Travelling socks

I almost always have a pair of plain vanilla socks to knit while out and about. The kind of vanilla socks made from fantastically pretty yarn that you can knit without too much thought and, hey, if the ball of yarn bounces down the bus aisle, it’s not the end of the world.

I just finished another pair knit from Knitsch Sock in “Filibuster.” The socks have been doing some travelling. The first sock had a rather sedate life on the bus to and from work, with the odd meeting thrown in.

The second sock has a leg that was mostly knit during a fairy tale event in Sydney (go figure – that’s my life), with the foot mostly knit while watching Maleficent. I was prepared to hate Maleficent. Hate might be too strong a word, but I didn’t like it. Especially because this Maleficent made me mess up in the dark theatre and I ended up with a few wonky stitches. I can’t wait to go to a lights up event!

Maleficent's fault

Maleficent’s fault

I also got quite a bit of popcorn in the sock, but that’s another story. Why didn’t I like Maleficent? Well, for a start, I’m always dubious about films that make the villain sympathetic. Maleficent in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty is a scene-chewing, malicious, snarky villain of the first order. She has her name for a reason. There’s the odd glimpse of her in Maleficent, but she’s also a woman wronged by the man she loves and I could almost hear the country and western songs being written for her… oh geez. Not to mention what they did to my favourite fairy godmothers! It’s no wonder some stitches went wonky.

Now I’ve got the ‘flu (which, come to think of it, I should also blame her for) and I couldn’t manage much more than some simple knitting and the making of chicken soup today. So I finished the second sock.

The Scot: Just a minute, what's going on?

The Scot: Just a minute, what’s going on?

There’s a special satisfaction in a utilitarian pair of socks. They’re cosy, efficient, pretty…

The Scot: Oh, actually, yes, this might feel good...

The Scot: Oh, actually, yes, this might feel good…

On a chilly afternoon, when you’re all snuffles and sniffles, they’re just about the best thing ever.

The Scot: Oooooh, oh yes! That's the spot! Just massage me right there! Oh yes!

The Scot: Oooooh, oh yes! That’s the spot! Just massage me right there! Oh yes!

I think I’ll go and put pjs on now and make a toasted cheese sandwich for dinner. I have no idea what the Scot is doing…

#Scotlock

The Scot: "You're going to hashtag this, aren't you?"

The Scot: “You’re going to hashtag this, aren’t you?”

The Scot and I think #Scotlock could be a thing! I finished up the last shoe of my little Sherlock. I did have some fun with the work in progress…

"We solve crimes, I blog about it and he forgets his pants"

“We solve crimes, I blog about it and he forgets his pants”

But now it’s done and all that’s left is to stitch Watson, too, and make them into matching cushions (for pillow fights!).

Sherlocked

Sherlocked

I bought some special fabric for the cushions from Spoonflower. I also picked up some cute pencils, because I love using pencils and there’ll be much use for them soon between all the grading of papers and theses and the jotting down of designs. Guess which pencil I plan to use for what!

Need to post a letter? I have owls!

One little owl peeping out

One little owl peeping out

I finished my Luna Cardigan (aka Ginny’s Cardigan)! It’s knit with Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury in ‘Ghost,’ which I think is far more appropriate for a Ravenclaw sweater, keeping in mind the Grey Lady. Besides, Luna is my favourite Harry Potter character along with Neville, Sirius and Hagrid. She’s a wonder. Kooky, yes, but loyal, clever and unbelievably brave. Her placid response to bullying, her quiet wisdom about death… who wouldn’t love to have Luna as a friend? Luna, this cardigan is knit in your honour!

I bought some big vintage buttons and I think the plain buttons, slightly concave, look like moons. Again, very apt for Luna!

All the owls!

All the owls!

This is my favourite knitted sweater yet! It has a wonderful, quasi ‘boyfriend sweater’ shape and while I could have perhaps knitted it a size smaller, it’s comfy as is. I’m particularly in love with bust shaping! I’ve never incorporated bust shaping before and those short rows are a marvel! It buttons up easily, but doesn’t have all that extra bulk around the midsection that I seriously don’t need.

Accio owls!

Accio owls!

All in all, this is a total success! I am celebrating tonight with a tasty osso bucco liberally seasoned with white wine.

Mod Poppies

The Mod Poppies are up on Ravelry! They’re inspired by 60s design.

Mod Poppies

Mod Poppies

I finished off the pattern tonight, so thought I’d take the plunge! They’re knit up in Knitsch Caboose, which is an absolutely glorious orange-red and totally appropriate for poppies. You can see the colour a little better in the shot below, which is before I tweaked the design along the toe.

Poppies in foliage

Poppies in foliage

This is how the toe looks now…

Floral toes!

Floral toes!

I’m actually selling this design. It’s just the cost of a cup of coffee (I take soy, by the way). I’ll still be putting up some free designs, too.

