finger was dangerously thin. So thin, in fact, that it fell apart when I inspected it more closely. Fortunately, the local yarn shop was generous enough to give me the tail end of some green yarn they had lying around, and now my Fleeps look a little more battle-scarred. I could re-knit that finger... but I think I'll just leave it like this. It looks kinda cool.

I also bought this lovely skein of Malabrigo Sock yarn in the Zarzamora colourway, because the people at the store were just so nice about everything. I posted a thank-you note to them in their Ravelry group, too!

One night it was a little too cold for me, and Michael let me wear his floppy hat. He posted this pic to his instagram with the caption, "[Pirate] often says she loves when people wear the things she knit for them. I knit this hat for myself, but it was cold out, and I know what she means now. ❤︎" Is that not the sweetest thing? Then we had duck confit ramen for dinner, which was exactly right for the weather and my mood.

Also I think I need to make a floppy hat for myself. Maybe a floppy stranded colourwork hat! With a pompom!

On the plane ride home, I got up to the heelflap of my current sock. I'm knitting my own Cakewalk pattern again, and realized that... um... it's kind of confusing. Lots of people have made the pattern and no one's said anything, so maybe it's not so bad - but I'm going to update it so that it's more clear. Heck, this is my fourth pair of Cakewalks and *I've* never noticed a problem before. Maybe I knew what I meant when I wrote it, but I sure didn't this time!

Anyway, I'm quite pleased with the way these socks are coming out. The yarn is from last year's vacation to Salt Lake City; it's Cascade Heritage Paints in Teal Mix, some of my favourite colours of all time. I'm well into the gusset now and I've remembered why the pattern instructions are what they are, but I still think they need to be clarified in an update. Perhaps that will be tomorrow's project.

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Between going to the Sit 'n Knit at the yarn store last week, knitting before the Tom Paxton show on Saturday, a meetup group on Sunday, and Hurricane Sandy, I was able to finish my very own pair of Cakewalk Socks! Hooray! Now, for each of those things in order:

My local yarn store is open until 8pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and last week I went to hang out and get some knitting done. There was one other woman there besides the owner, and we had a lovely time knitting and talking. She was working on an Advent Shawl, which is made up of 24 small sections of different lace patterns, one after the next. I did take a walk around the store, but bought nothing. Impressive, I think.

On Saturday I went with my parents and their friends to see Tom Paxton in concert. Mom's friend Jan taught her to knit when they were in college together, and it was really neat to finally meet the person responsible for my addictionhobby! We talked about all things fibre while we were having a pre-concert drink, and I worked on the sock.

Sunday morning I went to a meetup group for drawing and other creative stuff, and knit some more on the sock until I got up to the toe. Without a measuring tape or the first sock with me, I had to put it away for later.

Then, of course, I was stuck at home for two days during Hurricane Sandy. I spent most of Monday cooking and being domestic, but on Tuesday I finished the toe, kitchenered it shut, wove in the ends (chasing Floyd away from the needles at every turn) and now I am proud to present my newest pair of socks!

Except there's one problem. It's been very wet, and now it's also dark, and I can't get a good picture of both socks together. The second sock looks just like the first... Hopefully I will be able to get a good picture soon! In the meantime, the pic at the top of the post is the first sock, taken in much better weather.

Tree Down from Hurricane Sandy

By the way, when I say I was stuck at home... there was a tree across my driveway. It's been moved now, thanks to my awesome neighbours. We used the floor jack to lever it up and over the rocks, and now it's the new border to my driveway. I should probably get my chainsaw fixed so if this happens again, it won't be a problem.

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After the camp at Pennsic was set up, it was time to start knitting! I got out the Traveling Sock, only a few stripes from the heel, and... couldn't find the pattern. The one with my notes on it from the first sock. The one without which I'm going to have some trouble making the second sock just like the first. Fortunately, I wrote down what I did in my post about the first sock, and that should help me out - but I didn't have net access for it while I was at War.

So, without taking much time to worry about it, I thanked myself for having brought another skein of sock yarn, and over the course of the week knit the first sock and got a good start on the leg of the second! I'm using my own Cakewalk pattern, making it for myself for the first time!

The yarn is from Periwinkle Sheep, and I bought it last fall at Rhinebeck. I had a good time explaining to my friends how I buy souvenir yarn now, rather than stash-enhancing yarn, and then when I knit it I remember when and where I bought it... and when I wear it, I remember the knitting too!

The colourway is called "Grass in a Crack in the Sidewalk," and as a result, my usual background of the rocks in my yard wasn't the best. The tan rocks that were collected for the fishond give a better contrast.

Overall, I'm really pleased with this yarn. I found a few spots where the plies had become separated, and two of the strands had pulled so far out that it was impossible to work them back in. I'm sure it was my fault; it either happened when I wound the yarn into a cake or during its travels to the War. In any case, I folded them down and knit them in, almost like holding the yarn double, and I can't find the spot now where I did it.

Can't wait for these to be done - along with the Traveling Socks - so I can have warm feet this winter!

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"Do you think, if we blockade her bag, she won't be able to leave?"

"I don't know, man."

"It's worth a shot. Come on, I'll take this side, you stretch out over there. She'll never be able to get through us."

