big toze

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mondays just disappear for me. i teach four 2-hour classes between 10a and 8:30p, which doesn’t seem like a lot, but i always feel really beat when i get home at night! i think it’s the “good” tired though; the kind you get from a) doing something you love, and b) pigging out all day on eye candy (or yarn porn, whichever way you want it, honey). carol e. and i were both worn out last night when we locked the shop door behind us.

being deliriously close to a disorienting amount of beautiful stuff all day, which you have promised yourself NOT to buy, takes a toll on one. trust me, it’s hard.
why do we do it? for the money, the luxurient lifestyle afforded by yarn shop employment? nope.
for the cause of bringing ever-fresh waves of new knitters into the fold? nope.
to be the very first ones to see all the new yarn when it comes in, and have dibs on the best selection? getting very close, but i’d have to say, nope.
(only because we’re both sort-of on yarn diets) . . . stop laughing.

truthfully, it’s a day off. it’s the time when we get out of the house, away from the job, and spend 12 hours knitting, looking at yarn, and talking to other knitters. sure, i have to put up with being interrupted constantly during class time, but at least the interruptions are knitting-related. and, eventually students learn to leave me alone, realizing that my knitting is much more important than theirs.

ok, just kidding. but it is nice to be in a place without my phone, email, or computer to deal with.

yesterday i made a sock! i tried persnickety’s Anatomically Correct Sock Toes.

it’s less automatic than my own shaping for my big toes, but it was fun to do. here is a side-by-side comparison

my left foot is doing a happy dance because it gets to wear the new sock. my right foot is tapping its toes to the tune of that fun trekking XXL colorway . . . hey, i’m not crazy just because your feet need to get a life.

this morning is very pretty and sunny. i unpinned the two shawls and took a couple of final shots as if they were glam 50s movie stars.

i stretched the japanese feather stole pretty agressively; it came off the needles at 46 inches and i stretched it easily to 72 inches long by 21 inches wide. when i took the pins out, the length relaxed about 2 inches and the width stayed at 21. it is very light and airy. the schaefer anne yarn, which had a very smooth finish off the skein, bloomed slightly in the soaking, but not enough at all to give a fuzzy appearance (mountain colors bearfoot, which has the exact same fiber content, is mysteriously fuzzier . . . must be more loosely spun). i am very happy with its delicate look and feel; it can easily work as a stole or a scarf. wrapping a pile of transluscent lace around your neck makes it very warm.

the four seasons shawl blocked out to 72 inches without even stretching. actually, i did not want to stretch it to be bigger, but just to shape it. the soft, soft feel of the merino lace yarn was enhanced, and the whole thing benefitted from being bathed and shaped. i thought that, at this size, it would be heavy, and thus, rendered somewhat unshawl-like, but i was wrong!

it’s gorgeously large enough to comfortably envelope one, two, maybe even a small family of people, or to be laid on as the top layer of bedclothes. yet it feels light and tote-able; it folds into a small square easily for bringing along to a picnic or an evening outdoors.

very satisfying, indeed! now it’s time to think about the next one . . .

10 thoughts on “big toze

  1. Ooooh, that big square shawl is so pretty. How much does it weigh? Can you show another nice drapey photo please?!? Do you think you’ll wear it, or will you mostly snuggle under it while watching TV, or on a plane (or both)?

  2. The four seasons shawl is soooo beautiful… I love it… Soooo pretty hmmm lace…. I’m back to working on the dredded candle flame shawl….


  3. hi sarah,
    the big lace shawl is going to be for one of my nieces, probably. i used about twelve 1-oz skeins of morehouse merino laceweight to make it.

  4. haven’t spoken with you for a while.
    the shawl and scarf are absolutely amazing!! Congrats!! I can hardly wait to touch it and see it in person. Your nieces and nephews are so blessed to have an aunt as talented as you. Will I ever be able to…..

    what great shots of the socks…where did you find the patterns for both? is your sock pattern available to purchase? where?

    still spinning – trying to, the lace weight of Beckie’s fiber. it is soooo nice to spin….and the ashford joy is……ahhhh…..

    love the blog!!!

  5. Hey, thanks for trying out my sock toe instructions. However, it doesn’t look like they work that well for your toes though 🙁

    On my feet, this toe pattern comes out so that the stripes go straight across my toes (on regular sock toes the stripes aren’t straight for me; they get pulled to one side). It looks like maybe there were too many decreases on the big toe side to fit your foot (so they kind of poof out there a bit)? Hmmmmm. Oh well, everyone’s toes are shaped differently, and what fits one person well won’t necessarily fit another. Isn’t that the way with everything.

  6. the big toe actually fits fine (i was wiggling it in this pic, but they could still be pointier, i admit! more slant on the little toe side, and less flatness across the top would work. i DO have a very pointy foot indeed!

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