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Tres Chic Veronique


All socks all the time!

Although I feel like I'm more of a sweater or big project knitter, but I cannot resist the call of self-striping sock yarn...
I signed up (just in time!) for the Yarntini sock club, and drooled over the first shipment. As you might recall, I tried several stitch patterns until I finally came to my senses and decided to knit all stockinette.
Yarntini Pure Breeze
(How do you like my new Ikea lockers?)

Yarn: Yarntini self-striping yarn in Pure Breeze.
Needles: Addi size 1 (2.5 mm), 40" length, magic loop.
Pattern: As I was winding the yarn, I counted the number of white stripes: 28 total. Therefore, I planned on knitting 14 white stripes per sock, and to work them toe up to use this gorgeous yarn to the last drop. (Kaitlyn thinks I'm crazy, but really, it was the thing to do, no?).
I started off with a figure 8 cast-on. I love this cast-on: it's completely invisible and so neat! --When Grumperina raved on her blog about Judy's magic cast-on, I became very curious about this cast-on to beat all cast-ons. Not to mention jealous that someone knew a cast-on that was better than the one I knew. Turns out that they are one and the same! *Phew*--
Started with 16 st (8 on each side), increased to 54 for the foot. Misocrafty heel (and got NO HOLES for the first time ever). Once I got to the leg, I realized I had to fit in some increases to accommodate calves. So I threw in 2 increases at each dark blue stripe, for a total of 10 st increased.
I finished off with k1p1 ribbing, and bound off with a tubular bind off. Although it's the best bind-off for socks, it's quite tedious...
Another thing that's quite tedious? (You know this already). Taking pictures of your own legs. Here was my first attempt:
Yarntini sock club socks

As soon as I was done with one pair of Yarntini socks, I only wanted to do one thing: make another pair! Good thing that I received the second Yarntini sock club installment, a variegated merino/tencel blend in "Mojito Mint". I decided that this was a perfect summer sock yarn, and that I needed an open, airy sock pattern. Hedera!
Here's what I have so far:
Yarntini sock club socks
Why, yes, I *do* have a fire escape in my new apartment. Why do you ask?

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By Veronique
On Friday, August 03, 2007
At 8/03/2007 11:39:00 AM