Paddling Upstream

Preparing for this Cat Bordhi class has been consuming my knitting time. I finally decided where I was going  with my first sock using one of her Master Patterns and set about to make it happen. Yarn: Opal 6Ply some experimental mohair/wool from Louet that I dyed a couple years ago (experimental because I was considering switching from our current Millington to it, but decided I didn’t like the weight of it as a replacement). Needles: Crystal Palace double point bamboo Addi Lace and Natura. Upstream inset: cables and faggotting a mini lace leaf. Toe: garter stitch. Okay, so I waivered a lot. But the planning is half the fun!

Next I had Christel measure my foot so I could do my calculations using Cat’s worksheet. Then I had to figure out how her Master Patterns work. I’m still working on the specifics, but at least I’m knitting now. The Upstream architecture is from the toe up. I got to select any toe I wanted and I picked the garter toe because my foot is sooooo square. We’ll see how it works in reality on my foot. The toe is where I always wear out my socks – and I go through them quickly (thank goodness mom makes me so many pairs that I haven’t had to mend any lately, but the pile to be fixed is growing). Here’s what the toe looks like as a toe and “head on.”

  

I’m just getting ready to begin the instep increases and start inserting the lace. But, I have to chart it first!

The real miracle here is that I am knitting socks on circular needles because I’m ready to admit that knitting the Cat Bordhi way seems to work better with them. Ana will be proud of me!

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Over the weekend my daughter and I went to visit Christel in Indianapolis and we spent a morning at the Indy Children’s Museum. Mostly we visited the exhibits about Ryan White, Anne Frank and Ruby Bridges – kids making a difference, which were quite wonderful. However, the very, very first thing we saw when we entered was this:

I can’t escape it! This was the very first scene in a miniatures exhibit. This room is a room from Colonial America. At any rate, if you are ever in Indy, don’t miss the Children’s Museum – it is great for children of all ages.

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