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February 09, 2006

Q & A, part II

Question: And how many pins does it take to block a huge-ass shawl with a fancy scalloped-edge for a second time?

Answer: EVEN MORE.

Don't ask - I'd rather not talk about it because I did something really stupid and needed to reblock the whole thing again. Hopefully this is the last time ;).


Did you know I joined Sockapaloooza? I've been slow putting up that button, but I've been looking forward to it for a while!

Before I even received my sock pal match, I already toyed with the idea of knitting a custom pair of socks for him or her. I thought that perhaps I would come up with another way to capitalize on the funk (hehe) that is self-striping yarn (rhombuses?). Or maybe I would use Cascade Fixation - not too many patterns out there using it, and warmer weather is on the horizon, plus I just love it so much!

However, these socks are for my pal, not for me, and no matter what my personal desires might be, ultimately I want to make him or her happy. As it happens, once I received the Sockapaloooza info, I had to shift gears and start thinking in a different direction.

I still think I will come up with something custom, but it will be very simple compared to what I was thinking before. If all else fails, I think my pal would really love a pair like this, and I'll just hope that they will be easier to knit the second time around.

The yarn I've chosen for my pal is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in berry (23ns).

At the moment, my US 0 dpns (both sets - don't ask) are tied up in these socks which have moved along substantially since the last time you saw them, despite not getting any blog time ;). I need to finish them up, or buy a third set of 0s :).

Posted by Kathy on February 9, 2006 07:13 PM


Lucky pal either way. Love the solid red LL.

Again? Lucky lace dries super fast. Still one happy grandmother.

Lovely color for your sock pal. I had a similar experience with pawing through the sock yarn stash, and dreaming of patterns, then finding out my sock pal wanted something totally different. Well, this definitely stretches my sock knitting horizons!

ok, so it's not just me then, i have three sets of number 1 needles and therefore three sox in progress
and dang girl...after all that you oops the blocking?
can't wait to see it tho

dang, whoever you have as a pal is one lucky sockee!

I'm going to keep my fingers crossed that you got me because then maybe I'll get a pair of socks that fit me! ;)

If anyone can make Lorna's Laces not suck, it's you! You have a very lucky pal!

Ok, after that comment - how can we not ask?!

I'd love for both to be in your gallery!

Great colour! It seems drinkable and/or mildly intoxicating.

i love that red. you have a very lucky pal.

Oooh, a second blocking. That's never fun. Can't wait to see the finished product, though. And what a lucky sock pal. Beautiful berry color!

Hmm... well, I think I've got it narrowed down: you're not knitting socks for me! Lovely colour, though, and I really appreciate Lorna's Laces after knitting socks with Regia for a while.

I'll mail you a set of size 0s if you post the pattern for your grandma's awesome socks!

Love, love, love that red yarn. It will be fun to watch the process.

Sorry about the need for reblocking. I still have to reblock a shawl I finished in September...

Am I your sock pal? Please? I absolutely think your pal is the luckiest - the pattern, the yarn, the color... Yum!

I love those socks! That's the pattern I'm thinking of using for my sock pal with cedar LLs (green). You make such beautiful socks, you have a lucky pal!

Or put them on stitch holders/waste yarn

I just love the border on this shawl. I keep going back to admire it. It really complements the whole design. If you have time to answer... How is LL Helen's Lace different from Zephyr 50/50 wool silk? I love the colors in LL HL, but my budget prefers Zephyr.

I'd love to see another self-striping sock pattern, anyway!!!
But that's just me being selfish... ;)

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