coiled: March 2007

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Sunday, March 25, 2007


Sometimes I daydream about what I want to make for a long time.
Even if it isn’t a difficult project if I really want it the daydream may last for years. This was the case with these simple black and white knee socks.
I guess I’m still playing dress up and these perform well with fairy tales in mind.

The pattern is top down with short row heels and toes. Right and left heels worked on different needles so the join runs along the inside of the leg.
Yarn: Lang Jawoll in black and ecru.

I’m very satisfied with my socks and ready to cast my next spell.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

night owl

night owl, originally uploaded by katcoyle.

w i r e d

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


happy socks, originally uploaded by katcoyle.

I love the toes!

happy stripe knee socks

happy stripe socks, originally uploaded by katcoyle.

Finished this afternoon. It is way too hot for socks, so these will be put away for awhile.
The main yarn is Lana Grossa Meilenweit Multiringel Color #5110
(1 ball) and the contrast yarn is Cascade Fixation Color #7192 for the heels and toes. There was just a yard or so of the main color left.
I might be more excited about my socks if I could wear them.
Next up, swatching for a wool sweater...

Monday, March 12, 2007

hall of fame

"This uncommon bundle has always been my comfort, my happy burden. Yet I have found it unwise to attach myself to the souvenirs within. For as soon as I focus on a certain object I misplace it or it just disappears."

From Indian Rubies in WoolGathering by Patti Smith, Hanuman Books 1992.

One of my heroes entered the rock n roll hall of fame this week.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

The Johnny Cap

Felix wears a snarl and papa’s hat.

I don’t have to worry about the boyfriend curse in regards to knitting him a sweater, as my guy doesn’t wear sweaters; but he does wear hats. Everyday. A couple days ago he asked me to knit him a new hat in a dark, plain color. I was so pleased that he wanted another hat even though he wears the ones I’ve knit all the time. For some reason I’m never sure if he really likes them. My insecurity knows no bounds.
This was knit in one night with wool my father brought back from the Falkland Island’s over four years ago. You never know when stash yarn will be put to use.

Johnny Cap
by Kat Coyle

This is the basic beanie pattern I use to which I embellish with stripes or simple color work when I’m in the mood.

Finished Size 21 1/4” around.

Yarn Worsted weight wool

Needles Size 7 (4.5 mm) 16” circular and set of 4 dpns.

Gauge 18 sts and 27 rnds = 4” in St st.

Pattern Cast on 80 sts. Work 2 x 2 rib for 2”. Work in St st increasing 16 sts on the next round: *K5, M1 *, repeat between * and *; end 96 sts.
Work 4 inches of St st. Decrease next round: * K10, K2tog * repeat between * and *. Knit next round. Decrease every other round until after the K5 K2tog round then decrease every round. Switch to dpn when sts get too tight.
When you have 8 sts cut the yarn and weave through the rem sts. Weave in loose ends.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007


Much progress has been made on the leg since yesterday; it is almost time for the heel.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

happy stripes

Self-striping sock yarn is yesterday’s news. I am late, very late indeed to the party but I can still be happy about arriving at all. The simple pleasure of watching the stripes appear with no effort on my part is making me happy and working its magic charm.
Felix has his lucky charms cereal and I my Meilenweit.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Spring Green Socks

Sock wearing season is just about over here in L.A.
but I'm hooked on knitting them.
Currently, my favorite thing is plain old stockinet.

Working in the round and around and around is very relaxing, perfect knitting for those in-between times. Those moments while waiting for a file to download, or while watching television or when I just don’t want to think but feel restless.
These useful tubes of knitted goodness are the remedy, 15" of mindless knitting for the leg, some thinking and paying attention at the heel, then 7" of foot tubing and again a little thinking for the toe.

A quick graft and a couple of ends to weave in and you're done. I have three more pairs in the works using different yarns.
The yarn used for these spring green socks is Katia Mississippi #762 as the main color and Cascade Fixation #2706 for the heels and toes.