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Can't - Stop - Knitting - Socks!

I started another sock yesterday.  I know I should be working on Birch for the Amazing Lace.  I'm just going through a sock thing right now.  I think it's all of the hand dyed yarn I have laying around after my dyeing binges for the Dye-O-Rama Swap.  This time I'm knitting an anklet for my daughter.  The yarn is one of my hand dyes, I'm calling the color Nasturtium.  The yarn I dyed Is Dale Baby Ull, at Kristi's suggestion.  I must say I like the wash-ability factor of this yarn.  The pattern is my own, but is looking like a variation of the Jaywalker Sock.  My daughter likes "little holes", so I'm yarning over for the increases. 


Here's a close-up of the stitch pattern.


For anyone who's interested, here's the stitch pattern:

Round 1:  k1, yo, k6, k3tog., k6, yo (repeat to end)

Round 2:  Knit

Repeat these two rounds.

I cast on 64 stitches.  It's a tiny bit snug pulling it over her instep, but we have very high arches in our family, so that might not be a problem for other people.  I decided to stick with 64 stitches though because my daughter has very thin legs.  (That's my big old foot doing the modeling, DD was too busy doing homework.)  It's an 8 stitch repeat, if you wanted to make it smaller or larger, you could change the k6's to k5's or k7's.

Okay, I've been on a yarn diet for over a month now, and have been pretty good.  (I say "pretty good", because there was one moment of weakness last week over at Scout's Shop.  Go check it out.  She's got some cool new "Hurricane"  sock yarns.  She'll be donating some of the $ to hurricane charities.)  So, what is a girl to do when she's on a yarn diet?

Go buy FABRIC!


There was a time, when I was in my 20's, and living on a very limited budget in NYC, I was working in the Fashion District as a textile designer, and had access to amazing fabrics.  I sewed constantly.  I designed and made my own wedding gown, and a tux for my husband.  Lately, my sewing has pretty much been limited to Halloween costumes for my kids. That may end soon.  I keep seeing all of the great totes that people are making around Blog Land and have been thinking I might want to make a few myself.  I joined the Knit Sock Kit Swap last weekend.  The swap involves making a small project bag for your buddy.  This was just a little shopping to get prepared!  It looks like I bought enough fabric for about
7 totes. . . Oh well, I never claimed to have any self control! 

Back to knitting the sock, and avoiding laundry, and avoiding birch, and avoiding dinner preparations, and avoiding the dishes. . .


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Gorgeous fabrics!!

I am drooling over the mod circle/oval pattern fabric near the top right. So cool. :)

And, don't forget, the rules of the Amazing Lace don't say a thing about *finishing* your project by the end of summer! So, drop all that guilt!

I like the socks, wonderful colors! I have noticed that knitting seems to be a great way to avoid quite a few things these days.

It's much more fun than that other "responsible stuff"!


I love the fabrics! I keep telling myself I'm going to learn to sew, then wonder when on earth I'd have time! But I also keep seeing all the great bags out in blogland and the sewing bug just keeps trying to bite harder. I can't wait to see the bags you make - those fabrics are wonderful.

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