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Archive for February, 2010

That’s right, I’m still posting last year’s finished objects. And sadly, this is not the last project from 2009 still waiting to be photographed. But it’s definitely one of my most worn. My sock projects tend to go straight from the needles and onto my toes, and this was no exception.

Pattern: Child’s First Sock in Shell Pattern, from Knitting Vintage Socks
Yarn: Knit Picks Bare Merino, hand dyed
Needles: Size 2

I suppose there’s a benefit to posting after having a few months to break these in. I can honestly say that the Knit Picks Bare Merino yarn is sturdy stuff. It’s starting to bloom a bit and the twist was a tad loose for my liking, but they’re wearing very well and remain soft, even after repeated washings.

This also happens to be one of the yarns I hand dyed. I first dyed it last year with blueberry juice. It turned a beautiful pale lilac color, but washed out quite a bit when soaked. I then overdyed it a few weeks later with Kool-Aid, using just a small amount of a packet to get a pale pink. Then end result is lovely, with a blending of shell and strawberry pinks and a faint stripe of lilac in the background. I’m almost tempted to mess with all the fruit in my fridge to see what other colors I can get.

But the best thing about these socks is their fit. So many of the socks I make tend to have the same number of stitches in the foot as they do on the leg, leading to that baggy bedsock feeling by the end of the day. But this pattern keeps decreasing after the ankle stitches, and the result is a sock that fits closely, even after several hours of wear.

See. Even the toe is a better fit.

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