I was totally one of those people who didn’t “get” handknit socks until I started making them. And now I have 3 pairs of commercially made shortie socks and the rest are all handmade. I walk daily and as I’ve gotten older I’ve gotten smarter about not wearing flip-flops when I do. These days, I always wear shoes with good support, so in the summer ‘shorties’ have started to become a necessity and I’ve been working on adding more and more handmade versions to my wardrobe. In my humble opinion, there’s really no better time to knit them than in summer. They are small and portable, they knit up quickly, and you can wear them right away when they are finished. Perfect.
With this in mind, last month when I was getting ready to take my kiddos to the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie I cast on a quick pair of Rose City Rollers. I’ve done the pattern before and I know they knit up fast and easy and the fit is great. Because I waited until the last minute to cast-on, the fast and easy part was key. I’m not much of a knitting at the movie theater kind of person and I’m definitely not a casting-on at the movie theater kind of person, so I threw those stitches on the needles just before dashing out the door.
I had been planning to knit up some shorties with my Nomadic Yarns Twisty Sport since attempting to cast-on with it earlier this spring.
This amazing colorway is named “I’ve Always Wanted to be a Tenenbaum” and I adored it at first sight. I mean, clearly it’s super pretty, really lovely yarn, but I wasn’t a fan of how it performed used as a sport weight — it just knit up too light for me to make socks with it anywhere above a 2.25mm needle. Because this yarn arrives in a 328yard skein and I tend to use between 350-380yards for socks for myself, I was somewhat limited on how I could use it for socks. Rose City Rollers to rescue!
Suffice to say, I love them, imperfectly matched set that they are. They are definitely a bit denser than my other shorties and I’m sure that’s because the yarn is heavier, but they’ll still get the job done. Summer is definitely for shorties and I’m definitely working my way toward having a handknit stash of them. Sooner than later, I’ll be able to say my sock stash is 100% handknit — won’t that be a wonderful day?!