Spare Socks On The Needle

That lovely golden yellow BFL sock yarn I picked out. Yeah, I misread the label. It doesn’t have any nylon in it. So I found a single skein of Fishknits Yarn, Alpine Blossom colorway, Stalwurthe base: 85% Superwash Merino, 15% undyed Nylon NEP 2-ply fingering. 438 yards, 100 grams. Yeah, I know. I said I don’t like to knit socks with Merino blend yarns. But I’ll hand wash these socks to be sure they stay looking nice. I never put socks thru the dryer anyway. I always slip them on my sock blockers to dry.

It’s 91° outside, it’s 7 pm and getting cloudy. We have a 98% chance of thunderstorms and we are under a flood watch. Apparently we are going to get a LOT of rain overnight and into Sunday. The humidity is awful. Brad just came in and is headed off to shower. I think he got a bit hot outside due to the humidity. The air is almost too thick to breathe out there. Anyway, we are both inside for the evening. I’ve already showered and I’m caught up on housework with nothing else to do except put a pot of chili on to cook in the morning and bake some cornbread to go with it.

I’ve spent a couple of hours this afternoon starting the Alpine Blossom socks so now I have something that doesn’t require a lot of brain cells to work on when I’m away from home or watching TV in the evenings. I’d rather work on the green socks during the day when the light is better so I don’t mess up my lace pattern.

I seem to have settled on a sock with a total of 70 stitches. I cast on using Judy’s Magic Loop with 13 stitches on each needle for a total of 26 stitches to start, increasing up to 35 stitches on each needle. I knit stocking stitch on the toe until it measures 2″ from the tip of the toe then start ribbing on the instep: P1, *K3, P2* across the top of the sock, ending with K3, P1.

When I get the foot and heel finished and start on the cuff the ribbing will be seamless. It works out the same way with the clover leaf lace because I begin the top with P1, work the lace repeats and end with P1. I repeat that on the other side of the sock for the cuff instead of ribbing and it fits very nicely. For someone who never liked math I seem to use it a lot with my knitting. And spinning. And weaving. Go figure…

It’s been a perfect Saturday for us. We weren’t hungry when we got up, just wanted coffee. Then, about the time we were each finishing our mugs of coffee we both decided a second mug would be nice and we were ready for the almond scones Brad brought home from the coffee cafe yesterday. Warmed up with a little butter, oh my! That was a perfect brunch. We both slept until nearly 9 am. We’ve been very busy all week and it finally caught up with us I guess.

The kids are staying home from church tomorrow, they’re taking turns with stuffy heads and scratchy throats due to allergies and this awful weather lately. Audrey has lunch plans for us tomorrow: homemade enchiladas, re-fried beans and rice. I can almost taste it now!

There is a new Dr. Pol coming on at 8 pm that we are looking forward to watching. I’m finishing my dinner of cold cuts, crackers and cheese and Brad is getting a bite to eat now that he is out of the shower. Time to get back to my knitting and chat with Brad. Have a blessed Saturday evening, ya’ll.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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