socks!

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socks are finally finished.
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Collage of 3 pairs of handknit socks modeled with ankle crossed. Left to right: LGF Suri Sock in Black Opal, a dark Teal. Oink Pigments Targhee Sock in Plum Drum Weekend, shades of purple and greys. Yarn Over New York Times Square Sock in Rachy's Not Sorry, a variegated speckle mostly in plum and grey tones.
Left to Right: LGF Suri’s Sock in Black Opal, Oink Pigments Targhee Sock in Plum Drum Weekend, and Yarn Over New York Times Square Sock in Rachy’s Not Sorry.

At home, as the days have turned from weeks to months, I’ve knit three pairs of socks (and a few other things).

Yarn Over New York socks, a speckled challenge

Yarn Over New York Times Square Sock in Rachy's Not Sorry, a variegated speckle mostly in plum and grey tones. Socks are modeled with right ankle crossing over left.
Yarn Over New York Times Square Sock in Rachy’s Not Sorry.

The first pair, was a challenge as the stitch I wanted to knit wasn’t the best pairing with the highly variegated speckled yarn. It’s ok, I still love them. I’m already plotting my next pair of Yarn Over New York socks. But first I have to make the difficult choice of choosing a color! This pair took the longest as they had a few restarts. I began them in April and completed them on the final day of October!

Oink Pigments Targhee socks for comfort

Oink Pigments Targhee Sock in Plum Drum Weekend, shades of purple and greys. Socks are modeled with right ankle crossing over left.
Oink Pigments Targhee Sock in Plum Drum Weekend

In the next pair, the middle one, I hoped for both personal and political redemption. I started these on November first and knit hoping my stitch tension wouldn’t change too much as results came in and I finished them on December 12th. I love Oink Pigments Targhee Sock, and this colorway, Plum Drum Weekend, knit up with the purples and greys almost striping, they make me happy.

LGF Suris Socks, super speedy

LGF Suri Sock in Black Opal, a dark Teal. Socks are modeled with right ankle crossing over left.
LGF Suri’s Sock in Black Opal

The final pair is the result of knitting a sample shawl and falling back in love with LGF Suri’s Sock, a yarn I’ve designed with. I knit Romi (Rosemary Hill)’s High Sierra Shawl in the Greens Gradient in September and October first. These were also the fastest pair — they took me only ten days (12-22 December)! With my renewed love of this yarn I’ve begun working on the long-neglected Transposon vest pattern!

There’s many amazing yarns and dyers and I hope to work with them as I replenish my threadbare sock drawer. Do you have a favorite? Please, let me know. These three new pairs have helped, a pair that I knit in 2009 is still in rotation (I’m wearing them today) and over the summer I finally retired a pair that I’d knit in 2008!

This year, if you can, please support a local food bank (NY specific link).

Please continue to stay home (as much as you can) and socially distance. Wear a mask. Wash your hands.

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