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Thursday, January 02, 2003

About The Socks...

I've had several requests for the pattern for my sock shown in the previous entry. (Click the Archives to find "December 30th" for a photo.)

Well, there isn't a pattern! I'm making it up as I go along! However, I'll try to explain what I'm doing...

I do have a generic, basic, gaugeless, toe-up sock pattern online here, which you're welcome to use.

As far as intarsia-in-the-round, all you do is:

    a) knit the top of the sock with your two colors;

    b) continue around the bottom of the sock with your main color, leaving the contrast color where it ended;

    c) on the next round, on the top of the sock, knit all the sts. you want in the main color, and slip all the stitches you want in your contrast color... continue to end of round;

    d) then go back and pick up your contrast color, and, on the wrong side of the top of your sock, purl the slipped sts. back in your contrast color, slipping the ones you have already knit in the main color!

    For your next round, both colors will be back at the starting point; work the round normally, and then on the round after, repeat steps a-d above.

    You might like to wrap the main color and contrast color around each other as they pass by, so there are no holes later on.

This is a technique which I think I learned from a Priscilla Gibson-Roberts book. Unfortunately, I don't remember which one right now... but buy her books! They're great and she has lots of wonderful information to teach. And if you can get a back issue of the Fall, 2000 "Interweave Knits", which features her great article on socks, be sure to snap it up!

As far as the heels, the stripes are explained in Priscilla Gibson-Roberts' "Simple Socks: Plain & Fancy" on page 63. Two rows are knit in each color; therefore all color changes occur at the same side of the heel. When starting a new color, do the yarnover (used in PG-R's short-row technique) in the new color, twist the new and old colors, and continue knitting across in the new color.

Priscilla's yarnover, short-row technique is explained in the "IK" issue I mention above (check with vendors online to see if they have any left!), as well as in "Simple Socks" on page 40. I don't do any other kind of heel, as this version is so simple and neat!

Current Project

The socks are on hold (one heel finished, one to go) because I started the Cottage Creations "Rambling Rows Afghan" in Bernat Berella 4 acrylic (it's not bad!) from the Grafton Yarn Shop. The colors are pine, sage, and three purples.

This is the most fun I've had with a knitting pattern! What a wonderful, unique design concept; what comfortable and easy knitting!

For a free brochure on Cottage Craft patterns, most of which are seamless and really easy, send a large SASE to: Carol A. Anderson, Cottage Creations, At the Farm on Deer Creek [no street address given, but should get there due to the ZIP code], Carpenter, IA, 50426-0070. Please tell Carol that Stasia sent you!

To Quote...

Sometimes I feel a lot of guilt over the misdeeds of my past. I never robbed a bank or anything, but like everyone, I've made my share of whopping mistakes. I recently heard this quote and it has helped me to feel better. I think it's a good one to start off the new year:

    [In the past...] � did what you knew how to do... and when you knew better, you did better.� ~ Maya Angelou

That's true, I have. And I will continue to!

Here are a couple more which I read in a catalog recently:

    "An unkept house is better than a life unlived." ~ Unknown

    "Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid!" ~ Unknown

And finally, one my wise pal Kary sent me:

    "Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training." ~ Anna Freud

Amen to that! We may have made mistakes, and we may have not had wonderful upbringings, but thank goodness we are creative and able to continue to grow! Let's move forward, learn, express our creativity, and do our best to bring happiness and beauty to the world in 2003, shall we?

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