Tuesday, April 05, 2011

The First Pair

 These are for Jane, who likes red and black and stripey. So where's the stripey? Here's my little secret. The yarn that I have been using for making stripey socks is a SELF STRIPING yarn, and I don't have any in my stash in red and black. Instead, I made stripes with the stitching, in both horizontal and vertical stripes. ( I vow not to buy ANY NEW YARN for the 18 people for whom I am knitting).
The cuff looks condensed when it is off the foot but stretches to full height on the foot. The yarn is dee-licious Plymouth Happy Feet,  90% Merino 10% Nylon, color #8, and for the heel and toe, unknown red merino/microfiber from my stash. The pattern: I just made it up, but it looks a lot like Mojo.

 I followed the advice of a commentor and decreased at the last two and first two stitches of the needles for my afterthought heel. It looks more like a heel and less like a toe decrease. I like it!
This is the first time I have knit anything this dark, and nearly went blind until I moved a lamp right over my work.
We had an incredible storm last night and the wind was so loud that I was sure I would wake up in Kansas this morning. The Dawg added to the noise with his snoring. We will be napping together today.

I am happy to announce that this quilt was sold yesterday and will be going to its new owner very soon. It was made as part of last year's Quilt Along with Melody.

This Way Up
Hand dyed cottons, machine pieced and machine quilted, with several Prairie Points inserted. 13.75x15"


  1. Thanks for posting the size of your quilt - I often don't think of doing an "art sized" piece of quilting. Ahhh, a new concept...

  2. Very cute sox! Can you post a tute on how you do the afterthought heel? I'm tired of working like crazy on sox and blowing out the heel.

  3. The socks are fantastic. Yes, can relate to dark yarn. I knit a jumper for a friend in really dark brown. I nearly went blind. So hard on the eyes. Yes, a tutorial on an after thought heel would be wonderful please.

  4. http://fibermania.blogspot.com/2010/01/peppermintoes-pattern-final-sample-is.html
    shows one, but basically the afterthought heel is really a toe. This post might also help dispel the mystery
    Or this one where I actually tried it for the first time

  5. This method especially the heel looks a lot simplier than the pair I am currently working on. Beautiful!

  6. Congrats on the sale! Do have emotional attachments to your work? And the socks are WOW! Can't wait for my name to come up. Hmmm, wonder what choices will be left? I'm not worried, all your colors are always exciting.

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