That’s officially a pair of socks

So the sock grew.

And grew.

And pretty soon it was a real live fully grown sock!

They’re officially done (the toe has been grafted and the ends woven in and the socks blocked since this picture was taken), the pattern is officially done, all we need now is proper pattern photos.

However, that’s trickier than it usually is right now because of both the leg and the weather.  Taking sock photos requires more gymnastics than you might imagine, both on the part of the model and the photographer.  And while I might (just might…with the help of a nice stable knee scooter and a blithe disregard for common sense) be able to pull of the necessary acrobatics to get the picture, the outside is currently very very cold and very very snow covered.  And I’m thinking that the knee scooter is not rated for off roading in the snow.  But as soon as we have a combination of borderline reasonable weather and a slightly more functional leg, I’ll get these photographed and released.  I very very much hope that will be later this month, and I’ll do everything I can to make that happen, but I can’t promise.

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Practically speedy

Greeny McGreensalot the Second is coming along quickly.

It’s almost like I really really really like them and want them done soon so I can wear them and take photos of them and get the pattern out or something.

These will almost certainly be the next pattern out…the pattern’s all written and tested, I just need pictures of the finished sock to call it good.  So hang in there, I’ll have them out to you as soon as I can!

 

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Behold!

Behold, an actual finished sock.  Ends woven in and everything!

And, just as important, sock two is underway.

Well underway as a matter of fact!

It’s amazing what a deadline will do…

 

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Told you they were cute!

Don’t worry, the sock has not been abandoned!

There’s actually been an awful lot of knitting going on behind the scenes these days, I’ve got a fairly alarming amount of back log I should be showing off…

 

But for today, we’re sticking with the socks.

And just to recap, this is with Mineville Wool Project’s merino cashmere nylon blend in the color Minegold (but they do short run yarns so I can’t promise you can find this exact color any more).  And this will almost certainly be January’s pattern.  If you want to hear when it’s out (and get a coupon), you can sign up for the mailing list below!

 

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Oh look, they grew!

Clicking along quite nicely if I do say so myself!

I’m actually starting to feel like both sides of this are nice, and you could carry the patterning on down the whole leg instead of folding down a cuff if you wanted.

I like it when knitting comes with options!

Though I always have a fondness for ribbing where the bigger parts are purl and the narrower parts are knit, so I suspect I’ll wear them like this.

 

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Flip flop

So these are sort of fun…while you’re knitting them, they look like this:

And when you turn them inside out, they look like this:

And the idea is that when you wear them, you first turn them inside out and then fold down the cuff, so you’ll see this:

But with more of that lovely purl 3, k1tbl ribbing (from picture 2) carrying down the whole foot.  It looks awesome, but it keeps you working on the knitside for the whole sock (which I prefer to working that much reverse stockinette…though maybe someone out there likes to purl more than they like to knit…but there aren’t many of you!)

Let me bang out a heel flap and get the gusset sorted out and you’ll start to get the idea…I promise it will be nifty!

 

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Once more into the breach

So first there was a swatch…

Then there was a slight change of plans (same company, same base, just went with the solid instead of the multi)…

Then there was a cast on (yes, scandal, I cast on over two needles, yes I know the lecture, yes I’m going to keep doing it)…

And in no time at all there’s a bit of a sock…

A familiar looking sock (yes, it’s the same stitch from Constellate, it was too much fun not to use it again).

Yarn is from Mineville Wool Project, their merino cashmere nylon base, in the color Minegold.  And you’ll be seeing more of it in the next few days, as I’m having way more fun with it than is in any way reasonable.

 

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Greenhorn (plus giveaway)

So if you’ve been here any length of time at all, you know I’m a firm believer in top down socks with a heel flap.  But…every once and a while, the urge to do something a little (but let’s be real…only a little) bit different strikes me.  Greenhorn was one of those times!

These are actually a very mellow way to depart from traditional top down heel flap socks.  The leg is the same, the foot is the same, just the heel and gusset are handled a bit differently.  Instead of working flat over half the stitches to make a heel flap, then picking up stitches to make a gusset, you keep working in the round, increasing on each side of the foot to make the heel flap, gusset, and top of your foot all at once.  It’s kind of nifty!

The fit is similar, there’s just a bit more working in the round (which I generally prefer) and a bit less picking up stitches (which may not be my very favorite knitting task ever).  And if you’re using a striping yarn, you get a bit less of a break in the pattern than you do with a heel flap (let’s be fair…it’s not no break in the pattern, just less).  Plus, you know, it’s fun to try something new!

Though just in case you’re Really Quite Set on doing a traditional heel flap, there are instructions in the pattern for that too.  I promise I don’t mind if you’re feeling traditional!

These are made in Space Cadet’s Oriana in the color Fizz.  As far as I can tell, it’s the world’s most perfect yarn for tiny cables.  The stitch definition is so sharp you’ll stab yourself.  And when a yarn has teeny tiny plies like this, it’s super round, and you don’t get distracted by the shadows you sometimes see on a 2 or 3 ply yarn (one of these days we’ll have a very dorky discussion about this…but for now just trust me, this type of yarn makes tiny cables pop).

When they sent the yarn for these (they’re nice…they send me yarn…it makes me swoony), they very kindly sent along an extra skein, so I’m going to make one of you very very happy and send it your way.  Just leave a comment telling me how you feel about sock construction.  Why mess with tradition?  The weirder the better? A little variation is fine but nothing too crazy?  There’s no right or wrong answer, I just like to know what you guys like!

And for everyone I can’t send yarn to (I’m just not cool enough to get yarn to everyone, sorry!), I’ve got a coupon for this pattern.  You can use the code SHARP to get 10% off the hat between now and Friday.  Just put Greenhorn in your ravelry cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code SHARP.  You’ll see the change in price reflected right away.

Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, May 19, 2017 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send yarn their way.  Be sure to use a real email address so I can contact you if you’ve won (I won’t do anything with those email addresses besides notify the winners).  If I do email you, I need to hear back from you within 72 hours or I will pick a new winner and contact them. Sorry, but I can only ship physical prizes to US addresses.

Well that’s very tidy

Oh hey look, two toes.

gray cabled socksAround here, that totally means there are two whole finished socks (not sure how you toe up folks do it…if I knit my socks toe up, I’d get about 1/2 an inch past the heel and decide ‘eh, ankle socks are in now’ and call it a day).

gray cabled socksAnd yes, there will be a pattern down the road!  But since this sock lends itself to variations, and since I know some of the very nicest knitters in the world and they help me make samples, it seems like we’re going to do a few different versions of the sock (because three patterns in one is fun, right?).  So it will likely be out in the spring.

Nearly there

We’ve reached the point where I start questioning why I didn’t just make a note of how many rows I did after the foot pattern and before the toe decreases on the first sock.  Given that I reach this stage in most every pair of socks I knit, you’d think I’d just go ahead and start doing that.

DSC_0294 copyBut apparently, no.  Apparently I like counting rows on the knitting itself or something.