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.