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I delivered my Felted Slip Stitch Tote to Twisted last week. My original tote has come home and is now carrying my current project. If it looks familiar, it may be because it’s the knitting in my blog header.

blue tote

While I was at Twisted, Shannon and I realized that we were both wearing Leyburn Socks. And Dansko clogs.


Shannon’s (on the right) were knit with BMFA Socks That Rock Lightweight; I’m guessing toe-up. And mine were knit from the cuff down with Mirasol Hacho, which is a DK weight yarn. We love our Leyburns! Thanks to Shannon for the picture!

Hacho Leyburns

Attention! We interrupt this parade of projects from Crafty Mom Weekend to bring you this special announcement. The Mirasol Hacho Leyburn socks are done!

hacho leyburn

In a comment to my previous Leyburn post, Krista suggested that I embrace the pooling, and try to make the second one pool the same way as the first. Unfortunately, I didn’t note where I had started in the color sequence on the first one. If you look at the ribbing at the top, you can see that didn’t start with the same color.

hacho leyburn on

But somehow, I have a band of red at the top of both insteps. Like the strap of a Mary Jane shoe! Let’s pretend I planned this, okay? Too funny.

I really enjoyed working with this yarn. Thanks again to Elizabeth!

Leyburns, encore


The next thing I did at Crafty Mom weekend: I gave away my Socks that Rock Eggplanted Leyburns. They were just a bit too big for me, but they were perfect for Carole! And after she gave me the fabulously fun needle felting supplies, how could I not give her something wonderful?

But how could I go through life without my own Leyburns?

I can’t. I’m using the Marisol Hacho that I won in Elizabeth’s blogoversary contest. The colorway is Peacock. I wasn’t sure I’d like this colorway in a “normal” pattern because of the red and green together, but I was pretty sure I’d like it with the Leyburn’s slip stitch pattern. And I do.

hacho leyburn

Like the Eggplanted Leyburns, these are knit from the cuff down. These are on 48 stitches; the last ones were on 54. This is a much snugger fit. Perfect! I used the same twisted edge as the last ones, except I knit 6 rows of garter instead of 4 before twisting. I like the oomphier rolled edge.

hacho leyburn top

The only thing I didn’t love is how the red pooled at the top of the ankle while I was decreasing my gusset stitches. (The bottom of the gusset pooled blue and green, which looks great.) I know this is a function of my round heel (flap and gusset), but I like the fit of this heel better than the short row heel I used last time. I’ll live with it; it’s a sock! One down, one to go.

Oh, I made my first Leyburns with Lantern Moon Sox Stix, ebony size 2, 5 inches long. These were nice to work with, but just a bit too short for the way I hold my needles. I rest the far end of the needle against the pinky side of my hand, and these were poking me there. As a research project, I bought some 6 inch long Sox Stix, and I like them much better! I’m pleased that there’s a choice offered. I don’t mind knitting on my old 7 inch birch needles, but this keeps me from having to slide stitches as far to the working end of the needle. And I love working with ebony. The 6 inch needles will be my go-to needles for socks, since most of my socks are on dk or sport weight.

sox stix

Would you like to try the 5 inch Sox Stix? Leave a comment on this post, and I’ll have a drawing for them on Monday, February 16. Good luck!

Leyburn snow

I woke up to snow this morning. No, that’s not quite right. I woke up to a 6:30 a.m. robo-call from the school district, saying that buses would be on snow routes, but school was open. No snow.

I went back to sleep, and woke up to snow.

leyburn snow 2

Snow is just another photo op for a blogger, right?

I was cruising down the foot of the second Leyburn last night, 2 repeats in (16 rounds), when suddenly I realized that the pattern didn’t match the first sock at the edges of the instep. After comparing with the first sock, trying to figure out what I did the first time, I finally just looked at the directions. Duh! A bit of ripping, and all is back on track now.

