Lest you think that I only write posts about Socktoberfest, I wanted to prove that I am actually making socks this month too! Sock knitting comes slower for me than other garment and accessory knitting. I have whipped up a sweater in ten days, but socks take me weeks upon weeks. However, this has not squelched my love of socks – it just takes me longer to get a product!
This sock has taken so long, it feels like I should count it as a finished object by itself!
This detail (blocking on a wine bottle, I might add) is a great representation of the natural color of the yarn, which is Three Waters Farm Handpainted Merino from Maryland Sheep and Wool festival. These socks have been notoriously difficult to photograph throughout the process. The lace panel is quite fun to work through, and I find myself looking forward to sock 2. I started this sock at the end of July (right before Project Spectrum's neutral month). At this speed, is sock 2 a possibility before 2007? I hope Socktoberfest can help me with that!
Just as a reminder, this sock was originally planned to be a knee high, as seen here in the Winter 2004 Interweave Knits magazine. They were inspired by a mid-90s Vivienne Westwood design[seen here at Anna's site], and adapted and changed by knitwear designer, Kristin Spurkland. However, it became clear that with the lace panel and no calf-shaping built into the pattern, it was not going to be a knee high. I am very happy with the length, however, and they will be worn frequently, because brown is my obsession. I am already planning outfits around the socks!
Now… to move on to the second one!
However, with the premiere of LOST last night, I could not get bogged down in the lace chart of that sock. I had not planned on starting these, but it just kind of happened… (was anyone else slightly disappointed with the premiere? I hope they pick it up)
I bought the lovely Greetings from Knit Café book over the summer with a gift certificate (I won *bingo* at the company picnic!) and there are many patterns that I like in the book, but I knew I had to have these socks (see the theme here? I can't seem to get knee socks outta my mind!)
CANYON HIKING SOCKS from Knit Café
Dark Rose Heather colorway of Lion Brand Wool Ease – It's been in my stash for ages, and I played around a little with the needles and got a nice gauge swatch. I am also planning a dark pink/purple stripe around the calf section, like the model photograph above, except in one color. Working these on size 5 (3.75mm) needles might actually give me some quick(er) results too – But, no promises!