Fastest. Socks. Ever.

In my last post I raved just a little bit about String Theory Colorworks‘ Orbit base. I received my latest order — thanks to the Knitting Sarah/Socks with Sarah coupon code — on Monday afternoon and by Monday evening I’d cast-on a new pair of socks with this yarn…

IMG_6437The 80/20 SW merino/nylon sport weight base named Orbit in the Ares colorway.

By Tuesday morning I was almost halfway through the first sock…

IMG_6442Interested in how much I could get from this skein, I knit a full 8″ cuff & leg before installing my afterthought heel rip cord.

By Wednesday morning I had cast-on sock #2…

IMG_6444I even ripped back the cuff after a couple inches when I knew it wasn’t matching up exactly with sock #1. It’s probably worth mentioning that my husband happened to have Tuesday & Wednesday off of work this week, so he was in charge of the kids for the school portion of those days. While I tagged along on their field trips, I did luxuriate in a little ‘me’ time which was greatly appreciated and allowed for a little extra progress on these socks. I also squeezed an extra 45minutes of knitting in while the kids were in art class yesterday afternoon. So by the time the kids were home from art, I had passed the afterthought rip-cord on sock #2.

IMG_6462 The weather was beautiful and the kids were happy to have some free time to play outside and, really, once you get past that heel spot on a sport weight sock, you just have to make a mad dash for the finish line. I knit on and off before and after dinner and by bedtime…

IMG_6466It was time to Kitchener the last toe. Then the question was did I have enough in me to do the heels right away or should I wait for the morning? I had some enablers on Instagram…

IMG_6468And voila! Finito at about 10:30 last night.

SW Ares heelI wasn’t quite sure how I felt about that lone row of blue at the back of the heel at first, but I’ll admit it’s grown on me. Born of poor foresight on my part, it certainly makes these socks unique and endearing to me.

SW Ares toePlus, it sort of goes with the lone red spot at the tip of the toe. I might care more about these little tidbits, but these socks fit great and I’m completely in love with both the yarn on my skin & the gorgeous colors, so at the end of the day I just can’t argue with that!

SW Ares whole sockI used a combination of Churchmouse Yarns & Teas Basic Socks & Laura Linneman’s AfterThought Heel Socks to make these socks. Stitch counts for sport weight socks from the former and basic construction from the latter. As I said, it worked magic as the fit is fantastic. And for those wondering, even with the nice longer 8″ cuff & leg and my size 9 feet, I had about 50yards of yarn leftover from my skein.

I’ll admit I was inspired and motivated to get these socks done by today so that I could share them on the last day of the special String Theory Colorworks discount code for Knitting Sarah/Socks with Sarah knitters. Remember to use the code  backtoschool  when you checkout to get 15% off your order. The last update of the year for String Theory Colorworks just went live about an hour ago, so if you haven’t taken advantage of this special offer, there is no time like the present! In-stock yarn will be shipped through the end of the year, but there will be no new additions to that inventory so your best selection until 2015 is available right now!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my little journey of self-striping sock knitting & that you will have fun on your own adventures with these wonderful yarns!

If you’d like to read more detail on my Ares socks, please see my Ravelry project page here.

Many thanks to the folks at String Theory Colorworks for offering this special discount, for sponsoring the Socks with Sarah KAL, and for being completely awesome in general!

23 responses to “Fastest. Socks. Ever.

  1. I love these! I’m a huge sucker for self-striping yarns, and I would totally do these toe up to make the most of the yardage. I do need to try an afterthought heel though, they just look so neat!

    • There were insanely fun. Honestly, I think if I’d have used the whole skein they would have been a really weird length — like not quite knee-highs, but longer than the normal 8″ cuff & leg I’m used to. But that’s just me.

      I like the afterthought heel a lot. It’s fun and different and the fit is fine. I’m kind of intrigued to see how they wear — if they’ll hold their shape as well as the heel flap + gusset I’m used to, but I can’t imagine it being too much different. I do recommend trying it though — if for no other reason than to try something new and see what you think!

  2. Those look awesome (and the lone blue and red rows are cute!). How much of a difference does it being sport weight make when you’re wearing them — do you find you need looser-fitting shoes or do they fit well with all shoes?

    • It does depend on the shoe. And the yarn, of course all sport weight is not created equal (we have these classifications, but there is still variation). The heavier sport weight socks that I have I use mostly in boots or around the house/with slippers. The String Theory Colorworks Orbit base is a pretty average sport weight — I’d feel comfortable wearing them with my Dansko clogs (closed back) and sneakers, but probably not with my more fitted loafer-type shoes. There are a lot of variables, but I definitely never have trouble using my sport weight socks!

  3. Thank you so so much for your kind words! I’m glad you love the Orbit–I’m super happy I got to add more sport weight yarns to my line up 🙂 I need to get my tail in gear and finish my own pair of socks in the Ares colorway–they’ve been on the needles for *cough* 3 years.

    • LOL! You are more patient than me! If my projects linger more than a year, I frog them. But yes, I’m super happy, too, that you’ve added more sport weight — if it wasn’t totally clear, I especially love the Orbit blend. It’s not that this kind of blend is impossible to find, but it’s not a common one with the hand-dyers I’m familiar with. I totally bought my haul of Orbit with my family in mind, but now I’m kinda thinking about being completely selfish with them… whoops!

    • You’ll do fine! I have a whole lot of resources (including step-by-step videos on YouTube) if you need them! You can also check out the Socks with Sarah thread in the Friend of Knitting Sarah Ravelry Group — tons of great help on-hand there!

  4. I love those socks, and what an achievement to have them ready to go in such a little bit of time. Well done, Sarah!

    • I was a little bogged down this month in a million little things going on, but it has felt so good to go from like 5 projects on the needles to 2. Of course now I cast on another one for a gift with a short deadline…

  5. I just finished some afterthought heel socks in String Theory’s Time base, color Atom. Everyone I know has tried to claim them as a Christmas present. String Theory has become a favorite dyer of mine and watching the stripes unfurl is such fun that you barely realize you’ve already knit 7 inches. Love your socks!

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