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Rum runners

Here’s the project I completed a couple of days before Thanksgiving:

(Hopefully this is at least somewhat true to color on your monitor; it looks fairly accurate on one of mine and really questionable on the other, so…)

Pattern: None; it’s just a cuff-down sock, using the Mock Woven Rib stitch pattern from one of the Barbara Walker treasuries.

Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Black Purl

Needles: US0 Plymouth bamboo DPNs

This sock is worked over 64 stitches. I probably could’ve done more, as it uses a slipped stitch pattern and thus isn’t quite as elastic. Both socks still fit fine, but the second one is a tiny bit too snug (as my gauge was slightly tighter on that one). Oh well.

I like it despite the busyness of the stitch pattern. Or maybe because of it. I prefer “fairly busy” to “hideously pooling,” after all.

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So busy, it’s awesome

I’ve finished one Black Purl sock. Do I still think the stitch pattern’s a bit busy in this colorway? Yes.

Do I still love it? Hell yeah!

This sock features yet another pleasant surprise. I accidentally made the heel flap a bit shorter than I usually do, shrugged and decided to give it a shot. Which led to the discovery that shorter heel flaps combined with round heels actually fit me really well. I think it’s the best-fitting heel I’ve knit to date! And that just makes the sock even more awesome.

These socks need a name. Thoughts, anyone?

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Fall travel knits

As I suddenly had to go out of town for the second weekend in a row, my travel knits are seeing a lot more action than my other WIPs. Just as well, because I didn’t get anywhere near as much knitting as I thought I would while on the East Coast.

So, let’s say hello to my travelling projects:

Just when I thought I was done knitting scarves, too. This is a slightly modified version of Norah Gaughan’s Here and There Cables. Yes, it’s pretty skinny, but I prefer skinner scarves, especially when they’re as thick and squishy as this one is (ah, the magic of reversible cables). And besides, I live in San Diego, what do I really need a larger scarf for?

As pretty as Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock is in the skein, and as awesome as it looks in the ball, it pools like crazy when knitted up, at least in the Black Purl colorway, and I tried at least half a dozen stitch patterns and stitch counts before settling on this. At first I couldn’t decide whether I loved this one or loathed it, but now that I’ve completed the leg, I adore it, as busy as it is. (No accounting for taste, after all…) Yay for slipped stitch patterns!

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