Summer of Socks

At the beginning of the year I decided to challenge myself to attempt using up all of my sock stash. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’m going to be able to reach that goal, but thanks to summer I’ve definitely made a good dent.

I actually didn’t make my first pair of socks for the year until Mother’s Day. Since then, I have made 5 additional pairs of socks–4 for me, and a pair for my dad. So here’s a look at my new socks, even thought the pictures don’t do them justice:

Dad’s Socks

Modified “Argyle” Socks from book Toe Up Socks for Every Body
Red Heart Ltd “Heart & Sole” sock yarn; 2 skeins navy

Coral Pair: “Diamonds and Cables” from book Toe Up Socks for Every BodyUniversal “Pace Step” sock yarn; 2 skeins coral
Striped Pair: “Victory” from book Toe Up Socks for Every Body
Patons “Kroy Sock” yarn; 2 skeins Mulberry Stripes
Purple Pair: 2×2 cable ribbed pattern, basic sock recipe
Cascade “Fixation” yarn; 2 skeins purple and Knitpicks “Felici” scraps for cuff

Nutkin Socks
(pattern modified for toe-up)
Lion Brand “Sock-Ease” yarn; half skein of Lemon Drop
I loved this pattern and would make it again

All of these socks, with the exception of the purple pair, used the Toe-Up and 2 at a Time methods on a Size 1 40 inch long circular needle. I’ve now mastered this technique and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to go back to making socks any other way. It’s a much more efficient way to make socks, and I’m all about efficiency. Anything that makes those handknit socks appear quicker on my feet. The other lovely thing about 4 pairs of socks being added to my sock drawer in the middle of summer is the fact that I now work a job where I can wear them, despite it being 100+ degrees outside. I’ve already worn 2 pairs to my first week of work.
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