Finished Friday: Socks Done At Last! Plus More Yarn


I had to unravel part of the left sock so I could reshape the toe, and to look up Kitchener stitch in another book, but I finally got these socks done. It turns out Kitchener stitch isn’t quite the perfect join I thought it was. There’s one edge that is bumpy and doesn’t blend in with the stockinette stitch. That knowledge, plus having tried multiple times to get it to work, helped me to be satisfied with my final try. It also looks a lot better on a short seam than a long one.

Spinning update: I was right about the Corriedale. There were neps (twisted lumps of fiber) in the roving that only combing could have removed, and since I don’t have combs or know how to do that, I just spun the roving as it was. I took advantage of the less-than-perfect Corriedale and experimented with different pulleys on my wheel to see how it felt to make thicker and thinner yarns. The nep-filled Corriedale worked a little better thick than thin, although now that I have switched to a different fiber, I can see that the neps were really causing me problems.

The fiber I just finished spinning is Bluefaced Leicester and it’s a dream to handle. 4 oz spun and plied without a single curse word!

My first Bluefaced Leicester handpun yarn.
My first Bluefaced Leicester handpun yarn.

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Kit Dunsmore

Kit Dunsmore has believed in the magic underlying the muggle world since she was a child searching for the Shetland pony pooka she was sure was hiding in her back yard. She learned early on that books were magic doors into other worlds, and that she could revisit a beloved character or place by opening the right book. As she grew, she decided she wanted to make magic with words, too. Today Kit writes about things she loves: poodles and dragons, witches and artists, quirky underdogs and loyal friends. Whether her setting is 6th-century England, the imaginary Twelve Kingdoms, or an art-obsessed version of modern America, magic always finds its way into her story. She enjoys turning fairy tales inside out and watching characters sacrifice everything to reach their goal, but she also believes in happy endings. When she isn't writing, Kit experiences magic by making things with her hands. Over the years, she's made quilts, fabric sculptures, collages, sweaters, and blank books. Her newest interest is learning how to spin her own yarn, a skill guaranteed to strengthen one of her many delusions: that she is a self-sufficient pioneer woman. She also thinks she is a hobbit, a witch, an artist, and a good cook. Living in the foothills of Colorado, Kit enjoys the giant skies and prairie landscapes which suit her need for wide open spaces. In addition to hiking through glorious scenery with her husband or imagining herself living in the Middle Ages, Kit works as a pillow for her miniature poodle and polishes the next small piece of her handmade life.

2 thoughts on “Finished Friday: Socks Done At Last! Plus More Yarn”

    1. Thanks! I can’t imagine having Kitchener memorized, but I suppose it could happen. (right). Looking around for my next knitting project and think it may be time to experiment… Happy knitting!


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