WIP Wednesday: A study in striped socks

Finishing a knitting project always makes me want to cast on for something new, which always makes me feel guilty about what I’ve got waiting to be finished. I know, I know, it’s just knitting, something I do for myself, and I don’t need to feel guilty about it.  But I do want to reclaim some needles and project bags, so I really should work on something already in progress.

Striped toe-up socks

Gah, I just checked Ravelry, and I started these socks way back in 2009. 2009! A lifetime ago!

Ahem.

These are just basic toe-up socks with short row toes and heels. I’m using Regia Design Line Kaffe Fassett, which let me tell you is not the softest yarn in the world, and that may very well be why I haven’t finished these yet. It does not feel good running through my fingers. But I do love the stripes. Striped socks are pretty much my most favorite thing in the world. Well, actually, quokkas are my most favorite thing in the world. But striped socks? Right up there. Quokkas in striped socks? That might just be the end of me.

Black plum lace socks

TTL Mystery Sock 2015

Today I have some knitting for you.

I started these socks (Ravelry link) back in January as part of a mystery knit along hosted by Kirsten Kapur of Through the Loops on Ravelry. I had participated in one of her knit alongs a few years ago and had a lot of fun anticipating each week’s clue and then quickly falling behind and finishing the socks a few months after the kal ended. This time around, I did the same thing. I’m nothing if not consistent.

TTL Mystery Sock 2015

I used Zen Yarn Garden’s Serenity 20, which is a lovely MCN (merino/cashmere/nylon) sock yarn – very soft but with the added durability of the nylon. Great stitch definition and generous yardage. I bought this yarn at Stitches Midwest in 2013, so this officially counts as a stashbusting project. (Oh hi, I could open a yarn store in my craft room, I’ve got so much yarn now)

zen yarn garden serenity 20

I learned a new technique for these socks – the German twisted cast-on. I usually have to go up a needle size or two for the cuff and upper part of the leg because my cast-on is just a bit too tight. The German twisted cast-on, however, gives a really nice, stretchy cuff – stretchy enough that I won’t have to up-size my needles anymore. Huzzah!

So, new hand knit socks, just in time for summer. Proof that making cards hasn’t completely taken over. Yet.