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and, boy howdy, is it nice! Got the sand for the filter today....the pool is almost full enough to run it. Will run it, and run the vacuum tomorrow...then on the 15th I will buy the required salt for the chlorine generator, run the bloody thing, and we'll be able to actually *swim* by the 17th. Whee!

Have 5 skeins of handspun drying in my bathroom right now. My "winter" yarn is awesome, awesome, AWEsome. Now to find the right pattern for it...I want something lacy, that "feels" like winter. Have gone thru all my pattern books without seeing anything right...so must hunt some more. Or change what I think "right" is.....

Am about to sit down and start on the emerald superwash that keeps telling me it wants to be kilt hose. Might as well spin it on up - yarn has to properly age before being used, right? (Don't you DARE mention my winter yarn, 'k? 'Cause I am just *dying* to start on that pair of socks!)

Oh - and I'm also with neice/nephew. My brother (itsjames2u and sister-in-law (jennyp5309) are expecting - due around my birthday (12/12). Yee haw! New baby and it's not mine!!!
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From:hugh_mannity
Date:May 1st, 2006 12:37 am (UTC)

Speaking of kilt hose...

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Was hanging out yesterday with a very fine gentleman who was wearing a Utilikilt. We were talking fiber arts and he said something about needing "proper" kilt hose. So I kinda sorta volunteered to make him a pair.

Do you either have a good pattern or a source of a good pattern? Any tips and trips? Can I just adjust my toe-up pattern for a longer leg with increasing to allow for the calf?

Inquiring minds and all that.

He's a very fine gentleman....
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From:fiberaddict
Date:May 1st, 2006 09:24 am (UTC)

Re: Speaking of kilt hose...

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*snicker* Oh, man, am I good! I can pass on my obsessions without being in direct, physical contact with someone! *g*

The best book I've found on kilt hose is "Designs for Knitting Kilt hose & Knickerbocker Stockings" by Veronica Gainford, put out by Schoolhouse Press. Good, authentic patterns (the dowager Lady Gainford collected these over the years), good hints and tips - my problem is deciding which one I want to start with!

Nancy Bush has one pair (and it looks nice) in her "Folk Socks" book.

I think you could do your normal sock, but continue it up to the knee and add a turn-down (fancy) cuff. Do the in(de)creases up the middle back (she decreases the middle rib down to nothing;if it's still too big she decreases the 2 purl columns on either side of it (which have, of course, become 1 big purl column after decreasing the knit column.) I'm not sure how toe-up socks work, so I can't help you there - but if you're used to doing them, it should work fine.

Can you tell I've started the research portion of this project? As well as the spinning??

Oh - and utilikilts are *wonderful*! Not quite as nice as tartan ones, but...if it'll get a guy into a kilt on a normal day, then it's all right by *me*!!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 1st, 2006 01:34 pm (UTC)

Re: Speaking of kilt hose...

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Well, remember I'm a sock knitting junkie anyway. Who was it went in search of radioactive sock yarn for you?

I might be getting myself a utilikilt too. Not having a drop of Scots blood in me I don't believe I'm entitled to take on tartan, but I can wear basic black ;)
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From:hugh_mannity
Date:May 1st, 2006 01:34 pm (UTC)

Re: Speaking of kilt hose...

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And of course, many thanks for the book recommendations.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:May 1st, 2006 01:40 pm (UTC)

Re: Speaking of kilt hose...

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:swoon: I loves me a man in a kilt! *fans self*

Ahem. I believe that MA has a state tartan. I know TX does. Also, if you've ever been military, you can wear the tartan associated with that branch of the service. There's also a Clergy tartan.

As for the "no drop of Scots blood"....I can argue that. You'd be surprised at the names that are associated with the various clans (there's 101+ for MacLellan....MacDuff has even more (those are the 2 clans I am involved in....I did some cursory research on my maternal family and came up with 5 clans right off the bat I am entitled to join.) We had a Norwegian lady come up at one Festival, swearing she wasn't Scottish related At All...and found 3 clans pretty quickly.

I don't have my research book here (it's in the Clan stuff), but if you'd like me to look, shoot me some names. Mother's family, Grandmother's, Paternal line...you'd be surprised.

Not that I'm into this or anything. *g*
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From:fiberaddict
Date:May 1st, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)

Re: Speaking of kilt hose...

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*sigh* that was me....don't know what the 'll LJ's doing...
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