As I mentioned last week, I selected Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter‘s SpringTastic Socks pattern my beautiful skein of SilverSpun Sock in Watermelon Crush, the August yarn for the Feel Good Yarn Co‘s Summer Sock Club. Can I show you the skein one more time?
In any case, trying the SpringTastic Socks pattern was kind of a big deal for me. I like to keep my socks simple and in the ‘no-brainer’ column because they are small and I’m on-the-go a lot, so their portability combined with the simplicity a basic sock provides is perfect for my everyday life. I also have this weird hang-up in my own head that always questions why I would purposely put holes in my socks via lace patterning. I set aside my prejudices and took the plunge though because I knew these would be beautiful. And sometimes, it’s nice to throw caution to the wind and make something just because it’s beautiful.
I worked on these mostly in my down-time, early mornings before the kids were awake and after they went to bed. Once I had the pattern down pretty well, I was able to work on it when I was paying less attention like when I was watching the kiddos at the playground or listening to them read aloud. I found the pattern to be really enjoyable to knit. I definitely never memorized it to the point where I didn’t need the chart (although I don’t think that would be impossible), but I did get a very good feel for it to the point that a quick glance at the charted directions was all it took for me to manage the next round of patterning. Suffice to say, I think it’s easier than it looks. My hat really goes off to the designer, Stefanie, as well as Holla Knits — the publisher of the pattern — for an extremely well-written, nicely edited pattern with an excellent layout that’s so easy to read and follow. I don’t usually talk much about such things, but for this pattern it’s absolutely worth mentioning because it is so well done. It definitely makes me even more anxious to get my hands on a copy of Midwestern Knits, the new book by Holla Knits editor Allyson Dykhuizen.
But back to the socks at hand.
These socks were definitely like rolling a rock down a hill in that I picked up speed as I went and the second sock really felt like it flew. Before I knew it, I was done.
I wanted to share this photo because you can see how they look pretty involved, but I assure you they were so manageable and fun to knit. I think I keep mentioning this because as someone who usually knits only very basic socks I’m kind of shocked at how easy these were.
The end? Yes, the end for me! The last two months I’ve managed to get a pair of shortie socks and a pair of Turkish Bed Socks out of one skein, but these socks took up a bit more yarn with the more intricate pattern and the taller cuffs so I’m left with just about 135yards remaining. That’s not quite enough for Turkish Bed Socks for my feet. I thought about a pair of socks for my daughter, but she’s growing like a weed and I’d like to use the rest of the yarn to make something we can use for more than just a short time. I did a little Ravelry searching and I’m thinking I’ll eventually use the leftovers to make a pair of the Twigs and Willow Mitts by Alana Dakos. My daughter is always borrowing my fingerless mitts and these will be just perfect for her. They’ll be a little big at first, but that’s never stopped her before — between the pink yarn and the cozy pattern I think they’ll be a perfect match.
Just because I’m done, the Summer Sock KAL will go on through Wednesday, September 16th as I mentioned last week with winners of the prizes announced on Friday, September 18th. That’s still plenty of time to work up one last pair of shorties! I’ll still be cheering everyone on in the Ravelry thread & ooohing and ahhhing at everyone’s beautiful socks. I can’t wait to see what everyone knits up!