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Monday, July 23, 2007

simple stockinettes

I felt like I hadn't completed anything in ages (despite the time invested in Hanami), so I banged out the stockinette on the go socks I always seem to have around.

Handspun stockinette socks, toe up
76 st CO, 14 st between toe/heel (Priscilla Gibson-Roberts short row method)
2-ply handspun from superwash merino roving, hand dyed by me for my etsy store
US 0/2.0mm dpns, 4
Started: late May? 2007
Finished: July 20, 2007

Nothing like a surprise deadline to squeeze it out of you. I wasn't really feeling the yarn, I feel like I spun it way too thinly (and it was a reminder that I still am not able to control the weight of the yarn I am spinning, and that it varies across the superwash merino I spin the most of). I am however really pleased with how the colors turned out... I dyed the roving with 3 shades of purples, and love the ultimate effect of the colors on themselves and against the white background of the roving.

I am still a huge fan of Priscilla Gibson-Roberts and her short row method...



Both the toe and heel are hers, as well as the cuff bindoff. I haven't mentioned before, but my way of knitting the short rows, at least the order, is different than PGR's. On the first row of turning the heel/toe (when working the YOs together), I knit to the 1st attached pair of sts, knit into the 1st st (a live st, not a YO), turn, YO and purl to the next pair. I then purl into the attached st, slip the next 2 sts separately as if to knit, replace & p2togtbl. Turn, YO and work as written. I also omit the YOs at the ends of the needles, opting to either pick up the bar and m1 or by picking up lower sts as directed by Charlene Schurch in Sensational Knitted Socks.

has a wonderful pictorial you can follow as you read PGR, as Simple Socks can be a little confusing at times.

My favorite picture of these socks:

(for what's seen and not.)

I'll be back tomorrow with a picture and color heavy post, but for now a quickie...


See you then! :)


DAWN said...

Mmmm, grape goodiness.

Lola said...

Err . . . you didn't get into a time machine in order to finish this lovely pair of socks, didn't you?

Stacey said...

those are great - or shall I say "grape"! I love PGR heels - they are pretty much the only ones I use that don't give me holes!

Dave said...

Poiple purty-ness!!

Lori said...

Gorgeous! Your spinning has really become quite something!

Chris said...

Love those socks! Purple purple purple.

lexa said...

I love your socks! I love purple.

Karen said...

great socks! ARe those homemade pick up sticks? Does anyone play pick up sticks anymore? I'm so far from the truth of what those are, aren't I?

Oh, and I nominated you for somethin' on my blog. :)

Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

ahhhh, I love the shades of purple. Are those your dye stirring sticks?

Anonymous said...

too funny... for the past two days i've had the strongest nagging feeling that i wanted to bury my cabled socks, ridiculous cardigan with cables and lace, and lace shawl in a hole in the back yard and knit a pair of stockinette socks.

and there they are on your page... temptation, temptation, temptation.... (off to find shovel).

JenniferB said...

These are beautiful! I love the yarn. How satisfying to knit with yarn you have dyed and spun.

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