Socktober and the Love of Self Striping

I adore vanilla socks when I have some self striping to hand. I really can't beat some plain knitting and the addiction of the next stripe on it's way as I tick along. I don't really do subtle socks and the phrase eye searing has been used before.

Recently though I've had a hankering for some patterning, if only to break things up a little. So with the inspirations I've found from Socktober and a new sponsor who is something of a self striping whizz, I thought I'd share some of the patterns I'd love to get knitting with some bright self striping and good tv. (BC Yarnings fans stay tuned, I have some self striping that I'll be chatting about very soon and it's pretty special let me tell you). 

(c) Knittinggrams

(c) Knittinggrams

These Fruit Strip Gum Socks, featuring a spiral rib look really fun. This is a paid for pattern on Ravelry from Leah Oakley and seems to get great results. It's a one row repeat and plain foot so should fly off the needles. Definitely one for my queue. 

(c) Grumperina

(c) Grumperina

I'm still not entirely sure why I have never made a pair of Jaywalkers already because they look incredible. It's a free pattern from Grumperina and there's so many notes on Ravelry that even the phrase 'works up quite tight' doesn't daunt me. Must get these on the needles. 

(c) Connieb125

(c) Connieb125

These look really comfy and I love how the lace pattern works with the self striping. The Groovy Socks are a free pattern by Caroline Hegwer and are worked top down with an after thought heel. I like just zooming through and putting the heel in later so another for the queue!

(c) Marian Molden

(c) Marian Molden

I like a little interest and some plain ol' vanilla for my socks and these Caffe Macchiato's hit that sweet spot. It's a top down pattern with a choice of heels (one of them is the Fish Lips Kiss heel- have you tried it?)

(c) KnittingAmy

(c) KnittingAmy

I love these ones! Blurred Lines by Megan Williams of the Stockinette Zombies videocast (try it, it's awesome) - I want some now! The pattern includes Megan's OMG heel- a mock gusset that doesn't interrupt the sequence of the stripes. MUST try this one!

 

What socks have you been working on this Socktober? Come tell us!

Tell Me a Story of An FO

A couple of episodes ago in the podcast, I got very nostalgic about my knitting and kind of walked everyone through some of my top ten projects. It was fun to look back and got such a great reaction from everyone, with stories to tell and memories to smile at, that I thought I might feature an FO a month and tell its story. 

Sometime you knit things just for the love of the yarn. Sometimes you knit for the necessity of warmth or celebrating a birthday or event. Sometimes you knit something because you want instant gratification. These socks were knit with just that reason: quick gratification. 

(c) A Playful Day

(c) A Playful Day

I was in the middle of a big transition in my life- waiting for a rental flat to become available and most of my stash had gone into storage along with most of my belongings. I held back some speedy projects that I could use to cheer me up with quick success while I crossed off days in my calendar and swung between trips to my parents, friends guest rooms and the odd sofa or two. These things happen. 

(c) Star Athena

(c) Star Athena

One of the stash prizes I'd pulled out was Brown Sheeps Lamb's Pride Superwash Sport in the Cornflower Blue colourway. I figured a sportweight sock would swish by as I take forever to knit socks. I picked up some stash magazines and settled on Kimono Socks by Star Athena that featured in the Fall 2008 issue of Knitscene. 

These were indeed a fast and satisfying knit. I loved the little icord ribbons and the yarnovers made it easy to read my knitting so really, I hardly looked at the pattern other than to check progress and the heel. I gave these away to a dear knit friend but I'd happily make them again. Especially sportweight, oh boy they're so much quicker (and snugglier)!

A really satisfying wip

A really satisfying wip

I rarely work from magazines despite gobbling up issues I love. Writing this post has actually reminded me that I own some amazing patterns and need to look back on my collections more. I quite often pull out old issues to browse through, a bit like a favourite recipe book. Do you do that?

Come celebrate some of your favourite socks and sock yarns over in the playful group- it's dangerously enabling over there folks! Happy Socktober!