This is my first pair of socks for 2017. My goal is to knit at least 17 pairs in 2017. I also want to learn to knit socks cuff down and to learn two additional heel patterns. The fish lips kiss (I love the sound of that) and the sweet tomato heel.
The yarn I used for this project is Debbie Macomber Blossom Street in the Plum colorway. I love this yarn. Wool, angora and nylon. Ahhh, ❤💙💚
The pattern is Lamaisonrililie’s toe up version of Hermione’s Everyday Sock.
This pattern has become my favorite for solid color yarn. It’s a free pattern by Erica Lueder. The pattern is written cuff down and too bad, so sad for me, I have only knit socks toe up. I found a pattern by Lamaisonrilie that uses the same stitch pattern and is constructed toe up. I made one pair and am now on my second. It’s a pretty pattern with a lot of texture. The four stitch pattern is easy to memorize. Listed below are the links to both patterns. Enjoy!
Sock knitting is a passion for me. I am partial to a heel flap and gusset construction, however there are still some heel types I have yet to try. There is something about a nice gusset that gets to me. I think it’s the structure of it. It’s almost architectural. The clean, straight angled lines make me…*Sigh*
A young woman I follow on Instagram wants to learn to knit socks. From her posts I can see she is a prolific crocheter. If anyone wants to learn to knit socks, my advice is try to find a class at a local yarn store or see if a local knitting guild would be interested in holding a class. I was lucky enough to find a monthly knitting group at my local library that held a sock knitting class.
It was slow going, but I was determined to learn. I am on sock #13 this year and there is still much for me to learn. The first sock pattern I learned was from the book Socks From The Toe Up by Wendy Knits. This book is a wonderful resource. It has several patterns for you to try and keeps you interested and eager to try them all. Her blog is where you can find links for all of her books and several free patterns. Enjoy!
Long Island Livestock is always a good time. The animals are always in a good mood, people are friendly and the goods are, of course, to die for. Tabbethia offers raw fiber, beautiful yarn, body butters, pillows, bags, stitch markers…so, so much.
She holds several Open House days throughout the year. Follow Long Island Livestock on Facebook and Instagram so as not to miss the next one.
I am loving the clear Converse All Star. I can show off all my hard work without having to take off my shoe. Not that I really mind that. I do it in a heartbeat.
I picked them up at http://www.journeys.com for $49.99. They run 1/2 size large and so far are really comfortable. AlthoughI don’t see myself playing tennis or anything in them, these lo top clear chucks are exactly what I was looking for.
This cascade heritage prints yarn is so cool. The self pattern gives a wonderful effect. I love the blues and greens in this color way. It’s a merino nylon blend that feels great and is perfect for my vanilla sock pattern. Toe up, simple M1 toe increases, short row heel, stockinette leg and k2p2 cuff.
I chose this pattern because I was traveling and this is the only one I know by heart. I did not want to be bogged down with a pattern. I like it. I started it in New York, continued in Baltimore and hope to finish it in Kansas.
They are done! I cannot wait to see my 83 yr old Mother rocking these socks. These are the gusset heel basic socks from the book Socks From The Toe Up by Wendy D Johnson. The yarn is Patons Kroysock in the Purple Haze Colorway. I still have a few heel techniques to learn and try out before settling on a favorite. Who knew there would be so many ways to knit a heel? This years goals are to learn the sweet tomato heel by Cat Bordhi, the fish lips kiss heel and the fleegle heel.
Although Infinite Yarns Inc. was not part of this year’s yarn crawl, my friend Joanie wanted to visit this shop. Some of the other knitters had been there and gave it good reviews. What a great shop!
The owner ( I wish I could remember her name) was so kind and cheery. She has a great selection of luxury yarn and holds a bunch of classes. Everything from learn to knit or crochet to fair isle, intarsia and more.
She offered us a 10% discount on our purchases that day. Another shop we visited was The Knitted Purl in Oyster bay. I bought all my sock yarn there. They had a 35% off basket full of sock yarn.
I also picked up a hank of alpaca sox that was 50% off. Another group of helpful folks, excited and enthusiastic about yarn. I came home with enough yarn for 5 pairs of socks, 2 dishcloths and 2 spa cloths.
Look at that color
The Knitting Store
Trying to find one more skein
If you’re ever on Long Island go visit these wonderful shops.
The Knitting Store 2 Poole St. Oceanside, NY
Infinite Yarns Inc. 34 Hempstead Tpk. Farmingdale, NY
I attempted to knit two at a time socks on pair #2 of 2016. I had previously knit a skirt two at a time, and thought I could do this again, Well, the skirt was just two rectangles, it was knit flat and I had an instructor and experienced knitters on hand to help. The socks were a different story.
The toes started out fine. The increases presented no problems whatever. Once I got to the foot, as all sock knitters know, I was on easy street.
The heel is where I ran into trouble. I just could not get it to work. I wound up connecting the socks. I did not realize I needed to work one heel at a time. So, I transferred one sock to another set of circulars and finished them up one at a time. I was determined to try again. I found this pattern on the Knit Picks website.
I am giving it a go. I plan to use their Capretta yarn. It is a merino/cashmere/nylon blend.The Bittersweet yarn on my Pair #3 post is the same blend and I absolutely loved knitting with it. The socks feel wonderful. Soft and squishy. Just like I like them.
ETA: It is a cold, snowy, wet Sunday in New York. A perfect pajama and knit day.