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November 5, 2006

Long ago...

The Frisian SnB-gathering in Leeuwarden last Wednesday was a big succes! 20 people (well, women) showed up. I had a great time, mainly talking to all of the women and checking out the things they were knitting. I didn't get to do a lot of knitting myself, but I did make a start with the second multi-colored sock, as you can see here:


Two weeks ago, I received an email from Missy, asking me about the Over the Knee Socks from Handknit Holidays, claiming I knitted these a year ago. Well.... I did start them almost a year ago, but I haven't finished them yet. Missy's email did remind me of them, and I felt a sudden urge to pick them up again.


Missy asked for help with the decreases. I agree with you, this isn't the easiest-to-follow pattern. You have to gather information in serveral places to know what to do. What I'm doing is placing a safety pin every time I do a decrease. This way, when the pattern says to decrease every 14 rounds 5 times, I can count the rounds between the safety pins to know when to decrease, and the safety pins themselves to know how many decreases I did. I hope this makes sense, Missy! It's a lovely pattern, isn't it?

Posted by saartje at November 5, 2006 7:59 PM


wow ! the multicoloured socks is wonderful i love it

Posted by: monique/Engalnd at November 5, 2006 10:05 PM

20 knitters! A record!
And I really like your socks, you give me inspiration..

Posted by: knitting ajour at November 6, 2006 12:11 AM

I'm all about the socks too - I can't wait to start the second one of my fair-isle pair. You've inspired me to cast on tonight!

Posted by: Nicole at November 6, 2006 1:03 AM

your multi-coloured socks,what pattern are they from? I just adore them!

Posted by: pippi at November 6, 2006 2:04 AM

Beautiful multicolored socks. I like the way the colors change.

Posted by: Barb at November 6, 2006 6:08 AM

Wat worden ze mooi de gekleurde sokken. Ben ook erg benieuwd naar de over de knie kousen. Neem ze volgende SnBavond aub mee!

Posted by: Tijm at November 6, 2006 6:55 AM

Great tip for the over the knee socks! They're on my list too. I just got the book. It's amazing! the multicolored socks look fab! Hope to meet you in Rotterdam the 18th! :-)

Posted by: saskia at November 6, 2006 9:50 AM

Your multicoloured socks are beautiful, and I think it's a great way to use multicoloured yarn, instead of those horrible american socks you normally see. Great job, really! You've got my imagination/inspiration running wild, but with mittens instead...

Posted by: Linn at November 6, 2006 9:59 AM

Those socks are beautiful. Glad your gathering of knitters went well.

Posted by: Zoe at November 6, 2006 2:14 PM

Ik vind je fair-isle sokken heel leuk. Gaaf met al die kleurtjes.
Graag zou ik een goed boek hebben met fair-isle patronen welke kan je me aanbevelen???

Posted by: Marianne at November 6, 2006 6:25 PM


Your knitting is beautiful. I'm currently working on an Inky-Dinky Spider Stole and have reached the middle section. I noticed that you have one in progress. Isn't it fun? I really love the pattern.

Posted by: Lisa at November 6, 2006 6:32 PM

Wat mooi je gekleurde sokken! Daar waag ik me nog niet aan. Maar wie weet komt het er ooit nog ens van.

Posted by: Marijna at November 6, 2006 9:40 PM

De sokken zijn inderdaad heel mooi. Ik denk dat het patroon ook wel zou passen in wanten :-)

Posted by: Bianca at November 7, 2006 10:19 AM

Beautiful socks and choice of colours.

Posted by: Zoe at November 7, 2006 4:05 PM

de multi coloured socks zijn echt een topstuk!

Posted by: astrid at November 7, 2006 6:40 PM

Veel, 20 mensen. En ik vind allebei je sokken/kousen prachtig, kunstwerkjes.

Posted by: yvonnep at November 7, 2006 11:19 PM

Dat geeft een heel mooi effect bij deze sokken.Welk garen gebruik je hiervoor.

Posted by: Frea at November 8, 2006 12:30 PM

Echt heel mooi worden de multi-colored sokken!
En de kousen zien er prachtig en ingewikkeld uit!

Posted by: Berthi at November 8, 2006 2:30 PM

Gefeliciteerd met die prachtige opkomst, dat zal zeker heel gezellig en inspirerend zijn geweest! Nee, geen record, Asten had bij de eerste bijeenkomst 35 breiers!

Veel breiplezier Fryslân!!

Carla M

Posted by: Carla Meijsen at November 10, 2006 11:49 AM

Hello Saartje,

Your knitting is beautiful and I like to follow your work. I also live in NL and also enjoy your yarn shop reviews.

Do you know about the Stitch 'n Bitch NL event on 18 November in Rotterdam?


Posted by: tknit at November 11, 2006 7:58 PM

Hi Saartje,
Totally forgot to tell you yesterday, that your socks look really nice: they remind me of the drawing technique most have played with as a child: first you spread all kinds of wax crayon colours over the paper, then you cover them with a dark colour, and finally, you scratch your drawing with a stick or so. The socks are of course much more refined...

It's a nice idea of how to use that multicoloured sock yarn without the almost irritatingly well-known stripey effect as a result.

Posted by: jonna at November 19, 2006 1:56 PM

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