#needleworkmonday | Return of the Painted Desert Socks

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Source Here they are: Painted Desert Socks by Tressa Weidenar.

Last summer, I took part in a #needleworkmonday peek-a-boo challenge. The idea was fun and, as so often with Hive, led me down a rabbit hole. I decided to try and knit the Painted Deserts socks as I had fallen in love with them when I saw them in a post by @mariannewest.

Even the name was romantic, calling up Brownsville Girl, a Bob Dylan song that has haunted me ever since I first heard it,

"... I can still see the day that you came to me on the painted desert/
In your busted down Ford and your platform heels ..."

It's a seductive song with a sort-of-a story line and pulls you in with modernist ennui and quiet tragedy, the kind the United States seems to excel in, lonely howling and misplaced pride, calling for and simultaneously pushing away connection. Hard to resist, it runs through American literature like a river.

The pattern called, too, the tension between the two colours and the sharp geometry between shapes and lines and columns. Blue and mottled pink, deep evening sky and the dry eroded shapes of the desert.

I was tempted into the mysteries of colourwork.

A week later I admitted defeat: the struggle of managing knitting in the round, not knowing how to hold two colours and maintaining tension with magic loop knitting when the cable in your circular needle is stronger than you are led to my downfall. Not to mention the one week deadline. Ha!

So I put them quietly aside and they lay there until January, when I started sorting which things I wanted to finish in February. They didn't make the cut, and sat quietly haunting me all through the month while I sewed seams, wove in ends, added buttons and, in one case, put away until next February.

In my mind, I was dreaming about that Painted Desert and all it meant and before the month was up, I had another swatch on the needles. This time I was using double pointed needles, and somehow I had learned to hold both yarns in one hand at the same time and alternate which one I threw, while maintaining an even tension on both yarns.

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Here's the two swatches: the one on the left is the one I made using the magic loop method, and the one on the right I've just finished, using double-pointed needles. In the left hand one, you can see the puckered line of stitches where the magic loop led to uneven tension. In the right hand one, you can see the more even tension, especially in the line of vertical bars, creating by knitting with the floats on the outside of the work.

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There's still some things I need to learn, for example, how to manage the floats on the back of the work. I managed the floats better in the first sample, where I was knitting with one yarn at a time, but this was very slow and didn't have the calming rhythmic movement that I so enjoy in knitting. I also need to re-learn how to do jogless joins in the round. One thing I really liked in the second sample was using twisted rib stitch for the cuff - it gave a firmer, neater finish.

The pattern recommends using Superwash Wool Fingering, a hand dyed yarn. I wanted cotton socks, so I'm using Regia Cotton sock yarn with KnitPro Zing double pointed aluminiun needles. I was delighted that my gauge was spot on, both stitches and rows - first time ever!

The socks are knitted top down. I'm going to start with a provisional cast on and knit between five and ten rows using waste yarn. I found the first few rows of the socks difficult to join and set up, this way, the awkwardness is contained in the waste yarn before I start on the stocking stitch part of the socks. When the main part of the sock is completed to the toes, I will come back to the provisional cast on and either replace it with the ribbed cuff or maybe, if I have enough yarn, make the socks longer - to the knee ideally.

Needlework Monday Knit Along (KAL)?

Would you like to do a knit along with these socks with @mariannewest and me? We'd have a launch post and then each week a progress post where you could leave comments (or links to your own post). There is also a support group that @mariannewest has set up on ravelry you can read about it in Marianne's post.

When would be a good time to start? Maybe Monday 4th April? What do you think?

How to measure your foot for a sock
Techniques for custom fit socks
The difference that well-fitting socks make
At 26:35 in the last video: A touching story about knitting custom fit socks for a knit-worthy person (knit-worthy = they recognised the work in knitting and the custom fit made a difference to them) - also about hand knitted socks lasting for nine years!

My original post about these socks with lots about yarn hand and yarn dominance

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Three things newbies should do in their first week and, for most things, forever afterwards!

