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way, WAY overdue

June 4, 2008

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Let’s just get this part out of the way:  I am sucking as a blogger, should have posted this over a month ago, slap on the wrist, etc.  

Moving on!

About three months ago, I found out that I won Carrieoke’s raffle contest raising money for her spelling bee team for the Athens Clarke Literary Council.  And my prize was a pair of socks handknit for me by Carrieoke herself.  My pictures don’t do them justice at all.  She knit me Cookie A’s Mingus socks out of Koigu KPPPM, and they fit perfectly, and I love the color, and I love the pattern, and I love these socks!  I have never felt so awesome.  It feels amazing to have a pair of socks handknit for me.

lookie at my pretty socks! 

THANK YOU SO MUCH, CARRIE!!!  I truly truly love them — sorry it took me so long to post this!

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FO: Hedera Socks

April 21, 2008

Several weeks ago I was going on and on about gift knitting I couldn’t talk about. Sometimes I forget about how the internet isn’t really private, so I quit talking about a knitting project I’d already put pictures of all over the place. I knit GFF’s mom a pair of Hedera Socks! Here they are:

Hedera No. 2

Pattern: Hedera by Cookie A., from Knitty.com
Yarn: Soxx Appeal from Knit One Crochet Too in color 9553 Teal (bought at Downtown Yarns in NYC)
Needles: Knitpicks dpns, size US 1.5

This is the second time I’ve knit these socks, and I found the pattern really enjoyable again. I first knit a pair for GFF out of Knit Picks Essential, and happened to be in Tulsa when I was working on them. Debbie loved them so I decided to knit her a pair, too. The pattern repeat is four rows, easily memorized. I did 17 repeats of the lace pattern on the leg instead of the recommended 14 – I like my socks to be a little longer and I make them that way for everyone else, too.

Hedera No. 2.b

(sorry for the blur!)

Soxx Appeal is super-stretchy, similar to Cascade Fixation, although it is constructed really differently. I originally knit one skein in the Baudelaire pattern (also Cookie A., but I swear I knit socks from other designers, too!). The sock turned out way too small, so I ripped and re-knit the yarn for this pattern. The yarn didn’t look so good when I originally ripped it out, but after being re-knit it looked fine, just like the other sock. It is supposed to be superwash but I haven’t tested it out in the laundry. I gave them to Debbie while I was there and she wore them around a lot, even inside a pair of shoes. They seemed to wear well and feel good! It was awesome to see her enjoy them.

Unfortunately, we didn’t have a digital camera on our trip so I don’t have a picture of them on her…or as a pair.  Oops!  Maybe I will do an update post one day with more pics and info on how they have worn.

At this point, I would go to this pattern as a…go-to.  For gift socks, especially.  They go quite quickly for me now, and are pleasurable to knit.  I’d like to knit myself a pair of socks in this yarn, too!  It’s really soft and the stretchiness makes your socks a lot easier to get on.

Next up:  updates on what I’m knitting now.  (I’ve already decided to rip out the soysilk shrug I showed you a few posts ago because it was way too big on top of the fact that it was never going to be as cute as I imagined.  [My advice to raglan-in-the-round knitters:  try it on very early in the knitting!  Continue to try it on frequently!!  Even if it means putting in a life line every few rows and you find that really annoying and are convinced that you still need to increase about eleventy more times!!!]  After ripping that sucker out, I think I’m going to knit Ysolda‘s Cloud Bolero in the Soysilk.)  Plus socks that aren’t Cookie A.’s, what may possibly be my first finished garment, and the must-have knit of the season — still to come at knitwhere!