Where to now, Phil?


(That subject line is a bit funnier if you’ve seen Eddie Izzard joking about Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, but I digress).

So far it’s kicking off to be a pretty good weekend. It’s a sunny day and I’m finished my grading for the moment. I got to do some quality hangout time with lots of knitters at the Purple Purl last night for Jacquie who is sadly leaving Toronto, but San Francisco gets her so that’s good for SF. Today brings the definite prospect of knitting time and potential more hangout with local knitting friends, and I find myself grateful for knitting on so many levels – it’s brought me lots of awesome playing-with-yarn time, but it’s also brought me friends, and I’ll take that any day of the week.

The socks above are my current new project for travelling, socks for family friend Philip who just recently celebrated his ordination as a minister, and which will hopefully be knitted up at least in time for his birthday coming up later this month. He does occasionally read this blog, so I figure if they are somehow the last thing he would want to put on his feet, he can drop a note and say something along the lines of “step AWAY from the rusty burgundy. And that single cable. Ditch that too”, and I can go in a different direction.


They are the Masonic Socks from Quelle Erqsome knits, a pattern I discovered while investigating a sock pattern search through Ravelry. The yarn is Dream in Color Smooshy, in Gothic Rose, on 2.5mm needles. (Did I mention that I am going to need more of this yarn? Preferably soon? Oh help). After about 2-3 repeats I think I’ve got it committed to my brain, and it’s keeping me more interested than stockinette or rib socks would, yet not in a tedious way, which is a hard combination to nail down.

The recipient has nothing to do with the Masons (nor do I, for that matter), but I’m hoping he will appreciate the pattern simplicity and that single cable tucked at the edge of the foot and leg. And it’s a bit hard to tell here, but in between the wide ribs are little beaded purl stitches, which add simple hidden texture. Secret stitches for secret deeds, I expect. Heck, I might just do a modified version for myself sometime later.

I hope your weekend is lovely and your knitting and friends are close by.


  1. The sock is looking very cool indeed!

    I love that colourway.

    P.S I got the Izzard and Royals bit 😀 It had me chuckling.

  2. I looked at that first pic and thought, hey, that looks like Dream in Color yarn, in, um, probably Gothic Rose. And then read further and saw that that’s exactly what it is. I can’t help but feel that there are a whole lot of my brain cells devoted to yarn recognition that really ought to be going to, I dunno, solving world hunger or something. Stupid brain. I will stab you with a q-tip, brain.

    And yes, you’re doomed, the Smooshy got you. I don’t even knit socks and it got me too – hey, sock yarn makes some great lace scarves…

  3. Love the pattern & the color. I love knitting with Dream In Color – it’s one of the best sock yarn. I am now using DIC Classy for a sweater – just as great.

  4. They look awesome, I can’t wait to see them finished! Gothic Rose is just perfect for them, though really DiC is perfect for just about everything. If you want the modifed pattern, let me know — I’ve got one written for littler feet as well.

    Keep me posted on how they go!

  5. Moggle · ·

    Lovely colourway. Looks like a good pattern for a man-sock.

  6. Great socks!
    I carry that yarn (In that colorway too!) in stock!
    Happy knitting!

  7. Oooh, those are purty. I’ve wanted to try that yarn. Glad to hear that you’re liking it.

  8. Ooh he must like them I’m sure – that is a great colourway and that yarn looks AMAZING

  9. very nice. that is a great guys pattern – i think my hubby would like them!

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