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Friday, March 03, 2006

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House of Grumpiness

It has been a difficult week here at chez Persnickety. My children have been hit by whatever bad cold and/or respiratory flu has been going around. They are well on the road to recovery now, but who knew two sick nine-year-old girls could be so dramatic in their illness? Yes, I've been a sympathetic mommy, but after 5 days of stereophonic coughing, sniffling, moaning, whining, and arguing I think need a vacation.

On a happier note, I have finished the Bearfoot socks that have been sitting in my UFO pile for almost a year. Here are the specs:

These are just basic stockinette socks, made without a real pattern.
Mountain Colors Bearfoot [60% superwash wool, 25% mohair, 15% nylon],
color: Rosehip
2.5mm Addis
7.75-8sts and 10.5 rows = 1"
I just love the color of this yarn and its softness. It seems a little thicker than other socks yarns I've been using lately, but it's nice because the socks came out thick and warm (maybe that's due to the mohair content?). I'd like to make another pair of socks with this yarn, but maybe with some texture next time.

The only interesting thing on these socks is that I used the Eye of Partridge stitch on the heel flap. This was my first time using it and I think it's a keeper, especially with variegated yarn. It's basically the heel stitch, but with the slipped stitches offset on every right-side row to form more of a checkerboard look (compared with the columns look that you get with the normal heel stitch.)

Here is a chart I created for the Eye of Partridge stitch, in case any of you are unfamiliar with it and want to give it a try. Apparently there are variations of it, but this is what I used.
Eye of Partridge stitch pattern

So now the only unfinished socks I have are my Jaywalkers, and I'm not really motivated to work on those. Maybe I'll start another stranded pair. Hmmm.

And last but not least, I just finished the afghan square I volunteered to make for Christine. She is collecting blue 8"x8" knitted squares to make a blanket for her brother Jef who is battling a recurrent brain tumor. Go on over and help her out if you have some time.

I made this square with some unnamed blue wool from my stash. I used a modified version of the Forbes Forest Scarf pattern.

Oh, and Sister#2, don't worry. I'm still working on your cloche. More about that next time.

Leave a Comment 10 comments:

Melissa said...

I see blue squares in my future.

Like the eye of partridge. Must try on next socks.

Sorry about girls. Ain't life grand? I am so glad my kids are ancient.

christine said...

Oh my goodness, what a wonderful blue square!!!!!!!!I want to wear it, not put it in a blanket.........

Anonymous said...

Uncool Guy really loves the Forbes Forest Scarf made by his lovely, talented, and persnickety wife. He is not deserving, as pointed out by neighbor #1.

Anonymous said...

Hey! Did you see that? I think someone is lurking out there......

Sheeps Pyjamas said...

Sorry about the girls, I can quite sympathize. Love the Eye of Partridge, maybe it's time for another set of socks to try it with...

Jess said...

I love the color of your sock and the heel! I just made my first sock with that heel and it looks extremely cool, if I do say so myself ;o)

Holy Blue Square, Batman! That's pretty impressive!

Btw, I speak from experience when I tell you that the drama only gets worse as they get older. At least it did with mine :o\

Elspeth said...

I feel the same way about the Eye of Partridge (the heel I always use -- I forgot it had a name!), I thought the heel was the best part of my Socks That Rock sock. The rest of the sock pools way too badly, but not the heel.

Jen said...

very nice socks. I'll have to keep the stitch pattern in mind for my next heel flap sock...

Anonymous said...

Hello daughter! Glad to hear the girls are on the mend....I remember when THREE girls all got sick at the same time...but, you know, they were all worth the extra love and attention...they all grew up to be pretty loving and special young women of whom any mother would be proud....Oh, and yes, I like the socks; especially the design on the heel. I'm searching your blog for the wonderful, comfortable socks you made me......I've never been a model before....Mum

V said...

Greetings and blessing to you...
While looking up another herringbone alternative pattern as the one I've been trying in a book received as a gift isn't coming out right for me and I'm pretty sure I'm following the pattern correctly. Anywhooo... after googling I happened upon your site and noticed the square you made for Christine's brother of which I sent up an intercessory prayer for healing. I would love to have that pattern if you could provide it to me for a blanket I'd like to make my grand babies... I can be reached by e-mail as I don't have a blog... I hope you might be able to share this information or a link where I might be able to find it.
Thank you in advance for your attention and cooperation with this request and I look forward to your response.

V. Price