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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

My third pair of socks this year will be a new technique for me. Last night at an impromptu knitting circle, one of the women taught me how to knit with two circular needles.

The plan is to start the toe with two circs, increase to sixty stitches total, then switch to my nine inch circs for the rest of the sock. I’m not sure which heel I will use. I’m thinking I may go with a gusset and German short row heel.

The yarns I intend to use are Knit Picks Stroll, Manos Del Uruguy AlegriaIMG_1365 ( just luscious) and Holda fiber by a local dyer.

The Knit Picks stroll is 75%superwash merino and 25% nylon. The Manos Alegria is 75% superwash merino and 25% polyamide. I no longer have the label for the Holda yarn. I believe it is also 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon

Enjoy the weekend and knit, knit, knit.

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These Clear Converse Sneakers Are Great.

imageimageimageimageimageimageimageI am loving the clear Converse All Star. I can show off all my hard work without having  to take off my shoe. Not that I really mind that. I do it in a heartbeat.

I picked them up at http://www.journeys.com for $49.99. They run 1/2 size large and so far are really comfortable. AlthoughI don’t see myself playing tennis or anything in them, these lo top clear chucks are exactly what I was looking for.

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..This Guy Right Here

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Yeah, this guy.
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Toni is always smiling.
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Cute sailboat outfit.

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How cute is her sign?
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A couple of Sunday’s ago, my husband says “Let’s go buy some yarn” Really? Now, I do not need any more yarn. I know, I know. Who says that? I have quite a respectable stash. All weights and colors. I could start a pair of socks, a shawl, scarf, a dish/facecloth whenever the spirit moves me. Not to mention the five WIPS I have on needles. So what do I say? Sure, let’s go.

We went to The Knitting Cove in Port Jefferson N.Y. Come see Toni, she is friendly and welcoming. She has a nice assortment of yarn. I picked up some Cascade Heritage prints sock yarn and a cotton yarn that is new to me for face cloths. The shop is located at 218 E Main st. Go visit if you’re in the area. She has knitting and crochet lessons for all levels. There is also, a knit night and a knitting help on Sundays. Visit http://www.theknittingcove.com for days, times and prices.

 

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Pair #5 in 2016

This  cascade heritage prints yarn is so cool. The self pattern gives a wonderful effect. I love the blues and greens in this color way. It’s a merino nylon blend that feels great and is perfect for my vanilla sock pattern. Toe up, simple M1 toe increases, short row heel, stockinette leg and k2p2 cuff.

I chose this pattern because I was traveling and this is the only one I know by heart. I did not want to be bogged down with a pattern. I like it. I started it in New York, continued in Baltimore and hope to finish it in Kansas. imageimage

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Mother’s Purple Haze Socks #4 in 2016

They are done!  I cannot wait to see my  83 yr old Mother rocking these socks. These are the gusset heel basic socks from the book Socks From The Toe Up by Wendy D Johnson. The yarn is Patons Kroysock in the Purple Haze Colorway. I still have a few heel techniques to learn and try out before settling on a favorite. Who knew there would be so many ways to knit a heel? This years goals are to  learn the sweet tomato heel by Cat Bordhi, the fish lips kiss heel and the fleegle heel. 

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Knit Picks Two At Once, Toe up, Magic Loop socks.

imageI attempted to knit two at a time socks on pair #2 of 2016. I had previously knit a skirt two at a time, and thought I could do this again, Well, the skirt was just two rectangles, it was knit flat and I had an instructor and experienced knitters on hand to help. The socks were a different story.

The toes started out fine. The increases presented no problems whatever. Once I got to the foot, as all sock knitters know, I was on easy street.

The heel is where I ran into trouble. I just could not get it to work. I wound up connecting the socks. I did not realize I needed to work one heel at a time. So, I transferred one sock to another set of circulars and finished them up one at a time. I was determined to try again. I found this pattern on the Knit Picks website.

 

I am giving it a go. I plan to use their Capretta yarn. It is a merino/cashmere/nylon blend.The Bittersweet yarn on my Pair #3 post is the same blend and I absolutely loved knitting with it. The socks feel wonderful. Soft and squishy. Just like I like them.

ETA: It is a cold, snowy, wet Sunday in New York. A perfect pajama and knit day.

 

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Pair #3 in 2016

This pair of socks is the slip stitch basic heel from the book, Socks from the toe up by Wendy D Johnson. I changed the instep and the leg of the sock to a k3p3 rib. I love them. I’m still trying out different heels to see which I like best. This heel had wraps and turns that the gusset basic sock did not have. The way it wears is image

a concern. From what I hear, the slip stitch heel can better withstand the rubbing/friction from the back of a shoe. We shall see. This yarn was glorious to knit with. It is Bittersweet glamour glams HT. Hand dyed superwash sock yarn. Content is merino/cashmere/nylon. Colorway is Avalon. I purchased it at the NYS sheep and wool festival in Rhinebeck, NY.