Posts Tagged ‘Tardis Socks’

Or back to knitting, anyway.

What’s Done

I finished the TARDIS socks.  I’m very happy with them, even if they are long enough to be very tight on the calves – not the pattern’s problem, just a result of my body type.  In any case, they look wonderful, and will be quite wearable when the weather gets cool again – I’ll just push the tops down a smidge and it’ll all work out.

TARDIS socksI’m really happy with this short row heel.  It’s easy to remember, easy to knit, and does a decent job of not producing little holes…

What’s Doing

So now I’m just working on two projects.  The Belle Greene knitted on beaded border and the Dice Bag of Doom.  The shawl looks very much as it did in the last picture, but the dice bag is really shaping up.Doom Bag with Eye

I love the green of the Fiberoptic DK (Milkweed is the colorway), but I’ve got mixed feelings about the yarn itself.  It’s not nearly as soft as I’d expect a merino to be, but it pills badly enough that I’ve had to take scissors to yarn-fluff-balls in order to detangle it.  Given that the KnitPicks Diadem is the yarn I’m using for the inner bag, this project is rather um… sticky to work with.  Still, it’ll be gorgeous once it’s done.

The inner bag won’t take nearly as long to knit up, then it’s just popping in the second eye, stitching the tentacles in place and I’m pretty much done.  Once again, these are glow in the dark eyes from Creations by Devlin.  I ended up using the 21mm size, which means that I’ll have two pairs of smaller ones which will need a home.  I’m sure I’ll come up with something…

What’s Next

So with one project wrapping up, and another at the tv knitting stage, I’m starting to look over my Ravelry queue for figure out what’s really next.  I’m still planning to knit down from stash.  I’m thinking that I’ll use some SWTC Tofutsies I have to knit up socks which (theoretically) aren’t going to be too warm for summer wear, but I’ve got so much gorgeous yarn that I’m still waffling…

Blog Contests and Giveaways

There were a lot of giveaways which ended on the 31st.  I won the Plutonium Muffins giveaway for Owl Print Panda stitch markers, and am very excited about that.  No word yet on the others.

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Catching Up

It’s been a full week since I’ve posted.   I think I just needed the time to recover from the Blog Week posts.

I received the Neighborhood Fiber Co yarn I posted about, and for which I broke my ‘yarn diet’ after a really short time.   It is amazingly beautiful, and totally worth it.

Neighborhood Rustic Fingering SandtownI also picked up some more of the KA mini crochet hooks and a Clover yarn snipper for the notions bag.  I’ve also made some slightly larger stitch markers, so that’s it for the general bag building.  I’m sure I’ll be getting more as needed for particular projects

I’ve really appreciated the Blog Week comments.  I did read the survey results, but didn’t really conclude anything from them – I guess the tool is only as good as the user…  The point is, you’ve all said some very nice things, and I think I must have gotten a bit cocky, because I messed up the socks a bit.

The Sock Story

I had been knitting from two balls of the blue.  When it came time to add the white I used a single ball (the leftover white from the Vexing Socks), and I knit from both the center and the outer edge of the ball.  It worked well enough.

TARDIS windowsI did end up switching to a larger needle in the middle of the windows, because, well, my calves do thicken up substantially.  I don’t think it’s an aesthetic issue, and it will definitely help the fit.

Then, when I got to the black and white portion, I decided that trying to knit from both ends of two balls of yarn would be too much to keep track of.  So I tried cutting a shorter piece of each color, and using one ball and one single strand for each sock.  That, too, was too much to keep track of.

stuck socksIf you look closely you can see that I used the same piece of black yarn to knit both socks. Nope, not the plan.  So I tinked one sock back, and went to my notions store to find a better solution than yarn butterflies (which I can never tie well, they become a confused jumble – hence the confused socks…)

I ended up finding a couple of funny old yarn bobbins.  I think I’ve figured out how this style is supposed to work.

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Hopefully it’ll all be more straightforward from here on out.

Blog Contests and Giveaways

Another Plutonium Muffins giveaway – this one is for really cute stitch markers (31 May).

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What Came Before

With all the posts I’ve given to my project bags and notions cases, it’s not really surprising that blog week asked for another one.

First, to review.  My sister made me four really lovely project bags for my birthday this year.

bagsI already had a Nancy’s Knitknack case for notions.

KnitNackboxI ordered a set of three more Lantern Moon clamshell notions bags from eBay.



