Leaves are the new black

1. I love the leaves.


2. There may be no stopping with the leaves.


3. Ken said I should take a picture with a penny or something so that everyone could tell what the size of the leaves were.


4. There are leaves on a penny. They are maple leaves. A healthy mature maple tree has about 200 000 leaves. This project only feels like 200 000 leaves.


5. I have knit 18 out of 34 leaves. These are grape leaves. I don’t know how many grape leaves there are on a grape vine.


6. It only takes 17 leaves for one sock, so I started the first sock. (I can keep knitting leaves part-time.)

7. The sock toe has a “leaf hole” that you sew one of the leaves into, but I knit it really, really badly, and it’s sort of more the shape of an amoeba, not a leaf.


8. I am going to rip it out.

9. I might knit a few leaves before I try again.

10. No, I feel fine – why do you ask?

192 thoughts on “Leaves are the new black

  1. Wow. Those leaves are beautiful, but I think they’d drive me over the edge. Not that I’m too far from there as it is, but still. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  2. The leaves come marching one by one,
    Hurrah, hurrah,
    The leaves come marching one by one…
    (First madness, then invasion, then deliberately knit holes … which are regarded as imperfect deliberately knit holes…)
    No, no, don’t mind us. Carry on. We’re just fine.

  3. The leaves are beautiful, but I do not see them in my future. I get a headache just thinking about knitting that many! You have fun with that.

  4. i LOVE the leaves, although i cannot actually imagine doing these socks. Maybe someday…normal, average, everyday socks take too long…these would take me years! eeek.

  5. Leaves. Pretty leaves. Like pretty leaves. More leaves? I can definitely see how these could become a problem.

  6. Keep going girl!! I ordered the kit the other day. Rank me right up there with the other “crazies”!!

  7. Q: “I don’t know how many grape leaves there are on a grape vine.”
    A: Bunches.
    We actually happen to have a small vineyard, so I write this from experience. 🙂

  8. Such lovely leaves…and they will be lovely socks.
    That said, I’d rather stick cutlery in both my eye sockets than ever knit them. I can’t think of anything better suited to pushing me over the (very near) edge. Shudder. I’m pretty sure those leaves will haunt my dreams…and not in the good way.

  9. Man, this is doing nothing for my yarn diet! I. WANT. THE. LEAVES. The construction of that sock is fab!

  10. There are certain levels of craziness that I willingly subscribe to, but I am afraid that if I were to start knitting tiny leaves, my husband might decide I need to stop spending his money on yarn.

  11. That leaf hole doesn’t look so bad to me! Surely the edges would straighten up once a leaf was actually sewn into it.
    The leaves sure are sweet-looking little things!

  12. Well, if you can’t get enough of the leaves, it seems like you could always do, say, a couch throw. Knit a backing with occasional holes to sew in some of the leaves, then applique the rest of the free leaves across the top.
    *blinks innocently and waits for heads to explode*

  13. I cannot BELIEVE how incredibly cool those leaves look!!!
    I want the pattern… not for the sock, but the leaves!!!
    Keep on… you can do it. It’ll get there!

  14. Better you than me, Stephanie! I have my Garter Stitch Jacket kit just waiting to come home with me tonight … by the bye, did you swatch first? Is there enough yarn in the kit to swatch, or just enough to knit the jacket?

  15. What I would like to know is: Are the leaves knit from the outside in…or the inside out?
    I can’t wait to see how the leaves fill in the leaf holes. I can’t figure that one out either.

  16. I’m with Jules, I betcha anything the hole would behave wonderfully with the discipline of the leaf inserted.
    Wouldn’t it?
    Dang, I so don’t wanna get that pattern just yet… sigh. (Anyone else hooked on that red & black sock? the Mantilla one – Song of the Kitri is calling me)

  17. love the leaves. I will admire from my lowly stature of knitter of all things rectangular. perhaps someday I will achieve leaf knitterhood.

  18. Don’t rip! Don’t rip!
    My leaf windows looked pretty amoeba-like too. Honest.
    It’s amazing how anchoring the leaf into it can force it into submission and leafiness. Try pinning the leaf into place at its points and corners, and see if ’tain’t so.

  19. Hehe, you’re just fine, don’t worry! But I agree with the other commenters who think that the hole will look good when you actually insert the leaf.
    The real question is, how does a Canadian penny compare to an American penny?!? =)

  20. Maybe it’s like that ancient legend that if you fold 1000 paper cranes your wish will come true. 1000 tiny leaves seems like an equitable alternative.

