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Collegiate

I wanted a quick, brainless knit and these were just the ticket. Round and round we go…

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More Socks

Another pair of socks, this time a completely brainless pair of basic ribbed socks to keep my hands busy while watching TV. I like how they turned out – they look a bit like those quartz stones where the color keeps changing. The wool is very thick and warm, but surprisingly soft. I wish I’d gone down to a US 0…they’re a bit looser than I prefer.

Pattern: Mr. Pitt’s Socks (aka Dad Socks)
Yarn: Paton’s Kroy Socks FX
Needles: US 2/2.75 mm

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Rosamond

Quite possibly the most beautiful socks I’ve ever worn, let alone knit. I have a feeling this will be my go-to sock pattern for gifts.

The yarn is lovely, too. I can’t figure out why they would name such a beautiful yarn “Midway”…those lovely heathery colors deserve something much nicer than that. But it was a nice yarn to work with, and had generous yardage, too.

Pattern: Rosamond by Kate Blackburn
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock Multi in Midway (2 skeins)
Needles: US 2/2.75mm dpns

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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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Dig those crazy stripes!

I am celebrating the first snow of the year by breaking in a new pair of warm and woolen stripey socks. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Pattern: Generic cuff-down, short row heel, 60 stitches
Yarn: ONline Supersocke 100 Circle Color
Needles: Size 2


Really…


quite…


groovy!

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The Moody Autumn Mystery Sock progresses. We have legs…!

Moody Autumn Socks

The color is showing up lighter than it actually is, but the photo shows the rather strange texture of Cherry Tree Hill Supersock. It’s lovely wool, with a tight twist, but it has the oddest feel to it. I can’t quite put my finger on what’s bugging me about it. Still, it has really generous yardage, so I’ve done 6 repeats of the chart. If I go bonkers with impatience before the heel pattern is released on Thursday, I may even do another 2 rounds on each sock.

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I have a bad habit of finishing small projects and forgetting to photograph them. Case in point: I looked down at my feet today and realized I was wearing socks I’d finished knitting back in January.

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Pattern: TTL Mystery Sock
Yarn: O-Wool Classic 2-Ply
Needles: Size 2

I call these my Mac & Cheese socks, because they are that particularly unnatural yellowy-orange color of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. I don’t often wear socks with ballet flats, but I make an exception for these. The eyelets look really lovely traveling up…

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…it’s just a shame the shoes hide the best feature – the eye of partridge heel.

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The O-Wool was nice to work with and the socks are holding up nicely. But I admit, there are a few oddities. The 2-ply feels much thicker than ordinary fingering weight, almost sport weight, really. And the socks seem to have less “memory” than most wools I’ve used.

There are new projects coming, too! Perhaps this time I’ll remember to photograph them when I actually finish them.

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