Winter Sock Surplus

Winter seems to have saved all of its force for the very end! We now have a few inches of snow on the ground in March, which is something I can’t remember ever happening. Luckily I now how 2 new pairs of wool socks to keep me warm while I’m shoveling the last bits of winter from the sidewalk.  I had planned to buy more of the no wool sock yarn but after a trip to the craft store I couldn’t find any colors I liked and came home with a different plan. I made these two pairs using the same pattern as the first but switched to Patons Kroy sock yarn. It’s a bit bulkier, mostly wool and comes in some beautiful colors.

Unfortunately when I finished the second pair of socks today I had an unexpected sock mishap. As I was trying them on and walking around I got the heel of one caught on a screw on the threshold and snagged a hole in it. Now I’m faced with having to darn a pair of handmade socks I just spent a week making. So that should be exciting.

 

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First Sock Knitting Project

I’m super excited, not only did we get a few inches of snow last night but I finally finished my first pair of socks. When I took up knitting this is the one project I really wanted to tackle. It took about 3 failed attempts before I finally made 2 socks. They match in all aspects, except the self patterning yarn striping at different points and a slight difference in height. The yarn I used is Premier Wool Free sock yarn in Grand Canyon, a beautiful mix of rich blues and earthy tones. The yarn is acrylic and it’s the easiest yarn I’ve used so far. It has a lot of twist to it so it doesn’t split easily and has a bit of stretch that I think will add integrity to the socks. The pattern I used is from the book Socktopus (by Alice Yu), which I’ll likely be renewing a few times before finally returning to the library.

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I had enough yarn left over that I think I can make a pair of ankle socks. I plan to order a few more skeins of this self patterning yarn in different colors before tackling some more complicated sock patterns in solid yarns.