Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Off The Needles: A Sock Parade!

In the spirit of trying to get this blog up to date on all the knitty action that has been going on around the Miso household, I thought I would finally post all the sock FOs that have been gracing both my feet and my Instagram account since the beginning of time. Ok. Maybe it hasn't been that long. But seriously, aside from the CaterpillarGreen Yarns Concrete and Tulips socks post from a few months ago, I haven't made a sock FO post since February!! It's been all "here's what's on my needles" but nothing about what has been coming off them. I honestly do finish projects, I swear!!

Now, while my sock knitting isn't as fanatical as it was at the beginning of the year, I'm pretty pleased with myself for having churned out 6 pairs of socks in an eight month span. Especially considering that I've been working on other knits and have been sewing up a storm (or at least tempting to). In the meantime I've been accumulating sock yarn like there's no tomorrow. Does that count? It's guaranteed future sock FOs. Well, it's what I tell myself anyways.

Anyhoo, without further ado I give you a mid-year sock parade!!

:: JECK ::

This pair came off the needles in February and since then I've tried to take an accurate photo of the blues within the colourway. The photo above is the best I can do. The turquoise blue is just so vibrant and bright against the cobalt. I don't know if you can see it in the photo, but there are also some lovely peek-a-boo stitches of cappuccino beige and coffee brown throughout. Mixed together, it's just so, so lovely. 

I hemmed and hawed about the toe and whether I should do my standard toe or the one used in the pattern. In the end I went with what was written in the pattern - only to rip it back twice as I didn't like how the stitches at the side of the leg wasn't lining up with the decorative ones along the toe box. I fiddled around and moved the stitches a bit so that they would all line up nice and neat, and be more pleasing to my eye. For a more detailed account of what I did, check out my Ravelry project page (link below).

:: Details ::
Pattern: Jeck by Regina Satta
Yarn: SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock
Colour: Cold Mountain
Needles: Hiya Hiya Sharps in 2.25mm (US 1)
Ravelry Link: MisoCraftyKnits Jeck

:: HUDSON ::

From my Instagram Hudson socks. Or otherwise known as "Canadiana" - the actual name of this colourway, now currently being dyed by Jo of Fishknits Yarn (it was originally dyed by my friend Em when she was Everything Old, and has since passed on the formula to Fishknits Yarn), and has been made famous by Susan B. Anderson when she knit her pair of Hudson Bay socks last month.

I took my merry little time knitting this pair up. It was just so much fun to knit! Yes, even the plain, cream coloured foot was enjoyable - solely because I still got to see the fun stripes on the leg as I knit along (pun completely intended!!). I didn't even mind that I had to re-do the heel on my second sock a few times if it meant that I got to spend some more time with this yarn. It got to the point where I procrastinated on grafting the toes together on that second sock simply because I didn't want this project to end!

I'm particularly proud of the joins between the heel flap and gusset, which I normally get the tiniest of holes. I'm a firm believer that when something is simple, such as a plain vanilla sock, the item itself demands to be nothing less than perfection. After all, there's nothing there to disguise the mistakes and flaws. Especially when the fabric you're creating is as light as this cream coloured base. So I'm beyond pleased as punch to have produced a pair of socks that don't contain the usual little flubs that hand knit socks generally contain. Just don't expect me to pull this feat off again though. Because the chances of that happening are pretty slim!

:: Details ::
Pattern: My own plain vanilla leg-down recipe

Yarn: Everything Old Signature Sock (dyer no longer in business but you can purchase this colourway via Fishknits Yarn)
Colour: Canadiana
Needles: Hiya Hiya Sharps in 2.25mm (US 1)
Ravelry Link: MisoCraftyKnits Hudson


Unikitty 2

Next up on the docket: the highly anticipated Lego kitty inspired socks, Unikitty!! Highly anticipated by who, you ask? Well, by me! I had decided to knit these socks until I ran out of yarn, which meant they turned out to be taller than my usual socks but not quite knee high either. They're definitely an awkward height but you know what? I love them just the same. They'll be great with my rain boots and will always bring a smile to my face whenever I wear them.

