Handspun Socks, For the Win!

 Handspun socks have long been on my bucket list of spinning + knitting goals and yet I’ve been loath to commit to the undertaking. It always felt like there were just so many things that had to work out just so in order for socks to really spring forth from fiber. I tend to get overwhelmed by complex plans and spinning for socks seemed exactly that: complicated and overwhelming. There was a 70/30 chance it would take me 20years to work up to attempting this feat.

Enter my February installment of the Three Waters Farm Top of the Month Club. I really didn’t know exactly what I wanted to make with it…

littBut I knew I loved the blues and browns with the pop of yellow. I had no choice, but to just start spinning and see where it took me.

img_2414-1It took me here.

img_2417And then here.

the pretty pileAnd then here.

When I realized that I’d actually achieved a mostly even fingering weight 3-ply yarn with almost 400yards on the skein, I knew it was time to make that handspun sock dream a reality.

Logically, I knew the 390yards I measured out would be more than enough to make myself a pair of socks. I didn’t want to take any chances though, so the fact that I had a commercial brown yarn that matched pretty well helped to spur me along and as soon as I had a window of time to work on it, I cast-on.

img_2922I worried a lot about how that brown looked. As in, I worried way more than any normal human should. You can ask my mom, while at her house I probably asked her 30times if she thought it looked ok. But I kept the faith and kept on knitting, wholly enamored with how the handspun was knitting up.

img_2914As I mentioned a while back, I did some campfire knitting & vacation knitting on these. I hesitantly added the commercial yarn at the heel and that’s where it really started to take shape for me. I knew that not only was I going to have plenty of yarn, but I’d had the (hopefully) added strength of the commercial yarn at the heel & toe.

img_2920I whipped through down to the toe. And I knew it was all going to work. I just knew it.

And work it did.

just toeThe brown is somewhere between the more reddish brown and the more chocolate brown in the handspun and I think it’s just perfect.

toeI adore these socks in every possible way.

heelFor the record, I didn’t intend for there to be stripes in these socks at all — that was just a happy accident.

whole sockAnd oh what a happy accident indeed!

I’ve knitted quite a lot of socks in my day, but these are by far my absolute favorites. I loved every single stitch of these socks. Seeing my handspun pass through my fingers and into my stitches was such incredible affirmation – I’d really taken a big step and it was working. It was really and truly working. This was one goal that in my own eyes I truly knocked it out of the park. For someone who has been talking about this goal for upwards of 2 or 3 years, this was a huge win.

It’s no surprise that I’ve already got plans to spin up another yarn for socks. And after writing that last sentence I wondered into my Ravelry fiber stash to browse potential fibers for more socks still (that’s a true story!). Yes, I think this is the start of something seriously wonderful.

23 responses to “Handspun Socks, For the Win!

  1. Three Waters Farm is a local farm in Alamance County, North Carolina. Great folks. Great yarn.

  2. It’s interesting how you can see the different strands of color when plyed together in the skein of yarn but when knitting into the socks, the “barber pole stripes” appear to be solid colors. Yarn and fiber always amazes me. Beautiful!

    • It is an amazing thing! There’s a lot of subtly that comes into play when fiber transforms into yarn and yarn into knitwear. Always endless possibilities!

  3. Amazing great work! I just recently learned how to knit socks and am looking forward to using my own hand spun yarns in the future

    • I love handknit socks! And I’ll admit that right now handspun handknit socks feel so decadent! Enjoy the journey to your first pair!

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