Take your socks for a walk 

Sometimes if the project is just right, I can knit while I walk.I began some ubiquitous Hermione’s Everyday Socks the other day when I finished a different pair (to be posted soon). I can’t not have a pair of socks on the needles and I had recently received this gorgeous yarn by The Lemonade Shop, so it seemed like I should cast on a pair for me. I’ve made this pattern before, but I gave that pair away, so I decided this simple repeat was perfect for another autopilot pair of socks. 

The color is Sweatpants in the Mighty Sock base. It’s delightful so far. I love to combine knitting with walking when I can, making leisurely exercise even more pleasurable. I have a couple of Go Knit pouches that are perfect for this. I used to be able to walk to work and I had a pleasant 30 minute (when also knitting) commute to work through a park and campus. I almost always knit socks on these kinds of walks. The pouch can be clipped to your belt loop or worn on your wrist. OK, it’s definitely a bit nerdy, but I’m wholly willing to commit to knitting nerdery. I reserve this kind of knitting for pacing in the house when I can’t go out, or family walks. Some people are badass enough to knit through marathons though. I’m not there, yet…

Christmas Hermiones

hermioneI’m still playing catch up with some projects that were presents that I haven’t blogged about. This is a pair of Hermione’s Everyday Socks in some Knit One Crochet Too Ty-Dy Socks in the color Painted Desert. These were a gift for my friend Karen in St. Louis, to fulfill a special request from her husband. I wanted to make sure they got to her by Christmas, so I did a pattern that could be completed without extensive concentration, making it a bit faster. I was able to crank these out in a little over a week to ship them off in plenty of time for Christmas.

Karen is a huge fan of Harry Potter. She and our roommate, Genny, got me to read the first book in college after I scoffed at them a bit for reading a kid’s book. Now I’m also a huge fan. I thought Karen would really appreciate a sock pattern named after Hermione. I think these socks put me so much in the mood that I had to re-watch all of the movies.

I love this yarn. I made these socks for Matt out of another colorway in the same yarn a few years ago and they still look great. I had this in my stash and as I was knitting it I fell in love with it all over again, so I immediately had to replace the yarn for my stash so I could make another pair for myself…


Hermione’s Everyday Fall Socks

hermione-2I finished these a few days ago and felt like I should get them up on the blog before I hand them off to my friend, Susan.  The pattern is Hermione’s Everyday Socks, a free and fairly ubiquitous sock favorite on Ravelry.  It’s an easy pattern repeat that works well with variegated sock yarn.  The yarn is Pagewood Farms Chugiak in Army Girl.  It reminds me of fall apples. I did it toe-up with a heel flap, rather than top-down as the pattern specifies.

hermioneThese are hasty kid-just-went-down-for-a-nap photos, so you can see the line from the hand knit socks I was wearing all morning above the cuff of these.  I’ve got a few other projects hanging out on the needles.  One is a secret birthday project, one is Linum Tee (which I can’t seem to make myself want to finish though I am maybe 2 inches from doing so), then I have Simple Skyp socks, a pair of Regia Flourmania socks that I haven’t photographed yet, and a Like Sleeves for Kids.  I’m thinking of casting on a Vitamin D any second, because it seems like a great summer to fall transition piece.

Heel flap by day, heel turn by night.

hermionesI’ve been camping out with some sock knitting lately since I can take socks to work and easily knit them during meetings and trainings.  Linum Tee is at a part that requires some attention to the pattern, but I’ve made so many socks that they seem to just flow out of my fingers, so they’ve been my knitting company.  These are Hermione’s Everyday Socks.  The pattern is a shifting k3, p1 on every other row, making them fairly automatic.  I was able to work on the heel flap during a meeting yesterday afternoon, and then last night I completed the heel turn and gusset pickup. Here are a few shots of that process:  hermiones-2The slipped stitch heel flap shown from the sole side.  This fabric is made by doing k1, sl1 on the RS of the fabric, and purling the stitches on the WS.  At this point of the sock, the instep (top of the sock) stitches are not worked and the sole is extended out in a thick flap that strengthens the heel.

hermiones-4When the flap is long enough, you work short rows to insert a curve into the end of the heel flap.  You can see the slight curve in the photo above.  The short rows start at the center stitches and move outward until the edge of the heel flap is reached.  hermiones-5Then you pick up stitches along the side of the heel flap, and this becomes the gusset.  I place markers on either side of the back of the heel flap because I continue the slipped stitch heel up the back of the heel for a few inches to provide strength to that part of the sock.  The gusset is easy to pick up because while you’re making the heel flap you slip the first stitch of every row, leaving large loops to grab.  hermiones-6When the gussets are picked up you start working the instep (top) of the sock that was previously taking a time out while you worked on the sole side for the heel flap.  Now the sock is going in a different direction.  Heel turns are the bomb.

Socks for everyday

I’ve started a pair of the ubiquitous Hermione’s Everyday Socks.  It’s a free pattern on Ravelry and the repeats are autopilot enough to work on during meetings at work, or possibly during a movie in the theater.  That’s an important part of choosing a sock pattern for me.  I have to have at least one small project that takes very little of my attention so it’s unobtrusive enough for me to work on it when I have to put the majority of my focus elsewhere, yet I want to keep my hands busy.  hermioneThis pattern is extremely simple, but makes a nice texture.  The yarn is Pagewood Farms Chugiak in Army Girl.  There is some odd pooling that looks a bit like tiger stripes, but I’m just going to go with it.  hermione-2The yarn is nice, but has a ton of twist in it.  I suppose that might help the socks last longer in a 100% merino yarn, but it’s occasionally annoying while knitting.  I’m altering these to go toe-up, and I’ll do my usual heel flap.

I am super excited to be on Ravelry’s front page for my Kit Camisole the past couple of days!

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My Waterlily is on the blocking board!  I finally had some quiet time to sit down and think about the kitchener and neck.  Pictures soon.