Stripy Socks!

We’re not even two weeks into the new year and I’ve already got a new pair of socks. Well, actually, Adam has a new pair of socks. It’s kind of funny the way that works, but since our feet are roughly the same size (at least for the moment), many of the pairs originally knit for me somehow end up in his sock drawer.

In this case, Adam saw the socks in progress and was immediately smitten with both the colours and the stripes — and since I didn’t feel like I needed to keep these, I told him they’d be his. Adam has always loved anything handmade, but now that he’s started knitting, I think he has a newfound appreciation for the effort involved.

The yarn is from Canon Hand Dyes and the colourway is Tiger Lily (part of the Peter Pan club) — this was my first time knitting with Amy’s Bruce Yak Fingering yarn and it definitely takes a bit of knitting to get used to it. It’s thinner and slightly more slippery than my usual sock yarn choices so I will definitely go down a needle size next time I use this yarn (I’ve got two more skeins tucked away). I love all of Amy’s self-striping yarns; the stripes match up almost perfectly between the two socks and the contrasting heels and toes make for an extra-special pair.

And I’ve actually got enough yarn left that I could probably knit a pair of socks for Leah as well — but right now I need to knit the other two pairs of socks I have on the go before I possibly contemplate socks for her. Besides, these days she likes to go through my stash on her own to find what she considers Leah-worthy colourways — I see some sparkly unicorn-inspired sock-knitting in my future!

New Year, New Socks

While I’m not a huge fan of new year’s resolutions (too much pressure!), I do love new year’s traditions — and my favourite tradition is the do-it-yourself sock-of-the-month club. In fact, I think this is the fourth year in a row that I’ve put together a basketful of a dozen skeins of yarn to keep me motivated to knit socks all year long (and after several years, I think this has now reached tradition status).

Tucked inside my basket are skeins from Knitted Wit, Canon Hand Dyes, Twisted Owl Fiber Studio, and Mountain Colors: I’ve got lots of great options for socks (some for me but I’ve got a few skeins earmarked for gifts over the year as well).

Some years I’ve managed to match up skeins with patterns ahead of time, but I didn’t bother this year; instead, these are a few of the ones I’m hoping to knit over the next 12 months:

I’ve actually got two other pairs of socks on the needles right now, but I think I’m going to wind that luscious teal yarn at the front of the basket from TOFS (it’s called Pirate Ship!) and knit up a pair of Mingus socks. For me. Really, I figure I’ve got all year to knit for other people but after two straight months of Christmas knitting, it’s time for a little selfish crafting!