After a long,difficult week,yesterday was one of those days when drinking coffee qualifies as an activity. Like,if you had called me and asked what I was doing,I would have said “Drinking coffee.”(I keep hoping the dishes will take pity on me and wash themselves. We’ll see how that works out.)

This is my “24″sock.

Lisa Souza Mombassa

I knit the most boring socks in the world,because I fit socks into that “mindless knitting”niche. I stuff them in my bag (in case of emergency/traffic jam),take them to the laundromat,and,yes,knit them while watching “24″.

This is my season 4 sock. Season 4 is really good,which means that this sock is really awful. I dropped stitches and picked them up poorly,split the yarn,knit when I should have purled,mis-centered the calf decreases,and forgot to ktbl on the stitches I picked up around the gusset. And it’s not even done yet!

I deliberately picked an unloved skein of yarn out of my stash –Lisa Souza’s Sock! in Mombassa. I first knit with this yarn back in September,surprise! Tiger stripes!

To be fair,it looks much less tiger-y on the cuff and heel. On working with it again,I think it looks more like African wood carvings. I also choose to believe this because otherwise I will go mad with thinking There aren’t any tigers in Kenya! (Except in Weebl’s video, and I’m prepared to make an exception,there. It is just too cute.)


The slime is still there. It has not changed significantly,although I fancy it looks a bit more rubbery than wet.

One commenter suggested it might be fungus dripping from an infection in the tree above (ew). The slime is situated below a red cedar. Unfortunately,I am unable to confirm or deny this theory,because the lowest branch is at least 25 feet above the ground. Could be,though!


One last thing before I go. I often hear proponents of the toe-up sock cite “You can try it on as you knit it!”as a reason for their preference. Now if you like knitting toe-up,more power to you. I don’t have much of an opinion either way,personally –I maintly knit mine top-down because I have the pattern memorized.

But this thing about not being able to try on a top-down sock as you knit it. This is baffling,because it is so obviously untrue.

Trying on a top-down sock

I mean,the needles are going to be around your foot,regardless of whether the knitting goes up or down from there. Am I missing something?

10 comments to WHERE IS THE SOCK?!!!

  • As I think I’ve said before,I really like that colourway –tiger or no tiger. I’ve never understood that “try it on”aspect of toe-up either. I always try on my cuff-downs at one point or another,whether to make sure it fits over my heel or to see if I’m ready for toes.

  • I think the toe-up try on is more for the length of the cuff,not the sock. Though I could be wrong,I’ve not made toe-up socks yet. However,those of us with long and wide feet and calves,might be afraid to run out of wool before we got to the toe. By working up from the toe,length adjustments could be made on the cuff/leg portion rather than having to use a different,hopefully coordinating,color for the toe! Just my guess. As I said,I haven’t made toe-ups.

  • No,you’re not missing anything –I’ve always tried my cuff-down socks on. Plus,when going toe-up,I can’t seem to start my heel in the right place –let alone get a short-row heel to fit well.

  • well,I’ve knit both ways,but I am no expert. the try them on thing:seems to me the only stumbling block to trying them on is the heel/ankle. So top down you can’t try on until you are finished with the heel,toe up you can try on until you have finished the heel.

    I like the yarn and the arty PNW photoshoot.

  • My preference for toe-up is because I can use up half the yarn on the first sock…. The most yarn I’ve ever had left over,when the pair is done,is a few yards.

  • I use both methods but I prefer toe-up ever since I had to buy a second skein of Cherry Tree Hill to finish 3″of toe on a second sock.

  • Mombassa is named after a very very handsome African LION that I met…Tigers are orange. :o )

  • Lisa K.


    And I agree. I always try my top-downs on as I knit.

    As for the slime,I had a cedar back in Michigan that had these weird,almost flowery growths that were the color of the slime –rust fungus according to this site:http://www.plant.uga.edu/mycology-herbarium/whatis.htm. Yours might be a jelly fungus.

  • I’m thinking the slime is a fungus too. Although you said it had no real smell to it,did it smell even slightly cedar-sappy? Once I had several large dollops of sap that was cold,not too smelly or sticky,slimey and gel-like splat on my head and face as I walked beneath the tree. ummm yeah,yuck.

  • cheneyloon

    Erika I do not know where you come up with all you come up with in your head but it is rather continually amazing and entertaining. The Mombassa yarn for one! Marilyn