Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Knits In Progress: Socks!

Once again I have failed to mention on the blog what new things are currently gracing my needles. As of today, I have four WIPs that I've been actively and steadily working on. But today I'll just talk about two of those WIPs: the socks!

As I've mentioned a million times already, I always have a pair of socks on the go. I usually keep the socks in my handbag as something small and mindless is perfect to work on while out and about. Back in October I had cast on a pair of plain vanilla socks with a beautiful skein of Caterpillargreen Yarns in a limited edition colourway that was dyed up specifically for last summer's Fibrations event here in Victoria. I wasn't in any hurry to get this pair whipped up and was only knitting a round here and there whenever I had the chance. Last weekend though, I felt compelled to finish the first sock of the pair when I decided to sit out on attending a hockey game with my boys (hockey games and headaches just do not mix!). That large amount of time sitting in a coffee shop waiting for the game to be over and spent knitting on that sock really kicked my love of sock knitting into gear.

I found this photo on my phone.
This is actually the toe of the first sock

I finished the sock and cast on the toe of the second when I felt the urge to cast on a new sock project. Maybe it's the weather? Maybe it's the beginning of another round of Starteritis? Uh, no. Scratch that. If truth be told I'm always trying to fight off another bout of Starteritis. I figured this time maybe I can fend it off by casting on a pair of socks. Something small. No biggie, right? I mean, running errands is a weekly thing so it's not like I'm not going to have the time to work on socks. Yeah...the things we tell ourselves...

Anyhoo, a few days ago I cast on a new pair of socks using my first ever skein of Hedgehog Fibres in their Sock Yarn base. I had purchased two skeins last summer and since receiving them I've been dying to knit them up. But you know how it goes, you get new yarn and you want to knit with it pronto but you've got so much on the needles already that you just have to impatiently wait until you finish at least one project. But by the time you get around to finishing something you've probably moved on to another newer yarn or recently published pattern. Or maybe that's just me and my fickle knitterly ways?

Either way, I cast on what I thought was going to be another pair of plain vanilla socks in the Oracle colourway but after knitting my usual toe I decided that I should really spice things up. A quick glance at my sock pattern queue and I deduced that I should most definitely be knitting the Speckled Space Socks by Amanda Stephens.

So far the pattern has been super easy to memorize and I'm loving how the colours are playing out. I'm still not sure if the pattern and the yarn mesh well together but I've knit the first repeat and there's no way I'm ripping back now. I haven't decided if I'm going to knit the heel as written or if I should go with the Fish Lips Kiss heel. I worry about that when I get closer to that point. For now, I'm going to thoroughly enjoy knitting this first sock.

Until I cast on another pair, that is...

Oh, fickle me.


  1. I love how all of these yarns are knitting up. Your Speckled Space socks are groovy!

  2. Ooh, look at your beautiful toe up socks!! I've been getting a lot of recommendations on the genius of the Fish Lips Kiss Heel sock pattern, and I finally bought it- I haven't completely read through all the 16 pages, but it's clear it's going to change my sock knitting world.


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