Archive for November 2007

Mr. Blue Sky

November 28, 2007

Pattern: Back to Basics by Deb Barnhill
Yarn: Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM), colorway P405
Needles: U.S. 1 (2.5 mm) Knit Picks Options fixed 32″ circular (Magic Loop)
Ravelry project page: B2B

Deb, have I tooooold you lately — that I love you? This is my third pair of Barnhill socks, and I am so in love with these babies. The blue-to-white variegated yarn was a birthday gift from my mother-in-law, and it’s the most luxurious sock yarn I’ve had the pleasure of knitting.

The secret to these socks is the way the leg ribbing emerges from the foot at the gusset, with much of the increasing done within the ribbing as it widens. Add a really substantial ribbed heel, and this is a solid-feeling sock despite the delicate yarn.

I finished them in San Diego at the American Academy of Religion meeting, and then wore them for the first time today. Pure love.

Next up — what else but another Deb Barnhill pattern!

Me and Mary Jane

November 16, 2007

I’ve had a couple of shoe-related mishaps in the past few months. First I left a pair of Born sandals in an Atlanta hotel in September.  Then my long-suffering Clarks flats finally lost one of their little buttons, leaving an ugly metal fastener exposed.

Left with only one pair of non-sandal, non-suede casual shoes for my trip, I made a quick stop at Wilkinson’s on Wednesday to fulfill a desire I’ve had since I completed my first pair of handknit socks.  I was going to buy some shoes that would really show them off.  Research on Ravelry revealed that the expert consensus pointed to Mary Janes.

So here are my first pair of Mary Janes since grade school: Clark Artisan Organza.  I need a grippy rubber sole that will hold up under a lot of walking, and an insole and fit that will allow me to wear them with socks or without.

I took ’em for a test drive on the Embarcadero this morning (up early thanks to the time change).  There they are with my Essential Vogs, looking out over the harbor.  And thanks to the knitting I got done in the day-long board of directors meeting, I can confidently predict they will be filled with my Back To Basics socks, in all their sky-and-cloud Koigu glory, before the trip is over.