Oof, the days go fast, don’t they?
It’s the first Thursday of the month again, so time to talk about socks.
So, I have a confession to make … for the first time in maybe a year, I don’t have a pair of socks on the needles!
Don’t get me wrong, I have plans … some plans I am really excited to share as they take shape. But the combination of lots of WIPs and Stage 1 Moving has not been conducive to Starting New Things. Especially if those things require a bit of thought.
So instead, I have some pictures of my finished Favorite Socks to share (as if you haven’t seen enough pictures of them in progress) (on Ravelry here)
I have to say, I’m super pleased with how these came out. It’s hard to do the yarn justice in the photos … Viola yarn has such beautiful and subtle color layering … watching the stitches unfold was a joy. Every color but the light blue was from a Viola sock kit specifically for these socks — and I picked up a mini skein of hers at the same time to add to the fun. The yarn is wonderfully soft, but sturdy — just what you want for a pair of socks.
And I also love the pattern itself. As a quick recap, It’s Emily’s Favourite Socks by Emily Foden, handdyer behind Viola yarns. It had been awhile since I’d done a traditional, top down sock. My feet are pretty flat, so having a gusseted sock isn’t a must for me. But my, this reminded me how pretty they look.
The socks are a great mix of cozy and functional — not so slouchy that I won’t be able to wear them in boots when it’s cold out, but perfect for loafing around the house in (fingers crossed they don’t grow too much in blocking though!)
I really appreciated people’s feedback on the toes last month. In the end, I opted for a mostly white toe with just a pop of red — I had more of the white left than any color, and I was looking ahead to using the yarn for Alex the Mouse. And I’m really glad I did. The white shade in a bigger expanse of stockinette has so much beautiful pink-y variation, which it was hard to get a sense of from a small stripe!
Despite finishing these weeks ago, I haven’t quite gotten around to weaving in the ends and blocking — a task for the weekend, maybe.
As always, I encourage you to go check out what my fellow sock-a-longers are knitting up at the moment: Paula has some exciting new heels to show off over at Spin a Yarn, Kat from Felinity Knits has some gorgeous orange socks hot off the needles, and Stefanie from Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons is always up to something fantastic. And if you’d like to join along, we write about our sock knitting adventures on the first Thursday of every month — just let one of us know so we make sure to link up with you!
Back tomorrow, if all goes to plan, with a new bunch of Friday Favorites!