Finished: Sock Blank Socks

I don’t know why one foot is longer than the other. I tried them on both for fit, during knitting, and they both fit.

They used 85 grams of yarn, on needle 2,25 mm.
With the remainder I’m knitting cuffs. They look terrible before soaking and blocking.

This will all even out.


Oh, I know why the feet are different. One sock was knit toe up, the other cuff down. I’m not good at toe up, always guessing where the heel should go.

Cuff down I understand better:


progress on the sock blank sock

I’m working on the cuff of the first sock. This one is toe up. The second one will be cuff down.

I decided to spruce things up a bit and added cables on the cuff:

They are a bit of free style in the rhythm they have turning. The amount of cables in one row I determined thusly:

total stitch count at ankle = 58 stitches. (a sock blank makes me knit very loosely. This is knitted on needles 2mm! And I do have scrawny ankles, that’t true.)
I want cables 3 over 3 with 2 p stitches in between. And I want the cables to be in pairs. That means each one pattern repeat is (6+1)*2 = 14 stitches wide.

4*14 = 56 stitches. A nice approximation of my total stitch count of 58.
I’ll go for 4 pairs. 8 cables in total.

Now. Cables draw in knitted fabric. For ever cable you need to add one stitch to the total stitch count. So a cable 1 over 1 is 2 stitches needs 1 stitch added to a stockinette stitch fabric to keep the same width.
I learned this from Moonwise, the sock designer, in 2012. (Dutch post on Ravelry.)

For every 3 over 3 cable I need to add 3 stitches.
I’ve got 4 pairs, 8 cables in total. I need to add 8*3 stitches. 24 stitches.
24 stitches plus 56 is 80 stitches. 80 stitches needs to be the total stitch count.
I already have 58 so I need to increase 22 stitches.

So I did in the round before starting the cable stitches. Total stitch count now 80.
I set up the rhytmn of the cables: [k6, p1]
It didn’t end neatly at the end of the round, also it seemed I only made 79 stitches. So in the first couple of rows I started to decrease a stitch. I was only 2 stitches off anyway.

I then saw I preferred 2 p stitches in between my cable sections. So I added those, right before the first cables were turned. 9 stitches added (the last one I took from the end of row ones I tried to decrease).

Then I turned the cables. And found out I didn’t have 4 pairs but that I had 6 pairs of cables and one half pair. Also, even though I increased one p stitch in between every cable I still only had 78 stitches.

This is the marvel of knitting. Stitches appear, stitches disappear.
Also I don’t know what I’m doing. Clearly I approached the math all wrong. Don’t ever ask me to build a house for you. It will end up “a surprise riddled with design features”:

Frank Gehry, Antti Lovag, Michael Jantzen and an unknown pirate-treehouse aficionado don’t know how to set up for a cable section either. Truth be told, I’d love to build you a house like this.

It is one of my secret hobbies to design-doodle houses. Ever since I studied Architecture in Delft, the city where Vermeer is from. I design them in my head or on scraps of paper. My inspirations are Frank Loyd Wright; Dutch city houses during the Golden Age; houses in the book Casa Mexicana; antique Japanese farm houses; Aldo van Eyck and Petterson’s house as illustrated by Nordqvist.

It’s all about light, about connecting to a room beyond where you are, connecting outside inside. About vertical rhythm and about moving through rooms as you use the house. And about natural materials that are true to their nature. Not wood made to look like stone. No plastic made to look like wood.

Ahum. Where was I? Yes. Cables. Wonky progress.

I’m not worried. I have 3×3 cables with 2 p stitches in between which is a good ratio. I’m turning half of the cables whenever I feel like it and it looks nice and the sock fits and I’m happily knitting away. Progress is good.

To make sure I don’t use up more than half my sock blank for the first sock I’ve got a little friend marking the half way point:

It’s attached with a “crab hook” and that’s why this kind of stitch marker is sometimes called a “progress keeper”. Very well named, little squirrel.

UPDATE: counted my stitches for the eleventh time. I have 88 stitches. Math is magic.

Finished: Miyuki Frog Bead Socks

I used 70 grams, 294 meters on needles 2,25 mm. Beads are Miyuki Picasso beads, size 6/0. They have a lovely mottled look, up close, which compliments the yarn. And frogs.

The pattern is Charade by Sandra Park, slightly modified. Again with mock cables which I love. Herring rib? yes please!

Such a gorgeous colour these socks are. These ones will definitely be worn in the city, with my new wardrobe that’s in progress.

I’m still at the cabin and all the little frog spawn from Spring has left the two ponds in the woods behind the cabin. I see both toads and frogs work their way towards the front of the cabin, where there’s more open wetland.

They hop along the path that’s next to the window where I usually sit. Whenever I’m out front and walk through the grass I see them scurrying for safety. They are such courageous little creatures.

I should like to wear a little salute to them, when I’m back in the city.

Weird Wool Wednesday: Miyuki Bead Frog

Bought some beads at Creadream yesterday:

Found a matching frog today:


It’s the shy Miyuki Picasso 4505 Frog in its natural habitat a.k.a. our rubbish compost heap.

