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Scarlett Socks


Yarn: Spirit Trail Fiberworks Sunna; 75/15/10 SW Merino/Cashmere/Bombyx Silk
Colorway: Scarlett *
Needles: Addi Turbo Sock US #0 (2 mm)
Gauge: 9 st/in

Construction Recipe **:

  • Toe: My normal toe up: cast on 12 stitches and increase to 64 sts. I changed from my normal left and right leaning increases to left and right leaning (nearly) invisible increases. I like this because it is faster than e-wrapping stitches on the needle or pick up and twist the bar below — at least for me.
  • Heel: Fish Lips Kiss Heel worked over 32 sts, decreased to 12 sts unworked. The kissy fish heel (my words) look a bit funny off the foot, but I like how it looks on the foot — no short row gaps, no lines of stitches. Just a smooth transition — you can follow the line of stockinette around the bend. The pucker is created by the row of regular stockinette stitch before turning the heel.
  • Cuff: Approximately 5″ from floor (1.5″ above my anklet bone). 3×1 rib at approx 1.5″ from cast off for 1″; 1×1 rib for 0.5″; tubular bind off. I gave myself a bit over 4x the circumference of the cuff and used every bit of it with just a few inches for weaving the end in. The bind off may be a bit too loose but I wanted to make sure it will be stretchy. I’m sure I’ll figure out the correct tension with practice. I really like how it looks and feels. I’m not happy with the jog between the first and last stitch even though I wove through the last stitch. I’ll need to play with it a bit more. Despite these issues, all solvable with practice, I think this bind off is a keeper!

* This red is really difficult to photograph. It is a true scarlet red.

** Yes, I’m playing with my sock recipe again. It’s good to shake things up every once and a while and question why you do things you do.

Handmade Booklet

Remember these? I finally got around to turning them into little books, using a simple pamphlet stitch.


Simple handmade books

I love the 3D effect of the imprinted found items.

Workshop Scraps

Over the years, I’ve attended a lot of retreats and spinning workshops. Between the fiber samples in goody bags and the fiber from the various workshops that we didn’t have time to spin up, I have a lot of bits and bobs. A lot. Bins of them. I have two shoe boxes alone of just cotton. Another box or two of a variety of silks. The rest are anything from wool with a lot of character (yes, too coarse for this princess) to blends that contain anything and everything from silk, mohair, quivit, cashmere. You name it. Add to it the samples vendors tuck in with your orders, and you have a lot of small amounts of fiber.

What do you do with all these bits?

WorkshopScrapsEver since this gorgeous blanket came across my radar last year, I’ve been obsessed with doing something similar. Since I am too impatient to wash, dye, and spin the fiber *, I decided on turning all those workshop scraps into my own variant of the Scraps blanket. I’m using Vivian Høxbro’s Domino Knitting recipe.

And yes! I have dedicated one of my little Turkish Delight to this project. I think it is Pink Ivory. It’s about an ounce so it can take the full variety of wools from extra fine merino to a very robust primitive wool.

This will definitely be a long term project. Check back in a few years.

* I may still make a blanket start to finish from a raw fleece. Goodness knows I have enough fleeces in stash for the project.

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