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The Great Sock Project!

The alert among you will have noticed the absence of knitterly knitting posts around these parts lately. You could be forgiven for thinking I had lost interest in knitting and that it had simply faded from the blog’s purview, to be only a distant archived memory. You could be, but will not be. How dare you. Knitting has been happening, friends, oh my yes. But it has been TOP SECRET knitting, not to be publicly flaunted until the time was right. And that time is now. Commence flaunting!

Some lovely friends (cutflat and alpineparrot) recently embarked on a Terrifically Big Adventure of living in Switzerland for a few years. The things I know about Switzerland are: fine exports (chocolate, cheese, multi-function portable utility devices) and cold winters. As a knitter, my duty was clear. Socks. Good ones.

First up: Monkeys! Cookie A’s famous Monkey pattern is a beauty. It’s one of the simplest, nicest lace socks I’ve ever made. The lace is quick to memorise and the pattern straightforward and fun. And in the right yarn, they look like tropical feathers:

Parrot socks!

These remind me of parrots!

So these are the Parrot Socks. I cast on the night before we left for New Zealand in late January, and finished them before we came home: total time under two weeks, but I was on holiday, so your results may vary.

Scrunchy, lacey parrots.

Scrunchy, lacey parrots.

Awesome pattern: already making again.

Second up: MOOOOOSE!

Love these. From Drops’ enormous pattern selection, these go by the alluring pattern name 0-789 Christmas socks with pattern in “Fabel”. (They have an identical pattern in dark green which are not “Christmas” socks: make of that what you will.) These were the most involved socks I’ve ever made, detailed and careful — and a complete blast! These were so much fun to make! And they look amazing. Look. LOOK:

These remind me of mooses.

These remind me of mooses.

Third up: a little something-something I whipped up out of my own brains. I’m enormously proud of these. Whenever I have a skill under my fingers, the crowning triumph is manifesting my own idea using that skill. Not following a pattern or recipe or imitating someone else, but taking your understanding of the skill and creating something entirely new. That rocks. Checkit: rain socks.

Behold! Clever!

Behold! Clever!

For portable precipitation.

An extra picture to really drive home how clever I am.

An extra picture to really drive home how clever I am.

Are you impressed? You oughta be.

Fourth up: a straightforward self-striping pair of socks in good old stockinette, as an exquisite reminder that good socks needn’t be all rhubarb and glitter. These are sturdy walking socks, ready to go anywhere and be worn forever. With pretty stripes. Here’s the quartet all ready for posting.

The Great Sock Project Triumphant.

The Great Sock Project Triumphant.

The moose socks are made of SMC On Your Toes Bamboo, while the rain socks are made of a mix of Berroco Comfort (black and dark grey) and SMC On Your Toes Bamboo (blue). The parrot socks and striped walky socks are both from Opal self-striping wool, from balls I’ve been nesting in the stash for years and years and years.

Maaaaan it feels good to get these blogged about! Each one has been a unique project and I’ve had so much fun with all four pairs, and I’ve been so excited about blogging about them. But now they’re out and hopefully warming the toes of my dear chums in pretty, chilly, cheesey Switzerland. (See you soon, guys.)

PS: I’ve just cast on another secret squirrel project. There’s a few lined up…bear with me as I continue to blog about cheese, bread, and kitchen misadventures.

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  1. alpineparrot | May 14, 2013 at 6:53 am | Permalink

    The loveliest socks ever!!! They are beautiful to wear and admire and I am Most Honoured Indeed to own such fine creations. Thank you!!!

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