Don’t Mess with Nomia

Nomia was a nymph. In Greek mythology, nymphs are minor deities usually associated with a location or landform. Nymphs were believed to help travelers avoid getting lost. Nomia fell in love with Daphnis. Daphnis was a shepherd, but he was no mere shepherd. He was also the son of Hermes, so he had some divine blood, which arguably made them a good match. Nomia was devoted to Daphnis. Unfortunately, one day, Daphnis got drunk and had an affair.

Nomia wasn’t going to stand for that. She didn’t waste her time appealing to the gods. She took matters into her own hands. She blinded Daphnis, and then turned him into stone.

Don’t mess with Nomia.

What does Nomia have to do with socks? Probably not much, but a little lace & some twisted stitches make me think of mythological creatures. These socks are the secret project I mentioned a few weeks ago. Somewhere in the middle of moving & strep throat, I actually managed to make these socks. I grafted the toe the night before the pattern deadline for Knitty.

You can find the pattern here. It’s a cuff down pattern with a heel flap. There’s a bit of lace & tiny cables. The only tricky part is working out when to start Chart C on the front. You’ll either start it when working the gusset or on the foot. It really depends on how long your foot is.

Despite all the chaos of moving, I’m really pleased with how these socks turned out. I really didn’t have much of a plan when I started. I knew I wanted some lacy bits and some cabled bits. Thankfully, charting software prevented me from getting too carried away. At one point the leg had over 80 rounds, which is a bit extreme.

For me, the most challenging part of the project was taking photos. Since I’m new to the area, I haven’t formed a good enough relationship with anyone to ask to photograph their feet. I managed to both model and photograph. It wasn’t until much later that I realized that lacy socks may look a little odd on my hairy legs. There are worse problems to face.

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Moving is Hard

Greetings from sunny Florida. On Valentines Day, I started the process to move my household down here. I’m happy to say that the kitties and I are all safe and sound. The kitties have all adjusted to their new home; although, the adjustment time varied by each cat. Much to my surprise, Rooney was the first to settle in. He’s the most timid of all of the cats, and yet, he was ready to explore the new house as soon as he came through the front door. He also took advantage of getting lots of extra snuggles while the other cats were hiding.

I ended up using a pet transportation service to get them down here. It meant that they didn’t howl or get sick in my car, and I will say it was worth every penny.

I won’t go so far to say that I’m settled in. The kitchen and the bedroom have been unpacked. The rest of the boxes are sitting in what I now refer to as the Box Room. It will be a guest bedroom, but for now, it’s where the boxes live. The main reason the boxes are shoved out-of-the-way is because I only moved a small amount of my existing furniture. Basically, my bedroom and dining room furniture came down with me along with an end table or two. I’ve purchased some new living room furniture, but until it arrives, I have boxes of things that used to live on mantles and shelves that have no place to go. I’ll share pictures of the new place once the living room doesn’t look quite so spartan.

As smoothly as the move went, I did hit one minor hitch. About 1 week after going back to work, I came down with strep throat. I have two things to say about this. First, adults should not be able to contract childhood illnesses, and second, whoever thought night sweats were a good idea needs a firm talking to. Thankfully, a course of antibiotics seems to have cleared everything up. Now I’m just eating lots of yogurt because, well that would fall under the category of too much information.

I have been knitting. Most of my knitting time was spent on something I can’t show you. There are moments when I wonder what possessed me to agree to that deadline, but it all worked out in the end. When the big reveal happens, I’m certain you will all be pleased.

This week, I did finish some socks that I started months ago. In fact, I just finished weaving in the ends about 2 hours ago.

The yarn is sweet fiber that I had in my stash for who knows how long. The pattern is something I came up with after taking one of Franklin Habit’s classes. I believe I posted an earlier version of these socks, but I didn’t like the original gusset. I made an alteration to the gusset, and thankfully had enough yarn to make two new socks. I’m not sure when I’ll get around to actually publishing the pattern for this. There is so much left to do in terms of getting settled in.

I’m delighted to say that I found a lovely yarn shop in Sarasota this weekend. I follow Miss Babs on Instagram, and she posted that she was having a trunk show at A Good Yarn this weekend. Sarasota isn’t that far from where I am, so I thought it would be worth the trip. It’s a lovely store, and I may have done a little damage.

That’s what I hope is enough Yummy 3-ply to make a cardigan, 3 skeins of Caroline, and one skein of Hot Shot. Yes, I did say cardigan in that last sentence. There have been some chilly nights when a light weight cardigan was warranted.

I’m not sure what I’ll made next. I clearly have some new stash to contemplate, and some of my old stash has been discovered. I found during packing that yarn cushions fragile items well, so I had yarn crammed into several boxes. I’m sure something will come to me.

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Just over a year ago, I danced (rather poorly) around my living room to celebrate the completion of this sweater. I’m happy to announce that the pattern for this sweater is now available on ravelry & over at knitspot.

Here are a few fun facts about the pattern:

  • It’s written for 10 sizes
  • The sweater is worked flat, bottom-up and seamed together
  • The sweater is a set-in sleeve design
  • The cables are charted

This is my very first sweater pattern, and I’m very excited to see it released into the wild. Anne & her team were wonderful to work with on this project. This sweater is one of several pieces that are included in the Bare Naked Wools Ensemble: Winter 2017 collection. I encourage you to check them all out.

