Thursday, November 16, 2017

Plenty of Sock Mojo

While my enthusiasm for other projects seems to have waned, I have had no problems lately getting socks knit up. I finished up my "sportsball" socks Tuesday night, and they're just about perfectly matching.

Pattern: my basic stockinette recipe worked over 70 stitches
Yarn: Fibernymph Dye Works Bounce (80% superwash merino/20% nylon) in Elvis Has Left the Building, 0.86 skeins
Needles: US 0 (2.0 mm) Addi Sock Rockets, magic loop
Started/Completed: October 29/November 14

Despite starting these socks in the exact same spot in the stripe sequence and working what I thought was the same number of rounds, they're every so slightly different -- but you can only tell by looking at the very tips of the toes. The first sock had about one more round of black than the second, even though I worked an extra half round on the toe of the second after I completed the toe decreases to try to cheat it. The good news is that I'm likely to be the only person who notices this minor discrepancy, so I'm not sweating it. I do love how these turned out otherwise, and they'll be excellent for any sports-related occasion when I want to wear my black and gold.

I almost immediately cast on a new pair of socks, this time for Rainbow, who has become quite the fan (she was a bit miffed the other day when both pairs of her hand-knit socks were waiting to be washed). I won this skein of Austermann Step from Lisa of Fibernymph Dye Works as part of a yearlong KAL going on in her podcast group, and she was nice enough to hand deliver it to me at Indie Knit and Spin this past Saturday. I'm not doing anything special with these, but I think I may use a standard heel flap and gusset instead of the Fish Lips Kiss Heel I've been doing on her socks. I'm enjoying the colors, which remind me very much of fall leaves, and the yarn might even be helping with the insanely dry skin I'm now dealing with on my hands now that the weather has gotten cold.

The colors are a little more vibrant when it's not a super gloomy day.

Speaking of FDW, if you were hoping to get a kit for my Xenolith hat but weren't able to make it IKS last weekend, Lisa will have some kits up in the shop in her update tomorrow. The gray main color/gradient mini skein kits all sold out at the show, but she still has some blue main color/brights mini skein kits left, and she's told me that she's planning to dye up some more of the gradient kits soon. You can find the listing for the kits here. She's also got some other kits for my patterns in her shop as well, in addition to lots of pretty yarn, so take a look around while you're there!


  1. You are seriously the sock queen! I bow to your prolific sock knitting!

  2. Very nice. You're really a sock queen. Looking very beautiful. Great work.