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Saturday, August 1, 2015

The summer of socks

I wish I could remember what this yarn was, but I bought it during the yarn crawl this year and I was really excited to knit it up.  I expected the yarn to stripe.  It looked like a self-striping yarn when it was wound up in the ball, but it was more of a free form, color shifting yarn.  I don't think I would have been happy with how the color played out along the sock if the color were any less dynamic than it is, and the yarn itself is very course to work with, but that just means that they'll last forever, lol.  This should make interesting Hexipuffs for my Beekeeper's Quilt.

Since finishing the last pair of socks, I started another with my Felici yarn from Knit Picks.  I bought two colorways and I decided to start with Gummy Bear.  The red stripe is actually an orangey-coral and the white is a very light blue, but the overall effect is the same.  I knit this from the toe up, using an after thought heel.  This strategy allowed me to knit my leg as long as I wanted, and the heel wouldn't interrupt the striping sequence.  It's the best heel treatment to use when working with self-striping yarns.
And in other news, I blocked the Pop Blanket squares.  It's been so humid here that it took four days to completely dry.  That being said, I still haven't blocked the Promise Me shawl because the Pop Blanket squares have been on my blocking mat for most of the week.  And in secret sock knitting news, I ran into a hiccup on my design and I have to pull back a good portion of the sock to change the calf shaping.  It just doesn't work as is.  Naturally, I'm avoiding fixing this by knitting the Gummy Bear socks. 

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