Life goes on, and so does the knitting

Yep, nothing like going on a trip for a week and a half to put your life into fast forward afterwards! I am being pulled kicking and screaming back into the real world. Thank goodness I still have my knitting to cling to in the evenings.

Quick note re: Ivy yarns and substitutions. I’ve put a link in the sidebar to my previous post where I talked about yarn, and I’ll edit that post as I hear about more successful yarn subs, so do keep me updated as you knit Ivy! And for those of you who are sticking with the Quechua, I’m sure you’re in for a fuzzy treat. When I got mine in the mail I couldn’t stop picking it up, it’s so smooth and soft.

Fetching, isn’t it?

(Fetching, in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, eggplant)

I did manage to only use one ball, but I think this was only because paranoia took over and I skipped a row on the 2nd glove. (I only did 17 rounds instead of 18 in the main ribbing part). I think I would have made it through the pattern fully if I had been more careful about minimizing the leftover tails from cast-on and cast-off (I tend to use long-tail cast-on and end up with wayyyy too much left over on the end). These really are super warm, even having them on for a few minutes for the picture was plenty for me today. I’ll save them for cold winter days in the library. I think I might be getting out some of the worsted weight yarn in my stash to make some of these as gifts as well – I could see lengthening them a bit.

September Socks

(Basic Socks, with Austermann Step, dark blue)

These are just a basic sock pattern, following the Yarn Harlot’s instructions in Knitting Rules – ever since I read that book I have never needed a sock pattern if it’s just a basic pair that I’m knitting, and it’s awesome. (I’m sure that was the point of her writing that chapter 😉 ) These are my second pair in the Austermann Step yarn, which is the superwash sock yarn that has aloe vera and jojoba oil in it. So soft. I have a third ball waiting in the stash, although it’s kind of a beige-ish colour and now I’m not sure I like the colour as much, poor thing. (That won’t stop me from knitting it, of course.)

Oh yeah, and if your eyesight is really good you’ll notice that the little yellow post-it has my scribblings reminding me when to catch my fall TV shows. Nice, Glenna, you really want to admit to the world what you’re watching? At least I hadn’t written ‘Bones’ on the list thank goodness. I already have that one memorized. Well, a girl’s gotta have something to knit to, that’s what I always say 😉

Last but not least….

This is the current status of the Simple Stripes fair isle socks. I like them again now that I’ve had a break from them. (I had the 1st one half-knitted when I had to rip it out and start over. It was traumatic.) I might even be able to finish the pair this week – two pairs of socks finished in 1 month! Somebody stop me!

Happy Tuesday to all…


  1. Well, I am not the one to stop you, keep going! It all looks fabulous, weren’t those Fetching a great knit up? I just love them. I’ve not yet gotten any of the Step, but have been reading rave reviews and hopefully soon…..(I knit to television shows, I only have maybe 3 faves but yes…and we know most all knitters do.)

  2. Of course I had to come back and check out your tv list…I could make out Grey’s Anatomy and Studio 60, what was on the first line?
    I’m an avid Grey’s Anatomy and House watcher…recorded Studio 60 last night but haven’t watched it yet.

  3. Marianne – heh! Yes indeed, there’s GA and S60 (although I still have not watched any of S60), and that top one is, I admit, How I Met Your Mother. It is the only sitcom I watch but I can’t help but laugh at Neil Patrick Harris. I also really should put Numb3rs on the list, too, since I started that on DVD this summer!

  4. Wow–I actually used that sockyarn for the Jaywalkers–seeing what you’ve done with it blows my mind…that’s AWESOME!!!

  5. amy lane – thank you! Although I cannot take credit for the sock pattern, that goes to Knit Picks! 😉

  6. Thanks for the yarn suggestions. Elann Devon was ON SALE when I checked on Sep. 20. I ordered mine and can’t wait to start your beautiful sweater. I can’t believe it’s your first sweater pattern! I look forward to seeing your future designs.

  7. Time for true confessions. I scribbled down new shows that I want to watch the other day. And I watch very little TV! I’m not so organized as to have a pad of stickies near the computer at home. (I can barely find the stickies at the office. lol!) I love the fairisle socks. And you’ve got me really thinking about a wrap sweater . . . Congratulations on Elan selling out on your yarn.

  8. Hi from Norway,just found your blogg,and love the socks you make..Guess I’m a sockfreak..*giggle* Have a nice day.. :o)


  9. Both pairs look great! Never tried fair isle socks yet. Have some Austermann I just bought a couple of weeks ago but haven’t used yet. Can’t wait! It’s so soft!

  10. My first visit to your blog — I love the socks and the Fetching gloves look lovely too. I just bought my first ball of Austerman Step and am excited to try it!

  11. Nice socks… I’ve read so many good things about the Austerman yarn. It’s definitely on my must-have list.

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