I haven’t been traveling anywhere the last few weeks, but instead, my days are filled with intense writing, and my evenings are filled with intense sock knitting. I’ve been a little anti-social as of late, no wonder with all these isolating activities, but as the new semester starts today, I must emerge from the cocoon once again. But not without one last hurrah weekend of writing job materials, which are due in draft form today.
Enough of that work talk. Look at all the pretty socks! In reverse chronological order:
These beauties are Wanida by Cookie A in Hazel knits artisan sock, colorway Hoppy Blonde. I knit these for a solid socks color knit-a-long on ravelry. This month is yellow month. I am not a huge yellow fan, despite the fact that I’ve now knit 3 pairs of yellow socks, so I sought out some golden yellow yarn for these socks, and I am in love with this yarn. It’s not the softest to knit with, but the colorways are breathtaking. The dyer has mentioned a merino cashmere blend sock yarn in the future and I can’t wait: gorgeous colorways and soft yarn. What more could I ask for?
My second pair of socks are Chicklets socks by Anne Hanson, knit using Sanguine Gryphon Bugga yarn in the colorway Sea Urchin. They look like bubble gum to me, which is one reason why the pattern and yarn were a good pairing, bubble gum chicklets socks. This yarn was glorious soft and sport weight so these socks knit up quickly. Although they look pink, the colorway is a nice blend of pink and peachy orange, creating a lot more visual complexity in person. As usual anytime I knit with Bugga I enjoy the process. It’s a good reminder we should always keep comforting and beautiful things around us.
And now for the big finale, Norwegian Rose socks by Wendy Johnson, knit in Spud and Chloe fine. The yarn has some silk in it and is a little shiny, but pleasant enough to knit with. The pattern represents a big accomplishment for me in the sock knitting world, my first pair of colorwork socks! This took me about 5 weeks to knit, but as I neared the end, I was getting a lot faster at knitting with 2 yarns. I’m still working on tension, and these are a little tight in the cuff, but I’m sure I’ll get better with practice.
I have several more pairs of socks on the needles right now, and the new year of my knit-a-longs on ravelry starts Sept 1. So I should have a few more pairs of socks to show you soon. In the busy months ahead, I need the immediate reward of finishing a pair of socks.