It’s that time again … the first Thursday of the month, so time to talk socks!
These mustard socks I’m making for Mr. N are coming right along … I’ve just put in waster yarn for the afterthought heel (in white) and once I’ve got a bit further, I’ll work that heel before finishing off the foot to ensure a good fit!
The yarn is discontinued Colinette Jitterbug sock yarn in one of my favorite shades of yellow (it’s a bit more mustard than my camera is showing off). As is pretty typical with me and socks, I’m not working from a pattern …. socks are the only thing that I wing ! The simple twisted stitch cable runs along both sides of the leg, before giving way to a nice plain stockinette foot. I began these socks concurrently, knitting a few repeats on one, then the other (the cable repeats made it easy to make sure I worked the legs the same length) and now I’ve reunited them to work the feet two at a time. I’m hoping these will be off the needles before long, as I have summery socks of my own design that I’ve been itching to cast on for …. oh the last 14 months!
I’m also, amazingly, halfway through teaching my first sock classes! We’re knitting boot socks out of West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley DK (75% British wool, 25% nylon), using Winwick Mum’s Basic DK sock pattern for guidance (with her permission: thanks, Christine!) . The first group got their heels turned and their gussets picked up last night (hoorah!), and the second group will be doing the same on Sunday … so I better hurry up and get a second boot sock leg and flap completed for the class example, unless I want to rip this one back (I don’t!) I’m having such fun teaching, meeting really nice knitters, and learning lots (lesson 1: don’t pick a dark color for your class sample, doh!) We’re already eagerly planning other knitting classes, for socks and other things too, which I’m finding just terribly exciting!
So this month, there are some exciting new changes to Once Upon a Sock. So many people had started joining in that we’re moving to a link party format! Paula from Spin A Yarn’s got the link party over on her lovely post this month (featuring awesome house socks)– you can hop over there to check out all sorts of sock-y goodness. And the extra nice thing with the link up is you can feel free to hop on and off the Once Upon a Sock train whenever you fancy — got a sock post next month on the first Thursday? Feel free to join us! Don’t want to post the next month? No pressure at all! Hopefully this will be a more flexible format that’s easier to manage for anyone who wants to join in 😀 Big thanks to Paula for hosting and to Kat from Felinity Knits (who has some gorgeous fair isle socks this month!) for doing the initial research to get it set up!
Thanks, as always for stopping by — happy sock knitting!