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Socks: one pair down, two more coming [Feb. 5th, 2016|11:53 am]
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I finished the rose-nep socks yesterday:  Plymouth Yarns Galway Nep, a discontinued yarn, in a rose color with multicolored "neps".


This is their first wearing: straight off the needles, for a full day and night, so they begin "setting" to my feet.  My 49th pair of socks completed, though not all the socks were for me.   After they're washed (hand washed) and dried, they'll go into the regular rotation.  The light was going tricky this morning (started clear sun, but by midmorning high clouds were blowing across) so the next picture needed a touch of histogram adjustment (and the one above could've used a touch more.)  I rolled up my jeans to give a better view of the Eye of Partridge heel reinforcement; it continues under the heel for the length of the heel pad.


Two pairs are now on the needles: a brown-heather pair begun when the previous medium blues came off the needles, and a pair I started last night.


The multi-colored yarn is Mountain Colors "Bitterroot Rainbow" and the warm brown heather is Ella rae Classic #178.  I'm considering striping both of these...the brown with a dark green or a "golden" green (I have both in the stash) and the multi-color with the saturated colors in its mix.  Or maybe not.  It's more fun to knit stripes, but then it's more tedious to weave in the extra ends.  One-yarn socks have only two ends (unless something goes wrong, like a flaw in the yarn that requires cutting out a bad place) and that makes them quicker to finish.  Brown-heather is now the leading sock, and the multi-color the following; I would like to finish the brown by the end of this month and the multi-colored by the end of March.  Then start the summer socks, which go faster usually: two pairs a month are possible.


[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-02-05 11:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I will put on my teacher hat here and just gently mention that "getting really good at it" takes quite awhile. I'm not really good at it yet, since I still make basic mistakes at least once per sock and often more than that. And there are many patterns (like cables) that I've never done even on a practice piece.

This is not an attempt to push or guilt you into trying knitting again--I am with crochet as you say you are with knitting--but *if* you want to tackle it again, give yourself some time and easy projects. Potholders or small scarves, for instance.
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[User Picture]From: saare_snowqueen
2016-02-06 10:32 am (UTC)
Even at almost 73, I am busy much of the time developing & running projects to support local food and handicraft artisans. This gives me the excuse I need to not master knitting skills, eg. I don't have (much) time and why not support the local grannies who need the money?

That said, I do love hand-knit socks. Our local Saaremaa sheep have been bred to produce a particularly strong but soft feeling wool.

"Knitters Rule - OK?"
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-02-06 01:30 pm (UTC)
You don't need an excuse...but if you did, that would be a good one.
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