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The pair is complete, and super cozy.  I’m so excited to wear these, probably everywhere, once the weather turns just a bit cooler.  I love the changing seasons, mainly because I love the change in wardrobe.  After a hot summer, it is so comforting to think of bundling up in a warm sweater and a lovely pair of wool socks.

My first finished pair of socks

My first finished pair of socks

The sock saga:

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I’ve finished the first baby bootie, and I am tickled pink about how cute it turned out. I can only fit two fingers inside it, but they are a couple of toasty fingers. Perfect for keeping five adorable little toes nice and warm in January.

The next step is to run it through the wash to felt it up a bit and shrink it down to size. Felting will make it even warmer, because it will help fill in the little holes between the stitches.

On to the next little bootie.

Fun projects:

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A Couple Firsts

Yesterday, a friend that I taught to knit awhile back returned the favor by teaching me how to crochet.  I’ve been wanting to learn how for a while, but couldn’t figure out on my own how to do it so that it actually looked good.  Of course I had to rip out everything that I worked on yesterday after the tutorial and start afresh today, but I think that I’ve gotten the hang of it.  I’m pleased at how even I’ve been able to get the stitches.

This project is also another first, the first thing that I have started to make for baby.  It is going to be a pair of royal purple baby booties with little lime green toes and ankles.  I’m going to felt them so that they are nice and warm for my winter baby.  The nice thing I am finding about making baby stuff, as opposed to adult sizes, is that it goes so much quicker.

Baby's first handmade baby booties

Baby's first handmade baby booties

Miscellaneous fun stuff:

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All the adorable yarn stores, not to mention the sheep and alpaca farms.  Yesterday, on our first day in Vermont, I stopped by VT Beads and Fibers.  This store has a great selection of local (and global) yarns that are beautifully dyed.  It is located in Middlebury, a charming collage town with a fantastic little shopping district.

After probably about a half an hour of touching every single yarn in the place, and ooh-ing and ah-ing over the colors, I finally settled on two very pretty sock-weight yarns.  Hopefully, the pair that I have been working on will be done soon, and I can start on a whole new beautiful pair.

A smattering of beautiful, locally made yarns at Beads and Fibers

A smattering of beautiful, locally made yarns at Beads and Fibers

More knitting and vacation posts:

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It’s so cozy and warm.  Unfortunately, I look like a crazy person wearing only one sock, but it is worth it.  I knew that wool socks were better than normal socks, but I have to say hand-knit socks (although I suppose I should still be using the singular here) are the best.

I’m moving along quickly on the second one, so hopefully, I will have my very first pair just in time for our family camping trip to Vermont.  I can’t think of anything better to keep my feet toasty warm by the campfire.

My First Completed Sock

My First Completed Sock

I’m not obsessed with knitting these socks, really:

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Turning a Heel

Well that wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought that it would be. It took me some time to get to the point that I could do it without thinking about it, but I didn’t have to rip-out anything either, which is usually my definition of success.

If anyone is thinking about taking up sock knitting, I highly recommend this site. Her sock video demonstration made so much more sense to me than any of the written instructions that I have found. I think that unless you are a master at understanding patterns, actually seeing a sock being made is far easier to visualize.

Hopefully, I will soon have completed my first sock. They feel so good that I can’t wait until the pair is finished and ready to wear.

A Heel Turned

A Heel Turned

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I’ve decided to be adventurous in knitting this afternoon.  For the longest time, I’ve wanted to make myself some socks, but socks are supposedly one of the harder things to knit.  This is because of “turning the heel”, which is what your do to make socks that are L-shaped as opposed to tube socks that have no real heel.

By posting this, I am throwing the hat over the wall.  My very first sock is now ready to have its heel turned.  So I am now off to try to figure this out with a ton of books and websites as my guide.  Wish me luck!  Hopefully, I will get the knack of it quickly and return to tell you all of my victorious triumph.

Learning to turn a heel

Learning to turn a heel

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