October is for socks

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Can you believe it’s October 1? That seems crazy to me, but since I can’t do anything about it, I’m going to go with it. Bring on Socktober, this year, I’m ready. Besides some finishing up, this month is going to be all socks, all the time. I’m not great at monogamous knitting, so I’ll have a few pairs on the go at a time, with the goal of knitting two complete pairs and finishing at least one other. That may be insane, but we’ll see how it goes.

Stepping-Stones, being knit in Indigodragonfly Superwash DK in Fringe Over Troubled Water

Stepping-Stones, being knit in Indigodragonfly Superwash DK in Fringe Over Troubled Water

My first plan is to finish up these Stepping-Stones for my mom. I cast them on in April, knit three inches and then put them down for six months. It’s starting to get cold again, though, so it’s time to finish them up. I picked them up the other day to stash in my bag as after-work knitting and I’m almost done the gusset decreases on the first sock. I’m knitting them in DK-weight yarn, which is coming out looser than the other pair I knit, so maybe they’ll end up being layering socks. Either way, they’ll keep her feet warm.

My other plans are holiday-related, so I have to keep things a little vague. I’m planning to knit Saltburns for my sister, using this delicious bright-blue.

Jill Draper Makes Stuff Splendor Sock in Cobalt

Jill Draper Makes Stuff Splendor Sock in Cobalt

And, for L (who has finally come around to hand knit socks) I’m going to knit a simple 3×1 rib in this warm brown. I figure I’ll go basic for the first pair, and if he likes and wears them, I’ll knit something more fun.

Dragonfly Fibers Djinni Sock in Mushroom Hunting

Dragonfly Fibers Djinni Sock in Mushroom Hunting

If by some miracle I get all of this finished (or, if I finish the first two and then need something interesting to balance out the ribbing) I’ve got my second pair of Daphnes to finish up. I love these socks – the colour is perfect, the pattern is fun, and the only reason I put them down was because I needed something more mindless to balance out Burrard. They’re more of a summer sock, but if I finish them now they’ll be ready and waiting next year, which is okay by me.

Indigodragonfly Bleats, Shoots & Leaves in Baldersquash (everything about this yarn is amazing, including the name.)

Indigodragonfly Bleats, Shoots & Leaves in Baldersquash (everything about this yarn is amazing, including the name.)

Are you knitting socks this month? Please tell me you have crazy Socktober plans so I feel less like a maniac.

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17 thoughts on “October is for socks

    1. Angela Hickman Post author

      Finish, and then cast on three more pairs! That’s always what happens with me. I cast on for Saltburn last night and am already in love.

  1. lawlady1

    Socks! Yes! I usually have a pair of socks on needles – if nothing else, as a distraction from another project that I’m either bored or frustrated with. Now that you mention it, however, I don’t currently have socks-on-needles. Hmmm….gotta go – bye!

    1. Angela Hickman Post author

      Haha. That is amazing. I’ve actually never knit knee-high socks, but I think that should go on my to-do list for next year.

    1. Angela Hickman Post author

      Thank you! One of the things I enjoy most about gift knitting is choosing colour-pattern combos died to the recipient. I’d wear any of these myself, but it wouldn’t necessarily occur to me to make these pairings for myself.

  2. Audry

    Oh wow! I’m drooling over that “Mushroom Hunting” yarn. It’s a great color and a great name! And I’ve been wanting to make a pair of Daphnes too. You are making it harder to stay monogamous to my current projects.
    I’ve been working on a pair of Pomatomus socks. But horror of horrors, I didn’t read that the k2tog in the chart was actually a k2tog tbl. I had knit the whole leg of one sock, but it bothered me enough to rip. I was worried that it wouldn’t be worth the rip, but it does look much better now.

    1. Angela Hickman Post author

      I admire that so much.

      And yes, Mushroom Hunting is gorgeous. I kind of want it for myself, but that’s how you know it’ll be a good gift, right?

  3. Cassy

    So many delicious socks!!! I want that Mushroom Hunting color. Wow. I really need to seek out that sock yarn, because all the socks you knit with their yarn have me drooling.

    1. Angela Hickman Post author

      That is exactly how I found myself scrolling through their website trying not to buy every colourway. Bethany (Pretty Little Fiber Co.) has done a few projects with their yarns and I’ve loved every one. I’m pleased to say it’s as pleasant to knit with and wear as it is to look at!

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