f.o. | lime socks.

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The first of these socks lingered on the needles for nearly a month. When I finally finished the first, the second came swiftly and had me thinking: I really should learn to knit two at a time using magic loop.

These were knit up using less than one skein of Three Irish Girls sock in this shocking lime green, and bits of ends of Malabrigo Sock in aguas for the toes and heels. I love the way they turned out. I love that almost every sock set I’ve knit in the last couple of years have been complete stash busters.

This is my favorite sock pattern–a standard 3×1 rib with after thought heel. And, it fits the doc like a dream.

See more of my socks here.

f.o. | birthday stripes.

33294929604_947fd8ae80_cThe doc loves my hand knit socks. He wears them almost religiously, until its swamp summer climates. And every holiday, birthday, celebration, or just because, I make him a pair.

He’s amassed quite the collection. A lot of them have been phased out of wear because I won’t darn holes in socks. That’s the wear they get.

Here is his 34th birthday socks, gifted to him yesterday. These are a classic after thought heel sock (perfect for self-striping sock yarn), knit up in Quaere Fibre sock in the snips and snails colorway. Aren’t they gorgeous?

I definitely want to know a few more pairs with this yarn–hand dyed by a Rhode Island based fiber artist. Grab some! You won’t be disappointed.

Here are my project notes.

tosh | boot socks.

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It’s getting luxurious around here.

I decided to knit Sean these Purl Bee boot socks for Valentine’s Day this year, mostly because they knit up so quickly in worsted weight yarn. I actually didn’t think they’d feel as light and airy as the finished project does–and they are, dare I say it, a foot’s dream, because I used Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage yarn.

I stash busted these socks with two skeins of Whiskers I had from a previous project I frogged, and some bits of the cactus flower colorway leftover from pussy hats.

I definitely see making more of these in my future–the color combinations are endless.

If you are looking for a simple, quick, sock pattern for winter, look no further. Check out my project notes in Ravelry.

neon.

Finally, this weather makes me feel inclined to knitting. While a hat was what brought me back in the game after a summer hiatus (pictures forthcoming), it’s these neon socks that are solidifying my dance, again, with my favorite fiber craft.

Yet another pair of after-thought heel socks for the doc, who appreciates and wears my socks, daily, albeit more now, in this new, non-desert climate of ours. I love the way the after thought heel looks and takes shape; if you are like me and are inclined to contrasting toe and heel colors, this is the best method for making it look seamless.

These are knit up with Regia Fluormania Color 4-Ply in the Rainbow colorway. It’s a knockout. I’ve never seen anything so bright in my life. But using some leftover bits of Malabrigo Sock in Cote D’Azure, really helped break some of the wow and added a nice pop–the neon lends itself nicely against the darker navy and it reminds me of ski socks.

Quite happy with the way they are turning out; just one more to go.

Do any of you knit your socks two at a time? I still haven’t tried getting into method because I don’t want to invest in a whole ton more circular needles, but thoughts?

old.

Last night, I noticed the doc wearing the very first pair of socks I ever knit for him–back in 2012. It was a small moment that reminded me my hand knits are appreciated. They are also a nice window into my knitting proclivities of the time–what fibers did I like? What colors? During this time, I also knit most of my socks with a funny, red athletic toe line, like I’ve seen on countless commercial socks.

It acts as a living history of my making. These socks were a combination of wool and bamboo and I quite like the way they feel against skin. Perhaps I should make another pair?

pink.

I really do love the final result of these socks made for Sean in the ever-loving but always sought after Knit Picks Felici self striping sock, which only comes around every so often.

These simple after-thought heel socks are Sean’s favorite because I’ve really got the formula down for what fits his feet, and now that he’s living here and not in the desert, he has many more opportunities to rock wool socks. Quite frankly, I don’t know how–besides on camping trips–he ever trotted around central Phoenix in wool. But, color me crazy.

Fall has reinvigorated my desire for knitting. I took the summer off. I think it’s because I had a lot on my plate–moving into my first house, helping Sean drive his possessions cross country, and just needing a break from making. I think if you aren’t feeling passionate for the work, why do it? Respond to your desire for breaks; it doesn’t mean you won’t get back to it.

And now that there’s a nip in the air and I’m settled into my house and most of my items are in the places I hope they reside for the next several years, I’m back at my stash and looking to make. Prepare to see more of it, and often, in this space. From knitting and crochet, to cross stitch, and what’s churning around my spoon in the kitchen, I’m really back in the making game.

What are you making, knitting, right now?

See more of my socks here.

birthday socks.

My guy Sean loves hand knitted socks. He wears them all the time, even in the death of Phoenix’s desert heat. And so, for most of his birthdays and for various surprise gifts, I knit him socks. After thought heels fit him well, and usually he likes to take some risks with sock color.

He’s the only guy I know that can confidently walk into 32 years old wearing pink stripes. And so, here are his socks for his birthday this weekend. I think he’s going to love them.

Knit up using Knit Picks Felici Fingering in the blackberry jam colorway. Toes are done with some charcoal Knit Picks Stroll Sock. Yet another great stash busting project. It seems like 2015 is the year where I don’t buy any yarn and completely work from my existing. Cheers to that.

More snaps of all the socks I’ve made here.

books + knits.

My nights these days are filled with pleasure reads, decorating magazines, and small gifts for my guy’s upcoming birthday. He is the only person I know that can confidently walk into 32 years old wearing pink striped socks.

cabin fever.

I call these basic after thought heel socks “Cabin Fever” because they were knit up during one of the multiple snowstorms we’ve experienced here in Boston in the last month. It’s been brutal, but a great opportunity to sit in and knit.

I used two skeins of Knit Picks Felici Fingering in the rustic cabin colorway, hence the association, as well, with cabin fever. I used little bits of Alchemy Yarns of Transformation Juniper in the vintage jade colorway (leftover from my Leah’s Lovely Cardigan, which I still haven’t taken proper snaps of) for the heels and toes, because I think there’s nothing better than different pops of color in socks.

These were gifted to my guy for Valentine’s Day this year. I’m incredibly pleased with the finished result and want to dive back into the stockpile of felici to knit a few more pairs.

See more of my hand knit socks here.