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July 19 , 2007
Solstice Slip Socks

Solstice Slip

Pattern: The Solstice Slip designed by JC Briar for the June Rockin' Sock Club Kit
Yarn: Socks That Rock merino lightweight - color "Firebird"
Needles: 2 socks on 2 circulars - US1 (2.25mm)
Size: small (with modifications*)
Construction: (boring to read if you're not making these!!)
I opted for cuff down construction (directions were given for toe up and cuff down). I used the short row garter heel and toe (which meant kitchenering 30 stitches across the sock on the underside where the toe meets the sole) and *the only modification I made was to shorten the small gusset to 3 decrease rows instead of 5 which meant a total of 59 stitches on the foot (instead of 55) ...for that reason, when I got to the toe, I didn't decrease to 50 stitches as directed - I increased 1 stitch for a total of 60 stitches. (If this sounds confusing - it was...this pattern as written went from 65 stitches on the leg to 55 on the foot and 50 at the toe) SO, with all that said...the socks fit PERFECTLY! (but are a little too busy for my taste)

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Mystery Stole 3

I am enjoying the Mystery Stole 3 KAL so much! The developing lace pattern is beautiful and intriguing - Click here to see it stretched out a bit. When I picked the stole up from the floor after that picture, the middle 5 stitches fell off the needle without my knowing, and dropped back 4 rows. I tried (for what seemed like hours) to pick up and reknit them, but it was useless - just kept getting worse and worse. I ended up tinking back almost 5 rows! What a lesson in patience!!

So far, I have found it easy to "keep up", I knit about 10 rows each morning and finish a day or 2 before the next Friday clue comes along.

I'm finishing up all the "startitis" socks before starting anything new -"Breeze" anklets are next...

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