I said I’d be stocking the bags and report back.  This seems like the perfect opportunity to do just that.  I’ll start with the smallest project bag (as currently stocked) and work up to the largest.

Bag 1 – striped bag

This is holding the almost finished stereo cuff.  To be fair, there are a few beads and findings which are packed separately in their own sub-bags, but that’s the way this project worked out.

KnitKnacks StripesYou can’t see it in this picture, but I’m using a Debra’s Garden needle gauge as a zipper pull for this bag.  What you can see is that I use a lot of KnitPicks notions.  Honestly, their interchangeable circulars are my go-to needles, so I like to keep a tightening pin in each notions case.  The cable needle is from their Harmony series.

I got the KA mini crochet hook from Paradise Fibers.  The adorable embroidery scissors come from Salty Yarns in Ocean City, Maryland.

Except for a single large lockable one, all the stitch markers are sock needle sized.  Some I made, some are blue glass beads and some are silicone jump rings from Michaels (these, sadly, are discontinued.  I should have gotten them in more colors). I should probably get a couple of larger ones for this case.  In the back of the case is a failed attempt at a stitch marker/row counter which I should probably disassemble.

Bag 2 – peacock feathers

This bag holds the cthulhu themed dice bag.  Because of project specific notions, I’m using the largest Lantern Moon bag for this one.

Largest PeacockI’m using the needle gauge as a zipper pull again, this time it’s a HiyaHiya. The safety eyes are from Devlin’s Creations, and they glow in the dark.  I posted about the needle tag back in March, and that system has been working out fine.  The Peace Sign is a discontinued Lantern Moon tape measure.  I stuck a few needles in the Knit Picks connectors pouch, and that’s been working well.

My youngest gave me the Cthulhu Mints, and the stitch markers include the ones mentioned above, a few larger ones I’ve been gifted with, and a working row counter I made.  I should probably put that one back in the KnitKnacks box because, as you can see, I have room for an over the needle one here.

The only thing which hasn’t worked with this one is the Tonic Studio Scissors.  They are a great product, but they are a bit long for this bag, and if I don’t pack them just right every time they poke holes in the lining.  They’re long enough that I don’t think they’d fit in at all with a sheath, so I will have to find a replacement.

Bag 3 – flower bag

The Belle Green shawl is no longer hibernating, but it’s going very slowly.  This one uses the middle sized notions bag.  I’m showing a few of the beads here too, along with the really tiny crochet hook, the rest are still strung and the strands are in the bottom of the project bag.

Medium FlowerAnother KP cable needle here, along with the connector pouch with a tapestry needle stuck in.  This one has a commercial box of stitch markers.  I have one home made split ring marker stored in there just in case.  The stork scissors have been working out very well.

Bag 4 – London bag

I’ve said before that it’s silly to have socks in the largest bag, but given that they’re TARDIS socks I just went with it.  Which is why the smallest notions case is in the biggest bag.

Smallest LondonThis one uses the sock sized Debra’s Garden needle sizer as the zipper pull.  The cable needle is a different style, and hidden behind the tape measure here.  Those are foldable scissors (very compact, no pokes).  They are perfectly functional, but not beautiful.  I have the needles and stitch markers in an Altoids mini tin. So even the smallest one is big enough for everything I need in a ‘plain vanilla’ project.  I could fit a few more stitch markers in the tin, and the row counter (which is on the socks needles right now) nestles snugly in the bag.

Wanted/Needed for the Notions Bags

I would like one more needle gauge/zipper pull.  Probably another Debras Garden, but I’ll keep my eyes open for other options.

I need one more pair yarn snips.  Either scissors with a sheath or some sort of guarded blade – there are plenty of cute ones out there.

I don’t need them at the moment, but I would like more bigger-than-sock-sized stitch markers.  I *used* to have a bunch of them, and hope they’ll show up with a hibernating project.  I know I can make more cute ones.

It would be nice to have a crochet hook/stitch rescuer for each bag, so three more.  The one I have is small enough to fit in event the tiny bag, and it was cheap. On the other hand, there’s something nice about having different tools for each bag, and there are probably other mini hooks out there…

Blog Contests and Yarn Giveaways

I haven’t done a contest update in a week, so I might as well stick one in here.  I didn’t win the pattern and yarn from While They Play.  I haven’t entered the Homeless Bridge Yarn Bombing giveaway, but wanted to post  it here so you’ll still hear about it even if I don’t get around to it.

