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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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Happy Dewey Decimal System day! Today I plan on 746.432 while enjoying a hot cup of 641.3373 and listening to 782.42164097295. Yes I used to be a cataloging librarian, how did you guess?

An update on the Dembow hat- it’s currently being text knit, and I’m writing up the pattern. I was hoping to get it published on Ravelry already but you know how life always intervenes…

I’ve also been knitting some socks on my bus commute.

The stitch is a Dembow remix. The yarn is Miss Babs Yummy Superwash Sock and Baby Yarn. I bought this yarn a few years ago at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. This poor skein has been sitting patiently in my stash drawer all these years just waiting for the perfect pattern to come along. So far I’m pleased with my remixed socks. 🙂

And if you’re wondering, yes I did make my sock blockers. It was easy as pie. I bought some plastic “no parking” signs at the home improvement store and used regular scissors to cut out the sock shape. (Please don’t use your mom’s best sewing shears to cut the plastic or she will be very upset, just saying). I made 3 pairs in sizes S M L and they work great. All for less than $10.

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