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I have been busy.  Not just with my usual round of exciting and glamourous activities, but with making socks and hats and things for Streetknit.  Here is the men’s sock pattern I created from this excellent pattern.  I have used it to make many socks, including the pair pictured here.  If you don’t like using DPNs but still feel like knitting socks, here you go.  If you don’t like to knit, or if knitting gives you a rash, please do not click.

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I recently joined a group, Streetknit, that knits winter-wear for the homeless.  I enjoy knitting, though I’m not very good.  I once made a sweater for a Gus.  It took HOURS and was about ten sizes too big.  Seriously, I could have fit both dogs into it, assuming I could have gotten them to walk that way.  Anyway, I’ve already saturated my immediate circle with handmade hats and scarves, so I thought I’d share some of the love.

I went to my first meeting last Sunday, where I made friends with an older Scottish lady and a girl called Elizabeth who looked freakishly like me.  I started a hat:

The hat that love knit

The hat that love knit

Emboldened by my success, I made a matching scarf.  Then I tackled a more ambitious project: socks.

They told us at the meeting last weekend that they needed socks, so after the hat/scarf set, that’s what I decided to do.  Now I have made socks before.  It was a few years, but I have done it.  I made myself a pair of turquoise thigh-high socks and some red and pink argyle socks.  They are time-consuming and fiddly and I don’t much enjoy them – I hate trying to increase and decrease over four or five double-pointed needles – so I’ve never gotten into them.  But if they need socks, then by God, I was going to give them socks.  I found a two-needle sock pattern and decided to give it a go.  It was for a woman’s sock, so I figured by using a bigger gauge (“gauge” means the number of stitches per inch) it would come out as a man’s sock.  As it turned out – not exactly.

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Warning: This post will be incredibly boring if you can’t sew/don’t like to sew/have no interest whatsoever in needlework.  Just thought I’d let you know.

If you’re like me, and you have lots of scraps of formal-wear fabrics, and one person on your Christmas list that you forgot about until just now, then here is an easy handmade gift you can put together in a few hours.  Here is what you’ll need:

– paper
– scraps of four different fabrics
– thread
– sewing machine
 – iron & ironing board

Alright, here it goes.  The details after the fold.

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