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Sorry about the mashed up text. I've reported to PeakD 😍

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That looks interesting - my first thought was "How did she manage to get that effect?" ;)

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Haha, it's software magic! I've noticed it before in the drafts, but usually it rights itself.

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hmmmm this seems to be a secret text, hidden messages beneath more hidden messages...😱😆
I saw, you already reported this, its really strange I have never seen such a hiccup. hope it will be remedied.
The colorwork socks look beautiful but complicated and I am looking forward to read what you are writing about your project.

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I am looking forward to read what you are writing about your project.

it is a secret mystery known only to me and the ghost in the machine 😘

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The people doing V2K with remote neural monitoring want me to believe this lady @battleaxe is an operator. She is involved deeply with her group and @fyrstikken . Her discord is Battleaxe#1003. I cant prove she is the one directly doing the V2K and RNM. Doing it requires more than one person at the least. It cant be done alone. She cant prove she is not one of the ones doing it. I was drugged in my home covertly, it ended badly. They have tried to kill me and are still trying to kill me. I bet nobody does anything at all. Ask @battleaxe to prove it. I bet she wont. They want me to believe the V2K and RNM in me is being broadcast from her location. And what the fuck is "HOMELAND SECURITY" doing about this shit? I think stumbling over their own dicks maybe? Just like they did and are doing with the Havana Syndrome.

They are reckless and should have shown the proper media what they had before taking me hostage for 5 years.

What would you say while having a gun pointed at your head from an undisclosed location? Have people find it? My hands are tied while they play like children with a gun to my head. Its a terrorist act on American soil while some yawn and say its not real or Im a mental case. Many know its real. This is an ignored detrimental to humanity domestic threat. Ask informed soldiers in the American military what their oath is and tell them about the day you asked me why. Nobody has I guess. Maybe someone told ill informed soldiers they cant protect America from military leaders in control with ill intent. How do we protect locked up soldiers from telling the truth? https://ecency.com/fyrstikken/@fairandbalanced/i-am-the-only-motherfucker-on-the-internet-pointing-to-a-direct-source-for-voice-to-skull-electronic-terrorism

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The people doing V2K with remote neural monitoring want me to believe this lady @battleaxe is an operator. She is involved deeply with her group and @fyrstikken . Her discord is Battleaxe#1003. I cant prove she is the one directly doing the V2K and RNM. Doing it requires more than one person at the least. It cant be done alone. She cant prove she is not one of the ones doing it. I was drugged in my home covertly, it ended badly. They have tried to kill me and are still trying to kill me. I bet nobody does anything at all. Ask @battleaxe to prove it. I bet she wont. They want me to believe the V2K and RNM in me is being broadcast from her location. And what the fuck is "HOMELAND SECURITY" doing about this shit? I think stumbling over their own dicks maybe? Just like they did and are doing with the Havana Syndrome.

They are reckless and should have shown the proper media what they had before taking me hostage for 5 years.

What would you say while having a gun pointed at your head from an undisclosed location? Have people find it? My hands are tied while they play like children with a gun to my head. Its a terrorist act on American soil while some yawn and say its not real or Im a mental case. Many know its real. This is an ignored detrimental to humanity domestic threat. Ask informed soldiers in the American military what their oath is and tell them about the day you asked me why. Nobody has I guess. Maybe someone told ill informed soldiers they cant protect America from military leaders in control with ill intent. How do we protect locked up soldiers from telling the truth? https://ecency.com/fyrstikken/@fairandbalanced/i-am-the-only-motherfucker-on-the-internet-pointing-to-a-direct-source-for-voice-to-skull-electronic-terrorism

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I will learn to knit one day. It seems to be a super useful skill lol.

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Yeah, they're (the medical R&D people) using it to knit replacement tissue for humans. One of its biggest physical properties is that knitting is elastic and can stretch.

