Thursday, May 31, 2012

Sock Drawer

In a post I wrote almost three years ago on August 1, 2009, I stated that I had been inspired by a photo of a drawer full of socks I'd seen on Flickr and that I wanted a sock drawer like it.  I have it now. Click on the photo to see all the socks.  There are 55 pairs of socks and I have 20 more pairs that didn't fit.  I've also knit about 35 pairs of baby/toddler socks.  Am I finished?  No!  I love knitting socks.  My husband keeps asking me if we have enough socks now and I tell him no.  Perhaps I'll stop when I reach 100 pairs.  Or perhaps not.

Starry, Starry Night

I bought this yarn over two years ago and finally decided it was time to use it for a pair of socks.
In my journey to find the perfect plain vanilla sock pattern I did the following:  I cast on 64 stitches, used size 0 needles, and continued with k2, p2 for the ribbing.  I had planned to switch to stockinette at that point, but I liked how the ribbing emphasized the colors in the yarn so I just continued in k2,p2.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Watermelon Slices Socks

Yarn: Fannie's Fingering Weight yarn, 400 yards, 4 oz.  80% Merino, 20% Nylon  Colorway: Watermelon
Needles: Size 0 (2.00 mm) double pointed needles
Pattern: Plain stockinette.  See here for a sock calculator.

Watermelon socks?  In May?  Well, yes.  I haven't knit any socks in almost three months and when I saw this yarn in my stash, I thought--this is it!  I am so tired of cold wind, dark clouds, and rain.  We are just starting to get some nice weather--a little blue in the sky, some sun.  I am done with winter and I skipping right over spring into summer.  Oh, I'll go back (maybe) and knit some spring socks.  But for now I'm going to pretend it's summer.

I plan to knit quite a few pairs of socks this summer, many in plain stockinette.  I am on a quest to find the perfect plain vanilla pattern.  This pair was knit over 60 stitches using size 0 needles.  I  began with k2(b), p2 ribbing for 12 rounds.  The needle size seems right but on the next pair I knit I'm going to use 64 stitches.  We'll see how that works.