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October 27, 2007

Sit On My Arse Day

Life as an empty-nester has been busy and fun -- leaving little computer time, yet plenty of knitting time.  The last week and a half have found me simultaneously fighting a bad cough and laryngitis while watching fur-balls and dust bunnies skate across my floor.  Clearly it's time to combine a touch of arse-sitting with a bit of house cleaning.

For the arse-sitting portion of my day I focused on football watching and mini-sock knitting.  I recently picked up a copy of Cat Bordhi's new book, "New Pathways for Sock Knitters".  In her book, Cat introduces 8 new sock architectures or "sockitectures" to use Cat's terminology.  Cat's instructions are easy to read and her techniques novel, but I'm left with a few questions.  How do these alternative sockitectures fit the foot?  And what advantages -- other than being novel -- to they have over the 2 traditional sock architectures?  Only an adult-sized sock will tell!

My first two "learning" socks; Little Sky Sock (right) & Little Coriolis (left)

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Yay you're back!

Posted by: Vanessa | Oct 27, 2007 5:38:40 PM

nona! been so long! if you've been sitting on your arse all day you probably ought to knit something nice for your husband. that's what i think.

Posted by: ? | Oct 27, 2007 6:00:46 PM

As for the book, the new patterns are fun, but not something that I would want to do on a regular basis.

Being that I am a veteran sock knitter, I say that you can't beat the tried and true traditional cuff down or the toe up.

Posted by: Abigail | Oct 27, 2007 6:10:12 PM

Nice to see you back! I've been checking daily!

Posted by: Shea | Oct 27, 2007 6:15:47 PM

I'm glad to see you back. You ask the same questions I have about the new sock patterns, can't wait to hear your decision on how they fit real feet.

Posted by: Shanti | Oct 27, 2007 6:21:33 PM

Nice to see a post. :-) I hope you kick your cough and conquer the dust bunnies. Cat's videos on YouTube are funny and interesting. I've yet to try her new sock designs, though.

Posted by: Angie | Oct 27, 2007 6:46:40 PM

It's good to hear from you. I've seen the book too, but not sure about the wearability of the socks either. From looking through the book, none of the socks grabbed me enough to want to try them.

Posted by: Wanda | Oct 27, 2007 6:56:55 PM

One of these days I really need to get a copy of that book....

Posted by: --Deb | Oct 27, 2007 7:21:15 PM

Glad to see you back! I look forward to reading more of your impressions of this book.

Posted by: Sarah | Oct 27, 2007 8:02:22 PM

Nona, so glad to see another post from you. I have a pair of adult socks I made myself from that book, and would make more, I like them. Just my two cents' worth.

Posted by: AuntieAnn | Oct 27, 2007 8:26:36 PM

Hey Nona, glad you're still bloggin. I was away from knitting for about a year and when I came back a few days ago you hadn't posted since Aug. so I wasn't sure what had happened. Glad you're back. I'm a very soon to be empty nester as well. My firstborn is leaving in the next couple of months and my baby is going to college in July, so both will be flying the coop within the next 9 months and I'm havin' a hard time with it, but knitting and crocheting in the evenings helps. Brenda

Posted by: Brenda | Oct 27, 2007 8:27:00 PM

Good to have you back, and glad to see you're still busy trailblazing! My nest is half-empty but it hasn't seem to have given me any extra knitting time....

Posted by: Joan | Oct 28, 2007 6:06:38 AM

Glad to hear from you again!

I have matching mini-socks. And, I share the same questions as you have about the new techniques. I will be anxious to hear what you decide.

Me - I put the book on the shelf - at least for awhile.

Posted by: Kathy in Iowa | Oct 28, 2007 8:00:33 AM

So glad you're back!

Posted by: Gretchen | Oct 28, 2007 10:10:18 AM

You're blogging again. Are you still swatching?

Posted by: Nephele | Oct 28, 2007 10:13:38 AM

I knit 3 sample socks from the book to try to find one that I liked, and could actually decide to knit. My husband looked at them, and asked me why I knit three of the same sock. :D

Posted by: Christy | Oct 29, 2007 12:30:10 AM

Missed you. Glad you are back

Posted by: n.ryan | Oct 29, 2007 9:46:54 AM

Happy to see that you're back in the blogging saddle again( sorry-I'm knitting and watching a john Wayne western right now!)

Posted by: Linda | Oct 29, 2007 11:47:36 AM

Yay, Nona's back, Nona's back. Seriously though, glad to hear you've been busy knitting! I know about the empty nesting. I thought our life would slow down after my son left the house and was on his own.

Posted by: Marian | Oct 29, 2007 3:24:04 PM

Hurrah Hurrah You're Back!
Glad to read it is that you have been so busy whilst sons are in college

Posted by: Anne M | Nov 1, 2007 5:14:26 PM

I'm happy to see a new post from you!!
I used Cat Bordhi's book Socks Soar on
Circular needles when I was first learning
to knit socks. Now I knit almost all my
socks 2s2c, top down. Even though I'm in
awe of Cat, I don't think I'll be trying her latest book. I am very happy with my current method, thank you very much. After knitting
3 pairs toe up and hating every bit of it, I think I'm done trying new methods. Your
Sidewinders pattern is an exception. I really did enjoy that pattern, and the socks fit OK.
I'll be very interested to read your verdict on the new sockitectures!

Posted by: Nancy | Nov 4, 2007 12:51:56 PM

nona is back! Gwyndolyn is glad. :-)

Posted by: Gwyndolyn O'Shaughnessy | Nov 14, 2007 5:11:47 PM

Someone posted your link from Socknitters.com
OHHHH MYYYY! You are an inspiration. I hope to have a few thrills each and everyday of my life. this site is on my YEE-haaa list for today~ life is grand~ blessings to you Nona, joey

Posted by: joey | Nov 26, 2007 3:09:04 PM

I have knit 2 of Cat's socks, they fit beautifully. The techniques are amazing. I will always do other socks depending on pattern but plan on doing more of Cat's. Give them a try.

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