Done. Finished. Grafted the toes, wove in ends, and trimmed off any extra yarn dangles. Without further ado – Front and Back of Heart-a-Palooza. Purposely, there is a definite Right and Left.


My Pal’s feet are shorter than mine, and a bit wider, so they don’t fit me properly. (Which is good – grin). But I like the look and the feel. I did Balbriggan Heels and made up a toe. They are squishy, comfortable, and not too shabby.


Specifics – 72 stitches on 2,00 mm needles using Supersock in Cherry from Cherry Hill Tree Yarns. This is a 100% superwash merino with a lovely hand and great twist. The fronts are patterned, as is the heel. The backs and soles are done in ribbing to adapt to a wide variety of leg and foot shapes.

Before I publish this pattern, I need a few somewhat experienced sock knitters who would be wiling to test drive it. Required abilities – willingness to knit top down on 3/4 needles or two circs, with 4/5 needles for gusset or two circs, grafting in stockinette and ribbing, and chart reading for cable designs (these are all 1/1, 2/1 or 2/2 cables). This pattern is really only suitable for solid or semi-solid yarn with a high twist. Please leave me a comment if you might want to play.


Last week a Minaret of St Petersburg – this week, Talin – old town – in Estonia.



Set Sail for Murder by Carolyn Hart. Finished today, nice quick read with enough twists to keep you guessing. And I highly recommend Spanish Dagger by Susan Witting Albert. The most recent in the China Bayles Murder Mysteries, there is depth to characters and a sense of care to plot details that are missing in all too many series that last a while. Perhaps it is her attention to research details that help?

The 18 year old, while baking Challah for shul tonight made an extra – a mini – for her younger sister. All of 15 cm long, it was pretty cute. I got lucky to get a picture since it was devoured about 10 seconds later.


!שבת שלום


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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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9 Responses to Heart-a-Paloozas

  1. Jinx says:

    The socks are really beautiful and truely original! Your pal is a very lucky person!

    Shabbat Shalom gam lach!


  2. amanda j says:

    I would offer, but I really don’t think I am up to those socks! They are beautiful though.

  3. Pat says:

    Holly – the socks are spectacular! That is the luckiest Sockapalooza pal on the planet! I can’t add test driving to my plate right now though…but I sure hope someone will do it because “someday” I would love to make them!

  4. Isobel says:

    Your socks are truly spectacular, and I love the red hot colour. Thank you for the comment on my socks, it was fun putting together the extras. I would love to try the pattern, I am not very good at chart reading and would need to write the chart out. I work on four needles, I work top down and can cable, although the heel looks like it might be challanging. I don’t have Cherry Tree in a soldi or semi-solid in the stash but I have two wonderful skeins of Yarntini.

  5. Marit says:

    Would you trust me to “test drive” them?

  6. LaLa says:

    Lovely pattern. I would gladly test knit them for you.

  7. Christa says:

    Your socks are beautiful. I just sent you an e-mail from the aran knit yahoo group before looking at the socks. Now that I have seen them I would like to test knit them even more.

  8. barbara says:

    these socks are beautiful. i just love them and i would love to test them out for you. i can knit on DPNs and circs. graphs are prefered but patterns are easy to follow either way. i have done knitting as a profession, mainly sweaters and hats, but i love to knit socks.

  9. Steph says:

    These are beautiful; I’m looking forward to test driving your pattern and will definitely honor your privacy expectations.

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