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More Sock Progress Report [Mar. 8th, 2015|11:15 pm]
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The "Blackberry" Socks--finished Saturday night, March 7.   Put on for the first time this evening, for their "first wearing" portrait.

And the Orlon/wool blend light-blue and white socks are now (Sunday night, March 8) ready for the heel turn, though I need to wait for daylight to do that.

Heel flap at top, eye of partridge reinforcing stitch, ready for heel turn

Both pictures taken at night indoors, by kitchen light + camera flash.  These socks are not the same size or knitted in the same gauge.  They're on size 4 needles, not 5s, and are for a smaller person.


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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2015-03-09 01:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I do like being able to have socks in any color the yarn mfg makes--which isn't *quite* every color I'd like, but certainly a wide range. My regular socks are normally hidden under the long pants or jeans I wear, but when I'm talking socks or knitting and pull up a pants leg to show them, people are often surprised to find...gasp...bright colors. Well, why not?
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[User Picture]From: fair_witness
2015-03-09 12:06 pm (UTC)
Nice job!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2015-03-09 01:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Turned the heels of the blue and white socks this morning--making stupid mistakes TWICE (maybe should have had breakfast first?) and will do the part I like least, picking up stitches along the heel flap, later today.

Of all the things I wrote down for K's sock pattern, the one I didn't write down was the gusset decrease formula. All the books say dc on 1 row, skip one row. For my own socks, it's dc on 2 rows, skip one row, because of the shape of my foot.
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[User Picture]From: redvixen
2015-03-09 01:38 pm (UTC)
The blackberry socks are gorgeous although this time on my monitor they look a lot like the colour I've seen dubbed mulberry. I need to see that yarn in person. :)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2015-03-09 01:49 pm (UTC)
You will notice that they're not the same color in any of the three pictures. On the website where I bought the yarn, it was not given a color name, just the number (IIRC) so my choice of "blackberry" is based on the time I made jelly from wild blackberries while traveling. I made jams and jellies several times along the way from wild fruit (strawberries, huckleberries, and blackberries) and this is the color of the juice as it was cooking in the pot. The berries themselves did look blacker (this was in Smokey Mountains National Park; the bushes were as tall or taller than I am.) I do think the yarn looks the color of (some) mulberries and some pokeberries, but I swear on a stack of memories that the blackberry juice was this color too.
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[User Picture]From: Gareth Griffiths
2015-03-12 09:50 am (UTC)
We have loads of blackberries in the UK (in fact they are a major weed in almost any scrub land and quite invasive) we usually pick from both wild and semi-cultivated in our garden. You are right, the juice is more or less that color. The berries are black on the outside but the juice isn't black (and it stains quite well!)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2015-03-12 01:50 pm (UTC)
Berry juices do have a lot of stain potential. Blackberry and mulberry and wild grape (our wild grapes are fox grape and mustang grape--both thick-skinned, black to dark purple on the outside, with way more acidic content than they "need", but they make great jelly. And the stains never come out of the cheesecloth used to strain the juice. Just like blackberries, in that.)

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