Friday, February 13, 2009

State of the Sock Knitting Report

You might think with all the hat & scarf knitting going on over the past couple months, that perhaps I'm no longer interested in knitting socks? Not so.  I've been knitting 'em, I just haven't stopped to blog them or even update my Ravelry notebook.

First up, a pair of basic stockinette socks:

Made with a couple balls of Red Heart's Heart and Sole in the Rustica colorway that I purchased from a mainland big box store in November. The joy of knitting round and round in plain simple stockinette when my brain was already overloaded with formulas and other such nonsense.

A pair of Ribby Slipper Socks:

Pattern from the Interweave Knits Holiday issue. I made this pair using Lion Wool-Ease Thick & Quick for the feet and Red Heart worsted for the cuffs.  They knit up amazingly fast and I've already cast on another pair for someone else.

My Artichoke Socks have finally seen some progress:

But I'm only showing you one sock 'cause that's all I've done. I don't know what it is about this pattern, somehow I just have to be the right mood to work on it. And apparently that mood doesn't come along very often! But it is a gorgeous sock so I'm hoping having the first one completed will help motivate me to do knit up the second.

Lastly, I cast on another basic sock in 2x2 rib:

I'm using a skein of Spunky Eclectic yarn I've had in my stash for a long time but kept passing up because this stuff is just crazy thin. Like dental floss thin. The colorway is named "Goblin Eyes", but to me those colors - purple, gold, green - say "Mardi Gras" so that's what I'm calling these socks.  No rush to finish this pair, the work in progress will just live in my bag and travel around with me wherever I go. Think of it as insurance policy against being stuck somewhere, anywhere, without knitting.  Because we all know that would be bad. So let's just say I believe it's important to Be Prepared.  And although these days my interest is limited to the cookies, yes...I was a Girl Scout once.  How 'bout you?


Ellen Bloom said...

Hey! Whaddya mean? Mardi Gras is in two weeks! Time to finish those socks!

All of your new socks and sock slippers look great! Have fun at Stitches West. I'll be watching your blog for reports.

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

Love those Artichoke socks and the Ribby Slipper sock are wonderful! Maybe you could do them in a red and call them the Ruby Slipper socks. :) You are a great knitter. xxoo

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

Oh, and don't I wish my ankles were as thin as yours? :) xxoo

Sheepish Annie said...

Love the sock parade!!! Is there anything better than a finished pair of socks?

I enjoy the Spunky colorways. She's so creative. Sometimes the thinner yarns knit up more loosely than you think they will and stretch nicely. I prefer a tighter sock since they always seem so much bigger at the end of the day.