Sock update, more mushrooms

A brown coonhound is curled up on a sofa with a pair of sock toes on circular needles draped over her side

The sox continue. I’m more than halfway to the place where I need to start the heel.

One of the sock toes stretched over a cardboard foot outline.  There are about 2” to the mark for starting the heel

The good news is that so far, they fit.

The coonhound looks quizzically at the photographer, while a foot wearing one of the partial sock toes is displayed in front of her.  Her expression is best described as, “are there treats in this, for me??”

Three mushrooms are currently producing:

A “totem” of poplar sections has taupe oyster mushrooms protruding from the areas between the sections
Always reliable Pohu oyster on poplar. This totem has been going since 2018. Pohu is seriously a slam-dunk if you want to try something that fruits prolifically and tastes good.
Three “totems” of cherry sections have olive colored shelf mushrooms poking out from between the sections
The crazy prolific Mukitake on cherry continues. Yesterday I pulled over 700 grams of this variety off. Still more on the way.
Small glossy brown mushrooms peek out from the interstices between sections of a cherry “totem.”
The second Nameko totem of cherry is going.

H finished splitting the hemerocallis and iris, and made nice beds for them. I ordered some early spring bulbs to fill in the cracks and entertain us when the snow melts next spring.

A roughly rectangular patch of muddy-looking soil is surrounded by rounded rocks of all sizes, and has clumps of iris and day lily punctuating the surface.  Strips of scrap lumber delineate various sections.  The whole thing is approximately 3’ by 12’

A metal lawn art pinwheel is visible in the corner of the frame

More Mukitake

A large log of cherry wood, standing on end, sawed into four sections, with shell-like brownish mushrooms protruding from between the sections

The Mukitake suddenly decided to fruit. We have them even on logs I could have sworn got Nameko spawn!

I rinsed them off to remove the opportunistic slugs and millipedes and pine needles and dirt, and they feel just like a fish. Kind of slippery and the flesh “pushes back” against your finger the way the side of a fish would. Their upper sides also look a little bit like a brown trout.

A skillet full of sauteed mushroom pieces in their own brown gravy, speckled with tiny black bits of pepper and little green leaves of thyme

I sautéed them along with a few Nameko and some butter, salt, pepper, and fresh thyme. It will make a nice gravy to go with our spatchcocked roast chicken tonight.

Crispy roasted, butterflied chicken on a cutting board

The sock toes are to the point where I need to just knit around and around in a tube until I have to make the heels. There are 27 sts per needle, 54 per sock.

Two sock toes on two circular needles.  One of the sock toes has a cardboard outline of a foot, tucked into it. The yarn is a variegated laceweight, dark & light green, and a little streak of a rusty-mustard color now and then.
Meanwhile the maples here are turning pretty red colors 🙂

First “real” pair of socks

I’ve recently been reading Yarn Harlot from the beginning. In there she talks a LOT about socks, so I’ve started thinking about them again. I haven’t really gotten “into” socks yet, although I did a pair of proof-of-concept ones over a year ago, and despite one of my yarn-enabling friends waxing poetic about them. Cotton doesn’t stretch, so my proof of concept only fits one of us:

Coonhound Cayenne lounging on a couch, wearing dishcloth cotton socks in variegated autumn colors on her hind feet

So, while I have demonstrated to myself that I can in fact do this operation, I ended up jumping into other projects, instead.

Today I will finally try this on REAL sock yarn, and see what happens. I will be using speckled wool fingering I bought on sale back in 2019.

Maybe this is just a really slow project – I turned the one skein into two equal balls (by weight) when I got my swift and ball winder last year.

A plastic Knitter’s Pride swift holding 100g of Debbie Bliss Botany Lace, being wound onto a ball winder.
A center-pull ball of yarn sitting in a bowl on a kitchen scale, from which another ball is being wound.

Using a ball winder is really fun, by the way. You just crank the handle and it magically makes a beautiful center-pull ball of yarn.

