Summer School, Party Tricks, Diluvian

On Monday we talked a bit about socks with ridiculous party tricks, and for the rest of the week I’ll be showing off some of my personal favorites.

These are Diluvian, they are reversible, and they’re 25% off on ravelry with the code SUMMER SCHOOL through the end of the day, eastern time, Thursday July 30.

Now, I know all socks are technically reversible in the sense of there not being much in the way of dire consequences if you put them on inside out.  But these look equally lovely either way, so you won’t run the risk of looking down at your feet at lunch time and feeling disheartened that you didn’t quite manage things right in the morning.

Seriously though, some folks find that they like the feeling of knit stitches against the soles of their feet (instead of the purl stitches you’d usually have touching your feet when you wear a sock with a stockinette sole).  But no one much wants to knit a sock with all purl stitches on the bottom if they can help it (or is that just me?), so this is a great compromise.  And if you’re one of those folks who likes the feel of knit stitches (instead of purl) touching your foot, look for socks with a ‘princess sole’ and you’ll find others that will work for you!

Ok, so I know there’s one more day in the week, but it seems to me like summer school is the PERFECT thing to have let out early. So tomorrow I won’t be showing off a particular sock, I’ll be doing a sale on all of them (so if you missed one of the daily sales or if the sock you love wasn’t on there, this should cover it).  Come back tomorrow for details (as always, mailing list folks will get a different code with a bigger discount, so do the mailing list thing if you want that to show up in your inbox tomorrow morning).

Summer School, Party Tricks, Indomitable

On Monday we talked a bit about socks with ridiculous party tricks, and for the rest of the week I’ll be showing off some of my personal favorites.

These are Indomitable, they are proof that cuffed socks are just delightful, and they’re 25% off on ravelry with the code SUMMER SCHOOL through the end of the day, eastern time, Wednesday July 29.

So cuffing your socks shouldn’t be amusing. It really shouldn’t.  And yet somehow it is.  Especially these, where the sock is reversible so you can wear them inside out and cuffed or right side out and uncuffed and get two totally different looks.

Oh and if you want to experiment with cuffed socks, I strongly recommend making your life easier and doing the part that gets folded down with slightly larger needles than you use for the rest of the sock.  It will help make sure there’s room for them to fold and not bunch up.  But really, go, make a pair of cuffed socks, I suspect I’m not the only one who will find them deeply amusing!

Summer School, Party Tricks, Cleave

On Monday we talked a bit about socks with ridiculous party tricks, and for the rest of the week I’ll be showing off some of my personal favorites.

These are Cleave, they are about as close as I come to messing with the fundamental structure of socks, and they’re 25% off on ravelry with the code SUMMER SCHOOL through the end of the day, eastern time, Tuesday July 28.

Look, I told you I’m a sock traditionalist.  I don’t normally stray far from that path.  But this has just a tiny little tweak (instead of working a heel flap and gusset, you work increases down the side to create a gusset and keep working in the round all the way down the heel).  But this is reassuringly close to a top down sock with a heel flap, so I’ll allow it…just this once.

Erm…and, because I am such a staunch traditionalist, I might have just sort of accidentally included instructions to do it the normal way too. You know, in case you want the pretty cable but currently very much do not want to do anything even slightly new.  Because sometimes new feels hard and you are just not up for hard.

Summer School, party tricks

Now look, I am a fan of fairly sedate socks.  Well no, that’s not quite right.  I’m all about flashy stitch patterns and lovely lines and the occasional bit of arch shaping or gusset shenanigans.  But in my heart of heart, my favorite socks are top down (because that means you can try them on after an inch and know for sure if they’ll fit over your heel), with a heel flap (we talked about my love of adjustable heel flaps the other week), and a fairly mellow foot.

But, there’s something about socks that brings out the mad scientist in some knitters.  It’s almost as if having a lot of constraints (because really, a sock needs to be a fairly particular shape and a fairly particular size and needs to withstand a certain amount of abuse) makes some people feel extra creative.  And that’s really rather delightful.

So, while I’ll use the other days this week to show you a few of the places where I departed from the bog standard sock template, I wanted to take today to point you toward a few nifty socks by other people that do no end of clever things, just in case you want to try something spiffy.

Knitty has published rather a lot of innovative socks over the years.  If you’re looking for something brain bendy, these are a few especially delightful ones: Skew, Wraptor, Achilles Heal, Ornamental. But seriously, there are oodles more (and all knitty’s patterns are free).  Check out knitty’s page of sock patterns (scroll down to the ‘piquant’ ones, a bunch of those have some special tricks up their sleeve).

If you like books better, there are oodles of sock books out there.  New Directions in Sock Knitting is all about socks put together in unexpected ways (full disclosure, I have one in there, and it’s by far the most sedate of the bunch, oh and while we’re disclosing things, amazon links are totally affiliate links because hosting bills are a thing and affiliate links help with that).  If you want a nice mix of traditional construction along with a few more unusual options, Sockupied is a great place to start (I’ve got one on there too).  And if you’re looking for more of a ‘ack, socks, I need to learn the basics before I get into party tricks’ sort of guide, then either Custom Socks or The Knitter’s Book of Socks will get you started!

Really though, if you look at a sock and think ‘yeah, that looks fun, but let’s make it weird’ you are not alone.  And you can totally find someone who feels the same way you do!