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Handspun socks

Word Lily knitsI thought about posting my spinning from Tour de Fleece, but since there are just a couple days left and I haven’t posted any of it yet, it felt a bit odd. That’ll wait until next week.

Instead, today, for your fiber arts enjoyment, I present a pair of socks.


These socks I knit from my own handspun yarn, a true 3-ply, spun from Spunky Eclectic club fiber, Wensleydale, Kentucky Derby colorway. I spun the yarn in … 2010, I believe.


The Socks on a Plane pattern is simple and sweet, and it was a good fit for this yarn.


More notes: I modified it thus: CO 20, increased to 60 around. (This yarn is a tad thicker than normal fingering.) If I was making them again I’d probably move the cable panel a stitch or two (maybe just 1, in this yarn), farther in from the side of the sock.

I had 11 grams of yarn left over when I finished (so, not much). More details on my Ravelry project page.


I like how the cable panel runs all the way to the top of the sock, through but not disrupting the ribbing.

My only complaint isn’t really about the yarn or the pattern: I’ve got to figure out the best way to accommodate my high arches in toe-up socks. :-/

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More socks

Word Lily knitsIt seems my default knitting, at least these days, is socks. And while the knitting itself might not be completely thrilling in the moment, I end up with hand-knit socks, which is a definite yay!

I think I finally realized that the reason I probably sound so ho-hum about so many projects lately is just that I haven’t really had any challenging (other than perhaps challenging my endurance) projects in over a year now, since before A was born. I’ve had a couple that weren’t the simplest, but they were hats. Small projects that, even with setbacks, didn’t really count as challenging because they were so short-lived. Maybe if there were more of them, they’d add up to … challenging (apparently I need a thesaurus today), but since there were really just one or two, they didn’t count.

I’m ready to get back to some projects that tease the mind, that engage my brain! And I think I know at least one thing I’m going to do to accomplish that. But first, here are those socks.




These Blue Latte socks (as I call them) were begun in desperation. We were on a road trip, and in my restraint I’d only packed yarn and needles to cast on for a pair of simple socks. But the yarn and needles, in combination, were disastrous. This yarn, which I’ve now attempted half a dozen pattern and stitch count combinations with, pools in a way that drives me completely bonkers. I can’t stand it. No idea what I’m going to do with it. But that’s a story for a different day. So anyway, after being stuck most of the way to our destination without knitting, after attempting everything I could with what I had for that aggravating yarn, I went straightaway to buy more cooperative sock yarn once we’d reached our destination. But this yarn seemed like it needed a pattern, not just plain, so I cast on for the pattern I’d most recently completed, since I’d retained it in my head well enough to get going.

So that’s how I ended up making these socks — using a pattern I’d already made, which is quite rare for me. They’re good socks. But let me tell you, fourth sock syndrome makes second sock syndrome look like a weenie.

Pattern: Vanilla Latte Socks A good, simple, pattern, but I’m not likely to make again, at least not any time soon.
Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks FX in cadet colors
Notes: 64 stitches, star toe; photos are pre-blocking



These are just basic socks, but they’re still fun, I think. I didn’t think attempting a pattern with this bold a yarn would be smart, or worth my time. Mostly stripes, but with a few waves/scallops thrown in. Vibrant and fun!

Pattern: Um, just a basic sock. I calculated for the stitch counts, but this is in my head.
Yarn: Regia Design Line Kaffe Fassett in exotic ember
Notes: I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of stripes.

What have you been working on lately?

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Fiber Arts Friday: Catching up

Word Lily knitsSince I’ve spent the last feels-like-a-very-long while not blogging, I have some catching up to do. Although not all that much, because I wasn’t knitting hardly at all for most of that time.

But! Socks!

I made these quite awhile ago now, but I’m still smitten.

Silk Garden Socks

• Started and finished in December.
• Pattern: So Simple Silk Garden by Glenna C.
• Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Sock — apparently I didn’t jot down the colorway number.
• I worked the cables without a cable needle!
• (More details here.)
• I love Noro yarns. The long color changes, the single, everything. It reminds me of handspun, at least in some ways.

And these were made even longer ago, but I think I might love them more.

Hermione's Everyday Socks

• Started and finished in November.
• Pattern: Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder
• Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks FX in Camelot Colors
• (More details here.)
• Yay, purple!
• I loved how not-just-a-plain-stockinette-sock this was, while still being very simple and straightforward. I will (and have) sought out more patterns like it.

Do you wear colorful socks?

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Knitting in the dark

Word Lily knitsI started these socks as we were on a 7-hour (one-way) road trip. I knew I’d have the chance to get a bunch of knitting in, and I wanted something small and mindless but not too quick to finish. Simple socks it is (Rav project page)!

On that one trip (there and back), I nearly finished the first sock.

The skein (Patons Kroy Socks Stripes) for the second sock had a knot and a color change that completely messed up the progression (you can see it at the top of the sock on the right of the photo), which bugged me but I just went with it.

They fit really well (tweaking, ever tweaking that recipe), but of course when I got them finished my husband said he liked these better than the ones he had and would totally wear them. But by then, they fit me, not him. (Also, not nearly enough yarn left to make them bigger.)