  21. If blocking fixes “knitty thing” into leaf – would not blocking fix the amoeba leaf hole too? Or the leaf simply hold the hole properly?

  22. Thanks for the penny perspective (guess I should actually thank Ken). I was under-appreciating the tiny scale of the leaves up to that point. I also like this inlay idea…it’s not something that had occurred to me before. Keep us posted!

  23. I love the leaf columns; maybe you could make something out of just those when the socks are done. (Or before, or instead of, but I figured you were probably wedded to the socks as well.)

  24. When growing grapes for wine, they pull the leaves off the vines to allow the sun to hit the young berries to add varietal flavour.
    In New Zealand (so I heard on the CBC) wineries use lambs to eat the leaves. The lambs are quite good at only eating the leaves and not the grapes and due to their size they vines have lots of healthy leaves at the top to provide nutrients.
    I just loved the fact that you could drink wine and knit with NZ wool and think that they had a connection. Now you can knit grape leaves with NZ wool (okay so its not but pretend) and drink wine that is represented by socks – or some twisted logic like that.

  25. I’m a sucker for almost anything with leaves. Hubby has a business trip coming up, the house may be covered by the time he gets back!

  26. I can’t BELIEVE you knit a leaf-shaped WINDOW and then sew a little leaf in there!!! That is crazy! Knitters are wicked smaht!

  27. Before you rip out that toe, remember the first leaf looked funny too, before you blocked it. So the amoeba toe may be how it’s supposed to look before the nice pretty leaf is sewn into the hole.
    “I don’t know how many grape leaves there are on a grape vine.” Having grown up with vines, I can answer this one! Well, sort of. The number of leaves on a vine depends – how long is the vine?

  28. Those leaves would make a lovely fall garland! When you get done with your socks, could you knit me a few? Fall isn’t for several more months… They’d be great summer knitting, wouldn’t they? Small and portable and cute. I’ll go ahead and measure my stair railing so you know how many you’d need to do for a proper garland.
    Juti? Very punny indeed.

  29. Oh my, I think I need to lay down. My head hurts just thinking about all of those leaves. But I can’t wait to see how they turn out . . . who ever gets them will lay down and weep for joy I am sure!

  30. No wonder I am exhausted all fall. I have three healthy mature maple trees in my yard. Times 200,000 leaves? I can count how many leave are on my grape vines and get you an average.

  31. I bought the kit. I must have leaves of my own. I’m sure this isn’t the first time it’s been suggested, but the Harlot is to knitting trends what Oprah is to book sales.
    I don’t know how many leaves are on a grape vine, but I do know that 90% of the usable sunshine is absorbed by the top layer of leaves on a grape plant, 7% in the second layer and 3% in the third. Grape vines should be winnowed to remove the third and subsequent layers and much of the second layer so the plant isn’t spending a lot of energy supporting leaves that aren’t doing their part.
    You’re welcome.

  32. When I told someone yesterday “you knit a hole at the toe”, they replied “Isn’t that the absence of knitting?”
    Love your little rows of leaves… “the leaves go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah….”

  33. Oh MY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Pretty leaves, VERY pretty leaves.
    I looked at the web site for the kit… lovely socks…

  34. The only thing that bothers me more than you knitting those leaves is someone actually writing the pattern for those leaves! While I salute you both and defer to you each as intellectually superior, I secretly think you are both absolutely crazy! And I am insanely jealous of whatever sticktoitiveness you possess to be able to do it. Knit on, dude. Long live the Harlot.

  35. Oh no, now I MUST have this kit! MUST HAVE KIT!
    *where can I buy one?*
    Or am I just a doofus who needs to read the archives? *blush*

  36. All those leaves are just plain nuts. It seems to be contagious but I think I’ve been immunized, but I might have to get a booster shot. I think I’ll work on my lace for a bit.

  37. The socks are just gorgeous, and the leaves, oh the leaves. Sniffing the air, I can smell their addictive qualities from here. I have managed to keep from ordering them with a basic question: How would I wear them so people could see all the hard work that went into them? Stephanie, you say it took you an hour for that first leaf. If every leaf takes, oh, half that long, you’ve got 17 hours into just the leaves, and you’re nowhere near knitting the sock or all the tedious finishing work. I’d have to throw out all my clothes and start over with all short pants and cute snappy jackets and buy like 6 pairs of clogs to get my time’s worth out of these socks. Not to mention, the toe leaf would not show in clogs. What kind of shoe would be cute and toeless that you’d still wear socks with? My brain is fizzing.

