Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sisters...Socks & Snippets

A few weeks ago my sister came to work wearing some socks that I had knitted for her several years ago. I asked her if I could look at them and admire them again. You see, those socks were a labor of love. Still a fairly new knitter I has worked on them for hours on a drive from Homer when just pulling into the driveway I crammed them into my bag. I am not sure what happened next but in the end I had stitches off a needle which was broken in half. These were my lovely rosewood double points. Perfect length. Perfect size. Perfect loss! I recovered and finished these wonderful socks.

Pattern: Harebell Lace Socks by Charlene Schurch
Yarn: Austermann Step
Needles: 2.75mm
Anywho... After analyzing these socks she said quite frankly. I want some normal socks. You know. Just plain. Not lacy. I am a pleaser so I came home. Analyzed the stash. Sent off some text photos. Looked over patterns and we collectively agreed on these.

Pattern: Retro Rib Socks from Favorite Socks designed by Evelyn A. Clark
Yarn: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock
Needles: 2.75 mm and 2.5 mm for heel
I modified the pattern to be toe up and used a short row heel. I love doing toe up two at a time. She loves her socks. Notes about this ribbing. It is very stretchy. Maybe go down a needle size. They are a little big but socks always shrink just a tiny bit.

Snippets! I love Rowan Felted Tweed! I want to marry it.

Toe up 3x1 rib socks. Using Wooly Nylon thread as toe, foot, heel re-enforcement!


  1. Ooh! Retro rib is one of my faves! That color is beautiful.

    I agree. Rowan felted tweed is an underrated yarn. For Rowan, it is pretty inexpensive and nice yardage. I like the contrasting toes. :)

  2. Yes, I love the yarn. It is very nice and it has a fantastic amount of yardage... it is pry not the best yarn for socks but I hope I am compensating for it with my wooly nylon!

  3. Your sister is so lucky, you made her socks! I have yet to knit a pair of socks for anyone other than me. I'm working on that for Christmas though.