Wednesday, 3 September 2014

my year in socks - August

How did I miss the end of August? Life has been hectic, but no more than usual and I really can't quite fathom how I failed to notice the passage of time

You can read in this post why I am knitting a pair of socks every month.
 
I didn't really want to knit a sock in August. But I suffer a bit with "never give up" syndrome and plodded on, although not with much joy. Surprisingly the result is still pleasing. I had originally planned to give the August socks away because I do have so many pairs that I can go without washing socks for nearly two weeks. But I am tempted to keep them. What do you think?


I had a skein of Cascade Heritage sock yarn that I bought ages ago. It is soft and smells nice. The smell of wool is essential for my knitting experience. Often superwash sock lacks that lovely wool smell, probably because all the lanolin has been stripped off. I am speculating of course. Although the yarn smells nice and is soft, it is not my favourite yarn to knit with, it splits easily, something I find annoying.


The stitch pattern is super easy and here is why. What I really wanted to knit is a fancy zig zag pattern that meanders up (or down) the sock. The trouble was that all the zig zag patterns I know are written for knitting in the flat, and somehow I did not have the brain power to adapt them to the round. I am usually quite good with stuff like that but every time I thought I had cracked it I was disappointed after knitting one repeat. Somehow, the zig zag did also spiral around the sock, which is mindboggling and which I didn't want. I am still  trying to get my head around this problem but maybe I'll cop out and just use the zig zag pattern I used for my summer shrug.


The stitch pattern is knit over 11 stitches, all you need to be able to do is purl 2 together and place the yarn over the needle. Yes, it is really that simple. The pattern is called ridged feather stitch but to be honest, I don't think it looks anything like a feather, let alone a ridged one. Nevertheless, it is soothing to knit and pleasing to the eye.

 
Annie did some modelling for me but she was a bit more reluctant than last month. I could see her eyes rolling.... but she got to wear my favourite shoes, which almost fit her (how scary is that??).

For September I now knitting a pair of socks using my indigo "Hazel knits" yarn (you can see a close up in the photo scavenger hunt).


As always, the pattern can be downloaded from my sock pattern page. Please remember that I am just a hobby designer, the pattern has not been tested and may well contain mistakes. Just let me know if you find one and I'll rectify it.

I have decided after all, that I am going to give this pair of socks away. If you would like to have it, please let me know in the comment box. It can be machine washed on the wool cycle. The socks would probably fit a range from UK size 5-7. I am a UK size 6. I'll ask one of my charming helpers to pull a name out of a hat if there is more than one person who would like the socks.

Or you could just knit your own of course. Happy knitting! Cx

22 comments:

  1. Love that colour and that is one more item on my list of things to do - learn how to knit socks. Great pattern too. cheers Wendy

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  2. I can't knit my own you see Christina because I vowed never to start knitting socks because I know I will become addicted to making them and I am already all over too many craft projects. If I made one pair just to see what fun it was to make socks I would not be able to stop - 'tis my nature. So I would love to win some to get the feeling on my feet but not the urge in my hands! Jo xx

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  3. Oh my goodness, that colour: gorgeous. Wish I had a drawer full of socks like these! xxx

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  4. I would love to win the socks, they are beautiful and I love the colour of them.

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  5. I'd love to win your socks (they're beautiful) but I'm a size 9 so they wouldn't even come close to fitting me! When I'm trying to change a knit-on-the-flat pattern to knit-in-the-round I write the rows out on paper. For knit-on-the-flat alternate rows are written backwards but for knit-in-the-round every row goes the same way. Hope that makes sense!

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  6. I would love a chance to win the socks! They are lovely, and I don't own a pair of pink socks, so they would fill a gap in my sock drawer. :-)

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  7. Super pair of socks - the colour just zings!! They look great!
    Caz xx

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  8. Beautiful socks and fab colour, I will take a look at your patterns, I feel inspired to give sock knitting another go x

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  9. Learning to knit socks is on my 'Craft Hit List' for this winter! These are gorgeous Christina! X

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  10. I'd love a chance to win a pair of socks. I prefer them to slippers for some reason. But I always take them off before I go to bed. In fact I have to sleep with my feet out of the covers. In all weathers. Love the shoes too.
    Leanne xx

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  11. Oh yes please - add me to your hat! I love your socks - you should sell them on etsy or something. They'd make great Christmas presents.

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  12. They're beautiful socks. Unfortunately I don't usually get on with wool, so don't put me in the draw. It hurts me to say that, I do love the colour and the texture. I shall look forward to seeing what you come up with next. CJ xx

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  13. What a fun color and pattern. I really do have to learn how to knit socks! I'm getting some sock envy.

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  14. I feel guilty that my first comment is to say "Yes please, I would love your socks!" but there it is said!!
    They are beautiful and may be they would inspire me to put down my crochet and try to knit a pair myself!
    Jo x

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  15. Pretty socks that have made me think I really must do something with all the sock yarn I seem to buy! I tried to leave a comment on your last post to say I'm glad you are feeling better. I seem to have snapped out of my can't be bothered phase this week too. I think September is a time for fresh starts and new beginnings. Not sure why the iPad eats my comments sometimes! You deserve that holiday.

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  16. I couldn't even begin to make those! They look great - please put my name in the (knitted?) hat :)
    Sarah x

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  17. I love your socks, they are so pretty!!! It is so kind of you to give them away, but please don't enter me as my feet would be far too big for these!! I am sure that whoever receives them will love them. xx

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  18. You must keep these for yourself, they are a gorgeous color and pattern and during the dreary winter will cheer you up.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  19. They are lovely Christina, you've inspired me to have a try at knitting socks :-) x

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  20. They are gorgeous! I would love to win them as I've also been knitting socks this year as gifts for others, but sadly none for myself :( These would be a wonderful early autumn treat!

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  21. I think they are beautiful and I have a sock shortage right here!! x

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  22. Awwww, these look great! I love the colour and I think my girls would love them too. I really must try knitting socks! x

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