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Socks!

 

Clockwise from top right: 1. Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder // 2. Pavo Slipper Socks by Chrissy Gardiner // 3. Checked and Square Socks, Top Down by Lara Neel // 4. Irish Oats by Cabinfour // 5. Wendy's Generic Toe-Up Sock by Wendy D. Johnson // 6. Leyburn Socks by MintyFresh // 7. Laule'a by cabinfour

Most of the socks in my dresser are stolen from my mother's sock drawer. She is not happy about this. For some reason I find the notion of purchasing socks to be really tedious - maybe that's because, like sweaters, I know I have the ability to just knit them.

Well, I've never knit socks before, and never really had the inclination to do so...until now! Between the folks on Instagram who make knitting socks look so fun and the fact that my favorite pair of socks were handmade, I have never been more inspired to knit a pair.

I've compiled some choice patterns above. They're all bomb, but I think my favorite might be those Irish Oats by Cabinfour (bottom left). I want them. And given that I'm constantly losing my socks as well, I kind of need them. 

Though I've affirmed that I will stay monogamous to Epistrophy--I think that's the only way I'll get 'er done considering she's not a better sweater--I'm finding it hard not to dive into my better sweater leftover yarn stash. Actually, Better Sweater No. 8 is lace-weight and might make a nice sock yarn when held double or even triple. We'll see. It would also make an amazing sweater! 

 

Moroccan Nights: In Progress

 

As of this posting I'm nearly done with my Moroccan Nights sweater! Still to do: knit half a sleeve, rework the ribbing at the bottom of the body, and knit an applied i-chord around the neckline. Sounds like a lot but I think I can get 'er done this week.

I am having so much fun knitting this sweater! The pattern is excellent and the combinations of stockinette, garter, cables, and double moss are keeping me glued to my work. There's no getting bored with this baby! 

Still, as per usual, there are a couple things I'm wishing I'd done differently at the outset:

  1. Use a smaller needle. I did knit up a swatch for this project and I achieved the correct gauge (size 6 needles with about 1 inch positive ease on an XS). But after doing the sleeves with a size 4 needle so that they'd fit more closely to my arm, I'm kind of wishing that I'd done the whole body with a size 5. That said, I'm a fan of the roomy pull-over (a la James). It all looks a-okay when I try it on (the finished look is supposed to be drapey), but I can't help thinking "what if?" Luckily the thought isn't strong enough to make me frog the body and start over again!
  2. Get creative with the body shaping. I took the liberty of decreasing at my own pace on the sleeves (with great success) and I wish I'd done the same with the body. The part that comes out of the side cables is a little too loose (you can see it below where the stockinette and d-moss meet) and it's bugging me. Actually, on further inspection I should be able to fix this in the blocking phase. The cables/stockinette along the sides pull in the fabric so that it poofs out when the cables end. I'll just block the heck out of the sides and hope for the best!

All in all, this is a fantastic project and I know it will get a lot of wear! For pictures of the original sweater click here.