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Free Pastry Day at Starbucks

Tomorrow (7/21) is Free Pastry Day at Starbucks!!

Go to this site and print your coupon.  You’ll need to purchase a beverage to be able to use the coupon, but hey, it’s free and what a delicious treat!

The offer is good from the time they open until 10:30, so make it your first stop of the day.

My favorite pastry? The Portabello Mushroom Piadini…

Pair it with a Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino, and you have one very happy AuburnChick!

AuburnChick Finishes Her 14th Pair of Socks

Hot off the needles…my 14th pair of socks!!

These are my Hanging Vines Socks.

The free pattern can be found here.

I originally cast on using green Koigu KPM, but, as you can see in the picture below, the yarn was knobby and hid the cable work.  As you know, being a good knitter begins with the marriage of a yarn to a pattern.  If they don’t pair up well, they have to find new mates.  We’ll just say mine were dating and decided to break things off before the relationship got too complicated.

The Koigu KPM was not a good match for this pattern.

The Koigu KPM was not a good match for this pattern.

I wanted these socks to be green, so I pulled out my skein of Sockotta (color #816).  I used 85 grams of the 100-gram skein.

I started the socks on July 4 and finished last night, July 19.  I would have finished sooner, but I had a few days when I didn’t knit at all.

The socks look complicated, but the pattern really was fairly easy once I figured out a few little things.  My google search for clarity in a couple of the instructions led me to a knit-a-long on Ravelry.   The ladies on the forum were very patient as I posted several requests for help.  It didn’t take me long to figure out that, simply put, I’m a dummy.  Don’t over-think this pattern.  It’s not that hard.

The only part of the pattern that really drove me bonkers was the heel, where the pattern is continued on the first half of it.

Because you are working back and forth on one needle (the one that holds your heel stitches), you have to remember to reverse the stitches as they are written on the even rows.  Additionally, you work your way from left to right on those rows and then go back to right to left on the odd rows.  After knitting in the round and reading your stitches right to left for most of the sock, it can be a bit disconcerting.

The other issue I had with the heel chart is Row 7, which I believe has an error.  Instead of the kfb, I did a M where the kfb’s occur on the chart.

The payoff is worth it though.  The heel is lovely!

Although I’ve knit quite a few pairs of socks, I usually have the problem of my socks running a smidge too large.  I know that I need to go down one needle size (most of my socks are knit using 1 1/2 needles), but I don’t own a pair of 1’s.  The Mr. told me I can order a pair so my socks will fit better.

To get a better fit, I only completed 2 1/2 pattern repeats after the heel turn.  By starting the toes earlier, I shortened the foot, making for a snugger fit.

Rooster took such fantastic pictures that I had to post them all.


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