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Responsibly Handmade Fashion by Jean Chung


WIPs & FOs:

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Marty's striped socks are done! I love how the new heel technique turned out. It's really great for self-striping yarns because it doesn't break the striping sequence, but it has a better fit than the afterthought heel for both Marty and me. 

The heel is called the Thumb-joint Hat Top Heel, by Lara Neel of Sock Architecture. I bought her book, but wanted to try this heel first, which is available as a free pattern. Lara's instructions are really clear and she has videos for all the techniques that she uses, like her provisional cast-on method. I've done several different methods of provisional cast-on before, but this one has been the easiest for my brain because it is really similar to the Long-Tail Tubular Cast On method I fell in love with few weeks ago.

Another FO this week is Marty's Unfortunate Sweater! I blogged about the background story on my old blog last summer. It's finally done with the zipper installed and ends all woven in.

The front here was steeked and I used the basic sewing skills to put in the zipper. I think I'll probably have Marty try this on for some photos before I release the finished pattern!

Yarn: Colourmart DK weight 73% Merino Plano, 12% Viscose, 10% Silk, 5% Cashmere in "MF Tweed" colorway (#09733)

Needles: US 4 & US 5 circulars

Size: Men's chest circumference 38"

The sweater construction is my go-to method for garment construction. Flat knitting for the front and the back, and then knitting in the round for the sleeves. 

This was the 5th project in the 3rd round of Destash Challenge! I have just one sock project left to complete it!


WIPs & FOs: Shibui Socks with Fish Lips Kiss Heel & Hermoine's Everyday Socks

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Plain socks with Fish Lips Kiss Heel, in Shibui Sock "Orchid" colorway & Kroy Sock Yarn "Black" colorway

Plain socks with Fish Lips Kiss Heel, in Shibui Sock "Orchid" colorway & Kroy Sock Yarn "Black" colorway

I finished two sock projects last week - my Christmas Socks in Shibui Sock and my Hermoine's Everyday Socks

Shibui Sock was one of the first non-acrylic yarn I ever worked with. It was when I sample knitted a hat for Anne Kuo Lukito, of Crafty Diversions back in 2009. I was so amazed with its elasticity, so I bought myself a couple of skeins when I really got into sock knitting.....but then I made myself a pair of fingerless mitts with one skein just because. =X

So I had one 50g skein left in my stash, as well as some 15g leftover from the fingerless mitts. I decided to use them all up in my Christmas socks, and use a contrasting yarn for the toes, heels, and cuffs.

This was taken when I was almost done with the first sock. I tried to use short-row heel on it, and as the result, the front of the sock showed that black contrasting yarn. I didn't mind it too much since the socks were for me and not a gift for someone else. 

Then I learned about Fish Lips Kiss Heels, and I decided to try that on the second sock. The result was amazing. I never really hated the short row heel but these were perfect since it didn't require me to go around the sock after the first half of the heel, which mean no black contrasting yarn showing on the front! 

After some consideration, I decided to rip back the first sock to the heel section, and re-knit the heel with the new technique. I'm so glad I did! I love them, and they feel so warm!

Pattern: No pattern, just plain Stockinette.
Needles: US 0/2.0mm Chiaogoo steel DPNs.
Yarns: Shibui Sock (now discontinued) in "Orchid" colorway + Patons Kroy Sock Yarn in "Black" for toes, heels, and cuffs.


Hermoine's Everyday Socks in my own handdyed Cascade Heritage Silk.

Hermoine's Everyday Socks in my own handdyed Cascade Heritage Silk.

A while ago, I overdyed some yarns in my stash. One of them was this Cascade Heritage Silk sock yarn in "Citron" which is a lime green colorway. I overdyed with some orange and green, and the yarn came out perfectly autumnal. 

Finished Hermoine's Everyday Socks!

Finished Hermoine's Everyday Socks!

I think this pattern is just perfect for variegated yarns like this. The texture is really squooshy and interesting. It does get a little monotonous after a while though. I used the stitch pattern only, and improvised for my own short-row heel and sizing (I have skinnier ankles and feet, even though the WIDEST part of my feet are still 8").

Pattern: Stitch pattern based on Hermoine's Everyday Socks; number of stitches and heels are my own pattern.
Needles: US 0/2.0mm
Yarn: Cascade Heritage Silk in "Citron" overdyed with orange and green.


WIP: Plain Stockinette Socks for Marty

WIP: Plain Stockinette Socks for Marty

Currently my favorite WIP is these plain Stockinette socks for Marty (He's been getting a new pair of socks from me almost every week since last month!)

I tried this new heel technique, "Thumb-Joint Hat Top Heel" by Lara Neel. It's in the free pattern that is supposed to be used with her new book, Sock Architecture. I just purchased this book last week! I haven't really sat down to read each page yet, but I flipped through it and the book has SO MUCH information and different techniques that you can try on socks. It even comes with patterns, so I think I'm going to work on the patterns and read the parts of the book that are applicable for each pattern at a time. 

Anyway, this heel technique is supposed to be perfect for self-striping yarn. What do you think? It was super simple, and fun way to do an "afterthought" heel before the foot section. 

Marty just looked at me funny when I just measured his thumb joint without any explanation while he was playing his video game. He didn't ask. He looked at my knitting, my face, and back at my knitting, gave ma an awkward chuckle, and then went back to playing his game. =D

I can't wait to try other types of heels from the book!