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Finally! Mountain Colors "Indian Paintbrush" socks [Nov. 7th, 2014|06:38 pm]
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The Mountain Colors socks are finally done, after the worst struggle I've had with sock toes since I quit grafting them.  Maybe even worse than that.   Fortunately, the socks fit, are comfortable, and I'll be wearing these with closed-toe shoes, so even the nosiest fellow knitter will never know just how kludged up one of the toes is.   Now to get the Herdwick socks farther along before I start the next pair.  One is halfway down the ribbing, the other a little less than halfway.   I'm undecided whether to go on and knit the other red-based (but different shades, warmer, with coppery stretches)  pair of Mountain Colors yarn, or switch to the turquoise yarn, as originally planned. 

Another view--the color as photographed changes with the angle of light-source to sock--this time of mismatched socks, the blue & green pair I was wearing before changing to the new red/purple ones.


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Something about the dye in the rose/magenta/purple sections of yarn in the Mountain Colors socks acts almost metallic in the way it reflects the sun at some angles, concealing its true colors.

So far I've completed nine pairs of socks this year--eight for me and one for a friend.    I still need to keep knitting socks for myself, to stay ahead of wear...of the 29 pairs I've knit so far, only 25 are in circulation,  and of those, the "first seven" are down to four (and those four are showing wear.)
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[User Picture]From: kk1raven
2014-11-08 04:26 am (UTC)
They're gorgeous!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2014-11-08 02:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Mountain Colors creates really beautiful yarns.
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[User Picture]From: saare_snowqueen
2014-11-08 09:34 am (UTC)
Totally gorgeous. I envy you your socks. Haven't time, patience nor skill to knit; must buy my woolies. Plenty around, but the good ones ain't cheap.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2014-11-08 02:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks. If I could buy socks that fit and were comfortable, I probably would not knit them (I bought socks as long as I could, until changes in the socks available, and in my feet and legs, made that impossible.) But now that I've done it, I love the much larger choice of colors and wool types available to my feet, as well as the perfect fit.
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[User Picture]From: saare_snowqueen
2014-11-08 04:17 pm (UTC)
I do understand and sympathise with that problem.
I know how fortunate I am, that living in a sheep-raising community there are multitudes of good old grannies who pick up pension-extenders by knitting: socks, mittens gloves, scarves - even blankets - if you can afford them.
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[User Picture]From: fair_witness
2014-11-08 11:30 am (UTC)
Beautiful!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2014-11-08 02:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: mrs_redboots
2014-11-08 05:34 pm (UTC)
They are lovely. I can knit socks, but don't, usually. At the moment, though, I am knitting personalised Christmas stockings for my two grandsons, which has introduced me to a new skill: the short-row heel. I am not altogether sure I like it, and certainly wouldn't use it on something that was going to go on someone's feet, as I don't think it's strong enough, but it serves its purpose in the Christmas stockings
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[User Picture]From: amm_me
2014-11-09 09:09 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! Glad you got the toe fixed. Knit fast on those Herdwicks; the cold, she is coming.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2014-11-15 04:45 pm (UTC)
I'm having to combine sock-knitting with Thanksgiving prep (big dinner, long prep or else), work on book, and medical stuff in family. But still--a week later, Herdwick socks are about to have their heels turned today.

I now have 3 pairs in play--the Herdwicks are "lead" socks, getting the most knitting time. Behind are the brand-new-on-needles turquoise (which are #2 at the moment, and are slow on purpose to speed the others) and the pair I found in an old workbag that my mother had started and not finished--for a friend, if she wants them. The ribbing's done. They're too small for me--I can get the ribbing on, but it's TIGHT--too stretched to be good for the sock fabric. If she wants these, they'll move up to #2, because they'll be a test for her feet (she lives a LONG way away) and with them I can get measurements to make her an all-wool pair (they're a blend, only 40% wool. But machine washable.)
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[User Picture]From: filkferengi
2014-11-12 01:39 pm (UTC)
Those are some rockin' socks!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2014-11-15 05:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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