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Today’s assignment was to photograph my knitting in a different way.  As it happened, I was down in the US Botanical Garden with a WIP and an FO today.

TARDIS with Iris

Here are the TARDIS socks in progress, taken with some Iris outside the conservatory building. I love the blues and purples, and I also love how much richer the socks look in natural sunlight.

Cable with Cactus

This is the Seaglass tote. The picture was taken inside the conservatory, but also in natural light as it’s basically one huge greenhouse. I love how the division betweent he green and aqua is clearly visible here, as well as how the succulents seem to glow with their own light.


I published this one before, but I couldn’t resist bringing it up again. It’s the Belle Green Shawl as I’m knitting the stockinette portion. This is two pictures of the same piece, taken while driving through an underpass. You can really see how this yarn fluoresces in the sunlight.

This has been a fun exercise, and a good reminder that I should photograph my knitting in sunlight more often.

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I Don’t Like to Talk About My Flare

Not true, actually.  I just like quoting Office Space about my flare.  Astute readers may notice a new piece of Flare, because I’m going to join the Knitting and Crochet Blog Week, which is next week.    The A to Z challenge went well enough, so I thought I’d jump in and try the next one.

Moving Right Along

The plan is that I will go on a ‘yarn diet’ over the summer.  With the exception of one skein per vacation trip (my customary ‘yarn tourism’ thing) I won’t buy any more yarn until I buy the yarn for Aidez at the end of summer/beginning of fall, which will mark the beginning of winter knitting.  Since it’s a bulky yarn, I expect to have the sweater done well before we hit the freezer…

Right now I’ve got four WIPs.  The Dice Bag of Doom, the Stereo Cuffs, the TARDIS Socks and the Belle Greene shawl.    I’m planning on using the Swanns Island Tigerlilly fingering weight for a Very Busy Monkey Tesla shawl.  I’ve got the co-ordinating Cavey Family worsted weight from Sheep and Wool which will be either a hat or a bag.  The Flying Goat cashmere (which also goes with the orange) will be something stranded and probably felted – also thinking hat or bag, but it might be really cute as mittens or cuffs.

If that doesn’t last long enough, I can work on the Bigger on the Inside shawl, using the Ashton Gallery wool with the glittery black as the Vortex section, and the blue  for the TARDIS section (though I might go for a row of Daleks with just one TARDIS).

And if that’s not enough, I have the Octopush pattern.  I definitely have enough odds and ends of fingering weight in different colors to make it work.  And there’s always Mrs. Beaton.

So, yeah, I expect I’ve got a good four months of knitting stashed away to make this work.

Blog Contests and Yarn Giveaways

I didn’t win the Red Heart package for May, or the pattern from Plutonium Muffins.  I entered a drawing for a $25 gift card from Loopy Ewe (31 May).

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Y is for Yarn (no surprises here)

Yup.  I love the stuff, and I’m going to briefly hit on the highlights of my stash.

Limon CakesI’m currently knitting with Premier Yarns Serenity Sockweight Solids, and Regia 4-ply for the TARDIS socks.  Not at all a yarn snob choice, but good, workable inexpensive yarn.  They are going on my feet after all.

The Belle Greene shawl, which I’ve mentioned every third post or so, uses Bohemia Fibers flowerBohemian Sock superwash in the Atomic Limon colorway.  This is the UV reactive yarn.  It’s gorgeous, but not particularly smooshy or soft.

My third and final WIP is the Cthulhu dice bag.  It uses Fiber Optic Merino Sport in the Milkweed colorway, and KnitPicks Diadem in Argent.  The diadem is super soft and smooshy, while the Merino is spun so tight it’s almost hard in comparison.

OUD Yarnther favorites are the organic Swans Island fingering in Tiger Lilly, which will probably become a Tesla shawl from Very Busy Monkey.  The DK weight buffalo yarn from Cottage Craft Angora, two skeins of unknown but (presumably) single breed sheep from the University of Delaware’s agriculture program, in school colors,  Bohemia ZombieBohemia Fibers Bohemian Laceweight Yarn in the Potluck Zombie colorway (mine is Bethany Richards who died from skin poisoning by makeup “less really is more”), and, of course, a whole lot of recycled sari silk.

Of course, I’ll be going to the Sheep and Wool festival this weekend, and I do plan to look for single breed and/or locally produced wool there.  Plus some more fingering weight of undefined composition.

I guess these are the most ‘interesting’ yarns I’ve got.  Truth to tell, I love it all.

