Category Archives: Socks

So, what’s next?

I just bound off the cuff on my latest pair of New Pathways socks. I’ll take pictures this weekend.

Now I’m wondering what socks to cast on for next. I’ve been scrolling through my stash pictures (window shopping!) and looking at my queue but I can’t make up my mind. So I decided to ask YOU my loyal reader(s), what’s next?

Here are some yarns that I would like to use (if you don’t like these, feel free to browse through my rav-stash and choose one):

A Swell Yarn Shop Skinny Duet Sock Yarn in Lace Breeze colorway

Duet Skinny

 

 

Araucania Ranco Multi in Acorn colorway

Araucania Sock Yarn (3)

 

 

Fleece Artist Merino Sock 2/6 in the Cornflower colorway

Fleece Artist Merino Sock - Cornflower

 

 

Seacoast Handpainted Superwash Sock in the Sahara colorway

Seacoast Superwash Sock (8)

 

 

I’ve had my eye on several patterns too:

These are just a few from my queue.

What combo yarn and pattern would you use? Or, share with me your own ideas! 🙂

Down a New Path

Lately, I’ve been knitting socks to add to my stash. I’m usually bored with the many sock patterns out there so I’ve been mostly knitting on the different architectures from Cat Bordhi’s New Pathways for Sock Knitters book. I ADORE this book and have been using it like crazy. When I received it, I immediately had it spiral bound because I knew it was a keeper. I’ve finished 3 pairs and have 3 in WIP-mode. To me, Cat Bordhi is the Elizabeth Zimmerman of sock knitting! She unvented how we normally knit our socks and has presented us with many different methods to do our toes and heels and gussets in this book. I hear this is the first of a series maybe for Cat. WOO HOO! I can’t wait for the next ones.

The first pair I finished were part of her two practice socks. I knit both of the practice ones and made one into a pair to be gifted.

The next pair are my Very Tall Tibetan Socks.

Very Tall Tibetan Socks (1)

I doubled Trekking Pro Natura for this pair. It makes for some warm socks, I tell you that! They’re comfortable for the most part, except for the purl bumps on the inside of your foot as with any handknit socks when you first wear them. The fit is INCREDIBLE on any of Cat’s designs in this book.

Very Tall Tibetan Socks (3)

Tall Tibetan Socks

Yarn: Trekking Pro Natura (doubled, colorway #1603)
Total Cost: $17.50 per skein (altho, 1 skein was a gift; I used most of both skeins)
Needles: Size US 5
Mods: I knit a similar pattern for the leg as the one in the book but not the exact one. I also kept knitting until I ran out of yarn, as opposed to the anklets shown in the book.

Another pair that I finished are the Spiraling Master Coriolis socks. These have stitches that run up the foot and spiral all the way around the leg design. A very easy knit. The fit is OK as long as I don’t pull the socks all the way up as the spiral make the sock a bit tight on the leg in places. So I wear my socks scrunched down.

Spiraling Coriolis Socks (3)

Spiraling Coriolis Socks (2)

 

Spiraling Master Coriolis

Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock (Pinstripe colorway)
Total Cost: about $16
Needles: Size US 1.5
Mods: None really, except add a few extra sts to the leg to make it wider.

I’ve been so into my New Pathways socks and inspired by my coworker, Knitting Leftie (who puts her Knit Notes book to full use) I decided to make labels for my Knit Notes pad from The Loopy Ewe instead of carrying the whole New Pathways book around everywhere. Yes, I’m anal, OCD, whatever you wanna call it. Shut up.

If anyone has the book and would like copies of my label set-up drop me an email.

Knit Notes for Socks

New Pathways labels

New Pathways Labels

More Hoes!

I DID say I wanted to knit more knee highs right?

Toirneach Stockings

I wasn’t kidding. These are the Toirneach Kilt Hose from Knitty. QUICK knit. Except ya’ll know I always have eleventyseven projects going at once so it took me longer.

Toirneach Stockings (2)

The pattern for this is very well written. Simple, easy to follow instructions with a short lace repeat at the top. OH! And these are knit top-down which is NOT my normal method for knitting socks. I prefer toe-ups cuz my feets are a tad LARGE!

Toirneach Stockings (1)

See? Size 11. He or she who gets a good swift kick up the ass with these puppies FEELS it! Trust me on that.

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Toirneach Kilt Hose

 

Source: Knitty, Winter 2007
Yarn: Dream in Color Classy, every inch of 2 skeins
Total Cost: $40
Needles: Size US 2.5 and 4
Started: December 2007
Finished: January 2008