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More baby socks. I like that they are not tight around his ankles like store bought socks. I’ve been looking through my stash to see if I can find some yarn for a baby sweater – not just something that will work, but a yarn in a color and fiber that will inspire (and justify?) the time spent knitting.  I’m not sure I’ve found it yet…


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I am expecting with baby no. 2 – due in two months!  I’ve been knitting lots of little socks and recently finished a pair of Elizabeth Zimmermann’s baby longies modified as shorts.  I’m also in the planning stages of weaving a rug for the baby’s room.  I’ll share more once the linen warp is on the loom…


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winter socks

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I think this will be my last pair of socks for this year, but you never know, I’ve fallen into the habit of grabbing my sock bag with needles secured in a knitzi when I have a moment to knit.
This pair of socks has a shaped common heel. After knitting the heel flap you break the yarn, divide the stitches and use Kitchener stitch to graft them together. It felt strange breaking the yarn at the heel and rejoining it to pick up stitches along the side of the heel flap. I find comfort and security knitting with one long, continuous strand of wool. (I dream of a never ending ball of yarn in my bag. I pull the strand for more wool to fill my needles – it’s a skein with unlimited yardage and the rhythm and flow of my knitting continues uninterrupted.) The finished heel looks different than most knitted heels and I was eager to finish a sock and see how it would feel on my foot. I was pleasantly surprised that it’s a perfect fit! The straight pattern of stitches running down the leg and onto the foot makes for a quick, neat sock. A fresh, wooly hand knit pair ready to take on the coldest of winter winds this season.
Flammegarn Socks
Folk Socks by Nancy Bush
Koigu KPM #2405, 2 skeins
2.75 mm Lantern Moon ebony double-pointed needles
mods: CO 56 sts, no calf shaping, 8 inch leg


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focus

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Socks have been the focus of my knitting lately. Small but interesting projects I can manage during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Part of me wants to cast on for a sweater (the season calls for piles of wool to be wound and knit!) but I just can’t take on a big project at the moment. So I’ve been knitting socks. Unrolling small bundles of knits and needles. Savoring the moment when I can get in a stitch to turn a heel or shape a toe.
Gentleman’s Half Hose in Ringwood Pattern
Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush
Trekking Pro Natura, 75% wool and 25% bamboo, color #1512
2.75 mm Lantern Moon dpns
Mods: CO 56 sts, 8 inches long from cast-on edge to top of heel flap, no leg shaping


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wool and bamboo

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Rich, deep colored yarn, knit in a pleasing pattern of knits and purls that remind me of bars of chocolate. I modified the pattern, casting on 64 stitches and decreasing to 56 stitches, to accommodate a larger needle size (2.75 mm) and my foot measurements. I like the twist of this yarn – not too tight or beady – and the bamboo content is a nice alternative to nylon. I’m curious to see how they feel and wear over time, but at the moment they are quite comfortable.
Gentleman’s Fancy Socks
Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush
Zitron Trekking Pro Natura (75% wool and 25% bamboo fiber) #1503, 1 skein
2.75 mm Lantern Moon ebony double-pointed needles


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heelless sleeping socks

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I didn’t start my socktoberfest socks until the last few days of October. But despite my late start, I’m excited to be back knitting socks again. Inspired by Mustaa Villaa’s socks, I cast on for a pair of Heelless Sleeping Socks by Nancy Bush. There’s a lot of purling in this stitch pattern, but they still move quickly on the needles. I knit them as written from stash yarn using my favorite rosewood dpns – all factors that make for good knitting and warm feet.
Heelless Sleeping Socks by Nancy Bush
Knitting Vintage Socks
2.75 mm Lantern Moon rosewood dpns
Koigu KPM 2 skeins