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I did it!! I set myself the goal of finishing my Bellatrix socks last night so I could wear them the day the movie came out (yes I’m just THAT geeky).

Bellatrix

The second attempt at grafting finished up around midnight. Yes I said the second attempt. While my kitchener stitch has improved by leaps and bounds since I first tried it almost a full year ago not much can be done except frogging a toe when you miscount and forget an entire pattern repeat on the foot. Sigh.

I loved knitting these socks, I wasn’t sure about the dropped stitches and the potential pooling nightmare of STR but these worked out well I think. I made a couple changes, firstly I don’t like plain knitted heel flaps so I went with the sl1,k1 approach. Secondly because I have freakishly short feet for my shoe size (the person who said that will go unnamed) I made much shorter toes. If I’m reading the pattern correctly it called for decreasing the toe to 12 stitches total and I typically stop at 20-24. 12 stitches would make a very pointy toe IMO and not something that suits my foot shape. Oh and I made shorter cuffs too but only by 1 pattern repeat. It was a great pattern and really an easy knit. I highly recommend going to Socktopia and downloading the free pattern.

I’m very happy with them and I’m wearing them now 😀

Bella and Nicki

Nicki got very excited when I went to take sock photos this morning, I think he likes them better now that they are finished so I can stop using him as a sock model.

Of course being finished with Bellatrix means I can spin without guilt and what is going on the wheel next? Why the Kimono batts from Loop of course! Thank you Sobe, I can’t wait to start spinning.

Flickr Photos

Dragonfibers

On the needles

February Fitted Pullover

Sapphire Waves of Grain

On the Bedside Table

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan (ok not really since I can't find the book anymore)

on the wheel

Absolutely Nothing.

Stashdown 2009

January 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 233 Total Weight:33.13lbs Total Miles: 27

February 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 213 Total Weight:30.09lbs Total Miles: 26

March 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 218 Total Weight:31.95lbs Total Miles: 27

April 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 217 Total Weight:31.45lbs Total Miles: 26.5

May 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 229 Total Weight: 33.8 Total Miles: 28.4

June 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 210 Total Weight: 31.9 Total Miles: 27.7

July 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 201 Total Weight: 30.5 Total Miles: 26.5

August 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 228 Total Weight: 34.0 Total Miles: 28.8

October 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 254 Total Weight: 38.2 Total Miles: 31.8

November1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 224 Total Weight: 34.9 Total Miles: 29.9

December 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 206 Total Weight: 31.9 Total Miles: 27.1

KAL

World Bread Day '07

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