  38. Those leaves are gorgeous. I have no interest in actually knitting them, but I’m glad that you do!
    You know, you could knit even more of them, forever and ever, and add them as edgings for sweaters.. or leafy scarves.. Dare I ask what the backside of one of those leaves looks like?

  39. Ashpags, a Canadian penny compares quite favorably to an American penny these days! And the leaves are maddeningly beautiful…

  40. okay, I haven’t ordered the leaves, YET…waiting until hubby slips up before I do it and can go undetected so I should be able to order by the weekend!
    And, in my own little crazy world, why would we have to knit the hole and sew into it, could we somehow come up with a technique to knit the leaf into the spot where there’s supposed to be a hole? Granted anytime I ask questions like that I tend to frog alot….and eventually have to give in to the genius of the pattern creator that they must have already thought of that and it didn’t work…

  41. Ashpags, the Canadian penny is very close to the same size as a US penny- living in a border state, I often get them as change.

  42. Must. resist. leaves.
    I fell into this trap once before. Over the summer. German stockings arrived for you and suddenly I wanted them too. They’re still a UFO today. Matter of point, they’ve been frogged twice.

  43. The socks remind me of a costume from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, someone will want to dance about with those on their feet. Beautiful.

  44. I am so so tempted to buy that kit….the socks are gorgeous. But I know if I do I’ll be stabbing my eyes out with my needles later.

  45. just knit an amoeba to go in the hole… this would add yet another layer of crazy;)
    Just my jealousy speaking, I’m afraid. The leaves are really beautiful.
    I fully admit to planning on purchasing the pattern- and using just the leaves, knit on big needles with big beautiful,hand dyed leaf colored yarn…. and making a wreath. The crazy is contagious;)
    ps- I still think they are maple leaves. Call them what you like.. 😉

  46. Sounds like “Leaves on the Brain”, a potentially serious medical condition. It’s not fatal — I don’t think. It can lead to sleep deprivation and malnutrition, however.
    I hope you didn’t rip, seeing Lisa’s comment, but knowing you, Steph, there was already a pile of Chablis-colored curly yarn even before you posted.
    Otherwise, trust the designer and don’t do it! Believe in the Leaves!

  47. I wonder if the Tsarina would be willing to publish just the leaf pattern….There are so many possibilities.

  48. I’m lovin me some leaves, but don’t dare tempt myself right now (christmas gifts not yet finished equals hunted knitter) I’ll be admiring them from afar.

  49. How pathetic is it that I’m checking the blog multiple times a day to catch more leaves? They look *fantastic* and finger-crunching.
    (Thanks for showing the scale shot, by the way. Holy criminy.)

  50. Oooooh — grape vines have lots of leaves, especially if you forget to prune the dratted vines draping all over your diseased apple tree and the chicken yard.
    But I digress. Your leaves look well-behaved, tiny, and lovely. The recipient ought to clean your house and do your laundry for you for a year.

  51. Very, very pretty. So. How big is a canadian penny? For those of us who live in the antipodes, the comparsion to a US penny is, well… Are they really, really little? I
    want to make a leaf too.

  52. I am living vicariously through your knitting projects. Never, ever, never would I attempt those leaves, but I love watching your progress and eagerly await the final result!

  53. I think you’ve made one tiny mistake, You said the socks were a gift for someone who loves Chablis, but you must have forgotten that I prefer Merlot. No worries, I’ll take them anyway…
    No? Well, it was worth a shot…

  54. It is difficult to determine how many leaves an individual grapevine has since they are planted in rows and the vines are trained along wires between the individual plants. So what you get is one long row of intermingled leafy vines with evenly placed “trunks” beneath.

  55. The leaves are beautiful and I’m interested in seeing the finished socks – they’ll probably end up in a museum someday to be admired. [up there with hand-knit long underwear in tiny gauge]. Now some medical advice – if you get an eye-twitch, treat with a glass of red wine. The grapes will offset the grape-leaf eye twitch.
    Your blog is great – BTW – my husband, who often looks over my shoulder to read it, wonders how Joe’s gansey is coming and whether the squirrel is gone for the winter

  56. I had a piano piece as a child piano student called “Falling Leaves”…this really makes me think of that. They are so cute!

