Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Simple Socks

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Pattern: Basic stockinette sock worked on 64 stitches with short row heels and toes.
Short row socks have become my favorite to knit. I use the technique described by Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts in her book Simple Socks Plain and Fancy.

Yarn: Lana Grossa Meilenweit Multiringel 80% New Wool, 20% Polymid
I bought this yarn at the Stitchin' Post in Saratoga Springs, New York. This shop was a jumble of yarn. I don't think the owner ever threw anything out. Bags of yarn were stuffed in every spare inch of space. I often had to squeeze around the shelves and step over things. The shopping experience could best be described as a treasure hunt. If you dig long enough you will find a treasure to bring home.

Color: 5030
The colors in this yarn are rose, mauve, dark green and dark brown. There was something about this combination that caught my eye, though I wouldn't say this is a color I would normally gravitate to. I love the way it knitted up.

Needles: US 1 double points
Some people like double points and some don't. I'm definitely a fan. In fact, they are my favorite needles to use! I've recently started using Crystal Palace 6 inch bamboo needles for socks. I like the finish and sharp points on this brand. For other knitting in the round I use Brittany needles in a longer length.

Start to Finish: 10/6/06-12/12/06
These socks have been my travel knitting for the last couple of months. Most of the stitches have been knitted in planes and hotel rooms. The first sock was cast on in Salt Lake City and was knitted on in Georgia, Florida, a little bit at home in Texas and then completed in Virginia. I cast on for the second sock at the airport in Maryland just last Friday and finished it today in Salt Lake City--full circle. A new pair of socks will be cast on later today because I'll need some knitting for the flight home tomorrow. The next pair will be for John.

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The weather here in Salt Lake City hasn't been the best. The weatherman describes it as unsettled. We arrived on Sunday afternoon early enough to beat the snow. It snowed that evening and there was a little accumulation left Monday morning. It was a treat for this southern girl. Since then, it's been overcast most of the time, sometimes to point of obscuring the view of the mountains. I ventured out yesterday to visit Black Sheep Wool Co. and today I drove over to Three Wishes Fiber Arts. A little fiber shopping is a sure way to brighten any day. Details later.


  1. Your socks are beautiful. I love the saturated colors.

  2. Beautiful mountains in Utah! The socks are great....and I'm with you, I prefer double points too. My new favorites are the metal dp's from knitpics :-)

  3. I pulled up your blog and thought...that mountain is MY mountain;-)
    There should be more snow today but the weekend should be VERY snowy. Are you still in Utah?

  4. knittar12:11 PM

    Great mountain pic! I love the color of your socks, too.

  5. I love the colorway, too..and those aren't normally my colors either! I love that your socks get to tour the world and that you get to visit so many different yarn stores.

  6. Hi - hope you don't mind, but I tagged you! For a meme (whatever that means) but you can check out my blog for details. All in fun - if you want to participate.

  7. Anonymous7:53 PM

    I was wondering how you find all the different yarn shops in all the different states? Do you have a book that list the shops in each state or do you use some other method?

    Merry Christmas
    Lake Norman, NC

  8. Donna,
    I do use a book. It's called Knitters', Crocheters', Weavers' & Spinners' Travel Guide 2006. The publisher is Direction Press. You can also find a state by state listing of the yarn shops in this book at www.DirectionPress.com.

  9. I love the short row method too, Tracey, and I love that book. Beautiful Socks!


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