Here are all the Miyuki Picasso beads.

I think they’re all so beautiful! Do you think it probable that I bought nearly all the 6/0 colours?

Looking for matching frogs this Summer.

Not knitting cuffs this weekend?

I’m knitting the partner cuffs but I’m now learning about miniskeins: they differ.

The second cuff has specks of caramel and none of the blue tones that the first one has. The one that I love particularly. I have no use for caramel unless covered in salt and chocolate.

The second green cuff has way more brown and muddy colours in it. It’s not as crisp and Spring like as the first one, which I adore:

These would not look pretty when worn together.

I’m going to have to knit new partner cuffs, top down, with the remainders of the first mini skeins. That way they will look the same when I wear them, peeping from under my sleeve cuffs.

When I run out of yarn I can use the mini skeins I’m knitting with in the pictures to finish the bottom parts of the wrist part.

The thing is: the remainder skeins of the first cuffs are in the city. As you can see from the table cloth I’m at the cabin for the weekend…
What will I dooooo this weekend??

Guess I’ll have to look and see if I’ve got some fingering weight here for another set of cuffs…

I still need steele-ish blue ones. And some wool white ones. And a set in gleaming silk would be lovely! Could also do with lavender ones for sure.

I made a colour board of all the cuff colours I’m thinking about:

Shortly I’ll be gearing up to go hunting in the stash room for one of these colours. Because I need to knit cuffs this weekend!

Or I could knit my sock.
I brought it with me of course. Would be great if I finish that today and its partner too because tomorrow a new KAL starts that I want to participate in.

My spinning wheel is also here with the project on it that I enjoyed so much last weekend. It will be raining this weekend but it will be lovely sitting in front of the glass doors, with the green outside just there, and spinning. I could not knit cuffs but spin instead.

By the way, we’re only talking yarn needs for today anyway because tomorrow I’m spending the day getting reacquainted with my weaving loom. No time to knit cuffs.

No, I’m taking no chances, I’m heading off into the stash room to look for cuff yarn. Have a great Saturday!

Binary cuff knitting…




My in-house nerd says I’ve now knitted 15 cuffs…

They are all Narcissus cuffs.
The two one the right are knit from miniskeins dyed by Wol met Verve that I bought at the fair in Tilburg. They are 100% merino and tightly plied, like sock yarn. They are beautiful and soft against my wrists but they won’t pill as fast as the light grey will and the Wollmeise I’m wearing at the moment does.

They knit up so differently from how they look in the skein! The top one I had seen in an example, otherwise I’d never guessed.

The bottom one is a pure surprise! It knits up so friendly and Springlike while the skein has screeching fluor neon in it (which I only truly discovered once we left the fair and saw it in daylight).

These speckled dyed ones I knitted with the wrist portion in stockinette stitch. They don’t need the vertical interest and I get slowed down by twisted stitches and purl stitches.

They are also knitted bottom up. I don’t know why…. I had to rewrite the lace pattern for that, changing all YO into k2togs.
I don’t know why I did that! It was extra work and now I really have to pay attention to the fanning lace part.
It also doesn’t fan out as nicely as the top down versions do, the two grey ones. Perhaps blocking will fix it.

Either way I still have to knit all their partners in the same way.
That’s another 15 cuffs.
For my 3 arms.
(reads like eleven arms to me. I’m funny too you know)

OMG I just showed this post to the nerd!

He says I’m not a binary knitter.

I’m a UNARY knitter

because I only knitted the one cuff over and over.

Get off my lawn!

I went to town! (and the Knit&Knot fair)

buit wol Knit en Knot beurs Tilburg

This I bought during the first half of the day. Then it grew really crowded and I sat with my friends at the long tables and knitted and talked and ate my brownie and tried to cast on for my vest:


Then the crowds went home and it grew lovely and quiet and there was time to stand at a booth and talk to the indie dyer and I realized I had missed so much wonderful products the first time I walked around. So this happened:
buit wol Knit en Knot beurs Tilburg

Very happy 🙂

A lovely block!

knitted on 2 mm needles, with sock yarn weight held double.
The spotted yarn I dyed myself, long ago:

On dry yarn so the colours wouldn’t soak into the wool. I used vinegar water to make the dye, so the dye would set. Then I put it onto the yarn, first with an old tooth brush later with a spraying device.

It took a lot of effort because only the outer side of the skein would get sprayed. I had to open up the skein all the time and add more dye. This was very tiresome because back than my blood pressure was too low to be doing things like this.

It was then steamed for 45 minutes.

Earlier this year I knitted a pair of Skew socks from it. Flax Skews that I love very much. This colourway makes me smile!

The heart is made in 100% pure silk, handdyed by a local indie dyer Dutch Knitting Design, who’s also a personal friend.
I love silk yarn!

The design itself is Block Week 5, by Corien, from the Karma Knus Blanket. In 2013 I made the whole blanket for myself.
This sweet little block is for someone else. I put a lot of love into it and I’m confident she will know this every time she touches this block. 🙂