Pattern: Waving lace socks by Evelyn A. Clark, Interweave Knits, Spring 2004.
She writes the best sock patterns and designed my all-time favorite sock, the Retro Rib sock (not pictured).
The first pair of socks I ever knit. Knit while Jean-Francois was installing the kitchen in our Paris place, allowing me the opportunity to time how long it actually takes to knit a sock (information that is possibly better off left unknown…about 48 hours of knitting. Per sock. Yep, I didn't need to know that. The kitchen took less time to install, 'nuff said.) They are beautiful socks and, in the interest of making it an improving project, also my first attempt at knitting lace. I love knitting lace and (I fear I'm being repetitive here) I love handknit socks...so, totally worth it.
|As I knit these, a friend told me they were too pretty for my feet...well, my feet are prettier now!|
Also comes in 50 gram balls which makes for easy transportability. I know that, to yarn companies, 100 gram balls are a simple and efficient delivery system for sock yarn, but they take up too much room in the purse, suitcase, etc. The trade-off with sock knitting is that I have to knit two socks, but I don't actually want or need to carry them both around with me!
|Pattern: Fiber Trends Hellen's Favorite Socks with the 3/1 mock cable cuff.|
Star toe. Not my favorite toe, but pretty.
This yarn is self-striping which means that the colors change as you knit, making stripes. I prefer not to match the stripes on my socks. This fact is a great bother to many a sock knitter (and, it seems, non-sock knitters, too. There have been instances where someone who doesn't knit socks will comment to me, "your socks don't match". The options for response to this statement can range from "thanks for the newsflash” to "they match on a level that you can't begin to understand" but they all end with a silent, but emphatic, “Congratulations, you've just been added to my no-knit list!”
Pattern: Basketweave Rib from Charlene Schurch's book Sensational Knitted Socks, my favorite sock resource book. (I believe that my current sock-on-the-needles is in the Openwork Rib pattern from this book. But I couldn't locate the sock to confirm. It'll turn up, eventually.)
The first sock was knit with a "Princess" foot in reverse stockinette stitch, so the inside stitches are the smooth knit stitches that touch the sole of your foot and the outside are the bumpier purl stitches. I couldn't be bothered to purl the foot of the second sock, so I just knit a regular foot. I do regret it and feel only half a princess when wearing these.
|Left toe is a little more of a princess than right, but pills more easily. Ah, trade-offs!|
Pattern: Erica Alexander's Web Sock in Fancy Rib. An Interweave Knits webKnits design.Not a very stretchy rib, but the fancy makes up for that.
Yarn: Socka by StahlWoole. Again. This time with a little shiny bling added to the wool. Makes the gray not so gray.
* I did eventually get sorted out enough to knit on the lace edging, which took me just over three months, and complete the project…a full two years, two months and six days after his surgery (I know because write things like start, re-start and finish dates down on my patterns). The morning I finished it, not bothering to weave in the ends, I threw the shawl over my shoulders and went to vote. I got a compliment on it from one of the volunteers at the polls. That’s my kind of instant gratification!