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My December Dembow socks are finally done and I’m very pleased with them! With this pair of dark green socks my Synesthesia Sock Club is complete. I’ll write up a recap of my year in socks soon.

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Pattern: Dembow socks (my own design)
Yarn: Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20 (70% Merino, 20% Cashmere, 10% Nylon) in colorway Forest Dew
Needles: US 1 – 2.25 mm
Rating: 🙂

I would have never chosen to knit with dark green yarn had it not been for my synesthesia. It turns out I like this color! And the cashmere in the yarn makes these socks dreamy soft. These will be a treat to wear.

Next up on the knitting agenda:
1. baby shower gift
2. mittens for Dad
3. more socks!

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Well hello there and happy 2013! Here’s a synesthesia sock update because yes, I have yet to finish my December socks, even though it’s January.

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I’m calling these Dembow Socks because they feature my Dembow stitch pattern I’ve used so often on hats. I’m really pleased with these socks so far. The yarn is Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20 in the colorway forest dew. I’ve used this fabulously soft yarn once before and love it. These socks will be for me- mine mine mine!

This holiday I received some lovely gifts from my family. Some of the gifts I’m most excited about are certificates to Natural Stitches, Miss Babs, and Verdant Gryphon. Now I can buy ALL THE YARNS, mwahahaha!

I also have a new Google Nexus phone! This was not a gift but a much MUCH needed upgrade from my previous pay-as-you-go excuse for a phone that I bought years ago. Now I need to remind myself to stop messing about on my phone and get some knitting done because I have some knitting goals for 2013:

*Finish my December dembow socks
*Knit some gifts (baby shower and birthday)
*Resume the Breckenridge sweater that I started in October of last year
*Finish the Hanket that I started way too long ago
*Consider publishing some of the synesthesia sock patterns I designed last year, though don’t hold your breath…

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The socks for my mom are done! They were not finished in time for Xmas morning, but I gave them to her anyway with the needles still in them. I was able to complete the socks the following day and, ta da, they fit! My mom makes a terrific sock/foot model. Big thanks to my brother Dave for taking photos and directing the “photo shoot”.

Pattern: Improvised, based on the stitch pattern from my Dembow hat
Yarn: Miss Babs Yummy Superwash Sock and Baby Yarn (100% Merino), in colorway Rosewood
Needles: US 1 – 2.25 mm (the REAL size 1 needles)
Notes: I wound this yarn into two skeins and knit from each end. The yarn coming from one end of the skein was much more mottled, making one sock a little bit stripey. I like the mottled, stripey look, though I wish the whole skein had been like that. The yarn is lovely and really grew and softened up after blocking. The Dembow stitch is not difficult in the slightest, but I wasn’t paying proper attention (perhaps I shouldn’t watch reggaeton videos while knitting) and I messed up multiple times. Whoops! All fixed.

Now, the needles. I exclusively use Knit Picks 32″ circular needles for knitting socks via magic loop. I have 2 pairs of Knit Picks size 1 US (2.25 mm) needles, or so I thought. For a while now I’ve been suspecting that one set of size 1 needles is larger in diameter than the other. What I needed was a caliper to confirm my suspicions. I asked my dad if he owned a caliper and sure enough, he had not one but two calipers. And the calipers do confirm that I am the owner of a set of regular size 1 US needles AND a set of needles measuring somewhere between sizes 1 and 1.5 US. Gee, great. I think I need to invest in a caliper. That’s one cool tool.

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The Dembow hat pattern is finally done and is available as a free Ravelry download here. I’d reckon you could churn out one of these hats in just a few days. It took me 3 days to knit the light blue hat, and I happen to be the slooooowest knitter on the planet.

So my knitting group had it’s gift exchange on Wednesday evening. It was great to see what everyone made for each other. I’m finally able to show a photo of what I made for Cheryl. Ta da!

It’s a cowl based on my Nemesis sock pattern. Cheryl gave me one skein of Sanguine Gryphon Codex yarn to work with, and I think it turned out quite well!  It’s soft, squishy, and warm- just what you’d want in a cowl!

Back in the fall when we swapped yarn, I gave Gabrielle a skein of Knit Picks Stroll hand-painted yarn that I ordered over a year ago. I had no idea what to make with it and figured I’d let her decide what it should be. And this is what she came up with:

It’s an octopus knit entirely on her sock knitting machine. She used a strand of lurex held with the yarn so my little creature is extra sparkly and awesome!  We took a vote and came up with the name Jean-Luc Kitchener. Jean-Luc is now the official mascot of the Shadyside SnB. Hooray!

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And now Markus has his very own Dembow hat, too.

The specs for this one are the same as the previous Dembow hat. The only difference is I used the color 900 charcoal (Cascade 220 sport superwash). The pattern is written and currently being test knit. And somehow those sunglasses ended up in the photo shoot again. Ya tu sabes!

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I finished my Dembow hat yesterday and I love it! It’s by far the best hat I’ve ever knit. I love everything about it- the dreamy soft yarn, the way the ribbing travels, how the decreases swirl at the top, the color, the fact that it only took me 3 days to knit, EVERYTHING! If there’s any interest, I can write up the pattern and offer it for free on Ravelry, just leave me a comment.

Pattern: My own design called Dembow (edited to change design name)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash sport weight in colorway Summer Sky Heather 1910 (used approx. 58g/158 yds which is a little more than 1 skein)
Needles: US size 2
Notes: The name of the hat pays homage to my favorite reggaeton performers.  I asked Markus to model my hat because he makes a much better model than I do. And he could easily pass for a reggaeton performer with those sunglasses. Though I doubt it gets cold enough in Puerto Rico to need a knit hat.

And as usual… The Creature and I wish you and yours a great Thanksgiving! Don’t forget the pie!

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I finished another hat and I love it.

Pattern: my own design I’m calling Dembow (edited to change design name)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash (worsted weight) in maroon
Needles: US size 4 and 5
Notes: I used leftover yarn and ran out just shy of finishing. Luckily Natural Stitches had some in the same color. I plan to donate the hat to the yarn store for their contract with the Bethlehem Haven women’s shelter.

I bought some Cascade 220 sport today at said yarn store so I can make one of these Dembow hats for me.

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