Sunday, July 19, 2020

Uneven Ribbing Socks

More socks.

I promise the next project I share will not be socks.

But, as my go-to in times of stress, there will be more socks coming. This year is a lot to take.

I’m trying to stick with the easier sock patterns — in particular, I’ve been knitting my way through patterns featuring 4-stitch repeats. This one is Uneven Ribbing by Charlene Schurch. It’s a basic 2x2 rib with the rows staggered.

Top view of feet wearing hand knit socks in shades of red with hints of other colors, on a white background.

Using yarn leftover from previous sock projects, I alternated between two yarn colors every two rows. The exception is at the toe where I used only one yarn color. The yarns used are:
  • Plymouth Yarn Happy Feet in colorway 07: short gradients of red, green and blue
  • Plymouth Yarn Happy Feet in colorway 4: subtle red variations
  • Ella Rae Lace Merino in colorway 209: short gradients of red with a dark brown or black
  • Cascade Yarns Heritage Paints in colorway 9926 Cherry Berry: short gradients of red and dark blue
  • Dream in Color Smooshy with Nylon in colorway Cabaret: a mix of multiple colors that takes on an overall red-purple hue

The Dream in Color yarn was a last-minute addition when I realized there wasn’t enough of the other yarns to complete the socks. It changes the overall look of the socks quite a bit by taking them from red-with-dark on the leg to red-with-bright-and-colorful on the foot. It works, even though it wasn’t my original intention. Design changes like this happen when working with scraps!

Feet casually posed wearing hand knit socks in shades of red with hints of other colors, on a white background.

The two Happy Feet yarns and the Ella Rae yarn are now out of my stash. My big basket of sock yarn has gone from filled to the brim to only about 2/3 full in recent months.

I hope you and yours are safe and healthy. Take care.

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.