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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Socks Go On

I started a new pair of socks over the weekend. The pattern is the stitch pattern for the Blueberry Waffle Socks. I'm using my hand painted, hand spun GCNI/Mohair yarn (not the stuff I showed on the bobbin last week). This is a two ply yarn and I think when I get what I'm spinning on now, finished (it's a three ply), I might just knit the same sock pattern to see what it looks like in a three ply. I have heard from numerous, very knowledgeable sources that two ply yarns spread outwards in a knit stitch (making two plys great for lace work), while three or more plys will fluff inwards, filling out the stitch. I'm one of those people who has to figure things out for herself though instead of just taking everyone's word for something and I've never sampled this with my handspun. I could just knit a swatch and see, but I figure socks aren't too much bigger than swatches and they are so much more useful. I am loving the way the colors blend from one to another and then get all mixed up together. There is no way this pair of socks will be identical twins - they will definitely be sock brothers instead.

I did figure out what I'm going to do for my Sockapalooza pal, but I'll wait until the yarn gets here and show you then.

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Blogger Vanessa said...

Those socks are great, and using your own spun yarn - even better! I absolutely love the blueberry waffle stitch pattern - easy and with the texture - holds up well. Nice work as always :)

7:26 AM  
Anonymous Jeanne said...

Very pretty - and so nice that you are using handspun. I've never heard that about 2 and 3 ply so looking forward to seeing what you find out!

8:01 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

I've never heard about the difference between the different plied yarns either, so very interested in the finished product!

I love the colors in your sock yarn - very spring-y! :-)

8:08 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Those are turning out soooo pretty! I love the colors. I'm spinning my first handspun sock yarn now and can't wait to see what it does!!

11:17 AM  
Blogger Rachel said...

What gorgeous colors! Wow, I am really impressed! I've never hand dyed yarn before, but I love the colors you chose and the way they blend.

I've always wondered about using hand spun yarn for socks. Do you have to spin nylon or cotton with the wool to strengthen it? I've tried knitting socks out of 100% acrylic yarn, and they just don't last that long. How do 100% wool socks last?

2:37 PM  
Blogger Daniel Foley said...

Hi Melanie - Your blog is pretty inspiring, just from a longevity standpoint! I'm not a clothing designer but I am a jewelry designer. Would you be interested in some kind of collaboration? I could send you a piece to go with one of your creations. You can check out my work here:
docelticjewelry.com

Thanks,

Dan

9:57 PM  

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