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Roundy roundy round round

I made socks.

Yep, sure did.

No biggie. You can keep moving. There’s probably a video somewhere of a dog trying to get a stick through a door you could be watching. Oh, these socks? Yeah, okay, they’re a bit special. A bit avant-garde. A bit…beautiful. Long time coming and I’m totally in love with them.

Well, I wasn't going to say anything, but...

Years ago I had a Grumperina binge and read her whole blog, cover to cover, and came across a fantastic explanation of spiral striped socks. In this post, and its detailed followup, Grumperina explains Montse Stanley’s helix stripes technique (described in Stanley’s biblical Knitter’s Handbook). I read the explanation and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up: as a solution to jogs in circular stripes, it’s so beautifully simple. At the time, I didn’t have anything stripey I wanted to knit, so the hairs on the back of my neck lay back down.

Picture, if you will, a montage to illustrate time moving forward – perhaps shifting time-lapse footage of flowers growing, opening and dying, or calendar pages falling to the ground, not that anybody uses calendars anymore – and we arrive in June, mid-2011. A time of cold feet. A time of finding I had lots of last balls of Merino Supreme, which makes very plush (if short-lived) socks. Lots of last balls in surprisingly complementary colours, as it happens. Stripes away, me hearties!

Can't stop; won't stop.

I wasn’t going to post about these, but they’re so damn cool: the helix stripes are beautiful, and the process was mega easy. If you’re at all confused about it after reading Grumperina’s posts (linked above), just start knitting and it’ll click into place really quickly. Once you’ve worked a few rounds, it’s so obvious what’s going on, you’ll carry on as if you know of no other striping. I worked them from the toes up, with a simple short-row heel (in one colour) when I felt it was the right time.

So now they’re done and I’m loving them: they’re as thick, warm and smooshy as aran-weight socks will be, the stripes look fantastic, and I’ve learned a new knitting trick. Celebrate with me the simple, clever and beautiful art of knitting socks.

Happy feet, I got them happy feet!

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