Socks, Socks, Socks + another free pattern
As you can probably tell from my essay in our little LGStitched project, I love hand knit socks. I love to knit them, I love to wear them, I love to give them as gifts, and I love to dream about them.
Some of my fellow sock knitters have a closet full of sock yarn. I have enough to keep me busy for a long time, but not quite a closet full! I do, however, have at least 20 sets of dpn's, and right now I have 14 socks on the needles, all at different stages of development. That's a lot of ribbing coming my way (they are all of the toe-up variety). And, I usually finish spinning another ball of sock yarn every few days on my new wheel (you can see just some of June's spinning in the basket above), so maybe I will need that closet soon. Hopefully the closet will be for the socks, not for the yarn. It really is a great thing that sock knitting is the most portable of all knitting. And small projects aren't so hot and sticky out here either. Let me tell you, I have been working on a big woolen sweater lately, and it is an air-conditioning-only project.
One pair that I recently finished is made of Yarntini's sock yarn in the "Pure Knits" colorway, a gift from Illanna. This is one of four pair(s?) of pink and brown socks that I am working on right now. The ball of pink and brown from Stephanie on the top of the photo below may also become socks, which would make five, or is that six?
All of the goodies above are from Stephanie at Spritely Goods. Her yarns and batts are yummmmmmmmmy. Here's a little close-up. Remember, the pink is for Stephen (usurper of Illanna).
And even more sock yarn. This time it is Kool-Aid dyed SWTC Optimum Dk. I dyed and overdyed....four times...to get the browns and purples and greens that I wanted. The Optimum yarns are harder to dye with foodstuffs, but do retain dye quite well once they decide to accept them.
And, I am so lucky. Right now Stephen Dear is making me a special sock-knitting bag of his own wondrous design. Beautiful and functional! And felted, of course!
Here is that yarn again, this time in a nice cake. The dark purplish brown should stripe with the green sections, can't wait to get it on the needles. Should I finish one pair before starting this? Are 16 socks on the needles overkill?
So, socks. Ahh, socks. Did I really ever change the subject?
The love I used to feel for shoes has easily been replaced by my love for beautiful knitted socks (have I said the word "love" enough?). We mostly wear flip flops out here, so socks sometimes have to take on a different function. Therefore, Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you my own version of the flip flop sock, knit in Cascade "Fixation", of course, and free to you in the following pattern. Try it out, as it is easy, economical, fun, and practical. You don't often get that in one project. I may be stretching the "practical" part, as I am not sure that these socks do much except look cute and draw attention to your feet, which is not a bad thing, but maybe not essential. And the cotton yarn is a good choice for those of us desert knitters struggling to find something for our needles that doesn't feel like a sweaty mess after two minutes of knitting.
So, read through the pattern and get to work, even if you have never made socks before. Also, if you live in the Phoenix area, you should hop down to Tempe Yarn and Fiber. There you will receive a free copy of the pattern, nicely printed and in its own sleeve, when you buy your ball of "Fixation". They stock tons of colors, and lots of other awesome yarns, notions, needles, and fibers for knitting and spinning. This store is a true gem, and the owners, Jen and Terry, are so committed to the love of fiber arts, that it is infectious. They will put needles in your hands, set you up in front of a wheel, and get you going on any number of things in the blink of an eye, and all for the love of yarn.
Coming soon - one skein surprises, Steve felts some more bags (big surprise), and all the details about the contest that has yet to have a winner.