Socks on Saturday

As we’re getting ever closer to Christmas, my project pile is spiralling woefully out of control. This, invariably, seems to happen every single year. As socks tend to be the knitted gift request of choice from my family members and friends, I nearly always have an out of control selection of sock projects on the go. At the moment, I’m working on four pairs alongside my bigger knitting/crochet projects (a Christmas jumper, a cardigan, a sock yarn blanket and two crochet blankets). Progress is a little slower than earlier this year due to job changes, and my decision to switch back to mainly top down sock pattens on DPNs, after a period spent working toe ups using the magic loop method on circular needles. It takes a little while to get back up to speed I think! Admittedly, I have also been focusing more on the Christmas jumper for the last couple of weeks as, unlike last year, I’d actually like to have a homemade one ready before Christmas Day!

But anyway, here are my hugely colourful and ‘typically me’ socky WIPs….

This first pair uses Hermione’s Everyday Socks pattern. The yarn I’m using is from Flamboyance Yarns. It’s their Odyssey high twist sock yarn in the ‘Box of Crayons – Lighter Shades’ colourway. I’ve only just started the leg on the first sock, so I should probably get a move on as I’d like to give them to my Mother for Christmas…

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This second pair is makes use of a feature I’ve never encountered before: slanted toes. Essentially, you knit the toe with a slanting feature on opposing sides for the left and right sock. The pattern is Whiz Bang! by Sarah Shoo, and the yarn is ‘Midnight Rainbow’ from Mothy and the Squid. I love the contrast of the slipped stitch pattern with bright and dark stripes of colour. This is another gift pair, but I’m not sure who they will be given to quite yet.

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This third pair will be going over to my second cousin…

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The pattern repeat I’ve used is called a Crossover rib. In practice, it’s much easier than it looks and very easy to memorise. I’ve nearly finished the first sock, and I’m hoping to finish the pair before the end of November.

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The yarn is Easyknits DW Toughie in ‘Crimson Crackle’, which was a Bonfire Night themed colourway from a couple of years ago. I went back to my ever-faithful  Sensational Socks book for this pattern.

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My last pair is the pair I’ve been working on longest. The yarn, you may notice, is a little odd: that is because it is an unwound sock blank. I’ve deliberately would it the opposite way, so I will get two socks with very different colours from the one sock blank.  Again, the yarn has come from Easyknits and it was a Sushi Sock Roll in the ‘Reversebow’ colourway. Very different and very distinctive.

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The pattern I’ve chosen for this pair is Devon from Cookie A’s book ‘Sock Innovation’. I will gladly admit, that I’ve not found the pattern easy. That is why this second sock has stalled at the second repeat for the moment. The fact that the first sock is far too small to fit my foot – despite working to gauge – is not much of an inducement to continue and finish the pair. I will finish them, I know, but the pair will certainly end up as a gift for someone with small feet.

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Linking this post with Keep Calm, Craft On. Now that my appallingly slow internet is functioning at a level that allows me to upload photographs again, I will hopefully be posting a little more regularly :-).