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Rainy Weekend Activity – Darning Socks

Like most of the East Coast, this past weekend was a rainy drizzly grey one.  I bravely left the apartment for teaching classes, but in the evening I snuggled into the couch with my really ugly slippers, a blanket, tea and one of my two current projects.  I’m working a technique that I’m hoping to turn into a design proposal, so I can’t show pictures of that right now.  The other thing I was working on was repairing a pair of socks.

As the old adage goes, “A stitch in time, saves nine.” I’m trying to avoid a more extensive repair by reinforcing the heel right now.  Not a surprise these have worn out – the yarn is stellar, but I wear these socks for 3 days straight.  They get so comfy and nice.
Eagle-eyed readers will notice that the area I’m repairing has twisted stitches, and I’m reinforcing it without twisting my stitches.  While I could repair every row and twist the thread as I’m working, I was feeling lazy.  The twisted stitches were part of an experiment to see if adding twisted stitches on the sole of the sock would reinforce the sock – and my conclusion is, it doesn’t really matter that much.  The sole would be worn out at this point (going on 4+ years that I’ve been wearing them, I believe) no matter if the stitches were twisted or not.
On another note, it’s a really precious thing to get pictures of me working on a project from this angle.  Whenever I try and get this angle on my own, with a tripod, it ends up looking rather awkward.  If not, it takes me an hour and a half to get a shot I’m happy with (seeing as I don’t have a remote trigger). Yesterday, I was up in the morning, and the light coming in the room was just beautiful, and I was looking at my project wishing I could get a picture of what I’m doing, because I never get a good picture of me darning something.
Then Becca, my best friend who is visiting, wandered out of the guest bedroom looking sleepy, and I co-oped her into taking some photos.  Best friend for the win.  Despite being a Nikon girl, she managed to bear with me while I set the settings on my Canon and handed her the camera.
I also tried to persuade her that it would be a good idea to wake up at 6 am and go for a walk so I could take some project photos on her.  She nixed that one.  Smart girl.

Swirl Socks are Out!

If you didn’t see by the last post, my Swirl Socks are out.  This is pretty exciting, as it marks the beginning of this year’s effort to self-publish between 1 & 2 designs a month.  It marks several months of back-end prep-work, as I’ve established relationships with Technical Editors, Sample Makers, and a Layout Designer.

All on top of planning my wedding, which is in 2 1/2 weeks.  Ack!

Swirl Socks are a great pattern for someone who needs just a little something to keep them busy.  After the first few rows, the pattern hits a rhythm, and next thing you know you are turning the heel.  It’s also a great pattern for saying… “just one more row…!”

I love how the cable passes right by the short row heel, and the differences in texture as it moves around the foot.  I love how it’s a surprisingly good pattern for very variegated yarns, because I’m prone to buying hand dyed yarns and then going, what now?

Go check out the socks here, or check out the Ravelry page here.  Let me know what you think!

Stash Sunday – Three Irish Girls Kells Sport Merino Irish Sea

This yarn is being used right now in a design I’m working on.  It’s a prototype, and rough around the edges, but I think I’m onto something.  As with all my new techniques I try, the sample is being worked on a pair of socks, and I think it’s coming out lovely.

Irish Sea is a really subtle colorway, with great blue variations.  I like that it doesn’t have a tendency to pool when I’m working socks.  A little bit more color punch than a semi-solid, but it isn’t a high contrast yarn.

The Deets:

Yarn weight
Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi)
Amount stashed
1 skein = 320.0 yards (292.6 m)
Dye lot
Colorway
Irish Sea

Stash Sunday – Three Irish Girls Kells Sport Merino Mojito

Mojito is meant to go with the Pansy Green, and a third green I’ll talk about later.  For one of my super secret projets.

It’s a paler and yellower green than Pansy Green, but a lovely addition to the collection.

Not much else to write about it… I don’t have very much of a story to go with this one.

The Deets:

Yarn weight
Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi)
Amount stashed
1 skein = 320.0 yards (292.6 m)
Dye lot
Colorway
Mojito

Stash Sunday – Three Irish Girls Kells Sport Merino

The Yarn Spot has a special colorway that is native to the store called Pansy.  Pansy is lovely, but not quite the color I’d want to work a big project in.  I’m not quite sure I’d be happy with the type of pooling it would do.  BUT, Pansy has a friend, Pansy Green, that I really like.  It’s a cheerful color, full of pop and verve.

I got a bunchload of it, the first time we had it in stock.  The next time we re-ordered Pansy, it was MUCH darker, and while I like the new dye lot also, I think this one suits me more.  At the time, I was thinking of working a cardigan, and I still am.  However, when I bought the yarn I was nearly 30 lbs heavier, and well, I don’t think I’ll need as much as I got to get around me now.  Just sayin’.

Anyway, I have some ideas of combining this with two other greens I have for TIG in Kells to create some type of Irish/Shamrock themed sweater.  Details to follow, but I think it is going to have to be steeked, to get my idea the way I want it.

For now, I’ll just admire it every time I pull it out.

The Deets: 

Yarn weight
Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi)
Amount stashed
7 skeins = 2240.0 yards (2048.3 m)
Dye lot
Colorway
Pansy Green