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K is for Knitting (no surprise here)

This one is more or less a catch up post WIPs and Queue.

Current Projects

I’m almost halfway through the knit on, beaded border for the Belle Greene shawl.  I’ve slowed down quite a bit, because my LYS tells me that the blocking wires might not come in for a month or more.  Normally that wouldn’t be a thing, but I can’t enter it in next years MD S&W contest if I finish it before this years festival.  So I’m slowing down a bit.

Blue Short Rows

Just starting to turn the heel on my TARDIS socks.  It’s another no-wrap short row method, one which uses 1/2 the stitches rather than 2/3 of them like the Sweet Tomato Heel does.  I’m liking it so far, but we’ll see how it looks when done.

Laminated FootprintI finally got around to laminating the footprint, because I was carrying it around in the project bag.  That’s now safely back, tucked  into the Cat Bohrdi book I’ve got the chart all printed out, so ready to go.

Not a knitting project, but for the sake of completion I’ll mention that the pocket market bag is coming along nicely.  I should be running out of the blue just about the right time.  Worst case,  the mesh will be one round short…


I haven’t started on the Cthulhu dice bag yet.  I’m delaying because I think I migTiger Lilly Swans Islandht incorporate some leftover Atomic Limon from the Belle Greene shawl…  The next project after that will be either the beaded cuff kit from Laura Nelkin, or a shawl in some Swans Island fingering weight merino.  I’ve got the second Very Busy Monkey Scientist collection, and there are a couple of those which would look wonderful in Tigerlilly colorway.

Sheep and Wool Projects

Doll CowlEven though it looks like Belle Greene won’t make it to S&W this year, I’ve got a couple of others which will.  This little guy is basically playing to the judges.  The featured yarn this year (eligible for a special prize) is Leicester Longwool, and I had just enough stashed to make this little doll cowl.  Since there’s also a special prize designated for knitting for dolls and bears it seemed like a good plan.

Naturally, I will enter the Vexing Socks.   Yes, I did finish them.  There will be another post focusing on them later this week. I know it’s not amazing workmanship, but I’m really proud of the design.  Tam of Rassilon

I’ll also be entering the Tam of Rassillon, which is made of Maryland wool from Blue Faced Leicester sheep.  It’s not the breed of the year, but they don’t announce that very far in advance…

So that leaves three entries rather than four.  I’m OK with that.

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I didn’t win the Moogleyblog Fiber Artsy giveaway, or the Made of Change crochet hook giveaway, or the Stana’s Critters giveaway.

I entered the Fiber Flux $50 Knit Picks gift card giveaway (19 April).  A drawing for a $100 Darn Good Yarn gift certificate (30 April).  The Red Heart Dream Yarn Package from All Free Crochet  (including reflective and bulky yarns) (4 May).  The Ficstitches Crochet Kit giveaway on Mooglyblog (16 April).  Finally, a bottle of maple syrup and a skein of yarn from Vermont Grand View farm (today).

Whew!  That’s a lot of giveaways.

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G is for Gingher


The Gingher company is newer than I’d thought.  It was founded in 1947, and family owned and operated for three generations before it was bought by Fiskars in 2005.  Fiskars, in turn, is older than I’d thought.  It was founded in 1649.

The particular Gingher scissors that I have are 3 1/2″ stork embroidery scissors with gold plated hstorkandles.  They are one of three ‘heirloom’ embroidery scissors which Gingher makes.

There have apparently been stork styled scissors around for a very long time. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the early ones were actually midwife’s forceps rather than scissors.  There was a site called creweljewels.com which had a history online, but it’s disappeared into the ether.

In any case, I have a pair now and they’re really beautiful.  They’ll fit beautifully into one of the Lantern Moon notions bags I got.  In fact, I now have one stocked notions kit (including scissors) for each of the four project bags I have.


At the moment I’m only using two of the project bags actively (for the Belle Greene shawl and TARDIS socks) and one passively (for the Dice Bag of Doom).  Which means one bag was completely empty and one full but lonely.

I decided  to get cracking on the WIPs, so I’ve started work on a pocket market bag.

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I didn’t win the Madeline Tosh Vintage from Lisa Bogart, but she has a new giveaway for a Yarn Pop Messenger Bag (30 April). I also entered to win Bob the Bunny and his helper from Stanas Critters (11 April).

