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Turkish Bed Socks

I am now completely obsessed with Turkish Bed Socks, a pattern by Churchmouse Yarns.

Turkish bed socks

I knit these for D___ for her birthday, and they looked so cute knitted in Dream in Color Smooshy. I must admit, however, that I made them when I had just returned to work from medical leave and was doing tons of physical therapy and in a lot of pain, meaning that I was taking pain medication and who knows what was going on with my gauge! One fit D___ perfectly, the other was so tight in the foot opening that she couldn’t fit it on her foot. Such a rookie mistake!

So I started another pair for her in a really silky, dark forest green yarn that I found at Stitches West last year, and of course I can’t remember what it was or from which stall I bought it. And, I forgot to take a picture of them! I made them with size 1 needles instead of size 0 and that really helped a lot. Plus I stayed off the pain medication while I made them. It is really difficult to concentrate when in pain though and I didn’t do a very good job of the seaming. This kind of thing would have really bothered me but now I just think to myself that the items are handmade and therefore are inherently imperfect. Voila! I am proud for being so evolved!

I was working on them at her place and set them down for a minute to go to the ladies and came back to this, the horror!

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What naughty kitties! They are so adorable though, one can never stay mad at them for more than a second, and with a bit of dedicated effort I was able to repair the damage and start over.

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Of course I forgot to take a photo of them completed, maybe I’ll have to get D___ to model them sometime.

I hope to make a pair of these for myself soon, they would be perfect to wear around the house, provided I can fit The Cankle in them. Time will tell.

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Finished Objects: Byzantine Twisted Socks

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It has been quite a while since I finished these socks and I have been wearing them a lot. The yarn from Freia Handpaint Fibers is so soft and lovely I just never want to take them off.

Interestingly enough I chatted with Tina Whitmore about this yarn and she told me a horrific tale about how the dyeing of this particular yarn and how it produced such toxic fumes that she became very ill. Obviously the health of the yarn producer or any worker is critically important and she will not be using these dyes ever again.

Freia Flux socks

Meantime I will wear them with joy and apologize mentally to Tina for her suffering each time.

Finished Objects: Wedge Socks

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It took a bit longer than I expected but the cookie a Wedge socks are done!

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They are so soft and plushy and I love the way the Jarwol Magic Stripe yarn does its magic. The colors shift like light through deep water, shades of emerald and sapphire shimmer through onyx stripes.

The pattern was certainly the most different from anything I has ever attempted. Bands of short row garter stitch interspersed with sections of stockinette make interesting stripes of different texture, sculptural and yet very comfortable when worn. This pattern is from the Knit, Sock, Love book mOm gave me for our last Christmas together in 2010. It’s such a wonderful book and great fun to finally make one of its innovative patterns.

I took them to my knitting group tonight to show them off a bit, they enjoyed the spotlight and posed for a few photos.

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Tomorrow is their debut on my feet, or rather foot, as I am wearing only one sock with my gigantor air cast boot. But what a luxury to wear against the skin, ultra soft merino wool in glowing jewel colors.

Happy feet!

Byzantine Twisted Socks

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I finished my Wedge socks (photos soon) and was so excited to immediately cast on a new pair using the divine Knitwhits Freia Flux sock yarn.

The colorway is Byzantine, isn’t it pretty?

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The colors begin with a rich cocoa brown that morphs to spring green, then to loden, to purple, to raspberry, to rust, to mauve, to periwinkle then back to cocoa.

One of my many things I love about this yarn is the subtle and lovely way Tina Whitmore transitions her colors, and then there is the exceptional softness of the wool, like baby lambs ears.

I am rushing as quickly as I can from color to color and the speedy pattern of Twisted by Jodie Gordon Lucas makes this a brainless pleasure. This pattern is one of my favorites when I can’t handle a complicated lace design.

I hope to show you a finished sock soon!

What sock pattern is your go-to??

Crazy Sock Love

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I love love love this sock!

The yarn is pleasantly wooly and springy under my hands, the colors are a zing of life under this rainy sky.

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Sock Number 2 is underway, I’m racing to see if I can turn the heel by half-time of the 49ers game.

Go Niners!!

Darn It! The Forgotten Art of Repairing Socks

For the last few years I have been heavily obsessed with knitting socks, giving most of them away to friends and family but keeping a few coveted pairs for myself. At last count I have made 26 pairs, 2 orphans socks that I have subsequently returned to a yarny state, and hundreds of miniature socks.

Handmade socks are heaven to wear, they’re so soft and squishy and warm, and pretty in a wild look-at-this-crazy-yarn kind of way.

They also wear out quickly in the heels and toes, even when I double the yarn in these tender areas.

Forgotten arts: darning socks (before)

Because I am insane – or loving and generous, depending upon who you talk to – I have informed all the recipients of my socky love that they can return them to me for repairs as needed. Talk about fateful last words…

I have no fewer than 5 pairs of socks that were gifts that need darning, and 4 more pairs that I personally wore holes through and 2 more that the complete foot is almost gone, so I realized I had better get to work and learn how to darn a sock.

Back in the old days everyone darned their socks because it was too wasteful to throw away a sock simply because it had a hole in it. Today socks come 12 to a pack from a big box megastore and cost $3 so it seems simpler to just throw them away and buy new ones.

Hand knitted socks are another story. The yarn I use is pretty special, often hand spun or hand dyed and cost up to $30 per skein and you had better believe I am not throwing these things away even if they are on their last legs!

My darning efforts were somewhat delayed by the lack of a darning egg, a wooden contraption that looks like an egg on a stick. I had been using my marble pestle but would drop it on my toe or my knee or possibly too close to the cat snoring on the floor under my feet so I really needed to invest in a true darning egg. My Granny had one but much to our sorrow we could not locate it anywhere in her knitting baskets and sewing baskets up at mOm’s. I found some super cute ones online, like these darning mushrooms, but I needed a cheaper alternative (for now), so I found a simple unfinished wooden egg at an stall at Stitches West this year.

Of course I had to learn *how* to darn a sock but fortunately YouTube is great wealth of information and this was the video that I have played over and over until I got it right.

With my new egg in hand and a mound of socks, little bits of leftover yarn, scissors, darning needles and my glasses, I set to work. When it comes down to it darning socks is really not hard, just the tiniest bit tedious.

Darn It!

  • Turn the sock inside out and insert the darning egg or mushroom inside. Position the sock so that the hole in question is centered over the egg and pull the sock moderately firmly in place over the egg (see top picture).
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  • Thread your darning needle with matching yarn, and pick up stitches in a 1/4″ border across the hole, making the threads as close together as possible.

Forgotten arts: darning socks (during)

  • Then go the opposite direction, weaving in and out of the vertical strands and securing them snugly by pushing down against the threads with your needle. You should alternate each row so that you get a true woven effect. Weave in the ends and trim, and repeat for each hole. Or, in my case, repeat for 9 more socks.

Here is the darned sock with the new woven repair showing through.

Forgotten arts: darning socks (done!)

Amazing! Turn the sock right side out and they are good to go for another few weeks or months. We shall see…

Sadly some of my socks are so worn out that the entire sole is practically transparent. However the wonderful Elizabeth Zimmerman wrote a book, “Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac”, where she shows how to completely reknit the sole of a sock, or making a sock moccasin. Once I embark upon this adventurous project I will be sure to share my progress.

Now, for those other 4 pairs of socks….. Sigh…..

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