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Year in Review Part 1: Socks!

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I guess it’s that time of the year again! I figured I would split my review of the past year into a few smaller, more manageable chunks. Even though I’ve had several weeks of a break, my brain still feels a little fried from that last semester. Hopefully, things will get better soon! I’ll start today with everyone’s favorites, the socks! I honestly thought that I had made more than 6 pairs throughout the year, but I guess I’m wrong. I might consider making that a resolution for next year- knit more socks. Lord knows I have enough sock yarn in my stash!

Starting at the top and going left to right (and newest to oldest), there are the By the Seine River Socks using Candy Skein Yummy in Butter Mint. I remember modding the pattern to make it top-down, but they still fit like a dream! The stitch pattern isn’t bulky at all, but allows just a bit of breathability. Plus, I still have the other half of this skein, so you better bet there will be another pair in these colors soon!

Next up, there’s the Pillars Socks. These are also in Candy Skein Yummy, although this colorway is Arctic Mint. Somewhere along the line I messed up the stitch pattern a little, but I still think they looks awesome. Plus, this picture totally shows the electric blue of this colorway. Trust me, if you haven’t picked any up yet, you MUST try Candy Skein. The Yummy is her standard wool/acrylic sock yarn blend. It is definitely not the softest sock yarn I’ve worked with, but it is fairly hard wearing the the dye is holding pretty well. Plus, her colors are just out of this world!

I knit these little anklets using the ever-wonderful Knit Picks Felici Self-Striping yarn. I have no idea how they make sock yarn this soft, but it actually came out of the machine looking the same as when it went in! Alas, I sent these on to my sister for a birthday present, so I guess I’m just going to have to add on a skein to my next order 🙂

Next are my Bubble Stream Socks. I remember this pattern being pretty awesome to knit- very entertaining. Still, I wish that I had added just a few stitches to it, because it does tend to not stretch the way stockinette does, making it a little tighter on my feet. I used the other half of the Candy Skein I mentioned earlier- it does knit into some awesome socks!

My Scrap Socks started as just being a fun way to waste time and use up some scrap yarn, but they did turn out into a pretty nice pair of socks. I love wearing them because they remind me of all of the projects I used the yarn for- even the gifts!

Finally, I started out the year with a pair of simple anklets using the rest of my Twilight Knits Superwash Merino Fingering Weight in the Duchess colorway. The first pair had faded a lot with some pretty heavy wear, but these haven’t yet. I just love those bright colors so much! And these are short enough that pretty much no one notices them, which means I can wear them whenever!

That’s it for now! Tomorrow I have a HUGE blog week(s) in review to share, plus I’ll show off my finished accessories from this year. Let’s get excited!

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WIP Wed: Simple Socks

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I’ve been bad. Instead of starting on the fronts of my cardigan, I’ve moved on to something really quick. It’s been a while since I’ve knit a pair of socks. I just wasn’t feeling it…but now I am!

Toesies

I’m starting out slow: just a dead-simple stockinette pair. I’m using the toe-up model with a slip-stitch heel, which is pretty much my favorite. The real awesomeness is the yarn: I’m using up the rest of my Twilight Knits Merino Superwash Sock in the Duchess colorway: the BRIGHTEST pink, yellow, black, and violent blue that you’ve ever seen. It’s awesome. I already used just over half of it on another pair of socks, so, thanks to my tiny, tiny feet, I can fit in another pair of anklets. Yeah!

Anklets...

So, at this point, I’ve got one whole sock finished and then the toe of the next one. They’re going really quickly, and I’m loving the ride. I’ve forgotten the ‘rush’ you get from a pair of socks. You get to use the most awesome yarn, the funnest patterns, and there’s no ‘this is taking forever’ lag. Especially with my tiny feet!

To see more WIP Wed. posts, check out Tami’s.

Sock Pattern Round-Up

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Since all I’ve done since we last spoke is cast on a pair of boring, plain-jane socks, I thought I would take a look at a couple of sock patterns that I’ve recently added to my ravelry quene- and maybe show you the yarns that I plan to use with them!

snagged from the ravelry page (link above)

duchess, unskeined

First up is Sunday Swing from Knitty Summer 2009. This pattern really just looks like a simple sock with a very simple lace pattern, which is just what I need for some of the more…eclectic…sock yarns ruminating in my stash. Right now I’m thinking about my Twilight Knits Superwash Merino Fingering Weight in the duchess colorway. I picked this up from her etsy shop well over a year ago. Pretty quickly, I knocked out a pair of Dead Simple Lace Socks, and it came out pretty awesomely. The mix of the pinks/purple, shocking blue, and golden yellow is gorgeous together- but you really can’t add much else without basically killing your eyes. Whoops. The one thing I’m not too happy about with this yarn is the amount of fading it’s taken in the past year of heavy wear, but is that really going to stop me from finishing the rest of the skein? NOPE!

snagged from the ravelry page (link above)

overexposed, so the colors are a little deeper than that, but I'm sure you get the idea...

Next, lets take a look at the Blackrose Socks from Knitty Winter 2008 designed by Suzi. At first I thought this was just a sort of standard sock with a little lace panel…and then I looked a little closer. The lace panel doesn’t run down the center of the leg like most do. Instead, it covers the side of the leg and foot, creating a really, really cool effect. I’m considering using my Araucania Ranco Multy, purchased at In Stitches Needlework for this project. I have actually already made a pair from this yarn, and I was really turned off that, despite the fact that it is 25% nylon, the sock still felted a little in the wash. Non-machine washable socks are not something I really desire, but I figure I’ll work something out- I can always just wash them in my sink and lay them out on a towel to dry. I think I have some wool-lite at home- I should totally pick that up. Anyway- Ranco Multy, greens, brown, a little bit of blue…cute. Hopefully, solid enough to fit with this pattern. I think it’ll work…

snagged from the ravelry page (link above)

once again, overexposed...sorry

Finally, the only pattern not from knitty! Here is Nutkin from Knitzi.com and designed by Betty. Nutkin uses yo’s and decreases to create a cable look without any cables. As a result, you don’t get the gaps and thickening that you can get from big cables, which is totally a plus for a sock! Despite the fact that its a free pattern there’s some really cute and professional touches throughout the pattern, and I think it’ll look great with the rest of my Malabrigo Sock, which I picked up at the then brand-new Yarn Lounge. I fell in love with the purple, and the little golden touches fit surprisingly well with the yarn (hey, those are the same colors as my tallis…trend?). Browsing through the pictures of other people who used the same yarn makes me think it will come out perfectly!