a surplus of socks

its funny how the sock mojo comes and goes, isnt it? at the moment, i am surrounded by fantastic sock projects, and bringing my yarn out into the lounge room where i can see it everyday is making me plan ahead for more. i need some advice about one particular plan, but lets start with a recap. first, some decent shots of the conwy socks on the recipient.

much better in natural light.

he seems to think he is some kind of foot model, and see that little hole on that gusset join? thats the only one, on either pair. of course, it has to show up in the photo, doesnt it?

i am nearly finished sock one of his other socks, the stripey regia kaffe fasset,

so i will try and be good and finish these first, before i start him yet another pair, which i intend to be these:

yarn and pattern made for each other i think.

as for my own feet, well they’re confused. earlier this week, missfee and knitdra and i started our own little nancy bush knit-along, and all cast on the Unst socks.

the pattern says 56 stitches on 2.25mm needles which i just knew would be too small for me. on 2.25 i would never do less than 68, sometimes 72. the pattern repeat is 14 stitches, so i thought it would be safe to go straight to 70 stitches. however, because im a bit of a blonde sometimes (i have a phd you know), i also went up to 2.5mm sticks. stupid. too loose and floppy, no stitch definition, wont stretch to see the pattern. so i frogged that, and cast on 70 stitches on 2.25mm sticks.

perfect. these are going to be really lovely. the yarn is the spud & chloe fine in ‘shitake’ that i reclaimed from the too-small, too-short ‘evening stockings’. i also happened to have um, cough, started those again in wollmeise.

‘ruby thursday’ is the colour, and its glorious. but i do actually want these to be proper long socks. there should be enough in the wollmeise, but im seriously thinking of frogging this as well and starting them in some more spud & chloe, in this glorious red:

and then the wollmeise would become these socks from the latest knitty. however, i also have a gorgeous skein of wollmeise in ‘vamp’ that donna gave me, so i could easily use that for the inlay socks. and the’ ruby thursday’ looks lovely in the evening stocking. but then what would i use the spud & chloe for? can one person sustain two pairs of long socks, and what different pattern would i use?

you see my dilemma yes? guidance appreciated.

k xx

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13 responses to “a surplus of socks

  • justthreadtwiddling

    I am drooling over all your pretty yarn. I have such a hard time choosing patterns.

  • RoseRed

    I don’t say this very often, but I think the spud and chloe fine is too nice to be socks!! I think you should use it for a lovely scarf or shawl. And I’m sure you’d be able to get some more Ruby Thursday somewhere should you run short of it for your lovely lovely evening stockings. So my vote is to not frog!

    And hello Australia’s Next Top (Foot) Model! Nice one!! He is a lucky lucky sock recipient. I hope husby does not read your post and get all jealous and demand more socks (and also, I love that Whitby pattern and yes it is made for the Knitabulous yarn!)

  • gidgetknits

    Oh, that red! It just bursts from the page! I’d give advice, but I’m very bad and have a thing for girlie socks like Knitty’s Lingerie socks or Cookie A.’s Pointelle. And I just totally geeked out on these http://www.ravelry.com/projects/onehandknits/time-and-relative-dimension-in-socks—orash-7 Oh, socks, socks, socks!!! Sorry, I’m bouncing around for 100 different reasons. There will be no sense out of me for weeks!

  • shellauw

    Oooh! Look at those Conways! Isn’t he lucky? Three pairs of socks and then he can wait a few more years. 🙂

    I love your yarn/pattern matches, but I must agree with with RR – that Spud and Chloe is too pretty to be on feet. Far to pretty.

    I cast on my 2nd Temperance for the TDF last night and am happy happy sock thoughts too. Maybe it’s contagious…

  • Donna

    Feel free to send some sock mojo my way. Not feeling the sock love any more for some strange reason 😦

  • Leonie

    Ooops! The best bit about knitting is the ability to undo what you have done and start again, very forgiving 🙂 The array of socks you have on the go is impressive and the yarn is lovely too. Having never knit with the Spud and Chloe I’m going to have to rely on those that know who are suggesting something neckish for it. The Wollmeise works well for toe up knee highs. I made some green cabled ones for a friend recently and they worked beautifully.

  • faeryfay

    Oooooooh! Totally gorgeous! I’m loving the conwy socks colour!

  • Sarah

    Oh so much going on over here – hope you’re feeling 100% again now. I’d been wondering about my sock mojo – turns out you have my share 🙂 I’d Over the Knee Socks from Handknit Holidays would be amazing in the S&C but mine are still lingering so maybe stick with what you’ve got going on!!

  • travellersyarn

    Love all the socks – especially the conways and the evening stockings…

  • 2paw

    I am no use, I think they all look so nice and red!! The Comwys look great on their intended!!

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