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January 6, 2009
Latvian Dances

I certainly had no problem with boredom while knitting these socks! My enthusiasm stayed high throughout the process with 4 different colorwork patterns, braids interspersed here and there, and soft beautiful yarn. Robyn's gorgeous design uses motifs from traditional Latvian Mittens and I think they are one of the prettiest pairs of socks I have knit!

Latvian Dances

This was my 1st time knitting with Estelle Ariquipa yarn - it is a wonderful blend of superwash wool, alpaca, and nylon - I REALLY like this sock yarn with its beautiful colors and soft, luxurious alpaca touch.

Latvian Dances

Pattern: Latvian Dances "Ilze" by Robyn Gallimore of Red Bird Knits (October 2008 SOTM)
Yarn: 42 gms Ariquipa Paint (# 210) and 50 gms Ariquipa Solid (#222) - Plenty of leftovers!
Needles: 2.25 mm 40" circular needle
Modifications: (only of interest if you're making the socks) Centered the sole pattern and adjusted so no break in the pattern(my new round started after the instep), changed gusset decreases so single dark line flowed into dark line on edge of sole (eliminated the K1 and just K2tog/SSK on last 2 stitches), used a 2 color eye of the partridge heel.

They fit me to perfection! Here are a few more views since they look so pretty from all different angles...

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Now that these are done, I am in the swing of NaKniMitMo and am focused on mittens - 1 pair almost done (needs thumbs) and a new pair cast on with very cool cuffs - pictures next post...
I'm also binding a quilt, so should have plenty to show soon!

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