Monday, March 02, 2009

Great Sox

Here I am, having a little "wash and dry my handknit socks event" and I remembered that I never showed you all the handknit socks from last year. I don't know why I-a seller of sock yarn-would neglect this. It seems like I should be shouting from the rooftops every time I finished a pair of socks! Maybe it's because I'm just a Plain Jane sock knitter? Just the basic sock pattern for me, nothing lacey, nothing cabley, nothing fancy, not even a little picot.

Or maybe I just have rocks in my head. I will try to be better.

So better late than never. Here they are, in no particular order:

I will never forget where I was when I started this pair. I was at Borders, listening to the Harlot, and thank God I brought this skein of "emergency knitting" along with me, because the first 2 skeins of regular knitting fell out of my bag on the way into the store. Never underestimate the value of emergency knitting. I almost finished the first sock that night.

Sophie's Toes color Midnight Sky, which is a navy, dark royal blue, and grey combination. The pattern I always use is the sock pattern from the Ann Budd book Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns and all the following are variations of that.

These were made from a pairing of scraps, which explains why they are shorties. No reason, just that I wanted to test knit some of my own yarn. Let's call it "quality control".

Sophie's Toes Magical for the leg and foot and Electric Blue for the heels and toes.

How about a stripey pair. I am totally into stripes, especially if they don't have that fake-fair-isle stuff gunking it up. I'm just not into that FFI stuff. (Sorry, if you are a FFI lover). And, as a bonus, they're a little tweedy!

Lana Grossa Meilenweit colortweed #1004

So I brought home that tweedy-stripey green and blue yarn, above, and realized that I was already knitting these, below:

I know that one is stripey and one is not, but other than that, they are almost the same color. Don't laugh, I'm serious. In the dark pre-dawn and pre-caffinated hour, one might even mistake and mismatch them.

I started these way back when because I was concerned that there were white areas in the dyed yarn. Again with the quality control. But it was fine - it was really light blue - and lucky me! My quality control specialist (me) happened to knit (me) a size 9!

Sophie's Toes Lily Pond. Kelly green and denim with a little chartruse and light blue.

Ok, here's where it breaks down into total craziness. I just love the Hundertwasser, can't stay away from the Hundertwasser. Visit it every time I go into LYS, even if its just to say a quick "hi" and look at the paintings on the ball bands.

These socks are so NOT ME. I didn't love knitting them. Didn't love the FFI and the extreme yellow patches. However, in the end, I love them and wear them a lot. In fact, just thinking of the Hundertwasser makes me want to go upstairs and visit the stash. Focus, Emily, focus.

Opal Hundertwasser #650 Blue Moon. Sock yarn inspired by paintings!

Ok, here's another pair I really love.

(Sophie's Toes Table for Two. Teal with green light blue and grey.)

You can tell if I really love the yarn because then I will give it the Full Royal Treatment. That means, I will extend the ribbing all the way down the leg. And I will make the leg pretty long, about 8" or more.

Therefore, they will take a lot longer to knit, but I will enjoy wearing them much more and then they are much more likely to achieve all-time-beloved sock status. I just really like the ankle hugging action of a ribbed leg. Is it just me, or does anyone else have trouble saying the word "ribbed" without wanting to break out in juvenile giggles?

Moving on.

One last pair from 2008. I actually broke with the blue and green theme that seemed to go on all year. And here's something fancy. The Eye of Partridge heel. Ooh, pretty. Worth learnin' a little something new.
Sophie's Toes Crushed Velvet. One of my best selling colors. With so many different colors combined, it turns out a little differently every time. This was a very dark batch. Any which way, it is always pretty.
That brings us to the end of our 2008-finished-sock-slideshow. I hope you have enjoyed the program. Happy knitting!


Blogger Carmen Rose said...

Wow! You are the queen of socks! I haven't even finished my first sock ever.

11:20 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Wow! Gorgeous socks and gorgeous yarn. I get the feeling that you like your blues and greens? ;o)


12:31 AM  
Blogger Carole Knits said...

I love all your socks but especially the Crushed Velvet. Mine aren't that dark, though!

5:39 AM  
Blogger Melody said...

Too funny and we are so alike. Big surprise. I keep making the same patterned socks too. Why mess with a good thing? I like to knit mindlessly and that same ol, same ol pattern lets me do that.
I knit the Hundertwasser too, in Switzerland while I was there. Not the same colorway as yours, which of course makes me WANT THAT ONE TOO. eeek.

6:44 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

So many gorgeous socks! I am a Plain Jane sock knitter as well. =)

8:19 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I can see why Crushed Velvet is a best-seller: it is gorgeous.

I prefer to knit Plain Jane socks, too. Why knit a sock with holes in it? It doesn't make sense to me.

8:30 AM  
Blogger Claire O'Connor said...

What a visual treat to see a whole year's worth of socks in one "eyeful" like that! Yummy-licious!!

8:37 AM  
Blogger Earl said...

Hi Em! Nice socks! Love ya!

xoxo Uncle Kenny

9:26 AM  
Blogger Kay said...

Love the Sock Show.

I agree with you on FFI, yet I adore the Hundertwassers! They only have a touch of FFI, and I adore the glaring yellow patches, so there!

12:46 PM  
Blogger Vicky~ stichr ~ said...

I would wear all those yummy blue and green pairs and pretend it was tropical waters washing over my feet....I have a very vivid imagination! can see on my blog the yummy hat I created from your yummy Calico Cat Magic Ball...or maybe my Ravelry page...

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Jamie said...

OK, now I want to cast on some socks! I don't have any on my needles right now. I can remedy that in a few minutes. Bye :)

4:11 PM  
Blogger FunkyC said...

hmmmm....I have a pair that looks surprisingly similar to the last photo in this post.

Wonder where I got *that* yarn....

11:26 AM  
Blogger Leslie said...

I love all your blues and greens! I have a pair in the Opal Blue Moon colorway and I love them.

8:36 AM  
Anonymous katie said...

I crown you the Queen of Socks - Wonder Woman

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Patricia said...

Just found you blog via Mason Dixon.Love the socks. I want to knit a bunch but have been put off by all fancy patterns that need memorization. Love yours. You've inspired me.

8:25 AM  
Anonymous Emma said...

Ooooh, all those beautiful socks really makes me want to start knitting socks to everyone I know! I totally understand your Hunderwasser addiction by the way. It is strange what yarn can do and what powers it possesses... :)

12:01 PM  
Blogger Nell said...

Pretty, pretty, pretty! That reminds me, I need to handwash some socks!

9:54 PM  
Blogger Marianne said...


I just found you via the MDK blog. What great socks!!! I just MUST knit the Hunderwasser Blue Moon socks. Do you know of an online source?
Also, one question for you: how do you make sure that they look alike? I knit my socks from the top down.

Thanks for any insight.

4:56 PM  
Blogger Marianne said...


I just found you via the MDK blog. What great socks!!! I just MUST knit the Hunderwasser Blue Moon socks. Do you know of an online source?
Also, one question for you: how do you make sure that they look alike? I knit my socks from the top down.

Thanks for any insight.

4:56 PM  

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