Matching Socks

So you may remember that I made these socks for my husband awhile ago.

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Vanilla Socks with Afterthought heel

I just really love this yarn. It is Cascade Heritage Prints in Baltimore. This yarn is just so perfect for sock making. It had the right amount of squish and bounce to create a nice fitting sock. I managed to find another 3/4 of a skein in my stash so I decided that I needed a pair too.¬†Instead of creating an afterthought heel, I thought I would do a little experimenting. I wanted to try to figure out how to do a reverse gusset heel. I did a little internet research before hand to get the general concept, but to be honest I was really adamant to figure it out on my own. I apologize for not adding the websites I used. I had the saved…but then I forgot where I saved them.

Not bad for a first try right? I have to say that I miscalculated the number of short rows that I needed so I ended up with a weird looking seam. However when you wear the socks they are not that noticeable. I really like how this technique fits my heels. For some reason the afterthought heels are too shallow for my liking.

I most certainly will make another pair of socks in this way, but I think I need to find a few patterns/ guides to work out the details a little better.

What is your favorite toe up sock heel technique? 

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

 

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Yarn Alley

This weekend I headed to Guangzhou City to trying find some yarn. This took quite a lot of preparation beforehand. Fist of all, I don’t speak or read Chinese so I needed to research where to find yarn and the mode of transportation to take. I ended up concluding that I could take the Metro to Sun Yet-Sen University to the big textile marketplace.

This place was huge! I didn’t know where to begin looking. So I began wandering. I  weaved through the shops filled with fabric, beads, buttons, and embroidery patches  for about 20 minutes. Eventually I came to an alley with some furry fabric. Maybe it was my inner yarn radar, but I felt a pull to investigate this alley.

Luckily, my yarn radar was correct. I found 4 or 5 shops with some yarn in them. Let me just say these yarn shops were not like the US. They had all of the yarn stacked up and it was still in the plastic. I had to be very very careful while shopping. I didn’t want a mountain of yarn toppling down on me.

I ended up purchasing 6 skeins of yarn for ~$11USD. I bought 4 skeins of acrylic yarn (2 red, 2 blue) that were very very soft. At my new school, I am teaching a kids’ knitting class so this yarn will be perfect for them to practice with.

I also bought something called “milk cotton.” Not sure what that is, but it feels like a  soft cotton blend to me. I choose blue as my friend is having a baby in December. I am still looking for a good pattern, but I am thinking a little cardigan would be best.

Overall, this was an interesting shopping experience.  I really didn’t like that the yarn not out on display. I am so use to the tactile experience of yarn shopping. I am going to still keep an eye out for an actual yarn shop so keep checking back for my progress.

Until Next Time,

-Whit-