In other news, I have 9 days to go before moving. I think I’m ready. I’m certain the cats are not.

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Random December Updates

I know it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. The past couple of months have been interesting (and I’m not even referring to the election). With that as my introduction, I have four random things to share.

First, my back is much, much better. Several months of chiropractic care successfully reversed the damage caused by the blizzard and this year’s stress. YAY!!

Second, the exclusivity period on Schism has passed, so the pattern is now available without the kit. This was a fun pattern to design & works pretty well with both self-striping and solid yarns.

Schism Socks

(c) Craftsy

Third, I’m moving. Now that I’ve resolved my stress induced issues, I’ve decided to heap a ton of stress upon myself. I’ve planned this for a while, and last month I took the plunge and placed a contract on a house.

house under construction

Clearly, the house is currently a work in progress. It’s in Florida, which doesn’t seem like a knitterly place, but I assure you there are at least 3 yarn stores close to my new home. I’m still waiting on confirmation of a closing date. In the meantime, every spare moment is spent packing, purging, and getting my house in Northern Virginia ready for market. This is the main reason for why the blog has been so quiet. This move is also the reason that my design hiatus will continue for a while.

I’m very excited about this move. Although, the thought of packing 4 cats into a car and driving for 14 hours does strike terror into my heart. I’m thinking the best plan is to not feed them first.

Last, I am knitting a very little bit. I still occasionally have a few moments of down time when I just need to clear my head, so I do have a sock on the needles. The first one is finished and should not be confused with the sock featured in this post. They are similar, but I wanted to make some changes to the gusset, and I’m much happier with the updated version.

colorwork sock

I realize this isn’t exactly the best photo in the world. My DSLR is in a box somewhere, so photos taken with my phone will have to do. Despite the lack of photographic evidence, the second sock is in progress. The heel turn is complete. Judging by the amount of time it took me to get this far, I may not finish this pair until after I’ve moved. At that point, I may be questioning the idea of colorwork socks in a sub-tropical climate.

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A New Blue Cabled Sweater

sweater, cables

I will start by saying that this weekend was not supposed to be about a sweater. This weekend, nothing has gone quite according to plan. I’m supposed to be in Florida this weekend. My flight was booked, and plans were made. Unfortunately, on Friday, life decided to throw me a few curve balls. I arrived at the airport 30 minutes later than I wanted to because of a traffic accident, which caused me (and what looked like several hundred other people) to resort to back roads, which aren’t designed for that volume of traffic. I still managed to get to the airport an hour and half before my flight, so I felt confident that I could get to my gate on time. That confidence vanished when I was approaching the first security checkpoint and realized that my driver’s license had vanished.

sweater, cables

According to the TSA website, it is possible to get through security without a photo ID; however, it will take more time, and the passenger may be subject to additional screening. At the moment when I realized that I had lost my ID, I did not know this. I’m not sure that would have mattered because the universe clearly had it in for me on Friday. After a desperate search for my license, which included a thorough search of my car in the parking garage, I texted my friend letting her know I wouldn’t be making my flight. Instead of a sunny trip to Florida, I spent a large part of the day waiting in line at the DMV for a replacement license.

BTW, in Virginia, when you apply for a replacement license, you don’t walk out of the DMV with a replacement license. You walk out with a piece of paper that says you are allowed to drive, and a promise that the license will be mailed to you.

The universe wasn’t really finished with me. Just before going to bed, I managed to twist my ankle. I didn’t think anything of it at the time, but yesterday morning, I could not put any weight on my right foot without flinching. There was no swelling or redness, just pain. My non-professional diagnosis is minor sprain. So, I spent Saturday on the couch with my ankle wrapped in an ace bandage.

sweater, cables

I’ve been learning the importance of staying positive. I don’t always succeed at this, but I realized that if I spent the yesterday moping about how my ankle hurts and I’m supposed to be in Florida, that negativity could have prompted some stress related thing and the spiral would begin. Instead, I grabbed my sweater in progress, and decided that this was the perfect time to attach the sleeve and weave in the ends. Not only did this give me something to do to occupy the time, it cleared my head of any whining. Don’t get me wrong, I’m disappointed about missing my trip, but it’s spilled milk.

Now it’s Sunday, and the world looks much brighter (figuratively, if not literally). My ankle feels much better. I can traverse the steps in my house without screaming. There is still some pain, but it’s night and day compared to yesterday. I have a new trip planned for November. Perhaps, what is mostly relevant to the readers of my blog, I have a new sweater just in time for the weather to get a bit chilled.

sweater, cables

I love everything about this sweater. The color is perfect for me. The yarn in Hazel Knits Lively DK in the Blue Jay colorway. The cables are something I tweaked from a stitch dictionary. If memory serves they are based on Number 59 from Annie Maloney’s The Cable Knitting Handbook. The actual stitch pattern appears on the sleeves if you are curious. The sleeves are set in with just the tiniest bit of shoulder shaping, so I think this fits me perfectly.

Now, I just need to decide what to knit next.

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