Socks O’Plenty

Socks socks socks…. everywhere I look I see socks! I just finished my latest pair of hand knit socks in two days (yes two socks in two days) using a tweaked version of an old favorite pattern. I love the detail of ‘Hermione’s Everyday Socks‘ by Erica Lueder. Easy enough to memorize that I can knit while I watch my favorite show, but enough interest to make me continue without getting bored – that’s a good sock pattern for me. I did change a few things: I made them toe up with a short row heel and two at a time (TAAT) because I HATE when I get finished with one sock, very excited and happy; only to realize I have to do it’s twin… ugh! If I can knit a pattern TAAT, even if it gets a bit finicky, you better bet your yarn stash I’ll try it.IMG_0139Speaking of yarn stashes, I just added to mine this week – with a nice little shipment from Knit Picks. *drool* I love their sock wool so much. They produce my favorite mass produced sock wool!

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Some of this will be sent to my friend overseas (she and I do yarn and sweets swaps at least once a year) and the rest will be socks for me (that always sound so selfish) I just need to get a pretty grey for the rainbow (for contrasting heels and toes)

What is your favorite sock wool?

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Fall ‘N’ Socks

There’s something comforting about fall maybe it’s the yellows, the oranges and the reds. I know some people don’t like fall because leaves are falling and it’s like they’re dying. I look at them as though they are flowers. They’re green when everything else is colorful but then when everything starts to turn brown around them, the leaves turn these vivid colors that stand out more than flowers do in spring and summer.

Across the pond

I sat on the bank of our town pond, facing west and knitted a hat for my son as I enjoyed the view of the changing leaves and the sounds of my cousin fishing.

Fall in the Black Hills

I love fall and I love winter but that could be because I love the cold and snow. I grew up in the west coast where we had no seasons compared to other parts of the country. Now that I live in the Black Hills, I absolutely love seasons, especially the cold ones. And now I have more reason to knit all year round to prepare for the next cold weather season. We are currently at the beginning of our cold weather with some snow here and there, but nothing like what we are supposed to get Thanksgiving (4″-8″).

This is hours away from us, but my favorite ever view is the Tetons!

At the top

Beginning of November at the top of the mountain we have right outside of town

Wait! It’s the Monday prior! Can you believe it is only a few days before Thanksgiving? Where did the year go? I guess this year has gone by very fast for me because I had my head down as I’ve been knitting socks like a sock knitting junkie. I’ve been obsessed as I have been looking for new sock yarn, sock patterns, different types of sock needles than I normally use.

I’m still amazed by myself that my first experience sock knitting took me months to finish a sock. Yes, A sock not one pair, one sock of basic stockinette stitch and it was an orphan. I ended up throwing the sock away, the rest of the yarn and didn’t try to knit socks again for a few months. I didn’t even photograph that first sock (only the toe as I started working on it) because I was so embarrassed by it (I had done the toe increase so wrong and it was increased on the top of the foot but not the bottom, so you can imagine how silly it looked).

Time hop always reminding me of how much I screwed up

But I was determined to knit socks because I’ve always been attracted to the look of a hand knitted sock. Even if the colors are bright they still look comfy and inviting…. almost rustic (in a good way). To me, rustic is not an insult but it is a compliment. It communicates something is comforting and relaxing instead of being hurried and stressful.

I know there are some who do not appreciate the time, love and effort put into a hand knit sock. Some people think they are below personal standards. To those people: I feel sorry for you, I truly do.

Like these comfy, warm socks. How can you say no to these?

Granted there are some socks that are scratchy because the wool is produced and manufactured in a certain way. And there are other wools that are some of the softest, and most comfortable you’ll ever feel.

Just think of it like a coffee shop sometimes you get a bad coffee but does that mean you stop drinking coffee altogether? No. You just go find another coffeeshop or maybe you try a different type of coffee or even add some sugar or flavored cream to salvage it. Same goes for knitted socks, just try a different wool or maybe even washing them a couple times to soften them up. Hand washing and air drying are socks best friends, even super wash wool seems to wear better when given that extra love and attention.

Hanging socks to dry during this past summer

My goal when I started knitting socks was to replace every pair of store bought white cotton socks I owned. Now I’m just trying to knit every single pair of socks I can since I’ve already accomplished my first goal.

29 pair of hand knit socks

 

I have knitted so many pair of socks that I can’t keep track of how many (I haven’t loaded them all on my Ravelry either, so that is no help).

What are your favorite sock patterns and sock wool?

I am still in love with Knit Picks Felici (at the time of this post, it was still available) as well as their Stroll (in Tweed, Hand painted, Tonal, Glimmer, Brights, or normal).

I look forward to feedback, so if you have questions just comment and I’ll get back to you.

♦Nay-Nay♦

 

Do you dream in wool?

What do you daydream about?  (Keep it clean people!)   I am pretty simple when it comes to my fantasies: yarn, colored pencils, planners, self folding clothes and a magical self cleaning kitchen. Two of these things I’ll never see in my lifetime, but it doesn’t hurt to have high hopes, does it?

Lately I have been knitting up a storm of socks and a sprinkling of hats for the approaching months of frigid weather we are to expect. What is cozier than a pair of super wash woolen hand knit socks as you snuggle on the couch with you favorite furry friend and enjoying some hot tea or coffee? Nothing that I can think of, but that could be because I am currently in said situation. My two children have arguments over which one of them will get the newest pair of tube socks I make (those the pinks, purples and sparkly yarns can decide that pretty quickly!) I am currently knitting up a pretty pair of rainbow themed socks with some wool that was gifted by Steph. *thanks again Steph!*

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Latest progress of daughter’s socks (between coloring and planning)

I guess you can tell I am also into this adult coloring craze from the above photo. I’ve always been a coloring fan, and these adult coloring books are so much more detailed than the ones we grew up with as kids. I am a huge fan of colored pencils instead of pens/markers because you can layer and shade without damaging the paper or bleeding through. I’m using my current love of a pencil brand: Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor pencils. They are oil based pencils that keep their point much longer than other brands I’ve used and don’t break either. They are worth the investment if you are serious about coloring.

Speaking of investments, we should discuss one of my favorite purchases this year: my planner. It may sound weird because it’s a coiled pile of paper, but I love my planner so much. In January I had been looking through the planner community on Instagram, wondering what planner to get when it hit me: Erin Condren Life Planner had what I wanted. I had read great reviews, seen many photos and videos of how others were using them, and got a coupon code to save some money on my purchase so I couldn’t go wrong. I use it all of the time and highly suggest buying one. The company just released a new layout this week as well, so you should check it out if you are interested in a planner for 2016. Click on that link and you’ll save $10 on your first order – and who doesn’t like to save money?! They even have notebooks and customizable covers that are so beautiful! See?
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Look! We are back to my first fantasy: yarn! The most perfect self striping sock yarn from Knit Picks named Felici. The company keeps it at a limited availability so it is one of those survival of the quickest clicker type situations when it is released online as all the crazy Felici fans attempt to snag their favorite colors before someone else gets them – including this Felici fanatic!

Aside from the mythical self folding laundry and self cleaning kitchen, there isn’t much that I can say that I dream about. Happy colors in all sorts of crafty supplies is what it comes down to.

Keep an eye out for my next post:
I’ll try to gather the photos of all the socks I’ve been making this year. Prepare yourself for a colorful assortment wooly goodness. I am also working on a pattern and would love to get some testers to knit it up before I release it.

I look forward to feedback, so if you have questions just comment and I’ll get back to you.

♦Nay-Nay♦