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I decided to change it up a bit and try an eye of partridge heel on the May socks…I love how smooth it is! Do any of you know if this heel is more durable than the slip-stitch heel? Which is your favorite heel to knit?

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It has taken me a few days to adjust to the new job and being out of the house all day…and as much as I miss the hours of knitting every day, I am really excited about being out in the ‘real world’ again.

Dressing up each morning has been a lot of fun, and I love that I get to take an elevator up to my office…

…I also love coming home at the end of the day, putting back on my beloved jeans and t-shirts, and spending some quiet time in the evenings with my knitting. Tell me – what have you been up to this week? I want to know what you are all working on!

{p.s. have you seen Dona’s shawl and Ivana’s cabled socks? What beautiful knits!}

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Here they are – my first improvised sock pattern! I managed to finish them by 8:30pm on the last day of April – after all, a deadline is a deadline!

And even though the pattern ended up being similar to one that already existed, I’m still pleased with the fact that I came up with this one all on my own.

The pattern is simple: pretty diagonal lace panels separated by a two-stitch seeded rib. It was easy to memorize, but the fact that each round was different kept it interesting.

I worked a standard heel, and kept the bottom of the foot and the toe in plain old stockinette.

For the cuff, I worked a beaded-rib stitch, which I think adds a charmingly old-fashioned touch:

It’s not super-tight around the leg either, which is nice. This Quince & Co. Tern yarn was a dream to knit with! It’s a gorgeous blend of American wool and tussah silk, and is so soft and squishy for a fingering-weight yarn. I will most definitely be using it again!

Since there is a similar version of this sock out there already, I wouldn’t feel comfortable posting the pattern. If you’d like to knit a similar sock, you should check out Wendy’s toe-up version. The cuff and the ribbing are different, but the overall effect is the same.

Here are the details:

  • Pattern: Improvised
  • Yarn: Quince & Co. Tern, 2 skeins in 142/Oyster
  • Needles: Size US 0/2.0mm dpns.

Also, I have some news for you all: after over 8 years of being a stay-at-home Mom, I am heading back into the workforce on Monday! I am both very nervous and very excited about this new phase in my life, but also slightly worried that I’m going to go through some serious. knitting. withdrawal. Maybe I’ll pack some sock knitting along with my lunch each morning for a little lunch-time knitting.

So, have a great weekend everyone…and keep your fingers crossed!

{p.s. And no, this does not mean I’m going to stop blogging. I love all of my knitting friends way too much!}

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My May socks are on the needles! I so badly wanted to use my new Addi needles, but alas, I could not get gauge. So size 0/2mm. dpns. it is. This is my second attempt at writing a sock pattern – here’s hoping it is a little more successful than the first attempt.

A quick word about this Fibre Company Canopy Fingering yarn – love. I’ve only knit 16 rounds with it so far, but the hand and sheen of this yarn is just gorgeous! The girls over at Kelbourne Woolens are so lucky they get to play with this all day!

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nearly there!

The heel flap is finished…all that’s left is the turning of the heel, the gusset, the foot and the toe. I should be able to finish that by Saturday, right?

Luckily, I have all of today and tomorrow to dedicate to this little sock. It looks like rain today, which means it’s the perfect day to settle in with a movie and my knitting.

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One down…

…one to go! I’ll probably alternate a pattern repeat of sock lace, with a pattern repeat on the lace shawl, just to keep things interesting!

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March is almost over, so I better get a move on my socks! The first is finished, and I am half-way through the leg of the second. The cable seam down the back of the leg is just so pretty, isn’t it?

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