In other news, I’m mentioned in Lime & Violet this morning. There’s a picture of the twisted cast on from my Leyburn, and a link. Thanks for the shout-out, Sam!

Here’s a snowy cuff.

leyburn cuff

Same song, second verse

A little bit faster and a little bit worse? Nah. Faster, maybe, but I think it’s going to be better!

The first Leyburn is done.


I really like the way this fits my foot. After all that fussing with the heel, it’s perfect!


The sock is 54 stitches, the heel is done on 31 stitches, or about 60%. I short rowed until there were 11 stitches in the middle, and 10 left unworked on either side. 9 in the middle was too far, resulting in the little balloon on my heel last time. (No pictures of that goofiness.) The leg at the ankle is slightly loose; I was trying very hard to stretch my floats on the leg as directed, but I don’t think I needed to. If I just knit in my regular way, it will be perfect. Why am I telling you all this? So that I’ve written it down, and can reproduce it in the second sock!

Here’s the toe.


I know how to kitchener stitch, but it’s not my favorite thing. I decreased at each side every other round until I had 30 stitches, and then decreased every round until there were 10 stitches total. Snip and run the yarn through the stitches, weave, and done! Hey, this method has been sanctioned in the current issue of Knitty (by the technical editor for socks, no less), so I’m good with it.

I started the second sock this morning. I love how this little twisted border takes the plain stockinette (left needle) and turns it into something magical (right needle).


Please excuse me, I have to go knit now!

Taming of the short row

I knit my first short row heel.

sr heel

What I didn’t know ahead of time was how shallow a short row heel on 50% of the leg stitches would be. This made the leg of my sock a lot shorter than I intended, and the heel didn’t fit all that well, either.

What I did like was how tidy looking the heel was. I used this tutorial to do the short rows without wrapping and turning, and I really liked it. Here’s the knit side.

sr knits

And here’s the purl side.

sr purls

No gaps. The sock was too short, though, and I didn’t like the fit of the heel, so I ripped it out, and did the same style of heel on 60% of the stitches instead. That felt a lot better, except I short rowed too far, making the heel cup too long, and the heel ended up with a little balloon of fabric on the end. I tried to ignore this, thinking that it would be fine when the foot was done and pulling on it, but alas, it was untrue. I was all the way to the toe shaping when I finally faced this fact. Now I’m here, again.

try again

But as is so often true with my knitting, I’m hoping that the third time’s a charm.

I did decide to put the beginning of the round at the back of the leg, where I wouldn’t have to see that I goofed the stitch pattern a bit. If you don’t see it, I’m not telling you where it is. If you do see it, it will be our little secret. Shhhhh!

In other news, Mookie has adopted the log cabin blanket. She really likes it.


And I figured out how to turn off the infra-red auto-focus assistant, which means she doesn’t have devil eyes in this picture. Yay, me!

For those of you who are local in PDX, and on Twitter, here’s a Twitter contest with some interesting prizes. The contest is on Friday, January 23. Some of the prizes are already listed on the blog, and the rest will be listed this week. Good luck!

Leyburn KAL

I’m in! I just joined the Socks That Rock Leyburn Knitalong on Ravelry. I’m doing it with Socks That Rock Mediumweight in Eggplanted, top-down, 56 stitches cast on for the ribbing, decreased to 54 for the Leyburn stitch pattern. Here’s what I have so far.

leyburn start b

I really wanted to try this cuff treatment that I saw on the Twist Collective Blog. Theirs is in a contrast color to corrugated ribbing, but even so, it’s so cool looking! It gave me a little giggle to deliberately put a twist in, after years of admonishments to “be careful not to twist” for circular knitting. Be aware that you have to work this part on straight needles; ask me how I know…

I switched to knitting in the round as soon as the cuff detail was done, just before the ribbing.

And I think I may try a short row heel, since I’ve never done them before. It’s always fun to learn a new trick. We’ll see when I get there. For now, I’m just enjoying the stitch pattern.

Knit on!