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I love the art of knitting and I respect everyone who knits, maybe it is because it looks more technical than crochet. I feel like a lot goes into every piece no matter how simple it looks. I really love these socks, it's beautiful

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Well, it's hard I think to choose between knitting and crochet, I have seen beautiful things made with both 🙂, but personally, I enjoy knitting the most.

The socks are beautiful, aren't they? They stay in your mind 😍

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I never knew there was so much complexity to knitting, but the complex nature of it all makes sense the way you explain. It seems we humans are limited by our two arms in that regard. 😂

!LUV

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The thing that always amazes me is that it is so simple - just two sharpened sticks and some string, really, and everything comes from that.

Have you seen this post I wrote long ago for reggaejahm?

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Haven't seen the post. The monotone voice is hilarious, but yet it's still so catchy. And gives a good message about the benefits of knitting, especially if you just need to relax.
Reminds me about my grandma who used to knit in her free time in between everything else.

!LUV

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I am so impressed by these socks. I haven't done - is it considered Fair Isle? - before. I did intarsia, and that was hard enough! LOL
Good on you for picking them back up, though! I just picked back up a sewing project this week too, but I haven't picked back up socks yet. One day, maybe... 😅

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I think the category of knitting is called stranded colourwork, and Fair Isle is one variation of this, with two colours per row. There are others - some Latvian variations can have up to five colours in a row (I think you really need to learn that one at your grandmother's knee when your fingers are young and supple!

Intarsia I haven't tackled - somehow I have the idea that that is even harder! Mind you, I was watching a video the other day where the demonstrator was knitting backwards.

I loved these socks, I just knew I had to learn some things before I tackled them again ... maybe the knit along would be the thing for you ...

What sewing project have you picked up?

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The insulated curtain out of mostly upcycled fabric for my balcony door. :)

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Ah, I have wondered about that now and then. I thought it was so ingenious and I've kept a great pile of cotton jersey ex-clothes to do a similar thing with the Afghan that I've made. I guess I should get on with that 😍

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The people doing V2K with remote neural monitoring want me to believe this lady @battleaxe is an operator. She is involved deeply with her group and @fyrstikken . Her discord is Battleaxe#1003. I cant prove she is the one directly doing the V2K and RNM. Doing it requires more than one person at the least. It cant be done alone. She cant prove she is not one of the ones doing it. I was drugged in my home covertly, it ended badly. They have tried to kill me and are still trying to kill me. I bet nobody does anything at all. Ask @battleaxe to prove it. I bet she wont. They want me to believe the V2K and RNM in me is being broadcast from her location. And what the fuck is "HOMELAND SECURITY" doing about this shit? I think stumbling over their own dicks maybe? Just like they did and are doing with the Havana Syndrome.

They are reckless and should have shown the proper media what they had before taking me hostage for 5 years.

What would you say while having a gun pointed at your head from an undisclosed location? Have people find it? My hands are tied while they play like children with a gun to my head. Its a terrorist act on American soil while some yawn and say its not real or Im a mental case. Many know its real. This is an ignored detrimental to humanity domestic threat. Ask informed soldiers in the American military what their oath is and tell them about the day you asked me why. Nobody has I guess. Maybe someone told ill informed soldiers they cant protect America from military leaders in control with ill intent. How do we protect locked up soldiers from telling the truth? https://ecency.com/fyrstikken/@fairandbalanced/i-am-the-only-motherfucker-on-the-internet-pointing-to-a-direct-source-for-voice-to-skull-electronic-terrorism

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These look good but I need a device to crack the code. Haha. What are the hidden messages?

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the struggle of managing knitting in the round, not knowing how to hold two colours and maintaining tension with magic loop knitting when the cable in your circular needle is stronger than you are led to my downfall.

That's my reason for using one colour and one colour only, or if more than one, then rows of colour, no complicated pattern. I hate that it looks so easy and in reality is difficult to achieve.

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Nice guides for measuring/custom fit socks.

Alas my only experience with threat is doing needle point with my great grandma building little Christmas villages with yarn and these plastic grids.

!PIZZA

!LUV

!LOLZ

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