Lots of Socks

A while ago I started cleaning out the studio. I had piles of paper, swatches and UFOs everywhere. Unfortunately as I look around the studio today, I see that it’s in need of another clean up. But that’s a project for another day.

I was between book and magazine submissions and I usually experience a cooling off period before the next wave of creativity hits. I needed a mindless knitting project while waiting for my creativity to come back and some of those UFOs looked appealing.

In light of the fact that I don’t really consider myself a sock knitter, a surprising number of those projects were socks. In the span of a short couple of weeks I managed to finish off five pairs of socks. One pair just needed its toes grafted together. Most needed the second sock and some needed more than that.

pattern: Herringbone Rib Socks from Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn
designer: Kristi Schueler
yarn: Colinette Jitterbug in Bright Charcoal (87) purchased in November, 2007

I started these socks over three years ago and hadn’t finished them because I ran out of yarn. I bought another skein some time back and it was just waiting for me to finish the socks. Now what to do with the remaining yarn?

pattern: no pattern, I just winged it
yarn: Regia (missing ball band)

I like to have a basic sock on the needles for times when I need a project to take with me but won’t be a distraction. The main objective is to have something to do with my hands as opposed to a finished project. Time to start another one!

pattern: Burning Stripes (Rav link)
designer: Susan Luni
yarn: Zauberball by Schoppel-Wolle

I don’t remember where I first stumbled across this design but wow, was I ever intrigued by it. I just love the heel and the line up the back of the socks. All that was left to do was graft the toes together. Silly to leave it for so long. I guess this is another example of how it’s the process or technique that interests me and not the finished product. Does anyone else find it the same with their knitting?

pattern: Mermaid in Lucy Neatby’s Cool Socks Warm Feet by Lucy Neatby
designer: Lucy Neatby
yarn: Regia Kaffe Fassett Design Line Exotic Color Zany (4451)

I like showing this stitch pattern when I teach my class on Strategies for Knitting with Self-Patterning Yarn. I completed the first pair of these socks in 2009 only to loose them when we moved along with all my workshop teaching samples. I started this new pair last summer.

pattern: Jaywalker (Rav link)
designer: Grumperina
yarn: Regia Kaffe Fassett Design Line Exotic Color Clay (4454)

My original pair of Jaywalker socks were another casualty of our move, just like the Mermaid socks.