Thursday, May 7, 2009

Socks and More Socks

The Confetti Socks Redux are finished, washed and blocked. Two strands of sock yarn, one white, one hand dyed. Nice warm thick socks, great for Crocks or Burkes. No particular pattern, just a vanilla sock with some YOs in the legs.These are a pair of socks I've been waiting for quite awhile to CO. The Yarn is Crystal Palace's Mini Mochi, colorway 101. It's a single ply sock yarn (merino and nylon). The dyeing process is what makes it so pretty. The pattern is Dreams in Fiber's If You Know Where to Go. For those that are Harry Potter aficionados, you'll know that refers to where the entrance to the Wizarding World's best shopping spot, Diagon Alley is. As the pattern author says: Diagon Alley can be described as a twisted cobbled street located somewhere in the middle of London. It is also the place to go if a Witch or a Wizard needs to get a little shopping done. The only problem is, no one is able to get there unless “yeh know where to go”, as Hagrid so elegantly states in J.K. Rowling’s book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Inspired by the brick wall entrance found in the back of the Leaky Cauldron, and the endless maze of cobblestone alleys and brick buildings, this textured pattern develops as one knits and is also rather hidden (especially in this particular colorway) to those who do not know that it is there.

Although this stitch pattern is more futzy and contains way to many purls than I generally commit myself to, it's very pretty. I think I can survive it!

I want to share an internet delight I've recently found: Pandora Radio. I've so enjoyed setting up my commercial free radio stations and listening to whatever kind of music strikes my fancy, including some that are impossible to find on CD, such as Hooked on Classics and Hooked on Swing. My friend, Joansie, much prefers Slacker Radio. Check them both out and start enjoying some good music while you're surfing!

My daughter gave me her Pocket PC. It's neat! I can write down, say a stitch pattern, and take it with me in my knitting. Once I pick up some memory, I can download the pattern as a Word document and take it with. It also has internet capability, but have no idea what I need to do to get it working. It's a discontinued 2002 model and I have no documentation, so it'll be a job finding out what I can and can't do with it.

Check out Helen! You go, Girlfriend!

The it really 2 days?


  1. Socks look great! The music while knitting is soothing.

    You just gave me the greatest, bestest tip! Often, like yesterday, I have my knitting but forgot the pattern at home. Not sure why, but I never thought of downloading it to my cell phone. I lost valuable time knitting because of that. You know, sitting on the couch, leave pattern there, etc.

  2. Wow! That is a strict diet and exercise program. I am impressed with your discipline.

    Love the socks! And thanks to your inspiration, I am working on mittnz.

    If you like folk music, try and Commercial-free Internet radio is the best!


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