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certainly fits my requirement of Wild. And Loud. *g*

The pattern is not hard...but it sure feels weird to be knitting a sock, in the round, on Straight needles. (You pick up stitches from 2 previously knit diamonds, then knit the new diamond back and forth. The sock looks *awesome*...but the size 1 needles are giving me fits.

I just picked up the stitches for #14....out of 46. I'm not in the Knitting Olympics, but I'd like to get this pair done during this time frame. I'd *really* like to wear them to Irish Fest - I'll even break my "You must be Fully in Garb if you're going to wear garb at all" rule for these - they are *that* cool looking. (I'd be further along if I hadn't taken 2 hours today to run and pick up the pool, and another 3 hours to flip thru the new books the postman brought.)

And have I mentioned bright? Think....dark blue, sea-green, flaming orange, pink, lime green, yellow..and turquoise. In relatively short color repeats. In mitered diamonds. I hope the toes, cuffs, and heels (all of which are knitted "properly" in the round on DPNs stripe neatly, so as not to ruin the effect. We'll see - I may end up buying some comparable yarn in a solid color for those areas.

Back to knitting!
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Date:February 12th, 2006 03:39 am (UTC)
I don't understand the your explanation of the socks in the round on straight needles. Is there a website that has a pattern, or better yet, pictures? I am really curious. Not that I need another project to work on. Socks might be right up my alley after the olympics.
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Date:February 12th, 2006 12:34 pm (UTC)
The pattern was written by Heartland Knits. It's the Diamond Patch Socks (it was on her front page yesterday when I went back to look) - I got mine on Ebay. The picture uses a more muted colorway - browns and yellows - than what I got. Mine looks...well, Herself is calling them "peacock" socks, because the diamonds resemble the eyes of a peacocks tail-feathers. Only brighter.

Basically, it's all mitered squares, set on point. You start out by knitting 4 individual squares, then you set 1 on point, pick up stitches down 1 side, CO 2, then pick up stitches from 1 side of the second square.(Well, diamond, since it's on point, too.) You then make another mitered square there, in between those 2. You join #4 and #1 into a circle...but you're still not using DPNs. You keep doing this - building diamonds inside 2 already completed ones, leaving a "hole" for the heel (I'm not there yet - I'm on #15. You leave the space after #22). Since the diamonds are all knit back and forth, I'm using straights. (I could use DPNs, I suppose - but I only have metal #1s, and the stitches slip all over them. Straights are safer. *g*)

When you get all 46 diamonds done, you knit 4 1/2 diamonds at the top, then do the ribbing. Then you go and put in an afterthought heel, then you add 4 1/2 diamonds and do the toe.

It's a very interesting looking *thing* I have right now - a tube with points at both ends. *g* It'll make an awesome sock - once I get to the toe. Right now, I'm the only one that knows what it is. *eg*
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Date:February 12th, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC)
Fogot to mention - my kit came from Ebay seller Joslyns-handpaints - I think that's her name. The link will take you to her website. Lots of cool sock patterns....I'll probably be getting more from her. Not kits - this yarn is thin, thin, thin - but the patterns so I can spin my own.
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