  57. A Canadian penny is the same size as a US penny, is it not? I can’t tell the difference but I don’t have a strong attention to detail…
    Muriel – what shoes Stephanie will wear with them? Why Birks, of course. Nothing else would do justice to their full glory.
    Lovely, but still incrediby insane.

  58. My favorite part of your post was “It only takes 17 leaves for one sock”. Only?! I think you are currently somewhere between incredibly determined and utterly crazy. Good luck walking the fine line.

  59. Dude – I am not even sure that a 12 step program can help you!!!
    Misery loves company – and while I have not jumped into the deep end of grape leaves… I will endeavor to drink of the vine from whence the leaves grow! Does anyone know how many grapes it takes to make a bottle of wine?

  60. Knitting leaf-shaped holes is respectably hard. Insanity is acceptable. What isn’t acceptable is, at 36 year old, still not being able to knit a single cable. I keep dropping the needle. And that’s why I’m sitting here eating my seven month old’s baby cereal. Wibble.

  61. I want that pattern! I love the leaves..I don’t know that I want to do the socks but I WANT to do the leaves…They are amazing!!!!!! I can’t wait to see the finished socks…You really are such a deliciously terrible influence on all of us! You entice us with all these tantalizing new projects to add to our wanna-do list.

  62. adorable, lovely, darling tiny little leaves. ohhh so cute… but I’ll not be knitting them anytime soon, I have enough crazy going on right now.

  63. You know, brick through roof of Dundas streetcar…that could cause some brain damage. Asking about your health would be appropriate.

  64. For those wondering, the Canadian and USA penny are the same diameter. I measured a US penny, it is 1.9 cm (3/4 inch) in diameter.
    I have a few of Nicky Epstein’s books (“Knitted Embellishments”, “Knitted Flowers”, “Beyond the Edge”, etc.). I’ll have to check these for leaf possibilities….

  65. There are no leaves on the grape vine when they get to freezing in our clime. Put off white grapes on the vines and just say its ICE Wine socks. So endeth the obcession with LEAVES. Ice wine is really GOOD. Use the leaves you have made on a felted bag for fall–right in style .he he

  66. the leaves are delicious. But am I the only one who keeps seeing things as I look at the pictures. I quickly imagined all those leaves tapping their front point in a sort of Fred Astaire kind of way, dancing across the table at night when no one watches. The next time I looked at the picturees I got an image of the wildebeests stampede—hundreds of little perfect leaves taking off, thundering away. Maybe it’s just the perspective. Maybe it’s time for a glass of wine with my knitting. Maybe you had better get them sewn into that sock.

  67. Love the leaves! I also ordered the kit – just couldn’t resist. But the construction of the sock looks so clever and it states it will fit any size foot, even with high arches. Anyway, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

  68. My stylish 31 year old non-knitting daughter asks, “What kind of shoes do you wear with those socks??” What kind of shoes will show off the leaf in the toe, etc., etc. I suggested sandals and she gagged. I think that the answer is that the wearer will know what is inside the shoe and that is enough for any knitter to plug onwards, making leaf after leaf. What shoes would YOU wear with the socks??

  69. Thank you once again! It is amazingly awesome of you to be so honest and to hear that someone of your knitting stature knits something crappily once in a while too! You’re the best! Love those leaves.

  70. I too checked out the website for the sock kit. Did anyone else notice that the designer only knit one sock? Only one single sock is displayed. For the other colour choices you get to see the yarn not a knitted sock. Seems like the designer might not be so insane after all!

  71. When I went to the website and saw these socks I swear they were daring me to do them. I don’t back down from a challenge. Especially when it comes in the form of knitted socks. I bought the kit yesterday.
    To be honest, they give off this very Dionysian feel. Both because of the subject matter but because of the arrogance I sense coming from these socks. They know they are magnificent but at the same time they also know they’re going to make you let go of fear and inhibition in order to get them done.
    Or, they’ll win. Which again I won’t let happen.
    P.S. I’m posting this on my blog as well, since I’ve been trying to think of an explanation for why I’m so attracted to these socks.

  72. It seems there are quite a few of us here who are not so keen on knitting the socks, but who really just want to make leaves, and scatter them around on other knitted projects. I’m wondering, though, how exactly do you fit them into the leaf “hole”? Yeah, yeah, I know–order the kit.

