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Hi. So here’s what I’ve been up to (instead of blogging…) First of all, my yellow November synesthesia socks are DONE! Hooray!

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Pattern: Penuche Twist Socks by Cynthia Levy (my project name is Bachateo Twist)
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select Semi Solids in the colorway wheat
Needles: US 1½ – 2.5 mm
Notes: These turned out quite nicely. I love the golden yellow color, it’s so cheerful and reminds me of the characteristic guitar sound in bachateo music. Not to mention that it is the exact shade of yellow as November. The pattern was well written/charted and I only made a few modifications. The first was to replace the heel flap listed in the pattern with an eye of the partridge stitch. I also made the heel flap longer than I normally would (by accident) and ended up with a large gusset. That worked out just fine, actually, and and they fit well.

The second item recently off the needles is a shawl that I am giving as a gift. It turned out gorgeous!

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Pattern: Dover Castle Shawl by Judy Marples
Yarn: The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga! in the colorway robberfly
Needles: US 6 – 4.0 mm
Notes: I loved knitting this shawl and I will definitely make another, perhaps in the same yarn and colorway. This stitch pattern is fun and easy to knit, and the lace has such a lovely textural quality. I used just shy of 1 skein of Bugga! I did 11 reps of the chart and it measures about 51″ wide.

I have more photos of these projects in my Ravelry notebook. Next up, December socks- the 12th pair this year. Where did the year go?


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New November socks in progress! They’re just the most cheerful shade of golden yellow ever.

The pattern is called Penuche Twist Socks but I’m calling my pair Bachateo Twist. It’s a fun pattern so far. In case you’re wondering, the yarn is Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Select Semi Solids in the color wheat.

I wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, pumpkin pie, and of course, The Creature from the Black Lagoon!

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Lovumba remix!

I’m not entirely sure how this happened but I finished my September socks in record time. I have no explanation other than it was aliens.

Pattern: Paraphernalia by Taina Anttila.
Yarn: Fiber Optic Yarns Foot Notes in the colorway Rouge BATIK.
Needles: US 1 – 2.25 mm

I named this project Lovumba Remix after the song by Daddy Yankee. But of course, you say!

I loved knitting these socks. Heck, I may even knit a third pair some day… Stranger things have happened.

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My August socks are finally done! I lost all motivation for these socks partway through, not to mention that I put them down for a few weeks to knit some computer monsters (which were a big hit). So it is my pleasure to finally show off the socks that took waaaaay too long to knit.

Pattern: Freshet, my own design, this pair named Freshet: El Regreso
Yarn: Fiber Optic Yarns Foot Notes, colorway Sage Batik
Needles: US 1 – (2.25mm)

I’m currently working on another pair of Paraphernalia socks in red for September, and I’m almost done! These socks are fast and fun, I recommend the pattern.

Last night I picked up a project that has been hibernating for a few years. It’s a blanket I designed eons ago called Hanket. The problem with blankets knit from the center out is that when there are 396 stitches on the needles, it takes forever to knit one round. I’m using Cascade Ecowool and the plan is to knit on the blanket until I run out of yarn or stamina, whichever happens first. (My bet is on stamina…)

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The Síguelo socks are slowly coming along… though I fully admit that I’m not besotted with them. I’m now at the heel on both socks but I just can’t decide what type of heel to do. I did start a regular old heel flap on sock #1 which looks, meh, just so-so. I may try a short row heel on sock #2 to see which I like better. Any suggestions?

During my weekend away at Autumn House Farm I cast on for the Shawl Cardigan by Simona Merchant-Dest. I’m using the Bugga! yarn I got for Xmas. I was knitting very tightly to achieve gauge and consequently ended up with a fabric that could stand up on its own (not to mention sore hands from the death grip I had on my needles). Fortunately I had knit only 5″ so it wasn’t overly traumatic to rip back to the ribbing and start over. I’m pleased with the drape of the fabric now.

Yesterday I received a package. It contained some lovely Foot Notes yarn in the colorway Meadow by Fiber Optic. I really love this yarn. It’s super soft and knits up like a dream. I think this yarn will make some sweet April socks.

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I started my orange March socks this week. Because someone made up such silly rules for this sock club, I’m stuck using an eye-searing orange yarn. But the stitch pattern is pretty cool and fun to knit so it’s a trade off.

I named these socks after the song Síguelo by Wisin & Yandel. The classy- I got loads of it.

Last weekend my Wednesday night knitting group and I went to Autumn House Farm for a weekend knitting getaway. The farm is a fully functioning woolen mill with a guest house and a yarn store on the premises. I bought some lovely skeins of merino cashmere blend yarn from the bargain basket. I don’t know much about this yarn other than it appears to be worsted weight, 105 yards per skein, and is extremely soft. I was drawn to the lovely rich colors. And my entire 8 skein purchase only cost me $12.25. Trufax.

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To kick off my Synesthesia Sock Club, here are my January socks (that should have been February socks).

Pattern: River Rapids Socks by Sockbug
Yarn: Fiber Optic Yarns Foot Notes in colorway Bluegrass var. 1, one of a kind BATIK
Needles: US size 1 (the needles I measured with the caliper that are between sizes 1-1.5)
Notes on the pattern: I made some modifications such as start the chart on column 2 so the K2, P2 ribbing is in line with the chart. There’s also an error in the heel turn instructions. To center the heel it should say “sl1, K17 (not K16)”. I also subbed an SSK for the K2tog in the heel turn.

I got this yarn 2 years ago at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. My friend Cheryl owed me about $20 so she bought me this yarn from the Loop booth instead. Because sock yarn is just as good as money, right? The yarn is very soft and the color is just lovely. I would highly recommend this yarn. These socks only used 81g so I have about 122 yds left.

February socks:
According to my synesthesia, the month of January is a lovely chocolate brown. I came up with this crazy Synesthesia sock club idea well into January after I started knitting the aforementioned green socks. I decided to count these green socks for January and knit brown socks instead for February. Clear as mud, huh? Therefore my February socks (which should have been green) will be knit with this lovely Madelinetosh sock yarn in Fig:

I’m thinking about using this yarn to knit the Paraphernalia socks. I’m also going to swatch some stitch patterns from a Chinese knitting book I checked out from the university library. That is, if I can figure out what the chart symbols mean. Stay tuned…

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