Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Stripley socklets

A project I did not even had time to mention before finishing them was this pair of quick socklets for myself. I had needed a no-brainer project and so had cast-on this pair from a single unloved 50g ball of self-striping in my stash.

Yarn: mystery wool-nylon blend
Needles: US 1 / 2.5 mm
Pattern: Riverbed Master Pattern with heel modifications (see below)
Pattern Source: New Pathways for Sock Knitters by Cat Bordhi

Since I had cast these on toe-up from either end of the ball, the stripes are technically in opposite directions, which you probably would not notice unless it is pointed out (ahem like right now). Fortunately this does not trouble me in the slightest, and since these are so small they are just for me.

I had a lot of fun with the heel shaping, which was a modification from Cat Bordhi's original listed in the pattern. I can't imagine her as anything but pleased with people experimenting and trying something different though. Here I did the gusset stitches as in the original pattern, which I find particularly elegant as evidenced that I chose it again after using it twice before. Then I made a small heel turn and added short rows. The result is a heel that actually fits very well. I am super glad I did these two-at-once though in order to ensure they are identical in design though!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Socks in the Woods

Even though I am not formally participating in a Summer of Socks event, they are still remarkably perfect for summer time activitites. After the trip to Maine with Salvbard, I found myself back in Maine this time camping in the White Mountains. There are few things more fabulous than sitting around a campsite, smelling the campfire, catching up with friends, and listening to the woods all while knitting on a sock.

This pair is from some of the yarn acquisition a few weeks ago. They will be a set of grey socks in Jawoll Magic for Salvbard, who is probably overdue for another pair. I am a little nervous about the single ply nature of this yarn, but I will combine it with something else from stash for the toes and heels to help them hold up a little better.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Yarny Maine Adventures

For my birthday this year, Salvbard and I took a mini vacation to Maine. We stayed at a beautiful little house thanks to AirBnB. The area was super serene and outside any major town. In fact when we tried a web search for coffee places, we found there was a closer yarn shop than a coffee shop. Priorities! (Actually there were plenty of tiny restaurants that had coffee though, just not specialized coffee shops which makes sense.)

It is no secret that I love the ocean, and I spent some lovely time sitting on the deck, knitting and enjoying the location.

The rainbow blanket is continuing along. Some vacation yarn was acquired at Casco Bay Fibers in Freeport, ME. And it was really nice to get all the extra focused time together.

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