Aren’t socks fun to design?

Anyway, Happy Star Wars Day!

The Two Greatest Jedi Knights in the Galaxy

The Two Greatest Jedi Knights in the Galaxy

 

In Progress

So, I have a bad case of writer’s block today. Or, to be specific, ‘writing academic things’ block. Oh, I can still write a pithy Twitter update (I just observed that the current top search on this blog is “david tennant eyebrow raise”) or email a friend or write a blog post. But writing academic things? I find myself staring at the screen and wondering if it’s too soon to make another cup of tea (by the way, it is, because I’m still waiting for the last one to cool).

As a result, I thought I’d check in. I’ve something fun to show you hopefully this weekend, but in the meantime…

Bus Sock

Bus Sock

Just the one sock! It’s knit up in Knitsch Filibuster. I like to keep a plain sock in my satchel for bus trips. One day, my ball of Filibuster went bouncing down the bus aisle. Another day, one of the needles rolled away under someone else’s seat. However, for all its adventures, the first of the pair is knit and I rather like the way the stripe went a little kooky over the toe. I also gave it my slanty-heel. The photo is very bad, but I actually like the effect of being slightly out of focus on the colour and the reflection. What can I say? I like happy, messy accidents!

Reflections of Heel

Reflections of Heel

I’m also just decreasing the yoke on my Luna cardigan.

Luna WIP

Luna WIP

It’s been a relatively stress free knit. I like curling up with the cardigan and the Scot on cold nights. He’s taken to sitting beside me on the couch. This was never a ‘thing’ with him before. He previously eyed my presence as an invasion of his important lounging space. Now he tolerates me as long as I don’t keep trying to pat him.

Oh, and I’m booked to go to KAN! A certain someone basically hounded me into it, because it means we can hang out and I can ransack HRYC in person. I also get to meet a lot of people I follow on Twitter, so it will feel much less strange when I tweet them in future!

Anyway, I finished that cup of tea. I think there’s enough in the leaves for another cup…

Jelly Practice

A little jelly pick-me-up

A little jelly pick-me-up

I’ve been playing with jelly lately. I just unmolded this one today. It’s my ‘Rum and Coke, Cherry Float,’ a spin on the concept of the cherry cola float. That is, there’s a layer of rum and cola on the bottom, followed by a layer of vanilla spiked milk, topped up with sour cherries in their juice. It’s really rather delicious… and gives you a pleasant little buzz after a day battling red tape!

The Mysterious Cherry Squirrel

The Mysterious Cherry Squirrel

As an added bonus, I made the jelly in my copper squirrel mold. Although as I was demolding, you can see that the jelly began to slide off the plate!

Cherry layers

Cherry layers

It features a funky layering of cherries.

Speaking of cool layering effects, I’ve been working on the concept of a polka-dot jelly.

Nothing but polka-dots!

Nothing but polka-dots!

Those are cherry tomatoes from the garden suspended in a very simple jelly of lemon and apple cider vinegar, with a few basil leaves for good measure.

A little retro flair

A little retro flair

I love the retro look of it! It’s not perfect yet, but seriously… it’s lovely. I put a thin slice of the jelly on top of cottage cheese and ham as a salad. The jelly isĀ  simply salad dressing, but it doesn’t make everything soggy. Win!

An Agent and a Raincoat

Sometimes, when it all feels a bit much, I start sewing.

Just in case I need some SHIELD intervention

Just in case I need some SHIELD intervention

I’d finished my little cross stitch project of Agent Coulson. What to do with him? There are only so many walls for cross stitch art. So I found a little left over fabric and turned him into a cuddly pillow!

Yes, I’ll admit it, despite so many giving up on Agents of SHIELD, I still enjoy it. It’s fun. It’s light. I love May and Coulson. Like many, I wouldn’t mind if Skye disappeared from the show, but I did catch myself actually liking her character before the show vanished from our screens. Seriously, commercial television is the worst.

Oh well, in the meantime, I have my own little Agent Coulson! And I’m sure there’ll be a DVD set.

I finished the pillow and still felt a little squiffy, so I decided to finish the Scot’s raincoat. I did originally line the hood, too, but it wasn’t quite working, so I had to dispense with it.

The Scot: "Seriously... I don't see any rain."

The Scot: “Seriously… I don’t see any rain.”

It’s made from a laminated cotton, so it’s super light weight and not too plastic-y. I ad-libbed the pattern, so I am still working on that hood shape.

The Scot: "The sky is blue. The sun is out. Why am I in this raincoat, again?"

The Scot: “The sky is blue. The sun is out. Why am I in this raincoat, again?”

I took him to the dog park the other day and he was a big hit.

The Scot: "And why am I just sitting here in the backyard? You said 'walkies'"

The Scot: “And why am I just sitting here in the backyard? You said ‘walkies'”

Well, I may have a secondary career in dog fashion yet!