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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 ??)
…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