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Archive for July 5th, 2009

February Flammegarn Socks, Pair 165

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Whoops! I posted photos of my 165th pair of socks on Ravelry but never blogged them for the rest of you. These were completed in February 2009.

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This pair I knit for myself out of a yarn I have only dyed once or twice, which I call Lynn’s Luxe. It is a lynnsluxefolded400.jpgcashmere blend yarn, DK weight (thicker than standard sockyarn) intended for knitting socks.

The technique I used to dye it is generations old, and it is called Flammegarn (Flame Yarn) because when it is dyed in red it looks like flames. And in old Norway, they dyed sockyarn with red berries quite oftlynnsluxetophuge33.jpgen.

In this case, I used modern yarn and modern dyes. I got a robin’s egg turquoise with white dots, and I think it looks a bit like stars and constellations in the sky.

The structure I used was toe up, with an afterthought heel. The top edge is garter, which is very stretchy and does not roll.

Lately I prefer this to a ribbed edge. After all, this stitch is called “garter” because they made strips of knitted wool in this pattern to hold up knee socks, before elastic was available as it is now. The stitch is very stretchy and makes a great top on a sock, if you like the look.

If you would like to see a larger version of the smaller photos, click on them for more detail.