Once Upon a Sock: March Edition

It’s that time again!  The first Thursday of the month: time to talk socks.

Sock knitting has again been thin on the ground since my last post, but after a big sweater finishing spree this weekend, I did put in some time on my Lumineux earlier this week.  The second leg is now one repeat shy of being done, and then it’ll be time to put in the afterthought heels.  The pattern suggests you put in the scrap yarn for the afterthought heel, knit just a bit, and go ahead and work your heel so you can try the foot on so you can get the length just right.  Once I do the heels, I think I’ll knit the remainder of the feet two at a time — variety’s the spice of life, right?

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I’ve blogged about these before but as a quick reminder (or if you’re just joining us …) the pattern’s Lumineux by Ysolda Teague, knit in Countess Ablaze sock yarn with a bit of sparkle!

I’ve also made a little progress on the vanilla English Rose socks I mentioned last week — I love that they match the tulips we got this week:

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When I was doing my big stash sort through, I found some old, partially knit socks from many moons ago that looked very neat — and remembered that I used to often knit my socks on US size 0 (2.0 mm) needles and decided I should perhaps start doing that again, especially for lighter fingering weight yarns.  So I’m knitting these on US 0  ni new to me Hiya Hiya short circulars.  Holding the shorter circulars is definitely a bit different, but the more I do it the more I’m convinced that I like it.

These are knit out of West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in one of their new Florist colorways, and I’m really enjoying it.  The pink and peach splotches and speckles are so charming.  And this is my first time actually knitting with WYS 4ply (though I have a few colors in my stash, oops!) and I really like the blend.  It’s 75% wool and 25% nylon, but it doesn’t feel like your standard wool-nylon blend.  The yarn feels sturdier than a merino sock yarn, but still soft.  It’s definitely convincing me I need to make some WYS socks for myself soon (these are destined to be samples!)

That about does it for me!  But go check out what my fellow sockalongers are up to this month.  We’ve got quite a whopping four new kids on the Once Upon a Sock block[er] (sorry I couldn’t resist!) — if you’d like to join in, we talk socks the first Thursday of the month. Just let one of us know so we can make sure to link you up! You can find lovely Paula, with her almost finished socks, at Spin A Yarn; Kat’s got some adorable ankle socks over at Felinity Knits; Stefanie’s made some sock progress over at Stefanie Crafts with Wool Paper Fabric (formerly Wooly Cakes and Wooden Spoons); and welcome to Steph from My Making Do Adventure, whose got a lovely finished off pair of socks; and welcome to Liz from Knitting from the Hip, whose got some socks and baby booties on the go, Reanna from Knit, Reanna, Knit, who is also knitting some Countess Ablaze socks and experiment with heels, and Kathy B from CompassionKnit.  I’ll update everyone’s links as people’s posts go live 😀

We’re in the midst of snow and cold here in the UK, so back to sock knitting for me — my toes need some more woolly socks! Thanks, as always, for stopping by!

 

Featured Finished Objects: Wood Warbler Cowl and Ruschia Hat

After sitting the lovely August pattern out because of moving craziness, I was excited to jump back into A Year of Techniques in September and October.  September’s project was Martina Behm’s Wood Warbler Cowl, which taught garter stitch grafting.  This month’s was the Ruschia Hat, designed by Woolly Wormhead, which featured short row shaping, but also, building on last month’s project, used garter stitch grafting — I know I’ve talked about this before, but I love how the sequence of AYOT designs build on each other, giving you chances to practice and reinforce the skills you learned in previous months!

What was extra fun about these past two projects was that they shared some features — squishy, delicious garter stitch with clever design to keep it interesting — which meant that they were both really addictive (and quick!) to knit and lent themselves to making a non-matching, but coordinating set (my favorite kind) — just in time for autumn weather for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere!  I finished my hat this past Sunday and have already sported my new, purple-hued pair of projects around town a few times!

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