Totally 80’s Socks – Part 1

It’s on to sock pair number two. This beauty is knit with Lana Grossa’s Meilenweit Neon Mixed. Isn’t it glorious? I love these bright colours, especially in these dark and gloomy winter months.

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Love it!

I’m using a modified version of Aija Goto’s RPM sock pattern, I basically just adapted it so that the stitch pattern works with my go-to 64 stitch socks (instead of casting on 63 like the pattern says).

I was barely around in the 80’s, so I don’t know how accurate this is, but the neon colours and ‘RPM’ name (that has to do with records, right?) made me think of the awesome 80’s – hence the name.

Elderberry Socks, Part Two

I’ve finished my first pair of socks for 2016 and I might need to rethink my goals. One of my resolutions was to knit 10 pairs of socks this year and that is simply not going to happen.

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The colour is just so juicy

But I do love the finished Elderberry Socks! The ribbing makes them wonderfully stretchy and keeps them from bagging at my ankles.

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Elderberry Socks

I said that I would focus on knitting socks this year so I figured it would help to actually cast on a pair. I wanted something simple since I am about to embark on a huge complicated project, so these are just a basic socks in a 2×2 rib.

It's pretty, whatever it is...

It’s pretty, whatever it is…

I’m not really sure what the yarn is, it’s been in the stash a very long time and the label is long gone. I know it’s a Stroll sock yarn from Knit Picks but I don’t remember if it’s Stroll Tonal or Stroll Hand Painted. Either way I love the rich colour so I’m going to call these my Elderberry Socks.

A Stitch in Time

You know that saying: ‘a stitch in time saves nine’? I never truly understood that until now. Repairing these socks took me four solid days worth of crafting time. I could have knit a whole other sock in that time!

Now I understand that saying!

Now I understand that saying!

Before getting started I watched an entire series of sock repair videos over at the Knit Picks website. It took two different methods to patch these up. But they’re done and they’re wearable again and my mom appreciates them.

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Darn It!

More than one knitting book has expressed the sentiment that the only way to fix socks is to hold them over the trash can and exclaim ‘Darn it!’ as you drop them in. Normally I’d agree with this, but my mom really loves this particular pair of socks I made her and asked if I could repair them. When your mom asks you to do something, you do it.

Those are some hole-y socks!

Those are some hole-y socks!

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A Good, Plain Herbstwind – Part Two

Not much to say today. I’ve been making good progress on my Herbstwind Socks, I’m almost ready to turn the second heel. Unfortunately it was kind of cloudy and dreary when I took pictures so the colours look a little meh. I swear they’re more vibrant in person!

Looking a little drab...

Looking a little drab…

The yarn (Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball) is interesting to work with, it’s actually a little thick-and-thin and a bit rough compared to the yarns I normally work with. I’ll have to wear the socks a time or two before my final verdict, but as it stands I don’t think I would go out of my way to buy this again in the future.

A Good, Plain Herbstwind

The other day I had to attend an event where I knew there would be some downtime, perfect for crafting. But my cardigan is too big to be portable, and my Story Time Sampler required too much of my attention. Time for a new project! I love basic socks (my go-to pattern is the Yarn Harlot’s Good, Plain Sock) as a travel project and they’re the perfect way to let the yarn take centre stage.

That was quick...

That was quick…

The yarn is Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zuaberball in the Herbstwind colour. I like the colour but I love the name even more, that’s actually what sold me on the yarn. Google Translate tells me that ‘herbst’ is German for ‘autumn’ so in my mind the colour translates to ‘autumn wind’ – a perfect yarn for this time of year!

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Yarn Chicken

Usually when I buy sock yarn it’s in skeins that are over 400 yards, which gives me enough yarn for a pair of socks and plenty leftovers. I didn’t notice that each skein of the Patons Kroy Socks was only about 160ish yards, or about 320 for the pair. Which led to the inevitable game of yarn chicken, the terrifying game a knitter plays when she is unsure whether there is enough yarn to finish a project yet, rather than unraveling and making the project smaller, she keeps on knitting and hoping for the best.

Starting the toe

Starting the toe

That might look like a good amount of yarn there, but I’ve discovered that the best fitting toe for me is a long, slowly tapered one. One that takes a lot of yarn.

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