- Note :: -worthy.
- 2015 :: year of the cat.
- Earlobe :: pierced.
- Sunburn :: ouch.
- Hashtag :: #.
- Special :: snowflake.
- Spacious :: loft.
- Happening :: now.
- Blank :: page.
- Humid :: summer.
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I added four -- FOUR! -- pairs of socks to my sock bin in one weekend. Lest you become terminally jealous of my lightning-fast, mad knitting skillz, let me clue you in: I finished knitting one pair and f-i-n-a-l-l-y mended three other pairs which have been sitting unmended for several years.
Yarn: Country Classic Yarn for Sox (Aran, 80% wool/ 20% nylon)
Needles: Addi Turbos US#3 (feet and ankles), US#4 and #5 legs.
Pattern: Pattern? I don' need no stinkin' pattern! I knew I wanted to knit these on 44 st; I cast on 22 st and divided them onto the two ends of my circ, alternating 1 st on left tip, 1 st on right. Work in the round, increasing 2 st at each side every other round until there are 44 st. Short row heel, 1x1 ribbing at the end. Easy-peasy.
These are good and thick and will keep my tootsies warm this winter.
The other three pairs have languished in various to-do piles for years, the victims of wear, moths, and procrastination. This new year has prompted a small bout of finish-itis, that wonderful condition that comes far too seldom.
The colors are a bit misleading. The original Colinette yarn was mainly olive green, but it faded terribly over time in the wash. The mending yarn is olive green and matches the reinforcing thread in the heels -- you can see a tiny bit of it on my left foot. Gee, do you think maybe I should have reinforced the toes instead of the heels?
The first darn looked pretty messy, the second one looked better. When I finished I told Smokey that I was glad that I didn't have to darn socks because it was not any fun.
Then I was on a roll.
This darn was better, maybe because I could see the bright colored yarn better. Or maybe because we were watching Columbo, who knows? This was the second or third pair of socks I ever made, so I am very glad to have them back. Also, I needed another pair of bright blue socks.
The dark blue darn is pretty darned tidy (see what I did there?) if I do say so myself. But check out the bright red darn on the toes. All the wool had worn away from the yarn, but the 25% nylon remained. Using some bright red Lang Jawolle sock yarn, I chain-stitched up the ladders of nylon on each side of the the toes on both feet. Back when I first started knitting socks, I used US#1 needles, which accounts for the severe wear on the toes. Now I always knit the feet on US#0s so they wear better.
...and that, children, is how you get four *new* pairs of socks in one weekend.