Sunday, June 28, 2020

Waffle Cone Socks

I’m still trying to knit my anxiety away through making socks. Is it working? I don’t know, but I do feel better when I look at the colors and feel the textures.

My latest pair of socks is from the Waffle Rib pattern by Charlene Schurch. It’s another simple pattern that keeps my hand busy and lets my mind wander just a bit. I call them Waffle Cone Socks as a nod to the pattern, the colors and the summer weather.

Top view of feet wearing hand knit striped pastel socks on a white background.

Once again, I used a set of US-1 (2.25 mm) knitting needles with a cast-on of 72 stitches. This combination is working well for me as I knit with a variety of leftover yarns of different weights and gauges.

This time after I split the balls of yarn roughly in half, I knit with three colors at a time, alternating them every two rows. The yarns include:
  • Shibui Knits Socks in colorway 1765
  • Snowdrop 80% alpaca/20% silk in pale green
  • Schaefer Yarn Company Anne
  • Regia 4-f├Ądig Patch Antik Color in colorway 5753

Three other yarns, a beige and a gray from previous projects of mine and a leftover self-striping yarn of my mom’s, were also added to the mix.

I had a few false starts with this pair of socks, trying to find the right balance of the colors. I had a lot of solid pink but not as much of the other colors. In the end, I used up all of the Snowdrop, Anne, and Regia yarns, plus the unnamed beige yarn.

Casually posed feet wearing hand knit striped pastel socks on a white background.

I was all set to move on to a sweater but, well, there were some issues. That seems to be a running theme for 2020, unfortunately, Thankfully, my yarn issues are nothing in the grand scheme of things and I was able to cast on ... another pair of socks.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Braided Gem Socks

Once again, I have a project to share but not much to say.

Casually posed feet wearing hand knit wool socks in shades of gray with spots of purple against a white background.

The yarn is new to me: Wonderland Yarns & Frabjous Fibers Mary Ann in colorway 299 Moonbeams. It’s a soft yarn with a little bit of fuzziness that I hope won’t pill. The hand-dyed colors are gorgeous splashes of purples, blues and pinks against shades of gray. I had absolutely no problems with pooling.

Toes of feet wearing hand knit wool socks in shades of gray with spots of purple against a white background.

The pattern is Braided Gem Socks by Elizabeth Ravenwood, from the book “Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn” by Carol Sulcoski. It’s easy to understand and I memorized the pattern repeat early on, but I had a few issues with the stitch count when I reached the toes. I’m not sure whether the fault lies with me or the pattern, but I was able to make it work without much effort so it wouldn’t prevent me from knitting the pattern again.

Temperatures here are now consistently high enough that my toenails are painted and my sandals are seeing regular use. But there’s still so much going on in the world right now that I’m continuing to use sock knitting as a form of therapeutic stress relief. At this rate, I’ll have a lot of happy surprises when I revisit my sock drawer in the fall.

Take care out there.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Baby Cable Rib Socks

I don’t have much to say right now except that knitting socks really soothes my nerves.

Feet in a casual pose against a white background, wearing hand knit multi-colored socks with a subtle cable rib pattern.

With a skein of Dream in Color Smooshy in the colorway 901 Cabaret, I knit the Baby Cable Rib pattern by Charlene Schurch in her book “Sensational Knitted Socks.”

Close-up of the cuffs and legs on a pair of hand knit multi-colored socks with a subtle cable rib pattern against a white background.

The stitch pattern was easy to remember. I’ve worked with Smooshy before and still love that the texture is true to the name. It was fun to see how the hand-dyed colors played out in the knitting.

Close-up of the toes and feet on a pair of hand knit multi-colored socks with a subtle cable rib pattern against a white background.

I have plans for at least two more pairs of socks in the near future. It’s not the most practical project choice considering we’ve already had temperatures in the 90s F (30s C), but they’ll get plenty of wear in time.

For now, they’re excellent therapy.