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It’s All About Texture

It’s All About Texture

Today, it seems that everything is about texture, from this morning’s glorious sunrise with the bubble gum clouds and black limbed trees to my knitting lately!

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Ah, Sweet Mystery

Ah, Sweet Mystery

It is January and Christmas is all put away, the “winter season” of television has not yet started, the days in much of the Northern Hemisphere are dark and gloomy.

Not much to look forward to.

Unless you are a knitter…

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The Tale of The Sock Who Found its Mate, or Why All Sock Yarn is NOT Created Equally

The Tale of The Sock Who Found its Mate, or Why All Sock Yarn is NOT Created Equally

I have made an amazing and truly unbelievable discovery this week all in the knitting of a Plain Vanilla Pair of Socks

This may actually be the Cure for World Peace and the Answer to getting all of the Politicians in Washington to come to a realistic consensus on Health Care.

Seriously.

Hand spun yarn makes hand knit socks like nobody’s business!

I have knit socks, plenty of them. Moreover, I have, like many of my fellow knitters, suffered from “Second Sock Syndrome.” Yes, I have struggled through knitting one solo sock and said lonely sock never gets its mate. I have completed pairs of socks for my children. For gifts. Kind of a Motherly Penance, as it was, to knit both socks.

No longer.

I have discovered the joy in knitting yarn that is neither harsh on your fingers, splitty, nor exhibits any splotches of unsightly color pooling.

You see, Gentle Reader, when you spin your own yarn, you can control the twist, the fiber, and your color runs!

End result…

One pair of indie dyed, spun by me Blue-faced Leicester pair of socks with gradually changing colors…

Yes, my feet are feeling the love.

Now, to figure out a hiding place so my kids do not find them…

Nordic Wonderland

Nordic Wonderland

Hello Everyone!  Okay, I have a severe case of Knitter’s Cast On Disorder!  Last night before Knit night I began to cast on the Nordic Star Socks from Vogue Knittings “The Ultimate Socks Book”. 

I have just finished the first pattern set and am ready to begin the second pattern sequence.  Yarn – Louet Gems – French Blue and an ivory shade. 

I think they are looking lovely!  And they are so nice and thick – while not feeling bulky at all!! 

Epiphany is tomorrow, which means that Sunday is Saint Distaff Day!  All you spinners out there – get ready!  And, if you are in the area, Threadbear will be having a wee bit of a celebration that day!  Stop on by – even if you are not a spinner!!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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