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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.

Comments on: "Paddling Upstream" (2)

  1. Sharon Brock said:

    Culturally, you can hardly do better than Indianapolis. I’m particularly fond of the Art Museum, the layout and exhibits are both friendly and fabulous. And you can’t beat the Indiana State Fair, the ag exhibits and the needleworks displays are more than worthwhile. Christel should seriously consider exhibiting some of her projects there.

  2. Melanie Morris said:

    I’ve visited the Indy Children’s museum several times–my Dad lives there, and he loves to take the grandkids! The photo you show is actually my very, very favorite display at the museum! As a young girl/teen/young adult, I passionately loved miniatures, and constructed historically accurate miniatures of my own. I extensively researched each one, but sadly had no-one to whom I could display them. The person who created this display has the funnest job in the world…except for people who spin/weave or knit for a living!!!


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