20 October 2014

The joy of handspun socks.

I have a little travel tradition, whenever I know I'm going to be on the road, I cast on socks. They are the ideal travel project: compact, simple, easy to set down, and always fun to work on. My recent trip to Massachusetts was no exception, the night before I cast on these socks and a week later I finished them up.

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The pattern is another from Wendy Johnson's Socks from the Toe Up, the book I learned the technique of toe up socks from. I love coming back to this book for sock patterns again and again. This pattern was Mock Cable Socks, and it was perfect for travel because the pattern was simple but entertaining.

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The yarn used for these socks was some handspun I finished a few years ago. I do not remember the specifics of the dyer or fiber type (likely because I failed to share it here when I finished it!). But it was a sweet gift from Lisa (Wickedly Artsy). The yarn itself was perfect for socks and the resulting socks feel like they'll be sturdy and warm for years to come.

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I just find it so satisfying to knit up a project in my own handspun. The resulting product is just that much more special.

14 comments:

  1. I think it was BFL, but I can't remember exactly. I am so glad you have a use for that yarn though. Maybe someday I will spin yarn thin enough to knit socks with.

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  2. Congratulations! They are beautiful.

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  3. Lovely socks in a great colour! I like the idea of knitting while travelling, like that whenever you wear it, you can go back in your mind.

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  4. Beautiful socks and beautiful colour! I love socks as a travelling project as well.

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  5. I love the socks. I can only imagine how it would feel to knit from my own handspun.
    I have that book, but I just can't seem to get the hand of toe-up!

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  6. I like to take projects on the road too. Mine current work project is a scrap square blanket. It's mindless. Easy to pick up and put down at a moments notice. I met a lady on the way to DC this past summer who was knitting socks. She knits the on her commute to and from work on the metro. She sat with me for a while to show me how to knit the magic loop . I'm still not fast at socks.

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  7. How self-satisfying to have this pair of socks from spun fiber to knitted outcome.

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  8. What beautiful little green socks! They make me look forward to Spring :-)

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  9. They look so comfy and like wearing them could chase the grey blah feeling that happens on rainy cold days. =)

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  10. I also swear by socks for travel knitting! I have yet to knit socks out of handspun but that is a goal I'd like to tackle sooner than later.

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  11. Gorgeous socks!
    (And gorgeous yarn.)
    You are so inspiring... I found your blog last week, and I read it, from the beginning. I really like it.

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  12. I agree, socks make a great travel project! It's incredibly awesome that you saw this pair through from roving to socks! Your yarn looks wonderfully spun!

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  13. Bah! I wish I could start knitting a pair of handspun socks. Those ones look so cozy! Alas, I am away from my stash for another 5 weeks.

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