New Rules

One More Thing (Or Two)

Fifth Rule- After a pair of socks has been completed, cast on for a new pair as soon as possible. Knitting a sock is good for the soul.  It isn't a bad thing to cast on for a second pair of socks, either...however, more than that can be distracting and dangerous.


Mim's Eleanora sock is turning out to be great fun to knit.  The person of long ago who knit the sock for Eleanora de Medici, probably didn't realize their historic legacy.  It is especially wonderful to be knitting it in red just as the original was (they were silk,however, and mine are wool). It is a thrill that Mim brought this beautiful piece of history to the 21st Century knitter.  I may have found my solace knitting with this pattern, as it is interesting, not too complicated, and gives me a real since of being one with women of the past. The red Sheepjes wool that Ande sent is just lovely and shows the stitch pattern well.

If you are intimidated by a provisional cast on, do not worry, you can still knit this sock.  I'm all thumbs when it comes to the provisional cast on so, my fix was to cast on in Long Tail, over two needles held together. This insures enough give and that the stitches are easily seen when they need to be picked up.  There is no problem, that I can see, in employing this method and I now well into the cuff.  Do what will work best for you.

Sixth Rule- Review all rules before knitting each day.

Startingtheedgingonmountainstream Since I don't really like being told what to do (not even my own good advice, apparently), I didn't pay attention to the First Rule Wednesday night. The top border of MS was  moving along nicely but, when I got the wasn't MY end.  I frogged, reread the instructions, tried again...and again, and again.  Nothing made sense at that point and I just couldn't see, or understand, how the last rows went together.  I frogged back to the beginning of the border and went to bed. 

When I woke from a good sleep my first thought was of the lace and the second thought was like a revelation. I'm sure the room lit up when the light bulb over my head clicked on.  A vision of how the border should end and how it would fit together came to me.  My only regret was that there was little time to knit before work.  I may even tackle the grafting but, just in case, be ready to help at Stitch 'n Bitch on Sunday Susan!

Enjoy your weekend.


mmm... casting on socks! Mine are nearly done, time for new ones.

Ah, yes, the benefits of inspired sleep! I'm glad you figured it out.

Reminds me of when I did a "rule" page for my kids when they were much younger. The last rule was "no crumpling up the rule page." :-) Have a great weekend.

OHNO I've violated the fifth rule! Three pairs, on the needles, dangerWillRobinsonDANGER.

I think sock knitting should be rule #1 but I'll live with it just being a rule. Good luck with the grafting - I know you can do it.

I agree with this rule. I just finished a pair and have cast on the next pair, doing two socks at once. Toe up, almost at the heel already! LOVE your rules. Your rules rule.

i haven't touched my Mountain Stream in two weeks. isn't that sad? meanwhile i finished Amber and Topi and some inches on my silk and i like your sock rule although i'm sure i cant obey.

You're supposed to wait until you're *done* with the first pair before casting on? Uh oh.

(Elvis speaks - just for you Margene!)

That's going to be a lovely Eleanora sock!

Isn't it amazing how many things are easier and clearer in the morning?

I love the Eleanora sock, and especially love it in red.

Have a great weekend! Ours is up in the air at the moment: Do we go to the college or not?!

Your Mountain Streams looks gorgeous. Mine is stalled in favor of flitting from project to project right now, but I hope to get back to it soon. Eleanora is on the list as well...

I thought of your rule 1 last night when I kept screwing up one of the border points on Mim's shawl. Usually I'd fiddle with it and just end up making more mistakes, but I put it to bed and feel better about it this morning.

Hope you have a nice weekend!

I need to cast on another pair today. Right now I only have ONE sock on the needles. Can you believe? I need a jaywalker - my I don't have to look but maybe I should count every now and again sock.

Can't wait to see how Eleanora progresses.

yay! your first Eleanora looks GREAT! And your cast on modification will work JUST FINE! Personally, I LOVE provisional cast ons... perhaps I'm crazy ;)

I had to employ your rule about not knitting after 10:00 pm (9:00 pm for me) because I was too tired and was going to bugger up my lace!

Good luck with the edging.

That yarn is making a perfect Elenore! And Mountain Stream is going to worth all the effort in the end, she is beautiful!

Very nice red, look forward to seeing more. Ummm, I have four socks underway.

I should have paid more attention to the rules! Last night, after 10:00, I attempted to add a few more repeats to the border of the shawl I'm knitting for my mom. Clearly NOT what the rules suggest. This morning I had to frog back beyond where I'd started. The Eleanora socks are lovely. Even better is the connection to women from another time. Just once, I'd like to do a true reproduction with super fine needles and yarn. My P-word socks are coming along. Thanks for the suggestion. Have a nice weekend!

Yahoo! You're using it! I *loved* that yarn! It makes me want to go home and cast on a pair of socks right now! Fantastic!

I'll be working on Eleanora . . . just as soon as I find the right yarn. It's such a pretty pattern!!

I am adding Elenora to my list - I wonder how long it will take me to get to her?! Yours is looking really beautiful. I wonder if I did it in silk if it would just want to fall down? Hmm.

Thank you for your tip on the substitution for the provisional cast on. It's a great idea -- can't wait to try it out!
:-) Danielle

What a difference a bit of sleep can make. :)

Are you finished with Mt. Stream yet? I am planning to pull it out this evening (unless it gets too late, see I'm following the rules) and finish... I am THAT close, just the fourth corner and the grafting (well, unless, of course, I have made another mistake I didn't see at 11 PM the other night :) Have a great weekend!

great rules Margene! i never thought about using a post-it note with the pattern - pure genius. haha - Your Elenora is beautiful!

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