  73. I forwarded the link to these socks to a Dionysian friend of mine. She’ll choose fiddly and complicated over simple any day of the week. She drives me nuts, but I love her all the same.
    Oooh – I bet you could use that leaf pattern as a basis to make leaves of other species! Think of the possibilities! Acer saccharum or Acer rubrum (my favorite of that genus) to name a couple. *SQUEE* I wonder if I could figure out how to knit Quercus muehlenbergii…

  74. Presbytera is right. Block, don’t rip. And yes, the little leaves are cute, but I fear that soon you will be knitting amoeba-shaped (before blocking, that is) holes into anything just so you can whack a leaf on it. I warn you: if I click over here one day and see a leaf-covered willy warmer, I just may have to look for another blogger to stalk. Although a leafy willy warmer would be rather biblical, wouldn’t it? Hm. Not a bad idea. Where was the link to that pattern again?

  75. I with the others who have reminded you that the first leaf didn’t look all that great before you blocked it. I’m glad, though, that I’ll be starting my socks after you get finished. I can learn from your experience.
    And also agreeing with someone who commented before me: How IS Joe’s Gansey coming and do you still need your squirrel deterrent contraption?

  76. Thank you for knitting the leaves so that I and thousands of other knitters never have to knit the leaves. We love your love of tiny knitted objects.

  77. what do you wear with the socks a
    can can dress -they are paris
    they look as if they belong on a
    a turn of the century poster

  78. The leaves are lovely, but as I look at them I think to myself, “but that means there are at least 19 ends to sew in afterwards on each sock.” And sewing in and I aren’t such great friends.

  79. Looking at the photo, it appears the leaves are sewn on the cuff of the sock. Now, each time you wash them, won’t they require blocking to get them back into shape??? You are the only one I know who would undertake such a project! Just re-affirming once again why you are my idol!!

  80. Interesting how much the grape leaves look like maple leaves.
    We get Canadian pennies in our change all the time here in Michigan and no one even notices. They’re completely interchangeable. Stores take them and don’t even look at them. The larger coins are the same size too (up to the quarter. I can’t remember if you have a 50 cent piece? We do but it’s hardly ever used), but people don’t want the Canadian ones because vending machines won’t take them. Our dollar coin is hardly ever used, and if you try to spend it in a store they’re really confused. Seriously. So the chances of a $2 coin ever being introduced here are pretty much nil.

  81. Have you ever read “The Tailor of Gloucester” by Beatrix Potter…. The stitches of those leaves were so small–so small–they looked as if they had been made by little mice!

  82. Great socks – all of the Tsarina’s tsocks are great – and your leaves are little lovelies. But why on earth make a leaf-shaped hole when you could just applique the toe leaf in place? Sewing a leaf into a hole is gonna make a bumpy toe anyway, isn’t it?

  83. Pretty pretty leaves! They remind me of the time before I started knitting, when I crocheted full time, that I made a pineapple lace butterfly with silk sewing thread and a hook so small I could hardly even see the hook part. The butterfly was about 2 inches across when finished.
    Since knitting has taken over my life, my hands and my sanity, I have not attempted any such feats. But these pretty pretty leaves are making my fingers itch.

  84. Also love the leaves. I would just do them in a bigger gauge, and add googly eyes and a silly mouth to each. “It only takes 17 leaves for one sock”. HAH. It only takes about 3 leafmontsters to decorate my mantle.

  85. The leaves are lovely. You could knit them out of a more substantial red wool and make them into Christmas oranments to give to Canadian friends. Or, you could figure out a way to knit them into a garland. Perhaps with some fabulous color shifting sock yarn. Plenty of time to think about it.

  86. I hope Jennifer’s site doesn’t crash under the weight of all those kits people will be ordering!
    Since some of them are Grape leaves, a refreshing beverage made from grapes seems to be in order. But just a glass-I know I couldn’t knit a decent leaf after more than one.:)

  87. It’s ironic that your house is chock full of wine grape leaves and here in Sonoma county, where ACTUAL wine grapes are grown by the acre, the vines are bare! Nary a bud in sight. I can snap a pic of those barren vines to prove you’ve got the market cornered

  88. Think of the 1,000 cranes to make in origami for good luck/longevity. You’re on your way to 1,000 leaves….hmmm. Could dress a naked tree this winter? That would be fun & a little weird.

  89. At least you don’t have to rake those leaves, although I am guessing that they probably don’t help in the production of much maple syrup either. That many knit leaves would help in the production of empty bottles in our house.
    Can’t wait to see the socks!

