May 8, 2008

Socks Socks Socks

I've spoken (probably a lot) about my strong preference for socks as the ideal travel project, at least for me. They are small, light, easy to keep track of and come in a charming variety of difficulties. There's a seemingly endless parade of sock yarns out there, and at the beginning of April, when I decided to only work on socks while I was on tour for the next 36 days, I relished the opportunity to make it through a bunch of patterns I've been meaning to work on. I thought that considering that there are lace socks, cabled socks, plain socks, large socks, little socks, socks with picots and socks with ribbing... I thought it would be really hard to get sick of them. Wrong. You can stick a fork in me folks because I. Am. Done.

This tour I knit the Rivendell socks out of "I am the Eggpant" Dyed in the Wool Handmade sock yarn.

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I knit a pair of plain vanilla socks from the forthcoming "Sock Ease" from Lion Brand Yarn.

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I knit another plain pair in Blue Moon Heavyweight (forthcoming colour "Grimm's Garden"

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Then I finished a pair I haven't told you about, because I knit them all stealth so Rachel H wouldn't find out, what with them being a birthday present for her. These are the lovely Leyburn pattern, knit up in the new STR colourway "Knitters without Borders". ($3 per skein going to the good guys.)

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I love the stitch pattern on this one. The stranded pattern does very, very interesting things with a handpainted yarn. (They fit Rachel H too...so it was a win-win.)

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Then I finished the Loksins socks, knit from Unwind Yarn Company's superwash merino (colour "Northshore")

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(She's a little handdyer, so remember that as with all works of art there are going to be limited numbers.)

Coming in close to the end of the tour then, I started a pair of Francie socks (I LOVE this pattern. It's wildly interesting without being at all as difficult as it looks like it might be.)

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The yarn there is another one I hadn't used before, Classic Elite's Alpaca Sox (60% Alpaca, 20% Merino Wool, 20% Nylon) in a colour I adore, what with my fetish for 70's appliance colours.

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This is 1843 "Cornsilk"...

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and they fit Ken perfectly, which is awesome, because that was the plan.

Now? Now I think that I might knit a sweater.

Posted by Stephanie at May 8, 2008 2:12 PM