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Evil Genius Socks

Since June I have been struggling to find a pattern or formula to make what I consider a sock that fits and will nicely adjust to needle size and yarn thicknesses. Thanks Ken in Main for all your help and the suggestion to use Yarmando's Evil Sock Genius lessons. He just makes a sock make sense for me.

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Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow. . .

I head off to my journey driving from Chicago to my new home in central Florida. I am staying with one of our knitting buddies in Atlanta, Lou (AKA olddancer on Ravely) and I am really looking forward to that. The wine is in the car and so is my knitting stuff. It's funny. With all the items that I handled, and I handled all of them, it brought back so many memories.

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New Name

ILHIKER is now known as CLABBERS.

I decided to change my member ID to CLABBERS to celebrate starting a new life in Florida. I picked CLABBERS because I am an avid Scrabble player and Clabbers is type of Scrabble. If you are interested in it, you can find out what it is at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clabbers

My photo is also changed as well.

Mark

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Sock Trouble - Scratching My Head

I am trying my best to find a pattern for a plain sock using 4-ply Knit Picks Stroll Tweed. I really like the way the stitches look when I use circular needles US 1, 2.5mm. For the life of me, and I have been trying all summer, I can't find a pattern that fits me. I'm getting 10 stitches/in in plain stockinette, with 13 rows/in.

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Ankle Socks

It is amazing how difficult it is to learn a new skill. With this pair of ankle socks, I was bound and determined to conquer the Wrap and Turn stitches in the heel. The first sock was ripped out several times, not because I hadn't learned to do the W&T but because I let my concentration wander and made silly little mistakes.

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Antique Pattern Library

I can't remember where I found out about this Web site, but I have found it very interesting. If it was shared here on this site, pardon the duplicate posting.

Here is a quote from their homepage that explains their goal.

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My latest article: Decreasing in the Round Article

Here is my latest blog article that I wrote for the good folks at Stitch and Unwind. If you get a chance, please check it out. I wrote the article about decreasing using circular needles using this hat because it was requested in the comments to an earlier article.

You can find it at:

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A Pair of Beanies

Amid all my family upheaval, I have managed to finish two matching hats from some superwash merino wool that a friend of my gave me. Thanks, Lou! The hank was 280 yards/4oz, 5-6 sts/in on US 4 & 5. They turned out well and will make wonderful Christmas gifts.

I wrote an article about decreasing using circular needles using this hat.
You can find it at:

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Grand Adventure and a Place to Rest

Hello All. My wife of 36 years and I have decided to part ways and divorce each other. It will be an amicable process which reduces stress and complications.

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Stitches Midwest

I am looking forward to visiting the STITCHES Midwest Knitting conference. Anyone else in my neck of the woods going? I am happily only about 5 miles away. I think the prices of the lessons are way too steep, but I still want to go to perhaps pick up some yarn or other things that may catch my eye.
http://www.knittinguniverse.com/Midwest

Mark

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