Summer Test Knits

Summer Test Knits

The blog is slowly sliding away from One Local Summer as winter draws ever closer, so I thought I’d fill in some space with knitting and spinning updates!  For those of you unfamiliar with knitting, when a designer whips up  a new pattern, he/she typically will want to have a friend test knit it to make sure all potential errors are worked out before officially publishing a pattern.  It gives the designer another set of eyes on the pattern which can be really helpful.  On my end, as a test knitter, it’s really fun to be the first person to have a go at a new knitting pattern and help out a friend at the same time.  So, that’s what I did this summer (among other things).

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Pattern: Barrel Riders Sock
Designer: Corrine Walcher
Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
Yarn: Aisha Celia Designs Hand-Dyed in “178AA”
Ravelry Project Link
I finished these pretty quickly and love the neat detail on the heel as well as the wave pattern on the leg/instep.  For the time being, this pattern is a special release just for a yarn club and isn’t available to the public just yet.

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Pattern: Clara Barton
Designer: Corrine Walcher
Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight in unknown Mill Ends colorway
Ravelry Pattern Link
Another fun project!  I think I knit these in about a week, so they knit up super quickly.  The yarn just happened to be a happy match for a sock pattern called Clara Barton, named for the woman who founded the American Red Cross.  It was a Mill End I picked up at Rhinebeck a few years ago, and I’m glad I held on to it for just the right pattern.  Love that little cross on the heel, and the cable running down the front.  Another great design and fun test knit!

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