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Sock Madness excitement!

Posted by mtmom on May 12, 2008

Well, round 6 of SockMadness 2008 is winding down.  The 4 Finalists have earned their slots for the final round, probably beginning the end of this week, and other knitters are proceeding at a more leisurely pace.  I have had such joy reading the kind and encouraging words they have written about my pattern and pattern-writing style.  [BTW, if you haven’t read Jo’s Celtic Memory blog before, let me have the pleasure of introducing you!]

During all this excitement, I decided to work on something quick and easy:  another “28-Hour Cap” (like the Choco-Cherry cap from this past autumn).  I have several interesting colorways of TLC Essentials Multi yarn, and they all knit up into “stripes” in child-sized hats.  Today, I measured the yarn-length for one full cycle of colors in 3 of the colorways.  3 strands and their color cycles

These 3 have very similar lengths-before-repeating: the outer ones repeat after about 70″, the inner after about 73″.

Here’s a 70″-repeat yarn in a 68-stitch hat (left) and a 73″-repeat yarn in a 72-stitch hat (right).

 Sedona cap, 68 sts Choc-cherry cap

Quite similar rhythm, eh?  But one warm and one cool.

DD enjoyed trying the new one on.  Sedona cap on Ch

Meanwhile, spring continues to spring up here on the mountain.  The aspen volunteer outside my bedroom window has finally begun to leaf.  sprouting aspen

[Why “volunteer”?  Because aspens are clonal; new trees sprout up from runner-roots of older trees.  They just “pop up”.]  The winter birds, mostly Dark-eyed Juncos, have gone, the sparrows and finches have stayed, but the hummingbirds have not yet arrived.  New this year:  a pair of doves!   They must like millet.dove on fence

Heartfelt thanks again to the Sock Madness coordinators, Hillary and Carole, and predecessor-designer Tricia, and all the 2008 SM knitters, whose words have brought such sweetness to my soul in the past few days.  After all the nerves of waiting, y’all have made this a delight!

4 Responses to “Sock Madness excitement!”

  1. Bea said

    The hats are cool. I love seeing pictures of other peoples “spring” as their area starts to awaken and bud and the birds and bugs come out again!

  2. mary said

    good morning…i love your video that shows how to work the short row heel as in priscilla gibson roberts’ book…do you have it for sale on dvd by any chance ?…it is just wonderful and i would buy a copy if you do have it available…have a wonderful day…..peace mary

  3. mtmom said

    Thanks, mary.
    No, it’s not for sale — only Free!

    But if you want technique DVDs, I highly recommend The Knitting Glossary with Elizabeth Zimmermann and Meg Swansen, available through

    Lucy Neatby has made several DVDs, including a few on sock techniques. From what I’ve seen of them, they are also good, though perhaps not as densely-packed as the EZ. Try your LYS or

  4. sandrar said

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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