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Archive for April 10th, 2006

Socks and More Socks

Monday, April 10th, 2006

Sock knit by Rae using LynnH-Dyed yarnI just hit Ctrl-W (close window) by mistake and lost my lovely post about my recent classes at three shops. Whoops! I’ve lost heart so I’ll have to retype that when I feel more up to repeating.

So I’ll talk socks. You know I love socks, right? As in, I had over 80 pair of storebought socks before I discovered that I could knit my own? So I’m really really really happy to be back focused on my favorite knitting subject lately.

I finished that Turkish-Style Toe-Up pair for me this week (started in a class I taught at Threadbear), which was my 126th pair ever. Since May 2001, my notes tell me. Then I just finished one sock for my brother and will mail him that sock before completing the second. I know the foot fits, but we’ll see if he likes the way I finished the cuff. Crossing fingers, these are different than what he buys because he’s hard to fit.

I taught Fast Florida Footies and Afterthought heels at Threadbear in the last few weeks. It’s great to share my enthusiasm with students. My FFFootie that I made in class was an infant size 0 (will be a sample at a yarn shop, no doubt) and it was cute but doesn’t count as a pair in my sock count.

I’m knitting a First-Time Toe-Up pair, very slowly, in fingering weight yarn that I dyed myself. On size 0 needles. For me. Eventually, that is. They are my waiting-in-line socks between other projects. I’m on the cuff for both of them, so it won’t be forever, but they are low priority.

But now I’m teaching two First-Time Toe-Up Sock classes at the same time. One’s on Fridays at Rae’s and one is Mondays at Little Red Schoolhouse. At Rae’s I’m knitting along with multiple-turquoise Opal fingering/sockweight yarn on size 1 needles. At LRSH I’m knitting a Lamb’s Pride bulky slipper-footie on size 7’s. Loving both of them! They are very different socks but made with the same pattern. Love that, too.

Right now it’s a little too cool in the house and I’m wishing the slipper footies were done so I could wear them as bedsocks. ‘Night!

Photo: Sock Rae (of Rae’s Yarn Boutique) knit from yarn I dyed. It’s my Cushy ColorSport yarn (DK weight washable merino) in colorway Lynnabelle… which consists of three different turquoises. I do repeat the colorway from time to time but have none in stock right now. She knit lace with an afterthought heel, for a female friend with a large foot. For the record, afterthought heels can look funny in photographs, but they look very nice on a foot.