I used my usual plain vanilla toe-up sock recipe with an afterthought heel, and had started my sets of increases at the center back when I reached calf height. I took a lucky guess as to when to start the 2x2 ribbing for the cuff and managed to eek out 2 inches of ribbing before I started the game of "yardage chicken" on the bind off. In total I used one ball of yarn for each sock. 

Not only is this the fourth pair of socks for the Socks With Sarah KAL, but I also used them for my Stash Dash final yardage count. You know me, I love a good two-fer! I haven't had the chance to wear these yet but I've gotten a lot of compliments on them while I was knitting them. It saddens me deeply that Knit Picks has discontinued the Felici line and wonder if they have received enough hate emails and messages of concern to make them consider re-introducing the yarn back into their product line-up? I know of several knitters who have been patrolling Ravelry stashes in hopes of snatching up a few skeins of this colourway. If I didn't already have 2 skeins in reserve, I'd be on the look out too!

:: Details ::
Pattern: My own plain vanilla toe-up sock recipe

Yarn: Knit Picks Felici (now discontinued)
Colour: Jellybean
Needles: Hiya Hiya Sharps in 2.25mm (US 1)
Ravelry Link: MisoCraftyKnits Unikitty


Positively Pink

This pair of socks have actually been on the needles for years before I finally decided that it was time to just buckle down, knit them up, and get these bad boys off the needles. One of the dangers of having such an old WIP is that over time (and in this case, years) your gauge changes. When I had cast on this pair back in 2011 I guess I was somewhat of a looser knitter than I am today because I was using a pair of 2mm (US 0) needles. I tried to match my gauge in hopes that I didn't have to change needles, which I think I managed to pull off - minus the tight little line that goes across the top of the foot where it meets the ankle on both socks (you can kind of see it on the photo above). 

When I first started these socks I had intended to knit them with a short-row heel, and throughout the years I had picked these socks up and knit a round here and there. This time, I decided that the short-row heel just wasn't working out for me (re: SO many holes!! Ack!!) so I ripped back both socks (luckily only one sock had any real leg progress going on while the other had a mere few rounds after the heel) and went with a simple gusset heel. Generally I'm not a fan of heels that could interfere with the striping action on the top of the foot but this time I gave in and went with the flow. Luck was definitely on my side for this project, as the pinks were sometimes so close in shade that I really couldn't tell that there was one stripe that just wasn't like the others. But let's not talk too much about it...don't want to all of a sudden get stuck on that and get the urge to do something rip out the socks and re-do the heels. Cause only extremely insane knitters would do that.

Moving on.

Once I fixed the heels these socks had knit up in a flash and after three years of being on the needles, these bad boys are finally done, done, DONE!!! feels good!

:: Details ::
Pattern: My usual plain vanilla toe-up sock recipe using a gusset heel
Yarn: Knit Picks Felici (now discontinued)
Colour: Positively Pink
Needles: Knit Picks Nickel Plated Circulars in 2.0mm (US 0)
Ravelry Link: MisoCraftyKnits Positively Pink Striped Socks


Fish Lips Kissing

And finally, the last pair of socks in this FO parade: the stunning (if I do say so myself!) hand-dyed by me, Fish Lips Kissing socks! Aside from the heel everything about this pair is pretty much my usual plain vanilla toe-up sock recipe. I was pretty surprised as to how dead on I already was about when to start the heel on my socks. The instructions for the Fish Lips Kiss Heel has you constructing a template of your foot, and with simple math you find out exactly where you should be starting the heel. My usual measurement was mere millimetres off! 

The FIsh Lips Kiss Heel is such an easy peasy heel to knit up, despite the fact that the instructions are pages long. I became a believer after knitting the first heel and then an official convert after the second after discovering that not only did I not have to count stitches, need to use a million stitch markers, or have to fan-dangle around with an extra set of needles to get a completely hole-less and perfect fitting heel.

Don't believe me? Check out the proof:

Fish Lips Kissing Heel

Awesome-sauce, right??