  90. Leaves pretty. Want leaves. (Not socks, just leaves.) Make wreath with leaves, to sit and look pretty, as – I repeat – am not crazy enough to go dancing about in PNW woods while skyclad, wearing only a knitted vine-leaf wreath. Skyclad is a silly idea, anyway, unless you’re in southernish latitudes. Us northern types need good, sensible woollies.
    And leaves. Hey, the Celts imported Roman wine, didn’t they? There you go.

  91. I didn’t hear “Joe’s gansey” mentioned somewhere, did I? Fixer-of-furnace Joe, that is. Poor cold Joe.
    I’m just sayin’. 😉

  92. I do think that some close friends need to have an intervention here. This is seriously over the edge! They’re cute, but HOW MANY for a pair of socks? Not to mention that the shape has to be knit into the socks as well….and then sewn in. Good grief!

  93. I love the leaves!! The sock pattern I’m not so sure about but the leaves ROCK! You could just take the leaves and string them around the house and be done with it. 🙂

  94. I love the leaves. Everybody loves the leaves. People all over the world are talking about the leaves now that Rabbitch has gotten into the leaf act as well.
    I don’t want the socks, but I want the leaves. Imagine the leaf and grape motif as the asymmetrical neckline for a lightweight pullover. In the pinot colourway perhaps?
    Knitters are crazy.

  95. The leaves are impressive. That would have taken me months. Even if they looked like amoebas. 🙂 You are sucking me into desiring this kit even though I know that I can’t possible finish one sock in a year……..ack!

  96. I still think you are crazy but – – for all of you falling in love with leaves – imagine how many leaves you can make with the kit – -if you don’t make the socks!! Than you can sell us all a leaf or make garlands and wreaths and scarves and all those wonderful leafy things ——-the list goes on! And you can’t wear shoes – just the socks so all can see the knitted holes.

  97. Maryarn, my thought exactly! Knit the reg’lar toe and just applique the leaf over – instead of knitting a leaf-shaped hole and fillng it! I agree with all o’ them above (soooooo many things you could do with knitted leaves). I’m thinking how pretty a wreath of knitted leaves in autumn colors would be, to wear on the head. Th leaves would have to be bigger,but gee, that’d work — ornate, tiny marching wee little grape leaves. Yup, I’m going back to my toque. 🙂

  98. i adore the leaves and can’t wait to see the socks! pure joy/glee/madness. have you seen netgranny.ch ??
    its a site in german? (click on the english translation) where you pick out a swiss grandma to knit you a pair of socks, its hilarious.

  99. leaves? hmmm..
    me thinks very pretty.
    looking forward to seeing said leaves added to the un-done sock.
    sock leaves? whatever will you come up with next 🙂

  100. My manuscript sucks
    My manuscript bites
    It’s not what I want
    To be reading tonight
    But I have to proof it
    And change where I goofed it
    And my brain and my eyes
    Are working their loosest
    So I’m taking a break
    How much more can I take?
    Til I see the Harlot make socks
    That would make my brain ache.
    Now my work doesn’t grieve me
    You all can believe me
    If she can knit thirty-four
    Tiny ol’ leaves, gee–
    I can finish my proofing
    My awful typed goofing
    And as a reward
    I can knit up a new thing!
    Go Harlot and her leaves!

  101. Hey, Steph! How about posting just the instructions for the leaf? Then we can all knit just one – to see exactly how crazy this is – and sew a pin on the backside and wear our Harlot-leaf with proudness as Harlot-ettes and relief that we don’t have to do a gazillion more! Maybe different colors for different states? I mean……..the crazies have found me, in the middle of the night……oh, I need some fermented grape juice….

  102. I have a friend that bought the same kit at Rhinebeck. I think that those kits really appeal to a certain type of knitter because she would have had to rip out the toe too after knitting an amoeba-shaped hole. It’s so far beyond me in the world of knitting ability that I think I’ll just sit back and watch you two in action. Amazing! Here I was, feeling proud because I just knitted cables and designed my own sock pattern for for the first time (and in the same project!) and was thinking that I was progressing quite nicely in my knitting ability. I’m not worthy! I’m not worthy!

  103. Holy crap, that’s wack. As in wacko. And almost hypnotic, I imagine, watching each leave take shape row by tiny row, then “bloom” in the blocking process. And you’d have to block each one immediately, right? To see its leafy perfection? Amazing. Just… wow.

  104. While I don’t think I would knit those darling little leaves for a pair of socks, they would be lovely embellishments for a so so sweater, lying about or a scarf. I doubt I could finish two socks of such intricate detail…. I have trouble making the second sock without all the details.

