Monday, April 23, 2007

A Hole!

In 2006, we went on spring break to see my folks in Texas, where they spend their winters. After a visit with them, we went to Big Bend National Park, Guadeloupe National Park, and Carlsbad Caverns National Park. We camped and had a marvelous time.

I brought my spindle and worked on some superwash Merino that I had sundyed. I spun enough yarn for a pair of socks, and made these to commemorate the trip.

Last time I wore these socks, I noticed a small hole near the heel, apparently a dropped stitch that hadn't shown its face immediately. Foolishly, I tried to repair it by needle felting. Well, of course, they're superwash, and all I succeeded in doing was to make the hole larger! They lay on the side table, waiting for repair, for several months. Yesterday, I screwed up my ambition, and went about repairing them.

Luckily, I hadn't used all of my yarn when I made these, so I had extra for repairs. I pulled the yarn from the hole, and raveled the ankle from the foot. Set about picking the stitches back up and reknit the short row heel. I then kitchener grafted the two parts together. Took me roughly three hours of work - the grafting was the slowest, putziest bit.

But here they are, back together, and ready for more wear!

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