Monday, January 11, 2016

Coming and Going

Popping in to say I'm really liking Ekornsokkene by Pinneguri. I note that orange is not a favorite color, indeed, in my experience it's sometimes associated with considerable negativity. And yet sometimes things just come together. Here's the front of the sock.

Ekornsokkene wip, front

And here's the back of the sock. It's a nice view coming or going.

Ekornsokkene wip, back

It occurs to me that I knit socks with stranded colorwork and stripes last January. Those were happy socks, too. Yay, January happy socks!

It also occurs to me that I have no red shoes to show off in tribute to the fabulous David Bowie, 1947-2016. Then again, considering their fate at 2:57 in the music video, maybe that's not so bad. So instead of "Let's Dance," here's "Peace on Earth" from 1977.

Makes my eyes sting for more than one reason. Sigh.

Sunday, January 3, 2016


Happy New Year! I hope gentle readers are enjoying their holiday weekend. While some apocalyptist sorts would say the turn of the calendar is wholly arbitrary and the concepts of time and attempted measurement thereof are illusory, at casa Jersey Knitter it's an occasion for a first foot. I'm thinking of knitting Ekornsokkene by Pinneguri using Regia Design Line, Trekking, and Socka for January Sockdown. And speaking of illusions, I may watch some TV, too. (Get your own sign from the WNET Thirteen Pinterest page.)

Yarn for Ekornsokkene

Approaching apocalypse or no, I think I'm ready.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Auld UFO Socks

It's New Year's Eve and yours truly is kicking back with a nice relaxing cuppa. In a tough year, peace and quiet and decent tea have been much-desired luxuries. Ah!

A nice relaxing cuppa

Also, in keeping with tradition at casa Jersey Knitter, behold the Singleton Socks of Shame! During the year no socks came down from the clothesline of shame, one went up for a total of eight Socks of Shame at year end 2015. Considering how rough the year has been, I'd say that's not too bad (even if one of the singletons is handspun).

Singleton Socks of Shame, year end 2015

Singleton Socks of Shame 2015, left to right, oldest to newest: Meadowlands, Fawkes, Julesokker, Love Me Knot, Clouds, Chain Link, Hanauma Bay, handspun Queen of Diamonds.

Last year a tender-hearted friend who doesn't knit misinterpreted the annual display as the kind of self-flagellation that possibly required intervention. That was, um, sweet, but I like to think knitters in general (and this one in particular) are more cheerful and resilient, less emo than that. To paraphrase the fabulous Ann Budd: Should auld UFO socks be forgot, and never brought to mind? Of course not! See you next year!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Sorry for the long radio silence, I'm still here, still knitting, still blogging after another prolonged stint of being elsewhere, not knitting, and not blogging. All I can say is there's no place like home for the holidays, not to mention it would be really, really nice if I could stay still for a while.

With all the to-ing and fro-ing I neglected to post the FO photo for my Owl Sock's. It was a fun knit, and I'm glad I finally made some hartshorn cable owls. I'm equally happy my owls are on socks rather than on a larger garment. (YMMV, of course.) One reason I love to knit socks is the opportunity to try out patterns on a small scale, and the subsequent discovery scale matters.

Owl Sock's FO

Back in October I optimistically joined NaKniSweMo, a November knit-along. But I did a lot of traveling in November (and early December), and so swatchedNaKniSweMo button a lot but never really cast on. The plan was to knit a Striped Raglan Sleeve Sweater by Cheryl Kubat. The pattern indulges my inordinate love of Noro, and I hope to knit the sweater some day soon.

Sometime after November turned into December I cast on a sock for December Sockdown, By the Seine River by Dona Knits using Regia Design Line Jazz Color by Erika Knight, colorway Kind of Blue.

By the Seine River singleton

In my mind the sock was intended as a tribute or hommage to the victims and survivors of the November 13 terror attacks in Paris. Horrifying to relate, before I cast on there were jarring incidents of mass violence closer to home – so many that one can speak of repeated exposure, terror management theory, and "How Terror Hardens Us." Apparently it's not by imparting a strong desire to learn useful survival skills, but by irrationally reinforcing existing prejudice and hatred. I wonder if that applies to other kinds of trauma as well and if one simply gets swept along helplessly or if it's even possible to resist unreason by standing still.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Those Kacha Questions

Ordinarily I think of travel as a pleasure and privilege, but, astonishing to relate, not only is there such a thing as too much travel, there has been entirely too much of too much roundabout Exit 151. I'm exhausted, but am throwing down this post in order to avoid some gotcha questions of the sort that make one very tired indeed.

At least while traveling I started another sock, Cranberry Biscotti by Elizabeth Sullivan, worked in Spud & Chloë Fine, colors Clementine, Bumble Bee, and Popcorn. It's for October Sockdown, so I have 'til the end of November to finish.

Cranberry Biscotti wip

Which meant somewhat less progress than hoped-for on my airplane Owl Sock's. I hope to finish the pair by tomorrow to qualify for September Sockdown.

Owls Sock's mismatch

Despite using a Kacha-Kacha, the socks don't match. My Kacha-Kacha has always been reliable before. It's as if... as if... as if Obi-Wan Kenobi didn't help. Oh the enormity!