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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A Finished Pair and the Start of A New Pair

Sock knitting is a bit like royal accession. In one you have "The King is Dead. Long Live the King." In the other it's less dramatic, but "The socks are done. I'm knitting socks." still captures the never ending aspect of sock knitting that's like a well organized monarchy. Or maybe I just need more caffeine. Or maybe it's because I just finished reading Edward Rutherford's London. (I really enjoyed it - it's fiction, but it follows several fictional families through actual history in the London area, from pre-Roman times to present day. I've also read The Forest and enjoyed that too.)

I did get the Vog On socks all finished up, and while I wasn't really planning on bringing them back one last time, Finn felt that we should show you the finished pair and he volunteered to help out.

Of course, I've cast on for a new pair of socks now. This is the yarn I'm using (I'm not really far enough along to show you anything sock-wise). It's from The Woolen Rabbit, it's a Merino/Tencel sock yarn, and the color is Mo' Berry. Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, she doesn't dye this base yarn or this color right now. On the bright side, the pattern I'm using is available and it's free. It's Shur'tugal from Alice Yu. Shur'tugal means Dragon Rider and if you've read the Eragon books (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr all written by Christopher Paolini), you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't read them, I'd suggest you get to a library and check them out. They're in the vein of The Hobbit with a little bit of Harry Potter. I'll get more done on the sock and show you how it's actually looking later this week.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finn has turned into such a nice model!

6:58 PM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

Socks look great. You're making me want to cast on a few pairs myself. But I have about a half dozen already started!
If your looking for a hand-dyed merino tencel blend, check out Mind's Eye Yarns - mindseyeyarns.com
I can't tell you how many skeins I have (without looking it up) but I love the stuff!
Good luck with the next pair. I hope they are as good if not better then this pair.

4:33 AM  
Blogger Balwearie said...

Finn is very regal looking there. Long live the socks!

7:13 AM  
Blogger Jillsknit said...

I've read all of Rutherford's book and enjoyed all of them. After reading Russka I understand why the people there think so different from us!
I was back in London after I read that book and had to check out where the garderobes were in the Tower of London to picture the scene with the "hidden" supervisor's ship better. I started giggling and everyone with me thought I was nuts!

11:03 AM  
Blogger Jillsknit said...

Sorrry last coment I typed ship instead of whip - totally changes the story!

11:05 AM  

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