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So the TARDIS socks have a fixed stitch count of 76 stitches for the leg.  I cast on, as I usually do for socks, two at a time on two circs, and began increasing asymettrically for the toes.  The goal is to have 38 stitches on each needle, but when I was up to 23 I began to wonder if maybe my gauge was horribly, horribly wrong.  I tried the toes on my feet, and it’s a good fit up to that point, but would a 50% stitch increase really be overkill?

Personal FootprintsSo I pulled out my old copy of Cat Bordhi’s “Personal Footprints“.

This is the pattern book where Cat has us knit a closed footprint, then cut it open, pick up stitches, and knit straight up for the leg.   Very simple concept, step by step instructions.  Works fine, but I’ve only ever knit one pair of socks from it.

Of course, having knit one pair of socks from it, I have a cardboard cut out of my foot.  I really should laminate it at some point, but it’ll hold up well enough for this:Tardis Toe

Here it is with 30 stitches per needle.  I think it’ll work out fine, especially if I follow Cat’s suggestions and knit the toe to 33 per needle, then knit a few more row before increasing more.


LanternmoonbagsSo I got the Lantern Moon nested notions bags I had ordered on eBay.Notion Bag

I really like the color and the smallest one is the perfect size for the notions the TARDIS socks need – foldable scissors, tapestry needle, and the bag which holds the needle gauge when it’s not acting as a zipper pull.  The other bags look to be good sizes as well.

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I didn’t win either the Sweet Paprika or the Nelsonwood crochet hook giveaways.  No new giveaway this time.

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Had the third chiropractic visit today, out of a 16 visit biweekly schedule.  Definitely a change in my back/neck discomfort, which might mean that it’s working.  It’s certainly expected.   I may have mentioned before that I’m skeptical, but I got a good deal.  I know I mentioned that I fell last week while walking home, and I’ve been limping a bit.  I didn’t mention it to him, but he noticed something about my hips, and changed the procedure slightly.  I take this as a data point indicating that there’s some relationship between the treatment and the state of my body, and probably a good thing, but still skeptical.

There might have been some slight improvement due to it.   Honestly, if the issue at hand is just discomfort, I don’t mind taking a placebo.   Especially considering that my conventional medical professional showed literally no interest.  If there is an underlying cause which puts me at risk, well, I mentioned it to my MD and it didn’t get sussed out.

In any case, I took the bus home this time.  We’ll see what Wednesday looks like.

A to Z

I joined the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (link in the ‘Flare’ section of the sidebar).  The idea is to write short posts (almost) every day in April, in alphabetical order, and to check out other blogs participating in the challenge.  I’m entrant number 1184.   Every one of you is invited to join in the fun.

Knitting Issues

The Belle Greene shawl is progressing, beforeslowly but surely.  However, the beaded, knitted on edging is titchy and takes concentration.  The project is no longer portable or sociable.  So I decided it was time to cast on the TARDIS socks.  I went to my sock needle gauge and realized that I didn’t seem to have any 2.75 mm needles.  What I had was, well, a mess.

The cables were snarled together.  I couldn’t be sure what I’d already checked and what I hadn’t, and I had no idea how many of each needle size I had.


I once splurged on a Della Q Della Qneedle case for my larger sized fixed circs.  It’s a gorgeous system, with a labeled pouch for each needle size.

Unfortunately, even if such a needle case weren’t pricey, if Della Q makes one for sock needles my LYS doesn’t carry it.  So I had a problem, a model for a solution, and time to think.

I’ve seen three ring binders loaded with plastic ziploc pockets, and that works fine, but I like my needle case, and I haven’t come across one which pleases me aesthetically.

As it happens, since I schlepped to the bus stop rather than walking home through the pedestrian path I went past a chain craft store.  While I was there I picked up some little grommeted labels.labelslabeled  I went through my needles with the gauge, sorted them into diameter.

I wrapped each group of needles in a twist-tie and labeled each tie.

I typically knit socks two at a time on two circulars, so in theory I should have two of each sock needle size.  In point of fact I have one each of the smallest sizes, and three each for some of the larger ones.  I think this is fine.  If I need to knit socks on 000s I can always magic loop, and I have been known to use sock needles for provisional cast ons.  I think I can work with this.

Of course, the finished product doesn’t look that much neater in the case than it did before, but there’s a lot of hidden chaos which has been banished.

Blog Contests and Giveaways

No winner posted yet for the Sweet Paprika drawing. I entered the giveaway for handmade beads at Silverniknaks (31 March)

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