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These patterns are very simple and basic. They are more technique than line by line instructions, for the most part. I'm a "knitting theorist", and a lot of the patterns that I write are done in that style. It is a little bare here right now, but come back, I'm adding things regularly right now [now being summer 2002].
I am American, and use USA terms and needle sizes on all patterns.
I've spent my entire life making stuff. Everything in my life has undergone almost constant change except that.
I learned to knit at about 12 years old, and am now almost 40. I have knitted intricate and amazing things. I have studied ancient patterns and techniques, and spin my own yarn. What I have learned in all of that knitting is that often the simplest and oldest way of doing things is the best way for me.
I learned to knit socks from my Aunt Sandi. She taught me a square double-knitted Dutch heel combined with a round toe. I have one of her socks in mint condition on my desk, in plain sight right now. Her sock pattern inspired me to spend about 20 years perfecting my sock-knitting skills. I learned just about every variation of heel, toe, clock, instep, etc, that could be found or developed.
Two and a half years ago I gave birth to a daughter. I found that she could outgrow socks as I knitted them. I loved knitting her the little superwash wool socks dyed in kool-aid colors, but had to simplify. I am a sock expert who finally admitted to myself that the perfect sock is the tube sock with the round toe.