Pretty Comfy Socks!

Yay! I just finished kitchenering the toes and weaving in the loose ends.  The pattern is Pretty Comfy knit with two skeins of Cascade Fixation yarn in the 2137 colorway (lot number 227054).  I used all but two golf-ball sized balls of the two skeins.


My modifications: I knit them two-at-a-time on two circular needles.  I added a heel flap and gusset rather than the short row heel the pattern calls for. I continued the slip stitch onto the bottom of the heel to make them cushy.   Notice the shadow in the top right corner of the photo. Batu was the sock inspector today.

Pretty Comfy Socks

They are a bit large for my size 7.5 feet, but since I tend to machine wash and occassionally machine dry my socks made with Fixation, I know they will shrink a bit.  I also started the toes a bit late. Next time I knit top-down socks I’ll start the toe at the base of my little toe instead of the base of my big toe.

Other knitting progress, my Stary Ribbed socks are waiting for me to have daylight hours in which to turn their heels and pick up their gusset stitches.

My Lacy Ribbed socks are toe-up and they are waiting for me to start the gusset increases. I took them with as traveling socks yesterday while I was at my annual health screening. Big mistake. The silky yarn kept jumping off the needles when I’d set them down.

This is an old picture – they are a few inches longer now but look essentially the same.

Lacy Ribbed Socks

I am realizing that since the yarn is not stretchy and has lovely stitch definition which is wasted on this pattern, I should have done cables or some other more defined stitch. I am also realizing that while this stitch is stretchy, it isn’t going to stay up well. I think I will modify  these  into anklets with a long fold-over cuff so that they are not too slouchy. The lace won’t show very well if the socks slouch. Do you see a better solution?  Please let me know if you do.


113/365 May 16, 2010: Pretty Comfy

Here they are!  I’m finished and plan to wear them to work tomorrow.  Notice the sock inspector’s shadow in the top corner of the photo?


The toes are a bit short. Next time I’ll start the toe decreases when I reach the base of my little toe, not the base of my big toe.  I like that I continued the heel’s slip stitch pattern to the bottom of the sock. That makes them nice and cushy.



Overall, the socks are bit big.  However, I have other socks knit in this yarn and so I know they shrink a bit, especially if they find their way into the dryer.  They are fine to wear now and should also be fine after a few dryings.


I have two other pairs of socks in partial completion.  The Starry Ribbed socks are waiting for me to turn the heels and pick up the gusset stitches. The yarn is so dark I can not see to do that at night.  My other pair is the Lacy Ribbed socks knit with the Panda Silk.  They are my first pair of toe-up socks.  I am about to start the gusset increases.


112365 May 14, 2010: Outside the Crayon Box

Each year in conjunction with student-led conferences in the spring, the elementary art department puts on an art show. Each child selects at least one of their own pieces to put in the show.  This year the art is up in the foyer.  


The art projects on these panels were made by 8-11-year-olds.



I had to shoot a closeup of this one since it has both blossoms and gold finches – or maybe they are orioles.



I suspect the following was made during one of the artist-in-residence visits. It was an aboriginal artist this year. 


Although this one includes a mask and some handmade paper, you are missing the more 3D pieces.  They were up in the gym.


Staging the art show takes a huge amount of time on the part of the art teachers.  I hope they get all sorts of great feedback from families about it.  I am envious that our students here have art every third day.  In my district back home it eliminated due to budget cuts many years ago.


111/365 May 13: Resort World on Sentosa

Thursday evening we went to a wine tasting dinner with our friends Rick and Mary.  It was held at Resort World on Sentosa. This is a new resort which also contains a casino. This was my first time on Sentosa Island which is off the south coast of Singapore’s main island.  There is a bridge which connects Sentosa to the main island.


These are the lanterns in the main lobby.  



Walking through the halls feels like a classy airport. The same expensive stores are here as at the airport.



Here are Adman and Eve. If you look really closely you can see a red apple on the ground between them.



The dinner was exceptional, and each course was designed to showcase one or two of the Australian wines crafted by the same company. It was all delicious, but the starter was my favorite.



I really wish it was on a Friday.  Not so easy to pop out of bed and head to work after being out on a Thursday night.  We were all a bit sleepy, but I’m glad we went.  Mary will be on leave next year to be with her mother, so it was probably our last dinner out with these friends as a couple for at least a year.  We do plan to dine with Rick regularly next year while he’s being a bachelor.


110/365 May 12: Further Sock Progress

I am making progress on my Pretty Comfy socks.  I’m doing better at not pulling this yarn too tightly.  It has some elastic in it and I’m learning to keep the yarn slack enough that it isn’t stretched.

I’ve modified this pattern to have a heel flap instead of the short row type of heel that is on most store bought socks.  I know they look prettier with a short row heel, but then the heel is inside my shoes, so who sees it but me?  And I think a heel flap is much more comfortable and better fitting.  See the triangle of fabric that starts next to the heel flap and heads towards the toe?  That is called the gusset.  Store bought socks don’t have one of those, they just stretch from your heel to your toes.  When you make a heel flap, you then get a gusset, and since your foot does have a triangular spot right there, this leads to a better fit.  It is also adjustable; you can make the heel flap taller or shorter depending upon the height of the arch of the person who will wear them.

Not too terrible a photo – that is surprising since it was taken at night in a rather dark room on my iphone.  Lots of noise in it, but you can still see the socks.  I’ll take a photo with my good camera when they are finished.




Sock Progress

My second pair of Pretty Comfy socks are zipping along. I’ve turned, the heel, picked up the gusset, and finished the gusset decreases. When I finish this repeat of the lace it might be time to start the toes!


I am on the heel flap of the Starry Ribbed socks.  Unfortunately, they are so dark they are difficult to work on at night, especially since my gooseneck lamp needs a new bulb.

I mentioned that I hadn’t finished my first baby blanket.  I still haven’t but I did snap a photo, proof that I am indeed almost done.


109/365 May 11, 2010: Kapas Among the Tapestries

Kent laid out some of our Burmese and Indian tapestries. He spread them out on the guest bed to air.  Kapas discovered them today and thought they made a fitting throne upon which to nap.


I struggled to get a good photo because the rest of the room is a mess of items waiting to be stored.



She often sleeps in this position, half turned on her back.



She hasn’t felt well today. I hope her kidney’s aren’t acting up again.