Turkish Bedsocks


Last week it was Bosnian slippers. This week it’s “Turkish Bedsocks,” the very popular Churchmouse Yarns and Teas Pattern. As their slogan says “Bring a little churchmouse home.” Well, not literally. And the company logo prefers to capitalize Churchmouse. OK. No more wordplay. Turkish Bedsocks is a seriously good pattern. And it’s great fun to knit.

The pattern calls for fingering weight yarn in one of my all-time favorite known-by-its acronym yarns, KPPPM (Koigu Painter’s Pallette Premium Merino). The little secret about KPPPM is that, I’m sorry Koigu, it isn’t really a fingering weight. It’s more sport weight in my view. And lots of others agree. My Turkish Bedsocks are knit in Quaere Fibre Sportweight Self-Striping Merino, a superwash.

A lot of the versions of Turkish Bedsocks are rather staid. But mine are more to my liking. I look at my feet and smile. And if you met my feet in person you would find that’s quite a feat.


I’d no sooner finished one pair when other lept onto my needles. These are knit in Schachenmayr Merino Extrafine, a DK weight.


A bit more dignified, but not much.

My only modifications for these two pair were to lengthen the main body of the slipper to 30 rather than 24 rounds. The unusual construction requires mattress-stitching the heel wrap to the heel flap. So you do have a seam. I have no problem with that. There are modifications available on Ravelry project pages if you’d rather do a short row heel. But with my self-patterning yarn, I love the way the various directions of the yarn all collide at the heel end.


My size 8.5 feet fit into these quite nicely. At the moment they are aimed for my holiday pick-your-gift basket. But I’m thinking I need to keep one pair for me.

Army of Caterpillars

cat_stackThis is my DK weight version of Miranda Harp’s Army of Caterpillars. Harp blogs at toughbirdknits.  Her original is a stacking set of 5 caterpillars in worsted weight. My stack of three in DK weight are shrimpy by comparison. They are knit in three shades of Schachenmayr Merino Extrafine Color 120 left over from other projects. I think what mine lack in size they make up in attitude.


They look like the kind of caterpillar whose coloring advertises “eat me at your peril.”

It’s the bobble feet that help these guys stack.


Isaac likes them. His dad, my son, opened the package I sent and wondered why I was knitting tuberculosis bacilli. Ugh, he’s right. (Click if you don’t get queasy looking at such stuff.)