I don't think I would use this heel on self-striping yarns though, unless I experimented a bit and figured out a way to avoid the "solo skinny stripe syndrome" that I'm not a fan of. I don't mind it on this pair since all the stripes are of uneven widths that I don't think you can tell which stripe was forcibly shortened. But I'll definitely be trying out this heel on non-striping yarns and different patterns!

Because of how this yarn was put-up I had to knit my socks two-at-a-time on one long circular needle. As I've mentioned before, normally when I knit two at a time the socks are on two separate circs and I'll knit either a round or a portion of the sock each. But because the yarn was double stranded in sock blank form, I had to start out and knit the foot of the socks as one. I couldn't take it any more after the heel and ended up dividing the socks onto two circs. Next time I knit from a sock blank, I'll just have to suck it up and deal with twisting strands of yarn rather than have to fight through the minimal elbow room that I had on my needles. Ugh.

I ended up with a fair amount of yarn leftover and while I entertained the idea of just knitting until I ran out of yarn like I did with the Unikitty socks, I decided I didn't need another pair of awkward height socks. I can't imagine knitting up all the leftovers into hexipuffs for my Beekeeper's Quilt, as there's probably enough to knit another pair of socks. I've found another sock pattern that I can potentially use in conjunction with another yarn, I'll most likely put the leftovers back into the stash. In the meantime, I'm planning out what to do with my other sock blank!

:: Details ::
Pattern: My usual plain vanilla toe-up sock recipe using Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist

Yarn: Knit Picks Sock Blank (now discontinued)
Colour: My own dye job
Needles: Hiya Hiya Sharps in 2.25mm (US 1) and Knitter's Pride
Ravelry Link: MisoCraftyKnits Fish Lips Kissing

Well, that's it for this FO sock parade but I'm sure there will be at least one more before the year is over. I've got more sock yarns lined up just waiting to be turned into socks. Seeing all these FOs has really given me that sense of accomplishment that makes me want to whip out my current sock project and knit until the wee hours! 

Hmm...I just might do that.


  1. weeeee! oh man this is so awesome! your sock drawer is amazing! This is definitely making me think i need to pick up my socks again! oh if only i had 42 hrs in my day!! these are all stunning! love them! xo

    1. Thanks Becca! ♥ I've been trying to make the effort of knitting at least a round or 2 a day on a sock - even if I don't think I have the time for it. Makes me feel somewhat accomplished on the sock knitting front! ;)

  2. Those Unikitty socks are absolutely fabulous! I can see why they make you smile.

  3. What a fun post!! All your styles & colors are fantastic.

    1. Thanks Evelyn! :) I find it's hard to go wrong when it comes to socks!

  4. Beautiful socks!! Just to let you know, there is a way to do the FLK heel with self striping yarn. You knit from the other end of the ball. You can find the info on her ravelry pages.

    1. Oh! Thanks for the tip!! :) I'll definitely hunt down that info and will give it a try on the next pair of self-striping socks I knit. ♥

  5. All of these socks look fabulous! Definitely inspiring me :)

    1. Thank you!! :) I'll definitely have some pretty warm toes this fall and winter!

  6. I just finished my Hudson's socks a few nights ago! They were such fun to knit!!
    Way to go on the epic sock knitting. I'm inspired!

    1. Yay for Hudson socks!! For such a simple colourway, it's such a fun knit!

  7. Love all your socks, and since I invented the Fish Lips Kiss Heel, of course I love that pair best! Just wanted to let you know that you can knit beautiful FLK Heel socks and keep your stripes all sorted out by simply grabbing the tail of your yarn cake and knitting a "contrasting color" heel with that. After the last purl heel row, just pick up your dropped striping yarn and start knitting. Not one single stitch will be out of order on the front of your socks. Magical! Check out my Ravelry group, Sox Therapy, for more tips and tricks. Play play play, and HAVE FUN!

    1. Thank you Patty!! :) And thank you so much for the tip on how to to use the FLK with self-striping yarn! I'll definitely give it a try on my next pair!!

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