Coming Up For Air


Back away from the computer, Missy!

No, not you.  Me.

I had to come up for air finally.  November passed me by so fast! I couldn’t even see it while working on the new Greenbank Mill beta site.  Even looks like WP changed some things in my absence…The interface for uploading pics seems newish…must check out later…

In the meantime, I will be completing my last few projects. They’ve been waiting on me so patiently.

The socks for Sosae Caetano’s group challenge are almost one half complete.  Hey, better late than never, lol.  The last I saw of this sock was almost the last time I posted about it.  I started working on the foot section today.  See in the lead photo?

Stop it.  I already know what you’re thinking…That’s just a tube.  There’s no heel to this.  And you’d be right.  There isn’t one.  I recently saw a post on Simply Notable about Afterthought Heels and I thought I’d give it a try.  The first time I read about them was when I first bought the Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook years ago.  Not only did the sock workbook inspire with their beautiful handspun yarns, but the methods of knitting handspun socks were wonderful! At that time, if I was already too much of a newb to figure spinning out, I was a bigger punk about trying the afterthought heels!  I like my knitting to happen all in one piece, thank you very much.  But, I loved the idea that “Mom” got her socks done lickey split, and since I was so behind on these socks, I thought now was the perfect time to give these heels a try.

If you read the post through, you know at the heel there will be some scrap yarn awaiting with stitches to be picked up later on.  See that yellow line of stitches (amongst all the other colors there, lol)?  That’s where I’ll pick mine back up once the rest of the sock is complete.


So excited!! And you know, it’s really funny I waited so long because I’ve done similar things for thumbs and whatnot…Silly me.

As for my spinning for the mill project.  It’s coming along.  I’ve got a little bit left to go and I’m just hoping to fit it all on these two bobbins! You know, either I learned how to spin finer than a light fingering overnight, or this may have been more than four ounces…


Look at that! It’s almost right on the edge!

Just like me.  😉



  1. I love the “back away from the computer.” My daughter texts me most nights to ask whether I’ve shut down my pc. I have to make sure I do – b/c she has keys to my place and has threatened to come in and take my iPad & laptop for a whole weekend and I can’t bear the thought! 🙂

  2. LOL! Yay for afterthought heels. I made six pairs of socks for the Grandkids within just a short time with that technique. Lovin’ it! 🙂 Glad to see you back spinning up a storm. Gorgeous stuff, per usual. You’re such an amazing spinner.

    • Thanks mamacita! I was hoping to get these socks done before the end of this weekend, but it looks like that’s going to be delayed at least until Wednesday. This spin was L-O-N-G!! I thought the ball of fluff was about the same four ounces I had bought and spun from the gift shop before. I was SO mistaken, lol. But, I’m also so glad to be able to contribute to the gift shop-that’s pretty exciting stuff! I don’t know why though…Maybe being PART OF something bigger than yourself is just really nice. Thanks for that compliment, though “amazing” is a huge honor to live up to…not sure about that! 🙂 But Abby Franquemont should whip me into shape soon enough. She’s coming to D-ware this spring!! So many things to be excited about!

  3. that sock yarn is just beautiful, very inspiring!

  4. i have tried socks without heel once. this post inspires me to try again….nice colors! thanks!

  5. Wow, that yarn for your sock is knitting up so beautifully. You’ve ALMOST inspired me to try an afterthought heel….maybe.

    • Thanks, Emily!

      Uh oh…I’m not finished mine yet. This “maybe” sounds like one of those parts in a movie where you here the “da da da dunnnnnnn.” LOL! I hope I have a good experience with it.

  6. grayseasaylor says:

    More good work, Stacey! Thanks for encouraging me yet again with bravely trying new techniques and practicing your growing skills in spinning BEAUTIFULLY 🙂 I especially love the colors of the sock yarn! xx from Gracie

    • Thank you, Gracie! I’m glad you think my skills are growing. My handspun looks to me like it did when I first started getting the hang of it, lol. I have to do things on purpose to get it to look any different, if I want that. I’m still in honeymoon period, I think. When I start to settle down with it, I may grow into actually accurately measuring stuff, at least. 🙂

      I am so glad y’all love seeing these colors because, when I think about it, I’m just showing my spins over and over again. I spin it and show you that…then I knit with it and show you again, lol. You all must be EXTREMELY patient people. 🙂

  7. I know the feeling, I’ve been so busy I fear I have been neglecting my own blog…

  8. I love watching your WIPS and you always choose the best yarns. This one is no different. Guess what? I ordered some needles from Knit Picks. I’ve picked out my first knitted hat for a woman and I’m going to try to make something for myself. Notice I said TRY. 🙂

    • Oooohh!!! Which needles did you get?! The harmony ones? DPN’s or straights? Tell, tell!!!

      I know!! You deserve to make something nice for yourself! I try to make myself something every Christmas. That way if nobody appreciated anything I made for them over the holiday season, I know I did. 🙂

  9. hye, i dorp by to let u noe that i just nominated u for Sunshine award.. hope u enjoy it 🙂

  10. I absolutely love the yarn color!

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