As you could probably tell from the last post, I have a love for argyle socks that is probably not quite right. Apparently it must have started somewhere in early childhood, because when I saw the pattern in that book, it immediately brought this to mind:
That would be the remains of a pair of machine made, argyle-esque socks that I wore a few holes in since I wore them so much. I *loved* these socks. I think these socks may have also started a passion for socks with fun patterns. I seem to have collected a few over the years:
Most of these have holes in them too (and this is only a sampling of what’s in the drawer) and since I’m too lazy to fix them and too sappy to throw them out, in my sock drawer they sit, occasionally peaking out to remind me of one thing or another.
After finding the pattern for these, I knew I just had to make them. Wasn’t I the one saying winter is for sweaters just a short time ago? Yes, that was me, but no sooner did I say that then socks just seemed to take over my knitting! Here’s my progress so far:
I’m not using the yarn in the pattern. Instead, I’ve culled together a bunch of things I found in the stash and some that I purchased recently with these in mind. The white is Silja, the pink and yellow are Dale Baby Ull and the blue is Regia. All of these yarns turned out to be about the same weight, so they are working well together.
Apparently, there is no way (believe me, I googled) to knit Argyle in the round (without using duplicate stitch for the criss-crossing lines after you knit the sock, which I didn’t want to do), so the sock is knit flat for a while, then sewn up in the end. That makes this my first time doing something that requires Intarsia and except for two small holes, it’s working out pretty well. What the picture above doesn’t show is the mess of yarn that the Intarsia requires in back.
WARNING: Do not continue to read this blog if your heart is weak or you are on certain medications. The images that follow may be shocking and more than you can handle.
Did they go? Good. Now the rest of you, look:
Yeah. That would be NINE bobbins hanging off the back of this thing (well, 8 bobbins and one skein of yarn you can’t see in the pic for some reason. Only the most brilliant photography here at chez Zarzuela…. not!). The sock is basically divided in half, and each half has to have enough strands of yarn to accommodate the pattern without going across the entire sock. I didn’t have the bobbins when I started, but someone I was knitting with at Woolbearers one afternoon *highly* suggested them (so much so she nearly put them in my hand [Hi Cate! Thank you!]), and while they aren’t perfect, they are definitely a better solution than having everything all tangled up.
So, for some reason, all this sock knitting has me thinking about Summer and whether or not I should do another Summer of Socks. There seems to be a whole lot of sock knitalongs going on out there, is there really enough interest to fuel one more? Consider this a shout out to determine interest. If you think you’d like to participate in another round of summer sock knitting, do let me know! And if you might be interested in helping out with some geeky stuff (read: creating an online sign-up form and database stuff) and/or reading blogs, let me know that too (’cause I sure can’t make it work all by myself if we get even close to the same number of participants as last year)!
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