The Treehouse Socks are finally ready! Big hugs to my fabulous and patient testers Kala, Mirella, Therese, Jane and Grace for all of their suggestions.
These unisex socks feature four identical cables running down leg and instep, and are knit top down with a straightforward ribbed cuff and wedge toe.
The cable pattern is an 18 (20) stitch, 16 row repeat, and instructions are given for cabling without a cable needle. Charts and written instructions are provided.
Directions are for working with a set of 5 double-pointed needles, but can easily be adapted to the single or double circular needle method, using stitch markers where necessary.
Gauge: 8 stitches and 11 rows = 1”/2.5cm in stockinette
Sizes: Medium (Large)
Foot/ankle circumference: 8 (9) inches/ 20.5 (23) centimeters
Set of 5 double-pointed needles: US Size 1/2.25mm or size to get gauge
Approx. 400yd/ 365m light sport weight/ fingering-weight yarn, depending on size and length of foot (I used Panda Soy by Crystal Palace Yarns, 49% bamboo/33% soy/18% nylon)
Lee has suggested a 24 hour make-a-long, like a crafting all-nighter or a making marathon, for this weekend—and I think it sounds like a bunch of fun.
I have two favourite kinds of making: making food, and making stitches. Recent edible creations have included wholemeal cinnamon scrolls, blueberry pie, and chilli beans (cooked from dry, rather than cans—a first for me. Kidney beans cooked from dry are a relevation! So soft, so sweet, so delicate! Instant convert). I think a big, kick-ass, minestroney-style, Hello Autumn soup is in order.
Knitting-wise, I’m plodding along on my Treehouse Socks. The pattern has been well and truly tweaked due to the cables messing with my sizing and yardage estimates, and my first almost-complete sock was frogged and I’m in the process of reknitting using the new instructions. I’m now past the heel, almost finished the gusset decreases (working top-down) and trying to calculate whether I’ll have enough yarn to finish!
I also want to do a long-overdue spring clean of my wardrobe, sort through it all and give away what I no longer wear. While this may not sound very creative, I’m a big-time hoarder, and when the clutter starts to become overbearing I find it very freeing to get rid of as much as possible, particularly if I can give my pre-loved items to a good home.
What are your plans for the weekend? Any crafty works in progress?