Late last week I finished up some socks for Mr Knitting Sarah. I’d started them for the drive and subsequent waterpark adventure with the kiddos and then finished them off a few days later. I tend to use DK weight for his socks, so despite his size 12 foot they fly off the needles.
They are the usual socks I knit for him — Churchmouse Yarns & Teas Basic Sock pattern, but I use the fingering weight instructions with the DK weight yarn & US 2.5 needles. Every time I try to convince him to let me try a different heel or yarn I am met with extreme resistance, so I bought almost every color of the Regia Musée 6-ply yarn line (this line contains the elusive consistently Mr KS approved colors) and am slowly working my way through it. When I started these, Mr KS looked at them and just said, “Are those for me? They look like my colors.” He certainly knows the score!
For his standard socks, I work about an inch or so of 1×1 ribbing at the cuff, then switch to 2×2 for the remainder of the sock. The pattern has a very basic heel flap & gusset heel. I’ve been working this pattern for nearly a decade so beyond a couple quick references from the screen shots I have of my pattern on my phone, I generally don’t bother to even carry the pattern with me.
Oh, and I carry the 2×2 down the top of the foot…
It makes for a more flexible fit and easier on & off for the socks. And that is that, another pair of standard Mr Knitting Sarah socks, done!
On a side note, last week I actually wound up showing these socks to some of Mr KS’s co-workers. Whenever we have new people visit our home, the knitting always comes up as a topic of conversation at some point because our living room is filled with yarn and — as one colleague put it — “pre-yarn”. It is kind of funny to try to explain that the vast majority of Mr KS’s socks are custom made. It’s such a standard in our home that sometimes I forget that it’s not the norm. Mr KS had to explain, “Some people have personal tailors. I have a personal knitter.” I think that may be more rare, or at least a little more weird (in an awesome way, of course)!
With these socks sliding into the FO column, I spent a few days just spinning and working on my handspun Brillig.
I am really loving this project, but I’m also well aware that I’m quickly running out of blue yarn…
Normally I would just stop when I run out and be done with it, but I want to complete the color repeats of the African Sunset colorway. To do so, of course, I am more than likely going to need more of the Iron Blue (both colors are from Three Waters Farm, by the way). I have more in my stash, but it needs to be spun and I’m currently in my singles yarn mode, so…
I started these socks! I got this Gale’s Art sock blank as a Christmas gift and I thought the greens would be fun to knit (did I mention is snowed about 5″ last night here?). This is actually my first ever sock blank — I have a couple in my stash, but I had yet to crack into one.
I. Am. Loving. It.
For those who aren’t aware, a sock blank is basically a skein of white yarn that is machine knitted into a rectangle. Dyers can then easily create stripes, use stencils, hand-paint, or use whatever method is theirs for applying color.
They can be single knit or double knit to make matching or fraternal socks and you just knit from the ends of the fabric, like so…
Some people will wind the yarn into a ball first, but I’m way too impatient for that. I just cast-on my stitches and – zoom! — off I went! I’m finding it super addictive as I’m so excited to get to the next color or to see how each stencil plays with each stripe of color.
As I was knitting away the other night, Mr KS walked past me and cocked his head, confused. True, this happens a lot, but that’s beside the point. Looking at the blank and then my needles and back again, he said, “Are you knitting… from your knitting?”
“Why, yes. Yes, I am,” I responded and proceeded to explain the concept of a sock blank to him.
“Well, this is new,” he replied and kind of chuckled to himself, clearly amused and perplexed by this development. “Way to keep things weird.”
It just goes to show that after 15 years of knitting I can still find new and weird things to bring into the house. You thought custom knitting socks was novel, now I’m knitting… from my knitting. I can’t wait to try to explain that to some poor, unsuspecting non-knitters soon!