Katherine the Great
I like to think of myself as a storyteller. Mostly I tell stories about knitting.

In the fall of 2008, I was inspired to make a burnt orange and white star baby blanket for a dear friend who also happens to be a UT grad. At the time, I didn’t know if she was planning another baby, but it just felt like a good idea. I sent the blanket to the Texas State Fair and it won honorable mention.Star BlanketS_1
Fast forward to 2014. My good friend welcomed a daughter into the world, and I congratulated her in the best way I know, with very tiny socks.
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Pattern: Phalanges by Clare Devine
Needles: 2.25mm
Knitting Time Needed: 9 hours (faster if you’re proficient at sewing in a picot edging)
Yarn: In the end, the Mommy-to-be and I dove into her stash and came up with burnt orange sock yarn. I wanted the orange to be Longhorn approved and her stash is heavy with burnt orange options.

Ps. When baby girl has outgrown these socks, I’ll to turn them into Christmas ornaments. One for baby girl and one for her priceless mom.


Pps. Check out what others have finished at:

Wisdom begins in Wonder

Natural Suburbia


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It’s come to my attention that I never blogged the pretty pink socks I knit for my SIL.
Socks formerly known as Glass Slippers

This pattern is lovely and delicate and immediately brought my pink-loving sister-in-law to mind. I made the 72sts size and was really pleased with them. I grafted the toes of sock 2 in June of 2014 and was able to take some glamour shots at Disneyland.
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Pattern: Bea Socks, formerly known as Glass Slippers by Christina Wilkins
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk
Needles: magic looped with addi turbos…the size would be a handy thing to know, wouldn’t it…2.25mm maybe?
Mods: There’s a point where there’s 2 purls on one side of the top of the foot and one purl on the other side of the top of the foot. I moved the heel over a stitch on the second sock so that the two purls and one purl sides were mirrored from the first sock. I analyzed the chart and totally understood why this asymmetry had to happen, but the mirroring helped me sleep at night.
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A rare thing has happened. I looked at a pattern, pictured a color, discussed it with a friend, she agreed, then, and this is the kicker, I dove into my stash and surfaced with a hank that I LOVED for these socks.
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This NEVER happens. Here’s the usual turn of events:
I pick a color, a friend (or two) convince me that another color would be wiser, I root around in the stash, change my mind 5 times, take 3 colors to The Husband. He picks one. I solidify my preference for a different shade and cast on.
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So, even though these socks and I took a couple of wrong turns (How long have I been knitting socks? I forgot to turn a heel. I’m convinced I was distracted by my excitement over the color), I am in love!
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Yarn: Dragonfly Fibers Djinni Sock (purchased at The Yarn Spot in Silver Spring, Maryland)
Colorway: Dragon berry
Needles: 2.25mm Signature Needle Arts DPN’s
Pattern: Complect by Hunter Hammersen
Mine raveled here


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