One of the first real pairs of socks I ever made was a pair out of Collinette Jitterbug. The yarn cost $21.00, which was a huge amount of money for sock yarn then. It still is, but it is commonplace to pay that much and more nowadays for premium and hand-dyed yarn. So I've had these socks from whenever that was. I'd guess 2005 or 2006. Even though they are 100% wool, they've worn like iron. I used to put them in the dryer, but for a couple of years now, I haven't purposely put any of my handknits in the dryer except for a cotton/wool pair I have. Despite not putting them into the dryer, and despite them being superwash wool, they finally started to felt. I find this happens eventually to superwash when it has been washed a lot.
Being as these were early socks, the bind off of the cuff (these are toe-up) was unyielding and a little tight to begin with. My skills have improved since then, so that my sock tops are quite forgiving and elastic now. The tight bind off combined with the felting made these babies almost impossible to get on without tearing the edge.
The old bind off has been partially removed.
I found some of the leftovers of the original yarn and rebound them. The hardest part was unraveling / unthatching / picking out the old bind off. It took almost an hour for both socks.
Reclaimed Bind-Off Yarn
Close Up of the New Bind-Off
Once I got that out, I worked three rows in the original ribbing pattern and bound off with Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off The link goes to Cat Bordhi's YouTube demonstration, but I looked up Jeny Stairman's YouTube page and Jeny had it there.
The new bind off is wonderfully flexible and accomodating. I can't wait to wear these again as soon as I put them in the wash. Though the weather might actually be
So here are the Cascade Fixation socks completed and modeled by the lovely me.
I hope they are like the early pink pair I made out of this yarn and are all creamy and buttery on me pore ole crubes. I could feel every stitch of the blue pair I made.
There is no pattern. The mirrored design is crossed stitches or 1 by 1 cables. These are one of my favorite stitch treatments.
I may end up redoing the bind off if it rolls too much. In that case I would have to frog the last row or so. To frog is to rip back, or unravel your knitting. This usage of "frog" has a rather silly etymology. It derives from the expression, "rip it," which has been compared to what Americans teach their children are frog sounds, namely "ribbit, ribbit." By association then, the term "frog" has come into use. I'm sure that it was popularized through the Internet. If not, I doubt I ever would have heard it or begun to use it. Virtually every knitter I know also uses it. I happen to do it a lot--frogging, that is. The other IT I do very little.
I have begun another sock. I had intended it for a purse sock, but I need to read the pattern chart. So we'll see about that. I might dredge up one of my older socks in progress or start another pair for the purse.
Isn't it pretty? I lost the yarn label, but I thnk that it's 100% superwash from an Indy dyer who has a cutesy name like Baby Bunny or Busy Bee. Seiding will know. She and I bought the same yarn in the same colorway on the same day at the same booth at the same fiber festival at the same time. Only mine was 20% off because I know how to talk to people.* She already made socks out of it. If she sends me a picture, I will post it here.
**Absolutely untrue statement. I don't know why I think it is funny to lie like that.
First of all, here is an update on the yellow-green-purple socklets. I did rip back and fix the blotchy join. I have knit to the tops and bound both off and have started the heel on one.
Knitting friend Ann found a couple of sales on Craigslist. The first we visited was a destash sale by three knitting friends. My first question when we got there was what were their names on Ravelry, but they didn't "do that." There was a lot of nice yarn. I thought the prices were too high. I did make one offer on some red/orange/pink mohair, but I was turned down. Ann made an offer on a kit and was turned down also. She thinks they aren't really committed to destashing. But I did get these very nice needles for $11.25. The top three are 12" Japanese Clovers in which the cable and the needle are all of a piece. I have a small collection of these. They were $1.25 each. The double points are ebony I think. They were $2.50 a set. They had a lot of other high end circular needles, but naturally I couldn't think of what I needed. OK, "needed" might not be the proper word.
The second sale we hit was part of an estate sale in Waukesha (+/- 20 miles out). It was mostly sewing things, quilting things, beading things and some books. I guess there had been more knitting stuff, but that had been sold. There were lots of embroidery hoops. Ann bought two and some embroidery cloth and I don't know what else. I spent $5.00 and got everything in the picture. The sellers were happy and so was I. A funny thing that happened is that a young woman came in with a tiny babe in arms. One of the sellers said that she would hold the baby if she wanted to put her down. The offer was politely refused. The young mother bought something and left. As soon as she was gone, Ann, the two sellers, and I all started squeeing about the baby and how we wished to hold her. Must be our inner grandmothers coming out.
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