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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Project Spectrum

Today begins Project Spectrum, and I'm beginning it with Joe's socks in two shades of gray Schoeller Esslinger "Hit", a washable acrylic sport weight which I think has been discontinued; I was able to get a bunch really cheap at the local shop. (The man does. not. wear. wool. Yet.) The pattern I'm using is the Welsh Country Stockings from Nancy Bush's Folk Socks. Perhaps to you that's not a traditional bed sock, but it is to him. And they'll be his socks, and he gets whatever he wants for his first pair.

Next post, a surprise!

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Anonymous Dipsy said...

Great! It's good to work with more basic colours for a change - I've been doing so much stuff in light and bright colours lately that I do feel the need to calm down a bit colourwise - thus I've bought pretty much the same colourline like yours and will be doing socks for CM with it. Do you think we'll get bored knitting with greys and blacks?
*So* curious about the surprise, btw!

10:29 PM  
Blogger Roxie said...

Lucky Joe!

As for the not wearing wool thing, commercially processed wool goes through a caustic bath to burn out the vegetable matter that sticks in the fiber. People who raise sheep for spinners sometimes put the critters in little coats to keep the fleece clean. Joe may find that hand-spun yarn, which has not been through that caustic bath, may be soft and comfy and just what a boy loves. Practice that spinning!!

8:06 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Ohhhh washable socks. THE BEST KIND. He'll love them. Can't wait to see the progress.

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

I think what you need to do is start him with acrylic socks, then make the next pair maybe 80/20 acrylic/wool, then 50/50, then more wool than acrylic, and then finally 100% wool. Ease him into it. I bet he doesn't even notice (except for how cozy his socks are getting!).

This is all assuming he isn't allergic to wool, of course.

5:26 PM  

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