Friday, August 3, 2012

On and off the Needles

There hasn't been enough knitting time in the past couple of weeks, but I do have something finished to show. See.....

it isn't just a big black blob, it is a BIG BLACK sock. From cuff to toe is it 13" high and the length of the foot is over 10". This has taken way too long to finish since every time I needed to have the boy try it on he was no where to be found. And when he was home I forgot the sock needed attention. Hopefully the second sock will go much quicker.

For a size comparison, this is one of my socks sitting on top of his.

I went up in needle size from 2.75 mm to 3.25mm and cast on 80 stitches versus the 64 I usually cast on for me.

And to keep myself amused while working on the big black sock, I did knit a little more on my Summer Flies shawl. This yarn is yummy and has alpaca and cashmere in it.

I LOVE this section of Open Knotwork and have already knit twice as many rows as the pattern calls for. I can't figure out where to stop. I still have quite a bit of yarn left and the final section is just stockinette with a picot bind off. I want to use as much of this yarn as possible without running out and having to do some reverse knitting.

Well the next couple of weeks are going to be extra busy. My son (the one with the BIG feet) closed on his first house this week and we (meaning me) are doing lots to get it ready to move into. Now to his credit he is working an exorbitant amount of hours getting ready for 2 big trials and he really hates shopping. He's told me to go ahead and purchase what I think he needs. So far he's liked just about everything I've purchased. This weekend I am dragging him out to look at furniture. I'm thinking a whirlwind trip to IKEA might produce the best results. And a trip to the hardware store to pick out paint. Lots of details.

Hope you have a great weekend!
Happy stitching-
carol fun


  1. This is one giant sock! The second one should go much faster. Is there such a thing as a fast trip to Ikea??

  2. Have a great trip with the wearer of that giant sock!! Love the colors in the shawl.

  3. Boys and their feet! :)

    I agree with the prior commenter-I'm not sure a whirlwind trip to Ikea is possible!

  4. If you convinced him to wear something other than solid black it might go more quickly. You could watch the colors change as you knit.

  5. Yay! One sock down, only one more to'll get there before you know it. :)

    I love the shawl. I keep saying I am going to have to knit it, but other stuff just keeps calling my name. But I love your yarn choice...and I don't blame you, I'd want to keep knitting on this, too. It's beautiful! :)

    Wishing you a lovely day

  6. You are a nice mom :-) Getting ready for a new house does sound like fun though! The sock is great. I admire your knitting abilities. I once made a triangular pot was supposed to be square...."sigh"

  7. Thanks !!! I am looking forwards to see your socks .... but what are my sockes compared with all the wonderful things you made ??? lol
    Patti xx

  8. We took our boys to IKEA over Christmas break and they were so funny picking out the rooms they like! Have fun decorating!


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