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Vanessa Antiopa Socks finished
Vanessa Antiopa Socks finished!

When Hunter Hammersen sent me a preview of her new book, The Knitter's Curiousity Cabinet, Vol. II, I was drawn to her Vanessa Antiopa socks. I liked the geometrical design. And, it turns out that it makes the pattern very easy to follow. I knit them using Gloss Fingering in Tranquil.

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Knit & Crochet in Public Week: Finding the right project

I've knit in public quite a bit over the years - when I lived in Massachusetts, I knit about 2 pairs of socks a month just on my 2-3 hour daily train commute! Now most of my public crafting seems to be in dark places - bars, coffee shops and especially the movies. I can't seem to go to the movies without my project - if I don't, I spend most the film fidgeting, which doesn't seem to please my other half. It gets so annoying that I'll realize that I'm nearing the heel turn in a pair of socks that I'll have to cast on for something new before we head out to the movies! (Note: I have done a short row heel while watching a movie in the theater. I don't recommend it, unless you like ripping it out and redoing it when you get home.) So my craft in public projects tend to be small (so they fit in my bag!) and easy stockinette patterns - things I don't need to look at when working - which is why I don't crochet in public very often - I still need to look down at my project when I'm crocheting. My first choice is generally socks - I use the Two at Once, Toe Up, Magic Loop Socks Pattern all the time now (that way I don't drop my DPNs!).

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Last Socks of the Season

Winter is SOCK TIME! Take one glance at my bin (yes I said bin) of WIPs and you'll typically see a pair of two-at-a-time toe-up socks on a pair of size 2 fixed circular needles hanging out among all the hats and mittens. I like being able to pick them up between projects, cruise through both heel sections over a weekend and then knit in a rather meandering way until I just can't STAND to look at them anymore before I cast off and pop them over my toes. This particular pair of Imagination foot cozies have been resurfacing on and off over the past month or so. All the greenery, daffodils and warm sunshine over the past week has reminded me that soon it would be summer again and time for me to start casting on more cute toys and fewer cozy woolens. I plopped down on the couch with a jar of tea and finished them up this past weekend before all that lovely sunshine convinced me that I could wait until next winter to get them off the needles and onto my toes!

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How to Repair Holes at the Toe

It doesn't matter if you've completed over 200 pairs of socks (like the inspiring Frances Fisher, from last week's podcast) or if you have just finished your first pair - every knitter knows the magic that lies within a pair of handknit socks. These special handknits stand up to a lot of wear and tear, which means that more than likely you will eventually see some thin spots showing up and maybe even a few holes here and there. But just because one or two of your toes have started poking through small holes, that doesn't mean it's time to say "goodbye" to your favorite pair of socks - it just means it's time for a wee bit of darning! And to help you whip your next pair of socks back into working order, we have a handy video tutorial where Kerin shows you how to repair holes at the toe.

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Podcast Episode 206: Interview with Frances Fisher

In this week’s episode, Kelley talks with Frances Fisher – a knitter from North Carolina who is 87 years young and has over 200 pairs of socks to her name! Back in early 2011, Frances sent one of her “hodgepodge socks” to Kelley as a gift. Having kept in touch over paper mail and email, Kelley and Frances have become friends with a shared obsession over all things yarn. Kelley chats with Frances about her unique take on socks and what her process ...

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Stashbuster Socks

One of the many joys of my Knit Picks life is making treasured friends through our mutual love of fiber art. A couple of years ago, I received a package containing a delightfully colorful pair of socks. They were accompanied by a note from Frances Fisher explaining that she is a fan of Knit Picks and these socks were a gift of what she calls her Hodgepodge socks.

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Book Review of Indie Socks

How many times have you fallen in love with sock yarn skeins that have been hand-dyed by a talented independent artist know as an “Indie-Dyer”. Oftentimes, I am drawn to more than just a couple of skeins. I find myself wanting nearly everything that particular artist makes. I call it the “sensibility” of an artist.Attending the two Sock Summits that have taken place here in Portland highlighted the concept of sensibility. Think of it as walking through a huge museum of Indie Dyers. Each booth full of yarn and fiber had a definite sense of color and style.  

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The Sock Knitter’s Handbook

I love books that are already spiralbound if nothing else because I don’t have to make a trip to Kinkos to have it spiral bound. I guess spiral binding is a sign of my respect for a book in some sort of weird way that I really don’t want to examine too closely.     The Sock Knitter’s Handbook by Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott is one of those kind of knitting books. Not a pattern book but it will definitely get you heading towards your sock yarn stash whether you are just beginning to explore the pleasures of knitting socks or you’ve got a few dozen in your sock drawer. 

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Backwards Loop Cast On for Toe-Up Socks

It was just around this time last year when everyone was buzzing with excitement over the second Sock Summit, held here in Portland, Oregon. And even though there are no gatherings on such a grand scale happening this summer, it sure hasn't stopped any of us here at the office from springing right into a summer of sock knitting! It seems as though everyone has slowly put away the sweaters on their needles or quickly finished their WIPs in favor of these portable knitting delights. Even more interesting is watching just how everyone works their way through socks - some work their socks both at the same time, some use the magic loop method, and others use double pointed needles all while some knit from the cuff down and others from the toe up. Don't even get me started on the various cast ons, heels, and bind offs there are to choose from! And I love that about sock knitting - even though everyone is going through the same motions to create the same basic shaping, everyone gets to pick and choose from different styles and techniques to arrive at the finished project - a cozy pair of handknit socks. So in honor of our sock obsession that is taking over all of our needles, this technique of the week highlights our video tutorial for the backwards loop cast on! Perfect for starting your next toe-up pair of socks, this is yet another cast on that is wonderful to have in your knitting repertoire.

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Summer is for Socks

I've been hit with SOCK FEVER! I loved doing the color maps for the new Stroll Handpainted yarns and couldn't wait to start knitting socks with the pretty skeins when they arrived at the office a few months ago. I grabbed a skein of Leg Warmer and knit my very first toe-up, two-at-a-time socks!

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