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Archive for January, 2008

Embossed Leaves

My knitting mojo appears to have returned roughly the same time I was laid off. I’m not sure if this is the fight response (you may be closing down, but I will face the future with new socks!) or flight (anything but cover letters…) response. Whatever the reason, I’ve found that sitting down in my living room with a cup of tea, a DVD going in the background, and a few layers of blankets, cats, and hot water bottle are helping me to stay sane and warm while I finish the transition at my office and start the search for a new job.

I had saved Mona Schmidt’s Embossed Leaves from an old edition of Interweave, years before I knew how to knit socks. I cast on about a week ago using Schachenmayr nomotta Regia Uni 4-ply in a soft blue, and the pattern is a dream. I’m nuts about the star-shaped decreases on the toes.

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This is the first time I’ve knit socks from the cuff down to the toe, and this pattern also called for a twisted rib, which created a really lovely braided-looking rib on the cuff.

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And for once, I made no modifications to the pattern. If I were to knit these again, which I’m sure I shall be, I would probably remove some of the purl stitches on the sides and maybe end the foot pattern a bit sooner, as the socks are on the large side.

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A batch of peanut-butter kiss cookies to the knitter who knows how to take a flattering photo of sock-covered foot.

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Cool Project, Warm Hands

I’m fairly certain my employers believe we’re all penguins, as the temperature in my office is set to a constant arctic blast. I’ve been bundling up with jackets and even a blanket across my legs, but my hands and nose are constantly cold.

Dashing, otherwise known as my Freezing Office Mitts.

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The yarn choice was uninspired – this stuff has been in my stash for years. It’s Lion’s Brand MicroSpun, which is incredibly soft, but rather splitty. I really should have chosen a wool as the cables don’t “pop.”

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Modifications: Even doing the small size, they’re too large. I cut six rows of ribbing on the top of the hand, because they’re already going over my hand and across the fingers.

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This was a really fast knit (spread across 3 days), and could easily be done in one day if, unlike me, you don’t have the attention span of a fruit fly. They’re lovely and warm, and a pretty deep cream. Just need to make a matching nose-warmer now, and I’m set.

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