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As you know, I went a bit crazy at the Sock Summit this summer! I am industriously knitting my way through the collection of yarns I could not resist!

Gail Smith from Windsor Farms Rabbitry is an evil woman! Her booth at Sock Summit had skeins and skeins of lovely angora yarns just hanging around begging to be pet. But, that is just the bait to draw you into Gail's clutches. Once you get close enough, she pounces and thrusts a hand knit sock into your hands. You think, "Not that special". Oh, you poor innocent creature! Little do you know that you are trapped!

Gail then gives you an identical replica of the first sock but this one has been hand-washed and air dried. Wow! So soft!! Of course, I immediately asked, "Can the yarn be machine washed?" Her comes Gail's wicked smile as she hands me a sock that has been machine washed and tossed in a dryer. I thought I was holding a baby Angora bunny!!

Two skeins of plain white, Angora sock yarn flew into my bag!! The next trick was to find a pattern that would allow space for the fibers to fluff. I didn't want a lacy sock because I plan on wearing these socks a lot during the winter and I wanted them to feel "sturdy".

Nancy Bush's book, Knitting On The Road, has a wonderful variety of sock patterns that Nancy has "translated" from antique published patterns.

I chose the Child's First Sock that Nancy has re-written to fit a woman's foot. The shell pattern is exactly what I wanted. I also took the precaution of going up one size from my usual sock knitting needle. That way I know there will be room for the fibers to fluff up later.

As you can see, I've turned the heel and picked up the heel stitches. Just a few more hours of knitting and then I can start on the second sock. Of, course, I've been trying it on as I go and it fits perfectly!!

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Comment by Linda M Keefe on January 19, 2010 at 6:31pm
I know exactyly what you mean about socks and angora...made my first pair for a patient who is bedridden, now a pair for me....I LOVE THEM...
Comment by Peggy Stuart on October 28, 2009 at 11:05am
I thought they looked familiar! I don't have Knitting on the Road...yet! --P
Comment by Kelley Petkun on October 28, 2009 at 9:52am

Yes, the pattern is in Knitting Vintage Socks. All the socks I've been knitting lately have become a blur!
Comment by Kelley Petkun on October 28, 2009 at 9:51am
I will definitely be keeping these socks indoors!!
Comment by Knit4Many on October 28, 2009 at 6:11am
So pretty! I would have them be my lounging on the sofa socks. I don't know if I could where them outside. Well no doubt either way you will have happy feet.
Comment by KnitterGirl39 on October 27, 2009 at 8:45am
sooo pretty. Does this Gail have a website where she may be selling her such wonderful sock machine washable yarn? I would love to get me some plain white also and try to knit me some socks also. Your post makes it sound so lovely.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on October 27, 2009 at 7:00am
Kelley: I read that you can hold the bunny in your lap and spin directly from the bunny. Is that true? What an experience that must be. Your new socks look yummy! --P
Comment by angelkarhu on October 26, 2009 at 3:59pm
I just have to say that I can feel and pet this yarn. tehehehehe. I have this yarn in my stash, though I couldn't fathom putting angora on my feet. I'd much rather have it around my neck or on my hands. But I can assure you that it is uber soft.
Comment by Sock Girl on October 26, 2009 at 11:03am
The yarn sounds like fun! Would love to see the finished project.
Comment by caroleb on October 26, 2009 at 7:16am
Dear Kelley, these are the most beautiful socks and in angora. I will definietly have to make a pair (or more). Since I own the book Knitting on the Road I immediately went to find the pattern but it was not there. I then did a bit more research and in seems that it is in Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks book, one I don't own, but expect that it will be on my Christman wish list. :) Carole

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