• Knitting

    The Summer of Socks

    Nine Pairs of Handknit Socks

    If ever there was a summer during which to knit all the socks, this has been it. I generally love the lazy days of summer for tackling lace shawls and more involved projects, but this year? Not so much. Instead, I joined the #socksonvacay knitalong (or #socksonstaycay as it ended up being since I went absolutely nowhere) — which I love for its ridiculously loose guidelines. Seriously, the only rules are to knit socks using Shannon Squire‘s patterns and yarn from Knitted Wit between May 1 and the extended deadline of September 13. That’s the kind of knitalong that I can handle. And so I knit! Thirteen pairs, in fact. (The photo at the top shows nine of the them — one pair was a birthday gift for a dear friend, two pairs are in the laundry, and one is MIA at the moment.) This summer I mostly opted for…

  • Knitting

    Take Note: These Socks Are Super-Fun

    Take Note Socks

    It’s too hot to contemplate wearing hand-knit socks for any length of time these days, but it’s never too hot to knit them! For the third summer in a row, I’m participating in the Socks on Vacay sock-knitting frenzy, and while I’m knitting far fewer pairs than usual this year, I’m (mostly) okay with that. Let’s be real: my sock drawer is pretty full and I’m not bothering to knit for the kids and their ever-growing feet until the sock-wearing season is upon us. This latest pair is a new-to-me pattern from Shannon Squire: Take Note Socks. The pattern actually calls for DK-weight yarn, which is probably why I’ve never knit them, but I was able to easily modify the stitch pattern for sock-weight yarn. I love the zig-zag eyelet pattern that works its way across the socks, but while I was intrigued by the unique gusset construction, I couldn’t…