"This has never worked before... but okay."

I am heading off for a two week vacation! The hardest part of packing was choosing what knitting projects to bring. I'm just about up to the heel turn on the second of my traveling socks, so I decided to bring another skein of sock yarn with me. I chose the Periwinkle Sheep that I got at Rhinebeck last year, and I'm finally going to make Cakewalk socks for myself.

Then I thought, maybe that's not enough. Maybe I should bring yarn for the fancy cabled kneesocks that I've been wanting to knit for years. Should it be Clessidra? Or Rhiannon?

Then I realized that as tempting as it may be to say that I'd have two weeks of pure knitting time, the truth is that I'm not going to work on something fancy or complicated at Pennsic. It takes too much concentration. I need something simple that I can do whilst holding a conversation, something I can put down and pick up without losing my place.

The yarn for my new dark green Fleeps is in the bag.

I don't have any posts queued up for while I'm gone, but I'll see you all in two weeks!

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Angie's baby shower was last weekend, so I finally got to give her the pointy hat and booties. She and her husband absolutely loved them, and I am looking forward to seeing pictures of the baby wearing them in just a few more months.

This Baby Surprise Jacket that I knit three years ago was passed along for the new baby, too. It's wonderful to see handknits being treasured, kept, and worn again by the next baby to come along - it makes me feel so good to know that my work is valued by the people I knit for. Well, the babies don't realize it, but their parents do, and that's what matters, right? Maybe in a quarter-century or so, my friends' babies will be dressing their own babies in that very sweater, and so on down the line. It's a happy thought indeed.

On Tuesday I had to bring my car in for an oil change, and I made sure that I had Mom's sock-in-progress with me. I don't go to any of those "quick lube job" places where they have you in and out in ten minutes, but rather to the Mazda dealership... so I knew I'd be waiting there for an hour. They do have a very comfortable waiting area, with comfy chairs, a big television, free tea and coffee, not to mention a PlayStation with Gran Turismo and steering wheels for two players. But instead of playing video games, I knit (and took this blurry picture with the phone's camera). I was able to finish the foot section while I waited, and decided to save knitting the toe for when I got home.

When I got home, though, I didn't knit the sock toe. Instead, I wrote up the pattern for the socks and got it ready for publication. It's simple, and it's much like the Sibling Socks, but I think there's enough difference to make it worth releasing as a separate pattern. It's exciting to have three patterns out now. I'm starting to feel like a Real Designer! A couple of people have asked me if there's a toe-up version of the Cakewalk Socks available. Unfortunately, there isn't - I find that socks with flap heels and gussets fit my foot best, and that's what Mom requested for her socks as well. I know that there are patterns for toe-up socks with gussets and flap heels, but since I haven't knit one yet, I don't feel confident designing one. It's on my list of things to do, that's for sure! I like toe-up socks when I want to use every last yard of yarn, or if I don't know how far my yarn will go.

Here's a "montage of some of today's most-visited pattern pages" (which is actually from yesterday, now) on Ravelry. My Cakewalks are right up there near the top! How awesome is that?

On Wednesday evening I finished up the toe and grafted it together. One more project down! It's almost time to start thinking about that Jacob hat for myself. I'll need to swatch, of course, and then pick a pattern. I've a few in mind already. I haven't yet decided if I'm going to line it with polarfleece. The wool might be too itchy to wear against my skin, and fleece would certainly make for an even warmer hat. Given that this is a hat meant for Canada in February, warmer might be better...

Due Date …… Project
10/3 ………… Angie’s gifts
11/1 ………… Second Fleep, hand section
12/1 ………… Mom’s sock #2
12/1 ............ Dad's hat
1/1 ....………. Gift for Janis's baby boy
2/1 ………….. Mitten tops and thumb caps on Fleeps
2/1 ………….. Jacob Hat
3/1 ………….. Twins’ sweaters

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Introducing... the Cakewalk Socks!

These simple socks are a piece of cake to knit - thus the name! They fit snugly thanks to the ribs, and would make a great gift for anyone. The ribbing continues down the back of the heel flap, and there’s no break in the purl ‘gutter’ between the leg and the foot of the sock.

Heel and toe numbers are provided for three different sizes.


FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: To fit a foot that’s 8.5 [9.25, 10] inches around at widest point. The ribbing is stretchy and quite forgiving, so erring on the small side is all right.

YARN: Cascade Heritage or any fingering-weight yarn you like. The very blue sock was knit in size M using Cascade Yarns Heritage Paints in the “Isle of Skye” colourway. The more subdued socks were knit in size L in the "David's Eyes" colourway (and photographed before I bought a pair of sock blockers, sorry!)

GAUGE: 36 stitches = four inches/10 cm (9 spi)

AND ALSO: five US 1/2.25mm double-point needles or size needed to get gauge, darning needle.

Cakewalk Socks Pattern - .pdf format

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The Cakewalk Socks knitting pattern by Knitting Pirate is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. You may make copies for your own personal use, but you may not sell copies of the pattern. You may sell the socks you make provided that credit is given to the Knitting Pirate for the design. If you have any questions about what you can or can’t do with this pattern, please feel free to contact the Knitting Pirate.

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