Socks Galore

So socks are my go-to, always have those on my needles, project (well except at this current moment but I think that issue will be remedied very soon). It’s kind of a safety blanket for me, going wherever I go regardless of whether or not I think I’ll be knitting.

No surprise, during this blogging hiatus, I’ve finished 3 pairs of socks, despite having had that huge Girasole project to finish:

From left to right: Vanilla Socks (#22), Seed Stitch Socks (#23), and my Goodwill Socks (#24). I guess my next pair of socks will be my 25th pair! I really do need to update my ravelry with my old socks that I had made for Christmases past.

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Socks Galore

Christmas Socks – Orange Rhythm

I like simple patterns for bus sock knitting. It’s not dry enough for without-looking-movie knitting, but it’s simple enough to not need to glance down at my phone every other second remembering the pattern.

For my Orange Rhythm socks, I used a simple 3×2 seed stitch rib, with Baah! La Jolla in California Poppy. Surprisingly, these socks didn’t take too long, considering they were men’s socks. I gave them to my uncle as part of the Christmas loot. It’s been a struggle finding interesting enough sock patterns that are masculine, simple, and engaging (the last two might be slightly opposing ideas), but I really enjoyed making these. Maybe they’ll be a future sock as well? We shall see…

On another note, check out this artist, Benoit Jammes’ work. I stumbled on this artist via thekitchn.com and I was absolutely enamored by the cassette series he did. Thinking about the ephemerality of so many forms of media and how many exist out there, finding a quirky and amusing use for these physical (now defunct) shells of entertainment really caught my eye.

Christmas Socks – Orange Rhythm

Socks!

I have a severe addiction to sock knitting. While I may not have a ton of socks in my closet, I have casted on approximately double the amount of socks that are there to show. Moreover, sock yarn never stays in my stash. I will use my sock yarn quite soon after purchasing it. Isn’t the feel of superwash merino in sock weight just dandy? It’s always too tantalizing to keep. Do you have a favorite yarn weight/feel?

I finished kitchener-ing my second sock on a pair I’ve been working on for approximately 4 months last night and wove the endings in this morning. No, I haven’t been continuously working on these. In fact, this specific pair of socks I’ve only continuously worked on for about 4 weeks. They’ve been hibernating quite a bit. Favorite time I worked on these? In a 15 foot by 10 foot hotel room packed with 8 guys (and me) in Santa Barbara for an ultimate frisbee tournament. Now that was fun times. In fact, that was where I finished the first sock. Then I got halfway through the leg of the second one before letting it rest for a couple months. And here they are:

Socks
Yup, wearing them in studio
Cables and Heel

Funny enough, these socks have been 4 other socks. Yup, that’s right 4 other socks. Well, technically not actually 4 other socks, but I’ve finished at least 1/2 of a pair (one) other sock with 4 other patterns? I’m sure none of that made any real grammatical sense, but I’m sure you readers know what I mean. I’ve frogged this yarn 4 times in the quest to finish them, and I’m pleased to present to you my Journey Socks. If anyone wants a pattern, I’ll gladly write one up, but for now, they’re simply the socks (yarn) that had been purchased in Seattle in 2010, traveled to Italy as one pair of socks, traveled in Europe as another pair of socks, to California as a different pair of socks, back to Seattle for the summer, and back to California as another pattern. And now, they’re a different pair completely.

Isn’t knitting about the journey/process? (I’m definitely a process knitter) Isn’t life about the journey and the process?

Socks!

SUN = Socks, Shucks, S(c)ider, Snip, Seaming, Swatching, and Socks

Yay for finished SOCKS!! I finally got my Mockery socks off of my needles on a beautiful, knit-filled Thursday! In honor of 2-day a week classes (in other words, Thursdays mean the weekend) I decided to spend the entire day on my balcony knitting away.

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I’d have to say this setup is working beautifully for me on my days without class: computer, balcony, sunshine, and knitting (with the occasional beer/cider).

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So right after I finished kitchener-ing my toes and as I was at the “Voila!” part of my double knitting, disaster struck! SHUCKS! I had a terrible cross between both and I am ashamed to admit what I did next; opened a bottle of S(C)IDER  and SNIP! Please don’t look down upon me, but I was so over fixing crossed stitches and frogging and re-knitting, that I simply cut the yarn and retied it correctly. Hey, at least these are my socks, and not gifts, right?

First pair of Amsterdam socks finished! I proceeded to have a finished product photo shoot.

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Unfortunately I don’t have anything I can block my socks with, so that will wait until my return to America…when I may possibly design my own and laser cut them!!

After those were finished with some Vampire Weekend in the background, I finally got around to finishing my Milly vest which has been finished (at least pieces) for about 2 months now. Finally, some SEAMING was done for this fella and she can finally be worn by yours truly!

Milly Finished     Milly Finished 2

(Yet another photo shoot followed)

After a quick chore break, I proceeded to SWATCH my next pair of socks, Esther. I was going to make up my own pattern for this, but a) didn’t want to ruin my yarn by trying and frogging and b) I found the PERFECT pattern so I just couldn’t resist. These are going to be done in my second set of Regia Extra Twist Merino Color yarn from Amsterdam as well. I really wanted a pattern that described my outlook on the city which was happy, cheerful, flower-filled, and cheeky so I looked to have a pattern with flowers. Success!

Yarn to be used     Yarn and needles

So, swatching done, and SOCKS started, I still have two projects casted on, a scarf for my mother for Mother’s day (though it’s 21 days until I see her again!! Yay! – after 12 months of seeing my parents for a total of 6 days, I will be reunited with them in TWENTY ONE! I’m so EXCITED!!) I think I have a sock addiction…at least one sock has to be casted on at all times. I guess it’s not so bad, considering I seem to have a problem with NOT felting them…blast my occasional spacey-ness!

’til next time, happy knitting!

(Follow the title and the bold words? Cheesy I know, but I was going for the alliteration)

SUN = Socks, Shucks, S(c)ider, Snip, Seaming, Swatching, and Socks

Double (Not too much) Trouble – So far…

With some yarn I had purchased at De Afstap in Amsterdam, I decided to make some Mockery socks. I haven’t created my own pattern for socks yet and since such awesome sock yarn isn’t quite accessible to me right now (at least I haven’t found it), I thought, why waste it on a potentially disastrous pattern?

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the very first stage of the socks…

Even before I came to Italy, I knew I loved sock yarn. My first experience had been with Lorna’s Laces Shepherd sock yarn and I immediately became a fan. However, coming here and not being able to ask for, much less find, sock yarn I almost forgot about how much I loved working with it. More on my international yarn experiences to come in a later post.

I used some Regia Design Line sock yarn in “Mirage Print Fire.”  Moreover, I decided to attempt to double knit this pair. I had some experience with double knitting with the Raccoon Hat but not with socks…I’m sure there’s a huge difference.

Some double knitting tips learned thus far:

1. Note the blue piece of scrap yarn tied around one of the strands. This is blue for a good reason: Blue = Back. Yup, this way when I realize blue is in front, something is really wrong there. However, it is super easy to slide the yarn down as I need to use it…let me tell you, possibly the smartest idea I’ve had thus far in my life.

2. Minimize the potential for crossing by keeping one strand on the left index finger and the other on the right. I believe this is combining Continental and English style but there is a good chance my jargon is completely wrong: I was never formally trained as a knitter, I just kind of explore and pretend that I do know.

Well, those are really all the tips I have thus far. I’m about 15% finished (but with BOTH socks!!) right now, so I really do have a long way to go. In fact, the best (hardest) part is yet to come: the heel! Stay tuned…

Double (Not too much) Trouble – So far…