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herons in the snow mittens

Herons in the Snow by Natalia Moreva. I could make them as an ode to Hank the Heron who has eaten every fish in my pond.

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Flipping through the pages of Ravelry the other day, I was blown away by this sock. Roosimine is a free sock pattern by Caoua Coffee. The technique is from Estonia and is called Roositud. It is not Fair Isle color work by any means. Instead it is more like needlepoint and crewel work put together.

The pattern describes the technique perfectly. But if you are a visual learner you might want to check out this Knitting Daily clip of the process here.

Of course I am dying to make these socks, but first I have projects that need finishing. I am on the button bands,cuffs and collar of the girl’s coat I am sample knitting. Then after that is complete I must turn my attention to the blanket for Dad, which I’ve woefully neglected while working on the sample. It looks like the finish date for the blanket will be sometime in October. I say that with fingers crossed because I need to order more of the blue yarn, which I hope is not on backorder. Then I can knit these socks.

I love playing with new knitting techniques. I haven’t been this excited about a pair of socks in a long time. They are just the motivation I need.

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Measure not the work until the day’s out and the labour done,

Then bring your gauges.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Aurora Leigh

I have completed the baby hat.

The circumference is 16 inches / 40.5 cm. It’s made to fit babies 6 to 12 months old.  The roll brim is done in garter stitch. I enjoyed coming up with the design. No need to worry about color jogs as I designed the colorwork so there are no jogs.

This hat was made in Jaeger Matchmaker Merino 4 ply but can be made in any fingering weight yarn.  One skein of 200 yds / 183 m of each color will complete the hat and the socks. The hat was knit on US 6 / 4mm 16 inch circular needles and one set of five double-pointed needles in the same size.

Skill level would be intermediate. Two-color stranded knitting as well as knitting in the round skills are needed. The pattern includes both a chart and written directions for those who don’t like charts.

The hat, can be purchased here. It comes in pdf form. If you would like the pattern for the socks that go with the hat, that’s a free pattern here.

The socks are sized for babies 6 to 12 months old.

For interest, try using a handpainted yarn in a complementary color from the main color yarn for the hearts and such. For example if I were using blue, I’d look for a handpainted yarn in yellows and oranges. A complementary color is the color opposite a color on the color wheel. The picture below shows what I’m talking about.

The background is a solid color in deep blue. I chose a hand painted yarn that had sage green, yellows, oranges and a very light orchid in it. I like the look of the handpainted yarns in color work. Experiment and enjoy!

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