Hi friends, and happy last first Thursday of the month for 2018! If you’re new around here, every first Thursday a group of us post about socks. Paula hosts a little link up over at Spin a Yarn so that people can join in any month that suits. I’ve not made much sock progress since last month, so I’ll quickly tell you what I’ve been up to and then talk a bit about handknit socks and fit, something I’ve been thinking about a lot.
It’s that time friends … the first Thursday of the month where we talk about socks!
Not much to show this month! Just slight progress on my Waiting for Henry socks. I had such momentum on these while I traveled … I thought I just might manage to have a whole pair finished by this month’s post (imagine that!) But then I got distracted as soon as I got home by many other projects. Nevermind! I’m still in love with these. I had been concerned about the fit last month, and went ahead and blocked the first sock when it was nearly done, which sorted everything out (phew!). I then dragged my feet finishing the first sock, but was spurred on by #saturdaysockathon over on Instagram! I only recently started the second sock, and as with the first, the little colorwork section is completely addictive! Once I finish that, I am going to have to keep the pressure on myself to knit the rest of the vanilla sock (though the beautiful Once Upon A Corgi yarn should help with that!)
I used a bit of Leizu Fingering (which is in the colorwork) for the toe, and that’s the only think I’m not positive about at the moment. It’s a bit heavier than the sock body and feels a little stiff in comparison. But again, I’m relying on the magic of blocking to sort that out!
Hopefully next month I’ll have this pair finished, but until then, go check out what my fellow Once Upon a Sock-ers are up to this month. Check out Paula’s post and our link up — and feel free to join in as and when you’d like. And if you want even more sock knitting, head over to my lovely friend Kate’s blog … she’s got ambitious plans for an August Sockathon, where she sees how many pairs she can knit in a month. I love all the patterns and yarns she’s got queued up (and would totally join her if I, um, didn’t need to finish my dissertation this month!)
Phew, where did the weekend go? I spent most of it working, so today I’m playing a bit of catch up today. On my to do list? Play with stash sock yarn and find some perfect treats for my swap partner for Kat at Felinity Knits‘ Sock Yarn Stash Swap! I’m really excited to take part in my first swap!
Why hello again! First Thursday of the month, so time to talk socks! And I …. wait for it … have a finished pair! My first finished pair of 2018 (how is that possible?!)
The pattern is Lumineux by Ysolda Teague. The main body of the socks is knit in Countess Ablaze’s Sparkly Baron Blue-Faced Leicester in a one-off colorway called Velociraptor. The heels and toes are knit in Hedgehog Sock yarn — depending on how the heels on these wear, I might use the rest of the skein to knit Vintage Fairy Lights (I’m a little worried that this soft 90% merino and 10% nylon blend might not hold up to the hard wear I give my socks!)
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)
As I’ve mentioned a few times recently, my Viola socks are languishing a bit. I’ve been trying to figure out why that is. I couldn’t wait to cast them on, I love the pattern, I love the yarn … but I’ve just completely stalled out on the gusset! I think part of it I’ve been distracted by other things, like nearly finishing my Arrosa shawl and starting Southwell.
But I also think part of me needs to change things up. I’ve knit a fair few pair of plain jane socks (my Droving Socks excepted!) over the past six months, and I think maybe it’s time for a little change of pace.
So instead of showing you yet another picture of my Viola socks in the same place (basically they’ve barely grown since this post), wanna help me with planning my next pair?