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Archive for March, 2009

Wow, it’s been quite a while since my last post — going on two months! The time sure does fly.

There haven’t been a ton of FOs lately, but a few. First up, I finished an iPod sock for my friend Whalen, from work. He really liked the cabled gloves I was working on and put in the request. (I still haven’t finished the gloves. Guess those will be for next winter.)

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iPod Aran, front

  • Started 3/9/09, finished 3/28/09.
  • Patons Kroy Socks, Flax colorway (about half the ball, maybe less)
  • Approx. 2.5″ x 5.5″
  • US size 1.5 (2.5mm) 40″ circular needle
  • Used “magic loop” technique from the “toe” up, starting with Judy’s Magic Cast-on
  • Basis of pattern is the Barbara McIntire square from the Great American Aran Afghan booklet.

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iPod Aran, back

Next, I made a really quick pair of shop sample socks for Yarns R Us in Noro Yuzen. These worked up pretty fast due to the size of the yarn and the youth size I chose to make (so I could get a whole pair out of one ball of yarn). The coloring is beautiful, but I’m not all that crazy about the texture. Too much “vegetable matter” mixed in for my taste. But it did soften up a bit after a soak in some Eucalan. I’d recommend this yarn for a hat, or maybe a scarf that’s not right up against the skin. I have another ball of it that I’m planning to use to make a cell phone holder (or two).

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Noro Yuzen youth socks

  • Started 3/1/09, finished 3/7/09
  • Noro Yuzen, no clue what the colorway was, 1 ball
  • Youth size, 36 stitches circumference
  • US size 6 (4.0mm) 40″ circular needle
  • Used “magic loop” technique, toe-up, one sock at a time, starting with Judy’s Magic Cast-on
  • Pattern made up on the fly: stockinette foot, short-row heel with wraps, a little more stockinette over the ankle, and a 3×3 ribbed leg/cuff.

And finally, I finished the cuff-down socks I started back in December. I made these using my own cuff-down, 2 circular needles sock pattern that I wrote for a beginner sock class I taught earlier this year. I’ll be posting the pattern soon, once I take the final finished photo of both socks (the one shown below is of the first sock only).

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Supersocken (technically, only Supersocke here)

  • Started 12/21/08, finished 3/8/09
  • ONline Supersocke 100, Hiking Color #969 (1 ball with some leftovers to save for sock yarn blankie)
  • US size 1 (2.25mm) pair of 16″ circular needles
  • Cuff-down, with slip-stitch heel flap, my own pattern (will be posted later)

There are still WIPs on the needles… a pair of 2-at-a-time, toe-up baby socks (again) from the last class I taught last month; the Knotty Gloves I started in January and stalled just before dividing for the fingers on the first glove; and my Deep V Sweater, which has a completed back and the beginnings of a front so far. At the moment, I have more urgent things to tend to besides knitting, so they will just have to sit a bit longer. But I’m anxiously anticipating at least 10 solid hours of knitting time in the car on our trip to New Hampshire at the end of this month! I will have to start a new pair of socks specifically for car-knitting. I have requests for handknit socks from my cousin Jill and my BFF Mela, so the socks I work on in the car will be for one of them.

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