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Archive for March 23rd, 2009

A Few Loose Ends

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

I don’t knit at home much. However, I always take a sock or two in my bag when I go out.

Like many people, I find myself waiting in line a lot… at the pharmacy, Post Office, even waiting for my lunch to arrive at a restaurant. Even a minute or two can turn into progress on the portable knitting that is a sock project.

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In 2008, I knit only 6 pairs of socks. Compared to 2002, when I knit 36 pairs, I really slowed down on my main knitting passion in order to do other knitting for my business. I missed my socks!

So since January 1, I have been really passionate about knitting socks again. Apparently I have been waiting in line a lot. (OK, I was on vacation for 5 days, too.)

The pile here represents 13-1/2 individual socks I’ve knit since the beginning of the year, including 5 pairs. (I’m counting the three tiny socks that don’t match, as one “pair” for counting’s sake.)

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This pile was merely yarn as the year 2009 began. The blue ball of yarn at the top represents a single sock that is now on display at Rae’s Yarn Boutique, but which was knit in 2009.

For Knitters:

  • The red/yellow/purple pair at top are Chippy Socks but in my size. They were knit in Zara and Rialto (DK), at a relatively loose gauge for socks. I can not wear these without shoes or slippers or they will wear out prematurely, but they were fun as a quick change of pace.
  • The turquoise with dots at right (Lynn’s Luxe Flammegarn, a DK weight cashmere blend not available on my website yet) were knit with the First-Time Toe-Up toe with afterthought heel and the leg/cuff structure of my Turkish-Style Toe-Up socks.
  • The purple ones bottom left were knit from my class handout for “Something Different Socks” (not yet a pattern).
  • The bright colored toddler socks piled on top (two pair) were made toe up in Cascade Fixation yarn, with afterthought heels. The hot green/pink pair have two rows of crochet at the top of the cuff.
  • The three doll-sized turquoise socks were all knit with different heels and legs, and an as-yet experimental toe.
  • Below is the sock that is missing from the pile (First-Time Toe-Up, knit in my Resonance Flammegarn, with K2P2 rib for leg):

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I think probably I need to stay home a bit more (and do something other than knit socks while waiting). Meanwhile, I have a lot of ends to work in and side-of-heel holes to close up. It’s a good thing that I enjoy working with a sewing needle!