Neon socks galore

Possibly inspired by the freezing winter weather, or possibly just because, but I’ve been bitten by the neon sock knitting bug (yes that’s a thing). In terms of my garment knitting I definitely tend to keep things on the safe side, but I have zero fears of going wild on my hand knit socks. Currently I am feeling all of the highlighter colours, and my feet deserve a little party every now and again.

Yesterday I finished up this neon stripey pair of socks made out of Nicole C Mendez yarn (this is the Avada Kedavra colourway). She makes the absolute loveliest self-striping yarn, which I’ve also used before for a mint green striped pair.

You might notice that, completely out of character for me, I’ve actually matched up the stripes on these socks! Feel free to burst out into applause. I didn’t suddenly get bothered by matching up stripes though, but the black stripe fit so perfectly for the fish lips kiss heel on the first sock that I decided to recreate it on the second.

 

And the next sock of neon-goodness if already cast on..How good does that toe look?? Hmm.. delicious..

FO: Wilderflower sockblank socks

Pattern: Vanilla sock pattern
Yarn: The Mermaird yarnery sockblank in the Wildflowers colourway

Last week my second ever pair of socks made out of sockblanks came off the needles (the first pair were these super fun pineapple socks), and I still believe the concept is a lot of fun. Over the years I have definitely developed a knack for imagining what yarns will knit up like, but with sockblanks I am a complete novice. I imagined these particular socks to be a 100 times more busy than they actually are. In hindsight they could have easily been combined with a simple lace pattern.

I don’t regret knitting these into vanilla socks though, especially because it highlights how the two socks have a different colour emphasis. The colour in one sock reminds me of tropical sunrise sort of scenes, whereas the blue sock feels a bit more wintery.

I think last year I’ve been sticking fish lips kiss heels into basically all of my vanilla socks (mostly because I have the pattern memorised), but I decided to go with a good ole heel flap in this pair.

And as a rule, I always have a pair of simple socks on the needles, so a new cast on has already happened.

Stitching on

Hello lovely people, I hope you are all doing well. I’ve been going through an exceptionally busy period, followed last week with a miserable week in which I was pretty sick. Altogether this left me with a feeling of having neglected my knitting, so I decided to take stock of where my projects are at.

Since my last blog post I actually cast on a new shawl. This is a sample knit for Amy, who is the mastermind behind Stranded Dyeworks. The pattern is called Cosmic Wonder, and it’s actually my first time working brioche stitch. And I totally get the hype now! It’s so simple, yet more interesting than stockinette or garter stitch. And the fabric it creates is. so. freaking. squishy!! Especially combined with the intermingled garter sections, this is making for one squishy, soft, and lovely shawl. It’s also very fun to have two different sides to the shawl. I’m now working (and nearly finishing) section 5 out of 6, so I guess I’ve been making more progress than I thought after all.

I’m also still working on my Ondawa sweater, for which I nearly finished the back panel. Meaning, I’ll be entering sleeve-land in the near future, which is getting me very excited. Because it actually means I’ll have a finished sweater soon! Yay!! I also received my copy of Woods – making stories in the mail last week, which is giving me inspiration for at least 3 new sweater cast ons. If you have not pre-ordered this book yet, I can wholeheartedly recommend it. Not only are the patterns stunning, but the photography and print of the book is gorgeous as well.

My least progress has been on my sock WIPs, but I did finish one vanilla sock that I’m making out of a Mermaid yarnery sockblank, and sock number 2 is already well under way.

How is your knitting going this season?

FO: Dreamweaver socks

It feels like these socks flew off my needles, and with a ‘construction time’ of less than 2 weeks, for me this is indeed pretty fast.

Pattern: Dreamweaver socks by Ana Campos
Yarn: Stranded Dyeworks Oasis in the Balloon colourway

This pattern was so easy to remember, but requires some computational power, so I enjoyed knitting this a great deal. The heel is definitely different than anything I’ve done before, but to my surprise gives a great fit. However, once again I’ve knit a rather tight sock (the same issue I ran into with my mash potato socks). I think the issue lies partly in that these specific patterns aren’t particularly stretchy, and partly in that I am in the want of knitting my socks on a smaller needle size (I like the stitch definition and the fabric better) and am still finetuning what I need exactly to make this result in a nicely fitting sock. I’ve always knit my socks on 2.5mm and am now switching more and more to 2.25mm. On 2.5mm I can knit a great pair of socks blindly, on 2.25mm I’m still finding my way. Nonetheless, the socks do fit, even if they need a little bit of encouragement to fit over my heel.

Stranded Dyeworks might sound familiar, as it’s already my second time using it for socks this year. At the beginning of the year I knit the Home Grown socks out of the same yarn. I think there’s something about subtle variegated yarn that is really speaking to my soul at the moment. And I just happen to find all of the patterns that will match fantastically with it, so who am I to fight this urge.

Double FO post! Mash Potato & Pineapple socks

Somehow this year I’m not being particularly productive when it comes to my knitting, but whenever I do finish things it comes in batches. Currently I seem to have the perfect balance between monogamous and non-monogamous (do we call that polygamous?) knitting; I have around three WIPs at the same time, but I do not start new projects until all three are actually finished. Last week I finished my Powdersnow shawl, and this week the sock front is strongly represented once again.

Pattern: Mash Potato socks by Verena Cohrs
Yarn: Spectrum Fibre sock yarn in the Club Tropicana colourway

As I mentioned in a previous post, I had to make some changes to the pattern to get this sock to fit. According to the pattern you’re supposed to knit the twisted stitches all round the leg, but for me this meant a sock that I couldn’t get passed my heel. I considered several solutions (going up a needles size for the leg or going up a pattern size altogether), but in the end opted for making the back of the leg in stockinette. I still think this is the solution that works best for me, although I can understand if someone else might prefer to have the pattern worked all around the leg. In any case, these are fitting socks now, although there is still some tension on the instep (as you can see in the pictures the middle stitches get a bit stretched). Luckily it’s not to an extent that it affects the fit of the sock, so I can live with this.

This is already the second time this year I’ve made a pair of socks out of Spectrum Fibre yarn (you might remember my Flying North socks), which in itself is probably enough testimony of how much I like the yarn. The colours are SO vibrant and happy, I’ll certainly be ordering from this dyer again. Plus I have relatively small feet, so I actually have substantial leftovers from both of these pairs, I’m certain I’ll find something fun to do with those.

Pattern: Plain vanilla socks with a fish lips kiss heel
Yarn: Pineapple sockblank by Joyance fibrearts

This was my first ever time knitting from a sock blank, and it was loads of fun! I definitely understand the exciting part about not completely knowing what your socks will look like, and it is highly addictive to keep on knitting to watch the colours unfold. One thing though that I beforehand was already a bit hesitant about still irks me; the crinkly-ness of the yarn is not super nice. I knew this beforehand, and it did not bother me as much as I thought it would, but I still prefer my yarn nice and straight. I’ve seen some people online that go through the trouble of undoing their sockblank completely and first giving it a wash, then reskeining them. I would never go that far though, and despite this minor complaint I will be knitting from sockblanks again! Especially if they have pineapples on them of course!

These socks are pairs #9 and #10 of 2017. Audry already suggested on one of my previous posts to put all socks together in one picture at some point, which I’ll certainly be doing! Maybe 17 pairs of socks in 2017 will be my new goal, the idea pleases my inner perfectionist. In the meantime I have cast on two new projects, but more on that next week 🙂