Heritage Spinning & Weaving
Downtown Lake Orion


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!


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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