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One-Project Woman

Seriously, how long can I keep this up? Could I actually start (gasp!) finishing things? Is this what happens when you don’t just start each day by pulling a new skein out of the yarn drawers and casting on a new project? Wow. I never knew.

September: Top down with heel flap. Mad Science Titanium, color Vampire Snax.

Damned Handsome Socks
None in particular.
Yarn: Mad Science Titanium in Vampire Snax (doesn’t look like anything’s for sale right now; I got mine in a trade)
Needles: 2 mm 5″ bamboo dpns (mostly bendy ones)
Details: My standard sock measurements for the leg – 58 sts, 2*2 ribbed cuff, knit 7″ before the heel flap. Modified the heel flap, foot and toe from my usual.

The heel: I shortened the heel flap a bit from what patterns I’ve used have called for, since heel flaps never really seem comfortable to me, always a little too big. Short-row heels fit alright, so I have used those for top-down socks, but I don’t really like how they look when I knit them. I’ve knit Wendy’s Fingering Weight, Toe Up Socks With Gusset Heel several times and experimented to find the perfect fit, so I know that toe-up I need 12 gusset increases to be just right. This time through, wanting to work top-down, I decided to try a heel flap with just 24 rows so I would pick up only 12 sts on either side for the gusset. (I also always start the heel turn sooner than patterns usually call for when I do a sock with a gusset. I knit just 1 past center instead of 2 or 3. When I do 2 or 3 I get little bubbles on either side of my heel when I wear the socks.)

The foot and toe: I’ve made so many pairs of socks this year that I can just about knit myself a pair that fits perfectly without trying it on. This yarn gave me a bit of trouble, though, which I’ve discussed before. I usually knit the foot to 6″ before starting the toe (or heel, if I’m working toe-up) but I had to knit to 7″ on these. The toe kept coming out too short, as well, so I did 2 plain rounds between decrease rounds.

All fiddling was totally worth it, as these are the best looking, best fitting socks I’ve made in a while.

Since finishing these, I’ve picked up the Drop-Stitch scarf in Araucania Ranco Multy again. No progress shots, since it’s just the same pattern over and over until I run out of yarn. I weighed the skein last night and I have about 42 g to go. I’m expecting this to grow quite a bit with blocking, but I still want a long scarf I can wrap around my neck a few times, so I think I’m going to knit until the yarn is gone. My hands are getting a bit tired from three projects in a row  on small needles, so after I finish this, I think it’ll be back to the bath mat on 6.5 mm or the Oceania shawl on 5.5 mm for a little rest.

State Of The Projects

    • Giant-Size Man-Sweater: Still in need of slip-stitch crochet to hide the gap in the seam. My wrist starts to hurt when I think about crochet, so this is still languishing.
    • Baktus, 2 hats, headband for a friend, Anhinga, Toasty, Laminaria: Totally still working on these. I swear.
    • Life-Long Blanket: All sock minis and leftovers collected in one place but no more squares added. Trying not to work on this until some other stuff is cleared out, since this doesn’t have a deadline and plenty of other stuff does.
    • September Socks: Damned handsome. Not sure they’ll be done by the end of the month, but since my August socks were really my mid-August to mid-September socks, I figure I have an extra few weeks and might just have to make some ankle socks or slippers later in the year to make my quota.  This first sock really should be done by now, though. I’m about to knit the toe for the third time. I’ve made enough pairs of socks for myself at this point that I have my basic sock measurements & techniques settled, mostly cobbled together from several different patterns. On this particular sock, though, my standard foot measurement before starting the toe just didn’t cut it. My first toe, checked just before kitchenering, wouldn’t have stretched enough to accommodate my real toes, so I ripped back to the first decrease. I planned to do 2 plain rounds between decreases, but after 4 decreases it was still nowhere near as long as it should be. So, the toe came out completely and I’m putting in another half-inch or so before decreasing this time. I think the yarn is the reason the foot was too short. This is Mad Science Titanium. I don’t know if it’s that it’s an 8-ply yarn (don’t think I’ve used an 8-ply sock yarn before) but it’s definitely thicker than the sock yarns I usually use. Using my 2 mm needles over 56 stitches, like just about every other sock I’ve made for myself, I’m getting a much denser fabric. (Which I love, by the way. This yarn is so squishy and makes such a, well, damned handsome sock that I’m already dreaming of a cardigan made from this stuff.) So, I’m thinking maybe it doesn’t stretch as much as my other socks have, because the yarn is thicker or the fabric is tighter. Does that make sense? Anyway, I’m assuming it’s the yarn that’s making my stand-by sock pattern not quite work this time since I did everything else the same. Once I get this damn toe figured out, though, I’m pretty sure I’ll have my new favorite socks.


  • Drop-Stitch Scarf: A few rows when I can get to it. Not a deadline project, so it’s just something pretty I can pull out when I need cheering up.
  • Baby Cardigan & Mary-Janes: Past the yoke on the stripey baby cardigan. A few inches into the body. Lots of stockinette in 2-row stripes to get through. Thinking of finishing with ties instead of a button. Not sure yet. Started a pair mary-janes to go with last night. I’m the last person on the planet to find anything baby-related charming, but I still think these might be the cutest damn socks ever invented.
  • Baby Jean Jacket & Converse: Haven’t started the shoes yet. Back is finished up to putting the neck stitches on holders. Left front just about done.
  • July Socks: Best not discussed. I’ll get around to them eventually.
  • Shawl: Another project to pick up for a few rows here and there. No rush. The giant skein of Oceania ended up on my paper towel holder, which was the only thing in the house I could find big enough to hold it and stay in one place while I knit.
  • Cowl: Just cast on for this the other night. I cast on for Scrunchable, did the first 8 rounds in garter stitch, then tried those 8*8 cables. And decided after 2 that they were not happening. They look awfully pretty in the finished object, but I don’t think I have the patience for them right now. I took out that row, kept the garter band at the beginning, and am improvising a sort of widening garter stitch pattern, putting one more knit round before each purl ridge until I’m in the middle, then one fewer knit round between the ridges, then I’ll finish with 8 rounds of garter and hope it fits. Made to match the pretty cabley hat, which is done (except for weaving in & blocking, but that doesn’t really count).

Knotty Hat

Pattern: Knotty but Nice
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Merino in Grey Mix
Needles: Plastic 16″ 4 mm circular. Went down a size from what the pattern called for to make a smaller size for me.
Changes made: Unintentional, I assure you. I miscrossed every cable in the row that lets the 5 individual cables finally cross over into each other. So, they’re not all as nice and entwined-like as they should be. I didn’t notice this until I was doing the crown decreases, however, so they shall stay the way they are.

And that is everything Ravelry tells me I still have in progress. Hardly seems like enough.