Wednesday, June 20, 2007

All Socks, All The Time

Can you tell that I have a tiny obsession with knitting socks? Maybe more like an addiction. So you see why I had no other choice but to join the Summer of Socks knit along. It starts tomorrow and I am so amped. Well, I’m really not officially starting my summer of socks until this weekend due to another unfulfilled self imposed deadline. I wanted to finish my other Jaywalker by the time the knit along started but a little thing called “housework” got in the way. Here’s where I am and it looks like I won’t finish until this weekend. I’m not too torn up about it though.

Speaking of summer of socks, here’s what I’m planning:

- I’m most definitely gonna knit me a pair o’ dem there sidewinders. Those fillies is looking mighty fine and I can’t wait to give ‘em a go. I gots me here a skein o' Tofutsies that will fit in just right.

- I want to knit at least one pair top down. I seem to be a little set in my ways when it comes to toe up socks so I just wanna try to shake things up a bit.

- I want to knit a pair using my Socks that Rock in the Lucy colorway. I’ve been coveting this skein since Rhinebeck last year and I think it’s time to stop pussyfooting around and just knit it up.

- I want to knit a Cookie pattern and I think it’s gonna be Pomatomus. I’m still taking other suggestions though.

- My number one goal is to design a pair of socks.

I’ve been knitting socks long enough that I want to try my hand at designing some exactly the way I want it. It all started with this. I made that sock when I saw a post on Craftster asking if someone could make a pattern similar to a pictured sock that was in a gallery. So I figured I’d try it out and that was my interpretation. There were still some things to be reworked but I figured I’d get to it when I knit the second one. Well along came this pattern from Knitty and it dashed all my hopes. I thought that it was too similar to the one so I ended up thoroughly discouraged. I didn’t want to seem like I was biting off of anyone else’s pattern. So that lone sock still sits in a bag way down deep in my closet with all the other renegade projects (tiger striped scarf, blue fair isle snowflake hat, etc…).

So when thinking of designing a pattern for the SOS, I figured that maybe I can use the same pattern but put my usual remix on it. What if the open part on the top of the feet was done in lace to give it an open feel? And what if the laces were actually cables instead so everything could be knit in one piece like a regular sock? Here’s my brainstorming and the pattern I finally came up with. I haven’t swatched or anything, I’m waiting for this weekend but I did base it on my socks usually take 64 stitches on a size 1 needle. So far the pattern seems very fiddly and I’m not sure anyone else would want to go through all that just for a pair of socks but I can only imagine the level of accomplishment I’ll feel once they’re done.

Speaking of designing, I’m also trying to design a shrug. I just want something to cover my shoulders and that I can wear to work to try and dress up my tank tops. I’m using my Barbara Walker Book, Knitting From the Top as a reference. I figured it’s about time I worked on something that wasn’t socks, you know, just trying to shake things up a bit (again).

That’s cotton tape yarn that I scored form the Joan Vass sale last year (btw, all you New Yorkers, I called them and they are not having a sale this year but they said they would contact me and let me know when they do). I’m planning on plain stockinette on the back and fronts and a mock cable pattern on the short sleeves that’ll like flare out a little. I know what I’m picturing in my head but it’s hard to put it on paper.

I’ve been lacking in the spinning department. I’ve barely done any spinning. I’m still working on the second bobbin of the yarn pictured in my last post for a three ply yarn. The new Spin Off has a great article on spinning for a striped effect and I wish I would’ve had it before I started spinning this. All is not lost though because I can still use some of the techniques on the last bobbin that I spin.

Well that’s all folks. I should have more stuff stocked in the store by this weekend but we’ll see how the rest of this week goes. Sock On (I stole that outro from the SOS blog, just sayin)

I couldn't just leave you guys with just one sock picture. What kind of blogger would I be if I didn't leave you guys with some more gratuitous sock pics. This is my lone Lisa Souza Crosshatch Lace sock that will have to wait for the end of Summer of Socks for it's mate. Poor sockie.


Nancy said...

I am so ticked that I missed the sign ups for the Summer of Socks. Oh well I'll be knitting socks anyway so it's no big deal, right;)

That picture of the crosshatch lace sock so does not do it justice. You need to keep your eye on it when I'm around it might just hop into my bag. I'd wear it even if I only had one!

Maribel said...

OMG..when do you have the time to work, be a great mom, eat or sleep. The crosshatch lace sock is great! So I will be sitting next to you at the next group to soak up some of your sock knitting mojo.

Anonymous said...

NICE socks! And I don't think yours looks too much like Twinkle; that was a great design.

Jeanine said...

I missed the deadline for signups for the SOS. Oh well, next year. Crosshatch...Looking good. Oh, I am having the MOST fun knitting up my Pomatomus sock(s). It's addictive.

Lyrically speaking said...

You are so talented, I need to take lessons from my teacher, you know who you are

Maia said...

Love the crosshatch sock!

I know what you mean about designs that are similar. You just need to do your own thing and not worry about it. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

Nikki said...

I was about to say "yeah, doesn't it suck when you try to design something and before you can get it out there you find something else a lot like it". Until I actually saw your picture. I don't think your sock design is much like Twinkle Toes. I mean, look at the million sock patterns out there, most of them are more similar to each other than yours is to Twinkle Toes, since most of them have the same construction, just one stitch pattern subbed out for another. The Breeze socks in the current Knitty even have the same stitch pattern as another pair in my Socks Socks Socks book, just that the Breeze socks are anklets. But I do like your slight alteration of making the top of the foot openwork and cables. I think they would be more comfortable to wear like that. Hope to see them soon.

anna said...

Oh my, so many gorgeous socks in one place?! I'm doing the summer of socks too, it'll be such fun to knit along side people that are actual DESIGNERS like you. :-D Can't wait to see what you come up with this summer. ;-)

ARJ said...

I agree with previous posters-- I think your funky lace up sock design is great & not at all the same feel as Twinkle. It would be great if you didn't give up on that in the end :-) Socks have finally *clicked* for me so I'm enjoying experimenting with them as well, but I never would have thought of something as inventive as your design.

Code Purl said...

Good luck designing. Looks like you're off to a good start!

HPNY Knits said...

the yarn is in Knitty City! and they have the addi lace!

sahara said...

I'm loving the socks you designed! But since you are on a sock roll, I'ma wait on your shell pattern, tee hee.

Wanna get together and knit later this week?