  105. I think after the post-moving bills, post-Christmas bills, and post-“I was sick for 2 weeks and had to take days off w/o pay” paycheck, I may have to track down one of these kits for my mom. She and my dad (and their best friends) seem to be on a mission to test out every winery in the country.

  106. Those leaves have the making of a fab fancy dress outfit. Or a Bacchic bikini. Bacchic anything in fact. It’s all good!

  107. Click on my name to see the Tsarina’s post showing the sock in Claret…wowsers!
    Answers the question about lumpy toes, too.
    I would not insult this design by applique-ing the toe leaf–it’s there for a reason and fits right in, nice and smooth.
    Once she is making the pattern available online, I wonder how many Canadian knitters will be digging out the VERY RED yarn and making them in that….??

  108. Hmmmm…. Those leaves are NOT going to happen in my house, however cute they may be! My fingers ache just thinking about them — and all the current WIPs would weep because they’d never achieve FO status! Good luck, Stephanie!

  109. my favorite part of this post was, “It only takes 17 leaves for one sock…”
    but they are gorgeous AND adorable!

  110. I just read all the backposts, and I’m kind of baffled…Kim? Was Stephanie injured when a brick came through the roof of a streetcar???

  111. OKAY! I hope you are happy. Just last night I was informed of how much I had added to my credit card during the Christmas Season. Now today I read your blog and what do I do? Go to the web site and order a sock kit because those leaves are so cute and I had to have it. The sad thing is, I will probably cave in and give the kit to my knitting daughter and order another one for myself! There is no end to the sock craziness!

  112. My Greek grandmother would make my mother drive around til she saw a house with a grapevine in the back. Then she’d make my mother knock on the door and explain to the people that she wanted to pick the leaves off their grapevine. They always said yes. This was done in the spring as the leaves are more tender then. Then we’d bring home paper bags full of leaves and dry them around the house on newspapers.
    Today I was at the grocery store and saw a jar of grapevine leaves and was thinking that I really need to try to make them. Then I thought of you …

  113. Calm down, onafixedincome, I love the sock (especially in claret) and wouldn’t insult it for the world. If it’s possible to insult a sock. But I’ve read Tsarina’s post several times and don’t see a single word that addresses the toe, only a photo of it. Looks nice, but if there is an advantage to breaking your head knitting a hole and then sewing something into it, I’d genuinely like to know what it is.

  114. Steph, love the leaves, love the socks! Don’t know how you will show off both calf and toe simultaneously, maybe two different shoes. Wouldn’t these be great for a Renaissance Fair kind of outing!
    Can you attach leaf and toe at the same time, similar to attaching i-cord or the way you add a border to a Shetland shawl? Pick up edge of leaf on approach, join with ssk on the return pass. Hmm, may have to have this pattern just for the experimental value! Move the leaf a little way toward the instep and add leather sole for slipper.

  115. I have not read the pattern, but I imagine these items are knitted on DPNs. Oh yeah. Mmmm.
    I did not catch you when you were visiting Madison, CT, very close to me. I shall probably regret it forever. Sigh.
    Also, living in Connecticut, I can catagorically (sp?)state that a Canadian penny is about the same size as a US penny. Also, a Canadian dime (?) is about the same size as a US dime. Generally a pain when trying to roll coins. I like to roll coins and then buy yarn. Heh heh.
    Seriously, you seem to catch every bug that comes your way Steph. Been that way for a while. That worries me. I do hope all is OK.

  116. Pretty, pretty leaves. Must get pattern. I’m seeing them on shawls instead of fringe … and on scarves …. just lovely and soothing and small and precise. Wonderful.
    Also? Either you’re just dead-drunk in love with leaves, or one of the girls is in a WHOLE lot of trouble. May I ask which teenager was out on a date? One of my high school friends always knew exactly how much trouble she was in, by the number of granny squares on the coffee table when she got in. Her mom made oddball afghans from granny squares, but she ONLY made granny squares when she was up late, watching both the TV and the clock.

  117. I love leaves. Thus I love this kit! And how many hours do you knit a day anyway? You knit like the wind. I would love to see a post about how you hold your yarn and needles. I would give it a try to see if I can speed up. There has to be a science for this. Beautiful!

