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December 28, 2013
Nessa Socks

Nessa Socks

I realized this Christmas that my family LOVES handknit socks better than any other knitted items. I love variety knitting - socks, mittens, hats, shawls, scarves and even sweaters, but they all want socks (and I also realize, they don't care whether the yarn is handspun or not) SO I'm making more socks this year - MINE will be handspun - haha :)
I just bought Op-Art Socks by Stephanie van der Linden - lots of fun optical illusion socks that work for men and women. There is an Op-Art Ravelry Group (of course) that is having a KAL working right through the book - prizes and everything :)
I'll be starting with Fibonacci on January 1.
Here are my previous Stephanie van der Linden socks - some of my favorites - Binsenkorbchen, Florenz and Nordic Inspiration.

I just finished my 2nd sock in Claire Ellen's pattern club - An entrelac pattern - Nessa...
I've knit entrelac socks before, but this took it to a whole new level - continuing right down the heel flap and instep.

Nessa Socks

The construction of this sock was different than anything I've ever knit, so I learned many new techniques which was fun. Here it is right after turning the toe...

Nessa Socks

Nessa Socks

Pattern: Nessa by Claire Ellen
Size: Medium - 64 stitches
Yarn: 3.1 ounces (88 grams) of Knit Picks Chroma in Roller Skate colorway.
Needles: 2.25 mm circular

After working the 1st set of rectangles, I realized the runs of color were going to be too long for my imagined outcome, so I decided to knit from both ends of the skein for more of a basketweave look and I LOVE it!

Nessa Socks
Nessa Socks

Mods: None, but if I were to do it again, I'd change the construction order though...I'd knit through to the toe, then instead of turning the toe and working back up to the heel, I'd put the toe stitches on hold, pick up the heel and work from the gusset to the toe - kitchenering the toes. This would be better for several reasons - 1) easier to determine correct length of socks 2) easer to kitchener a few toe stitches than over 100 heel/gusset stitches 3) I think the picked up stitches along the edge would look better going in the other direction - maybe.

Here they are off - love the 3 dimensional poof of the entrelac!

Nessa Socks

Trying to finish 2 hats and a pair of mittens by January 1 so I can start on my Torirot Mystery Mittens, Fibonacci Socks and Claire Ellen Club socks that day.

Christmas feast for chickens - a flat of wheat grass, alfalfa, broccoli, clover and radishes - yummmm.

Chicken Feast

If you have comments or questions or want to contact me for any reason, just email or contact me on Ravelry. Thanks :)


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