sock project

Things From the Mailman

Today I received some FUN sock yarn in the mail. Awhile back when I got my big order from Knit Picks, I mean, that was exciting too, but that was all full of neutrals and pretty basic stuff, this one was my FUN package.

I received one skein of The Lemonade Shop's Toxic Oreo.

I think speckled yarn is one of my favourites right now. I've never been a big fan of the way variegated yarn looks but I love how exciting it is to knit with, with all those colour changes and what not. With this, you get colour changes (LOTS of colour changes) without the pooling issues I usually seem to run into.  

The issue that I'm having with this is that the yarn is so busy that I don't want to anything complicated because it will just get lost and everything I'm thinking of just doesn't seem like it's going to look good. Should I just stick with a plain stockinette sock or something with a wide rib? Any other ideas?

 

They also carry a colourway Mega Stuffed Toxic Oreo, but I may have to work my way up to that one. 

Sock Project III: Blackbird

I know, I'm missing the second pair of socks, but the yarn and pattern and needles were just not doing what I wanted them to so I had to put them away until I feel better about the whole thing.

In the meantime my giant order of "boring" (neutral) sock yarn came in the mail along with my book from Knit Picks. I figure since I'm kind of a beginner sock knitter Socktacular: Mix and Match Socks for Fancy Feet would be a pretty good place to start. It shows you a few different ways to do everything and tells you how to put it all together either toe up or cuff down, so I think it will be a nice place to start figuring out what is my way of knitting socks.  

As soon as I posted this picture I got a message from my mom in Phillidelphia, "Hey, I just got this book too!"

As soon as I posted this picture I got a message from my mom in Phillidelphia, "Hey, I just got this book too!"

For this pair I did a rolled cuff (something I've never tried before) with an eyelet cable pattern, a mitered heel (also new) and standard toe. 

If you want info on the yarn, needles, techniques and/or my random notes, you can find my Ravelry Project Page here.

Sock Project I: The First of a Thousand Socks

Awhile ago, for some strange reason, I decided that it would be a fabulous idea to knit my own socks instead of buying new ones. Huh.

I guess it makes sense for me since I don't actually wear socks most of the time anyway. I know it's summer and my thinking may be skewed but I can't remember the last time I wore socks other than when I was hiking. And those were knit socks that my mom had made me.

So instead of spending a little bit of money every once in awhile to buy some new socks, I thought it would be a better idea to spend a ton of money on yarn, once. (Once. Hah, I'm funny.)

I bought all of it online so while I am waiting impatiently for it to arrive I used some Paton's Kroy I had bought on impulse at Michaels because it was on sale this one time. I used a pretty basic pattern (you can find all the nitty gritty details on my Ravely Project Page) and they turned out pretty okay for my first pair of socks in a million years. A little bit looser in fit than I would like and the fabric could have been tighter knit, too, but you live and learn.

So, here they are in all their ridiculously stripped glory - the first of many

And please disregard the terrible indoor cell phone picture, I will maybe one day get a good shot of these super stripy socks

And please disregard the terrible indoor cell phone picture, I will maybe one day get a good shot of these super stripy socks