Two 50g balls of Debbie Bliss Botany Lace, color 1792, dye lot 87, next to the label that came with the skein

Just like Cayenne’s test pair, I will be using this recipe, and knit them two at a time on circular needles, starting at the toes. Of course I will be using much smaller needles (1.75mm). 😉 Wish me luck! At the rate it has been going, this project might be finished sometime in the mid 2030s…

Two circular needles holding two tiny beginnings of toes.  One of the toe tips has a stitch marker tied to the loose end.

PS The cowl from the previous post is bound off and just needs the ends worked in and some blocking to even out the stitches.

A mobius-knit cowl in lime and a variegated blue/green/purple yarn.  One “side” is alternating vertical rib columns in each yarn; the other is a ribbed speckled knit pattern with the yarns alternating each row.

I have a pile of such objects waiting for a long phone call. I like doing stuff like that on the phone. I don’t really have to count or concentrate and somehow it just magically gets done, while I’m not thinking about it.

BTW Cayenne didn’t seem too traumatized by modeling socks… Right after the first photo was taken, she put her head down and went back to sleep. Maybe they are sleeping socks! 😂 Photo added for Rosesareblue 😉

Two-way stripes Möbius Cowl

I just love knitting puzzles. I think this blog over here nailed what I love so much about them. Although I do have some ideas for a 2-sided brioche cowl and may try her cast-on, I wanted to try this first.

Inspired by this pattern, I wanted to knit something like that in the round, and so I worked out how one would do it, combining helical knitting, 1×1 rib, slipped stitches on alternating rows, and using a “normal” Bordhi-style Möbius cast-on:

A Möbius cowl under construction, in two yarns (lime, and a dark variegated blue/green/purple).  One side has vertical stripes, the other, horizontal stripes, one stitch high.
A close-up shot of the stripes going in two directions, at the origin where the cowl was cast on

It has one-stitch-high stripes going around in the “back,” and vertical stripes in the “front.” 😁 Because it’s made using Möbius construction, both “sides” show at the same time.

Photo of the 203g ball of multicolored worsted wool after detangling.  There is no “before” photo because I had no idea it would be such an epic effort!​


The ironic back story is that the dark multicolored yarn was actually purchased 19 years ago in Philadelphia for the purposes of making a plain stockinette Möbius cowl because I wanted to see how it worked. I found out and promptly lost interest and this poor yarn has literally been through 6 cats, umpteen moves, team detangling (It took three evenings to untangle all of it and H had to help on the third untangling sesson – how did 4 strands get separately wrapped around one of the handles of the canvas bag it was in ??)

Photo of the yarn in a hat that was eventually deemed “too big” by H.  He stole mine! LOL​

…been knitted into a hat he eventually said was too big, lost, found, washed frogged, skeined, soaked, dried, and re-balled.

And here it is again, turning into a Möbius cowl. I feel like I’m stuck in a time warp. ROFL

Just checking in

Wow. Has it really been so long since I posted something other than maintenance anniversaries? Time is flying, although I’m not entirely sure I’ve been having fun, exactly. LOL

I’ve been trying to hold steady here, through our fall harvest (tomatoes, especially, are being canned and dried and eaten as fast as we can pick them)

A tray full of shiny red and yellow tomatoes of various sizes abd shapes
A baking tray showing a thick layer of face-up halved tomatoes in the process of drying
Vanna White sitting on a bench, looking through chicken wire at a tray of sliced tomatoes drying in the sun

I’ve been knitting stuff, including learning fisherman’s rib

A cowl knit in the round, using a pattern from here: https://www.happyknitter.club/2018/12/foliage-scarf.html

and brioche,

A dishcloth swatch of “honeycomb” brioche, learned from https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QIQI8xYxEu0

trying out an idea for a lizard ridge mobius cowl,

Vanna white (cat) curled in a little ball on the corner of an ottoman. A knit cowl takes up most of the rest of the space.  It is half and half mustard dishcloth yarn and variegated autumn colors.  If you look closely, you can see that the origin is in the middle with the knit growing one side, and purl on the other.  There are short-row “bumps” because it is Lizard Ridge pattern

and revisiting the ballband dishcloth, just because.

The “front” side of a 34-stitch ballband dishcloth with black interstices and a fall ombre yarn forming the “bricks.”
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