I have another pair of socks for my sock drawer! The 2020 Advent Socks are done and ready for my feet.
Pattern: My own 68 stitch toe up vanilla sock “recipe” with a gusset heel
Needles: US 1s
Yarn: AGirlAndHerWool 2020 Christmas Advent Calendar (minis #1 through #8)
These socks are just so cheery and happy. It felt satisfying to actually use up the mini skeins from my advent calendar instead of hoarding them. I will admit the socks are a tad bit big or maybe have less ease that I would normally want. I could have probably done with 64 stitches instead of 68 for the foot and heel sections. But 68 feels good in the leg.
The socks ended up decently tall and the BFL content feels soft but hardy on my feet. I ended up using roughly 360 yards of yarn to finish these socks so that puts these on par with the amount I use from a normal skein.
Finishing these socks inspired me to clean my sock drawer. I pulled out six pairs of socks that I have knit that have shrank in washing (or my feet grew during pregnancy) and no longer fit super well. I gave all six pairs to my sister who wears a size 7 shoe compared to my size 9.5. She was super grateful and I’m hoping those socks get some wear instead of hanging out sadly in my drawer.
I finished turning the heel on my Zoom meeting project. My first Toxic Oreo sock now has a heel!
I’m really happy with how evenly the speckles spread out as I increased the number of stitches in the heel. And I’m now I’m set up to just keep working up the leg. This is now PERFECT meeting knitting. And the Lemonade Shop yarn is just the perfect bright pick-me-up to the winter grey and gloom.
My 2020 Advent Socks are growing little by little. I have worked in the first two mini skeins and ready for the third.
It’s very apparent that all 24 minis are NOT going to fit into one pair of socks. I could rip back and make skinnier stripes but that seems like extra work. I think I am going to just keep working the minis as is and see where I end up. I could always start a second pair?
The BFL sock yarn is really nice and should make hardy and warm socks. And I have successfully been able to spit splice my joins to cut down on the weaving in ends.
The last thing to hit my needles from my winter winding party are my Double Vanilla Socks. And they have been my go to school pick up/drop off knitting.
This yarn is some Blissful Knits Classic DK in the teal colorway. It’s a DK sock yarn that is 80% wool and 20% nylon which made me feel safe to turn these into socks. Now it’s been a hot minute since I have knit DK socks so I pulled the Double Vanilla Socks by Blue Ammonite Designs (ravelry link) so that I could follow a stitch pattern and heel.
I totally didn’t gauge swatch so I am just winging it and following the medium size on this free pattern. I may regret this choice, but its not like DK yarn doesn’t knit up quickly into socks. I can always rip out and start over if the first one is small. And a plus side, I am going to try a new to me heel!
Socks in the wild!! I managed to snag a rotation for going in to my physical work office so my knitting got to leave the house (with a mask, lol)!
Zoom meetings have been really good for my zen knitting of stockinette in the round. My Toxic Oreo Vanilla socks have a decent sized foot going!! And the speckles do not disappoint as Lemonade Shop yarns really have this down to a science.
I should be about an inch away from starting the gusset heel. I have, over the years, figured out how to work the toe up gusset heel and stay on my nine inch circular needle. The needles do get a little full but its manageable for me and it saves me from transferring live stitches.
At the rate I am casting on socks I am going to need a bigger sock drawer! Happy Knitting!!
The next thing to hit my needles after my winding party are my 2020 Advent Socks. I have decided on a plan to work them in tandem on two separate nine inch circulars.
So far I have the full skein out and I have knit both toes of my socks. Next up I plan to open up the minis in the order the dyer intended and split each 10 gram mini into halves. I will then add half to each sock. The yarn is BFL sock so I think I should be able to spit splice my joins so I won’t have 1,000 ends to weave in.
I haven’t decided on a heel plan or final construction. My first instinct would be to knit tubes and add after thought heels. But I have a TON of yarn and I think this will end up looking pretty scrappy. Maybe I will do a toe up gusset heel and just let the colors fall where they may?
I’ll just decide when I get through the foot I guess! Happy Knitting!!
After a fun trip through my sock yarn stash I found my precious skein of Toxic Oreo from Lemonade Shop that I have been hoarding. I can’t wait to see how these speckles work up in all their rainbow glory. I was so enthused that I didn’t even cake up this yarn. I hand wound a ball and just got to work!
I have cast on my pretty standard vanilla sock of 68 total stitches on a US 1 needle. This yarn might be light fingering so I’ll have to see how the fabric works up. But for now I have completed the first toe and I’m ready to cruise up the foot.
Pattern: My own toe up vanilla sock “recipe” with 68 stitch count
Yarn: MudPunch Slash Self-striping in Carbon sprinkles color
Needles: US 1s
They fit my freezing feet and go a decent way up my leg. They maybe don’t have enough negative ease in the foot but the ease is just right for the leg so they won’t sag too much. I washed them on their own and didn’t see any dye come off in the water. That’s always a relief to me when I there is red and black in the same yarn.
I am really really happy with them and pretty pleased they match almost exactly. That is not a requirement for me but its nice when it works out that way. 10 out of 10 would knit this dyer’s sock yarn again. Its plump and bouncy and her color sense is on point. Ravelry tells me she uses an 80% SW merino and 20% nylon blend.
They ended up matching quite nicely to one another. Not a requirement for me but a pleasant outcome. I need to install the afterthought heels and I will have the cutest socks to add to my drawer.
I do plan to use the striping yarn to do the heels. I will do some color management to make sure the heel placement falls in the middle of the speckled stripe and then start the yarn for the heel at a corresponding place. Usually I can finish the heels in two or three evenings? We shall see…
I have the second sock to a place where I am ready to start the second heel. I made sure not to over run or over knit this time. No tinking back! This has been my evening knitting project here lately so it is getting most of my knitting time. Maybe I’ll have finished socks soon?