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Archive for November 7th, 2007

Photo of Andean Sock

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

I’m catching up on photos I have already developed, because photos are what slow me down when I post. I still am running behind because of a week being my friend’s wheels. So worth it, and I got time with her toddler which is a real treat.

andeansockforkid16.jpgBut here is a photo I really did not want to miss posting, so you win in this case. I got this sock (it’s one of a pair) at the Llamafest in East Lansing a few months ago. I also got some more modern-looking flip-top alpaca mittens from Bolivia and some alpaca knit dolls, which I did not yet photograph.

I only have one sock on my desk right now, but that tag says “Kids sock $6.00.” I’m so sad about that. The yarn is synthetic but the knitting took somebody some serious time and I like the result. The other sock had a tag about the country it came from but I don’t have that right now. The vendor was loaded with alpaca goods so it was clearly Andean though the country is not obvious.

It is done in the round, and each color block just pulls the yarn back to its new starting place. This means that each block puckers a lot (the boxes just under the turned top cuff) and the black stitches between blocks are pulled thin a little.

The animal motifs did not need this treatment, they were stranded all around the circumference and just tacked when knitting by knitting over and under the unused yarn (something like the Philosophers Wool technique where there are no floats of yarn on the back).

This sock was knit top down with a band heel (like a Dutch heel) that has a garter edge on the flap. The flap is really short and they actually picked up fewer stitches for the foot than they had on the leg. The toe is a wedge toe, very like the ones US knitters often use.

They decreased the toe down to what appears to be 4 stitches and tied a knot in the end of the yarn through those 4 stitches. Some cultures leave a tail there so that they can hang the sock for drying, so maybe that is what this was for.

I like the turned cuff at the top. It has some garter ridges in stripes, for texture/color interest. This idea has merit for a non-binding top, whether top down or toe up.

Off to teach kids to knit, and then to dance my troubles away. Well, not my own troubles as I have few. Maybe the troubles of the world and bits of my past need to be shaken away, and this sort of dance in a room full of women is a great way to do it. Thirty women dancing is some sort of wonderful Girl Power, if you ask me.

I’m off!

Cool Technique

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

When there are many color changes in a knit item, or there is a break in the yarn at a place which is inconvenient, many knitters feel stuck for a good answer to the problem. One excellent choice is something called the Russian Join. It creates a clean change between colors and no ends to work in later.

There is a walk-through of the Russian Join, with photos, on the Knitting Any Way website. I think this is the most clear explanation I’ve seen.

(Knitting Any Way is a site which covers machine knitting *and* handknitting. The reference to “carriage” is a machine-knitting word but the join is the same no matter how you are using the yarn.)