During that first day in the car, I put them down when it got too dark to see. But then, maybe 40 minutes later, Paul asked why I’d stopped knitting. He figured since knitting was such a tactile activity, I would be able to knit without benefit of eyesight. Well, I’d heard of people who capably knit simple things in dark movie theaters, so I decided to try it. The results were less than pretty.

See all the snags and awfulness? And that’s after I fixed the really bad stuff

So, I learned that I need to practice being less dependent on my eyes while I’m knitting, while I still have access to light (say, when I’m watching football). I’m not quite there yet, to the point where I can knit beautifully in the dark. Although circular needles would help a lot, instead of using double-pointed needles. I seemed to have trouble at the start of each needle.

And these socks will remind me of that trip, to my sister’s baby shower. (Welcome, baby!)

Finished Object Friday: Ribbed socks

Word Lily knitsI said the other day that I’d only knit two non-baby things in 2012. I already blogged about one of them; here’s the other:

Blue stripes ribbed socks

(Ravelry project page)

I made these in July. They’re really basic, just a basic sock in 3×1 rib, continued all the way down the leg, over the top of the foot and through most of the toe. I didn’t use a pattern, I’m trying to discover vary aspects of the sock to find the best fit, and this was a step (heh) in that direction.

While not exciting, they’re definitely easy to wear, since I practically live in jeans. I do love sock knitting.

(Posting this as part of FO Fridays and Fiber Arts Fridays.)

Fibery Friday

Word Lily knits

I’m so behind on posting yarny reports that I don’t know where to start.

Let’s see …


I knit a pair of socks:

Monkey socks


Monkey socks

Pattern: Cookie A.’s Monkey
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Sockin’ Sox; it was a huge headache, until I settled on this pattern. It was pooling horribly no matter what I did, otherwise.
Ravelry project page

Monkey socks close-up


I was glad for a pattern that combated the pooling, but the pattern got repetitive and boring very quickly. I had to force myself to make the second sock.

Alas, most of my knitting since the Monkey socks must remain secret for awhile. I think I’ll leave it at that for today.

Handknit socks make me happy!

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Fiber Arts Friday

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Socks done, socks to come

Word Lily knits

I’ve recently finished two pairs of socks, and I’m getting ready to start another two.

Finished: Leaning socks

This is my first pair of worsted weight socks, and they went really quickly. The pattern‘s a translation, though, and not very easy to follow. It also assumes a certain amount of sock-knitting knowledge. I thought I took excellent notes as I went along, but the toes ended up different than each other anyway. I dithered for more than a week, trying to decide if I could live with the inconsistency, but I finally just decided to finish them. I used stash Lion Brand wool, it took less than 2 skeins for the pair.

Finished: Denim blue Rivulets

Pattern: Rivulets
Yarn: Araucania Ranco Multy in colorway 328
These socks were my first toe-up socks, and the making was not without hiccups. I had to rip them out several times before I finally got the needle size and foot length right. All that’s really my fault, though, not the pattern’s. I really love them! I’ll definitely be making more toe-up socks. Just realized my bind off at the cuff is too tight. 😦 But they’re still very wearable. I do hope this yarn holds up better than the other from this brand I used, though (which had different fiber content, so I think there’s a decent chance — plus, these are knit at a smaller gauge, which has to help, right?).

Queued: Monkeys

Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Sockin’ Sox, color 002; superwash wool, bamboo, nylon
This hugely popular pattern is sung as the (one of the) preeminent answer(s) to pool-happy yarn. Which is what I discovered I have after casting on for a pair of stockinette short socks a month or two ago. (Well, at least at the gauge I was working at.) So, Cookie A. Monkeys it is.

Queued: Handspun brights

Remember this yarn? Yeah. I’m planning to use this Wendy Knits pattern. This definitely calls for a simple pattern, as I’m expecting the yarn to sing. After looking through patterns, I’m hopeful I’ll have enough of this yarn to not require something else for the cuffs or heels/toes.

Fiber Arts Friday: Sock hunt

Last week I mentioned the Rivulets sock (Rav link). Early this week, I got past the heel (for the second time), and once again I have to rip back. The sock’s foot is too long!

Here it is, before I got that far:

Yarn: Araucania Ranco Multy, in colorway 328. For more information, see my Ravelry project page.

I really love the yarn’s colors, and while I’m not convinced the variegation is the best match for this pattern, I don’t have enough of a solid-color sock yarn stashed that I want to use for it. And I think I’m committed to finishing this sock at this point. I’m grateful, though, that I’ll only have to rip out the heel this time and won’t have to start completely over.

I discovered that the Rivulets was too long right before leaving for knit night, and I was flailing around for a project to take. I finally just grabbed a skein of sock yarn and hoped to find a good toe-up pattern (since I’m determined to make sense of toe-up construction!) at the shop.

Well, I didn’t find a sock pattern that interested me, so I just cast on for a basic short sock to keep my hands busy. I got a little worried about the yarn pooling on the heel flap, but I figured that it was just the heel flap and all would be resolved once I was back to working in the round. But. The unsightly pooling continued through the gusset, and only worsened once I returned to even knitting. Alas!


I desperately want your sock patterns! What’s your favorite nonbasic sock pattern? (I’ve done plenty of plain socks and want to branch out.) I’d especially like to hear about the ones that will work with troublesome pooling or handpainted yarns.

Help, please!

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