Hey, Mom! Look at what I can do!


That would be the cuffs of 1 pair of socks (2 socks). Knit on 1 set of needles. With 1 sock inside of the other. Like in Anna Karenina, where she pulls one sock out of the other when she’s finished with the pair.

Yeah, it’s like Stupid Human Tricks, but for socks. No, seriously. I know it doesn’t look like much, but you should be Seriously Impressed by this. This is a Feat of Awesome. (Or maybe a Feet of Awesome?) Anyway, knitters go for entire lifetimes without ever even attempting this. I’m not patting myself too hard on the back for it, because I’m only about 1 inch down on the cuff, and haven’t even gotten to stockinette, much less to the heels. But still. Seriously. Awesome.

OK, and the other cool thing I did this week:


This is Not Your Granny’s Granny Square, a scarf made of granny squares (crochet) in laceweight yarn (you remember laceweight, right? It’s what I’ve used to make several amazing and elegant shawls?). I finished sewing it up, and am now on the part where I block it, so it gets all drapey the way lace does, then seam in all those little hairy ends. Weaving in the ends is probably the least-favorite part for most knitters and crocheters, and it’s why I usually try to weave in as I go. But with lace yarn, it’s really best for me to weave in later– blocking does so much to the lace, that anywhere you might weave-as-you-go might change too much to continue hiding the end.

So, yeah. Those are my two bouts of Awesomeness for today.

How did the rest of you strive for Awesome this week?

3 thoughts on “Coolness

  1. Hi,

    I’ve been trying to find a good explanation for how to do the Anna Karenina trick for a while, but I haven’t come across one. Do you have a link with an explanation for how to do it?
    Is it simply a matter of alternating stitches, or is something more sinister in play?

    1. Haha! I use the Knitty article, and it’s basically just a trick of alternating stitches. I’m knitting a pair right now, actually, and having a great time of it.

      Pro tip: use metal needles! I bought a set of Signatures once I knew my “sweet spot” for sock needles, because when I use wooden or bamboo, the stress of having stitches pulling in both directions against the needle would snap them pretty quickly. The Signatures hold up like champs, as one would expect them to.

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