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Archive for January 18th, 2009

Christy’s Finished Legwarmers

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

legwarmersbychristyaalone.jpgChristy bought my “Road-Tested Legwarmers” pattern in early December. Her daughter had asked for black and white striped legwarmers and Christy was eager to make them for Christmas.

I got an email from Christy this week. She says she bound off the legwarmers at 1:00 am on Christmas morning. The good news was that her daughter just loved them! Now another daughter wants purple ones, so clearly this was a big hit in theirlegwarmersbychristyondaughterairbrush.jpg house.

I’m grateful for the permission to show you all these photos. It sure does look like the young lady likes her gift.

Thank you for sending the photos, Christy! I just love it when folks send me photos of their projects made with my patterns and/or yarns. I hope I never get over that thrill of seeing my ideas played out in real life!

LynnH’s Practical Needlework

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Sometimes, if you have knit socks for a number of years and you faithfully wear your handknits… you get holes in those socks. The holes in your “babies” make it so you can’t wear them any more. It’s a sad state of affairs.

Sometimes, if you are ColorJoy LynnH (me) and were lucky enough to learn how to darn socks in about 3rd grade from your talented and skilled mother, you sit down and darn those handknits so you can wear them again.darnedsocks33.jpg

Sometimes (almost always) if you are ColorJoy LynnH, you add more color to the socks when you repair them. After all, the repairs do not show when you wear the socks in shoes or boots.

The contrast is easier to see while you work, but it also makes the socks a little bit like puppies with multicolored spots in non-symmetrical places.

Sometimes, when you see the multicolored patches, you smile from knowing you got to keep your socks longer. Sometimes you feel a little happy and perhaps a bit smug for knowing such a cool trick!

Sometimes people around you do not understand at all. Sometimes they give you funny looks while you are repairing the socks with the “wrong” color.

Sometimes you wonder if those folks have less fun than you do as a general rule, or if it just has to do with a difference in preferences for the color of darning repair yarn. You will never know.

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The results of the story are shown above. There is nothing particularly glamorous about this photo. I’d say that *to me,* it is a luxury photo, though. How many people have access to handknit garments, made to fit them perfectly?

The purple socks at top are mine, knit from bulky 100% washable wool sweater yarn. They are super warm, but this yarn was not created to last long as socks. They are afterthought heel socks which have not been blocked, so they look funny flat on a table. They fit my feet like a glove.

The light teal socks are Brian’s. This yarn is very durable. (Louisa Harding Kashmir, a blend of merino wool, microfiber and cashmere which is totally washable/dryable by machine.) I’ve knit at least 4-5 pairs with this yarn in either the Aran or DK weights.

Unfortunately, this specific pair is just a little on the snug side, and since the structure also fits very closely (afterthought heels), they stressed out a little early from being pulled taut while being worn. These fit Brian perfectly but the yarn is just a little less “sproingy” than standard sockyarn and that issue hastened the need for small repairs.

Brian and I are happy to have some thicker favorite socks back in circulation in our sock drawers again. It is the right time of year for fatter socks! I am happy to see more colors, many more colors, in my sock drawer. How nice that it doesn’t take much to get me to smile!