  118. Those leaves would look GORGEOUS on a sweater, don’t you think? Perhaps you should knit up a few hundred more 🙂
    (Perhaps this is why my family calls me “The Enabler”

  119. they are gorgeous.. beautiful. i especially love the little peachy pink ones… I would try.. but well i will let others enjoy those delightful things.. so I commend all those who do. lol.. my cat and puppy would make a meal out of them. I have my children trained better.. not much tho.

  120. ok since it is winter.. and this is a wonderful drink to warm your nose with. 🙂 please forgive the long post.
    Russian Tea
    1 jar of sweetened instant tea with lemon
    1 jar of orange breakfast drink mix
    1 pack of orange kool-aid
    1 pack of lemon kool-aid
    2cups of sugar
    1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 tablespoon ground cloves
    1/2 tablespoon ground nutmeg
    1 teaspoon ground ginger (op)
    mix till totally incorporated, store in air tight jar.
    to make 6-8 oz. boiling water, 4 heaping teaspoons of mix. stir and enjoy!
    this is a never fail recipe that my entire family loves and expects at this time of the year. so i am sharing it. and again ENJOY!

  121. I like Linda V.’s idea of the leafy, biblical “willy warmer,” but then thought of Adam and Eve/Adam and Steve/Teresa and Eve socks. (I have borrowed, in order, from the book of Genesis, Anita Bryant (ick) and Billy Bragg (hurray!!))
    Or a “Thrown out of Eden” throw.

  122. WOw. Leaves. Very kewl… You all have clean minds though, I want to make the whole adam and eve leaf underwear set. A little bra made out of leaves…. mmmm…. Good times, good times. I might need to buy the kit just for the leaf pattern now! =^)

  123. Steph, the “only 17 leaves per sock” reminds me of a pattern for a leaf-embellished scarf in Nikki Epstein’s book (I think that’s where I saw it). First there was a nice little pattern for a leaf, about 10 rows. Then you go to the scarf pattern and the first instruction is “Leaves: Make 84.”
    If you want to know what it says after that, I confess I stopped reading.

  124. The leaves go marching one by one; hurrah! hurrah!
    The leaves go marching one by one; hurrah! hurrah!
    The leaves go marching one by one, 16 more until you’re done
    And we all go marching down. . . to the pub. . . to get pissed. . . to get tanked.

  125. Uh, er, anneonymousone at 7:15, you’re talkin’ six pair of socks there. That’s a heap o’ leaves. Might be worth that many leaves for a “Thrown out of Eden” throw, though. That one made me laugh so hard I cried a little. But they weren’t sad tears–I kinda like it out here on the outskirts of Eden.

  126. Love the leaves, love the socks. Canadian socks, very cute. I could not post to your current post,did Joe take your blog w/him?? LOL

  127. Don’t underestimate the power of strong alcohol to get you through frustrating projects. It’s the only way I got through MS3!
    My favorite: A white chocolate martini
    6 oz. vanilla vodka
    3 oz. Godiva white chocolate liqueur
    3 oz. clear creme de cacao
    shake with ice & serve while cold.

  128. Leaves, glorious leaves!
    Let us know if the toe is still comfy when it’s over. Then again, if you only wear them with Birks there will be next to nothing pressing that potentially lumpy spot against your foot. Of course, yours won’t be lumpy (mine, however, would be).
    One more word (which I have been trying to teach my kids before they go to Paris with the high school orchestra)- it’s true of the socks and their knitter (and their designer too):

  129. Wow, the leaves are just too precious! Haven’t read the other comments yet, so someone else prolly already suggested this, but if the leaf gets sewn in to the toe of a toe-up sock, why not just pick the stitches up from around the leaf and knit the sock up from there?

  130. I’ll knit what she’s knitting (re-worked from “When Harry met Sally”) Sorry, I couldn’t resist….
    Millie might be staking a claim(to the sweater) with all the winter weather & furnace downtime. Then again she just might have a thing for cables.

  131. Patons “Street Smart” booklets can be found at Jo-Ann stores – at least the one in Fort Wayne, IN. You may want to try Joann.com

  132. Dear Stephanie,
    This is your sock. You know which one. I’m sitting here in time out. Yup…just sitting here.
    You lovingly showed me off, and now, time out. I just spoke to Weedwacker’s sock, who is in the CORNER for being bad. Are we going to….OH NO. Please don’t send me to the UFO bin, please, anywhere but there! The leaf made me do it! I was a little jealous because the leaf was getting all the attention. I promise to be good, and hold still for you while you put the leaf on. Just don’t send me to UFO. Okay? (We’re still good, right?)

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