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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.


From: (Anonymous)
2016-02-08 12:15 am (UTC)

One more knitting story.

My Sister has a pin given to our Grandmother for knitting socks for British troops - I think for WW I but it might have been for WW II.

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2016-02-08 04:35 am (UTC)

Re: One more knitting story.

There's a way of closing sock toes called "Kitchener stitch" which Lord Kitchener did *not* invent (and which I find fiendishly difficult, and so don't use) but the name dates from WWI. Many women knitted socks, balaclavas, and scarves for troops, as well as rolling bandages.
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