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Friday, March 17, 2006

More Harvest Socks

I finished my own pair of Harvest Socks. I really like the way the colors look on these socks. I probably won't wear them until Fall, but they'll be ready. General details: Handspun roving from Linden Lane Farm (link on yesterday's entry) in the Harvest colorway. Knit on size 2 US (2.75mm) needles. I used 48 stitches around (which is the same number I used for Caleb's socks on size 1 US needles) and an Eye of Partridge Heel.

Just in case you're curious, here is one of my socks with one of his:His are closer in size to mine than I would have expected! I did regular Heel Stitch on his heels and my sock looks darker in the picture because its still damp from being blocked. Vanessa of the Comments asked about spinning a two ply sock yarn, and while I'm no expert, I'll tell you what I know. This is a two ply yarn and while it doesn't look like it, its not as regular in width as I would like. I think the fluffier parts just squished into the knit stitches because overall, it knits up pretty evenly. One thing that helps me keep things consistent is the Spinner's Control Card.
I can use this as I'm spinning to keep track of the size of my singles. Mine hangs on my spinning wheel so I can check frequently. I find that if I check several times when I start a spinning session, soon I settle into a rhythm and will only need to check periodically as I continue. I didn't really use the card for spinning this yarn, but I will definitely be using it to spin the other sock yarns. If I spin my sock yarn singles consistently, I could go back and ply different colors together and make completely new yarns. The Twisted Sister's Sock Workbook has lots of information about this kind of thing. Also, I wasn't really aiming for a fingering weight sock yarn when I spun this. I got a sport weight and I was happy with that weight. I figure there are plenty of fingering weight sock yarns out there, so I'd rather spin for something different. Everyone needs socks a little thicker (and sport weight isn't so thick it will cause a problem with your shoes) for lazy days or really cold days, so that's what I was spinning for.

By the way, Dave of the Comments from the Other Day has a suggestion for a SSK that looks neater than the standard SSK, (thanks!) so I will be trying that out on my next sock's gusset. You didn't think I was done with socks did you?

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!


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